Blitz Bowl: Alternate Matches

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, I had an early summer weekend of gaming set aside for friends. One of the events was going to be a Blitz Bowl tournament. When I run fantasy sport games, such as Blood Bowl and DreadBall, I like to include a ‘relegation’ table of sorts. This is a table with its own set of zany rules where the combined lowest ranked teams play for a given week. This adds a bit of the wild flavor you read about in the fluff of these games while making the bottom table matches more interesting than just a losers field. Here are the three types of matches that were to be played on the ‘Pub Table’.

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Ogres Thunder Their Way on to the Pitch

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Many years ago when I was a much younger man with no responsibilities, I had the luck to attend the first Blood Bowl tournament held at the GW headquarters in Nottiginham.  Besides playing six nail-biting games over a two day period and attempting to drink Bugman’s Bar dry, I had an exciting opportunity to be one of the first 100+ people to get my hands on the then brand new metal Ogre team.

At the time the Ogre team was something to be awed at.  It offered a plethora of arms, legs, head, and bodies to help create a wide variety of poses.  It also came with a new goblin model and an arm representing an ogre throwing a goblin.  The models wear beefy!  Being completely metal they were always at risk of drops breaking them back into their component pieces.  Their size and bases also made them tricky to use on the game board.  It wasn’t too long before the team was out of production and now 18+ years later a new and improved team takes to the field.  Do they stack up to their forefathers?  Are we seeing an ogre renaissance?  Mr. White and I offer our thoughts on this new team and how we feel they stack up against their history.

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Under the Brush: Tale of Tuesdays Part 3

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Well, even though I based up these three minis this weekend with time to spare for the Tale of Painters’ Tale of Tuesdays challenge, I forgot to take a nice photo of my minis. So here’s this one I shared with my buddies over the weekend from my work table. One catcher and two linemen. The lineman on the right got a slight conversion, an arm swap with a wardancer, just to give a little more variety to the pose.

Scandalous unpainted picture below!
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Under the Brush: Tale of Tuesday Cleavedhead Barrows pt. 5

ClevelandBrownsElfIts been an unprecedented flurry of painting these past few months.  Its mostly out of fear up my new schedule that is about to start completing crushing what little free time I have.  Fear is apparently a good motivator as it has enabled me to keep up with the Tale of Tuesdays posts to get this extended project closer to the finish line!

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Under the Brush: Tale of Tuesdays Wood Elves #2

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I’m back again with the next installment of my wood elves for Tale of Painters’ Tale of Tuesdays Blood Bowl painting challenge. For my next three models I painted one each of the wood elf positionals. Catcher, thrower and wardancer. Continue reading

Pitch, Please: A Wood Elf Pitch Unboxing

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Another wood elf related unboxing! Yesterday arrived my new wood elf Blood Bowl pitch from Games Workshop. Not a lot to say about the box, but there’s the front of it. More pics after the break.

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Tale of Tuesdays: Badlands Blitz – Black Orc Blockers

Having come around to the 2016 release of Games Workshop’s classic game of gridiron mayhem, Blood Bowl, it’s become time to update the ladz with a new kit. With many other projects in the queue, the Tale of Tuesdays event was the perfect time to start making progress.

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Under the Brush: Cleavedhead Barrows pt 4 for Tale of Tuesdays

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Hard to believe that this project is still a work in progress.  After decreeing that it would be completed by the end of 2017 it is still trucking along.  In all fairness I had to move and leave the country for a bit which made painting impossible for a good chunk of time.  Upon my return I’ve been in an out of school and my work tempo has been through the roof.  Still, I try to work on the project when time allows and keeping with the Tale of Tuesdays Blood Bowl challenge, I thought I would provide an update of my progress. Continue reading

Under the Brush: Wood Elves for Tale of Tuesdays

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The day after I wrote my unboxing for the new Games Workshop Atherlorn Avengers kit, I started painting some minis for the Blood Bowl painting challenge put on by Tale of Painters. If you’ve seen my post on the Blood Bowl Community over on Facebook, I’ve been playing around a lot with Photoshop trying to nail down my team colors. While my Arsenal and Codillion Clarions color schemes got lots of likes, in the end I decided to go with a Celtic inspired theme. I felt this was both sporty and fit with the nature aesthetic I felt most wood elf teams would go for. Continue reading