What can I say? As always, it was an absolutely fantastic two-day event put on by the Chelmsford Bunker in Essex. This was the tournament's third year now and I'm proud to say I've managed to attend all of them.
The Saturday was a great day and lots of fun, despite my run of dreadful results.
The first game was played against my friend Tom and his Norse team, the dreaded Jagermonsters. The Pink Horrors, my Chaos team, had come up against these guys during the CBBBL V league and were absolutely torn apart by them. And this was no different! Although Tom failed to do as much damage casualty-wise this time, he still managed to pull off a 2-1 victory. It was close, but I was definitely beaten by a better player!
The second game was against an excellent coach, Rodders. He too had beaten me in the league with his Chaos Dwarf team, but this time he had decided to field Amazons. We were allowed to give our teams five skills for the duration of the tournament and I had chosen Block. Rodders had cunningly taken Guard across the board, making it extremely difficult to get a two-dice block against him! It was also pouring with rain for the whole match as well. Rodders scored a touchdown in the first half and I simply could not manage to pick up the ball to equalise, meaning a 1-0 loss!
The final game of Day One was against a Necromantic team. I had never played this particular coach and, as he too had lost both his games so far, I hoped that I might be in with a chance of victory. It was not to be, however. His werewolves had the run of the pitch, and despite managing to make two 5+ dodges, a 4+ dodge, two Go For Its and a successful block against the ball carrier with one of my Chaos Warriors, my luck just wasn't holding for the rest of the game and I lost 2-0.
Three defeats in a day was my worst ever Blood Bowl performance, so I could rest safe in the knowledge that Day Two could only get better!
And, being paired against three Stunty teams, it did!
The first match was a very entertaining fight with a Goblin team along with all of the Secret Weapons, bombs, chainsaws and Bribes that they could field. Luckily, I managed to smash my way through them with my superior strength and make it impossible for them to act effectively. Despite this, I still only managed a 1-0 win!
The second game started badly. It was against (with the exception of one Kroxigor) an all-Skink Lizardman team. Skinks are fast, anyone who plays Blood Bowl will know this. After receiving the kick-off, they managed to score almost immediately, despite one of the faithful Horrors fans Stunning the Krox with a thrown rock. I honestly though I wouldn't stand a chance here, so I decided to just kill as many Skinks as I could and hope for the best. Luckily, this tactic cleared the pitch enough for me to stroll home with a touchdown. And, as luck would have it, I managed to roll a Blitz! in the subsequent kick-off, allowing me to place a Beastman under the ball and successfully catch it. After that, it was merely a case of stalling the Skinks by smashing them into the floor until I could safely score the winner in the knowledge that there was no coming back for the scaly ones!
The last game was against my friend Erik. We have a long and bloody history of hard-fought draws and today was no different. Fielding two Treemen, including Deeproot Strongbranch, the Halfling team managed to relatively easily score their first touchdown. After that, a catalogue of errors (and the Masterchef staling my rerolls!), most involving failure to pick up the ball, prevented the Horrors from scoring. However, a second wind lifted them when we managed to kill Puggy Baconbreath who had been something of a thorn in our side. We still only managed to equalise in the last turn - the ball spent most of the second half sat between two seemingly-immoveable Treemen! Luckily for Erik, my fortunate draw didn't stop him from winning the Stunty Cup!
In the end, despite a severe lack of wins, we managed to finish in the top half of the table thanks to a huge number of Casualties scored against the Stunty teams.
Better yet, the Horrors managed to take home the Best Painted trophy - which for me is my third year running! Hurrah!
I just want to extend my thanks to all at the Chelmsford Bunker who helped to organise this excellent tournament, and to Mantic Games who supplied some great prizes (I got a metal Dreadball Refbot!!!).
Now to start planning for Bunker Bowl IV!!!!