Sometime after the release of Blood Bowl second edition in 1988, but before the release of Blood Bowl third edition in 1994, I purchased a complete Games Workshop metal orc football team, which had all 16 players crammed into a single hard-shell blister pack.
As far as I know, those vintage lead orcs are still encased in their original packaging, but where that clear plastic container ended up, I have no idea. When I unpacked my stash of classic Blood Bowl minis earlier this year, I found a lone metal orc chainsaw loonie and a full set of single-pose plastic orcs from the Blood Bowl second-edition boxed set, but no metal orc team.
Fortunately eBay provides, and I was able to secure a respectable team of 11 painted plastic orcs at a reasonable price. I believe they might be from the Blood Bowl third-edition boxed set, which unlike the second-edition box, used different miniatures to represent the various team positions.
Since Blood Bowl second edition uses 16-player teams, I reinforced my 1990s plastic orcs with some late-1980s figures, including the previously mentioned chainsaw loony, a couple of beefy second-edition plastic orcs to use as blockers, a classic lead Blood Bowl troll, and a wily goblin fanatic riding a pogo stick of doom.
Once the orcs were finally able to field a full-strength second-edition Blood Bowl team, with the various players properly represented by their respective miniatures, it was time for the greenskins to face their polar opposites, the elves, for dominance on the astrogranite pitch.
My vintage elf Blood Bowl team had fortunately remained intact over the years, and I even had a 1980s-era metal tree man to give the elves some much-needed muscle on the playing field. It’s hard to beat the elves’ passing game, but brawlers they are not.
So, who ultimately won the classic contest of brute force on the ground vs pinpoint accuracy in the air. Watch our Blood Bowl second edition gameplay video to find out!