WIP – Blood Bowl plastic orcs

Now that the humans are finished (post coming soon) I’m moving on to a new Blood Bowl project. I’ve decided to quickly put together an orc team with the plastic minis that came in the 3rd edition box. I picked up another full set for a tenner on eBay to give me enough of each position for a full league roster.

Back when I was playing as a teenager I remember getting the new box and seeing the new models for the first time. I was amazed at the quality of them as a complete team, both in terms of having different models for each position and the overall quality and detail of the sculpts. The human and orc teams that came in the 2nd edition box were red and blue coloured plastic, very plastic-y and all linemen. They were very uninspiring. The 3rd edition ones in contrast were fantastic. The orc team is the better of the two overall. The blitzers and the black orcs are still lovely models and the blitzer in particular is very dynamic.

Despite this…I never did paint them up. I had them stuck to bases and primed but that was it except for the beginnings of a Gouged Eye scheme on an orc thrower.

So now I have a complete rosters worth, I fancy putting together a bashy team to play when the humans and skaven have been a bit too squishy. I’m going to paint them in an Orcland Raiders, yellow and black scheme. I’ve got the paints which will help moneywise and it’s a team that I didn’t really connect with as a kid and want to give a chance now; I was always drawn to the red and white of the Gouged Eye myself.

The Orcland Raiders

The Orcland Raiders

Looking at the models now, and having put down some fleshy green on them all, I must say that my earlier joy at painting and fielding this team has dwindled a little. This is because the closer I get to the models and the more I apply paint, the more I feel that the detail on them isn’t a great as I remembered. The definition between arm and armour isn’t brilliant. Compare them to the high elf and skaven minis that come with the Island of Blood box and you see how far GW, and I dare say the industry, have come in terms of the quality of the minis they produce.

It’s a minor grumble. I still love them and I’ll love those black orcs smashing some prancing elf someday soon!

Work in Progress: Blood Bowl 3rd Edition plastic Orcs

Work in Progress: Blood Bowl 3rd Edition plastic Orcs


My old Blood Bowl Orc team

As a kid I was an orc guy. The 2nd and 3rd editions of Blood Bowl came with plastics minis of both teams and were great starter teams. I’m not sure why but I gravitated to the Orcs and my brother was left with the humans…it was MY game after all. In other games in always picked the orc characters and I always picked the humans or elves. But that’s for another time.

The plastic minis were all a standard lineman and it wasn’t long before my pocket money was spent on metal minis. Every Saturday morning we’d take a family trip into town and we always had to go past the toy shop. It was an old fashioned toy shop with all kinds of toys and games on the bottom floor and upstairs it had a wall of miniature blister pack on one side and Tamiya models and RC cars along another. It also had jars of dice by the counter. One of the first complete teams that I managed to collect was orcs. My painting wasn’t up to much so my dad asked a mate of his to paint them for me. I’m not sure what else he painted or collected but he seemed to do a lot of ‘hobby’. I only went round there once to collect them once they were done. I remember being blown away by them. Looking at them now, they are good but not great. They played really well though and that was all that mattered. The scheme was taken from the orc reference card that came in the 2nd edition box. Unfortunately my card has disappeared and a quick internet search doesn’t show one (I’ll keep looking though).

Here’s the team complete with two minotaurs and one troll, again they were based on pictures from one of the books or from old copies of White Dwarf. It was from the days when orcs had positional catchers and all teams had a kicker introduced. I think kickers and kicking rules came in with the red Companion book.

Orc team

Orc team

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At some point in the future I want to try out the orcs again, but I really want to paint them as well. My current thinking is to strip these minis and to give them a new paint job before playing with them. I’m in two minds though. I could always use the plastics minis from 3rd edition. I don’t really want to mix plastic and metal minis in a team.

It’s not pressing as I’ve got lots to be getting on with 🙂 I’ve got enough figures to be able to create a complete orc roster as per LRB6/CRP. For now I’ll put these in a little display case and decide what to do with them.