Thursday, September 30, 2010

Three Die Block - Ogre Blood Bowl team overview episode.

Really busy this week but I wanted to share this with any Ogre and Blood Bowl fanatics reading the blog:

Ogre Blood Bowl team overview episode! Listen all the way through for a little shout out surprise ...

Coming here soon - book reviews, new model pics, and other ramblings. Isn't that exciting!?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gamesday 2010 - Ogre Kingdoms news summary.

Shamelessly ripped off from Hragged over at the Ogre Stronghold:

Arguably the biggest news coming out of Games Day this year was the grand unveiling of 'Warhammer Forge', the fantasy equivalent of Forge World.

The folk at Warhammer Forge have been working on some very interesting projects, so let's take a look at a few of the things revealed that may be of interest to Ogre Kingdoms fans

Tamurkhan: The Throne of Chaos

- The first of several campaign books set at some point in the future of the the Warhammer world, possibly in an alternate timeline (could be depending on how we react to it).

- Focuses on what Rick Priestley describes as "the story of how Chaos destroys the world", a Chaos incursion of massive world-ending scale.

- The Tamurkhan book is the first of two books that will feature the expansion of Nurgle into the West, starting with an invasion into the Ogre Kingdoms, then moving through the realm of the Chaos Dwarfs, through the Worlds Edge Mountains, then into the heart of The Empire. More books will deal with the expansion of Tzeentch into the south, Slaanesh into the East and Khorne into the North (the plan is to release two books a year over the next 5-6 years).

- Book contains content for Chaos Nurgle, Ogre Kingdoms, Chaos Dwarfs and The Empire players, with artwork by Adrian Smith.

- Tamurkhan is in the form of an Ogre (he can take the form of creatures he kills, he's really a big maggot or is made up of lots of small maggots).

- When the forces of Nurgle enter the Mountains of Mourn, some Ogres will fight against them while others will join them.

- They won't be shy about killing off well-known special characters during this campaign. Even the likes of Teclis or Karl Franz aren't safe!
- Due for release in February-April 2011.

New Ogre Miniatures

- Chaos Ogre (this was available to purchase at Games Day and was priced at £18, but it will eventually be available to buy online via the upcoming Warhammer Forge website).

- Nurgle Ogres (two displayed at Games Day, another one to be revealed).

- Apparently a Mammoth with Ogres on it was mentioned at one of the Games Day seminars, with promises of lots of big monsters coming next year (not sure if these will be from Warhammer Forge or Games Workshop).

Thanks to various people around the Internet for all the info and photos!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Warhammer Forge - WHFB ForgeWorld sister company unveiled at UK Gamesday!

From a recent GW press release - looks like us Fantasy players will have a new way to frivolously spend our money!! Woo hoo!!?

Warhammer Forge Exclusively Unveiled at Games Day UK
Veteran games developer Rick Priestley and Forge World sculptor Mark Bedford have spent the past few months masterminding a brand new project, a long-awaited foray into resin products and detailed expansions for Warhammer, The Game of Fantasy Battles.
Warhammer Forge unveil a veritable horde of work-in-progress resin kits as well as early layout copies of the first in a series of lavish expansion books for the very first time at Games Day UK.

You’ll be able to see the staggering range of resin models that have been created over the past year, and Mark Bedford and his intrepid in-house sculptors Keith Robertson and Steve Whitehead will be available all day to answer any and all questions you have. These intricately detailed models are some of the finest yet produced in resin, adding an incredible depth and breadth to the existing Warhammer range.

Rick Priestley will be on hand to explain his future plans, and Book Production Manager Paul Rudge and Graphic Artist Sam Lamont will be displaying a dizzying array of their incredible work-in-progress example pages from the first Warhammer Forge book, and some phenomenal artwork from Games Workshop artistic stalwart Adrian Smith, as well as everything from single page vignettes to concept sketches and full-colour cover art.

The Warhammer Forge Studio team will be located right next to the Forge World Design Studio stand in the Arena – a map of Games Day can be found here.

You’ll be able to quiz the whole Warhammer Forge design team on the future of this exciting new range, and as an added bonus two of the resin kits on display will be available as advanced pre-releases from the Forge World Sales Stand in strictly limited quantities – details of exactly what these are will be unveiled at Games Day, so don’t miss the Warhammer Forge Studio Stand!
Excited?! I hope to see a slew of new models to be announced in the next few weeks. I can't afford to buy any of them but it won't stop me from looking! How about you?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Progres report 9/19/10 - Nuns and fun.

Here are the Nuns (which will be playing the part of Amazons) for my Blood Bowl team all based and primed.

Started getting the base coat down for the skin and habit on the catcher there. Not looking forward to painting black and white on the same model for the first time but I figure it will be a quick way to learn!

Not much else going on in the world of Warhammer and Blood Bowl. Planning out the next issue of the Bellower, working on painting my Ogre BB team, and playing the occasional game of BB as well. Haven't gotten in any games of 8th ed WHFB since last month, something I am hoping to rectify this week. In the meantime we have one of my other favorite hobbies (and recently much neglected here on the blog)... beer!

Full Sail Brewing Company - Full Sail Pale Ale

Beer Type: American Pale Ale

Appearance: 12 oz. brown bottle with the tell tale Full Sail label - tan/gold with blue and white lettering. Light amber in color with a thick off-white head and some slight lacing.

Smell: Something grassy and green with some sweetness to it. Can't really smell much hops.

First Drink: Really sweet but not in a cloying way. Initial sweetness gives way to a bit of malt and some banana/citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not as smooth as I normally prefer, a bit of carbonation gives this some bite.

Last Drink: A little more of the hops comes through at the end and as the beer warms but not nearly as much as I would expect from a Pale Ale.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not a lot going on here.

Notes: This beer has a pretty loyal following but I doubt I will be going back to this one when I want a pale. Reminds me a bit of Alaskan Pale Ale but I liked that one a little more.

Verdict: 3.25 out of 5. Not bad but not outrageously good either. A good pale for those who are afraid of hops perhaps?

Links: Beer Advocate and Full Sail Brewing Company.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Progress Report 9/11/10 - Blood Bowl on the brain.

Been playing lots of Blood Bowl, better yet I won my last two games with the Bultimore Bullies! Awesome! My next game is against a bashy Nurgle team though which doesn't have me feeling too hopeful. 

Speaking of Nurgle... our league has a "Open" which is basically our rookie league for the real deal. By playing games in the Open you can develop a team without the frustration of playing the entire season (like I had last season with the Bullies). I currently have two teams in the Open - The Bloody Marys (Amazon) and the Nurgland Germs (Nurgle).

I have played one game each with both teams and they couldn't have been more different. With the Bloody Marys I played a super bashy Chaos Dwarf team which killed one of my players on the second turn and proceeded to stomp all over me for the remainder of the game. It wasn't fun. With the Nurgland Germs I played against a pretty standard Undead team, stood my ground and stymied my opponent for the entire game (almost scored though!).

For the Bloody Marys I purchased a Nun Gridiron team from Shadowforge. They just arrived today! 

Look for more on the models and their assembly in a future post. I've also spent a bit of time last week slapping together a Rotter and Pestigor for the Nurgland Germs. They have a bit of paint on them but I am still finishing up some details (and messing around with new techniques). 

Tried making the bases look all swampy, rotten, and nasty. Might have to spring for some real water effects instead of the diluted PVA glue I used on those miniatures. Overall I am happy with how they are turning out although the Pestigor is my least favorite. I'll muck him up some more and nobody will be the wiser!
Still messing around with the paint scheme for my Ogres as well. Here is the latest and "greatest" for the Bullies.

That's it for now! Hoping to get a beer and/or book review up here soon and I have been toying with the blog layout as well. If you find something messed up or broken please let me know. Adios!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Bellower - Issue #3 out now!

It's here! The third issue of the Bellower! This one was quite the beast to put together but I think the overall finished product is worth a once over. Feel free to share your comments and critiques - I love hearing what other folks think about the "publication". 

If you feel the need to spread some Ogre related tactics, battle reports, pics, art, or if you have created your own Ogre language .... send 'em to me! We need more content and more contributors!