On Kickstarter there are currently THREE Blood Bowl team Kickstarters for Slann. Oops, not “Slann”, but “Kislev”. If you’re saying “What, hunh?!”…allow me to explain! If you already know all you want to know about Blood Bowl and Slann, just skim down to the Kickstarters section.
There were three official teams released to Blood Bowl previously that you could find via a pdf floating around the inter webs. They were “Chaos Pact”, “Underworld”, and “Slann” teams. The Chaos Pact got their name changed to Chaos Renegades in the newest edition and the Underworld became Underworld Denizens. The Underworld team also made it into the popular Computer game. But the poor froggy ones were nowhere to be found!
Yes, it seems the Slann were overlooked. Or were they? The Blood Bowl 2 Legendary computer game added a team called the “Kislev Circus”. A team of acrobats alongside a ‘Big Guy’ Circus Bear.
“Kislev Circus” team from Blood Bowl 2 Legendary edition
Interesting enough they have a lot of “leap” skill on the team, and have been regarded as a ‘replacement team’ for the Slann. But why replace the cute froggies? Well, people who know the Warhammer universe much better than I do (which is pretty much everyone), will be quick to point out that the Slann team doesn’t make a lot of sense fluff-wise. It seems they are mostly represented by obese, powerful frog types. Something along the lines of ‘What if a Jedi and Jabba had a baby?’. Yea, how’s that one for visuals!?
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The Blood Bowl Slann team has never had any official Games Workshop (GW) models, so it’s hard to say what they really look like, but most independent minis manufacturers come up with something along the lines of below. Which are much slimmer than that frog above.
Frog (Slann) team models from Impact Miniatures! previous Kickstarter
There also appears to be a strong indication that there will be no Slann (frog) team produced by GW for the most recent version.
So we know that the likelihood of a Slann (frog) miniatures set coming from GW is highly unlikely. This gave miniatures manufacturers a specific target to fill. They could have gone with a frog team, but it seems most decided to hedge their bets on the recent Kislev team from the Computer game.
It seems weird that there are THREE Kickstarters going on at the same time for the same team. It sounds like most of them had been working on a team, and suddenly scrambled when one manufacturer released their own Kickstarter. I wish they had released at separate times, so that they could have gotten more dollars for each project, but that’s how things go in the world of business sometimes. Here are the contenders for this battle:
# of Kickstarters: 1
2 Stretch Goals Unlocked for far: Team Decals, Coin
You have a choice of Human or Slavic teams for $69, which is a pretty decent price. Shipping also appears to be pretty cheap. The Slavic team consists of: 4 Catchers, 4 Blitzers, 6 Linemen, and 1 Bear. 2 unique positional sculpts and 2 unique linemen sculpts. The Blitzers have wings extruding from their armor, which looks pretty unique. Their coin and turn marker are pretty nice. Also of interest is what looks like pdf bases, with slotted skill markers.
# of Kickstarters: 2
3 Stretch Goals Unlocked for far: 2 Balls, Turn Marker, Re-Roll tokens
Features miniatures and combinations that you could use for a Kislev, Norse, or Human team. Base Kickass Cossacks team is 4 Blitzers, 4 Catchers, 7 Linemen and 1 Bear. At €79, it’s a pretty reasonable price for resin or metal minis, with all unique sculpts. Their previous Kickstarter was a Chaos Dwarf team, and Mikey over at Wyrd Stones & Tackle Zones did a great review of the team with lots of pictures: Gaspez-Arts Bulls Warriors Team Unboxing and Review.
# of Kickstarters: 1
0 Stretch Goals Unlocked for far
Their base Northern Kyazak team is €79 and includes 1 Bear, 4 Blitzers, 4 Catchers, and 7 Linemen. Shipping is considerably more expensive for me (in the U.S.). All sculpts are unique, so this is a pretty good price overall. They have stretch goals to unlock more minis so that one could also build a Norse team. Their figures look like they sub a bit better as a Norse team, from my perspective, though they are the most underfunded Kickstarter of the three so far. With 14 days left to go though, they still have a chance, especially with the other two Kickstarters closing soon.
Interesting times as these three Kickstarters compete for attention. In some ways I really feel like I would rather have a nice Frog miniature team and find the Kislev roster a sloppy substitute. On the other hand, I do like the idea of miniatures that can sub for either a Kislev team and a Norse team. It is less expensive and fewer minis to paint overall. Also they are not widely popular teams for beginners, which is mostly who I end up playing with.
I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on Kislev vs Slann. Also if anyone has plans to back one of the three projects and what their preferences are. Feel free to answer in the Comments below!