There is more good news for Blood Bowl fans! Today, Games Workshop announced on the Warhammer Community website that a another round of Blood Bowl minis is coming to the Made to Order program. Next week’s releases give us four more teams and one more Big Guy. Up for sale will be the 3rd edition Halfling team, 3rd edition Wood Elf team, 4th edition Treeman, 5th edition Vampire team, and finally the 5th edition Ogre team.
I have to admit that I actually skipped the last round or Made to Order minis. The reason I did not pick anything up last time is that there was nothing in the releases that I needed really. I already have all the Undead/Necro minis, I am not a huge fan of the Lizardmen team, and I have never really had a desire to play High Elves. This round is a little different for me.
Lets take a look at each release and go over some thoughts.
First up is the Halfling team. I have never actually played Halflings before… mainly because I am not brave enough to attempt it. I have always liked these minis, however, as they have SO much character. With the guy with the pot on his head, the one with the colander, and of course the dude with the leather pilot helmet, these guys remind me of the characters in the movie Time Bandits. That is a very good thing for the Eighties kid inside me.
Having said that, I will not be buying this team simply because I already have these minis. Well… all but the Chef mini. If there is an option to order him individually and not as part of the team, I will pick him up, for sure.
On a side note, if anyone is interested in minis that are actually based on the characters from the movie Time Bandits, Northumbrian Tin Soldiers makes a line called Time Robbers that are fantastic. I have about half the line so far, and I highly recommend them.
Next we have the 3rd edition Wood Elf team. These have got to be the absolute WORST minis ever sculpted for Blood Bowl. I am looking forward to Games Workshop releasing a NEW Wood Elf team so that there will finally be a better option. I will not be buying these minis because… well, come on… just look at them.
Here we have the 4th edition Treeman, sculpted by Mark Bedford. This is one of those minis that I always wanted to pick up, but just never was able to find one available for a decent price. They are not super common, so when they do show up on eBay, or other outlets for sale, the price is usually higher than I can stomach. I will definitely be getting one of these.
We also have the 5th edition Vampire team. I have never had a huge desire to play Vampires, but I do like the minis. A while back I actually painted a team of these minis for Steve Campbell from the Both Down podcast, and they painted up easily. For someone who hates painting as much as I do, these minis were not too traumatic to paint. I will be getting this team.
That brings us to the Ogre team. To call this a “team” is a little generous since the set only ever included the Ogre minis, and one Goblin mini (not counting the Goblin being thrown by one of the Ogres that is sculpted into the Ogre’s hand). Why a Goblin mini with the Ogre team you ask? Well, in case you did not know, when the Ogre team rules were originally released, they used Goblins instead of Snotlings. Shortly thereafter, the BBRC decided that the Ogres were apparently too good, and they swapped out the Goblins for the Snotlings we now have on the team. These minis are fairly hard to come by without paying through the nose, and they are some of my favorites from the older Blood Bowl minis. I will definitely be getting this team.
How about you? Anyone else looking forward to getting some classic minis? Let me know what you think.
Just for grins, I thought I would include a couple of pics from the Vampire team I painted for Steve. Somehow I managed to forget to take a picture of the completed team all together, but I did remember to snap a couple of pics of the Vampires for the team. This paint job will not win me any awards, but I think they came out well.
Note the mini on the right with the variant head. That mini is currently available from Impact Miniatures as part of their Vampire team. The mini has an interesting history according to the Blood Bowl miniatures archive website. Apparently it was the original design for the mini, but Games Workshop asked for some changes that ended up being the final mini that was sold with the team. I am not sure how Tom Anders and Impact! got the rights to cast and sell the mini since it is 90% a Games Workshop mini, but apparently he did. Do not expect to see this mini included in the Made to Order program next week.
The mini on the left here is the finalized version of the mini.
That is all for today. We should have at least one more unboxing coming in the next few days!