Mar 202012

A while ago I came across this thread on Warseer where a guy was doing Dungeon Bowl teams based on the example teams on the box bottom of the old expansion for 2nd edition Blood Bowl. I have fond memories of Dungeon Bowl, that and Blood Bowl were the games that really pulled me into the miniatures gaming hobby (and kept me around, too). I also miss my old collection of 2nd edition Blood Bowl models, so I decided to re-collect them and create several (hopefully all) Dungeon Bowl teams to be used for pick-up-and-play games.

I’m pretty much done collecting the miniatures; now I have to paint, paint and paint. I also need to do some conversions (I’m using 80s mummies and ghouls for the Black Widows team) and ofcourse do the dungeon floor pieces (using Dave King’s free Bederken Dungeon Tiles). The first team I’ve started painting are the Doom Forgers.

I’m staying fairly true to the original lineup with the following roster, for the full team of 16 players:
4 Dwarf Blockers
2 Dwarf Runners
2 Dwarf Blitzers
2 Dwarf Troll Slayers
4 Halflings
2 Norse Werewolves

Here are the first five guys from the team painted up. I’m doing numbers and postional colours when I have the full team painted up. From left to right we have a halfling, a dwarf blocker, a troll slayer (which is actually a Marauder slayer with the weapons removed and a simple knuckle duster sculpted on), another dwarf blocker and finally a werewolf represented by the old Willhelm Chaney star player model.

I entered these in the second round of LPL6 at LAF. I didn’t win, but managed to score a draw. I think my entry would’ve done better if it hadn’t been for the clash between models, bases and environment. The models are clearly Blood Bowl miniatures, but they are mixed in an unconventional way. Furthermore, they have bland bases with no grass on them. Blood Bowl miniatures usually have grassy bases but since these are for Dungeon Bowl I figured grass bases would look out of place. However, I don’t have a dungeon environment to photograph the models in so the bases clash with the surface they’re on. Finally, I’ve just used my regular wargaming terrain which doesn’t really fit with the models. Oh well, I’m entering these in a future round again – together with the other six models making up the starting 11. I’ll try to do something more dungeon like for that. I’ve got the old 2nd edition styrofoam playing field, a quick paintjob on that could work.

  10 Responses to “Dungeon Bowl – Doom Forgers”

  1. My first proper 28mm-miniature-painting-in-acrylics experience was trying the rather ambitious (and as yet far from fulfilled) project of completing the Dungeonbowl teams. I think that I still have a handful of crudely painted Doom Forgers sitting in the bottom of my box of unpainted BB figs. Willhelm Chaney is one of the figures that drew me into the GW thing: its a great figure.

    Painting white is a pain at the best of times. I have my own preferred methods locked now (I have painted whole armies in white, using various techniques, some better than others), but painting white on those quilted dwarf tunics without it looking flat is inevitably going to be tough I reckon. Those dwarfs certainly gave me headaches back in the early nineties.

    For what its worth, I think that it was apparent that the Doom Forgers were on the whole better painted and photographed than the Amazons that they were pitched against. Weirdly, I think that the slightly out of focus Amazon shots helped to mask their more simplistic painting style. The factors that you mention may have put some voters off the Doom Forgers, but I didnt see that: my brain immediately went “Dungeonbowl, yaaay!”.

    The cobbled Zuzzy mat sample shown recently might make for a decent environment for displaying more Dungeonbowl guys perhaps, although it probably isnt big enough for an entire team. I have a couple of the smaller zuzzy mats prepped for similar in situ photo use but I have to get the rest of my photography kit working better before I try it properly.

    Good luck in round three.

  2. Thanks man, but you know… tits and ass will always sell better than floppy dwarf bellies! =)

    I’m really happy with the Doom Forgers so far. I had real problems painting the dwarfs though, I suspect recasts cause they had so many pits and crevices and misscast parts that I had to “paint over”. Got them for a pittance on eBay. One of them was missing his face. There was a piece of a nice hanging on to the face guard of the helmet but the rest of his face was gone. =) I would’ve guessed lead rot first, if it wasn’t for the fact that there are some VERY odd mold lines (mold chunks, rather) in a few places.

    Speaking of Dungeon Bowl – when doing the links to BGG for this post I noticed you commented on my plastic example dwarf in 2008. Must have been our first encounter, that?

    • There is a formula for doing well in the LAF I reckon. Captain Blood did a thread on it last year after the competition was over.

      Tits + ass + weapons = advantage.

      I wouldnt go out of my way to conform to a “winning formula” personally as I couldnt get motivated to paint that many figures that I am only half interested in, but I suppose that it is worth bearing in mind if one wants to do well. Which I suppose everyone does on some level.

      A somewhat obscure gaming reference illustrated by a slightly oddball selection of nicely painted figures sharply photographed against an incongruous backdrop = adequately painted tits, ass and axes not so well photographed against in a very appropriate setting. A perfect storm of minor issues, curious.

      It made it a particularly interesting match up if nothing else. I certainly learned something about the weighting of those various issues with regard to voting.

      On a separate note I love the LPL but it is heading in a more technical direction, which is in some ways a pity. Obviously the reduction in blindingly naive entries is a good thing, but the encouraging non-elitist atmosphere that made the LAF my painting forum of choice is slowly being pushed out of the LPL I think.

      I dont know what can really be done about it though.

      Thats funny about the Dungeonbowl dwarf on BGG. It just goes to show what a small place the miniatures geek world is really.

      It turns out that we actually conversed regarding the Dungeonbowl elf too :)

      • The interwebs is indeed a curiously zany place.

        The LPL is a great and awesome spectacle, but at the moment I hate it. I’ve been agonizing over my quite bland and dull entry for round 4 yesterday and today. Main problem is the incoherent theme; a mishmash of zombies (including Paul II). They just don’t look good together. In addition, I’ve been rushing it and cutting corners like a counter-clipping chit fetishist. That means they don’t even look good each on their own. =) Oh well, I’m about to finish up the bases tonight and will take a few photos tomorrow.

        After playing quite a bit of Red Dead Redemption, and having a game of Brink of Battle in a french indian wars setting (with Anatoli, from LAF – he happens to live in the same little town as I) I’ve got a bit of a old west craving. Let’s hope it goes away!

        • Weird West is my thing at the moment as I focus on the Western themed Malifaux stuff. I have been looking at the Kevin Dallimore painted miniature photos in “The Rules With No Name” to help me to give the Malifaux figures the authentic western feeling that I want, while also watching Deadwood for inspiration. I have had my eye on the zombie stuff for Red Dead for a while too.

          Are there any photos of your games with Anatoli around the place?

          Once the LPL is over I certainly wouldnt hate it to see some cowboys round these here parts. We could perhaps try to spur each other on. Assuming that you are not totaly burnt out after the LPL (I would be).

  3. More pics of your Blood Bowl miniatures please Phreedh!
    I love how clean your painting style is. I have a huge collection of Blood Bowl miniatures (many are even painted!), absolutely love that game.

    • Thanks for the praise! I promise to get some more of them up “shortly” (and no, that’s not an over emphasized pun) – I have a few more of the team finished, and a handfull of “almost there”s… Stay tuned! =)

  4. What happened to the Black Widows you promised us? Love the Doom Forgers

    • Hey kim, nice to see you finding your way here too! =) Sorry about the long waiting time for my reply! The Black Widows are… a work in progress. Very little progress to be frank. =/ I’m sending off the Blood Axes for comission (fed up with dwarfs) and will probably tackle the Grim Reapers myself before I do the widows. The biggest issue putting me off the widows is the need for conversion. It’s not a daunting task sculpting a few pads but still enough.

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