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Blood Bowl-a-rama #4

December 2, 2011

I’m happy to report that our 2011 Blood Bowl league is over for me. No wait, that sounded wrong. What I meant is that I’m happy that I managed to get all my games played – the league itself will conclude in a sports spectacle on December 18. What makes me even more happy is that I managed to end my season on a high note, with the Naughty Grinders beating the Flagellants 2-1 in my final game. This brought my final score to 2-6-2 (wins-losses-draws) – not altogether horrible considering I’d never actually won a BB game before.

The final game was a great example of Blood Bowl – eventful, dramatic and luck played its part as well. There was a lot of gnashing of teeth on both sides of the table as rolls were stunningly failed. My definite favourite was me rolling two skulls (“attacking player goes down” for the uniniated) and then re-rolling the dice for another two skulls. This is, in fact, a 1/1296 chance. Of course it happened with my ball-carrying player a scant three squares away from the goal and on the final turn of the half. The amount of profanity spewed would’ve made your average teenager blush.

Playing Blood Bowl has been really fun, as it’s been nice to have some use for all those little plastic and metal collectibles that tend to accumulate around me. It has in fact been so much fun, that we’re already well on our way towards a new league, and what a league it promises to be! Three new players and at least five new races will be joining in. While the number of players will no doubt make the games a right bastard to schedule, I can still hardly wait for the league to kick off.

The Naughty Grinders will step back for the time being, as I will be fielding my new necromantic undead team, the Drakwald Ravens. A mix of a whole slew of different manufacturers’ models, I’ll detail them soon in a future post. I’ve also started work on a 3d pitch built out of blue foam. It’ll also be featured in the near future.

It’s great to get a miniature heat on once more.

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #3

October 20, 2011

Whew, no new posts for 19 days? This just might be a personal record. Sincere apologies to all dedicated readers of DotL, I’ll try to get up to speed as soon as real life eases up.

Our Blood Bowl league has been steadily rolling on, and my track record is starting to amount to a massive failure. While I’ve been breaking heads and limbs, after the last post half a year back, it’s been nothing but losses, losses and losses. The sole exception was a no-show against the Tzeentch Titans that was ruled a 0-0 draw. My record is something horrible, as it now reads as 1-6-2. Yes, that’s one win, six losses and two draws.

There is an upside though: in my eight actually played games I’ve come out on top in casualties in six. This of course means I’m the moral winner. I mean, those other pantywaist teams are actually playing ball in a game of Blood Bowl. Bah, humbug! Let them keep scoring their goals, my greenskins will continue punching them in the throat. Like that Khorne City Chiefs Juggernaut (minotaur), who was given a good seeing-to last night.

There are only three and a half models in my team left to paint – the half one being a goblin – so maybe finishing the Grinders would ease me back into painting…

 

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #2

April 21, 2011

It’s time for an update on our local Blood Bowl league, featuring my orc team – the Naughty Grinders.

The bad news 

My record for the last two games is a disappointing 0-1-2. While I managed a 2-2 draw against the Tzeentch Titans (in what was probably the most boring BB game ever played), I was then beaten 0-2 by both the Khorne City Chiefs and the Flagellants. The KCC match was a great one, with my boyz finally getting their bearings in the last two turns of the second half and sending three of the Chaos scum into the hospital. The Flagellant match was a learning experience bloody – literally – disaster. While everything looked pretty nice and even up to the first half’s turn 7, it was a massive downward spiral from then onwards. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say that by the 3rd turn of the second half I had 6 players out of the original 11 on the field.

The good news

I’ve got three new players painted, which means I only have three more to go. Also, the defeats haven’t really gotten me down. They’ve both been against our most experienced BB players, and the second one can for the largest part be blamed on rotten dice rolls. I’m looking forward to the second half of our ten-game league. My record for the moment is 1-1-3, which all things considered isn’t that bad, seeing as I’ve never scored a single goal in BB before…

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Blood Bowl-a-rama

March 17, 2011

Been getting some gaming done lately, which is always nice. Our Blood Bowl league has started up, after a rather disappointing previous run a year or two back. So far I’ve managed to get two games done, with one devastating defeat against a bunch of bastard Skaven, and a suitably crushing victory over the Old World’s unluckiest Dark Elves (or Elfs, as GW insists on calling them).

I haven’t really liked BB that much, before. I’ve always gotten my ass mercilessly handed to me by more experienced players with more experienced teams, which definitely detracts from the fun quite a bit. Anyway, this time I’ve received a lot of tutoring and have actually grown to enjoy the game. There’s also the slight adjustment of my gaming mentality, as in Blood Bowl (or any other game for that matter) you should always remember that it should be about fun first and winning second. So when those pesky gutter runners are stealing the ball from my clumsy greenskins and scoring goals, it pays not to cry in frustration but to kick and cripple some downed rats instead. Adding to the fun of the league, we’re reporting every match on our own message board, with the winner of each game obliged to do a match write-up, usually in the form of a tv sports commentary. They’re always a pleasure to read and have caused a fair few chuckles.

It’s so easy for me to solely focus on the modelling and painting aspects of the hobby, so it’s always nice to be reminded that the gaming part is often very much fun as well. With people far more busy with work, studies and family life than 10 years back, the opportunity to spend time with friends over a nice bit of gaming is becoming a lot more valuable.

As our league rolls on, I’ll probably keep you up to date on what is happening with the San Franciscorc Naughty Grinders, as they take on their dreaded competition in the form of the Flagellants, the New Marquilles Saints, the Khorne City Chiefs, the Tzeentch Titans and the Naggarond Raiders. Thus far the Saints have scored a sound 4-0 victory over my poor orcs, who took it out on the Raiders with a 2-0 score.

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Here are the first five of my painted Grinders. They’re obviously based on the San Francisco Forty-Niners, one of my favourite teams as a little kid.

The paintjobs are quick and basic, as I simply aim to get a fully painted team on the field as quickly as possible. So nothing fancy, which is a nice change. It also shows that even simple paintjobs work very nicely with a unified colour scheme. At the moment most of us – except for our resident speed-painting loony – are playing with teams not quite finished. As proof I present to you an action shot of the struggle between the half-painted Grinders and Raiders.

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I still have six Grinders to finish, and then I can actually field a complete, fully painted team. Can hardly wait. As they say, the dice tend to favour the painter. That’s actually a load of wishful thinking, but it’s good to tell yourself that.

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