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.
Well, another day, another box on my doorstep from Games Workshop. Today’s unboxing is the result of Games Workshop’s most recent Blood Bowl Made to Order releases. Now, the cynical view of the Made to Order program is that Games Workshop is profiting off of our nostalgia for older minis that we drooled over as we first learned to play the games we love. I don’t completely disagree with that view, but I also look at it as Games Workshop giving us what we want… which is the older minis that we drooled over as we first learned to play the games we love. They are also doing it at a (mostly) reasonable price. $54 US for a twelve mini metal Blood Bowl team is right about the same price that these minis were the last time they were available at retail about ten years ago. Honestly, when I first heard about the Made to Order program, I was worried that the teams would be marked at closer to double that price. The single minis like the Big Guys are not quite as much of a “bargain” as the teams, but beggars can’t be choosers.
The steady stream of new Blood Bowl… I mean “Fantasy Football” miniatures continues, with independent teams starting crowd funding campaigns or pre-orders almost weekly. This week is no different. The newest team to become available for pre-order comes to us from Sukubus Studio in the form of their all female Vampire 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.