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terça-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2017

Where the Wild Things Are. Again.

Hello boys! Happy holidays!

I hope all are well, and your families, too.

Our club, The Thursday night Hero's, are playig a small tourney with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

For my part, I have decided to put the new Wild Things sets and complete teams(counts as a ogre team) at discount to top our highest amount raised($629usd in2015).

I have lowered the complete team(6 big guys and 10 little max's) to $60usd plus shipping. And sets(one big guy monster and his max buddy) to $12usd plus shipping.

If anyone is interested, pm me, and I'll hook you up.

Thanks again, friends. I hope to return to blogging in the new year, and I'll talk to you then!

Pm me for pictures

terça-feira, 5 de setembro de 2017

New team from my friend

Hello boys! Been awaile, I know. We had a long winter and a too short summer, and here we are;at the tail end of 2017 already!

I wanted to stop by and tell you all about a new Kickstarter my dear friend Fabio, owner/operator of GASPEZ-ARTS, has set to start in a very few hours from now. It is a fantastic new Chaos Dwarf team going by the name of Bull Warriors!

The team harkens back to the "Big Hat" days of the now defunct GW style Chaos Dwarves. But thats about the only thing they share in common, as these ain't your momies Chaos Dwarves!

They are much more dynamic and Modern.The sculpts are by renowned designer Raffaele Stumpo, and man, does he bring an old concept to wide awake life! I've included a few pic's to get you interested, and I think they look ace:

These are just the beginning. There will be a full team of fresh new sculpts and I for one look forward to the Hobgoblins! In fact, I am running a all Hobgoblin side in our new league, and I am having to use the tired GW Hob's. I beg you Fabio! Have your man make plenty of Hobgoblins so I can retire the GW figures to the depths of the boxes!

The Kickstater starts on September 5th, and the "early" bird special Fabio has in place will only be for the first day! So get over to the GASPEZ-ARTS FACEBOOK and check it.

Seriously boys, Fabio has ALWAYS helped out when I was running  my event the Mike Kriger Memorial Cup. In fact, he was the main supporter. Year after year, the man helped when other people/companies sometimes did'n even return my emails. Fabio is a kind man, and he took interest in our event. He can hang his hat on that.

Lets all support the man and his new venture. It looks like its gonna be a good one!

terça-feira, 25 de abril de 2017

NAF Championship? #BringTheFling17

Hi everyone!

As you probably know, in a very few days we'll have another NAF Championship is coming up (29th and 30th April 2017)!
 As always, a great deal of fun and madness is expected to occur in one of the most prestigious and notorious Blood Bowl tournaments of the year.

Following along the "fun and madness" theme...
A bunch of tough lads from TFF decided to continue this lunacy tradition of gathering the best of the best to coach in the NAF Champs, and field a team of mighty Halflings!

Need I say more?   #BringTheFling17

Check out more on the subject in the appropriate TFF thread: #BringTheFling17

sexta-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2017

The Brandenberry report!

The Brandenberry Braves NABBO Tea Cup '16 tournament report!

 The NABBO Tea Cup tournament always has a very welcoming and relaxed environment if not for anything else, because most coaches are old friends and any newcomer quickly catches up with the rest of the crew.
Probably hyped by a newly converted and painted halfling team - the Brandenberry Braves (click on the team name link to check on the team), I decided to take on a challenge and coach a stunty team in the tournament. 
Of course, my expectations where... ahem... low, and my primary objective was to finish the three games of the day with anything else different than the most probably 0-0-3 result!
I understand that hardened veteran stunty coaches might frawn upon such light weight objectives, but since my experience with the halflings resumed to a handful of league matches, I decided it would be wise to keep expectations low.

Pre-tournament thoughts
With the team race decided, the roster choice was for the most part an easy one: all the trees I could get my hands on, and fill the rest of the space with halflings!
At some point, some brainstorm was needed to settle for yet another halfling at expenses of extra Fan Factor, Cheerleaders and Assistant Coaches (previously aiming at kick-off table rerolls). Kudos to Tristan and Neil for the chit-chatting about this and other tabletop issues.

Enter the Brandenberry Braves!
The tournament always starts with a random draw, for the first pairing of the coaches/teams.
(Afterwards the higher ranking coach always plays the second ranked one, except if they have already faced in previous rounds of the tournament.)
No matter where I looked, there was no easy-er challenge for my halflings (I was the only stunty coach in the room) so I braced for whatever team I’d be drawn to play against and waited…

Match 1 vs Juunikyuu BBC (Dark Elf)
Right from the start I knew this wouldn’t be an easy match.
Not only I’d be playing a very able coach and former NTC championess, but also because of this particular race high agility and move that could easily run circles around my players.
My induced master chef served me well giving me a couple extra rerolls right from the start of the match, but unfortunately they didn’t helped that much as my designated ball carrier decided to fail every pick up attempt up until 4th turn.
By then – as expected, my backfield was flooded by pointy ears, that despite my players resolve in biting and kicking them in the ankles, it was not long before they snatched the ball for themselves and made a walk in the park to the End Zone.
The rest of the first half was mostly uneventful and by halftime I had knocked & fouled a couple out of the pitch, but the elves already were ahead in the scoreboard by one and would get the ball in the second part. Not good.
Second half started (thumbs up for the master chef for another two rerolls), and despite all attempts to stretch my defense to the entire field, the offense just kept changing sides running everywhere up until they already where comfortably settled in my backfield, just chilling and waiting for the ideal time to score.
Of course that could not be, and the Braves from Brandenberry pressed on (aka as gang up and foul), and to some extent it resulted as the dark elves went on and scored the second.
The last few turns of the second half shown a lovely demonstration of how perfectly launched halflings can ruin everything in the landing end, and so the match was concluded with no further developments on the scoreboard.
Final Result: 0-2 Loss, with 2-1 Cas

Match 2 vs Tumbling Rocks (Dwarf)
The draw for the second round pared me up with a dwarf team that in his previous match started losing to a human team (2-0 if I’m not mistaken), but slowly managed to slaughter his his way up into a draw with a 5-0 in the casualty department. Outch.
Needless to say I was worried.
What would it be of such tender leaves and flowers on the pitch when stepped upon by such brutes?!?
After yet another fine display of cooking by the Master Chef, consequently distracting the dwarves out of two of their three rerolls (in both halves!), the match begun.
Ball to the dwarves, a few slaps here and there without major consequences, up until one of the troll “slayeress”(sp? since it was a team of female dwarves), decided she wasn’t afraid of those big trees and when for the dauntless approach.
 Picture of the halftime against the snow based Tumbling Rocks.

Note to self: Give a Michelin Star to the Master Chef for its deeds
Final Result: 1-1 Tie, with 2-3 Cas

Match 3 vs (Suevos Sovieticos) Norse
By now the Braves from Brandenberry had already eased their minds a bit: no matter how bad this last game against the heavy hitting Norse lads might go, the former tie result against dwarves gave them some of the respect they were looking after amongst the other players.

While preparing for the ensuing match - gorging down gourmet appetizers, the Braves found they had just won a couple of Team Rerolls to their adversaries, just because of how good the food smelled. Awesome job cook!
The ball was kicked to the Norse side, and before trying anything else, the bearded frenzied Norse decided to mow down the competition, staring with the trees.
Of course trees being temperamental as they are, took it personal and immediately fought back, stopping the Norse assault right where it started, and capitalizing the first casualty of the game: Brandenberry Trees 1- Bearded smelly humans 0!
Surprised by the turn of events, the smaller players of the Braves just stared at the trees while they continued the smacking of the opposing players fool enough to still be in the line of scrimmage.
By turn four, either by “tree whack” action, or by effective team work “ground stomp” – aka “foul”, the Norse where cut down to eight players, and stretching all over to keep the halflings away from the TD line, but to no avail as the Braves would take the lead near the end of the first half.
Nothing changed the rest of the half except for the Norse payback, punching a couple of halflings KO’ed out of the pitch.

 The last turns of the first half against the Suevos Sovieticos. 
(Note: on the top-left of the pic you can see the crowded Dead/SI box of the Norse dugout)

The second half started with the Norse slightly outnumbered but in possession of the ball, which gave them the opportunity to organize a right wing offensive move, knocking down a pair of halflings while at it.
In their turn, the Braves where holding the Norse as they could, making time for the trees to move closer and help to stop the opponents advance.
The game kept on a standstill for a few turns with the Norse having trouble to advance or even change flank, and that’s when one of the trees managed Blitz-Out of his opponent tackle zone and Go-For-It in contact with the Norse ball carrier!
All of the sudden everything changed tactically and in this new scenario the Norse felt compelled to try and get the tree away from the ball carrier, rather than the possibly risky Dodge-Out without rerolls.
A few Norse blocks and a blitz later the tree kept standing firm next to the ball, and it was the halflings turn to do something.
And so they did – Norse ball carrier slapped down and out of the pitch by the tree, the ball scattered a few times, and lands on a open space, where it finally gets caught by and halfling that moves along with his mates to the Norse backfield.
The Norse attempt to cut them off ends up falling short, and the halflings score again by turn 6 of the second half.
The last two turns resumed in a seriously outnumbered Norse team attempt to pick up the ball, harassed by flying halflings - who simply either couldn’t land, or pickup the ball themselves, and by yet another Norse mow down by the trees, properly backed up by their smaller mates, to finish off whoever's left standing both up or down.
Final word on this match to give both thumbs up to the Norse coach and long time friend, who managed to show how very good sports he is throughout all the match, despite Nuffle’s continuous efforts to ruin his dice rolls!
Final Result: 2-0 WIN, with 7-0 Cas!!!

Award time!
The tournament was over, and it was time for the awards.
I was quite happy with the great 1-1-1 game result, but all of the sudden something else caught up my attention - the abnormal casualties sum of my last game could push me upfront to something more then a reasonably defended halfling team honor.
And when the final results came out, a really incredible surprise came along with them, the Brandenberry Braves had accomplished the outstanding result of 11 Casualties passing the closest competition by 1 Cas (the Tumbling Rocks dwarf team which we played in the second game)!
It was not a tournament record (which is 12 Cas in three games), but sure felt an outstanding feat specially pulled off with such team.
It was the cherry on the top of the cake of a great tournament day, passed among friends and playing this great game called Blood Bowl.

Hope you enjoyed the reading, and please feel free to comment!

Double posted on the NABBO League blog.

sexta-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2017

NABBO Tea Cup 2016

For those normally interested in the NABBO Tea Cup tournament, I've just made a report in the NABBO League blog with the usual stuff  - fluff, house rules, rankings, swag, etc.

Please take a peek there if you want some more details on the tournament. --> Here! <--
Below is this year's swag, hope you enjoy it.

NTC'16 tournament Dugout

NTC'16 tournament dice

(Note: I know there's still some dice and a couple of dugouts left, and will make a post about it on TFF later on. If you feel like you might want some please PM me).

Have fun,