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Blood Bowl Trophies

This definitely counts as my entry for Ann’s April painting challenge. How could it not? I have had these trophies since 2002, and I’ve always hesitated to paint them.

A few years ago I took a picture of the unpainted trophies next to a couple of Blood Bowl players:

The players are both painted, but the trophies have never known the touch of a paint brush. It was time for that to end.

Here’s an image of the finished 4, again with two Blood Bowl figures for scale.

In selected the paint schemes for each trophy I decided to stick as close as possible to the original art in the 1993 Blood Bowl box, illustrated by Wayne England (RIP).

Here are some close images of each trophy, next to their original art cards.

These were at least painted up before their twentieth year in my possession, but there’s plenty more neglected models where these came from!

10 comments on “Blood Bowl Trophies

  1. Azazel
    April 25, 2020

    Looking real good there. Dave! I have the BB trophy out of that set, but like yourself (until just now) it’s never even been considered for paint.. Maybe I should follow your lead and just knock that sucker out. Next time I see it, where ever it actually is…

    • davekay
      April 25, 2020

      Cheers Aza, yes the trophies are hard to find when they are lost amongst other bare metal!

  2. John@justneedsvarnish
    April 26, 2020

    Well done, Dave! They’ve come out well! 🙂

  3. Ann
    April 26, 2020

    Very nice, I didn’t know those trophies existed. Cool too that you still have the original art cards. They’ll be much better now that they are painted and make your players fight all the harder because while I’d say that being presented with a gray, featureless trophy after a hard season is a bit of a letdown, now they’ll be completing for cups of gold and metal and gems and so on. Given their size relative to the players, it’ll probably be a grand test of strength and endurance to see if anyone can carry it off after the game (ogres and trolls and minotaurs and giant treemen excepted, that’d be cheating!) to the halls of the winning club.

    • davekay
      April 26, 2020

      I think the trophies were only available for a few years. Luckily my human team has an ogre to do the lifting!

      • Ann
        April 27, 2020

        You see, like I said, having an ogre or troll or a dwarf with a bucket attachment on that Death Zamboni thing they have is cheating! 🙂

        Still, nice trophies!

      • Ann
        May 15, 2020

        Say, I’m curious (and I wanted to put it in the round-up if you know the lore): What were the trophies awarded for? For example, was the Mithril Spike given for the most kills or something?

      • davekay
        May 15, 2020

        You made me look this up! Each trophy is for a separate tournament, and these four are the biggest (the majors). The Blood Bowl itself is the richest tournament which also awards players a finalists’ medal. The Spike! Open is sponsored by Spike! magazine, the Chaos Cup open awards prize money according to the sponsors wishes rather than team performance, while the dungeonbowl is played in special underground stadiums.

        Back in the day GW printed dungeonbowl rules in White Dwarf which used Warhammer Quest dungeon tiles to form the underground pitch.

      • Ann
        May 16, 2020

        Hehe, that’s a neat bit of lore. It sounds like it might be fun, if one were doing a league, to incorporate some of this into it.

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