This is a big one, in a few different ways.
Game wise, Trolls are a powerhouse. Having one on your team, can really boost your overall strength. On the other hand, they are damned stupid. No really. They come with a skill “Really Stupid”, which requires you to state an action, then roll to see if you can even do it. “I’m going to block that guy…*rolls*…nope, I’m going to stand around and pick my NOSE!!! $&*#&#*$!!!!”. The base chance is 50%, so you can spend a lot of time watching your Troll stand around and do nothing the whole game. Smart BB Coaches have learned to just use them as road blocks, and that they can do quite well.
Minis wise he comes from a third party company called Willy Miniatures. They make some pretty awesome minis in my book. People used to complain back in 3rd edition that the minis were just too big, compared to the Blood Bowl minis of the time. But then GW upped their scale (again?), and now I find that the Willy Minis fit in really nicely with the current BB minis.
Why not use the GW Troll?! Well, I did pick up the GW Troll when it first came out. Thinking I could reposition the gloved hand so it wasn’t completely covering half his damned face. I tried, I wasn’t happy with it, and I sold it off. It’s too bad. The pose is crap, but the mini itself is pretty nice. Then they came out with a second Troll…”Yay, finally they will get it right!! Umm, nope.”. Well, the pose was a bit better, but still not to my liking. Besides, I had already decided to go with this Willy Minis Troll. They have a few of them with different poses, so I can make the teams more unique. They also have quite a bit of character and are just the right size. You can be the judge of how well he fits in with the rest of the Orcs, once I do a group shot.
I’ve had this mini since back in the days when you had to scour Ebay for good 3rd edition Blood Bowl minis, as GW had stopped producing Blood Bowl minis at the time. Yea you young whipper-snappers have it easy nowadays! Funny to be saying that, as I feel like a late bloomer having only come to game with 3rd edition myself.
He’s a big hunk of metal, and I think over the years I tried gluing that arm on him about 6 times using different glues. Then tried pinning. Then finally pinned him and used a combo of green stuff and glue. That last one seems to have done the trick.
So yea, I’ve toted this mini around for a long time but kept avoiding painting him. Partially because I wanted the ‘Blue Troll’ look, but didn’t know how to do it. I remember a reply from Azazel at one point, pointing me to one way. But I’m not sure it was exactly what I had in mind. So I looked up some blues on the GW paint app (handy tool!), and started painting away. Still not sure it was exactly what I had in mind, but it seems to have worked and I definitely don’t hate it.
Oh yea, the eyes. I wasn’t sure at first, then decided to go with pupil-less white eyes. I think an image of the creepy eyes that Bill Willingham draws in his work must’ve been in the back of my brain. I tried to find a good pic of some of his early D&D art, but here’s a newer image that illustrates pretty well:
Because the Troll’s eyes are placed further back in the skull, it’s a little hard to see them.
And that wraps up the Troll. Feels good to have painted this guy. Like a long lost buddy, and now he has a new home in the game.
Up next? More Orcs! Shoot, is that a spoiler?