Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Gouged Eye: Blood Bowl 1989...

As something of a test for painting my Marauder Orc army I've just painted up a second edition Orc Blood Bowl team in an attempt to recapture the style of the original (Old-bowl) style of bright colours that typified the game in the late 80s and which is a world apart from the grimy style I've tended to favour over the past 10 years of so (who knew I had a style!). Here's how they turned out:

There were a few basic ingredients for what I considered to be Old-school enough:

  • A white undercoat
  • Bright colours
  • Black lining
  • Black base edges (I could have gone for Goblin Green but that didn't work for me)
  • (perhaps most important) painting fast, as a 16 year old in 1989 I'd generally finish whatever figures I bought on the same day as I got them home. For this project I allowed myself five days.
  • Oh, and I found one original pot of citadel paint, a bright yellow that I used to dot their eyes!
The paint scheme was very simple indeed:

Red: GW Khorne Red, GW Mephiston Red, GW Mephiston + GW Wild Rider
White: GW Space Wolves Grey, White
Flesh: GW Warboss Green, GW Thraka Green Wash, GW Warboss, GW Skarsnik, GW Skarsnik + Screaming Skull
Metals: VMC Oily Steel, GW Badab Black Wash, VMC Oily Steel, GW Mithril Silver
Browns: GW Scorched Brown, VMC Saddle Brown
Black Lining: VGC Black Ink
Bases: here I used BlueinVT's basing method - VMC Khaki, AP Strong Tone, VMC Khaki, VMC Buff. The grasses are GF9 Parched Straw and Spring Undergrowth. There's a really excellent description of basing on Blue's blog here: http://bluesmarauders.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/hello-all-over-last-couple-of-months.html

As a treat, and as a partial gift from one of my earlierst BB opponents, I got hold of a second edition pitch and painted it up in the same colours as the bases:

I'm still wondering if I should paint up the skull in the centre. Feedback so far seems to say... maybe!


  1. Leave the skull as is. Nice team.

  2. Thanks. For now leaving the skull seems to be the most popular option. I had considered painting the eyes red and the BB sign in Blue/Red to add some pop but I fear that if it goes wrong it'll be hard to undo so I might just press on with the new recruits for the Gouged Eye and then turn my attention to the next project which is either going to be a stand full of fans or the Gouged Eye's arch rivals, the Reikland Reavers.