In yesterday’s post, we took a look at the new Elven Union team and the accompanying Elven Union dice set. Today, we break open all three new pitches (OK, so one of them isn’t EXACTLY new) that hit stores shelves in the last few days. Did I really NEED three more pitches for Blood Bowl? Of course not, but it’s not like I WASN’T going to buy pretty much anything that Games Workshop released for Blood Bowl. Well played Games Workshop… well played.
For a while now, Games Workshop has been teasing us with images of the Elven Union team, and a new pitch to match. Andy Hoare even said several times that the team would be out by Christmas, so I was not surprised a few weeks ago when I heard that Blood Bowl pre-orders were about to be released. Once I saw the list, however, I was actually surprised by several things. I didn’t expect the Human and Orc team card packs, the hard backed Blood Bowl Almanac, nor the new Goblin pitch. Honestly, I had even forgotten about the reports that the Blood on the Snow pitch would be available again this Holiday Season. Once I saw the full list, I simply sighed and started rounding up things to put on Craigslist and eBay so that I could pay for them… Being a completionist is never easy, or cheap.
There is no denying that the Games Workshop Vampire team is one of the most iconic of all the teams they have produced. One also can’t disagree with the statement that the style of Blood Bowl has been evolving over the years and alas, the teams of old have been coming up, well, short. So what does a coach do when he finds that his classic team of yore now looks like a high school team lining up against the New York Giants? As it turns out Willy Miniatures has a solution.
I’ve been working on painting up my Chaos Renegades team off and on over the past couple of months and I’m slowly reaching the finish line. For the color choice I wanted some Tzeentch-y as he’s my favorite of the chaos gods (although I was really tempted by the 5th god Malaal but figured the reference was too obscure). I wanted to avoid yellow and blue as I didn’t want the team to look like the Reikland Reavers color scheme, but I did end up going with a pale gold, blue and turquoise look. I hope the Changer of Ways approves.
A few months ago, I wrote about a Kickstarter campaign that had caught my eye. The campaign was run by Word Forge Games, and it was for an Ogre team for their game, Gore Ball. At the time I was unfamiliar with Word Forge Games and Gore Ball, but I really liked their Ogre minis as their aesthetic fit in with the new Games Workshop Blood Bowl Ogre almost perfectly. After my initial post about the Kickstarter campaign I reached out to Word Forge Games and they very graciously agreed to send me a copy of the Ogre team for review. Now, several months later, a box from the UK has shown up at my door, and it’s time for another unboxing!
Not too long ago we mentioned the Kickstarter launch of the Gore Ball Ogre team on the site. The Kickstater from Word Forge Games offered up a rather impressive collection of single piece resin cast models and as the campaign progressed it grew to include a large variety of greenskins too. I was impressed with the designs of the ogres offering a variety of different poses and looks, but having already a full ogre team on standby I couldn’t pull the trigger on the full set. Yet the allure of the new was too much, and I could not resist the hockey mask look and went ahead and ordered one. Now Mike is working on a full review of the entire set, but as he’s recovering from the installation of his cyber-leg I’m given a chance to offer my quick opinion of my newest recruit.
Recently I did a review of the Vortice Undead team and named them as my go-to undead team for Blood Bowl. Originally my plan had been to finish the team out by the years end. Under a normal work schedule combined with my generally sloth painting speed that would have been a tough challenge for me to accomplish. Alas, work decided to move me across country with a good three week notice and also decided to place me in an new organization that has the work tempo set to 11. As you can imagine this has thrown a wrench in my dreams of have having the team painted by years end but I have made some progress and now is my time to show off what I have finished.
A post on Warhammer-Forum.com has shown off several images of new Elven Union related products for Blood Bowl. The low-res images show several new products including a new double-sided Elven Union pitch with on well manicured pitch on one side, and a frozen ice pitch on the other. Also shown is a single Elven Union die, an Elven Union team card pack, a package of card sleeves to fit the odd sized Special Play Cards complete with BB logo, a single random card with an image of what appears to be the Halfling Ref shown, and best of all, two images of the team sprues which look to show the Elf Union team as old school style multi-part plastic minis for maximum customization.
Due to the Games Workshop’s change from resin teams to plastic, it might still be a little while before the Elf Union team hits shelves. Luckily, in the meantime, we’re still getting fairly regular releases for Blood Bowl. Recently Forge World put the Chaos Renegades Coins & Tokens set and the rookie Minotaur up for pre-order, and today, a box from the UK showed up in my mailbox!
Since it was re-released last November, by all reports Blood Bowl has been selling very well for Games Workshop. Since Blood Bowl 2016 was announced, many people have voiced concerns that Games Workshop re-releasing the game would put many third party mini companies out of business. It would seem that those fears were unfounded, because new crowdfunding campaigns seem to pop up on an almost weekly basis. With so many new campaigns starting all the time, I thought it would be a good idea to start a running series with a monthly collection of current Blood Bowl related crowdfunding campaigns. I won’t go into as much detail in these round up pieces as I do when I write about a specific campaign that I am excited about, but I will write enough to keep readers as up to date on current campaigns as I can. September brings us no fewer than five crowdfunding campaigns, so let’s take a look at what all is available this month!