Here’s one I finished up for Ann’s March Might & Magic Challenge. All around cool person, Ann of Ann’s Immaterium threw out this challenge for March. Having just gotten back into painting after a hiatus, I guess I felt a painting challenge would help spur me along. The rules of the challenge were pretty loose, so it was easy enough to select something to do.
Originally I had planned on painting Blood Bowl Star Player “MIGHTy Zug”. With a name like that, he would be a shoe-in, right?! Unfortunately COVID-19 hit around this time (will we someday look at back this time and all just laugh?!?), and my job/home life got super busy. Mind you, that’s small potatoes to how rough some people have it. So I’ll leave it at that.
When a Challenge doesn’t go quite the way you planned, have a Plan B!
Star Player – Morg N’ Thorg
Enter Morg N’ Thorg. An equally formidable Blood Bowl Star Player, even though his first name isn’t “Mighty”! Star Players in Blood Bowl are like mercenaries for hire, playing for a team that gives them money. When your team’s point value is lower than your opponent, you get ‘extra money’ to spend on items to help even out the game balance. Sometimes you’ll have enough to hire a Star Player. Morg N’ Thorg is an Ogre, and he’s rather unique in that he will play for just about every Blood Bowl team out there. Except for the Undead, who he hates. He’s also one of the most expensive Star Players, so I’m not even sure if I will end up ever using him.
As you can see above, I had most of the base colors on him, which meant adding some washes, touching up the skin, highlights, basing, and a home run!
Painting wise, he went fairly smooth. I took a little while to decide on the old Rams Yellow/Blue uniform, and things just fell into place from there. The paints looked ugly as hell while in the base color phase, and I was a little worried about that but probably less than I usually worry. Then one night I was working on highlights and my Wife walked in and said that was really good and looked really realistic, so I knew I must be onto something at that point.
The mini comes from ForgeWorld. That means $$$ to those of us in the U.S. The quality was not bad, very little to clean up, most parts just fit together just fine. I did remove the football from his left hand, as I reserve football-holding to Thrower minis. For the amount I paid, an optional non-football holding hand would have been nice. I can’t say I’m too crazy about the mini itself. The face is ugly (granted it’s an Ogre), but it has more character than some faces. Pose is alright. But overall, I think there are way better minis in their plastic line. I bought him back when they first re-released Blood Bowl, when things were selling out right and left and buying was a bit more frantic. If he came out now, I’d likely just pass.
Oh yea, partially thanks to COVID-19, I’ve been waiting and waiting for some 40mm bases to arrive. I feel like an Ogre really needs a 40mm base, and it should still fit on the game board quite nicely. So unfortunately that part hasn’t been done yet. Hopefully that doesn’t disqualify me, Ann?!
There’s my last two pics, and now for “What’s Next?”. I still have a couple posts that I should be getting out. With this whole COVID-19 thing (yea, I’m going to keep blaming that!), free time has been a bit less than usual though. Mind you, I’ve been able to get some more quality time with the family, which is great…but with less personal time to paint. At any rate, I should have another post with some tokens in the future and if all goes well, another team completed by the end of this month or next. So stay tuned!
Special thanks to Ann for the challenge and keep painting away!