The Humble Beginnings of a Human Blood Bowl Team

As I was saying the other week, I’m taking a break from my CSM for a little while to focus on Blood Bowl. I’ve been going strong with 40K for the past 10 years, and CSM for the last 5’ish. I just need to take a breather, let the new CSM stuff roll in, and see what we have.

Human Team Hobbying

I wish I had more progress to show on my Human team, but I did just pick up the game on Monday. The only thing I wanted to accomplish with them, for now, was to get them assembled. A name for the team still eludes me.

Blood Bowl Human Team WIP

I also picked up some new paints.

New Paints

That is the color I’m planning to do for the armor on the Humans, the brightest color – Thunderhawk Blue. The other two darker colors are for blending the shading. I have not yet determined the rest of the colors I’ll use. At the very least I have to work out a color for the cloth under the armor. Once I figure that out, the rest should fall into place: shoes, socks, straps, etc. If anyone has any suggestions, please fire away.

The Stirland Battlemire will be used for the basing. Instead of gluing down sand I’ll instead use the Battlemire. The thing with gluing down sand is it’s too perfect, too consistent. This will break things up, making each base unique. Here’s a shot of what it looks like when dried.


I also have some grass flock that I’ll use. The flock I have is glade grass. It’s something I picked up years ago for a rebasing project on my Orks that I never got around to. I like it because of the variation in colors, and it should fit in pretty well with the Blood Bowl pitch.
Glade Grass Flock


Tonight will be my first Blood Bowl game – sort of. I’ve played hundreds of games of Blood Bowl on the PC, and I mean that literally. I actually finally picked up Blood Bowl 2 now that it’s on sale. I have also played one game of Blood Bowl in person years ago, as Jeremy and I had hoped to get some interest going at our FLGS. However, this will be the first time that I’ll be playing Blood Bowl in person, with my own team, and getting a league going for it. In other words, playing the game as it was intended. I’m pretty excited.

That’s All for Now

That’s about it. I’m pretty well stuck in the planning stages at this point. I’m one of those people who will spend forever thinking about something before finally committing to it. The big things are figuring out a team name for my Humans, and determining the other colors to use for painting the team.

Who else has a start on their Blood Bowl team(s)? What are you playing?

Update: If you’d like to skip ahead, I have since painted my Human Blood Bowl team.

  • Tyler Provick

    I’m starting Guild Ball and plan to make the bases like the old-school glue + flock when people would complain it looks like a well manicured football pitch precisely because this is the one instance where it makes sense.

    As for colours, maybe google pro sports uniforms and find a blue you like. I’m guessing you’ll see a lot of Blue and Gold and Blue and White.

    • Exactly. Sand, glue, and flock is perfect for these type of games. Why reinvent the wheel?

      Good call on looking up sports teams. I’ll definitely try that.

  • I’m not sure if I’m going to pick it up or not yet. If I could buy just the rules I probably would. We have at least three sets in the club and a lot of us have a team or two so I don’t feel like we need them much. Do you know if the rules have been changed or if it still is the old ones?

    • From everything I’ve read so far, the rules are the same. The league play stuff might be a bit different, still reading that, but the core rules are unchanged from what I can tell. I could be wrong though. I learned the game from the PC game, and the game does some things for you – like handling ball bounces and stuff. However, I do know the core mechanics are identical.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they put the rules out there for free, or at least very cheap, in the near future. Once they’ve sold a bunch of the box sets, they’ll probably put the rules out their in digital form.

      • I played the first of the modern BB computer games quit a lot but never got around buying the second one. At least the first one was pretty good and a lot of fun.

        • The second one is pretty much the same with updated graphics.

  • I was just looking at that same product the other day for my Orc team. Those example pics you showed are actually two different products, Stirland Mud and Stirland Battlemire. The mire is chunkier than the mud. Or something.

    • You’re right. I was Googling images and someone (blogger) had mislabeled it, or it may have just said Stirland, something like that.

      Either way, I do like the mire more for the grittiness. It looks more like churned up ground from cleats and such. I’ve done one layer of it, a thin one, and will be doing another to build it up a bit more in spots. I’ll get some shots so you can see if you’re interested in it.

      • A brief review post would be very helpful.

  • Good stuff. Nice to take a break now and then. Look forward to the new project. Going to give us some game reports and all?

    • I’ll definitely do some game reports. A game like Blood Bowl is well suited to lots of close-up shots, seeing as the playing field is much smaller than 40K. So, those up close shots still show you the relevant info, and aren’t just glamour pictures.

  • It looks like your plan is coming together. How do you like the textured paint for the bases? I’m curious to see how they come out.

    People are parting out the boxed set on ebay. For around $30 you can get everything but the teams. Not a bad option for people who want to play but want to build their own teams.

    • I did one thin layer with it, and it’s pretty sparse. I just did a second layer on one of them to see how it comes out. I think it will work out well enough though. Once I add the grass on there, I can cover any areas that don’t look great.

      I’ve checked out eBay too for models, and overall it’s being parted out at a reasonable price. I imagine the core rules will be freely available soon too (digital), or at least cheap, like $5.

  • Still thinking of picking it up as it looks like a fun game. Are the rules such that it would make a quick game to teach new players and go?

    • I think so. The core rules are pretty simple. I played on Wednesday and taught the person I was playing against. The person had virtually no experience with it, and our game took around 3 hours. To me, 3 hours is a reasonable time to fully complete a game that you’re teaching someone during. Once good on the rules, you can knock a game out in 30 minutes to an hour.

      • That’s great to know. I need to pass on buying anything for this season, but I am thinking about picking it as my next box-buy.

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