Thursday, 2 January 2014
Building a Blood Bowl Team… part 1
Anyone following the blog recently will have seen my Blood Bowl exploits with the Undead. A late substitution for the big game a few weeks back, I thought they'd be more solid as my starting team for learning the rules again. As it turned out they have similar advantages to my Orky opponents… except the Orcs generally do them better.
The rematch just a few days ago made me realise that I might continue to struggle against the Orcs if I couldn't pick up some more points and skills. The Undead just don't seem to be able to cope when in possession of the ball. Some of this is down to my lack of experience, some to the abilities (or lack) of my team, and a rather large chunk to the fact that Nuffle – the deity overseeing Blood Bowl is a pun on the pronunciation of NFL – has taken a disliking to me and I continue to roll horrific results on the dice.
I updated my Undead roster and had to order some new models, so I decided to put them on the back burner until the new additions had arrived and were painted. In their place would step the original Dark Elf team that I had shelved just 48 hours before our first game.
I have read blogs and watched a few videos about how they should work and are a complete contrast to my Undead team. Maybe these would be a better fit to my play style, despite being more difficult to master it seems.
With the next scheduled game due tomorrow I put together a starting roster which, according to various authorities, gives a good balance to begin with. I made sure every player had a name – this will help generate the kind of characters that are already developing on the Orc and Undead teams. I will also get some bonuses on the day if facing the Orcs because they have developed several players and have a higher team value.
With that sorted I needed to look at models…
The original models I bought have had some fresh paint on them and were starting to look the part. I don't have all the appropriate models to match the starting roster, so the Witch Elves will have so stand in as the additional Blitzers for now.
I started painting them with the best of intentions, but the limited sculpts and their very old Citadel looks started to turn me off. Not a good start.
The last thing I need right now is a new project but I couldn't stop this one bursting out. I decided I wanted to make my own bespoke Dark Elf team using Dark Eldar plastics. I've seen a few examples online and they have the potential to look just downright awesome. I want a team of superstars!
Online purchases were made over Christmas, with an imminent arrival. There should be plenty of extras to make any additional/star players needed and the versatility allows me to make something unique to me.
The new plastic Warhammer Witch Elves kit looks fantastic and will be perfect when the time comes to add some to the team. However, at £35 for ten of them (when I only need two) is very excessive. If I do decide to go that route I will probably take what I need and sell the rest on Ebay to recoup some of the cost. I don't buy my models direct from GW so should get them a little cheaper to begin with.
So that's the plan.
This series of blog posts will track the construction and painting of my new plastic Dark Elf Blood Bowl team, track their game results and compare tactics and models with the Undead, my only other Blood Bowl experience. I'll also track the financial cost and time involved in building the new team.
Long live the Daggeroth Darkblades!!