Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Greenboyz mega catchup post #2 (52 minis weeks ???)

Back for more of that GREEN!?

Okay well let us get right to it with a quick recap from Legends Cup.

And there you have it! The Greenboyz had a final record of 0 wins, 1 tie, and 2 losses. Lost the first match vs Underworld Creepers. Came down to a failed GFI and tripping over the goal line for a tie. Second match was against the Bright Crusaders who pulled ahead early for a 2-0 lead but didn't count on the scrappy Goblins of the boyz coming back to tie it up 2-2 in the end. Last round was a brutal game against the Grudge Bearers who dominated the field and finally outscored a tie in the last turn of the game.

Overall a really fun event I am look forward to the next one now that I have a bit more practice with the team and know the rules a bit better (like you can't throw a Pogoer... oops!).

Hot on the heels of Legends Cup the boyz headed to Chicagoland for Chaos Cup 17. With the theme this year being GOBLINS it seemed like a no-brainer to bring a less than stellar version of The Greenboyz to the pitch for 6 games of Blood Bowl action.

Chaos Cup 2017 - Goblin Power!!

Round 1 vs Khemri (Coach aenir)
First game of the tournament started way up on table 10 or so versus... Khemri!? Got bashed around good and the fewer goblins on the pitch the easier it was to score for some reason. Managed to shut out the Khemri for a 2-0 win and secure goal #1 for The Greenboyz at Chaos Cup 17 - take home at least one win!

Round 2 vs Undead (Coach swerve)
Playing on table 4 (what the) after round 1 The Greenboyz got utterly trounced by the Undead. Not even a close matchup from a player perspective. Ended in about 1 hour or less. Nice coach though! I look forward to playing a proper match sometime in the future.

Round 3 vs Skinks (Coach bluedaybreak)
Finally a good match up for the boyz! At least on paper... this one turned into a snooze fest with the goblins failing every roll they made. It was a disaster but at least I was drinking heavily at this point! Ended up losing 0 to 3.

Round 4 vs Skaven (Coach gaddockteeg)
Ending the day somewhere in the middle/back of the tables (mid 20's) the boyz ended up matched against a Skaven team. I fully expected this to be a blowout but the boyz surprised me by going head to head in a shoot out with Gutter Runners?! Failed a final TTM attempt to tie it up on the last turn of the second half and ended up losing 2 to 3. A really fun game!

After a full day of Blood Bowl it was time to relax and unwind with a little SRG Supershow! Dr. Skullface made his XCW premiere and was promptly smacked down by everyone he went against (mostly by rolling Agility on the dice over and over and over again...). Luckily The Right managed to win the whole thing and bring home the tiny championship belt to Kalamazoo! Alright!! Then it was on to day 2 of Chaos Cup.

Round 5 vs Dwarves (Coach bigstraycat)
Dwarves. How are they even down here on the bottom tables!? Broken. I don't remember much from this match outside of being very pissed off as my opponent decided to stall out after being in the lead by 2. Playing for all the marbles at the bottom tables... good game bro? Just to spite their beardy faces managed a TTM 1 turn score on the last turn to get on scoreboard. Lost 2 to 1.

Round 6 vs Dark Elves (Coach sargon)
Deep into the bottom tables now last match is against... Dark Elves?! I mean wtf... can't I play at least one more fun team? The boyz failed all their rolls, coach hated himself and the game, probably was a dick to his opponent, and finally lost 3 to 1.

Somewhere in the second day I put up The Greenboyz for the Chaotic Brush painting competition. I have entered every year since it began and each year I paint a new team for the event. And each year I received no awards. Now I don't think of myself or my painting as your traditional "painting competition winner" type but I also don't think of myself as a total shit painter. Here's the team.. you be the judge?

The Greenboyz with sideline bits and stuff. One of these minis I did not paint (the Ogre). 
Well surprisingly a couple things happened. #1 - I saw a few new teams and not the same teams which seem to be entered each year and continue to win awards.

#2 and #3 I won two awards!? Fan Favorite (hell yes!) and Best Theme (Green!). I may not look like it in the photos but I was (and am) super excited to finally win my first miniatures painting awards! Heck it's only taken me 10+ years to get here. Thanks to everyone who voted for and appreciated The Greenboyz! We're already adding new pieces to the team for the next time out.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Greenboyz mega catchup post #1 (52 minis weeks ???)

Hi blog. Hi couple of you that read this from time to time. Long time no see. Hope things are going well for you in life. Things are going very well for me and I have been quite busy working on a fun little Goblin team for Blood Bowl.

The Greenboyz!

Those Blood Bowl fans out there may recognize The Greenboyz from their one appearance in White Dwarf issue #101 with this little snippet:

Things weren't going so well for The Greenboyz back in that season but they turned it around for the 2487-2488 season when they managed to crush every team in their way to the championship. What happened you ask? Well nobody really knows... but most everyone is pretty sure it had to do with cheating.
"I reckon our win streak in '87 came down to two fings: cheatin' and not gettin' caught cheatin'..." - Kleva Klogz, lead scorer for The Greenboyz
The Greenboyz roster from their winning season in 87-88
Earlier this year I was invited to participate in a special kind of Blood Bowl event that focused on the Teams of Legend from Death Zone Season 2. While I wasn't planning on creating and painting a Goblin team when the chance came up to take on the role of Head Coach for The Greenboyz I just couldn't say no! (and it wasn't even because of the copious amounts of ale I was bribed with I swear)

And so the construction of this mighty team of legend began with...  bunch of shopping and chopping.

My goals for the team were:
1. Create a cohesive looking team of Goblins with various model ranges including GW.
2. Show each of the "skills" for the player in a visual way with conversions.
3. Have fun and embrace the Goblin aesthetic of The Greenboyz.

I'm pretty sure I achieved all of these goals and more! Once the main body of the team was complete I began work on the pieces I wanted for the sidelines. One of these was very important... a way to represent The Greenboyz constant Fame +2. I chose to model stands full of drunk fans and also build an early Mark I version of "The Monstrous Mangler" - the most impressive secret weapon to ever exist, and ultimately the secret weapon which killed off the triumphant Greenboyz in the year 2492. In my version of this secret weapon the Goblins created a way to drive the actual stadium stands on to the pitch in the ultimate of pitch invasions!

Still needed a few more sideline figures like Coaches, Cheerleaders, and the Apothecaries. I managed to get that done as well as the start of the team bus!

My vision for the bus was simple and recognizable. A very famous goblin truck...

With the added sideline complete it was time for a color scheme. Since The Greenboyz did not have official GW colors from the fluff (unlike most Teams of Legend) I worked up a color scheme that was really focused on both Goblins and the name Greenboyz. GREEN

With my test model done I moved on to the massive painting project of all the fans in the stands, the sideline minis, and finally the team. I also managed to bodge up a couple more Goblins for when the stars of The Greenboyz want some back up (or get squashed by other Blood Bowl teams) and to fill up the roster.

Next time... what happened at Legends Cup? Where else did The Greenboyz play (hint: it was Chaos Cup)? What is in store for the team moving forward? Check back here for more details Goblin fans!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Progress Report 7/2/17 - 52 Minis Weeks 24-26

Catching up! My work and class schedule has thrown a wrench into blog posts and painting. While I haven't been posting photos of progress I have been working on a big summer project for an upcoming Blood Bowl event in September. 

The first Legends Cup! Participating with other coaches to build some of the teams of legend from Blood Bowl to play against one another in a theme heavy tournament. Participation in the event was done by invite only so I feel pretty lucky to have made the cut. I was assigned the Goblin team known as The Greenboyz. 

Not much fluff out there for this team outside of a short mention in White Dwarf 101 and a little bit in the new Death Zone Season 2 supplement. I'll get more into the team fluff as things progress... in the meantime here is a test mini for a potential paint scheme of the team. The existing fluff makes no mention of the team color scheme so I have been giving freedom in that regard. 

For this scheme I wanted a medium/dark tones skin with a bright neon green cloth and blue additions. Then a bit of white and metal. I'm liking the 90's era GW paint scheme I ended up with but I am currently working on a slightly different direction (hint - it's lots of green). 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Progress Report 6/9/17 - 52 Minis week 22 & 23.

It's almost summer! Spending time finishing up my last class for the semester before I return again in the fall. It's been a bit grueling...

Speaking of grueling I haven't managed to get photos of any painted minis this week or last. I did paint some! I even played with them in a narrative campaign/tournament event last weekend.

Lists were 500pts, no Monsters, Behemoths, Artillery, or Battalions/etc. Here is what I brought:

Allegiance: Chaos
Plague Priest with Plague Censer (80) - General
Lord of Plagues (100)
10 x Plague Monks (70) - Foetid Blades
10 x Plague Monks (70) - Foetid Blades
5 x Putrid Blightkings (180)

This was a tough list to build as I wanted a general Nurgle theme and the General used in this first event is the one we need to use for the future escalation games. That meant no Daemon Prince, or GUO, or Plague Furnace this time around. I decided after some playtesting to go with the Plague Priest as I can give him a mount at the next level. 

Game 1 was vs the not-space-not-pirate Dwarfs. It was a nasty gunline. I was almost totally tabled by the end of Turn 2. I managed to get into close combat and kill one unit. Ended up with a Minor Loss and 2 models on the board. 

Good luck getting over there Plague Monks!
Lots and lots of shooting and D3 damage. 
It was not a fun game. I had a hard time keeping my cool and staying positive as this is exactly the kind of beardy Warhammer bullshit I had hoped I was past dealing with in my life. Oh well.. I guess not. 

Game 2 was a much cooler scenario that involved chopping down trees to build a bridge to the objectives across a river. I played against Khorne Bloodbound and thought... alright we're gonna do some fighting! Nope. Giant blob of reavers quickly made a bridge and teleported over it to hold the objective and keep my forces from making it across. 

It's not looking good for Nurgle!

In a last ditch effort I ran the unit of Blightkings across the river to kill the Slaughterpriest general and contest the objective. Of the 5 crossing the river only 1 made it to shore on a roll of 4+ each. Glorious battle commenced! Sixes were rolled and the Slaughterpriest and Blightking Champion were down to 1 wound each! Who would win!? 

Nobody. Because the forces of Khorne retreated from the fight and stalled out to win. A lame ending for me and a Major Loss to close out the day.

Looks cool but was extremely frustrating to play.
So my first AoS event experience was not a very positive one. We'll see if I continue in the event as the points increase. I'd like to but I also have a big Blood Bowl project under way for the first Legends Cup! More to come on that soon. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Progress Report 5/28/17 - 52 Minis week 19 through 21.

Those who lurk on this blog may have noticed my absence the past three weeks. It's been an eventful time but the majority of the past month was taken up with my best friend Udo who was in post cancer-surgery recovery. After coming through fine from the surgery we got the bad news... the cancer had moved to his lungs. He had just days to live. I spent as much time as I could with him before having to say goodbye. I miss him terribly.

RIP my hairy buddy
We're getting through each day but it has been tough. We knew Udo was getting old (he would have turned 11 this year) but we weren't expecting to go from healthy to dead in just a few short days. If  you have a hairy loved on of your own be sure and give them some pets and love. You won't regret it. 

I began collecting and painting miniatures (and blogging here) just shortly after we got Udo as a puppy. It's the end of an era! And while I will be happy to not have his long hair stuck in each and every mini I paint or assemble I would gladly trade that it for some more time laying around the house together. 

Spent time after Udo's passing rearranging the house. Flip flopped our bedroom and studio space and moved all of the miniature and gaming things into the studio. It's not a massive space but it now has all of my art supplies, PC, and minis in one place. I'm hoping it will lead to massive bouts of creativity! So far it hasn't but I think that is to be expected. 

Here are a couple minis for this update. I didn't finish 3 and one of these was already mostly done (and not totally painted by me) but I wanted to get them posted here. 

First up we have another Chaos Warrior of Malal. Not in love with this paint job though it gets the job done. 

And then there is this thing. I'm not going to give away too much yet... but let's just say I have my work cut out for me in the coming months for a new Blood Bowl event coming up in September:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Progress Report 5/7/17 - 52 Minis week 18

First week without classes! Yah! Spent it doing some work around the yard, playing some games with folks, and playing music. Oh and I got these Preservers for This Is Not A Test painted up too.

These are some grunts. They will likely get torn apart by mutants, cannibals, or other thrifty wasteland survivors. But at least they will do it in style!!

Here we have the leaders of the warband - two of them in Power Armor. Getting things handled!