Recently I was asked if I would consider writing a post showcasing my Blood Bowl collection. I have thought about it a few times, and I thought it would be fun to go through everything and catalog my collection. I figured that since I did not have any other posts planned at the moment, now would be as good a time as any to start documenting my collection. However, once I started pulling everything out, I realized that this was going to be a much larger undertaking than I first thought. I knew that I had a large collection, but sometimes you just do not grasp the full scope of how ridiculous your collection has gotten until you start to pull everything out. I may or may not get to all of this in a single blog post…
Lets start with my boxed sets.
I currently own two late 3rd edition sets (I still eye original “big box” 3rd edition sets on eBay), and two current 6th edition sets. All four sets are complete, and over the years I have picked up a few extra pieces for the old 3rd edition sets here and there, so technically those sets are more than complete. Do I need four sets of the game? Of COURSE not, but that has little bearing on the fact that I HAVE four sets of the game.
This is the Iron Golems Pro Box. I did a full unboxing of the Pro Box back in April when it arrived. It contains pretty much everything that comes in the official Blood Bowl sets, except for the rules. I pledged for the Pro Box during the Kickstarter campaign before the new Games Workshop set was announced. If I had known that Games Workshop was going to re-release the game, I probably would not have pledged for the Pro Box, but it is what it is.
Next up are the additional pitches.
I have both the Skaven/Dwarf pitch, and the Blood on the Snow pitch. I was lucky enough to get the Skaven/Dwarf pitch when it originally went on sale. For the Blood on the Snow pitch, I paid WAY too much money for it on eBay. I am not proud of it, but I did it.
I also have a one piece pitch that a friend printed for me from an image I downloaded on the interwebs, but it is not really worth showing in this post… Again, do I NEED all these pitches? Of course not, but I have them anyway because Blood Bowl!
Now we will take a look at accessories.
As you might expect, I have a full set of the Special Play cards that came in the new box, as well as a few sets of the Blitzmania cards that I picked up from various tournaments and other events.
The other half of the boxed set cards with the Blitzmania add-ons.
I have a set of both the expansion decks of Special Play cards.
I even have a full deck of the Winterbowl cards that came out late last year from eBay. Again, I am not proud of it, but I have an addiction…
I have a couple of sets of 3rd edition Special Play cards.
As well as a couple of sets of 3rd edition Star Player cards.
Time for rule books and supplements?
One copy of Death Zone Season One!
One copy of Death Zone Season Two!
An original 3rd edition Handbook. This is the rule book with only six teams listed in back, where the Chaos Dwarf team list does not yet have access to Bull Centaurs.
An original 3rd edition Death Zone Playbook.
I do not have all of the old Blood Bowl magazines, but I do have a couple of them. Here we have issue number 1 with the infamous and dreaded 4th edition rules.
My only other Blood Bowl magazine is issue number 2.
In my less than mint pile, I have another copy of the 3rd edition Death Zone Playbook, minus the cover.
I also have a copy of Blood Bowl Compendium III sans cover. For the record, I received both of these books this way. I take much better care of my collection than that.
This is actually the tournament rules pack from THE Blood Bowl tournament at Games Workshop in Nottingham back in 2003. For the record, I did not actually get to go, but a couple of my league mates did get to. One of them sold off his collection a couple of years ago and this came in a box of random things that I bought from him for $10.
Rounding out the paper product section of this post is a pile of random roster, reference, and promotional pieces that I have held on to for years for some reason.
Next we have my NAF pieces.
I have not always kept my NAF membership current, but I have been a member for a LONG time, so I have more than a few sets of NAF dice. There are obviously several sets of NAF Block dice that I am missing, and maybe I will get around to adding those sets to the collection one day, but I am not in a big hurry to do that. Between the Official Games Workshop dice sets I have (3rd edition and current 6th edition) and all these NAF sets, I already have WAY more dice than I will ever have a need for. I also have a large pile of tournament dice, that are not pictured.
Other Blood Bowl related dice I have…
I was fortunate enough to get both the Dwarf and Skaven team dice from my FLGS and avoided the eBay madness,
Now we can start working our way towards miniatures.
Other than the the Human and Orc teams (I have two sets of each team, plus a couple of extra minis) that come in the boxed set, I also have two sets of each of the current teams that have been released.
I have one copy each of the new Ogre and Troll minis.
In less pretty boxes, I have the new Orcland Raiders box.
As well as the new Bright Crusaders box.
I also have the old 3rd edition boxes (with the teams included, of course) for the Skaven and Dark Elf teams.
I also have two copies the 3rd edition Chaos Dwarf team still in the boxes from the first round of Blood Bowl Made to Order minis from Games Workshop.
That is pretty much all of the minis that I still have the original boxes for. Everything else is either in the display case, storage case, or in bins still waiting to be painted. I have a ridiculous number of teams. Below is a breakdown of all the teams I currently have:
- Amazon – Games Workshop (4th Ed)
- Amazon – Star Player Miniatures
- Chaos – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Chaos Dwarf – (mixed GW 2nd & 3rd Eds, Impact)
- Chaos Dwarf – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Dark Elf – Games Workshop (2nd Ed)
- Dark Elf – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Dark Elf – Iron Golems
- Dwarf – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Dwarf – Games Workshop (6th Ed)
- Dwarf – Iron Golems
- Dwarf – Warlord Games
- Elf – Games Workshop (5th Ed)
- Goblin – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Goblin – Games Workshop (6th Ed)
- Halfling – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Human – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Human – Games Workshop (5th Ed)
- Human – Games Workshop (6th Ed)
- Human – Iron Golems
- Necromantic – Games Workshop (2nd, 3rd & 5th Eds)
- Norse – Greebo
- Ogre – Vortice
- Orc – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Orc – Games Workshop (6th Ed)
- Skaven – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Skaven – Games Workshop (6th Ed)
- Undead – Games Workshop (3rd Ed)
- Underworld – Goblin Guild
- Wood Elf – Greebo
Honorable mentions due them being ordered, but not yet received:
- Slann – J-Bone Industries
- Ogre – Games Workshop (5th Ed – GW Made to Order)
- Vampire – Games Workshop (5th Ed – GW Made to Order)
For those keeping track at home, that is thirty-four teams. I have no idea why I have so many teams… I will NEVER be able to paint them all. As it currently stands, I only have eleven of those teams painted. Some of these teams have 20+ minis to them. My 3rd edition Orc team has about 30 minis total. As you can see, I even have a few doubles, triples, and more of teams. I have four Dwarf teams, four Human teams, and three Dark Elf teams… Maybe it is time to sell some things off?
Outside of full teams, I also have a pile of Star Players. Several of the above third party teams came with several options for Star Players, so I will not list those separately. Below is a list of only the Star Players in my collection that did not come packaged with a team:
- Bomber Dribblesnot (3rd edition)
- Boomer Eziasson (5th edition)
- Count Luthor Von Drakenborg (3rd edition)
- Crazy Igor (Impact! Miniatures)
- Flint Churnblade (5th edition)
- Frank N Stein (2nd edition)
- Fungus the Loon (3rd edition)
- Grashnak Blackhoof (3rd edition)
- Griff Oberwald (3rd edition)
- Griff Oberwald (5th edition “Tripping Griff”)
- Griff Oberwald (6th edition)
- Grim Ironjaw (3rd edition)
- Grim Ironjaw (6th edition)
- Hakflem Skuttlespike (3rd edition)
- Hakflem Skuttlespike (6th edition)
- Headsplitter (3rd edition)
- Horkon Heartripper (3rd edition)
- Hthark the Unstoppable (3rd edition) x3
- Lord Borak the Despoiler (3rd edition)
- Lucky Luc (4th edition)
- Mighty Zug (5th edition “Unreleased Zug”)
- Mighty Zug (6th edition)
- Morg ‘n’ Thorg (3rd edition)
- Morg ‘n’ Thorg (6th edition)
- Nobbla Blackwart (3rd edition)
- Ripper (3rd edition)
- Scrappa Sorehead (3rd edition)
- Thrud the Barbarian (4th edition)
- Tuern Redvenom (2nd edition)
- Varag Ghoul-Chewer (3rd edition)
- Varag Ghoul-Chewer (6th edition)
- Wilhelm Chaney (2nd edition)
- Zara the Slayer (4th edition)
- Zara the Slayer (Custom conversion)
Honorable mention due to being bought from someone online, but not yet received:
- Mighty Zug (3rd edition)
So, that is over 30 Star Players. I even have a couple of Star Players that are not even Star Players anymore, in Lucky Luc and Thrud the Barbarian.
That leaves us with Big Guys. I am not a big fan of the 2nd edition Big Guys, so I do not have any of those in my collection. Also, when I started playing the game in the 3rd edition, the only “Big Guys” were Star Players. I have those listed above, so I will not duplicate them here. Starting with 4th edition, Big Guys and Star Players were different minis again.
- Deathroller (3rd edition)
- Deathroller (6th edition)
- Deathroller (Vortice Miniatures) x2
- Ogre (5th edition from the Ogre team) x2
- Ogre (6th edition)
- Rat Ogre (6th edition)
- Troll (5th edition)
- Troll (6th edition)
Below are pics of the teams and Star Players that I have painted in my collection. I am not including pics of the teams and Star Players that are not yet painted because, 1) there are much better pics of those minis on other sites, and 2) because I do not an entire week available to take pics of minis.
I picked up this team a few years ago. It was originally owned by the previously mentioned league mate who sold off his entire collection. He knew a member of the Brushthralls who painted this team for him in exchange for helping the painter move. It includes the Mordheim Warlock as coach model, and the not overly common Lucky Luc unicorn Star Player. The painting style is a little dark for my tastes, but he only wanted $100 for the whole team, so I could not really pass it up.
This is another team that I bought (mostly) already painted. It was primarily put together by Wyrd Stones & Tackle Zones co-author, Jeff White. Jeff loves to put together unique teams, play them for a short period of time, then sell or trade them off. This team contains four 2nd edition Chaos Dwarves, two Impact! Miniatures Black Rock Dwarves, eight Impact! Miniatures Gnolls as Hobgoblins, one Heresy Miniatures Deathball Minotaur, one heavily converted 3rd edition Hthark the Unstoppable on a wolf’s body, and one stock 3rd edition Hthark the Unstoppable. It is definitely a unique team.
The bulk of the minis in this team, I managed to come across still in the blister in a local used game store in town for, I believe, $15 a blister. Not a bad price for sealed 2nd edition Dark Elves with the feathers still intact. It even includes the Star Player Tuern Redvenom which I found in a sealed 2nd edition Star Player blister that I found in the same store. This is another of the three teams that I own painted by Jeff. I originally traded the minis to Jeff for… something. He painted them, played them for one season, then decided to get rid of them, so I got them back from him.
I tried something a little different with this team. Every Dark Elf team I have ever seen is painted in very dark colors. They are always either dark reds, blues, greens, or purples. Since I like to paint my teams as if they were modern sports teams, I wanted something for them that I had not seen before. The way I came up with this paint scheme, was I looked at NFL team colors until I found a color scheme that I liked. The Carolina Panthers colors just jumped out at me, and I knew I had to give it a try. Other people may not like the bright colors on a “Dark” Elf team, but I am really happy with how the team came out.
This is the first team that I ever won a Fan Favorite (AKA Best Team) award for. I shamelessly stole the Pittsburgh Steelers color scheme idea from j_bone on the Talk Fantasy Football forums because I loved the look so much. Again, I am very happy with how this team turned out.
This is probably the largest team that I currently own… and I still have several minis to paint to “finish” the team. This is (mostly) the incredible Iron Golems Dwarf team sculpted by the amazing Pedro Ramos. I also won a Fan Favorite award with this team at a regional tournament. This is one of, I think, four teams I have that are sculpted by Pedro. He is, by far, the best independent Blood Bowl miniature sculptor around.
The third team in my collection that was painted by Jeff. This is a team that I slowly put together over a period of about a year. I pledged a fairly recent crowdfunding campaign for Jeff in exchange for his brush work on these minis.
This is another team where I tried something a little different with the paint scheme. I am NOT very happy with how this team turned out. On the upside, however, this is the team that prompted me to start using NFL team colors on my teams. That decision has lead to some really nice teams for me, so in the end, it was a good thing.
I have to admit that I cheated a little with this team. It serves as both my Undead and my Necromantic teams. At its core, it is a 3rd edition classic Undead team, but it is supplemented with a 2nd edition Frank N Stein, a 2nd edition Wilhelm Chaney, a 5th edition Flesh Golem, and a 5th edition Werewolf. The Count Luthor Von Drakenborg mini serves as both the Star Player and coach mini for the team.
Another fantastic team sculpted by Pedro Ramos. I still have a number of pieces to finish painting for this team. I painted this much for a tournament last year, and have not gotten back to it.
This is the team that started it all for me. I bought this team sometime around 1996-97. This is the first team I played in Blood Bowl, and the first set of minis that I seriously painted. It has been all downhill from here.
Here is a separate picture with just the Star Players (minus Tuern Redvenom… oops). In the picture are: Bomber Dribblesnot (3rd edition), Count Luthor Von Drakenborg (3rd edition), Frank N Stein (2nd edition), Fungus the Loon (3rd edition), Grim Ironjaw (3rd edition), Horkon Heartripper (3rd edition), Hthark the Unstoppable (3rd edition), Lucky Luc (4th edition), Mighty Zug (6th edition), Nobbla Blackwart (3rd edition), Ripper (3rd edition), Scrappa Sorehead (3rd edition), Thrud the Barbarian (4th edition), Tuern Redvenom (2nd edition), Varag Ghoul-Chewer (3rd edition), Wilhelm Chaney (2nd edition), and my Zara the Slayer (Custom conversion). Also included for giggles are the two NAF tournament trophies that I have managed to win. It probably will not ever happen again, but it is kind of cool to have them in the collection.
That pretty much covers the bulk of my collection. I have a few other bits and pieces that are not included in this list, mostly because if I included absolutely everything, I would never mange to finish writing this. Most of what is left over are things like NAF patches and pins, Games Workshop promotional pictures and buttons from the re-release, and counters and dice from various events that I have participated in over the years. I will leave you with one final picture of the Blood Bowl flags and posters I have hanging on the wall of my hobby room/music room/office.
For the person that asked for a rundown of my Blood Bowl collection, be careful what you wish for! For everyone else, I hope I did not bore you too much…
What do you think of my collection? Are you impressed, or horrified?
James came by tonight to play some games, and he returned another piece of the collection that I almost forgot I had…
Blood Bowl: Killer Contract graphic novel, written by Matt Forbeck, and published by BOOM! Studios. I found this several years ago at a local Half-Priced Books store. I think I paid $5 or $6 for it. It is not the strongest story in the world, but it was entertaining, and it is a nice addition to the collection.
I also forgot to list a few sideline minis that I have in the collection:
- Dark Elf Cheerleader (2nd edition) x2
- Dwarf Cheerleader (2nd edition) x3
- Dwarf Referee (2nd edition)
- Goblin Cheerleader #1 (2nd edition)
- Goblin Cheerleader #2 (2nd edition)
- Goblin Referee (6th edition) x5
- Halfling Referee (6th edition) x5
- Human Referee (2nd edition)
- Orc Cheerleader (2nd edition)