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@guildball tournament I shoot better after a beer prize support part two 

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So, it’s time for today’s prize reveal for trinity Wargaming clubs guild ball tournament ‘I shoot better after a beer”

We’re lucky enough to be receiving some prize support from steamforged games themselves and today’s reveal is a part of that 

  
A hunters guild guild patch for the new season two team. These were released last year in very limited numbers so will be highly sought after.

More prize reveals later today 

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@guildball tournament Taunton I shoot better after a beer prize support part one 

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So, apparently the tournament has been popular and the spaces are all gone so I’d best get on with some prize support reveals.

Today’s reveal is the “Ygdrassil Fantasy Football Scoreboard” from Ygdrassil towers- one of the many company’s that will be supporting us 

  
The kit includes:

1 resin scoreboard. 

2 resin support poles

2 resin pole struts

1 resin shield

8 resin team signs

6 magnets

magnetic strip

14 MDF score labels

1 MDF base
   
 
Be sure to check the company out On their Facebook page here.

Guild Ball Union Post Errata Game @guildball

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So, a few days ago steamforged games released the rules errata for Guild Ball. It’s a wonderful thing when a company not only makes changes to fix game balance; not only when a company listens to its community ahead of making changes; not only presents changes in a timely consistent manner but also records and releases a video detailing all the changes and the reasoning behind them. Genuinely it is a huge thing to do and definitely helps ease the potential for ‘the sky is falling’ complaining.

Now, I should point out that my two teams were probably hardest hit, the Alchemists and specifically the Union. I could rant and rave about how up my Union team is now far inferior to what it was last week but I won’t. For two reasons, one it’s pointless. Two, inferior is not the same as crap. And actually also because the changes were well explained and I feel OK for the most part. I’m also not going to  go over the changes one by one, or character by character. Instead what I decided to do was play a game.

My previous favourite six Union players were 

Blackheart

Coin

Hemlocke

Mist

Decimate

Gutter
Blackheart and coin are of course (for now) compulsory, but the other four has gradually eased their way into my starting six after many games: they also were the four hardest hit by errata changes. So I opted for a different line up tonight. I was up against butchers in a game against a new player who hadn’t had a game (but being advised by a regular opponent). I opted for 

Blackheart

Coin

Mist

Rage

Minx

Snakeskin

This wasn’t a knee jerk reaction to the errata, just a good opportunity to look at the fringe players (Fangtooth didn’t quite make the cut this time). I’ll be honest I don’t remember most of the game. After a cagey first two turns as my opponent worked out his players and the rules thing started to happen. I charged the dog with snakeskin and missed with everything- the plan had been to at least get a momentum to take a defensive stance when boar charged. Unfortunately boar did charge and pushed snakeskin down to 5 health. Blackheart responded and beat On boar a little as the rest of the team eased themselves away from a cluster of butchers looking to stack damage on,

The next turn Blackheart took out the dog before unloading on boar, who took out Snakeskin. Minx charged and took out boar before rage tore chunks out of Shank and Meathook. Mist then came charging up the field, robbed Tenderiser of a ball he hadn’t expected to get before bouncing away and kickoff the ball into the goal. The ball was blasted up the field into Shanks possession and minx was taken out. Rage responded by taking out Meathook before Mist took the ball from Shank, bounced away again and buried the shot for the win. A final 12-4 victory, having lost snakeskin and Minx.

Now, this was a game against a beginner, so I can’t be certain of the effectiveness of this group of players but here’s a rundown of my thoughts

Blackheart as ever was a powerful and deadly force in the centre of the field, he held the ball when needed and did some serious damage with his playbook. Not for the first time seemed capable of some poor rolling but excellent overall.

Coin probably had its least effective game for me yet as my opponent sensed easy points. Coin then spent most of the game skulking, however bag of coffers helped ensure Mist tackled tenderiser when it mattered.

Mist has suffered in no was at all from the loss of momentous tackle. On the charge I was twice able to get the tackle and a momentous where’d they go before scoring.

Rage was a wonderfully efficient player, causing damage all over the table. I also used tooled up for the first time on Blackheart and it is lovely.

Minx was interesting,she’s efficient with influence and gives out a lot of damage if you set up a decent charge but she is fragile. I didn’t get to play with her character plays but she’s definitely getting more game time.

Snakeskin has always been player seven on my team sheet, she was used as bait here so didn’t get much chance to play but she did poison the dog.
Overall really happy with the team. I want to work Decimate and Fangtooth in there to have around but I haven’t decided who to drop to do so just yet.

Hobby projects, Guildball the Union Starter Box

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So, last week I painted up Fangtooth from Guildballs Union team and when I saw the starter set at a good price I couldn’t resist picking it up 

  
Apparently this one is unique as it includes steamforged games first ‘multi character’ character. I’ll get to that.

  
Everything is nicely organised, with each model separated into its own zip bag. Annoyingly the box was missing the football but an email has gone off to hopefully rectify that.

  
Blackheart is the Captain of the team, an all action killer with good stats.

  
I really like the inclusion of mascots in the guildball game, it adds an additional character that does something slightly different to just an out and out normal guy. In Coin’s case he dishes out additional influence, which is limited so really useful. Some of the other team mascots give out bonuses if they are killed, Coin doesn’t but he/she seems fairly solid regardless.

  
As mentioned, the multi character character- Avarisse and Greede. Strictly speaking Avarisse is the player, whilst Greede sits in a harness on his belly. But at the start of a turn you can drop Greed off giving you an extra player on the field. Avarisse looks to be fairly tough, though lacks any real abilit to kick. This is offset by Greede, his kicking skill being quite high. Presumably the main tactic is to have Avarisse hold the ball, before Greede detaches with it, dodges everyone and scores/passes upfield. I see him being equally useful as a surprise attacker if I can knock down other players.

  
Assembly wasn’t too bad- Blackheart was a little weird in his pose so I think Iv managed to stick his head on slightly wonky, but Avarisse and Greede were far easier than I’d anticipated.

  
Once I’d used my Basius pad (again) it was into painting- Coin first as he was the easiest. It was a simple build up of natural green colours, before spending far too long trying to dot the eyes without him looking cross eyed.

   
 
Next up was Greede- the on field model. Whilst I felt the leprechaun was a little too obvious, I had to do it as my other half is from Norn Arn so I knew it would annoy her if she ever saw it. This was also a test for the scheme as it occurred to me he isn’t going to spend much time in the field outside of Avarisse’s harness.

   
   
Him done it was time to do him again as a part of the Avarisse model. What’s brilliant is the model comes with magnets allowing Greede to be easily removed once he’s scuttling around the tabletop. Pictures of a Greedless Avarisse will follow when Iv finished the replacement belly piece.

   
   
Finally Blackheart got painted. This is the one I’m most disappointed with, I just couldn’t settle on a colour scheme I liked so ended up just doing it brown and being annoyed. I’m keeping an eye on an alternate poses Blackheart to have another go.
The starter set was really good, the Avarisse and Greede models effectively giving an extra model for your money. Next on my shopping list are a couple more characters in order to get a full six player team on the field (and maybe some subs)

What’s on my table? 28th July 

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so, this week has been fairly productive. Iv managed to get a lot done as most evenings Iv been at my painting table.

   
 
First, I finally got organised with my Basius pad with some green stuff and now every Wild West Exodus model I own has a unique moulded base (besides those I’d already based). Painting of these will continue soon.
  
As you’ll have seen in a previous post the Mad Max Cars were all painted up and finished, though I can see a few details that need to be sorted.

  
Over a year ago now I mentioned my Rourkes Drift box from Warlord Games, I finally got some colour on of the British Redcoats, finalising my base colours.

   
   
Happy with the result I immediately moved on to painting up some more and getting them shaded. I hope to get the remainder of the British done over the next week or so, before getting the seemingly endless pile of Zulu warrior sprues finished too.

  

Final details also went onto Miedo a Morir from the Brotherhood faction of Freebooters Fate. Just the base to tidy up a little.

   
   
A dice head model from Noc’s Box- a gaming store in Dorset. I’m annoyed I missed that mould line, not sure how it happened. Again, just the base and a little tidying to do on this one- and the tie of course.

Finally, Iv also been working on some GuildBall models, but I’ll write a seperate post for that.

Painting Guildball Union Fangtooth

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so, this was going to be included in my most recent ‘what’s on my table’ post but due to the size I figured it would be better off on its own.

Guildball is a game that’s recently become popular at my gaming club, mostly due to the kickstarter arriving and one of our members pledging for everything and being able to show it off. This has led to a gradual uptake of teams as well as a few crossovers with the club I the next town.

The game is a medieval sports game, based somewhere between the real origins of football and rugby and a fantasy world. It’s far more fluid than blood bowl and dreadball as it doesn’t require it’s models to move on set spaces, instead operating far more as a skirmish style game. 

I’ve played a few times now but haven’t yet settled on a team, I’m also holding off a bit to see if the game drops off, as has happened with a few games recently, as fads lose their appeal. I suspect this one will last, especially as season two is on the way, but you can never be sure.

In the meantime I  picked up a model I liked from the range to paint up, Fangtooth, from the Union team. He’s a fairly flexible model as he can play for the Morticians, Brewers and Fishermen as well so I’m not stuck with one team.

So the model arrived and I quickly assembled it (really quickly as it was a one piece model). I also used my recently acquired Basius 2 pad to give him a more exciting base.

  
You can see his base, with space for his huge feet in the centre of this picture.

  
Once glued to the base and sprayed I immediately painted the skin with Mephiston Red to provide a deep colour to the recesses of the skin.

  
Next came the layering to an actual skin tone. First drybrushing a heavy layer or emperors children over the top to take the edge off the red, before finally highlighting with Cadian Fleshtone to provide a natural colour. Due to the dirty rotten nature of Fangtooth I then dabbed Lamentors Yellow into creases and folds to make him look filthy.

   
Next up, the chains were picked out in Ironbreaker to break up the flesh areas. I also painted the trousers a split between Caliban Green and Averland Sunset. I always liked Stirlanders from Warhammer Fantasy so it was an easy choice on colour scheme. 

 
A slightly clearer shot, unfortunately iPads don’t have fantastic cameras, so a lot of pictures look awful.
   
Loads of detail on the model, I picked out a few boils and lumps with the yellow glaze, as well as getting all the staples from his repaired wounds,

 
Starting to look ok

 

  

Everything was given a wash with Agrax Earthshade to dirty it up (and lazily pick out detail). I also painted the wood of the base and his mask with Rhinox Hide, before highlighting the base with Gorthor Brown.

  

The trousers were highlighted with Warpstone Glow and Yriel Yellow, and the mask with Gorthor Brown. I added some Screaming Bell detailing to the chains, picking out the larger links and rings.
With that the model is finished until I add a team to him and detail with some linking colours.