Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Alzuri Angels

"Well sports fans, have I got a treat for you!  Not only will you see blood, violence and destructive mayhem, you may even see the game being played with some style.  Yes thanks to our sponsors BloodWeiser - Ale with Attitude! we proudly introduce those gorgeous Elven gals, the Football Fae, the sirens of the gridiron - the Alzuri Angels!"

Hi all

Following on from my last post regarding Blood Bowl, I thought I would showcase one of my "alternate" BB teams - the Alzuri Angels.  The Angels are a High Elven team, that I spotted online a few years ago from a company called Shadowforge, an Aussie miniatures company specialising in female figures - Gridiron (note the link is for the Fighting 15s, the supplier for Shadowforge in the UK).  At the time I was looking for anything that wasn't GW and these ladies certainly fit the bill....


Commissioned by Prince Andris Deftblade - Lord of the Alzuri Heights, Keeper of the Sacred Chalice, Protector of the Shrine of Alfeyri Nubaris, the Alzuri Angels are a High Elven team with a difference - they are all female! 

The crown prince, is well known for his skill with bow and blade, his love of rare elven wine, frivolous gambling and his hatred of the inferior races (all other races....).  The legend goes that when facing a particularly mediocre human team, the prince who then owned a male elf team called the Alzuri Avengers leaned over to the opposing team owner, a noble of a wealthy city-state and bragged that the humans were so inept even the Avenger's cheerleaders could beat them. The human, outraged by the condescending statement immediately challenged Andris to a wager.  Still clad in their cheerleader costumes, the beguiling elven beauties thoroughly trounced the humans with a display of acrobatic skill, accurate passing and downright vicious low blows...  The prince immediately sold the Avenger players to his cousin and the Angels were founded!

So let me introduce the squad. Firstly we have the teams two throwers. 

Number 1 and team captain is Calarel "Hail-Mary" Helemaris.  Calarel is a master (mistress?) of the passing game even among elves, picking passes that seem almost impossible and drilling the football across the field of play with incredible accuracy.  A leader on and off the pitch she inspires her team to play hard and fight even harder!

Number 2 is her understudy and protege - Aneirin "The Bird" Reyven.  Under the watchful eyes of her captain, Reyven is progressing well.  Young by elf standards (90 years old) she can be a bit rash in her passing, leading to some embarrassing interceptions (the worst by Samuel Furfeet, a 3 foot tall halfling player) she none the less has produced some astonishing passes that have wowed the fans.



Next we have two of the teams catchers - Ayla Faerie and Alissa Gendove.

Number 3, Ayla is as elusive as her surname would suggest! quick on her feet and so nimble she ducks and weaves through opponents as if they weren't there, finding herself in open ground ready for that perfect pass.

Number 4, Alissa is an amazing, agile acrobat.  When the football comes over the top, she springs into action, plucking the ball from the air with ease!



The team blitzers are next.

Number 5 is Lenna "Wrecking Ball" Iarwreck.  Unlike her more ethereal team-mates, Lenna is brutally solid. Most elves don't usually play the running game, casting disdain on the vulgar races who practice the more violent aspects to Blood Bowl. Lenna has no such prejudice and seems to take perverse pleasure in smashing her opponents into the ground before stepping over their prone body and running the football into the end zone.

Number 6, Nithenoel Uridove is the complete opposite of her fellow blitzer.  Related to the team's acrobatic catcher - Alissa Gendove, she shares her cousin's agility and relies on her skills to ghost passed her opponents and score those all important TDs.  That said, she packs one hell of a punch and isn't above cracking a player's jaw as she skips by them with ease...



Making up the rest of the team are the Lineman...ahem women.

Number 7 - Aelrue Hertumal
Number 8 - Faylen Beilen
Number 9 - Shalendra Sylneiros
Number 10 - Solana Keanala
Number 11 - Soliania Royra


These elven beauties form the backbone of the team and fulfill those thankless tasks such as holding off rampaging Black Orcs or ganging up on their opponents star players and allowing their own to pass the ball at will.



and there you have it, my elven ball players - The Alzuri Angels


hope you enjoy
dGG

22 comments:

  1. The Elven Eleven and very nice they are too,; bunnies or nuns Next ?

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    1. Thanks Joe, most likely nuns mate 😉

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  2. Given the subject matter, it's nice to see a group of Elven players that don't look like lingerie models. I'm curious to know who their opposition will be. And I'm assuming we'll be seeing a game or two played before too long?

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    1. I have another team to show Jez so could be them? 😉

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  3. the background story explains why their wearing small outfits, tastefully done Andy

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    1. Thanks Dave, I enjoyed constructing the back stories

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  4. Oh no - what have you done, if you keep this up I'm going to be buying blood bowl teams next. Really enjoyed the introductions to the team's players. You must write up a game to see if it comes up to expectations.
    Following Joe's comment the first thing that went through my mind was "nuns - let it be nuns" but that would be in very poor taste so I won't say it ;-)

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    1. A game will be happening after PAW this weekend mate, amongst others...
      Nuns, most definitely nuns!! I very nearly bought them over the Xmas period

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  5. As soon as I saw you had an all female team, my interest was piqued. Great figures and wonderful backgrounds you have given them. They are definitely a team I would support. However, if they were Dark Elves (Witch Elves), I'd like them even more!

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    1. Thanks Bryan, Shadowforge do a really cool “wicked elf” team.

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    2. Ah... as I saw these I knew Bryan would like them, Andy - as do I!! Superb minis, great paint-jobs and you've clearly put some wonderful thought put into why they're a team. Marvellous :-)

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    3. Glad you like them Simon and thank you 😉

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  6. Great looking team Andy - and one I'd much rather watch in action than the two in this weekends Superbowl ;-)
    Looking forward to seeing just who their opposition is going to be, and of course reading the post game write-up.

    If I don't get chance before the weekend, I'll take this opportunity to wish all the very best for PAW and I hope your participation game goes down a storm buddy!

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    1. Cheers dude, it’s gonna be a long weekend starting with and ending with a seven hour drive!

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  7. Very nice looking miniatures and definitely a team worth cheering for!

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    1. Thanks Rod, these girls need their own cheerleaders now 😉

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  8. Fantastic looking team mate. I wish them the best of the luck!

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  9. Lovely work on the team - they look excellent. :)

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