State of the Hunt, Week 21/2019: Meanwhile, back in the Dugout…

Back to Blood Bowl for a bit this week — if it seems like I am frantically jumping from project to project in full hobby butterfly mode at the moment, the truth is that I am rather making the most of my current hobby motivation and productivity in order to complete some long-running projects. Case in point, my Blood Bowl Team, the Orkheim Ultraz: I started these back in 2013 and have kept adding a few models here and there ever since. After my latest bit of working on the team, I was basically down to two last missing players: These Black Orc blockers here:

While the models are based on the standard WFB plastic Black Orcs, they were still built with the new, rather more massive Blood Bowl models firmly in mind — hence the added bulk and extra-vicious look. And when it came to painting them, I hoped that my recent success with painting hulking monsters in jagged red armour would pay off here as well πŸ˜‰

So I took them along to one of Annie’s and my frequent hobby sessions and got to work.

One was my painting water, the other my drink. The colour match is obviously far too close for comfort…

The main challenge with the models was to make sure the paintjobs matched the colours of my first two Black Orc blockers. Since my Orkheim Ultraz have been such a long running project, maintaining the same look across the entire collection can be a bit tricky from time to time — but the fact that my recipe for these models is a rather fast and loose affair really helps: At the centre of it all is still the recipe for green skin I nicked from A Gentleman’s Ones many moons ago, and still make frequent use of. The skin is also just about the most sophisticated part of my recipe.

Apart from that, it’s mostly a case of blocking in the main colours (various browns for the leather and cloth, rusty silver for chainmail or similar metallic parts, and Mephiston Red as a basecoat for the armour), then adding a heavy wash of Army Painter Strong Tone over everything that isn’t skin and letting it do most of the work. After that, I only need to add lots of metallic scratches with a bit of Leadbelcher. And that’s about it, really.

Fortunately enough, the first Black Orc blocker I painted seemed to fit right in:

I also really liked the brutal look of the model, even more effective now in full colour πŸ˜‰

Here’s a picture with all of the Black Orcs in a neat row — neat for Orcs, at least. The model on the right was still about a third through the painting process at this point, as you can see.

Like I said, the main ingredient for my Orkheim Ultraz painting recipe is a liberal use of Strong Tone wash. To wit, here’s what the armour plates on my Blood Bowl Orcs look before and after washing:

Anyway, the two Black Orcs turned out to be a blast to paint, so I just needed to finish their bases (using the contents of the exact same bag of static grass I bought at the Cologne GW store about 20 years ago), and the two last player models were finished:

All in all, I am really very happy with these. They fit right in, as you can see from this picture of all four Black Orc blockers:

What a delightfully brutal looking bunch! Now these are certainly the least humorous of my Blood Bowl models — but that’s really as it should be with Black Orcs, right?

And, like I said, the completion of these last two models means that all of the player models for the Orkheim Ultraz have been painted. So meet the finished team:

I really rather love the finished collection, if I do say so myself! And with the exception of the balls (including Maxime Pastourel’s brilliant squig ball, one of my favourite Blood Bowl models of all time), each model in this army has been customised and kitbashed from non-Blood Bowl models, which almost feels like a matter of perverse pride to me πŸ˜‰

Of course this doesn’t mean that I am done with creating Blood Bowl models now — far from it! I have all kinds of ideas for cool hangers-on, fans and sideshow pieces. But it will be nice to be able to build them around the solid core provided by a finished team!

In fact, I have one last teaser picture for an upcoming, Blood Bowl related project to share with you:

Also, while all of the Ultraz’ players have now been painted to a reasonably high standard, there are still some tweaks that I want to perform on the team (such as making sure all of the eyes are painted, adding player numbers — stuff like that). And when I am done refreshing my knowledge of the Blood Bowl rules (my current experimentation with the Blood Bowl II video game I picked up during a recent sale has been …encouraging so far), I might just get in another game or two…

Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts on the finished team! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

29 Responses to “State of the Hunt, Week 21/2019: Meanwhile, back in the Dugout…”

  1. Excellent team – nicely done mate!

  2. dochalf Says:

    The blockers look ace. I really like the consistency you manage to achieve between the whole team. They are really part of one single entity and match perfectly.
    Any plans for cheerleaders or supporting cast ? Eager to see the cameragob finished πŸ™‚

    • Thanks a lot, dochalf! I already have a couple of “fanz” for the team to serve as cheerleaders — I’ll just have to paint them. There’s also a “kit-git”, and the Goblin Medic will be getting an adorable little snotling helper. How’s that for starters πŸ˜‰

      P.S. Well spotted re: the gamera grot! πŸ™‚

  3. Fantastic! Congrats on getting the core team done – I’m looking for to seeing those hangers on πŸ™‚

  4. Majikk Says:

    Damn, I would not want to line up against these boyz on the pitch. They look like they’d turn me to paste in a second.

    Love the look and paint scheme. As always great work.

  5. Absolutely love ’em! Very nice indeed!

  6. Lovely team! They need a portable Home pitch πŸ˜€πŸ˜‡

  7. The completed Black Orcs look great – a fitting finale to the (on-pitch) section of the team!

  8. Blood bowl, blood bowl, blood bowl.

    Fantastic! Well done for getting the team finished. I really like all the little Blood Bowl related actions the players are all taking. My favourite being the goblin steadying the ball for a kick. Great team, the extras you’re putting in is inspiring me to add more to my teams.

    Looking forward to seeing what the goblin with a cannon is going to be.

    Have you been tempted to make a Khorne themed team (chaos, chaos pact or Khorne) with all the great Khorne AoS Models?

    • Cheers, mate! Yeah, those Blood Warriors and Blood Reavers would be awesome as Blood Bowl players, wouldn’t they? What’s keeping me back, however, is how Chaos and Khorne are supposedly not very good teams for beginners?!

      • Ok I see. They are a bit harder to use as a beginner. The Orcs are a perfect beginner team. But you have the Orcs now so why not go for the Chaos team next. I’m guessing you spend more time making than playing anyway. Just think of all those conversion opportunities. Plus chaos teams have access to mutations for even more conversions!

        I’m currently making plans with Pandorasbitzbox to make a Chaos pact team so it’s on the brain at the moment. We’ll see if we get anywhere with it. Seeing you do Blood Bowl again made me think about a Krautscientist Khorne AoS conversion team.

      • Oh, that Khorne/Chaos team is very much an option, if only because of my general chaos affinity (and the fact that so many of the AoS models would make for excellent Blood Bowl players with a few tweaks). Believe it or not, however, for my next bigger Blood Bowl project, I would be interested in doing a human team (mostly because it would make for such an iconic companion piece for my Orcs). I think I would use the bog standard (new) plastic human team, albeit with a few tweaks here and there to add quite a bit more character.

    • P.S. Also, that’s not a cannon… πŸ˜‰

      • I’ll stop guessing now and wait to see what it is. Exciting.

        Ps your new Black Orc with the spike in the air looks particularly vicious. Forgot to say. Good stuff.

      • I’ll just drop this hint: Cabal Vision πŸ˜‰

        As for the Black Orc, cheers! He really does look rather mean, doesn’t he? πŸ˜‰

  9. brilliant, maintaining color cohesion in such a long running project is a real challenge indeed! (the squig-ball and the gobbo-nurse remain my favorites in any case πŸ™‚ !!!)

    • Thanks a lot, raff! I think the fact that I have chosen a simply straightforward, easy-to-reproduce colour scheme probably helps — well, that and the fact that I still have some of the OOP paints I need for the skin recipe, that is πŸ˜‰

  10. (can’t seem to reply in the correct place)
    Love the idea of the human team to face off against the Orcs. I’ve considered updating my Human and Orc teams (both metal 3rd edition). The ideas I had were, no repeats (obviously), more clarity on the positionals and bringing back the winged helmets for blitzers like on the games cover art. I’m looking forward to what you do with a human team.

    Not a Canon then, maybe a Nokia? (saved it…)

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