In this post, we’ll be talking about Blitz Bowl tokens and Contrast Paints. Double whammy!
Blitz Bowl Tokens
Blood Bowl Bounce template v2
Wait a second, Faust! You already shared that one! Well, yes and no.
I did paint up one of those Blood Bowl bounce templates before. But I got a second one with a rules pack, and found it to be quite useful when playing our 3-Player Blitz Bowl Game. So, I decided why not paint it up and stick it in the Blitz Bowl box and then I don’t have to drag it out of the Blood Bowl box each time! I did end up using Contrast Paints for the numbers and letters, thinking they would yield a brighter result. The difference isn’t really noticeable in the photo and still pretty subtle in person.
Blitz Bowl Tokens – Fronts
Blitz Bowl Tokens – Backs
For anyone who has played Blitz Bowl, they might wonder why so many tokens? You really only need 1-2 balls and a couple circular (reroll) and gauntlet (score) tokens.
Well, I made a modified board that allows 3 of us to play at once. There is a good chance that I’ll make a 4-player board someday too. Which means we would need more than 2 sets of tokens.
But Faust, I count 5 sets and with only 3-4 players…. Umm yea. So I had been reading an article about gamers and color blindness and trying to figure out the number of spare tokens I might have, etc. In the end, I decided to go with 5 different colored tokens, which would give players a variety of colors to choose from and potentially give us some alternatives if someone has a particular color blindness. We only have 1 person who does, and rarely play with them, but this was some forward thinking on my part. I also just like having the color and token variety for different teams.
If you’re buying 2 Blood Bowl miniature box per team (which you often have to, to get a full team), then you end up with a lot of spare Turn/Score tokens and balls anyways. So this was one way for me to put them to use.
I had heard awhile back about Games Workshop’s new line of “Contrast” paints. Probably everyone has and perhaps experimented with them to death at this point. But since I had just started to get back in the swing of things, let’s say I’m behind!
At first, I ordered a few and then as usual…waited and waited for the paints to be delivered. At which point, I probably got impatient and ordered some more. So the cycle went, until (ashamedly) I ended up owning the WHOLE line.
I had planned on doing a whole Blood Bowl team in Contrast paints at first, after some initial color tests. Then I did more tests, and went back to my tried and true “Test Strips!”.
Test Strips – Contrast Paints
I found there could be a significant color change when applied over the recommended Wraithbone or Grey Seer base. The flesh Contrast paints look a bit better on Wraithbone, though if you’re looking for a cooler color, you might want to paint Contrast paints over Grey Seer. Like, say for a Zombie or something. I ended up doing a series of test strips over Wraithbone and another over Grey Seer, just so I could see the differences.
This also allowed me to get a better idea of how the different colors worked. As people have noted, not all the Contrast paints work equally well. Some are very streaky, some are very dark, etc. The properties of the paint can be a bit different, and really require experimentation.
Which is something I tried with the Blitz Bowl tokens above. One, because I didn’t plan on spending a lot of time on them. Two, it gave me a small project to quickly test.
As mentioned, different colors apply a bit differently. The two yellows are probably my favorite to work with. Iyanden Yellow is nice and bright, and dries with a nice Orange shade in the recesses. Nazdreg Yellow is also quite nice, with a brown shade left in the recesses. I also liked Gryphhound Orange, but it wasn’t used in any of the items pictured above.
The green Ork Flesh can look pretty nice on some things, but did not turn out that well on these tokens. Talassar Blue and Blood Angels Red are very bright…but an immense pain to work with. They end up very streaky, and I can’t imagine wanting to use them again anytime soon.
Which leaves the token set on the far left of the picture ‘Dwarf tokens’. For these, I used a mix of Apothecary White and Black Templar. Perhaps Basilicanum Grey as well? At any rate, I ended up with an interesting stone and non-metallic metal effects. I’m not sure that it’s an effect I want to keep using, but maybe for other quick boardgames pieces in the future.
So, we’ve talked about a few of the different colors. As I mentioned, applying them can be tricky. First, they need to be brushed over a light base color. I typically prime minis with a dark grey or black these days. Which has been a challenge, as I have to either re-prime the mini or brush several layers of Wraithbone or Grey Seer over the top. That’s a lot of additional work, for a technique that is ‘designed to be quick’. Also, you have to work fast when applying these paints. They dry quick, and if you try to go back over an area that has dried, you will end up removing/smudging that area. The paints don’t always dry consistently either. I’ve found several times the paint has shrunk and glaringly exposed the light base coat.
So why use Contrast Paints? That’s a good question, and I feel like I’m still trying to find out when and where they are practical. I’ll have a part of a mini in a future post which turned out pretty well, but I don’t know that I trust them enough to use on an entire mini at this point. As many have noted, they work best on small surfaces with lots of detail and/or organic in nature. They do not work well on larger flat surfaces, as they tend to dry in uneven splotches. They feel like you’re working with something in-between and ink and wash. They have the really vibrant colors you can get with ink. And if you’ve ever cursed at washes for drying like you wanted nor going to the spot where you want…you will curse even more at Contrast Paints.
Oh yea, Flesh colors. So this was one area where I was hoping the Contrast Paints would really shine and save me some time. My typical flesh paint goes base, wash, highlight, extra highlight. That’s really basic and won’t always get the mini’s skin looking like I want. I tried the flesh colors, and although they do shade and kinda highlight in one go….they just leave the mini looking flat and two-dimensional. If that makes any sense.
I ended up applying another wash over the skin and painting over the top. Which actually gave me an interesting idea. The net effect was a bit more blended than the skin I had done with my base method and it also helped a lot with spotting where to apply highlights and shadows on the mini. Could I maybe have just used a darker wash and then painted the skin? Possibly. But for the time being, I’ll probably keep playing with this idea to see how I like it.
That ended up being a bit more about Contrast Paints than I had planned, but pretty much covers my experience to date. Have you experimented with the Contrast Paints line? Did you find them useful at all or did they end up in the garbage?
I’m working on trying to finish my next Blood Bowl team. These things take some time. Well, not two years like the Dwarves(!), but hopefully by the end of the month I can show them off. There might be some smaller stuff in-between too, as I’ve been doing a fair amount of dabbling here and there. Hope you all are well!