The Up-Town Ghouls – Part 2

What’s this now, ghosts as well as werewolves?! Things are definitely getting a little spooky around here… Yes, it’s time for a little more Blood Bowl and, having decided that the werewolves for my Necromantic Horrors would be “easy wins” on the grounds that they were almost finished, I felt sure that the same could be said of the ghosts – after all they’re just sheets right? So long as I could manage to shade white properly I’d be sorted!

White really isn’t the easiest colour to work with but I took the easy road and made them nice and dirty (a sheet that’s been wafting around the Blood Bowl pitch for more than a few seconds is bound to be filthy right?) and that gave me the room to manoeuvre – and to bury my screw ups – and in the end they were almost as straightforward as I hoped.

Blood Bowl Ghost Wudugast (1)Blood Bowl Ghost Wudugast (2)

The next thing this team needs is a bunch of filthy zombies…


28 responses to “The Up-Town Ghouls – Part 2

  • Alex

    Oh, who ya gonna call!! These are great mate 😁👍

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Excellent work and white is a nightmare which I guess is apt!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! You know, I hadn’t considered that people’s fear of ghosts might simply because they dread the thought of painting the damn things but it would certainly make a lot of sense. I’ll confess I did consider bottling out and painting them in green like the ghosts I’ve done previously but I’m glad I faced my fears this time.

  • daggerandbrush

    Nicely done. Good, subtle shading on the white sheets, nice weathering to give them some interest and a touch of colour via the ropes and flags.

    • Argentbadger

      Amazing stuff. I love that they’ve really leaned into the joke with the socks too. Actually the socks also give a nice opportunity to expand into a bit of colour.

      • Wudugast

        Cheers! Yeah, I loved the socks – such a nice touch (and as you say they really needed it to add a bit of colour). It’s not easy to see in the pictures but there’s also a skeleton hand bursting out of the ground and grabbing the trailing rope.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, they really needed the socks to add a splash of colour, they were looking a little drab without it. 🙂

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    They’re brilliant (the painting I mean, not the finish of the white)! 🙂 Are those socks pegged onto the ropes?

    • Wudugast

      Haha – maybe I should have used a bit more persil or tried them at a hotter wash! Those are indeed socks pegged to the lines and – something I’m not sure anyone else has noticed yet so I’ll boast about it myself – they’re odd socks at that. There are two pairs of socks but each ghost has one of each – just a little silly that I couldn’t resist throwing in. 😀

      • John@justneedsvarnish

        I did notice the odd colours, which made wonder if they really were socks! I was more surprised that they were socks than that they didn’t match (we have a huge bag of socks that don’t match – when there are enough we make them into sockball toys for the dogs)! That’s a great feature I think

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those look great. The white sheet ghost is an old trope but one I do like.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, the white sheet is an obvious trope but it really suits these, I wonder if the ghosts got themselves tangled up in the washing or if someone deliberately pegged them out on the line?

      • daggerandbrush

        I think they must have possed the bedsheets. Truly evil, no some poor person has to sleep on a scratchy hey mattress without cover.

      • Wudugast

        Possessed bedsheets sounds truly terrible, although it would explain why my duvet seems to move around in the night and sometimes I end up with no blanket on me at all. All this time I’ve been blaming my girlfriend but now you mention it, it could just as easily turn out to be ghosts… Imagine the situation from the ghost’s point of view though, when their sheet gets used on a bed! Truly a fate worse than death (and they would know!).

      • daggerandbrush

        Really depends what one does under those bedsheets. The real question is, if ghosts like nice clean sheets or revel in decay and decrepitude.

  • Hoggfather

    Ghosts that have run off with not only the bedsheet but the whole damned washing line is a fun spin on the idea. Might be the easy road but your method does make them convincingly look like they’ve had a light soiling (literally, in this case)!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, they’re wonderfully daft – I think of all the current teams the Necromantic Horrors are probably the one the leans the furthest into the visual silliness of Blood Bowl (well… maybe they’re not quite as daft as the Halflings but who is?).

  • Kuribo

    I’m trying to figure out how ghosts offer any value on the pitch! 🙂 They can’t carry a ball, for example! You might try using Celestra Gray, Ulthuan Gray, and white for a ghostly look if you don’t mind doing some layering. That should give them a little bit of an ethereal quality though there are ways to get an even more pronounced look too. Either way, it is cool to see these fun sculpts. I’m with everyone else and like the clothes lines gag!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate, very useful painting advice as ever. 🙂 As it happens those are exactly the colours I used, plus a bit of Grey Seer (because that stuff is a god send for painting white). However when a highly skilled exhibition painter like yourself would have put in another 18 hours or so getting the layers and highlights just so I went “stuff it, I can bury all my mistakes in the weathering!”

      Now, keep in mind I’ve not played Blood Bowl properly ever (I know right, where have I been?) so this is all theory-hammer and I’m sure a more experienced player might not agree with it all. You’re right that the ghosts can’t carry the ball but their job on the team is to mark the opposition’s best players. Even the roughest and toughest thug doesn’t like the chill touch of running through a ghost, and if they do conquer their fears and decide to wrestle the damn thing out of its sheet they quickly discover that these are wriggly little gits, using their Sidestep skill to avoid the worst of it. On top of that they can Regenerate, which is a skill that allows them to essentially come back from the dead and start haunting all over again. And whilst your best players are loosing their tempers and trying once again to put the boot into my insubstantial wraith my werewolf has run away with the ball!

      • Kuribo

        Those minis look tricky to paint to me because the areas where you paint the shadows aren’t as pronounced as I would like them to be. Either way, it sounds like you had it figured out and ghosts aren’t easy to paint either!

        That sounds like a good way to use those models. I have no problem with that kind of creativity in-game. Not that I know anything about Blood Bowl either. It looks like a lot of fun but I’ve never tried to play it myself.

  • Azazel

    Both of these look great! I really need to get finishing some Blood Bowl models! Damn You!

  • imperialrebelork

    They look suitably ghostly. Great job. Uptown girl was my favourite song as a kid simply because of Christie Brinkley haha

  • mcmattila

    These are such fun models! The clothes lines always crack me up 😀

    While I’m probably never going to paint the kit, I like that this BB team exists. Even if it’s BB, it’s something of an oddity seeing a GW product that’s not really their IP. A Halloween theme with “just” ghosts, pumpkins and Frankenstein’s monsters..

    • Wudugast

      I know just what you mean. GW seems very focused, especially in recent times, on making everything as unique to their IP as possible and it’s actually really refreshing to see them stepping away from those limitations and just doing something really well. Blood Bowl has always been wonderfully silly, as opposed to how seriously GW takes themselves otherwise, and this team nails that perfectly – it’s as if the designers gave themselves a day off and decided to just have fun. 🙂

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