With 2014 done and 6 teams completed it is time to turn my attention to projects for 2015.
The first of these is an Orc team for Janmattys using the Neomics Orcs. I like this team as they have a lot of character and actually look like they play Bloodbowl. However I can’t limit myself to just painting models so had to fit some conversions in there.
Jan and I had a bit of a chat regarding colour schemes, he wanted them to be bright but with some battle damage. Yellow with some black was 1 possible choice, but my initial test runs were either a bit garish or too close to the savage Orcs I’d done. We settled on red as it is bright and a colour I have not used for Orcs yet. A realistically dirty silver was selected for the metallic bits of the model such as spikes and chains, so it was just the case of deciding what to use for the trousers. Jan thought white or cream were too soft for orcs and black would make them a bit dark. So I used my patented colour/metal/shade selector
and chose a mid grey.
I used the same technique for adding battle damage to their armour as I did with the savage orcs. This is very time consuming as I have to paint, shade and highlight the armour normally before adding the damage. It usually took at least 3 evenings to do the armour of 4 orcs, depending on how much they wear, it is worth it as the effect looks really good once completed. As it was the new year I treated myself to a new size 1 and 0 brush which made painting much easier, my old brushes were still in pretty good shape so they were relegated to base coats and over-brushing.
The thrower did not require any conversion as I like his pose and the lack of helmet emphasises his weedy AV8. The linemen were very simple conversions, head swaps from 40K orks. I didn’t want them to be too fancy since they are just the basic grunts, used for LOS fodder and marking dangerous opposition.
The Neomics team have 3 fat players as black orcs and 1 bulky muscled orc. I liked the idea of them all being fat as it makes them stand out and suit the ST4 combined with MA4 and AG2. They do produce a chubby hooligan, so the super fan got called up to play for his fave team. I’m sure he’ll relish a chance to break heads on the pitch rather than being stuck throwing rocks, rioting or invading pitches.
These players were the most heavily converting, they were given gauntlets and helmets from the fantasy black orc range, the hooligan was given a knee pad as well. The loin cloths and shoulder pad on the hooligan were taken from 40K Orks. I used the same base green as the linemen for their skin but added black to it for a darker base and went with very subtle highlights and a green glaze.
The blitzers gave me some pause as it was important they were obviously distinct from the lineorcs. There were a number of sales going on at the main bitz services I use and I was able to get a selection of cool heads and iron jaws to represent them starting with the block skill. I also acquired the flash gitz shoulder pads to add some bulk to them. These were all distinct but in a similar style to tie them together. The addition of loin cloths further differentiated them from the lineorcs.
I am in the process of assembling them and may make them slightly darker than the lineorcs too, though nowhere near the black orc skin tone.
The troll and goblin were very straight forward with no conversion work needed. Like the rest of the team they had a brutal appearance but still had equipment fitting with Bloodbowl meaning I could paint them as they were. I do like that fact that in the fluff the darker the skin the tougher the player and to show that I painted the goblin the palest shade of green with the troll being as dark as the black orcs. He did get a white belly however as I think that breaks up his skin and I have got pretty good at that after painting quite a few trolls
I have been managing to complete 1 of the 4 batches I split the team into every week. I had a busy weekend at work which prevented me from fully assembling the Blitzers so that has put me behind for them. I am still well on schedule to have the team completed by mid-Feb.
If so that will leave 3 months to complete the other project i have lined up; the 1st prize for winning the NAF GT in May. I have been procrastinating about what to select for quite some time, I even had a poll
on TFF to help me decide. My initial though was Slann since I have yet to do them and they are popular in the poll, I even have most of the bits i plan on using. But upon starting work on them I quickly realised they would need a lot of planning and greenstuff work. I was worried I’d run out of time and have to submit a part-completed or sub-standard team.
I am torn between doing either skaven or Lizardmen. Skaven were one of the first teams I did, but that a simple paint job of the 3rd edition GW models, so lots of scope for creating something unique. I had already bought some figures ready to convert, with test blitzers and thrower already completed. Mind you they have been sat on my future project shelf so long that one of them caught nurgle’s rot and joined Duke’s team.
The main idea was to use a mixture of the plastic clanrats for linemen and stormvermin to make the blitzers and throwers. The trick would be adding enough armour to the blitzers to differentiate them from the throwers and have the linemen look interesting enough. I do quite like the idea of a higher tech if lightly armoured skaven.
The gutters gave me some pause as I don’t like the monkey handed GW night runners. But I saw a cool team on TFF using ghoul bodies for a hunched running pose, that was on the whole team but I thought it perfect for the gutter runners. I’d add fur with greenstuff and give them, skaven heads and cloaks. As an added bonus skaven have 5 stars and I could so some of them to get closer to my goal of painting up all 56 (57 if you count grotty and brick as 2).
I already have ideal models for Glart and Skitter in the shape of Queek and Deathmaster Snikch. There is an existing model for Hakflem and I have got my hands on a plague monk that would be the good basis for Fezglitch. After a tough week at work I treated myself to the new Stormfiends as they are cool looking models and have quite a bit of conversion potential. The could be used to make the rat ogre, Headsplitter and maybe even “Mouse 'n' Thorg”.
However for quite some time I have had the desire to do a Lizardman team, this is despite having already done them twice. The first
team I did for Purplegoo turned out really well but it was one of my earlier efforts and I always felt I could improve on it. The skinks in particular were just the standard metal bloodbowl models with no conversions.
What mostly sparked this desire was the last release of Lizardmen for WHFB, I thought the skink Terradon riders would be perfect for Bloodbowl. They had some armour which would suit Bloodbowl players but the main reason I was so enamoured with them was the poses. Whilst designed to represent being perched on a flying dinosaur ready to spear some interloper into their jungle home with a small amount of conversion they look like them are crouched low ready to sprint forward to score a TD or snatch the ball right out from under the fingers of some clumsy Orc/Human/Dwarf.
The rest of the skinks will be standing up, but I am looking to add some variety to them as well as giving them armour.
Purplegoos’s saurus were pretty much exactly how I wanted them to be. I may try to add some more variety in their poses, alter the shoulder pads or even add chest armour and knee/elbow pads to mix them up a bit.
I am wanting to do something different with the Kroxigor as well. The Gore Beast
from the chaos chariot has a rather interesting gorilla like pose and with some greenstuffed scales and longer tail would make a great Krox.
I’d probably only do Slibli and Hemlock as stars, which is another reason I’m favouring the Lizardmen at the moment. For them I’d use the riders of the carnasaur.
For colour scheme I was thinking of blue and bone, possibly with red armour though armour being a bright shade of blue could work too.
Whichever I decide upon they are due mid-May, that will leave 7 months to do other projects. I’m looking to take things easier than 2014 where I completed 6 teams and will aim for 2 more, bringing it to a total of 4 teams for 2015. I still have 3 races yet to make out of the 24 (Ogres, Slann and Vampires) so one of those might be worthwhile. I could also do the rejected NAF GT team from above, either to sell or keep for myself if I decide to and can find the time to attend a tabletop tournament again.
There are also 28 star players I still need to make, I already have suitable models for many of them. Some could be done for a team I’m working on (i.e. the 5 skaven stars if i do them) or for a change in pace. Finally I’d like to write 4 articles about painting and converting Bloodbowl players, an earlier blog had my rough draft of article 3. But I may need to paint up or convert some special models to help illustrate certain points I will be making. Part 4 will be about how to convert and paint models to stand out as star players so that might tie in nicely if I do end up making some solo stars.