I began working on this team as soon as Blood Bowl came out, so end of November. It’s been slow progress on the team since then, but I also approached it that way.
I wanted to step back from the assembly line painting of Warhammer 40K, and focus on working on a model or two at a time to a higher standard.
So, it took me 4 months to paint 13 models, but I had a lot of fun doing it, and I’m happy with how the team has turned out.
Titan Bay Thunderhawks (Human Team)
I came up with the team name for my Human team as a result of the paint I use for the team, Thunderhawk Blue. I was trying to decide what color to paint the team and was having no luck.
So, I started browsing the paints at my FLGS and saw the Thunderhawk Blue. I really liked the color so I grabbed it, and that’s how the team came to be.
For the team logo I decided to base it off of the Seattle Seahawks logo, but more simplified considering the scale it would be painted.
Lastly, I decided to not do a clean look, which I do with my Chaos Marines, but something that looked like the models were in the middle of a football game.
So, I did some paint wear, armor damage, dirt, etc. Pretty simple and basic stuff, but it really made a difference in the end.
First is the team pictures, but below are shots of each position grouped together.
As always, click for a larger view.
I did conversion work on the Blitzers to make them all a bit different and also to stand out from the Linemen.
The helmet crests are Dark Angels bits from Warhammer 40K. They fit on there almost perfectly and only took a little liquid green stuff to fill in a few gaps.
If you’re interested, you can read my tutorial on painting the Ogre.
Blood Bowl Team Tokens
These are the Blood Bowl tokens and balls. The tokens are used for turn counters, re-rolls, and game score.
There’s two types of balls. The one on the finished base is for when the ball is loose. The other one sticks into the base of the player who possesses it.
That’s why the base on that one isn’t done, it was a placeholder while I worked on the ball itself.
Nothing fancy. I was a worn out after finishing the team itself, so I just stuck to pure golds on the tokens for simpleness. I wasn’t up for more blending at that point.
Still, I think they look good enough for game markers.
I’m really happy with the results of this team.
I think the little scuffs, scratches, and damage really give some nice detail and make the team feel like they’re in the middle of a game, which was the goal.
I also worked in some grass stains and dirt for the overall effect. I was skeptical it would come out the way I wanted, but I feel it worked.
I had never done so much damage and weathering on such a scale (so many models) but I’m really glad I did.
As a whole I just wanted something grimy and gritty with this team. Clean looking Blood Bowl teams aren’t as interesting in my opinion.
I do have a tutorial on battle damage and weathering if you’d like to see how I did this.
I tried to make each model a bit different, be it through the painting in some way, or by adding little details like the purity seals.
The Ogre was a model I had picked up from a third party. I did a painting tutorial for him as well which shows how I did all the armor and everything as well.
I’ve had a lot of fun working on the team, but it’s always nice to finish a project too. This is the first Blood Bowl team I’ve painted up and I will no doubt have more teams to do in the future as I love so many of them.
I’m proud of my work here and I hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Also, if you aren’t playing Blood Bowl then you really should be. I did an article about just that, why you should be playing Blood Bowl.
Blood Bowl Stuff
- The Year That Was 2020 and Where I’ve Been - January 17, 2021
- Top 5 Reasons Why Most People Fail at Miniature Painting - July 6, 2020
- Why You’ll Never Be as Good a Painter as You Want to Be - July 1, 2020