Friday, 21 September 2012

Time for a break from Blood Bowl

A good friend happened to be in town for work this week and he brought his Dystopian Wars army along for some beers Thursday night...oh and wargaming too. After playing so much Blood Bowl recently it was a refreshing change to see some different models on our dining table. I won't go into the game because Mark's dice were atrocious and mine were on fire so it ended up being a bit one sided. I did however make sure I snapped some photos of the models on the table.

2nd turn. Mark's Antarctic on the far side of the board against my Japanese.

Mark's Bombers getting stuck in to my Frigates.

My Frigates trying to drag down one of Mark's Cruisers.

It's always good to catch up with a mate I haven't seen in a while and of course that is always made better when beer, fish and chips and wargaming are all involved. More than that it made me realise how much Blood Bowl has consumed my world lately and this one game has ignited a desire to escape from Blood Bowl for a time and see what else is out there. Time to get that last BCL match out of the way so I can put the Blood Bowl team on the shelf for a month or two I think...

Monday, 17 September 2012

Stillwater Stiffs - Back from Auckland

Back from Auckland and had a bloody good time. Did not do as well as I hoped but certainly learned a lot from the tournament. The Stiffs placed 10th out of 20 teams in the end with 3 wins, 2 losses and a draw. While I had a couple of not so lucky games if I had been a bit smarter I think I could have definitely achieved a better outcome than that. Orcs and Dwarfs are still my Achilles heel so I think I'll start a team up of each on Cyanide to help me understand their weaknesses for next time round.

I did remember to take a few photos so here's a break down of the games I played.

Game 1

I had forgotten to charge the batteries before I left so I didn't get a photo of this game. I was playing Nick's Orcs - Da Broken Toof Boyz. You've probably guessed already that this was one of my losses. I couldn't really find a way to break through his line and it was his Blitzers that caused me the most headaches. The Black Orcs were easy enough to distract with Zombies but the Blitzers just kept finding their way into every little gap and sacking my ball carrier. The game finished with a 0-2 loss and Cas 2-2.

Game 2

Game 2 was against a familiar face. I played Simon's Middenheim Municipals. I had also raced down to the dairy to pick up some batteries so I managed to get photos! Here Simon was just posing for the photo, he doesn't usually look this intelligent. This game resulted in a 2-2 draw. I was lucky to get this as well. After Simon scored his first touchdown I set up very foolishly and he snuck his catchers around my line to capitalise on my fumbling Ghoul so he could run in a second touchdown before the first half had finished. In the end I managed to claw back a couple and we finished on a draw. We also drew the Cas 1-1 which was a pretty sad performance from my Mummies but I think is also a sign of Simon's great positional play.

Game 3

For my third game I played Bob's Burger Boys. I forgot to take photos throughout the game but this was all that was left of Bob's team by the end of the game. One of the two Treemen rooted pretty early in the first half and I tied the other up with a Zombie allowing me to hunt down his Halflings and get them off the pitch. Bob had cunningly elected to kick in the first half so after I scored on turn eight he then proceeded to pull off a one turn touchdown with experienced precision and even the score going in to the second half. In the second half a lucky kick from me landed the ball in the far corner giving me enough time to get around his Treemen and hunt down his Halflings before they could be thrown downfield. Once I got a secure hold of the ball I just spent the rest of the game hunting down the last few Halflings. Final score 2-1 and Cas 10-1.

Game 4

My last game on the first day was against another familiar face; I played Tim's Norsican Brewers. Tim had not had a very good first day. His dice had been terrible all day and his opponents dice had been on fire. Unfortunately for Tim history was going to repeat itself in this game as it seemed I could not roll anything lower than an eight for armour and injury rolls throughout the entire first half. The law of averages kicked in for the second half but by that time Tim already had six players in the dead and injured dugout leaving him with very few options. As always Tim was a fantastic sportsman and he was to be rewarded for this the following day with a game against Dan (see the final photo). Final score was 2-0 and Cas 8-0.

Game 5

When day two started I was coming off two wins and was on a bit of a high. I suppose it was only fitting that I should get the Dwarf team to make me eat a bit of humble pie. I feel terrible in that I can't remember the name of my opponent but his team was called Car-Bar-Run-Dumb. He had a really interesting build with no guard. He had taken four Blockers with Grab and had given Dodge to his two Blitzers. He kicked to me in the first half and for my first roll I got Double Skulls. This was a sign of things to come as I burnt through my three re-rolls in three turns having to re-roll Double Skull blocks. I managed to surpass this in the second half by burning through three Re-Rolls in two turns on Double Skull blocks. How is this possible? I got a Blitz for the kick-off result and sure enough rolled Double Skulls for my first block. Not a great game for my dice to go south as I got pummelled by his Troll Slayers. Final outcome was a 0-2 loss with Cas 0-3.

Game 6

My final game was against Toff who used to live in Christchurch and I have gamed against a little in the past. It was great to catch up with him and to end up being able to play a game with him over the weekend was really the icing on the cake. Toff brought his Pro Elves; the Storm Bluff Corsairs. I've never played Pro Elves before so was completely confused by all the positions and skills they had. And to be honest I'm still confused. I won the roll for kick off and decided to kick. I figured he would either score in two turns and give me the opportunity to grind for seven turns or he would roll bad somewhere and give me the opportunity to drag the Elves into a ruck which they are not great at. Sure enough Toff's Elves danced all around me and I was receiving a kick off after two turns. From there onwards it was 15 turns of Undead grinding through the Elves to come out with a 2-1 victory. Certainly not an exciting game to watch as it was the classic bash team grind but against a flashy, prancing team like the Elves I knew I couldn't out prance them so just caged up and moved forward one square at a time.

So that's it for games. A great weekend overall with a fantastic night out on Saturday. To give you an idea of how things went here is a photo of Dan who, with Simon and myself, was one of the last three to go home.

Yes he is really asleep. This is who Tim played for Game 5 on the start of day two. The funniest thing is that even with Dan falling asleep and going to the bathroom to throw up at least half a dozen times they were still not the last to finish their game!

So that's it for Greenstone Cup this year. Time and finances permitting I'm very keen to return next year and am even looking at what other Blood Bowl tournaments I can get to throughout the year. I might have to see what damage I have done to the Credit Card before I book any in but certainly it won't be my last.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Stillwater Stiffs - Greenstone Cup or Bust

One hour before I'm to be picked up and taken to the airport and I've finally finished painting my team. Well, I've finished painting them to a tolerable standard for the tournament. There's still some touching up to be done which should hopefully go unnoticed by the people I play but I've run out of time so I'll have to do that when I get back. I'm definitely looking forward to this, to make things even more exciting, just a few days ago I received an order I made to Impact Miniatures for a bunch of cool gubbins to use in my games. New Dice, skill rings to mark out my skilled players (no blutak or twisty ties for me) and weather tokens as well as inducement tokens which I imagine I won't be using. The customer service from Tom who runs this site was excellent so if you want to buy some unique Blood Bowl merchandise then check it out: Impact

Anyway time is short as I still have to pack so I'll refrain from making this post lengthy. Here is the photo I took of the team just before I painted their numbers on their bases.

It's so good to have a team that looks like it's fully painted. I can't wait to play them! I'll be taking my camera up so hopefully I'll remember to take some photos of the games (history does not bode well for that) and I'll be able to give you a tournement report when I get back.

That's it for now, wish me luck!  :)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Stillwater Stiffs - The Road to Auckland

As promised I got some photos of models so far for the team. I've had a bit of a change of heart in team selection. I've been listening to podcasts about Undead rosters for tournaments and reading up about it here and there. I've decided that with four Ghouls I have got enough speed to deal with most teams so I can do without the Skeleton and replace him with a Zombie for the extra armour. Not sure if it's the right thing to do or not but I think I'll run with it and see how it goes. Anyways, on with the miniatures...

Zombies! I need to re-do the bases and once I have another four Zombies painted I'll re-paint the numbers but they are otherwise finished.

Zee Ghouls! The backbone of Undead scoring, a backbone that is so, so very easily broken. Still with four of them I'm hoping I will have enough to endure the injuries.

The Wights! Almost finished; I just need to do the bone and a little bit of leather such as belts.

The models that require the most work. As you can see I've barely started on these boys. I'm intending to get stuck into them this week to get them finished. Fingers crossed ; )
So that's me so far. My team is almost painted the only thing I need to decide now is what kind of team to take. I imagine this will be a massive learning curve for me but well worth it. Less than two weeks to go! I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Stillwater Stiffs - BCL Champs and the Road to Auckland

Although it's not technically final yet the Stillwater Stiffs have been announced as BCL champs as no one can now catch them in the standings. The only thing they have to fear is a resurgent Slann team for their final game. T.L.I.K.A.I smashed their last opponents 4 - 1 so the final game for the Stiffs is looking like it's going to be a matter of desperately clinging to the ball trying not to let the frogs get their slimey, green hands on it.

Now that the BCL is mostly out of the way my focus can shift to the Greenstone Cup. I've never been to a Blood Bowl tournament before so I'm not quite sure what to expect. I'm figuring the competition will be high so I've been trying to practice on Cyanide and the odd tabletop game where I can. I would have to say that my results have been less than impressive so I'm not hugely confident that I will do so well. Orcs and Dwarfs especially are causing me all sorts of headaches. I think I've found a way to contain the Orcs finally but Dwarfs are still a problem. Anyway below is my list I'm intending on taking...

The Block on the Mummies I'm well settled on and the Guard on the Wights too. I'm just not sure about the Ghoul skills. If I get a chance I'll keep practising with the team over the coming weeks and see if I can decide. Given the amount of time left though I think I will just have to run with this list.

So the paperwork is done, what about the models. Well I am getting through them. I might even get them all painted on time. I'll get some photos tomorrow morning and try to get them posted by the evening. With the exception of their bases I've got all the Zombies and all the Ghouls painted. So that just leaves the Mummies, Wights and the Skeleton. I have about two weeks to go and five models to paint...that's achievable right..?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

NYR - Baddaboom!

Finito! I've finally repaired my Thunderfire Cannon! This was one of the models that took a tumble during the quakes and being the metal version rather than the finecast version it took a bit of a beating. I had intended to put it back together for a while so I finally got round to it for Cavcon. I was nowhere even close to having it finished in time for the event which was at the end of July but I continued to plug away at it and managed to get it finished a couple of weeks ago. It's a bit of a teaser really as this is going to be my annual Earthquake repair project which means I have to have the Techmarine gunner finished by February next year. I wasn't originally intending on posting it until then but I really wanted to show that I haven't been completely lazy. I have been painting! Believe me!

So that's all for now. Blood Bowl is currently swamping my painting desk as the Greenstone Cup is fast approaching. I'll get some pics and a blurb up about this sometime over the coming days, in the meantime if you want to read about the Greenstone Cup check out their website:

If Nuffle wills it maybe we'll see the Stiffs with a top five placing by the end of the month  :)