From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the series of images here show, the general rule is the new miniatures are similar in pose, but larger in size than before.