September 22, 2017

Guild Ball: Farmer’s Guild ‘Bushel’

After a little Battle Report yesterday, it is time to continue on with the Farmer’s Guild.

Up today we have ‘Bushel’, a Striker for the Farmer’s Guild.

‘Bushel’ has a pretty decent KICK stat with a 3/8”, but where she really benefits from is one of her Character Traits Cabbage Punt.  Once per turn if she is within [2”] of a harvest-marker, she can remove the harvest-marker and that will allow her to reroll failed Kicks for the remainder of the turn.

‘Bushel’ also gets a [+1] ARM id she is with [4”] of ‘Harrow’, this makes it a lot harder to take her out with her base DEF of 5+ already.

Obviously right now she has to be in the starting 6 lineup (since only 6 Farmer’s are released), but I can see her also making the lineup in the future.




Bushel

Bushel

Painting Points: 1

September 21, 2017

Battle Report: Guild Ball 9/20/2017 Butcher’s vs Hunter’s

Not much of an actually battle report, but more of an A$$ kicking to the Butcher’s.

Last night I finally made the trek out to Big Kidz Games in Grand Rapids, MI for Wednesday night Guild Ball gaming.  Wednesday nights at BKG is pretty much dedicated for Guild Ball and Warmachine/Hordes.  I have been meaning to get up there on Wednesday night since I started collecting Guild Ball, but 82 miles one way is quite the distance to drive for a single game.  Luckily majority of the drive is all Interstate so it takes only about 75 minutes.  I wont be able to do this on a weekly basis, but maybe I can get up there every other week.  I need to play more games so I can get a better understanding on how everyone works.

Eric, the ‘Pundit’ for Western Michigan usually arrives around 6:30 PM and that is about the time everyone started showing up (I got there around 6:10 PM since I was not sure about traffic).  He brought 3 Pitch’s with him and Terrain, and I also brought along my Pitch/Terrain just in case.  There was about 7 players who showed up for Guild Ball and about 8 players showed up for Warmachine/Hordes, so there was a pretty decent crowd.


I got to play Joe and his Hunter’s Guild.  Joe is fairly new to the game but has a decent amount of games under his belt, last night was going to be his first time playing with the Hunter’s.  I have been wanting to try out my Butcher’s Guild, so an Ox led Butcher’s team hit the Pitch.

Butcher’s
Ox
Princess
Boar
Boiler
Brisket (V)
Meathook

Hunter’s
Theron
Fahad
Chaska
Egret
Jaecar
Seenah

I lost the kick off so I was kicking to the Hunter’s.  I decided to go ahead and kick off with ‘Veteran Brisket’, it was a good kick and a pretty decent postion.  It went between ‘Seenah’ and ‘Egret’, and Joe snapped the ball to ‘Egret’.

From there it was a lot of dancing around with the Hunter’s and doing some long ranged damaged.  I made a big mistake and forgot to allocate Influence to ‘Veteran Brisket’ (I did not see her up the field while I was allocating the Influence), otherwise she could have gone up and tried to tackle the ball.  So not much was really done this Turn for the Butcher’s.

Hunter’s kept on dancing around and keeping just enough distance away from my Butcher’s so I could not do any real damage.  When I would try and get close enough ‘Seenah’ would Charge into me and wreck some havoc.  Twice he was able to get off Bear Hug to take out ‘Ox’ and ‘Boar’ earning him an additonal VP for those take outs.

‘Boiler’ and ‘Princess’ were able to team up and take out ‘Fahad’ for 1 VP making it 6-1.

‘Egret’ then finally made a move towards my Goal with the ball but did not have enough Influence left to take the shot.  ‘Veteran Brisket’ was standing by real close ready to attack at the top of the next Turn.  Of course I lost the roll off and Hunter’s were going first.  ‘Egret’ did an attack on ‘Veteran Brisket’ so he could earn some Momentum and Dodge away and took the shot on Goal and scored making it 10-1.  I played the Plot Card Super Fan which allowed me after conceeding a goal to place the ball-marker in possesion of a friendly model within [6”] of the friendly goal.  So I place the ball-marker  on ‘Veteran Brisket’, she Sprinted towards ‘Boiler’ and passed him the ball.  At that point, ‘Theron’ was able to finish off ‘Meathook’ for the win and I lost 12-1.  I did activate ‘Boiler’ next (just for fun) to see if he would have scored....he did...




First time with the Butcher’s, I am still undecided on them, I need to give ‘Fillet’ a chance next time and see how I like them.

September 20, 2017

Guild Ball: Farmer’s Guild ‘Grange’

Well here we go, the very first model completed for my Farmer’s Guild (well 2 if you count the ball).  As I mentioned yesterday, I am taking just a little bit more time on each of these models and picking out some more highlights.  Usually on my models I like the colors to flow more fluently with subtle highlights.  For these guys I decided to give them that extra ‘pop’ of a highlight in just a few spots.

So first up we have their Captain ‘Grange’.  In all honestly I have not had the time to really go over the stats on any of the Farmer’s models. All I been hearing though is that ‘Thresher’ is the better Captain once he is released.  Personally I dont care, I like the look of all the Guild Ball models and enjoy collecting/painting them.  Eventually they will also hit the Pitch.

I also mentioned yesterday that I was unsure of the quality of the new plastic and how it would take the paint.  So far I like them a lot.  For the last 5-7 years I have been using a very cheap flat black spray paint ($.98/can) to prime my models (I never understood spending $8-$10 a can for black primer) and these plastics models took that spray paint very well.  Then with my P3 paints I also had no issues at all.  I did notice I had to use multiple coats on some of my colors but I think that is due to the paint itself.  Some of the colors I have been using are from P3’s new ‘Grymkin’ line of colors and I think a lot of these colors are very thin, but I love the color choices and they could not have been released at a more better time.



Grange

Grange

Grange and Ball

Painting Points: 1+1

September 19, 2017

Guild Ball: The Honest Land, The Farmer's Guild

Now that I just completed another Guild with the Mason's, it is time to move onto something new.  Seeing how we are just 3 days away from the official start of the Fall Season, I think it is a great time to finally start on the Farmer's Guild with their new 6 man plastic boxed set.


I have actually been pretty excited and looking forward to painting this Guild.  I know I am not the greatest painter out there, but I do think my finished models are pretty decent for tabletop quality.  I do tend to paint on the fast side (I like the feeling of accomplishment when the model is finished), but with the Farmers's Guild my plan is to slow it down just a bit.  I plan on doing a little bit more highlighting with these guys.  Nothing to drastic, just a little bit more than normal.

I am also looking forward to seeing how the plastic quality is on these models.  They changed the plastic that they used from the Kick-Off starter set for the new Farmer's and Blacksmith's Guilds.  I have been hearing mixed reviews for the new plastic.  We shall see soon.

I also do have 2 cycling events coming up over the next 2 weekends, so that will take away from some of paitning time.  I think maybe the end of next week or possibly even the first week of October, the first 6 of the Farmer's Guild should be completed.

Now I can only 'hope', 'wish', 'dream' that SteamForged will be releasing the second 6 to us at SteamCon USA.




Guild Ball: Mason's Guild 'Chisel'

Well there we go, the final model for the Mason's Guild, at least for now....back at GenCon 2017 in August, SteamForged did release a model called 'Lucky' that can be played with the Brewer's or the Mason's Guild.  Currently that model is only available at conventions or through an escalation league.  Eventually we'll get a hold of 'Luck', more than likely at SteamCon USA in December.

Today we have 'Chisel', an Attacking Midfielder for the Mason's.  I also enjoyed painting this model a lot like I did with 'Granite'.

Onto some of her stats....looking at her Playbook, I wish she did some more damage that was Momentous, see like 2 is the highest with Momentum but can do up to 4 damage.  Painful Rage does give her [+2] TAC and [+1] DMG to Playbook damage results when her HP's fall below 6.  If she is running relaly low on HP, she can use Sadism for the cost of 1 Influence that she may recover [1] HP when an enemy model within her 4" Aura suffers damage.



Chisel

Chisel

Painting Points: 1

September 18, 2017

Guild Ball: Mason's Guild 'Veteran Harmony'

Coming down to the final 2 models for the Mason's Guild.  I think once the Mason's get wrapped up, it will finally be time to start working on the Farmers's Guild.  The Fall Season is coming really soon and there is not a better time to be working on 'The Honest Land'.  Anyways, back to the Mason's.  Today we have a Veteran Attacking Midfielder with 'Veteran Harmony'.




Veteran Harmony

Veteran Harmony

Painting Points: 1

September 17, 2017

Guild Ball: Mason's Guild 'Wrecker'

Well today's post was suppose to be a battle report of the Farmer's Release Event in Grand Rapids yesterday, but this past Thursday I came down with a cold and when I woke up yesterday I still was not feeling that good to attend the event.  I did not think it would be right to stand 3' across from someone coughing and sneezing all day.  So I am really disappointed in missing the event since it was classified as a friendly event and not a tournament, and needed to just get some more games in.

To get back to today's post, we are going to continue on with the final 3 Mason's needed to complete the Mason's Guild.

First up we have another one of their Mascot's with 'Wrecker'.



Wrecker

Wrecker

Painting Points: 2

September 15, 2017

Guild Ball: Alchemist's Guild 'Veteran Katalyst'

Today we have the big guy for the Alchemist's Guild, 'Veteran Katalyst'.  My son really likes this model because it kind of reminds him of Bane.  At least for now the Alchemist's are completed.  My son still has 'Smoke' unpainted back in Arizona, but he will send me that model next month and I'll get her done in time for SteamCon USA so that way he will have a complete Alchemist's Guild.




Veteran Katalyst

Veteran Katalyst

Painting Points: 5

September 14, 2017

Guild Ball: Alchemist's Guild 'Flask'

It's been a few months since I worked on any Alchemist models (I believe it was back in May), but now that my Butcher's Guild is completed, it is time to finish off some of the other Guilds.  I have 2 models to finish for the Alchemist's Guild, 'Flask' and 'Veteran Katalyst', and my son back in Arizona still has 'Smoke' to complete.   I have a feeling he will be sending 'Smoke' back with my wife next month when she visits down there so that I can conmplete her.

Of the 2 that I have to complete, we will start with one of their Mascots with 'Flask'



Flask

Flask

Painting Points: 1

September 13, 2017

Guild Ball: Forged From Steel, The Blacksmith's Guild

'Forged From Steel' is the new 6 man plastic Blacksmith's Guild that is set to release to the general public on November 17th, 2017 for $50.00.  Back at GenCon in mid August, Steamforged Games were selling these Guild sets to the people in attendance.  They were limiting them to 100 boxes per day across the 4 days of the convention.



I was thinking about going to GenCon this year since it is only about 4 hour drive for me, but I could not really justify the cost of attending just to do some shopping.  I am not into the collectible card games, nor the roleplaying games (at this moment), so I thought I would just wait for the general release of these boxes.

Last week I happened to come across someone selling one of these boxes on a Facebook Guild Ball for sale group, and they were asking $90.00 shipped in the US.  I thought about it for about a whole second and then contacted the seller.  I actually purchased my Union models from this same seller a couple of months ago, so I had faith in him that he would deliver.  Yes $90.00 is more than $50.00, but if I would have waited till November, I still have to pay shipping and/or sales tax, so I am probably looking around $60.00.  If I would have went to GenCon, it probably would have costed me more with the price of the convention ticket, gas, and hotel charges.....and the long wait in line to actually make the purchase.  Well this past Monday, my package arrived.

Am I in a rush to get these guys painted, not really (I probably could have waited), but they are hitting my queue once I finish the Farmer's Guild (who will be hitting the table at the end of this month).  My goal for the Blacksmith's is to have them completed by SteamCon USA the first weekend in December.



Guild Ball: Butcher's Guild 'Veteran Brisket'

Here we have the final model for the Butcher's Guild with 'Veteran Brisket'.  All 12 models for the Butcher's are completed and now it is time to actually get same games in with them.  Big Kidz Games up in Grand Rapids is having a friendly Farmer's release event this Saturday.  The plan is to attend and get in 4 fun games.  The detail of the event lists it as a friendly event and not a tournament, so I am looking forward to trying out some of the different models.  Especially here with 'Veteran Brisket', a lot of Butcher players say she is a most becasue she does more damage and has a greater TAC than 'Brisket', but 'Brisket' to me seems like a better a kicker especially with Super Shot.



Veteran Brisket

Veteran Brisket

Painting Points: 1

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