Last weekend was the 14th Eucalyptus Bowl. I took my new Khorne team
(Hardcore Khorne) for a run. I suffered my first casualty in transit, as one of my pitfighters lost an arm... I'm not a fan of fiddly multipart metal figures. I used some coloured bands to help denote different skill choices- I've disliked this previously but it was quite handy..
Overview: 6 games, 2 days, regen, ~125kgp including skills.
Match 1- Aaron's Orcs, Bigteef's Bruisers
I felt I was the stronger player here, but could not roll dice to help myself. I sustained a meaty six casualties (causing none myself), allowing Aaron to come back and equalise 2-2. This game was played on a thematically illustrated chaos pitch.
|Khorne ploughs into Orcs on the line|
Match 2- Joekano's Chaos Dwarves, the Sky Bullocks
I was just able to scrape a 1-0 win here, with both of us on 2-2 casualties.
|Locking horns! Minotaur vs Bloodthirster|
Match 3- Dean's Wood Elves, the Maverick Renegades
I was looking forwards to playing a squishier team, but was wary of the Elve's ability to perform impossible plays. My Bloodthirster finally got revved up and rampaged about the pitch. Despite causing him 4 casualties, Dean came back to equalise 2-2 and almost pulled out a win!
|Wardancer knocks over the ball carrier, but is now next to the Bloodthirster...|
So, at the end of Day 1 I was doing better than I had anticipated with two draws and a win.
Match 4- Glen's Chaos Dwarves- The Masters of Pain
Another Chaos Dwarf team! Joy! Glen played this team well (he came third overall) with a textbook grinding, attritional play to win 2-1. Again, I suffered six casualties... Very nicely painted side.
|Chaos Dwarves blunt the Khorne offense|
Match 5- Creature's Halflings- Viva la Carnage
I've know Creature for years as a strong player, and I certainly don't misunderestimate the 'Flings. I was 2-1 down and had a chance to equalise but couldn't.
|Khorne tries to stop the Flings.|
Match 6- Andrew's Ogres- The Dancing Clowns
I really struggled against this fat wall of meat, and again suffered 5-0 casualties. Andrew got his revenge for my cheeky win
against him in January by throwing a Halfling in the last turn to win 2-1. Pure Blood Bowl
|Too many Ogres! Can't run through or around them...|
Day 2 was nowhere near as enjoyable as Day 1, with three losses. But I didn't have high expectations and my opponents were great fun, so all in all it was another memorable tourney.
|Winning team and also Best Painted- Slann|
The Bloodthirster, when it gets going, is terrific fun. But if (as happened to me a lot) it is out of action or not performing, then the rest of the team have to lift their game and they don't really have it in them.
|Blood Bowl for the Blood Bowl God!|
Overall, there were 50 coaches and I came 37th- down from 6th last year
! This now means I have played 24 of the official 26 teams- #NerdGoals