BREAKING: GW Shows New Blood Bowl Minis

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GW has pulled the covers off their plans and minis for the updated Blood Bowl reboot!

images via Tiny Plastic Spacemen (facebook) 1-27-2016

Again, shots from the Nuremberg Toy Fair, that is going on right now.  GW is in attendance and is showing off some upcoming products.  Take a look at these:


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So, the highlights:

  • I have a suspicion that top artwork is the cover of the new box. (UPDATE: It’s the Video Game cover artwork…)
  • Returns in 2017
  • Orks vs Humans
  • 2 models shown of each faction, Quarterback and Linesmen


I would say Specialist Games is off to a running start.

~ What do you think?

  • JD Robertson

    The artwork is the cover of the Blood Bowl 2 PC game. Not that they couldn’t use the same art for the tabletop game, but I wouldn’t assume that’s the case.

    Are you sure that’s a human quarterback? Looks like he’s catching the ball…

    • Xodis

      Yeah, I think he’s a receiver too.

      • Nocturus

        The human receivers had a giant glove. Not saying the glove won’t go away, but that model doesn’t have one. He could be catching the kickoff.

        • Marky


          • Vomkrieg

            I’m so glad i’m not the only one that was bugging 🙂

    • Ben_S

      I reckon the others could be blitzers too.

    • Marky

      And it’s a thrower

      Next they will be changing the name of imperial guard 🙂

      • JD Robertson

        You make a good point. Presumably GW will need to create faux-latin names for all the Blood Bowl factions in order to shut down competing manufacturers.

  • Harry Paratesteez

    well, I already bought that…..bb2 on xbone….all the rules, all the teams all the rules……why should I buy this game for more than the virtual game price?…..I’m going to sleep now….

    • Michael Campbell

      Because playing with real people, with physical models that your painted yourself is better?

      • BaronSnakPak

        Not better, different. It’s ok to like both equally.

        • DeadlyYellow

          Tend to be less swearing and racial epithets from face-to-face matches though.

          • BaronSnakPak

            Depends on who you’re playing, and how the dice roll. :p

            Not to mention you can play the video game without a headset.

          • Vomkrieg

            Played a lot online Blood Bowl, never come across that. it’s not Call of Duty.

            That said, I have had someone resign a game because they failed to pick up the ball on a kickoff even with a reroll. So there are some idiots out there for sure.

          • BEAR812

            Reroll? Is it actually turn based? I’ve never played the video game.

            I liked Mutant League Football and Mutant League Ice Hockey. Back when Electronic Arts was still fun.

          • BaronSnakPak

            It’s a faithful adaptation of the board game. The first BB video game did have an option for real-time mode that had it’s own charm, but most people stuck to turn based.

            The big difference for the video game is the rpg aspect of leveling up individual players and getting new gear for them and your stadium.

          • Vomkrieg

            Ha, beat me to it. Exactly what i was typing 🙂

          • Sebastien Bazinet

            Mutant League Hockey was the best thing ever!

          • Djbz

            The whole rolling to pick up the ball is a really annoying mechanic.
            I once on the video game failed to pick up the ball 4 times in a row. Which is extra irritating as it ends your turn automatically.

            On the tabletop we houseruled it so that unless the ball was in a tacklezone (where the player could be stopped) we could just pick it up.

          • Vomkrieg

            Virtually any failed roll ends your turn. So the RNG was going to get you whether you were picking up the ball, dodging, throwing a block or anything else.

            Blood Bowl infuriates some people because of that, and I get that. But making ball recovery that easy means a huge change to the game. Khemri all of a sudden are a major team as that is their biggest limitation.

            Ball stripping in general becomes less useful, and tactical kicking less useful.

            It would swing the game further towards crunch teams, and mean that ag1 players like trolls could pick up the ball without issue.

            it might seem like a small tweak, but it would really change the game.

      • Vomkrieg

        Not better, just different. I can play Blood Bowl with my friend in England online, can’t do that with the figs without some really silly logistics. Plus overall game time is far far lower.

        I like painted figs as much as the next guy, but BB online is a really solid, cheap alternative to table top.

        I disagree with the guys suggestion that it’s pointless to play table top if you have the computer game. But the computer game is a perfectly fine alternative play style.

        • Michael Campbell

          The recent Blood Bowl video games are definitely solid versions of the game.

          I just always prefer sitting down to play face to face with my mates, having a laugh, maybe a few beers.

          So sure, it’s a matter of personal preference which version a person feels is better.

          But as you said, suggesting either version has no merit is stupid.

          • Vomkrieg


            Very different experiences that scratch a different itch. there is nothing quite like a weekend “mates” blood bowl league.

            But sometimes, you just want to play, and experiment with different teams. Through BB online i’ve played teams I simply wouldn’t have bought and painted up.

            So while I like Blood Bowl in person a lot, I tend to play the same two teams as I own them.

          • Michael Campbell

            Yeah, I had the fortune to be playing back when it was released, so I do actually have one of almost every team 😉

          • Vomkrieg


            I still have my 2nd ed polystyrene board somewhere, not that you can use it anymore.

          • Dan Johnson

            Sure you can, it’s the same pitch as later editions – just with slightly smaller squares. I recently resurrected my 2nd ed set and the pitch is still the best.

            Team make up is a bit different, but that just meant I needed to buy a few minis (shame)

          • Vomkrieg

            Really, i thought it was a different number of squares across and long than the current pitches.

            Good to know

          • Marky

            And playing on different sized home made pitches is fun…

        • benn grimm

          Chaos edition is alright, and playing people who you wouldn’t normally be able to reach physically is awesome, but BB2 is terribad, particularly considering all the feedback they’ve had over the last few years.

          • Vomkrieg

            Yeah, BB1 is fine, I don’t have any real reason to get BB2.

            If they had made stellar computer AI for it, I would, but the AI is apparently a little dumber in BB2.

          • rickyard

            oh, come on, the only way to make it dumber than BB1 is to program the AI to do touchdowns in their own line XDDD

          • Vomkrieg

            hahaha, so true.

            Well, I believe it is at least as dumb as BB1

          • Sebastien Bazinet

            BB2 is okay just not enough teams for the moment. That’s the real joy of Chaos Edition, all those sweet sweet team choices.

            And Gobbos, can’t believe they did not includes those at launch…

    • Edouard Decaen

      we love those little plastic minis don’t we ?

    • Erik Setzer

      Why buy any miniatures game? You can just buy computer games and play without ever touching a model, assembling it, painting it, or seeing another human being near you, and it’s cheaper. Who needs miniatures games, amiright?

      • nurglitch

        Because we like touching models?

      • Calum Wallace

        I’m sorry. Some of us like things such as human contact, getting to do things our own exact way, not having the visuals spoonfed by a graphics designer, making things, showing off the things we’ve made to like-minded nerds, doing stuff with our hands other than jabbing at an xbox controller, etc. I play computer games, and enjoy them for a different but related set of reasons to why I enjoy tabletop games.

        You might as well be asking why bother owning a car when you could play a computer game about driving.

        • Erik Setzer

          I get this unfortunate feeling that my sarcasm might have been a bit too good and too difficult to spot. 😛

          • Calum Wallace

            Ah, sorry bud, missed the sarcasm font there…

          • Erik Setzer

            Is there a sarcasm font? I know some commenting systems have them.

            Personally, I love being able to play games with people face-to-face. And my miniatures. Soooo many miniatures all through my apartment.

          • Calum Wallace

            Nah, old Usenet (I think) joke around how very much impossible to write anything ridiculous enough that it’s obviously sarcasm – basically the total nonsense idea that there’s a special font for sarcasm on a single-font format. Think I may be showing my age again.

            And oh god yeah, same. More miniatures than sense, me. Only passtime that comes even remotely close to having cost me as much is beer.

          • Erik Setzer

            Ah, I’m just thrown off a bit because there’s another site (sports-related, though, and with even more bitter commenting than the worst anti/pro-GW folks) where you can actually change up the font, and people will do that for sarcasm. Usenet’s too much of a distant memory to think of it first when more recent examples are in mind.

            Usenet was a fun place. People who think the commenting here is bad have no idea of what the Warhammer newsgroup was like in its heyday. Gloriously foul and full of insults. But if you could handle that kind of stuff, it also had some good discussion.

            I got reminded of my own age (which I don’t think is *that* advanced) last night when I was sitting at a hookah bar/Greek restaurant and realized that I have a website that’s as old as all the other people who were sitting at the table. Also made it hard to not feel like the old man of the group.

            I hear ya on the beer, too… It’s especially bad if you’re picky and prefer the good stuff where possible. Mercifully I’m not hanging out drinking with people every night any more, so I can actually afford my hobbies again.

          • Calum Wallace

            Huh, interesting – never heard of one actually being used before, maybe the usage was inspired by the joke?

          • rickyard

            Oh, no, why have you told them it was sarcasm??? we could have laughed a lot more!!!!

    • benn grimm

      Because the one you got isn’t very good?

  • Robert Wright
    • euansmith

      I like the bit about ” League Points earned for Completions, Touchdowns, Casualties, Interceptions and Players Sent Off for Fouling. Whether you win the games doesn’t actually matter… “. That should encourage some suitably aggressive play.

      • blackbloodshaman

        In old blood bowl the easiest way to win seems to be by killing your opponents team

        • Vomkrieg

          Not really, at least not against a good player.

          Even a middling team can cage reasonably well and prove a tough nut to crack, especially at low Team Values.

          Good positioning can heavily reduce the number of blocks taken each round, and they can only blitz and foul once per turn.

          There’s a reason Wood Elves are considered a top rated team, despite being very pricey and squishy.

      • Erik Setzer

        Ha. That was my mentality with Orcs. You get XP for hurting guys, and I couldn’t keep pace with Elves, so I just set out to hurt them. One guy was running up the score on me and then begged me not to shove one of his players out into the crowd, like I was being mean. Dude, if you’re going for a 7-0 score, I’m going to break some of your squeakies.

    • shyvax

      THAT is a great news!!! I’m in… Again!!! I missed it

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Sounds like an awesome time, good event. Too bad I am stateside. I am still sad we don’t have a pub style environment here. Silly prudish principles preventing ale to be near a child’s game. Not like it would be any different then a bar and grill…. Entry fee is a bit steep though, at least it includes lunch.

    • WellSpokenMan

      The FFG game center in Minnesota serves beer. I’ve heard tell of other places that do as well.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Yes but it is usually a big no no in social norms for whatever reason, and those that do are very far away. I actually thought of opening one up as a business one day, maybe make it near a store so that way I would provide the space to play and they could stock the product. If I partnered up with a store and shared a wall, even better!

        • WellSpokenMan

          My in-laws and I have discussed opening a British style family pub or a German style biergarten (or both) a few times. Your right, for some reason those kinds of places are extremely rare in the states.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            well we Americans are not known to behave very well when drinking. Often getting intoxicated and belligerent, at least when young. Plus there is that whole protestent roots thing, the same kinda route that looks at slaanesh with more disdain then Khorne. I may open one, but the startup costs would be immense for liqour liscense and food liscense, staff, rent, etc. Not to mention tables, food, terrain. God knows thing get stolen or lost so will need constant replacement of things. I will figure a way to budget it though. Things like Kickstarter or gofundme may help with financing some initial capital.

          • PrimoFederalist

            You obviously don’t know much about drunk Brits.

          • Hedwerx

            OI! wot you sayin? Yoo wanna ave yer ferkin ed kicked in mate?

            For example.

          • Noveltyboy

            This kind of negative stereotyping really doesn’t help anyone.

          • Hedwerx

            You’ve obviously never seen a chav in the wild.

          • Calum Wallace

            … I take it you hadn’t clocked the rest of the posts in this subthread have been coming from people of the nationalities they’re describing, then.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            I was talking more about how we behave abroad. Also comparing to what I have witnessed myself in Germany, with fellow tourists causing scenes. There will always be misbehaving drunkards everywhere I suppose.

          • LordRao

            Maybe it also has to do with the fact that most North Americans tend to drive wherever they go. That doesn’t gel well with huge quantities of booze.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            That too, big time!

    • BaronSnakPak

      We have 40K tournies at the bar that’s next door to the flgs because they have a large room to rent for events. We drink the entire time, it’s great. This is in Wisconsin, btw.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        That’s much closer. What part? Madison-ish or more Milwaukee or up north? Sounds good though!

        • BaronSnakPak

          South-western Wisconsin on the Mississippi, La Crosse.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Gotcha. Wee bit more west than I even am. I’m northwest Illinois but still slightly south east of Rockford. May be worth a road trip one day. My friends live in the old gaming capital of Milwaukee though so it may be too far for them.

          • BaronSnakPak

            Milwaukee is a fun city. I was just there last month, went to the Bucks game when they beat the Warriors to break the win streak.

          • Severius_Tolluck


  • James Tompsett

    2017? We’re still in January 2016! Crikey. Necromunda could be decades away 🙁

    • blackbloodshaman

      Hey none of that attitude, bad rules writing takes time!

    • Iconoc1ast


  • commyjosh

    I’m more interested in if that is the new look the AoS Orruk’s will follow?

  • Troy Dean

    Those Orcs look friggin’ amazing. First bit of news from the Blood Bowl re-release that’s actually got me salivating for fresh toys.

  • Badgerboy1977

    Damn they’re good, can’t wait for that one 🙂

  • blackbloodshaman

    Models are decent, but 2017? too little too late

    • silashand

      If that date is accurate I think they will likely lose share to someone else who puts out something almost as good before they do. I picked up Dreadball from Mantic and I must confess it’s a great game. I thought it was going to be a poor man’s BB, but it is completely different and a good game in it’s own right. Maybe GW can recapture some of that magic, who knows.

  • blackbloodshaman

    The two orks look like they would make decent ardboys

  • silashand

    While I am excited for Blood Bowl’s return (it is probably my favorite game of all time) I am confused as to why they would highlight its return in 2017 when I think they stated Necromunda was to be the first release from the newly redone Specialist Games. I would have thought we’d see more of that first, but oh well. I for one am looking forward to all the SGs since I mostly enjoyed them more than their core games over the years. JMO though…

    • Dan Johnson

      I think this may be because BB has a fairly active independent community, and other miniature makers are selling teams etc online.

      They need to prep the BB community for their reclaim of the game. Necromunda can be a simpler reveal when they are ready to take orders.

  • Im a huge blood bowl fan, HUGE fan. But these just don’t look that great honestly (IMO). Might just stick with Dreadball which has been surprisingly good.

  • Agent OfBolas

    those sculpts were created in 2015 or 2001?

  • Erik Setzer

    Eeeeehhhh… The humans seem okay, but the Orcs seem a bit too large and chunky, like they’re copying Mantic’s Dreadball greenskins. Maybe I’m just being overly picky because I love Orcs. If I don’t like them, it’s no huge deal, I’ve got a whole team I converted recently for some local Blood Bowl, complete with coach angrily shouting and tossing his play sheets in the air.

    It’s going to be a long wait for 2017.

    But hey, you know, let’s point out a positive: They’re showing off some new models ahead of the release. It’s been ages since they did that. Now we just need to convince them to do that with other games…

  • I totally missed the first incarnation, im excited to see whats in store this go around.

  • BaronSnakPak

    Lovin the look of those Orks.

  • Vomkrieg


    Damn, that’s a long time. Hopefully they take the time to polish and improve the ruleset and playtest the thing. Still, refuse to get excited for something that’s still a year away. I remain cautiously interested.

    Also, there are no quarterbacks in blood bowl. There are throwers.

  • vlad78

    I like the receiver and the quaterback, but the other two are not that great. How much for the starter set? That’s the big question.

    If it is more than 100 euros, they can keep it.

  • Bran D

    I know its a fantasy themed football game…but I really really hope they add 40k armies, no reason not to.

  • Richard Mitchell

    So i look at the Orcs and i am like great models. Then i see the humans and compare them to their competitors and i am like why are those sooo ugly. WHY CAN’T GW SCULPT DECENT HUMANS WHEN THEY ARE NOT WEARING SPACE ARMOR!

  • Simon

    The Original Officially Unsupported Fantasy Football Game

  • Sean

    Ooooooh are they allowed to say football without the express written consent of the NFL?

    • Calum Wallace

      They’d be more likely to have to talk to FIFA. They’re in Britain, where ‘football’ means something ever so slightly else.

  • Bonesaw1o1

    I just hope they keep some of the old bloodbowl/warhammer aesthetic in the game, it was very distinct back in the day and it’d be a shame if it got too generic

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    Now for halflings and treemen…and Wood Elves!

  • Simon Chatterley

    I love getting breaking news for events due to happen in a year.

    Takes away the immediate pressures of life and all that.

  • benn grimm

    I think; its about time and I really hope they do all the other teams as well.

  • latro990

    2017! Gw doing the anncounce thing way in advance like video game publishers? No, just no

    • ted1138

      It shows they are committing to producing product for a wider market(the toy market is massive compared to the tabletop hobby one), which means more new customers, which is something they desperately need.

  • Ragnar Black

    Hmm the miniatures don’t look to good.. Would expect more from GW.

  • Old zogwort

    Those orks look great 😀

  • I think that GW is doomed and they are following the steps of Kodak.

    Blood Bowl was one of the specialist games most played and popular, but the company had other decisions with the money machinery (focus in sell millions of miniatures instead a starter sets and two expansions). The market, experimented a game of fantasy football and they liked it, but the company understood the game because they thought that they can’t make money. But the market still demanding the game and appearance a lot of alternative models and other games like DreadBall.
    I think remade the game a lot of years later with a market that evolved for himself is a big waste of money to invest in a fully lost business opportunity.

    • Calum Wallace

      I think everyone here recognises this as the scramble to regain lost ground it is. Whether it’ll work or not is a very different question.