Sunday, 12 February 2017

Football, of the Fantasy and American kind

Well it's taken me almost a week to get to writing about it but finally I'm typing up something about the ultimate cluster-fuck that was Super Bowl 51. Being a #notthepatriots fan it's safe to say I was not overly happy about the outcome. In fact of the 100 odd people watching it in the bar I was at you could probably count the number of smiling faces on one hand. That being said though the Patriots deserved the win. They played the entire game (even if somewhat poorly in the first half) whereas Atlanta just seemed to give up in the second half. The Patriots definitely earned their 5th Super Bowl title so well done to them. Despite that I'm still not a fan.

One good thing has come out of this at least in that it has got me much more excited about playing Blood Bowl. There are a few things going on in my world Blood Bowl wise at the moment so here's a bit of a run down:

Stillwater Stiffs have moved...

Long time ChriBBL league franchise the Stillwater Stiffs, who have received a lot of coverage in this blog, have moved up North and are now competing in the Wellington Blood Bowl League (WBBL) this summer as a Khemrian team. Under new management they have renamed themselves the Miramar Morbid and have played two pre-season games against the Spittsburg Squeelers and the Frosty Snowmen. Both have resulted in very close wins for the Morbid leaving them in good standing for the regular season. They play their final pre-season game tomorrow night before the WBBL season kicks off in March. Here's a quick run-down of their matches so far:

Spittsberg Squeelers 1-0

The Morbid received in the first half and were intent on beginning their slow grind downfield. Unfortunately a Pitch Invasion left about half the players on both teams lying dazed on the turf.

After a few minutes to regather themselves both teams set about the business at hand and the game got underway.

The Squeelers Bomber (they are a Goblin team played with Skaven models) was devastating in knocking the Morbid to the ground but couldn't get any players off the pitch. Likewise the Looney swung his chainsaw wide and often at the Morbid but couldn't bring anyone down. Ultimately the Morbid sent all of the secret weapon Goblins (Rats) to the KOed or Injured dugout and Pepe dived into the endzone in the dying seconds of the first half.

With no secret weapons and so few models left on the pitch the Squeelers struggled to pull anything together in the second half. Admittedly another Pitch Invasion taking out half our teams again at the start of the half didn't help. What the hell are the odds of that!?!

Anyway the Squeelers just didn't have the players to create a good scoring opportunity so eventually the ball was turned over and the Morbid began heading towards their endzone again.

The plucky Squeelers however managed to delay the Morbid long enough for the clock to run down and they were left with only a single Touchdown to win the game.

Frosty Snowmen 1-0

The Morbid received first in this game too once again the start of the game was interrupted by a Pitch Invasion (honestly, you can't make this shit up!). This one however was far more favourable to the Morbid with none of their players knocked down and half the Snowmen lying face down on the pitch.

The Morbid used this opportunity to run downfield and form a pocket for the ball carrier. However some tenacious defence by the Snowmen broke the pocket open and knocked the ball loose.

A last ditch effort was made to move the ball downfield for a scoring opportunity before the clock wound down for the first half.

The Snowmen were having none of it though and turned the ball over before running towards their endzone.

Gratefully the half ended before they could score. The Morbid were then left to lick their wounds after a first half thrashing in which they had all the opportunities. 

The second half started out with no Pitch Invasion thankfully. However early in the second half the Snowmen lost three players to injury in short succession leaving them desperately under-manned.

The casualties continued to mount for the Snowmen as the Morbid took control of the game and eventually the ball too. The Snowmen continued to mount a stubborn defence as the Morbid desperately tried to move the ball to the endzone. Finally in the dying seconds of the game Anna Rexit dived into the endzone to bring the score to 1-0.

So as at the end of two games this is how the team looks:

Now we've finally got a Throw'Ra to run the ball things are beginning to look a little more stable. I believe our next opponent is Dwarfs though which is always a tough match up. I'll let you know how things go later in the week.

The Black Rock Bullies

Work has begun on my Orc team that I'm taking over to Melbourne for the Ausbowl State Champs. I'm going with a black colour scheme with yellow helmets. In trying to decide on a name I came up with Black Rock due to all the dark rocky beaches around Wellington and I decided on Bullies because...well...they're Orcs.

Since this photo was taken I've undercoated them all black and begun work on the underclothes. Given the armour is going to be all black I struggled a bit to find a colour that wasn't too bright in contrast, however I think I've finally worked it out so can get stuck right into batch painting now. Most of the work on these guys will be dry brushing so hopefully I can get through them pretty quick.


Back in this post I talked about how I could do a bit of a send off for my old Blood Bowl board. I mentioned creating a league around the teams I have painted (half-painted to be more accurate) and playing out the first league championship. Well all the results are in and the first Nuffle Independent Blood Bowl League Championship has been won! I'm trying to draft up three posts to step through everything as there's far too much to cover in just one post. Hopefully I can get the first of these up by the end of next week.

Alright that's me for another week. Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed reading my ramblings. For those of you who are Patriots fans I imagine you had a pretty great week, for the rest of us (let's be honest, that's the VAST majority of us) we'll just have to wait till next year.


  1. didnt realise u were causing yourself severe fustration by playing this BB season :)

  2. Anything's gotta be better than playing Halflings :)