Gaming on a budget – The Challenge (Part 2)

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In the second part of my monthly “gaming on a budget” articles Im going to look at the Guildball miniatures from Element Games for the Fishermen’s Guild.

For those that haven’t heard of it, Guild Ball is a new medieval low fantasy based skirmish ball game made by Steamforged Games. Gamers take control of one of several Guilds, ranging from Masons to Morticians, Brewers to Butchers, with the goal of either scoring more goals than your opponent or leaving them in such a shape that they are unable to do the same to you.  As previously mentioned I had selected the Fisherman’s Guild based on discussions with friends and game developers who agreed that their style suited the way I liked to play my Blood Bowl teams – hard, fast and agile.

“Fisherman play style is all about movement and raw goal-scoring potential. They are dominant in the early game and can easily draw one or two goals ahead very quickly. However, mid to late game they need to be wary, especially if they lose a player or two.
They excel at movement and kicking the ball – they are practically all about offense. Their combo play revolves around (re)positioning and exploitation of space.
Whilst not entirely equipped with raw damage soaking defence, they instead have far subtler defensive options that focus much more on space control.”

My Fisherman’s Guild Starter Set and Kraken arrived yesterday at the Mancave and with reckless abandon I tore into the packaging ready to explore the goodies within……then I remembered I was writing this so put everything back as it was and went about it in a far more sensible and less Jase way.

Fishermen Guild

Fishermen Guild

Guildball goodies from Element Games.

Guildball goodies from Element Games.

Fisherman's Guild Starter Set.

Fisherman’s Guild Starter Set.

Kraken, Fisherman's Guild Expansion.

Kraken, Fisherman’s Guild Expansion.

My Fisherman's Guild Team.

My Fisherman’s Guild Team.

Once I had managed to debox the miniatures I could see just how detailed and defined they actually were.  There wasn;t too much flash or sprue to remove from each so assembly was pretty easy.  There is a level of finesse to handling some of these components which isn’t compatible with my lack of dexterity, shaky hands and terrible eyesight.

These sculpts are so fine, and have so much detail it can be a little intimidating to a novice or out of practice hobbyist such as myself. I wanted to temporarily pin and base all the figures while painting, but some models are that slim on the ankles that it would be almost impossible to do and could cause irrecoverable damage to the miniature plus only Kraken really needed it in the end.  The only issue I saw during assembly of note were the tabs on the miniatures and the slots in bases.  The combination of these did not make it easy to have the miniatures standing steadily on the base.  Kraken would not stand up at all and not wanting to permanently mount him to a base I drilled into his foot to slide a pin in to make painting and basing easier later.

Kraken.

Kraken.

The Siren.

The Siren.

Angel.

Angel.

In my haste to get things deboxed I completely forgot to take any pictures of Shark, the Fisherman Team Captain but there will be some pictures of him later!  There are a couple of schools of thought about painting miniatures, some prefer to keep components separate and others prefer to assemble prior to painting.  Not wanting to ruin a paint job with clumsy gluign and assembly I decided to assemble my miniatures first then lay down some paint.

Not being the most patient of folk I really cant stand sitting for ages waiting for glue to dry so some time ago I purchases some Superglue Activator from Army Painter and boy oh boy is this stuff good!  A quick dab of glue in the right area and hold the mini together whilst a glamorous (if a little sadistic) assistant sprays activator onto the affected area.  I now know first hand how much Superglue Activator in small cuts and open wounds can hurt.  That’ll teach me for chewing nails and fingers!

Having prepped everything I was ready to lay down some primer.  I originally wanted to throw some Barbarian Flesh onto all the minis to give their skin a solid base but I couldnt find any so I went with Matt White.  My colours for the team would be a tan leather, ice blue and white possibly adding some darker blue for accents so white was hardly the end of the world for these minis.

Primed Kraken.

Primed Kraken.

Primed Siren.

Primed Siren.

Primed Shark and Angel.

Primed Shark and Angel.

Krakens coiled rope for his Harpoon, Primed.

Krakens coiled rope for his Harpoon, Primed.

The gangs all here!

The gangs all here!

Now the minis had been undercoated they’d dry very quickly in this heat and it wouldnt be long before I could slap some real paint on them but by this time it was quite late and glamorous assistant was demanding bed, so maybe tomorrow.

All finished, dry and ready for colour.

All finished, dry and ready for colour.

A good nights work!

A good nights work!

Thats it for part 2 of my “Gaming on a Budget” article featuring Guildballs Fisherman’s Guild team.  I’ll post an update once I’ve starter the painting process or have an update to post.  I will need some bases for these guys so that may form an article later discussing the options there for me.

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