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9Dec/190

Journey of the Maulers – Creating character

Those who have followed the previous articles of the Journey of the Maulers series will have noticed that I value the characterisation of the minis a lot, both visually and narratively. I'm following a relatively simple scheme, but it's based on a lot of prior consideration. When I write a story for one of the players, I try to keep it as compact as possible. Just describing the framework of the character makes sense for several reasons. On one hand, the reader has the possibility to fill the gaps with his own imagination and perception, on the other hand, you have the possibility to extend the background over time to your liking.

Journey of the Maulers - Hacka Bellycutta Journey of the Maulers - Hacka Bellycutta

8Dec/190

2nd Advent Weekender

St. Nicolas was busy this week, and no I am not talking about the holy Nick Cage, and put a couple of things into the stockings.

I managed to acquire some Hobgoblins from the Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team at the Games n' Dice demo day. And my first intention was to use that as a base to start from, but I saw a complete team, incl. those special positionals (even the blunderbuss) and went for it. It is a higher invest, but I saved a lot of time and postage on smaller batches and individual orders.

Long story short, I have 15 hobgoblins that I'd like to sell. So drop me a message if you're interested.

Blood Bowl - Chaos Dwarves Team Blood Bowl - Chaos Dwarf Hobgoblins

2Dec/190

Journey of the Maulers: Strategic painting

Four. Only four models left. As I mentioned in the last article, this was the point where I failed the last time, because I simply ran out of motivation. Well, as you can see from this Blackorc, I was able to get my act together, thanks to the tips and support I received from the community. Reason enough to talk a little bit about it.

Journey of the Maulers - Golden Vultures vs. Mauler

Suggestion number 1 was to divide the painting into small bites and to invest half an hour or so during the day. This is generally a good idea and a strategy that I have followed before. The big advantage of this technique is that you can make good progress on boring areas, i.e. very large surfaces that have the same color or need several layers of base color, without getting bored because you sit at it for too long.

12Nov/192

Journey of the Maulers: A legendary pun

For quite some time I wasn't sure whether I should repaint this gentleman or not. This thrower was the first conversion for the Maulers and also the test mini for the colour scheme. I remember sacrificing the figure of a classic savage orc shaman on boar to get the hand that points away from him - a typical quarterback movement in American Football.

Journey of the Maulers - Troi Orkman Journey of the Maulers - Troi Orkman

4Nov/190

Journey of the Maulers: Forever Gabru

After I started to play my Wanderleague parallely to painting the remaining players, the presentation mode has also changed slightly. Besides the introduction of a new player I will also try to give some game summaries, give an update about the season and add some snapshots.

Journey of the Maulers - Gabru Kneebreaka

But first the next player: Gabru Kneebreaka is, as the name suggests, from the fanclub of da Kneebreakaz. The idea for it came before I even painted the fans. This Blitzer is a homage, a small thank you to all the faithful readers, who follow the project now already in the 15th article.

28Oct/190

Journey of the Maulers: Blackorcs

Blackorcs are always a tricky one for me, because according to the fluff they have noticeably darker skin than other orcs. For the fans I painted one by using the same colors as in the tutorial for ordinary orcs, but this was a very, very time-consuming method and I was looking for a recipe that would allow me to keep the comic-like look and still achieve a visually appealing result. Meanwhile I think I found my recipe for it, as I also found a good base color in the Vallejo Game Color range: Dark Green. Dark Green is a little brighter than the classic Dark Angels Green by Games Workshop and can be highlighted relatively well with Bonewhite or shaded with a black wash.

Journey of the Maulers - Borr Eightkilla Journey of the Maulers - Kragg Ratmaula

25Oct/190

Warhammer Mainz: Shop Birthday and Everchosen

On September 14th the Warhammer store in Mainz celebrated its third birthday and held the Everchosen competition for it's customers in Mainz. The atmosphere was pretty good and besides the usual games there was also a delicious cake to enjoy. Visitors who were eager to buy had the opportunity to take part in a small raffle in which various goodies could be won.

The quality of the entries was quite good for my impression, which is why I was all the more surprised when the vote count finally chose my Blood Bowl team, the Skycastle Titans, as the winner.

Warhammer Mainz - Everchosen Warhammer Mainz - Everchosen

3Jul/190

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Wanderleagues

As the third lineplayer paintwise doesn't offer anything new compared to the other two, I'll talk a bit about my Wanderleague system today, but more about that in a moment. I've tried a little something on Gorhuk the Smelly. On the one hand, I'm just starting to love the color scheme of keeping the clothes completely in black and the armor in yellow, on the other hand I wanted to do something new and tried painting the logo on the side of the helmet, just to see how it would look. That turned out pretty well so far and I think the other players will get the team logo painted onto the side of their helmets as well over the course of time.

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24Jun/194

Blood Bowl Team Greenfield Grasshuggers

31 years after their initial introduction, the Greenfield Grasshuggers receive a plastic kit as part of the latest Blood Bowl reincarnation.

Blood Bowl - Greenfield Grasshuggers Blood Bowl - Greenfield Grasshuggers

The Greenfield Grasshuggers were shown for the first time in the rulebook of the 2nd edition of Blood Bowl in 1988, above the entry you can see a bit of the Nurgle Rotters, who got a recent re-release for Blood Bowl as a plastic kit as well. The halflings were available as miniatures casted from metal with 6 different poses and a star player, Puggy Baconbreath in the late 80s / early 90s. Later in the mid 90s, during the 3rd edition of Blood Bowl, the models got a re-design, again with 6 different poses. (The Citadel Annual pictures were taken from SoLegend, Cat 1989 and Cat 1994). Prior to the release of the plastic kit, Games Workshop offered the 3rd edition metal team as made-to-order, a chance that I took as you can see here.

20Jun/190

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Old Blood

The team's four Blitzers all have an individual history and when I looked through the old background snippets some time ago, I just realized how much character the most offensive part of the team had.

Borag Oldblood is the team's oldest player and by the way, the only remaining player of the original squad, long before the Maulers rose to fame for the first time. All other players have since been replaced by better ones, traded in favor of more lucrative contracts on the transfer market, or have simply died in the course of their careers.

BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers