Progress with Collecting 24 Blood Bowl Teams

I’m working towards collecting and painting a team for each of the 24 Blood Bowl races and I thought I quickly share where I am with this little hobby goal. I’m trying not to double up on anything until I have one of everything (I did break this rule recently with skaven!).

Finished

  • Humans – Metal 2nd edition. Want to go back and tidy up the details and bases on these as my painting has improved since I did them.
  • Orcs – Plastic 3rd edition from the box set. Still want to paint a troll, goblin, chainsaw and some sideline figures. Detailing as above.
  • Elves – Metal 2nd edition. Have 3 cheerleaders to finish.
  • Halflings – Metal 2nd edition. Detailing as above.
  • Chaos – I found another beastman that I’d like to paint up but the rest is done.
  • Skaven – Metal 3rd edition. Detailing as above.
  • Ogres – Mainly 2nd edition ogres with a newer style Morg in there too. Snotlings include WFB minis but I have original Blood Bowl ones now that need swapping.

Preparation

These are owned and I have plans for them but they need some work to either assemble, convert or strip them before I can work on them more.

  • Dwarves – Mixture of 2nd and 3rd edition metal. Primed and ready to go.
  • Vampires – Using combination of 2nd edition orcs as thralls and old metal WFB black orcs as vampires. Did prime them but think I will strip them and start again as I don’t like the white.
  • Chaos Pact – 2nd edition star players and big guys. Won’t paint these for a while as I want them to be the very best I can do. May get another Pact team in the meantime.
  • Chaos Dwarves – Impact miniatures team. Assembled, based and primed.
  • Dark Elves – 2nd edition metal. Stripped, assembled, based and primed.
  • Norse – Impact miniatures valkyrie team. Assembled, based and primed.
  • High Elf – Conversion from WFB miniatures. Started to assemble and mold he parts that I need.
  • Undead – Unexpectedly won a GW metal team on eBay so will work around these now. Assembled, based and primed.

Sourcing

  • Necro – Will add to the metal Undead team to make them into a combined Undead/Necro team.
  • Underworld – Meiko Miniatures Ratmen / Underworld campaign (I got another skaven team too).
  • Wood Elves – Timberline elves from the Impact Kickstarter.
  • Khemri – Impact Miniatures via Kickstarter.
  • Lizardmen – Sarcos team via Impact Miniatures Kickstarter.

Researching

  • Nurgle
  • Slann
  • Amazon – Probably an Impact team.
  • Goblin – May get the Pedro Ramos team when they come out for funding.

After these I will work on Star Players and sideline figures…but that’s quite a way off as there’s so much to work on there and there’s everything else that I’m trying to do in the background too (pitches, tournaments, turn markers etc).

in the next week or two I will be stripping the Dark Elves and assembling the Valkyries and Chaos Dwarves so that they can be primed before the weather turns. I’ll redo the Vampire Orcs too. While I’m doing that I will be planning out how to build and convert the Undead/Necro and High Elf teams. I’m thinking of painting up the extra Orc characters too as I may play them in the next club league.

Hobby Goal Update

In October 2013 I wrote a short post outlining some of my medium and long term hobby goals. As with all goals the purpose was to give me something to work towards and something to keep me focussed when I do get a chance to spend some time in the hobby cave.

The winter months are always good for my hobby time and I made a good amount of progress when the nights were cold and dark. Sunday nights watching the NFL and painting minis are a particular favourite. Now that the sun is out and the days are longer I prefer to be outdoors and progress tends to slow significantly.

Firstly, let’s remind ourselves of the initial goals.

  1. Play in the local gaming club’s winter Blood Bowl league 
  2. Play a game on FUMBBL
  3. Join an online Blood Bowl league
  4. Collect and paint a tournament team for every Blood Bowl race
  5. Attend at least 1 Blood Bowl tournament in 2014
  6. Play each Blood Bowl race at a tournament
  7. Build and paint 1000pts of WFB High Elves
  8. Play a 1000pt game of WFB in 2014

Now for the updates.

Well I’ve just finished my first season in the local tabletop league (I hope you’ve read the match reports and the season report) and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ll be back next year to try to better my finish from this season. Also at the end of last year I started playing a little bit of online Blood Bowl with FUMBBL. Initially I had a lot of fun playing this especially in the Rookie 145 league that I took part in. I’m going to do another one of these in the near future. I’m counting this as being in a league but I know that it’s not a full organised and structured league. I still think they are a bit of a challenge for me to participate in because of my other commitments. But I will find one to join.

As for the Blood Bowl tournaments, well I have been steadily collecting some more teams, adding chaos dwarves, norse, ogres, dark elves, dwarves and vampires to the list of those that I already owned – elves, humans, orcs, halfing, skaven. I’m also working on necro and undead. So I am making progress on getting the teams, playing the teams on the other hand is much more difficult. My personal circumstances make it very difficult for me to attend them. I have worked to get around this though by setting up my very own NAF sanctioned tournament – ExeBowl. It sounds counter intuitive but it means I can sort things out at home well in advance and hopefully in a few years time when the tournament is established I will have one on my doorstep that I will be able to play in. So those goals are being worked on, they’ve just taken a slight change of direction. I still want to play the 24 but have come to the realisation that I’ll be starting and finishing the challenge as a much older player than most.

I’ve also started to construct some pitches and some stands and dugouts. This is a new direction for me and is a really nice change of pace from painting. I’ve enjoyed the more ‘crafty’ nature of the work and am looking forward to adding to these over the coming months and years.

Warhammer is the game that has fallen to the wayside. I’m not sure what it is but I’m not ‘feeling’ it at the moment. I’ve got a 1000pt of high elves based and primed. I just need to start painting them. The various Blood Bowl pitches are taking my time at the moment and I’m just staring at the elves on the shelf. I’ve also stopped listening to all but two of the Warhammer podcasts and have stopped following most of the Warhammer talk on Twitter. It’s just not gripping me enough.

One thing that has flown in to take its place is X-Wing. I’ve built up a decent collection on miniatures (although store stock levels brought it to a halt) and have enjoyed the couple of games that I’ve played. I’ll try to play more over the summer, although I do intend to keep up the Blood Bowl scene at the local club to keep interest high for the tournament. It’s a super quick game with lots of fun and interesting strategy. I can also pack the whole thing into a small box and keep it in the car. I’ve also got DeadZone sitting on the shelf and DreadBall too, but they don’t seem to have gained much traction locally and I’m happy for them to stay there for now.

That’s my update. Overall I am pleased with progress and I’m personally interested to see how, if, this changes over the summer but I am not too concerned. There is a World Cup with late night games so that may up the evening painting time considerably.

I hope you’ve made some good progress on your hobby goals and that you get to work on them as much as you want to over the summer.

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Less than two weeks ago I wrote a little post about my medium and long term hobby goals. I did it for many reasons, but mainly to give me a purpose and a direction with my limited hobby resources.

Like most gamers, I have models that I’ve never used and probably never will. I’ve got models in various stages of completion and things on the painting table that have been there too long.

As somebody returning to the tabletop gaming there’s also the challenge of breaking through into a world that you thought was long forgotten. Tournaments, clubs, leagues and armies have all started and continued without me and now we have the world of podcasts, forums, and global communication.

My goals were designed to help me gain some hobby momentum and to get out of the cave and into the wild.

Just having the list of goals printed up and stuck on the wall in my cave has been fantastic. It’s really got me thinking and engaging with Blood Bowl and Warhammer Fantasy in the way that I want to.

I’ve played my first game of FUMBBL after months of being a Blood Bowl voyeur. I’m 1/0/1 with my skaven and 0/1/0 with my orcs. I’m actively looking for games every other night or so. Considering my poor attendance at the gaming club over the summer I’ve played more Blood Bowl in the last week than I have in the last 6 months. I’ve really enjoyed FUMBBL and the coaches that I’ve played against. So far it’s not been the rookie bashing experience that I thought it would be. I’ve even managed a game of Cyanide:Chaos Edition online as well. I’m really enjoying playing Blood Bowl.

As for tabletop tournaments, I’ve been able to focus on the minis that I want to collect and paint and have made the decision to play ogres and other stunty teams in my first few Blood Bowl tournaments. The TalkFantasyFootball forums has a thread showing the UK tabletop tournaments and I’m aiming to attend at least one next year. There’s nothing stopping me in my mind any more, I just need to get all the family bits lined up to make my attendance possible.

I’ve not forgotten my Warhammer Fantasy High Elves either. I’ve catalogued my army and have built a simple 1000pt list based on painting as many small units of what I have and having fun with them. There’s 50+ models to clean, base and paint in the next few months; again I’ve printed the list up and stuck it to the wall.

So it’s been a great few days for me.

If you need a little bit of direction or have something that you’ve been putting off for a while, then I can recommend unleashing your inner manager and putting together your own Hobby Goals. It’s working for me 🙂

Let me know your hobby goals…

Medium and Long Term Hobby Goals

I’ve been thinking recently about what to do in terms of hobby in the medium to long term. Short term I’m enjoying listening to podcasts, starting WFB High Elves and painting my old Blood Bowl minis. But there are no real goals that are going to give me a broader direction and drive after that. Blood Bowl is my real passion in terms of gaming but I’m running out of Blood Bowl teams that I can recondition from my old collection and don’t have the funds to just buy new toys with no purpose. I’m also not playing games. I don’t get to the local gaming club as often as I should and although I’m setup on FUMBBL and Cyanide, I’m yet to play any online games. On top of that I’ve also got a shelf of Warhammer Fantasy elves gathering dust.

I need focus! I can’t wait until the New Year to make hobby resolutions…I need them now.

To that end, I’m setting myself the following goals that I’d like to share with you. Some of them are much longer term than others (as you’ll see) and others are there to just give me a kick up the arse!

1. Play in the local gaming club’s winter Blood Bowl league – Blood Bowl isn’t a massive game at the local club, but there is an annual league and pickup games can generally be arranged every now and again. I missed out on joining the local league last year because of the house move, but this year I am going to join. I’ll probably play skaven as that’s what I enjoy most at the moment, although I do love AG4 on the elves.

2. Play a game on FUMBBL – I set myself up ages ago and have watched several games, but have been put off by the high standard of play that I’ve seen. I should just accept that getting smashed is a learning opportunity and take it like a man. There’s also the annoyance of having to use my laptop to play games as most of the time I use my tablet these days. That’s a made up excuse though.

3. Join an online Blood Bowl league – I’ve got the Cyanide game and have played one game so far, there’s also the new Orca-Cola Podcast that specialises in online gameplay. This has got me playing more games against the (crappy) AI, but I need to play against challenging real-life opponents to get better. Joining a league will get me playing more games. I can make time for a couple of games a week for sure. I’m not sure if it’ll be a Cyanide or FUMBBL league that I join yet.

4. Collect and paint a tournament team for every Blood Bowl race – This is a long term goal and will give me some focus for my purchases and future painting projects. It also means that I can look into other aspects of the hobby such as display and storage with some idea of where I want to get to in the end.

5. Attend at least 1 Blood Bowl tournament in 2014 – I wasn’t even aware tournaments were running 18 months ago and I want to take advantage of my NAF membership and get a ranking 🙂 Attending tournaments isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible with enough planning. I live in the South West of England and reckon that there are at least 6 within a couple of hours drive from here.

6. Play each Blood Bowl race at a tournament – This may sound strange for someone that doesn’t play much and has never attended a tournament in his life, but this is something that I think will keep me going for a decade or so. At the moment home life means that even attending two tournaments a year is very difficult, this should get easier as my little boy grows up though. This goal couples nicely with my goal of collecting all of the teams.

7. Build and paint 1000pts of WFB High Elves – I’ve got enough models on the shelf to make more than 1000pts but by setting myself a low points army value to start with it means that I learn about list building and get some simple games played without going overboard or in the wrong direction.

8. Play a 1000pt game of WFB in 2014 – This gives me some focus for getting the High Elves built and will mean that I don’t get caught up trying to collect all of the Blood Bowl teams in one year.

Anyway, enough from me. Time to post on the local club’s forum to see when the league starts, time to check out the NAF website and time to log in to FUMBBL.

I’ll share updates on each of these goals.