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Blood Bowl, then and now

With the release of the 2016 Blood Bowl set, it’s a good time to look at the quality of the new plastics versus the old. The 1993  Blood Bowl set was well received in its day, but its day was over 20 years ago now.

The comparison is made easier by the fact that the model selection remains identical. Both boxes come with 24 miniatures; 12 human, 12 orc. The teams are divided the same way too, with a human team of 2 blitzers, 2 throwers, 2 catchers, and 6 linemen, facing an orc team of 2 blitzers, 2 throwers, 2 Black Orcs, and 6 line men. Er, line-orcs.

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The first thing we notice is the size difference. The board in the new version is larger than before, and the figures in 2016 are noticeably larger than their forebears. Must be something in the water. Probably warpstone.

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The 1993 figures were all single part, with no assembly required. The additional detail on the 2016 figures comes at the expense of this. The 2016 figures are 2-3 parts and so assembly is required. Most of these are snap fit though, and people used to board game components should find them easy enough. They represent no challenge to any wargamers used to multi part plastic.

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The larger size is something likely to be carried out across the whole re-released range, however extensive that turns out to be. As such, while it would not be odd to see teams facing one another, it would look odd to have a mix of old and new teams playing together.

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If you wish to add a couple of extra blitzers to your human team, for example, you’ll have to explain that these are not rookie players, or dwarfs who wandered into the wrong dugout.bloodbowl_oldnew_humanblitzerlineman

As the series of images here show, the general rule is the new miniatures are similar in pose, but larger in size than before.

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4 comments on “Blood Bowl, then and now

  1. Azazel
    December 18, 2016

    Damn. I might need to get a second set to bulk out the boxed teams.

  2. daggerandbrush
    December 19, 2016

    Very interesting to see the development of these models. I think both old and new versions have their charms, but it is a pitty that one cannot use the old ones with the new stuff without it looking a bit off.

    • davekay
      December 19, 2016

      Yes I have metal blitzers for both the human and orc teams, but they won’t fit with the new models.

  3. doubledowndice
    August 11, 2017

    Nice comparison shots!

    To be fair, there are inconsistencies across all the editions, with regards to size. Even across 3rd edition, the sizes of players seems to fluctuate. The relative size always bothered me a bit and I really appreciate that they seem to be paying attention to it with the new plastic minis. The ForgeWorld resin releases on the other hand, have tended to be a bit larger than they should be.

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