A few months ago I was introduced into tabletop Blood Bowl. I had played the Cyanide “Blood Bowl 2” on my PS4 a few times but time and lack of interest in my area had kept me from getting into it on the tabletop. That changed when GW released their latest version and gamers at my local store decided to play. During my routine visits to the store I noticed that people were starting to play it looked like fun. Fast forward a few weeks and I had my own copy of the game. I convinced a friend of mine to get a team and before long we were battling on the grid iron.
I had decided that Orcs were going to be my first “real” team and that I’d paint them up first. I opted to slightly modify (detailed below) the Gouged Eye scheme in the rule book to accommodate my team, Da Crimson WAAAAGH!!
Da Crimson WAAAAGH!! 2496 Skwadd
Armor: Khorne Red, Carroburg Crimson, 2:1 Khorne Red/Vallejo Squid Pink
Cloth: Rakarth Flesh, Agrax Earthshade, Rakarth Flesh, Pallid Wych Flesh
Da Crimson WAAAAGH!! started as an out-of-the-box 1 million gold roster. Below I’ll detail the skwadd at the start of the season and how it grew to the end.
Starting Line-Up, 2496 Skwadd
|9||Gazrak Eadbasha||Lineman||Sent to the Minors|
|10||Steeltoe Ironjaw||Lineman||Medically Retired|
|11||Hamma Teefsmasha||Black Orc|
|12||Mork Froatstompa||Black Orc|
As the gold came in I focused on filling out my team. First up was the Blitzer Snagrod Toestubba. He brought more much needed mobility to the skwadd. Next I recruited a pair of Black Orcs, Dagga Curbstompa and Orlot “Da Hammafist” to add more brute strength. Not content with the amount of pain I was inflicting each match, I recruited a troll, “Da ‘Ungry” Grug to add some muscle to the line of scrimmage. Stinkzi “Da Boot” kept getting turned, or thrown, away at skwadd practices until the coach saw him put the business end of his iron-clad boot into rear end of a squig. The final addition of the season was another blitzer, Grundog.
Starting Line-Up, End of Season, 2496
(TV 1700, 3 x Rerolls, 10 x Fan Factor, 1 Apothecary)
|1||Heddrak Eadbasha||Thrower||Sure Hands, Pass, Block, Kick Return||0||3||0||1||1||16||110|
|2||Zagruz Skullcrumpa||Thrower||Accurate, Sure Hands, Pass||5||1||0||0||1||13||90|
|3||Gunna Gobstompa||Blitzer||Block, Guard||0||1||0||1||1||10||100|
|4||Grug Fistsmasha||Blitzer||Block, Strip Ball||0||5||0||0||0||15||100|
|5||Stinkzi “Da Boot”||Goblin||Dodge, Right Stuff, Stunty||0||0||0||0||0||0||40|
|6||“Da ‘ungry” Grug||Troll||Lnr, Real Stupid, Throw TMate, Regen, MBlow, Always Hungry, Guard||0||0||0||1||1||7||130|
|11||Hamma Teefsmasha||Black Orc||Block||0||0||0||3||1||11||100|
|12||Mork Froatstompa||Black Orc||Block, Guard||0||0||0||6||2||22||120|
|13||Dagga Curbstompa||Black Orc||0||0||0||0||0||0||80|
|14||Orlot “Da Hammafist”||Black Orc||0||0||0||0||0||0||80|
|15||Snagod Toestubba||Blitzer||Block, Tackle||0||3||0||1||0||11||100|
Ultimately, Da Crimson WAAAAGH!! took home a commendable record of 5 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss at the end of the season. I feel like I learned quite a bit during my first season. Some of the skills I picked came in handy while others, like Guard on Grug Fistsmasha, felt a little frivolous. Amidst late season cuts, Grug Stonenards cemented his place on the team by learning Kick, a skill he used to get distractions like the ball out of the way of a proper scrum.
Had the season gone on a few more games I would have liked to pick up Block for two of the Black Orcs and then start dividing their training between Guard and Mighty Blow. I also would have liked to get Sneaky Git and/or Dirty Player on Stinkzi to help him fill his role. Finally, I think I would have had Grug Fistsmasha, my touchdown leader for the season, practice on the field with the backup thrower Zagruz to work on his Catch.
At the post-season feast held in their honor, several players were lauded for their efforts on the field. Zagruz Skullcrumpa was toasted for his five completions; a low yet commendable number by Orc standards. Grug Fistsmasha was given the chieftain’s share of meat for leading the team to numerous victories with five touchdowns. The Most Valuable Player of the Year, Mork Froatstompa, was presented with a stolen keg of Bugman’s XXXXXXX for exemplifying Blood Bowl with his league record six casualties over the season. Stinkzi….was almost eaten by “Da ‘Ungry” Grug.