Blood Bowl Goblins: The Peak-Pass Pulcinellas

Last September we completed a hobby challenge to paint up a Blood Bowl team for a future Brush and Boltgun Blood Bowl League – name undecided – and in the next few weeks we’ll be creating a Blood Bowl section on the site for all the league to be recorded. Before that happens, we’ve compiled all the sections from the challenge into their relevant teams, and they’ll be popping up over the next few weeks.

 The Peak-Pass Pulcinellas.

I’ve played a human Blood Bowl team for as long as I can remember, and as I’d only managed some success in the early days of Blood Bowl – astrogranite boards anyone? – I decided that I was taking the plunge into a different team. Orcs had beaten the hell out of me, Elves had run rings around me, but Goblins? They’d always been pasted into the ground. I felt it was time to change things up a bit, and move on to Goblin team.

The name comes from Peak-Pass, which crossed the mountain range that runs from the East of Kislev, down to Sylvannia in the Warhammer Fantasy Old World. Pulcinellas is a bit of a thing of mine. I used to watch Punch and Judy on holiday years ago, and it’s only as I’ve aged I’ve realised what a contemptible bugger he is. Reading about the history of Punch, it all goes back, someway, to Pulcinella – a 17th century character from Italy. Punch was largely based on him, and so in honour of the original, I would be painting up the faces like Pulcinella, while painting up the clothes and armour like Punch.

Now goblins, being squishy, weak and so they needed the benefit of some of the larger creatures,and for that reason, I have:

Two Trolls
Ripper Bogrot (Troll star player – not shown initially due to him not arriving soon enough)
Fanatic, Looney, Bomma
Five Goblins (more goblins shown as they were being painted up for a full team of sixteen – fatalities permitting),
One re-roll
50k spare

Basing the colours on Punch (from Punch and Judy), the Pulcinellas are mainly red and yellow. So, it’s these main colours, and the skin, that I’ve been working on.
So far:
Red: Citadel Mephiston Red, shaded with Citadel Druchii Violet
Skin: Vallejo German Cam Bright Green, shaded with Citadel Biel Tan Green

With just the red and green painted, they were starting to look decent already, and I was partially tempted to just leave them there, but then the clothing of Punch wouldn’t have been on show, ruining the whole idea. Onto the next batch of colours, and the introductions of Yellow and some metallics.

Yellow armour – Citadel Averland Sunset with a Citadel Fuegan Orange wash
Yellow cloth – Averland Sunset with a Citadel Seraphim Sepia wash.
Metals so far – Vallejo Model Air Chrome.

I spotted a third party fantasy football troll who was wearing a top hat, and ordered it without delay – I like top hats, and despite some crazy looking sections on the miniature, I thought he looked ace. I came to glue him together, and was frustrated by the dodgy joins in the metal, which meant he was going to have to be pinned, and then have gaps filled with Plastic Putty.

I still don’t know what the hell is going on with one of his legs…

Once Bogrot was put together, I painted him up so that he was at the same stage as the goblins, and added the following colours to them.

Cloth yellows: Reapplied Citadel Averland Sunset
Armour yellows: Reapplied Averland Sunset (Mostly not done on the images below)
Bone and teeth: Citadel Rakarth Flesh, Citadel Seraphim Sepia shade
Troll flesh: One of each – Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade, CitadelBiel Tan Green and Seraphim Sepia
Wood: Vallejo Beige Brown, different boards washed with Serphim Sepia or Citadel Agrax Earthshade, Highlighted the sepia boards more with Beige Brown.
Gold: Citadel Retributor Armour
Metallic: Vallejo Model Air Steel
Straps: Beige Brown

Bolgrot’s skin was painted with Vallejo Russian Uniform 2, and while I was initially disappointed with the miniature, after putting him together and throwing some paint on him he looks great, and is a worthy addition to the team. The Games Workshop Trolls have an unreal amount of detail on them so I’m expecting they’ll take up the bulk of my time next week. Looking at them below, I’m alarmed by how much there is left to do.


The special weapons and Goblins I picked out a few details on, painted their straps, added some gold to the front of some of the helm. The Looney has had the ball painted yellow to resemble a massive, skull-smashing smiley, and his armour and gloves have been touched up using the colours above.

I worked on the the Fanatic at this point, adding a lot of colours and making a fair bit of progress.

Ball and chain: Lead Belcher, Vallejo Model Air Steel, Citadel Nuln Oil, Citadel Averland Sunset, Citadel Yriel Yellow
Gloves and armour: Citadel Averland Sunset
Skin: Vallejo German Cam Bright Green
Clothing: Citadel Mephiston Red

The Trolls were painted with the colours below.

Skin 1: Citadel Thousand Sons Blue, Citadel Ahriman Blue, Ahriman Blue/Vallejo White mix
Skin 2: Vallejo Russian Uniform, Citadel Carroburg Crimson,
Skin 3: German Cam Bright Green
Scales: Citadel Caledor Sky, Caledor Sky/White Mix
Loin Cloth: Citadel Mephiston Red
Goblin’s Clothes: Mephiston Red,
Armour and Gloves: Averland Sunset
Claws: Citadel Rakarth Flesh, Citadel Ushabti Bone, Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade (around where they join the skin)
Eyes: White, Citadel Abaddon Black, Carroburg Crimson

The Coach and Goblins were painted using exactly the same colours as the Looney:

Averland Sunset, Citadel Yriel Yellow
Gloves and armour: Citadel Averland Sunset
Skin: Vallejo German Cam Bright Green
Clothing: Citadel Mephiston Red

I finished all the skin, the red of the clothing, highlighted the yellows, battle-damaged the armour, applied the black eye/nose face-paint and a little watered down white for the lower part of their faces, applied gore to the models who needed some, painted on the numbers, the flames on the bomb, the balls (…), counters, and also based them all.

The bases I used three kinds of grass tufts which I picked up from Element Games, and Citadel texture paint Stirland Battlemire, which, if you’ve read any of my other posts, has been used for pretty much all of my Sons of Horus army.

I’m happy with how the trolls turned out, the details on all the models made it easy to give them a different look, and they came out as players number 1-3.blood-bowl-goblins


Players 4, 5 and 7 are the fanatic, looney and bomma, who turned out better than expected. I wasn’t a fan of the chainsaw when I first started painting it, but now, with the all the colours done and a smattering of gore, it looks good.blood-bowl-goblins

The standard goblins tend to be cheap, weak, and easily killable. With any luck I’ll be able to afford some replacements after each game. I’m expecting more than one of these guys to be carried off the pitch in a bucket, sack, or troll’s stomach.blood-bowl-goblins

Coach Little Git Nobrojte has been training the team hard, using his knuckle duster, cigar, and foul language.


The counters and balls turned out well, and I think show the idea of what the Pulcinella face mask I was going for on each of the team (although it’s applied as though it’s face paint rather than as a mask).

And finally, a few close ups of some of the players.

They are, the Peak-Pass Pulcinellas.blood-bowl-goblins


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