About 20 days ago I attended Underworld Cup 2016. I decided to bring my Ogres due to the unique nature of the tournament (adding skills to players each round, additional initial points for purchasing the team, additional first round skills for Ogres) and also because I wanted to crush heads and get the Most Casualty award for the tournament.
The roster I brought was simple - a hint of Block, a smidgen of Break Tackle, and a nice dash of Pile On. And of course the "twin towers" with Guard and Stand Firm. A few other fun choices like Side Step and Frenzy rounded out the mix. 5 Ogres, with a full roster of Snotlings and one Chainsaw Star Player to round out the mix. All in all I felt good about my chances to win a game, thump skulls, and have fun.
In the end I came in with 2 wins, 2 ties, and 1 loss in the 5 rounds. I lost the Most Casualty award by 1 - winner came in at 26 and I had 25. The fact that I managed so many CAS vs some very bashy teams made me happy. Overall though it was still a great showing for the Ogres! Here are a few photos I took of the rounds though I can't recall the specifics of any one game in details now.
|Game 1 vs Goblins|
|Game 2 vs Norse|
|Game 3 vs Chaos Dwarves|
|Game 4 vs Chaos Dwarves|
|Game 5 vs Norse|
Speaking of Blood Bowl... did y'all see that new edition that came out! It's not perfect (in fact they took some very well tested and written rules and messed them up a bit) but it is pretty slick. I was originally not planning on picking up the new box but I did on a whim. Thinking of painting up the two teams included to give away as a gift. Or maybe sell? Who knows.
In the meantime here are some photos for those who want to see more!
|Blood Bowl 2016 Orc Team|
Overall I dig the style of these sculpts. Sort of a cross between the Blood Bowl video game look and the more modernized Age Of Sigmar Orruks look. They could probably be converted to play in that game pretty easily with some minimal modifications.
|Blood Bowl 2016 Human Team|
Not as chuffed on the Human sculpts though they do look better in person. Their poses are much more static when compared to the Orcs and they are just a bit bland overall. Probably less you could do on the conversion front with these models.
I had a question on scale from another community so I thought I would post a quick scale photo of the new models as well for reference:
Left to Right you have: Deadzone Human, BB2016 Human, BB2016 Orc, Black Orc BB conversion, GW Wight King, and This Is Not A Test Linebreaker Human. As you can see the Human scale is closer to 32mm or a beefy human body type.
While there has been some initial interest in getting a local league going with the new edition like many things it might be just a fleeting fad with little long term support. I'll be doing my best to get something going (because I love league play!) but only time will tell if Blood Bowl 2016 is the relaunch Blood Bowl needed to inject new life and new players into the great game.