Thursday, April 30

Guild Ball Demo Game


The club members at the Chelmsford Bunker have been watching Guild Ball develop from its infancy as Mat Hart (one of the designers) is a club member and the lead writer for the rulebook is Sherwin Matthews our club president.  I see Mat on my train journey some mornings so we've spent a few commutes chatting about gaming and how Guild Ball has been going.  So it was really nice at Salute last weekend to see the long queues of people at the Guild Ball stand buying the teams and rulebook.  Mat was a bit overwhelmed by this as it's been a dream of his to produce a game and now it's actually happened.  I bought a rulebook and a full Butchers team as Mat recommend them to me.

This weekend, there is a small wargames show in Norwich called Diceni and the Bunker guys will be running demo games of Guild Ball for Cymbeline Games (run by my buddy Tom).  Both Sherwin and another buddy called Darren will be running demos and it seems that Mat is going along to help as well.  Darren offered me a demo game to get me up to speed with the rules and also to help him remember the rules ready for Sunday.

It was a small starter set game of Butchers vs Fishermen - three players a side. For the demo game, players taken off the field don't come back and we played to a six point total instead of twelve.

I got the hang of the basics really quickly thanks to Darren's help - and even though I concentrated on doing what the Butchers did best (hurting people...) I could see how the tactics and interaction between the team mates can come into play. Angel managed a cunning tackle on Ox and broke away to score giving Darren a four point advantage. I then concentrated on hacking away and Boiler managed to take out Shark to get two points back. I sent Brisket to retrieve the ball and dashed away from Siren to head towards the Fishermen goal but Siren tackled her and stole it again! Oh no! It was at that point I'd had enough (as they say). Ox, Boiler and Brisket sharpened their cleavers and advanced on the remaining Fishermen players. A flurry of blows and some vivid sprays of blood later, both Angel and Siren were sliced and diced and the Butchers had won 6-4.

I really enjoyed the game.  The mechanics of it work really well and even on this simple scale it was tactical.  I am looking forward to getting my models painted and trying a full sized match.

If you want to have a look at Guild Ball for yourself, have a look at their website www.guildball.com - you can download the rulebook for free, download the counters and even paper dollies so you can play without buying miniatures.  I'm sure you would want to though as the miniatures are just fantastic in style, detail and quality.



Sunday, April 19

Count Luthor Von Drakenburg

I'm preparing an Undead team to use at the NAF Championship this May.  They're all built and undercoated but I wanted to paint a test mini to work out the colours I'm going to use.  A perfect excuse to paint a star player.  I'm aiming to paint the dead players with glowing green eyes (not the ghouls as they're not actually dead, hence them not having Regeneration as a skill).


Count Luthor Von Drakenburg

Sunday, April 12

TOWIE Bowl - the aftermath

That was tough going.  Slann are not the best Blood Bowl tournament team and this was not the easiest of tournaments for them to play in.  There was no Stunty Cup award so no-one took a stunty team.  In fact, the majority of the teams taking part were straight up Tier 1 teams.  Having only three skills on the first day also things tougher - it was easier on the second day with six skills although I'm not sure I'd take Strip Ball on a lineman again.  I didn't use it once!

My roster was :

Kroxigor - 140K
4 x Catchers - 320K
7 x Linemen - 420K
4 x rerolls - 200k
2 x fan factor - 20k

For skills on day one, I gave Dodge to two of the Catchers and Wrestle to a Lineman.  Day two and I gave Dodge to a Catcher, Guard to a Catcher (doubles skill) and Strip Ball to a Lineman,

My first game was against Norse and I just got smashed off the field.  I had a load of guys injured and knocked out so I played most of the game with around six players or less.  It ended a 3-0 loss on touchdowns and a 3-1 casualties difference in his favour.  Not the best of starts!

After lunch I could see I was on the bottom table and found that I was playing against one of the best players I know with Dark Elves.  He'd had a bad first game so he was slumming it playing against my Slann!  The game ended a 3-0 loss but I managed to get a 2-0 score on casualties against him.

Game three and I found myself playing against a Chaos team.  I managed to get a 3-1 lead on him and was hoping I'd done enough but his did some real razzle dazzle moves and managed to score two touchdowns quickly to draw it to 3-3.  We both got 2-2 on casualties too.

Onto day two and I was facing up against a Wood Elf team.  I did my best but the Wardancers did what Wardancers do and the game ended as a 4-1 loss.  I had thought I had done better than the scoreline though - some elfy bullshit moves just piled on the extra TD's!  I got one more casualty than him though as I scored 2-1 on those.

Still on the botto table for game five and I was taking on Pro Elves.  It all came good in this game.  I was 3-0 up in the 2nd half and my opponent did get one touchdown to make it a 3-1 result to me.  I got 3-0 casualties on him too meaning my Slann had at least gotten that elusive win I had wanted.

For the final game I was taking on Skaven and he had some terrible luck.  A pitch invasion on the kick off meant he had six stunned players and I had none!  This run of bad luck for him carried on and before I knew it I was 2-0 up.  I had taken out a few of his players as well.  Some bad luck for me and some Skaven razzle dazzle meant the game ended 2-2 but 4-0 casualties to me.

So my final tally with the Slann was a 1-2-3 result which I thought was a little unfair on them as I think I was unlucky for those two draws not to be wins.  The team was great fun to use and despite only painting them the day before the event, I think they were one of the nicest looking teams there.

I'll be using the Slann again in a league sometime for sure.  I think it will be a while before I try them in a tournament again though ;)

Friday, April 10

Slann Blood Bowl Team

I was feeling guilty about not having my Slann team ready for use at TOWIE Bowl as I had planned.  It's all part of my project to try to use all twenty-four NAF registed Blood Bowl teams in NAF tournaments - I felt like I was wasting a tournament.  I had the team undercoated and washed with an ink colour but that was about it but after talking to someone on a Facebook group about using Slann, I thought I'd pull my finger out and get cracking - and they're now done!  Well, the minis I need for the tournament at least.  I still have four blitzers and some star players to paint but the core of the team is ready.

Kroxigor
Catchers
Linemen
Linemen
Slann Team

Wednesday, April 8

TOWIE Bowl



I have been signed up for a new Blood Bowl tournament in Harlow for ages now - they guys running it are part of the Herts & Essex Blood Bowl League and they are a great bunch.  When I heard they were running a Blood Bowl tournament, their first public NAF registered tourney at that, I couldn't miss it.

That being said, I had intended to bring a new team to the event but I just haven't had the time to finish them off - my Slann team are basecoated but nowhere near ready for use.  So I'm going to dig out my old Necromantic team and use them as they were the first team I ever used at a tourney, way back in 2004 at the first Pearly Kings and Queens in London.

I don't know what roster I'm going to use yet but I've got a few days to work on it.  I'll post up some pics after the weekend.