Sunday, October 25

Cambridge Double Trouble III - Results

This weekend I took part in the Cambridge Double Trouble III Blood Bowl tournament.  It's the only doubles tournament and I was partnered with my buddy Andrew.  I was using my new Goblin team and he was using his Ogre team.  For the first day, we played a standard Swiss ranked tournament system but for the 2nd day we were playing side by side in teams.

For my first game I was drawn against my friend James who was also using Goblins.  I was using my custom printed Blood Bowl pitch so it seemed apt that two Goblin teams were playing on it.  I got very lucky in this match and somehow managed to win it 2-0 with a 4-2 casualty score.

Goblin vs Goblin
The trolls face off.

After the shock win in the first game, my second was vs Beanbag with his Norse team.  I did my best to keep him honest but he had some luck and he won 2-1 and beating me 2-1 on casualties.

Game three and I was playing against my friend Dan who was using his Lizardman team.  I thought this one was heading for a draw but he managed to get a scattered ball to be caught by a saurus in a tackle zone on a 6, then dodge the saurus away by rolling a 5+ - he was away and I couldn't stop him.  A 1-0 loss with a 5-1 casualty score.

Day two and Andrew and I were in last place as far as a team score as Andrew had unfortunately lost his three games.  Due to the odd number of coaches taking part, the organisers were called on to play against us, with me playing vs Schmee using Chaos and Andrew playing Purplegoo using Goblins.  I did really well in this game as I had to try to recover the ball a number of times thanks to Schmee's leaping Chaos Warriors blitzing the ball carrier in a cage.  I scraped a 2-1 win and even managed a 2-1 casualty score.

Reeling from the second win, I was placed against Tank15 in game five who was using Chaos Pact.  I played a really aggressive game and ran goblins through his players at every opportunity.  I won 3-1 and cause 3-2 on casualties!

I my final game I was taking on Besters who I've played against a lot of times, including the final game of STABB Cup a few weeks ago.  Everything that went right in the last game went wrong in this one!  I lost most of my special weapons early on and goblins were falling everywhere.  In the end I had so few players left that Jim tried his best to pitch clear me and just managed that in his final turn.  He won 2-0 and beat me 7-2 on casualties.

Andrew had managed to get a draw in his final game but lost his other five which left us in last place as a team. Not a surprise as we had taken stunty teams and most other players had taken sensible teams!  I finished in 8th place out of 16 and Andrew unfortunately ended in last place; he just missed out on the Most Casualties to Besters.  Jim won it thanks to the drubbing he gave to me.  With three wins and three losses I won the Stunty cup award and was honoured to be given the Best Painted team award.  I was really happy to get both of these - a great weekend despite the overall team result.

Best Painted Team award
The Fouling Griffons

Friday, October 23

The Fouling Griffons - Blood Bowl Goblins

This team has taken me a while to paint.  I decided to paint my Willy Miniatures goblins in a red and yellow colour in a tribute to the first Space Marine army I collected for Warhammer 40K - the Howling Griffons.  Of course, it has been years since I painted those old models and I'd totally forgotten what a nightmare trying to paint red and yellow can be!  The red especially took a lot of effort as that is the main colour for the armour and clothing.  Ah well - they are all done now.  Well, apart from the two other trolls, star players and sideline staff.  I'll get around to doing those at some point :)

I'm taking these to the Cambridge Double Trouble III tournament this weekend (otherwise know as Cam Dub III).  It's a doubles team tournament and, for an extra switch, you can only take doubles skills.  It seemed a perfect opportunity to take a stunty team as it means I can give some decent skills to the players.  My roster for the weekend is going to be :

2 x Trolls (both with Block)
1 x Pogoer (Sure Hands)
1 x Fanatic (Block)
1 x Looney (Dirty Player)
1 x Bombardier (Hail Mary Pass)
9 x Goblins (one with Leader)
Fungus the Loon
2 x Rerolls
2 x Bribes

This should allow for some entertaining shenanigans.  The Bombardier with HMP in particular - he will be lobbing those mortar bombs all over the field.  I suspect the chainsaw wielding looney will have a short lifespan in each game but if he manages to take some players out I'll be happy.  I'll update with how I get on after the weekend.  Until then, here's the pictures of the team.

The Fouling Griffons

Secret Weapons
More goblins
Journeymen - Battleaxe Miniatures
Fungus the Loon

Monday, October 5

STABB Cup V results

I went to St. Albans this weekend with a Nurgle team and no expectations apart from just taking part and ticking another team off the list.  By the time the first round was announced, we had 24 coaches taking part including Wilzif the organiser as someone hadn't arrived.  Everyone got a pair of STABB Cup dice with a rather nifty St. Albans emblem on the six.

My first game was against a Human team coached by a chap I'd not played against before - he was a really great guy to play against and chat with.  Despite me receiving the ball in the first half he managed to turn me over and score, then on the kick off he got a blitz result and turned me over again to make it 2-0 at halftime.  In the 2nd half I managed to knock out some of his players and scored a consolation touchdown to make it a 2-1 loss with 0-0 on casualties.  Not the best start but hardly unexpected.

Game two and I was playing against a rather meaty Orc team.  With ST4 and ST5 players aplenty, the game was fairly equal and I managed to scrape a 1-0 win over him, going 0-1 on casualties.

Game thee and I was now facing Wilzif the organiser who was also using Nurgle.  Despite my Beast of Nurgle spending the whole of the 2nd half knocked out (thus losing me my Leader reroll) I somehow managed to get a 1-0 win which I was most surprised at.  I even went 2-1 on casualties too.

So with Day 1 over I had won two games and lost one - so I was pretty happy with that outcome.

One day two I started the day playing against an Undead team coached by a friend who is actually a pretty canny player.  He fouled one of my Pestigors for one casualty and then punched out a 2nd so I was down to 10 players for most of the game.  I was happy to get a 1-1 draw against him and went 1-1 on casualties as well.

Game five and I was playing against a tournament regular - he said that when he goes to the World Cup in November he will be playing his 500th tournament game!  He was using Skaven - and in the first half they did exactly what Skaven do and he went 2-0 up.  In the second half I started taking out his players and managed to get a touchdown back on my 6th turn.  On the kickoff to him, he did a one-dice block which rolled a skull then rerolled it to another skull. This gave me a chance to send some Pestigors up field towards the ball.  I only had one player who was capable of getting into the end zone so he marked him and then blitzed him on a two-dice blitz - which came up double-skulls.  In my final turn, I blitzed the marker but could only get a push - so I had to follow him up and dodge away into the end-zone.  I then had to stand a player up, pick up the ball and throw a short pass - which all worked perfectly.  The Pestigor in the end zone then caught the ball to make it a last ditch 2-2 draw.  Amazing.  I went 3-0 on casualties too.  Happy days!

For the last game I was up against Besters who I've played a lot at local tournaments - he's an awesome coach.  He was using Ogres this time and he was as good with them as I expected him to be.  I was very lucky in this game as I caused casualties on two of his ogres taking them out of the game, leaving him with three to play with for most of the game.  I got my first ever win against him - 1-0 with a 5-1 casualty score.

This took my weekend tally to three wins, two draws and one loss - which is my best ever tournament result.  I really wasn't expecting that using the Nurgle team.  Overall I finished 4th out of the 24 which was fantastic - Wilzif said I only just missed out on 3rd place as the decider was on strength of schedule.  I was really happy with my results considering this was just another team being ticked off the list!