I have long been a big fan of the Drizzt Do’Urden books by R.A. Salvatore which have been set in the Forgotten Realms world. I bought the first Drizzt book (The Crystal Shard) within weeks of it being published and I have long wanted to see some miniatures produced based on some of the characters… Continue reading Warhammer Dwarf Champion
A few months into 2017 and I had been thinking I wanted to have a few more sculpts commissioned this year but still wanting to keep within the Blood bowl framework. Using some of the artwork from the Blood Bowl Team Manager games as inspiration I set about finding another sculptor to work with and… Continue reading Blood Bowl Chaos Dwarf Blitzer “Phobos Vulcan”
Over the years Rykar has finished a number of Blood Bowl sculpts based on characters from comic books and film. These are quite often a pleasure to paint as the miniatures themselves have a comic book feel to them Below are two of his sculpts, Lobo (the Chaos Warrior) and Scissorhands (Dark Elf Assassin). Lobo… Continue reading Blood Bowl Minis by Rykar
A host of painted Rykar Miniatures. I wasnt responsible for commissioning these miniatures although I did come up with the IronDwarf idea. Well I am claiming that one anyway (sorry Rykar!) Some of these miniatures must be over 5 years old now. Eldril Quicksilver and Weapon X As you can see my painting skills were… Continue reading Painted Blood Bowl Stars
Awhile ago I bought an ALF miniature from Four A Miniatures that I wanted converted to a Blood Bowl player. So I asked Rykar Jove if he could add a couple of shoulder pads to the mini and Blood Bowl him up. The photo below shows exactly where Rykar applied the greenstuff to convert the… Continue reading Blood Bowl ALF conversion
The idea for this mini came from a bit of “Blood Bowl Fluff” from the Living Rulebook 5 (or was it LRB6) I cannot remember. The star “Khonsu”was originally a star in the FUMBBL League. The person who wrote the fluff for LRB (Ithilkir from TalkFantasyFootball fame) actually played in the FUMBBL League and had… Continue reading Blood Bowl Crocodile Skeleton – Khonsu
Ever since the days of 2nd Edition Blood Bowl I have wanted to see Ogre Mutant star players. 3rd Edition pretty much took that away, and later editions have only really allowed the Ogre Mutants to have Claws and even then its sketchy as to whether they are or aren’t allowed. Yet I have wanted… Continue reading Ogre Mutant – “The Grinder”
Back in October 2015 I decided that I would follow the Skaven Obese miniature with another Skaven star. However, rather than going over old ground and re-producing the same stars that had been rolled out for countless editions of Blood Bowl I thought I would deviate from the path and have some new star players… Continue reading Blood Bowl – Shaftspitta the Skaven Bazooka
A few years ago I commissioned Rykar Jove (a name you will become familiar with in these coming pages) to sculpt a Skaven Obese Miniature for me. I was always a big admirer of Rykars work after seeing a number of Skaven and Beastman conversions he had done. The aim was to create a model similar to a sketch from White Dwarf No.86 (below) which showed a Star Player of the Skaven Scramblers Blood Bowl team called Glart Smashrip. This was based on an article for the 1st edition of Blood Bowl before it moved to the astrogranite pitch of 2nd edition
This below is what Rykar came up with as a concept sketch, which led to further discussion regarding how big “obese” actually is in the Blood Bowl world.
The discussion regarding how fat truly obese is eventually became the basis for this beast in green form below. One thing I was particularly keen on was that the mini echoed the theme of 2nd edition and 3rd edition Blood Bowl and Rykar captured this perfectly. The only thing is that he is on the large side even compared to standard 3rd edition Skaven but when put side by side with the 3rd edition Skaven stars (such as Hakflem) he does not look too out of place.
After showing this to a few friends I decided to have a few of these cast up in metal..
There was quite a bit of demand for this and in all I think that over 80 minis were cast in metal (I definitely didnt cast more than 100 copies anyway). Eventually the mini was sold out and I decided to cease selling them in metal and decided to hand over production of the mini to Impact Miniatures who now sell him in Trollcast plastic.
Incidentally its really interesting to see that in the new incarnation of Blood Bowl that Glart Smashrip has made a comeback as a Star Player.
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