When last I posted, Iron Golems had been running a Kickstarter campaign for a fantastic Wood Elf team. The campaign has gained some momentum and this includes Lucas Pina sculpting up some alternate shoulder pads and minis to provide coaches a kick ass Pro Elf team.
As stated last time, I’m a big fan of Iron Golems. Of all the fantasy football minis manufactures, they are the closest to fielding 2nd edition styled teams. Fortunately, they don’t just crib the 2nd edition Games Workshop sculpts, but use them as inspiration. Iron Golem teams don’t look exactly like the teams in the old 2nd edition hardbacks…but they certainly look like teams that would be playing in the same universe.
Before I comment more on the new Pro Elf option here, let’s take a look at what I’m talking about…
Starting with their dwarf team, Iron Golems kept to the quilted/padded armour look of the 2nd edition GW squad, but gave them a long tunic rather than the the shorter vest. Check out the 2nd ed GW models followed by Iron Golem’s take:
Old School GW Dark Elves were famous for their helmets and shoulder pads. Iron Golems Dark Elves run with similar features but with a few twists. Unfortunately they can’t be seen in this photo, but they also added cowboy spurs to the models to add just that extra bit of maliciousness. Again, GW 2nd edition figs followed by IG.
Iron Golems Human players look very close to 2nd edition and it’s easy to understand why. For a long time, those 2nd edition humans were seen as the pinnacle of human fantasy footbal team minis. They are indeed the classic Blood Bowl look, and you don’t mess with a classic. GW and IG:
Fantastic teams all around.
As mentioned in that previous post, there was never a 2nd edition Wood Elf team proper, but I feel IG has their finger on the pulse of the beating heart of 2nd edition and Pete Knifton. So, from my table, their Wood Elf team is how I will assume a 2nd edition Woody team would appear.
Well…with their Pro Elf add-on, you can now flip that Wood Elf team into pretty much a 2nd edition elf team proper. I am very stoked about this and it has now caused me to go all in. Lucas Pina and Iron Golems are putting the premier Elf squad on tables in my opinion.
First, let’s take a look at the classic Jes Goodwin GW Elf sculpts.
These are still seen as some of the best Elf BB models ever made by many, and indeed like the 2nd Edition Human team, they are top shelf figs.
Incredibly, Lucas has retained what made these models great, while adding a new flair yet to be seen (as far as I know) in fantasy football. He’s kept the large, round shoulder studs, the smaller pant studs (for the line elves), but for the blitzers he’s brought on something new. These Pro Elves are not content to don the standard hockey masks seen across the league, they’re sporting Comedy and Tragedy masks to give the fans that extra pomp they crave at a fantasy football event.
Iron Golems could have stopped there, but nope…how about a whole new pitch and dugout? I’m floored…
Now, in that previous post, I did mention not being a big fan of the Dryad, but Iron Golems has gone ahead with a campaign exclusive female line elf. I understand this elf will come with both shoulder pads, so she could run with the Woodys or the Pros. I like my teams to include a Fantasy Football mini firing off a finger or two at the opponent, so this was an autobuy. The fact that she’s actually wearing the same kit as the males and not some T&A suit is gravy. Well done, Iron Golems and Lucas Pina!
I couldn’t be more pleased with how this campaign has turned out. From a Wood Elf team that I was very interested in to a Pro Elf team that looks to be the final word in Elf teams as far as I’m concerned.
As of this posting there are still three days to invest in either the Wildthorn Acrobats or the Blazing Meteors.
You can’t go wrong with either.
Keep an eye out for Greebo Games’ Kickstarter thats coming out this month for Dark Elves. There may well be a new best looking Elf team.
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I’m looking forward to checking it out. I know a few coaches interested in that squad. It will be tough for them to supplant the lineman hoisting two fingers though. Love that guy. 😉
I do think the level of detail on the Greebo Dark Elf team is impressive. To me it had a Mortal Kombat vibe to it if that makes any sense. Still, I’m with Mr. White on this one. As an owner of the IG Pro Box I am not in the market for any other Dark Elf team for a long time.
We will definitely be covering the Greebo Dark Elves as well as the Succubus Vampires that will be starting up soon.
Nice blog post. I had kind of dismissed IG, based off of what I saw of the Wood Elves/Pro Elves. Just not quit my thing. The Dark Elves, Humans and Dwarves are pretty impressive though. The Dark Elves look similar to the 2e Dark Elves, but also kept the skull motif they used in 3e, which is cool. The spurs are probably a nod to the “Darkside Cowboys”, which I believe is a famous Dark Elf team. That garners even more respect. The only big question for me, would be size. I’m fully invested in 32mm now. GW and supplementing with Willy minis. To be honest, it looks like there is a lot of good stuff coming, and everybody should be able to find something that suits them.
Thanks. Fortunately, I think getting the Dwarf and Human teams will be fine. Looking at the comparison chart provided by IG for their Wood Elf campaign, the human models look to be sized right. Now, keep in mind the GW mini’s 32mm base is slightly higher than the 25mm base that the IG human is on. Solution: close the height gap by putting IG models on the higher 32mm bases.
For the Dwarves, we’ve done a comparison shot at this blog and found IG (far left) and GW on the level.
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Thanks for the link to the comparison. They do look less bulky than the new GW Dwarves, and I guess that’s the other thing. I will definitely keep IG in mind as an alternative though. Perhaps for Delfs, as I really like the 3e Elves, and IG’s look very close. Ah, one other thing I forgot to mention, in the pick of the Pro Elf Blitzers, the one on the left looks to have a female torso, but the rest of the model looks more like a male. Just kind of weird. Maybe it’s just the angle/shot.