Monday, December 26, 2016

Warpfire Vagabonds vs. Baltimork Corviks - Blood Bowl AAR

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday!

As we're looking to start up a local Blood Bowl league, Kevyn and I decided to get in an exhibition match between our teams. 

Kevyn was leading the Vagabonds on the left, while I was coaching the Corviks on the right. The game was a classic match between the skaven's speed and the orcs' might. 

With the patented SkyCutter Camera overhead, both teams moved onto the field and readied for the game.

The Vagabonds won the coin toss and elected to receive.

The Vagabonds managed to grab the ball off the ground and tried moving up the side of the pitch. A poor block against a Black Orc sent one of the skaven Linemen to the ground, however. The Corviks slammed into the Vagabonds' side of the pitch, and two of the orc Blitzers hit the Gutter Runner, knocking him to the ground and scattering the ball.

The Vagabonds moved to the offensive, but failed to take back the ball. One of the Reaver Blitzers, apparently in something of a foul mood, put the boot into the Gutter Runner that he had previously knocked down. The second impact was somewhat more effective, knocking the skaven player out and removing it from the game. The Corviks were apparently were more focused on knocking the ratmen about instead of getting the ball.

The Corviks kept up the momentum. One of the Blitzers secured the ball and started moving to the endzone. Meanwhile, the second Gutter Runner and a skaven Lineman were knocked out, and another Lineman was badly injured!

One skaven Lineman, hoping to stop the Corviks ' breakaway, tried for a blitz. An assist from a fellow Corviks player stopped the block, however, and the Corviks ran the ball in for a touchdown at the end of turn 4.

The teams set back up and the Corviks kicked off. The kick barely cleared the line of scrimmage, landing in the hands of one of the skaven Blitzers. An attempt to push through the line of Black Orcs failed, and the Blitzer went down, the ball bouncing into the Corviks' half of the field. An orc Blitzer recovered the ball and moved into a cage, waiting for an opportunity.

When the Vagabonds failed to make a dent in the Corviks' line, the ball-carrying Blitzer moved up and handed the ball off to another Blitzer, who moved his way up the field. The rest of the Corviks knocked the ratmen about, pushing most of the team to the ground.

An attempt by a skaven Thrower failed to stop the orc Blitzer - Nuffle apparently had a grudge against the Vagabonds - and the Reaver player ran the ball in for another point.

The last turn of the first half was spent as both teams halfheartedly pushed each other about until the whistle sounded and both teams headed off the field for halftime.

The teams set back up for the beginning of the second half. While the Corviks were looking fine, the Vagabonds were definitely showing some wear-and-tear, with one Gutter Runner still knocked out from the first half and one Lineman badly injured. Still, with a whole half to go, the Vagabonds readied themselves and kicked off to the Corviks. The orc Catcher scooped the ball up and moved into a cage, as the skaven moved about the Black Orcs and Linemen on the line of scrimmage.

Now the name of the game was "break the cage." The Corviks moved into the center of the field, throwing blocks left and right.

The teams continued to fight it out in the center. The Corviks were unable to make a break in the skaven line, while the Vagabonds couldn't bust through the orcs' armor. The Vagabonds' second Gutter Runner was taken off the field after a bloody hit from an orc Blitzer.

The Corviks showed no signs of moving the ball up, apparently preferring to do as much damage to the Vagabonds as possible. As such, one of the skaven Blitzer was pushed off the field by a Black Orc. The fans got a hold of the ratman, stunning him and forcing the player in the reserves box.

With a three player advantage, the Corviks started to make a move for a late turn touchdown, shifting across the field.

As another skaven Lineman was knocked out and removed from the field, the Corviks saw their chance.

The orc Catcher moved up and tried handing the ball off to a blitzer. The handoff failed as the Blitzer fumbled the ball, which the Catcher was able to scoop up. A blitz from a skaven Catcher knocked the clumsy Blitzer off his feet, and the ratman moved next to the ball carrier.

Unable to make it to the endzone, the Corviks and Vagabonds pushed each other about for the next turn, running out the clock until the whistle sounded and the game ended. The Corviks came out on top with a 2-0 win. 

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