Monday, May 28, 2012

Badlandz Blitz Boyz vs Sulphur Soulfires

Let's tune in with Bob and Jim for the highlights of today's bowl-game.

- We're only a few minutes into play and some players are already hitting ground!
- Indeed, Bob. The Boyz are creating an opening along the sideline while Bjorgn Bork uses the "not get out of his hands" strategy.
- I'm seeing a lot of activity on the counter-offense with Andy Thrax infiltrating the ork line!
- Absolutely. He blocks Bork on the 45 yard line and picks up the ball. That's a good sign for the Soulfires.

- He's gotten it done ! A touchdown run of an amazing 45 yards.

- Look, Ramon gets company. Babek is now being double-teamed. Will he manage to break out?
- Ramon's good Jim. At least on paper.
- Not this time Bob. He hits the ground and is taken out of the pitch.

- The ball is yet on the ground. The orks have the initiative.
- There's no way to simulate the pressure of this situation. Let's see if Babek goes for the ball?!

- Yes he does. He's breaking through!

- Babek is now running for the goal...
- Pursued by nr. 9, John Cabella!
- He scores!
- He's got away with it once more Jim! Babek, all the way!
- 1-1 is the score on half-time. We're in for a break now.

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- The start of the second half is interrupted by the WAGs of both teams, there seems to be a fight going on.
- Rugoth Panzer (he's coach and player ; Ndr) yesterday denied speculation that the presence of his team's WAGs had cost the team victory last season.
- They are a distraction there's no doubt about that.

- Twenty minutes into second half-time. The Soulfires are in defense.
- The ball is thrown by Lenny Malvitch in the direction of Cabella.
- The ball is intercepted, Bob ! Hidden behind Roguth Panzer, Bork emerges to intercept Malvitch's throw.
- What a fantastic play and still one minute to go. 
- He goes a 10 yards all by himself an... he's looking for the free man.

- And he finds him ! Bork attempts a short pass towards Babek who's gotten loose from the main human defense line.
- The ball goes straight into his hands! He's running for the end-line for the last 30 yards and only 30 seconds to play!

- Unbelievable! Bravo Babek.
- You gotta be kidding me! Louison Babek now has three touchdowns on his personal record. That makes him the leading scorer and catcher of the season.
- Yes, Bob. He will be the player to keep an eye on.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Future Center of WWII Memories (2): Hit by lightning!

Last Sunday The Historical Center of Bastogne (Future Center of WWII Memories), currently under transformation, was hit by lightning. According to the newspapers fire broke out causing damage to the frame of one of the 5 arms of the star-shaped construction as well as to a recently renovated tank exposed nearby. I went to take a look myself yesterday and brought you a few pictures of the impact. Being there, I simply couldn't resist re-visiting the Memorial.

  The newspapers mentioned that the firemen of Bastogne came in time to prevent any serious damage. Indeed, it didn't look too bad.

The closest I could get.

The Historical Center should re-open this year but it looks like that there is still a lot of work to be done. 
Next to the Historical Center stands the Mardasson Memorial honoring the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of the Bulge. It has the form of a five-pointed star (symbol of the American Army), each measuring 31m. The central atrium's diameter is 20m, with a height of op to 12m.

 From the top of the Memorial you have an impressive 360 degrees vision over the region.

The orientation tables: five scale models showing the stages of the battle.

 The Future Center of WWII Memories under a light fog.

Back on the ground: exposed on the outside walls are the main American divisions who participated in the battle. 



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Morlock Mavericks vs Badlandz Blitz Boyz

- Hi Jim !
- Hi Bob ! And welcome to all our fans who like real sports on this great evening of bloodshed !
- On tonight's bowl-game, we have the necromantic Undead from the Morlock Mavericks playing against the more experienced orky formation: the Badlandz Blitz Boyz.
- Yes, Bob. We're happy to see the Boyz again. Last year Rugoth's team ended second of the league, and we're sure they will do anything to get the title this season.
- We do hope for them. Tonight's bowl-game will have big consequences as both teams can take the lead of the FFL.

-  The teams are deployed and ready. The Undead start with a well executed kick-off. The right flank of the Orks is already under pressure from the Mavericks as ork thrower Bjorgn Bork catches the ball.
-  He's just so good at this.

- The defensive line is broken thanks to an awesome blitz from Barry Wight. Bork is tasting grass as he loses the ball. It goes straight into the hands of the undead wight. What a block !
- Indeed, Jim. A great hit on the 28 yard line. The ork defense wasn't prepared for this. Can they overcome this?

- Barry Wight dodges the Boyz easily. He brings in the pass towards Jean-Jaques Ghoulman, who progresses by 30 yards and...  Touchdown !  The Mavericks take the lead by a 1 - 0 score.
- He's gotten it done! Well played Barry!

- Lets see how the Boyz will react. Barry Wight takes a rock on his head and is hitting the ground. The defense line of the Mavericks is put under pressure now. Louison Babek, well protected by a wall of orks, is the only goblin on the pitch tonight... He runs the ball.
- Bergbones, with Babek behind him, is causing a lot of damage in the Maverick ranks. Will the troll throw his teammate as he transmits the ball?

- It's only goblin bluff, my dear Bob. Babek is going for it and scores the equalizing touchdown, running for 50 yards, all by himself !
- Amazing run, Jim. Just before half-time.
- Mavericks 1 - Blitz Boyz 1
- Thanks, Jim. We're coming back after a few commercials.

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- Welcome back. The second half starts very fast with an undead breakthrough on the right side. Nutcracker is going down, double-teamed by the Goldberg brothers. They are forming a cage around Jean-Jaques Ghoulman who runs smoothly into the pocket. He's doing a pretty nice job there.
- It looks like the Boyz are closing in. Ghoulman is going down after a brutal head to head contact on the 20 yard line.
- Absolutely, Bob. The Orks are big, tough and physical. When you run on the side line, you don't want to meet up with these guys.

- Gorf Shellbreaker picks up the ball and throws it towards Babek...

- That's an incomplete pass ! Not even close !
- Indeed, Jim. The ball rebounds in the direction of Bergbones. The troll's biggest asset this season is not to go stupid.
- Well... he does.
- We see a lot of confusion in the middle as no team can maintain the ball. This is one of these weird situations with only a few seconds left.
- The referee blows the final whistle... The score ends in a tie between both teams !
- Thanks, Jim. See you all next week for a new game and the continuation of the league.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Future Center of WWII Memories

It was in the newspapers about a year ago: The "Bastogne Historical Center" on the Mardasson site is to become the "Future Center of WWII Memories", the Belgian and European reference for the Battle of the Bulge and WWII. The opening is planned for later this year. We went to take a look to see how things are developing. 
 The American Memorial on the Mardasson Hill.

The Memorial is a silent witness of the recognition of the Belgian population to the American soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Battle of the Bulge. Inaugurated in 1950 it stands for the friendship between the Belgian and American people.

The "Bastogne Historical Center" is being transformed into the "Center of World War II Memories" with an extra 1190 m² surface.

A last picture before the heavy rainfall. 



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wolf-pack (paintings for cardgame)

Here's a series of paintings I've done for a card game based around the battle of the Atlantic.