Gronn Fjord Raiders

With the new club Bloodbowl league fast approaching I finished off repainting my old Norse team and the new additions to the team (in the form of 2 Ulfwerners, a snow troll, linemen and an Empire Great Cannon crewman as the coach (to allow me to argue the call!).

I have a few items still to do with them, I want to add a couple of white lines onto some of the bases to simulate the chalk lines of the pitch (something I saw on a google image but looked pretty good). I’m also going to pick up a white pen to write the names on the bases. I think I prefer this to putting numbers on the players.

I did paint the full 16 figures on the team, even though I haven’t yet finished deciding on the starter roster.

On one hand I really want to have a minimum of 12 players, an apothecary and 2+ rerolls but this limits the number of non-linemen I can field. On the other hand I really want to include the 2 Ulfwerner and Troll in the starting roster, though this means I would struggle to field more than 11 players (but would have the compulsory apothecary) and would also lack any number of reasonable rerolls. Decisions, decisions!

The humans are the classic GW norse miniatures. The Ulfwerner are by Willy Miniatures (purchased from a Spanish company called Comixininos). The Snow Troll was from Gaspez Arts (an Italian company). Both specialise in Blood Bowl miniatures.

So without further preamble I present the Gronn Fjord Raiders.

The team of 2018
The Linemen (fodder): Vali Thorsen, Asmund Whitefall, Mythil Strus, Ragna Dagfinn, Gudmund Stonehand, Sigurd Thurmondson and Odin the Grey.


Throwers and Runners: Floki the Swift, Bjorn Grimurson, Ulysses the Beholden, Holgar the Red (hair colour to be repainted!)


Berserkers: Magnus the Bold, Eirik Longhorn and the dreaded Head Coach: ‘The Auditor’


The Big guys. Ulfwerner: Beorn Two Skins and Cadoc the Bear. Snow Troll/Yhetee: Uday Ragekill




Bloodbowl – Selecting a team

Bloodbowl is by far my favourite GW ‘board game’ of all time. In the last 3 or so years alone I’ve racked up hundreds of hours of play, however I’ve not touched my figures or the board. This is because I’ve been playing it online instead. This has mainly been down to convenience. My club time is limited and so it’s far easier to log on and find a game this way. Whilst this is fun, it’s not the same and so I will be entering the blood bowl league. This will likely mean skipping this years Kings of War comp but I think it will be worth it.

So with this in mind, I dug all the (mainly) 3rd Edition models I could find (and the game) and bought them up to town.

As much as I love the 2nd ed. board, it is considerably narrower and so that and the box were left at home.

I don’t own a profusion of teams as some didn’t interest me, so what are my options?

Human – The jack of all trades team. They aren’t outstanding at one area but are pretty good in all of them. I still love the sculpts (with perhaps the exception of the blitzers) and also have an addition 4 metal human sculpts and an original Ogre, to go with the box set.

Wood elf – Probably the team I’ve played the least but I love the models (which I believe are more of Jes Goodwins). They were part painted and I’ve primed them for a repaint. This probably the team I’m least likely to go with.

Undead – There are several flavours of undead teams (khemri, vampire etc) but I have the original mixed team, with Mummies, ghouls, wights etc. They are very fun to play and have a wide range of quality (or not) available to be fielded, from total shite (zombies) to solid blockers and blitzers. They have the added advantage of being able to ‘recruit’ opposing players killed and almost never dying (or permanently falling apart) themselves. They are definitely a contending team entrant.

Orc – I really like the Orc team. They are a tougher version of humans. More armoured on average but not quite as flexible. I’ve had some great success with the team and have just gotten the new troll (as I couldn’t find my old one). I just need a Goblin or two to round out the team. These are a potential contender as the team, as I know them reasonably well and enjoy using them, however they come as standard in the new box, so I’m not sure if a number of players will be using them and I have a penchant for using teams/armies that others don’t, if only to add variety.

Norse – These were one of the newer teams before GW re-released the game (that still makes them, damn, maybe 15 years old?). They have all the flexibility of the standard human team, with throwers, catchers etc. but almost every player has the block skill. If they don’t have that, then they have at least a strength of 4 and frenzy. That is my kind of team. Where they fall down is having low armour. Still I like the fluff of having a bunch of raving nutters (more so than even the average player), on the pitch. As you may of guessed, at present, this is looking to be my number one team choice. I’ve even ordered 3 players I’m missing, 2 Ulfwerner from a company in Spain and a Snow Troll from Italy!

A yet to be purchased team. There is however still a chance of throwing in a wildcard. Black Scorpion Miniatures sell a range of teams at a reasonable price. I can’t comment on quality (having not bought any myself, though I know a few players who love them) however many of their sculpts look fantastic. They sell a great looking Greek themed human team and I also like their Amazons but the one that caught my eye was the new halflings releases, with their Knight helmets. They just look amazeballs! (I will add that I’ve seen similar halflings elsewhere but these just had a crisper feel). The only issue is, even with 2 treeman on the team, they will get butchered. But they look so pretty 😉.


Blood Bowl – 5th ed.

In late 2015 when Games Workshop announced they would start releasing new boxed sets, one of those on the list was a new version of Blood Bowl. After a wait of a year they have finally confirmed a release date of 25 Nov.


I started playing Blood Bowl in the 2nd edition in 1988, which was the first boxed set with 28mm miniatures and a foam board representing astrogranite. At this point you started with orcs and humans, all the same model and had to add coloured rings to the bases to represent the different positions (white was a thrower, red a blitzer and yellow a catcher if memory serves me correctly).


I immediately fell in love with the game and of course purchased the next boxed set in 1994 where the miniatures had evolved to actually have different models! (and I still think they are great molds – with perhaps the exception of the human blitzers). This version streamlined gameplay a great deal and introduced dice for blocking. The pitch also become quite a bit wider (in 2nd ed you could almost block it completely with your team – you could still do so here but one successful block could leave your lines wide open).

Note: the human team below was lifted from the net. It isn’t my painting.


Around 2001 Jervis Johnson released the 4th edition living rulebook and this was updated approx once a year to 2007 (small updates were done after this).

By this point I had drifted away from tabletop gaming onto PC’s and consoles but got heavily back into Blood Bowl when Cyanide released Blood Bowl on the PC. The game itself was excellent but the multiplayer suffered terribly due to massive issues with connecting to the servers. This was later fixed but the company was and still is terrible at communication with the fan base to let them know of issues and fixes, in fact just about communication on anything. This rolled over and has continued with the 2nd release for Blood Bowl 2. An infinitely inferior version to the Chaos Edition of the first PC game (at least for the single player mode).

5th Edition

Having rambled on a bit you can see why I might be quite happy with a new release of Blood Bowl and I was lucky enough yesterday to get a sneak peek and half a game in.

So what did I think. I’ll start with the rules (and caveat that I didn’t have a chance to look at anything in depth). They actually haven’t changed a great deal. If you played the 3rd/4th editions you can pretty much pick up the game and continue where you left off. Some of the skills have been streamlined and categories renamed but I didn’t notice any other significant changes. I didn’t get to see the Deathzone rules so can’t comment on them.

The models are multipart (3-4 piece) and in the main look good (see below). I think they have again dropped the ball (excuse the pun) with the blitzer models for both the humans and orcs. In both cases almost the only way to distinguish them is by a greater crest (humans) or plume/hair (orcs).

The basic game costs £65 with the Deathzone supplement an additional £15 (and you will be getting that as it provides the additional team and additional rules such as mutation skills etc). Though you will be able to pick it up cheaper through your local 3rd party retailer. One thing they have appeared to have done is merged the Elf teams into one, though I don’t know what made the cut or not.

GW will also be selling at least 1 new additional team at the launch, the Skavenblight Scramblers (keeping the tradition of naming the teams sold after the most famous of the teams).

So will I be getting the game? More than likely and it will give me an excuse to dig out my favoured Norse team that I actually have out of storage (though they are not a team in the initial release, GW have stated that further teams will be released in the future, so fingers crossed).

I’ll have to see if I can drum up any interest at the club and then find time to actually play it!