Leydenhove Corsairs, Season opener

The Leydenhove Corsairs are off to a lackluster start this season with a record of one win and one loss, which is not including the exhibition game they played against Crimson Warhounds. They’ve definitely taken their licks but they are applying the hard lessons learned on the pitch to develop their strategy and tactics. Coach Holighaus is digging in to the team’s playbook, rewriting several “Büsch-League” plays, and punishing the Corsairs in drills.

I finished painting the Corsairs. The scheme generally follows whats in the the painting guide in the book with a few small differences.

(The Leydenhove Corsairs 2496 Squad)

Armor: Abbadon Black, Stegadon Scale Green highlight, Russ Grey highlight Fenrisian Grey edge highlight.

Cloth: Celestra Grey, Agrax Earthshade, Celestra Grey, Pallid Wych Flesh

Dark Skin: Dryad Bark, Druchi Violet, Dryad Bark highlight, Gorthor Brown hightlight.

Additionally, as mentioned in a previous post, I’m looking to make team banners to hang on my dug out. After a quick Google search and some work in Powerpoint this is what I came up with:

Corsairs Logo

I’ll print this and glue it to a backboard that will slide into the existing frame of the scoreboard. I plan on using the same image for the Crimson WAAAAGH!!, but will make it look like it had just been crudely painted over. This image is just the template so imagine the letters filled in and the Leydenhove Corsairs crossed out with red paint for now.

Crimson WAAAAGH!! Logo

So since I’ve gotten behind, I have two games to cover, a match against Wood Elves in the season opener and this week’s rematch against the Norse Crimson Warhounds. Both games have me trying out some new tactics as I try to get the feel for how my team plays. Overall, Im happy with the changes I made to my team after my expo game with the Warhounds.  So with that…

The first game of the season saw The Leydenhove Corsairs battle it out with an eponymous Wood Elves team. The Corsairs won the coin toss and Coach Holighaus opted to receive. The teams set up in the beautiful weather and the elves kicked the ball extraordinarily high. Team captain Hartmann Hegeler watched the ball like a hawk and swooped in for an easy catch before running into a cage. Hits were traded on the line of scrimmage with highlights including a shoulder check by #6, Laurin Fehrenbach, which laid out an elf, and an elven lineman taking one for the team in a literal “head-to-head” collision with Lineman Erfried Strasburg. Moving on, blitzer #4, Ubaldo Mueller, plowed into a lineman like a steam tank and left the elf wheezing for breath in search of new targets. Oblivious to his defenders, Hegeler ran down the field. Seizing the moment, a wardancer skated unmolested down the field and slammed into the ball carrier, jarring the ball loose deep in Wood Elf territory. Corsair defenders caught up to Hegeler and started facing down the elves. The wardancer worked his way through the scrum and devastated blitzer Ludger Spiegel with kick to the jaw. Spiegel was finally dragged off the field when Holighaus saw he wasn’t even so much as squirming. With the ball in the open, Strasburg hopped up, scooped up the ball and took off in a mad dash to the end zone. A risky sprint at the end put the Corsairs up 1-0.

The second drive started with a vigilant elven offense taking advantage of a quick snap. The elven thrower recovered the ball and launched a quick pass to a waiting wardancer, who scampered down the field. Hegeler put a stunning punch into a lineman’s gut but the quick snap caught the Corsairs off guard and the wardancer run in a touchdown to tie the game at the end of turn five.

The following kick off was relatively ignored as the Corsairs focused on inflicting pain on the elves. This unbridled chaos left Coach Holighaus fuming as an elven lineman ran the ball in seconds from the end of the first half. Wood elves led 2-1 at half time.

The second half began with the Corsairs kicking off and the referee weighing two bags of gold and trying to figure out the conversion rate between the two. An elven lineman tried dodging out of the line of scrimmage but a quick-witted Corsair was able to catch his jersey and drag him down. Coach Holighaus had clearly “motivated” his blitzers at halftime because Mueller struck a wardancer like a Nuln rocket, stunning him on the pitch. Meanwhile, a patient thrower watched the madness on the pitch but hung back, waiting for his receiver to get into scoring position. Winding up, he fired a long bomb into the end zone for a touchdown within the first two minutes. Wood elves take a commanding 3-1. Coach Holighaus is clearly going to have some choice words for his defense on the practice field.

The next drive was welcomed in amid a chorus of jeers and a flurry of rocks from angry Corsairs fans. Reporters still can’t make heads or tails of whether the Corsairs or the Elves were the target of the crowd’s anger that left Wolfhard Schottenstein dragged off the field with a bloodied face and an elven thrower quite literally “rocked”. Fehrenbach took advantage of the confusion to knockout a lineman while Hegeler tried to pick up the ball but the hail of incoming rocks made it impossible. A lone elf edged too close to the sidelines and a recently recovered Spiegel slammed him into the fans. Lineman Curt “The Goon” Gobel found himself without friends, and subsequently, catching his breath on the pitch. Some poor elven lineman tried to dodge free to make a run for the endzone but was tripped up and landed face first in the pitch, head cracked wide open on one of the many stones that littered the field. Rumor has it that stones from that day were used to bury his corpse outside the stadium after the match. Back on track, Spiegel, throwing caution to the wind and hoping that bag of gold was heavy enough, put the boots to some unfortunate elf as he lay on the pitch. For a moment this actually turned crowd’s jeers to cheers. Unfortunately, the referee was too busy watching a wardancer run in another touchdown to pay attention to the foul. Wood elves embarrass the Corsairs, 4-1, halfway through the half.

Coach Holighaus called a time out and took his team into the dugout. It’s unsure what he said but sideline officials reported that when the team returned to the pitch even the team’s ogre, Ingbert Gilges, looked frightened.

The elves kicked off and immediately the Corsairs assaulted the defense with Fehrenbach knocking out a lineman and “The Goon” stunning another. Hegeler grabbed the ball and ran into a half-cage up on the line of scrimmage and along the left sideline. A wardancer leaped in to the cage to knock the ball loose, but was pushed out of bounds by blitzer #3, Norbert Lichtenfels. A Corsair fan pitched the ball back to Lichtenfels who ran into the safety of another cage. Lineman Reinhold got into a particularly nasty scuffle with an elf that resulted in both of them on the ground and the elf with a broken leg. With the clock running down and tensions high, Lichtenfels took a risky dodge out of his crumbling cage and tossed a short pass to blitzer Oliver Holder. Holder caught the ball and dashed into the endzone bringing the score to 4-2.

With the game in the final minute, the Corsairs blitzed the Wood Elves for to deliver some “parting gifts”. Lichtenfels eyed an opponent on the ground and punted his nether bits “through the up-rights” as they say. Fans cheered as powerhouse lineman #9, Wolfhard Schottenstein, used to his helmet to brain a lineman, killing him instantly in the middle of the pitch. The final whistle blew and both teams drug themselves back to their coaches.

I learned a few things during this game. I didn’t have enough deep defense against the wood elves and that left me helpless when they got passed my line. I can’t rely on my ogre all the time because if fail Bone Head that leaves a huge opening down the middle of my line for the other team to waltz through. Finally, I hate wardancers….

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