Blood Bowl: Human Team Starting Roster

In a few weeks we’ll start up our first season of Blood Bowl at my FLGS. I’ll be using my Human team, and have come up with a starting roster.

Titan Bay Thunderhawks

Blitzer x 4
Linemen x 5
Re-rolls x 3
Fan Factor x 3

Total: 1,000,000

I’d like to start with an Apothecary, but the funds aren’t there. So, I just rolled the 30,000 into Fan Factor. I’m hoping that will give me an edge to win cash quicker to cover it. I also figure 3 re-rolls should be good.

I like starting Humans with an Ogre. I find the big guys tend to be slow leveling up, as they rely on injuries for SPP, which can be a very slow road. That, and an Ogre is more reliable than some of the other big guys. So, starting off with him shouldn’t be too much of a determinant.


I’m looking for feedback from Blood Bowl vets. Not only feedback on the starting roster, but I’m also curious about Assistant Coaches, Cheerleaders, and Fan Factor. Assistant Coaches and Cheerleaders aren’t something you’ll always get a use out of, so I’m curious the common consensus on starting with any, as well as buying them later. Do you bother? If so, how many do you usually get on a typical team?

Fan Factor, same questions really. That has more value game-to-game, I get that, but still curious where people stand with that on a starting roster.

Final Thoughts

I still have quite a bit of painting to do for the team*, but I wanted to finalize my roster first. No sense painting up more than I need – initially anyway.

The season we play likely won’t be very long. So, I’m not expecting to see a ton of progression with the team. That’s why I’m trying to front-load the team as much as I can, as the cash for players later on, and other team benefiting options, will likely be lacking.

I’m really looking forward to my first tabletop Blood Bowl season!

*Note: The team is now fully painted. You can check out the showcase.

  • eriochrome

    I think you need to check the math on the Roster. 12 Players with 3 rerolls, 4 blitzers, and the ogre with an Apoth comes in at 1100K by my check.

    • You’re right. Guess I messed up on my spreadsheet’s calculations.

      • eriochrome

        Probably drop the catcher and apothecary and keep the hitting. Some people like to put all extra initial cash into FF as it helps pay for itself with the FAME bonus. Also since FF does not have to be rebought in each new season banking it can be more helpful. The Cheerleaders and Coaches are general picked up in 1 or 2’s later on but that depends on the arms race kind of thing in the league. I expect with the new redraft rules they will be cut at the beginning of each season to try to keep more players with SPP or rerolls as opposed to stuff that can be bought at straight price each season after games have been played.

        • Think I’m leaning that way since realizing my math was off.

          That’s what I figured on the Cheerleaders and Coaches. Take a few just to give you something, and maybe a small advantage.

          I was also thinking of dumping the rest into FF. Still a bit of a gamble early on, when you need the cash the most, but seems a smart consideration for the long haul.

        • My revised list is:

          Thrower x 1
          Blitzer x 4
          Linemen x 5

          Re-rolls x 3
          Fan Factor x 3

          Could just set aside the 30K from FF for a Catcher later, or something else, but figure I’ll try starting out with some FF to see if I can generate the income quicker.

  • Looks like fun! Did you find/build the ogre yet?

    • No luck on the Ogre. There’s some great 3rd party companies that make them for Blood Bowl, but the problem is they are all in Europe, so the shipping is insane. Keep hoping to get what I need off eBay, but no luck there yet either.

      • Time to break out the hobby tools then! Did you see Dave’s conversion from an Ogryn:

        • Yeah, I saw that. Problem is having no base to work off of. I looked at the Ogryns the other day, and they’re $50 for 3. That’s not terrible, but I also want to start an Ogre team at some point, so I need 6 for that, and 1 for my Humans. The Ogors for AoS gets me 6 for $40, which works out great. I keep hoping to snag them off eBay, but probably just worth it to buy it from a store. Save me the hassle if nothing else.

          • Ah yeah the price is much better that way. A team of ogres sounds brutal!

            • It can be brutal, but not reliable. Ogres have something called Bone-head. So, any turn they want to do anything they have to roll a D6. On a 1 they don’t do anything. There’s times when only 1-2 of the Ogres will do something, the rest having rolled a 1. The rest of the team is Snotlings, so when the Ogres aren’t cooperating it can be rough. However, when those Ogres behave and do their job, there’s not a team that can stand up to them.

              • eriochrome

                Ogres are like Vampires as the core of the team is great but unreliable so you have to make the most of your other pieces. Thralls are better than snotlings though but Blood Lust is probably worse than Bonehead.

  • Your 2nd list works. Somethings I try to do for starting teams is fill out about 11 players then try to get as much rerolls as possible, this is because they inflate so much during the season. The other things are pretty easy to get but that also is based on a very solid Fan Factor, Good Luck!

    • Good advice. Thanks.

      Are you, or any of your crew, interested in joining the league?

      • I got a busy schedule with making video for a lot of different games, we might do a short series on Blood Bowl. Maybe we can throw down for a video like the old days again 8)

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