Blood Bowl: Nobbla Blackwart – Goblin Chainsaw Wielding Loony Star Player

Blood Bowl, Nobbla Blackwart, Goblin Chainsaw Wielding Loony, Star Player

Back in the second edition of Blood Bowl (and maybe the first?) we had players who could be Chainsaw Wielding Loonies. When third came around, these were codified into an initially limited series of Star Players, and Nobbla Blackwart was one of these. This model was originally started back in the 1990’s, though he’s never been used on the field. For many years, he’s sat in my Blood Bowl figure case, nothing if not Neglected. I’d hoped to complete him finally last month for Jewel of July, but that didn’t happen – however, I did finish him off finally last week! Oh, and I’m not sure what’s happening witht he visor slits in the photo… it looked fine in hand last time I looked, but it appears rather …odd here.

Blood Bowl, Nobbla Blackwart, Goblin Chainsaw Wielding Loony, Star Player

I considered whether to give him chipped and worn armour – however my Orc team has pretty unscuffed armour and kept his the same as I haven’t yet decided if I will do a complete revampo of each figure to dirty them up and add wear to their gear (which I might ..or might not do). When it came to the player number… I realised I really hadn’t considered it. But then, what number would a Star Player who was also an Insane Goblin with a chainsaw tend to choose? (And think would be hilarious!) I asked myself “WWB&BHD?” and the answer revealed itself.

Here’s the original Star Player Card from 3rd edition. I haven’t yet played the newest version, which is pretty much an updated, refined version of 3rd, so I’m not sure if these rules and stats would still aply to old Nobbla. Can’t hurt putting it up as a comparison, though! Come to think of it, I’ve actually got at least two of those original 2nd edition Chainsaw Wielding Loony models.

…somewhere.

Citadel Blood Bowl Trolls (1988) – and a big Oldhammer Unit

Citadel Blood Bowl Trolls (1988)

Blood Bowl Trolls (1988) with Fantasy Battle-style basing.

Both of these trolls were released in July 1988 – with White Dwarf 103 and following Blood Bowl 2nd Edition. I got my first one of this sculpt around that time, alongside the ogre. Over the following years I picked up another two of the trolls, and as I already had one painted up for Blood Bowl, decided to paint them as Warhammer Fantasy Battle Trolls. The pair have remained prety much untouched since they were originally painted. The green one had an awful club made of sprue that I’ve since removed, and I’ve recently rebased both to bring them up to my “modern” speed.

Citadel Blood Bowl Trolls (1988)

I believe that these two were both painted before the C20 trolls shown recently were started. I removed the horn/spike from the shoulder in an effort to differentiate the two, which is obviously who one was painted green and the other purple. It’s also why one of them had an awful club, which I’ve since removed.

Blood Bowl Trolls, C20 Swamp Troll

My latest batch of Oldhammer Trolls, arranged as a Kings of War Regiment.

 

I based the BB trolls in a very similar manner to the C20 Swamp Troll, using Army Painter Swamp Tufts. Hopefully they give the impression wet, rich soil when combined with my standard bases.

C20 Swamp Troll, C20 Cave Troll, C20 Hill Troll, C20 Warrior Troll, Blood Bowl Trolls (1988)

All Six Oldhammer Trolls – Arranged as a Kings of War “Horde” Unit.

 

And now the full “Oldhammer Troll” group shot. All the rest of my trolls are newer models, though only one of those 4th? 5th? Edition trolls is even started. I might need to try to finish him off soon now…

Impact Miniatures Fantasy Football Kickstarter – Blood Bowl friendly!

Clearly, these figures can be used for a range of Fantasy Football games, including Blood Bowl as the big one. While they obviously can’t mention Blood Bowl, I certainly can, and I do so in exactly the same way that I might talk about using My Judge Dredd figures as Adeptus Arbites, or my many Warhammer Fantasy Battles Ogres, High and Dark Elves to play Kings of War.

So anyway, the campaign is over on Kickstarter right now, and it’s just on the edge of funding. It was funded, but a couple of people who appear to be Kickstarter trolls pulled some huge pledges right after it was funded. Casting is being done by Ed Forte of Trollforged, which I have to admit does make me a little nervous, since the abortion that Tre Manor’s Red Box Games Kickstarter turned into, not to mention his own Alien Assimilation Host which I’m expecting I might have my figures from early next year at this rate.

So with this in mind, why am I interested enough in this KS to pimp it on my blog?

 

Well, Impact are one of the groups that are still keeping the Blood Bowl flag flying after years of neglect and worse by Games Workshop (though credit to them for keeping the LRB up for quite a long time until the recent revamp of their website). The teams are a real mix. From figures that I wouldn’t ever put down on a table I own, to some decent ones to a couple that look quite nice indeed. Not sure why “looks like the 90’s” is such a popular insult – Jes Goodwin’s 1988 Blood bowl figures look better than almost any of the ones that came later or since!

So back to why I give a shit about these. Well, the main reason is this:

Impact Miniatures Chaotic Alliance Team

This team is based on Phil Lewis’ Chaos All-Stars team that was featured in White Dwarf

Phil Lewis’ Chaos All-Stars

Now, before you ask – the figures offered by Impact are not recasts of the Citadel models. They are newer sculpts based on those original Phil Lewis conversions. Now before anyone starts getting up in arms about “ripping off GW”, I’ll just quickly say HR Giger (RIP), Michael Moorcock, Broo. Now, because people are whiny bitches, we can’t always have nice things, and so some of the above resculpts were sold as limited editions in metal some time ago, and now a couple of the above-mentioned KS trolls have cited them being recast in a different material as the reason for their thousands of dollars worth of dropped pledges. The result is that Impact are resculpting the figures in question, and some other cool stuff won’t be sculpted at all (since sculpting isn’t free).

 

So anyway, if you have a passing interest in Blood Bowl or Fantasy Football, I’d suggest you check this one out. There’s quite a few figures in there that could have …other uses besides.