Brilliant moves until they are not so brilliant

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"Good evening sports fans, this is Jim Johnson..."
"...and Bob Bifford saying hello for this evening's between the Lar Guardians and Bob's Greenskinz Boyz."
"The Lar Guardians are still decimated tonight as they still have to stomach the absence of Ulminiel, their star receiver, but also Kalidoniel, who played really well recently."
"That's right, Jim, so the big question is tonight if the Guardians' second rank is adequate enough to replace them in tonight's game."
"Well, Bob, so far in this season Bob's Greenskinz only achieved a tie, so this is not an impossible game for the Guardians."
"That's right, Jim, if the Guardians can keep deaths in their ranks minimal, this surely could be something."

"And there we have the kick-off and Garfindel with the reception!"
"Garfindel probably is going to be the pillar of stability tonight with his accurate passes."

"Sertaniel thanks him with the catch and already storms upfield! The Orks didn't see this coming, Bob!"

"But the Orks don't accept No! for an answer and strip Sertaniel off the ball!"

"That's right Bob, but what's this? Garfindel with the Blitz!"

"Wow, Jim, nobody shouldn't ever say again this guy is for throwing passes only!"

"The Orks push Garfindel out of bounds, Sertaniel gets the ball, just to see the ball stripped from him by the Orks again!"

"More Wood Elves moving up from the 50 yard line, Spumantiel with the Blitz, and Sertaniel at the ball again!"
"Sertaniel breaks free and scores! Touchdown!"

"And this is the end of the first half. Wow, Bob, that was a wild back and forth."
"Indeed, Jim, so this promises an interesting second half with both teams pretty much tied."
"Well, Bob, speaking for Bob's Greenskinz I need to point out the casualties already piling up in the Guardians' dugout while the Boyz suffered none so far."

"Still we have the kick-off for the second half and - oh man! - the Orks managed to kick the ball accurately to the 50 yard line!"
"Impressive indeed, Bob, impressive indeed."

"But will they be able to score?"
"Sertaniel! It's Sertaniel! The Orks fail to pick up the ball, but Sertaniel is faster!"

"But this time the Orks paid attention, Jim, and they knock him from here to kingdom come."

"Tarod Foretake with the pass to Ronatgul the Troll - brilliant catch!"
"Ronatgul is loose! He storms to the Guardians' end zone! He storms to the Guardians' end zone! He storms to the Guardians' end... and stumbles over his feet..."

"Seeing the opportunity, Zafiriel breaks free and moves way downfield for the pass."
"Garfindel noticed, leaps forward, but Shum Dragonfury holds him back in the last instant!"
"Oh my god, Bob, I am gonna have a heart attack. The ball is still loose in the Guardians backfield when this should have been a touchdown for them!"
"Ronatgul decides to take the matter - errr, the ball into his own hands again."

"Thaal Dreamrunner moving up to assist, Ronatgul with the handover, Dreamrunner runs and scores!"

"Oh my god, the stadium just explodes, Jim!"
"Indeed it is, Bob. We are moving up into the bottom of the second half and if the Orks continue at this pace, a second touchdown is in range!"
"Back for the kick-off. The Guardians find it increasingly hard to put layers onto the field."

"But what's that? Sertaniel receives the kick, bypasses Garfindel, and throws deep to Zafiriel!"
"Elegant catch by Zafiriel, Jim. Moving up to the end zone."

"But once again the Ork Zug rushes in. Zafiriel down - and this time it really hurt!"
"Indeed, Jim. Zafiriel unconscious and bleeding heavily from his head."

"Zafiriel reels back onto his feet, but there's no one to assist him."
"That's right Jim, Dreamrunner again in the possession of the ball."

"In the meantime, the Guardians' line of scrimmage all but gone!"

"Dreamrunner moving the ball up the field again. The referee checks his watch..."

"...but Spumantiel breaks free again! Spumantiel with the Blitz! Spumantiel dives for the ball...

"...and trips over his feet."
"The referee blows the whistle! It's a tie!"

"Well, Bob, what a ride."
"A ride it was indeed, Jim."
"It is evident how the Guardians lack stamina, but they can play brilliant moves even if they are completely down."
"True that, Jim, but they really need to find a way to solve this issue. Their brilliance gives them a decent conversion rate, but with more stamina they could be exceptional."
"Well, with that in mind we say good night for tonight. This is Bob Bifford..."
"...and Jim Johnson signing off for tonight. I hope you are with us again this Tuesday in the Plane of Plagues for a rotten good time at the Potzers. Good night!"


Sunday recap


"Good evening sports fans, this is Jim Johnson..."
"...and Bob Bifford saying hello for this Sunday evening's recap."
"I am not lying if I say the Lar Guardians played two respectable games to day, am I?"
"Indeed, Jim, the Lar Guardins won their 2nd and 3rd game this season back to back."
"Well, Bob, first it was the Lar Guardians up against the Barak Varr Black Dragons where they had to restore their reputation after the catastrophic pre-seasoner."
"That's right Jim and Ulminiel immediately went for the touchdown in his opening drive."

"But that's not enough, Bob: after Ulminiel's initial touchdown the Lar Guardians twice kicked the ball, took it back from the offense, and scored touchdown 2 and 3 instead."

"The 3rd touchdown seemed to have brought the Dwarfs back to their senses and they started doing what they do best - moving the ball in a blob to the enemy end zone for their first touchdown in this game."

"After that a thunderstorm turned this game completely insane: the defending Garfindel with the successful Blitz..."

"...failed to pick up the ball twice - which is close to impossible for a Wood Elf player. People are wondering if his chamomile tea got spiked during half time."

"But that's not enough, Bob, after that Thunderhorse picked up the ball and stumbled on his way into the end zone!"

"Luckily for him no Elf was standing anywhere close and he could score after he got up again."

"With 2-3 still in the lead, the Lar Guardians seemed to benefit from an unlucky Dragons' kick until the bad weather made Zafiriel's pass to Ulminiel fail."

"That's right, Jim, but Ulminiel proved why he deserved that MVP trophy by still picking up the ball and make it to the end zone for the 2-4 final result."
"That's not all that counts, Bob, the Wood Elves were also cheering the fact that they lost 'only' one player in this game - some unnamed Journeyman who was quickly replaced by a second just as anonymous face."

"Now for the second game against the Gribbly Dribblerz, what's new there, Jim?"
"Well, Bob, the story is quickly told: Ulminiel scored the only two touchdowns in this game."

"After that, he had to leave the game due to a serious leg injury. It looks like he won't be as light-footed anymore, Bob."
"Well, Jim, on the topic of injuries we have to note that the Goblins left quite a mark on the Wood Elves, although not score wise."
"That's right, Bob, you are speaking of Zaeqrex Grapplebuttons and his chainsaw 'Alice' who was responsible for six injured Wood Elves at half time alone."

"We will continue to see the Lar Guardians play with Journeymen in the foreseeable future just to be able to fill their roster. However, Bob, this strategy seems to pay off as after this game day, the Guardians were able to contract two journeymen as regular players. Number 7 Kerbalan and number 11 Novaniel will drive the ball forward for the Guardians in the future."
"So on this note Jim and I sign off and wish a nice rest of the evening. We hope you stay with us for the Altdorf Connection - you won't believe how quickly gold can change hands when no one's watching!"


Treeman added to the team

Latest addition to the team: a Treeman. Hummm.

As one can see in the two games previously covered, Wood Elves teams tend to get beaten up quite heavily. The way to do something about that is to either add Wardancers or a Treeman. The Treeman is really slow, but where you put him there he will remain - and any unlucky opposing model entangled with him. Reason enough to paint one up.

In 1997 I used the Warhammer Fantasy Durthu model for my Blood Bowl games as well. However, I was never really happy with it because Durthu Looks like he is about to smash something and while that may happen in Blood Bowl as well, he looks more like he is smashing a war machine or a barricade.

What I used to run in Blood Bowl in 1997 as well. (belloflostsoulds.net)

Either way, in 2008 I purchased a couple more treemen and as I was thinking this week about adding a treeman to my Blood Bowl team again, I remembered to have one in the basement that could fit the bill. This treeman was sold to me on ebay as a GW model, although I had never seen him in any GW catalog before and it seems like I am not the only one left with no clue as where he's from.

White primer. (yes, I prefer white over black)

First layer of fur brown. White obviously shining through.

First wash with Reikland Fleshshade.

One more layer of Fur Brown and Reikland Fleshshade. From this point I really got into a painting drive...

...and kept moving forward by adding the dark green first, then add the lighter greens that would turn eventually into white until I was done. Mushrooms got some Skeleton Bone to stand out further.

When I started to paint this treeman, I realized that I need to invert the way one normally paints a mini with the darker colors in the recesses and the brighter colors on top. In a tree, the young wood is at the inside whereas the old wood, which eventually forms the bark, is on the outside. Hence the lighter Fur Brown colors the deeper layers of wood whereas the outside got an initial layer of dark Oak Brown that I mixed Angel Green into in a second step. That way I got a live dark green bark that still looked "woody" and not like a meadow. From there I just added lighter greens for highlights until I eventually ended up doing the parasites by adding pure white into the current green mix.


Rot, rot, rot everywhere!

A picture of Sars, the Potzers' head coach. (public domain, source)

"Good evening sports fans, this is Jim Johnson..."
"...and Bob Bifford saying hello from the Lar Guardians Playground for tonight's match-up between the Lar Guardians and their guests, the Plaguescape Potzers."
"And the Potzers arrived in a particularly bad mood at the playground this afternoon, Bob."
"That's right, Jim, their season starter against the Barack Varr Black Dragons didn't go exactly as they planned and they lost their first season game with 2 - 0 already."
"Rumors go that Sars, the Potzers head coach, threatened them all with disinfectant if they don't do something about their game quickly."
"Well, Jim, we are about to see if that helped as the Lar Guardians kick off the ball."
"And the Guardians #4 Garfindel surgically kicks the ball into the Potzers' far left corner."

"Toxoplasma Gondii blocks and the Guardians' #7 goes down. He's holding his head, Jim."
"That's right, Bob, the medic's examination is under way and now he's being lead to the injured box."

"In the meantime, Vibrio Cholerae, the Potzers' Pestigor, picks up the ball."
"I am curious to see what we'll get to see of him tonight, Bob, as a rivalry has developped between him and the Dragon's Sparky Karekson who's in the lead with one touchdown."

"The Wood Elves are trying to apply pressure into the direction of ball carrier Vibrio, but instantly fail when Zafiriel blows the block."

"Now that's what I call a wasted re-roll, Bob."
"You say it, Jim, but the lack of re-rolls for fights like these is constantly a problem for Firlionel, the Guardians head coach."

"The Potzers make it clear that Vibrio is determined to carry the ball to the end zone as he gets close to the 50 yard line."
"The Bloaters send very clear signals indeed, Jim."
"And there we have the second Guardians' casualty, Bob."
"This time it's the unlucky #12 Tossaniel and he goes straight to the injured box."
"So that's the second injury on the Potzers second turn. Sounds like the Guardians' apothecaries are going to have a long night tonight, Bob."

"I still wonder what his parents were thinking when they named him Tossaniel, Jim."
"Doesn't matter now, Bob, as the Potzers are clearing out a path on the left flank."
"And there we have the third casualty, Jim."

"The Elves try to put themselves in the Potzers' way, but the Potzers' sick presence must be unbearable."

"On the right flank the Rotters with the block and Lumaniel goes down. He stays restless on the grass. The medic arrives... and shakes his head. He's dead, Jim."

"Bob, this is no good omen for the Guardians whose defense is all but completely dissolved."

"Bindaniel with the attempt to block the Bloater and Bribundionel squeezing through in an attempt to get to Vibrio, but to no avail."

"Vibrio acts like he doesn't care and continues to run the ball towards the Guardians' end zone."

"And we are just in time for the next casualty, Kalidoniel is carried away to the injured box."

"This is crazy, Bob, it's not even halftime yet and four Elves are already out of the game."
"I am surprised they are still able to draft young talents, Jim."
"You can't win an Elf over with a keg of Bugmann's, that's for sure Bob."

"Number 5 catcher Bindaniel breaks free in a last effort to blitz Vibrio for a loss of the ball, but both players go down..."

"One last very unnatural twitch by the heroic Bindaniel as coach Finkenstein faints on the sideline."
"I wouldn't call this heroic, Jim."
"You are right, Bob, this was plain stupid."

"Vibrio has lost the ball..."

"...but manages to get up again while his buddies screen him off..."

"But the second catcher, Ulminiel, manages to break away as well and goes for the Blitz!"
"Are those Wood Elves catchers insane, Jim???"

"Vibrio shrugs off the blitz... and we have a touchdown."

"Are you surprised we have the first touchdown scored by the Potzers, Jim?"
"Yes and no, Bob. Wood Elves normally do everything to play the ball early, but the Guardians lack of physical dominance could be seen already in last week's pre-seasoner against the Dragons."

"The Potzers with the kick... oh my god, they missed the ball by a full yard!"

"We see a touchback, Bob, and #6 Ulminiel, the surviving catcher, gets the ball at the 50 yard line..."

"...and carries it far to the Potzers' end zone. Oh my god, Bob, can you see those stupid faces?"

"The Potzers desperately try to move back their defense with Vibrio..."

"...but Ulminel with an elegant side-step and the score's a tie!"

"Clean kick by the Wood Elves as the ball goes into the Potzers' midfield..."

"...just to see the end of the first half."
"Jim, they say it's best to do out with the old and in with the new, so we have a second half and another attempt by the Wood Elves to score."

"Substantial better kick by Nurgle's boys this time, Bob. The ball goes into the Guardians right side..."

"...but Garfindel gets it and throws..."

"...to a reliable Ulminiel with the catch!"

"The Potzers' defense paid better attention this time and throws Ulminiel out of bounds into the spectators who immediately proceed to beat him up!"
"Wow, what a rookie's mistake, Jim! Ulminiel should know that running that close to the border is dangerous even in an attempt to evade the defense!"
"Well, Bob, tonight it seems like we are supposed to give credit for trying."

"Jim, while all the attention was on Uliminiel, Garfindel and Sertaniel decided to teach Nurgle's #4 Leishmania Donovani a lesson!"

"That brought Leishmania to the ground indeed, Bob, but more significantly Vibrio is back at the ball!"

"Jim, the Potzers now start to screen the remaining Wood Elves rather than their ball carrier!"

"Leishmania with reinforcements to help him get rid of those pests."
"Now that's kinda ironic, Jim, isn't it?"

"Vibrio back at the 50 yard line and he is going strong."

"Going strong..."

"Number 3 Taritiel tries to catch up..."

"...but Vibrio Cholere is running off and scores!"

"The Plaguescape Potzers with the 2 - 1 lead as the Wood Elves receive the ball again."

"Garfindel with the Long Bomb to Ulminiel, assisted by Sertaniel who manages to knock over a Bloater who'd like to go after the catcher."

"Ulminiel now not that close to the spectators, yet the Beast of Nurgle finally manages to grab him!"

"A quick brawl among the Potzers' fans when a handful starts to chant 'To the hospital! To the hospital!" while the other Nurgle devotees angrily try to hush them."

"Ulminiel back on his feet with the attempt to get the ball back from Vibrio again, but there's the referee's whistle and the game's over."

"So what did we learn from tonight's game, Bob?"
"Well, Jim, it looks like last week's defeat against the Dragons was just a slip. The Potzers compensate their occasional lack of experience with literally brutal efficiency. Vibrio Cholerae is the game maker we hoped him to be at the start of the evening."
"Quite impressive indeed, Bob. What about the Lar Guardians?"
"Well, Jim, they haven't found out of their valley yet. They sure could have tied the game, but even the most agile player can't move the ball when the lights go out."

"Well, that's it for tonight folks and thanks for watching. Signing off is Jim Johnson..."
"...and Bob Bifford. Good night, folks."