I recently found an old White Dwarf article about using secret weapons in Blood Bowl, most of the rules updates contained within it are out of date but it did present an interesting idea. It added rules for normal players to have secret weapons in the Dwarf & Chaos Dwarf teams, mostly because the teams are great weapon makers and the weapons themselves are almost signature weapons for those teams.
I'd like to add these weapons to the Dwarf & Chaos Dwarf teams, as they'd make those teams more fun to play, but why stop there? Are there any other teams that have a signature weapon that you'd like to see included in the rosta? No more than 1 per team.
My ideas so far are
Dwarf - Chainsaw & Bombs*
Chaos Dwarf - Blunderbus*
Orc - Chainsaw
Human - Chainsaw
Elf - Dagger (Dark elf already have 2 per team)
Skaven - Ball & Chain
Vampire - Dagger
Okay following on from Mortis' comments, Lets keep this to weapons that there are already rules for shall we? It'll be a lot simpler in the long run. I don't want to add new weapons to the game, just make the ones in the game slightly more common. That's why with the list I came up with if a team couldn't recuit a Star Player with that weapon, they don't get it. Remember having a secret weapon generally means you can't earn SSP's cos you have no hands, this means no passing, catching or scoring. Also you are not allowed to gain SSP's by causing casualties with the weapon so the only way these players advance is by gaining MVP awards which is a random choice.
So if we leave out the stuff mortis came up with that's not covered in the rules we're left with the Skaven, the Ogres cannon & the Lizardmen dagger. Since the Goblins already get Chainsaw, Ball & Chain, Pogo Stick & Bombs in their team list, and is the main reason I'm getting a goblin team! Dwarves have the Death Roller and Dark Elves have the Dagger as it stands now.
There is a new Star Player in the updated rules which is a Skaven Ball & Chain weilder, the main point with the B&C is it's almost totally uncontrollable and too big for the person weilding it. This fits well with the Skaven since they are very much 'of chaos' which is why they get mutations. Moris also mentioned the Censer Bearer which as far as I understand is pretty much the same as a B&C, so use the Censer Bearer model but the B&C rules.
The fact Skaven get Mutations as a normal skill is why I don't think you need to have Dagger weilders on a skaven team, since they can all grow massive claws and not be sent off for having them!
Ogres with a blunderbus? What makes you think they could work out how to use it? Bone-Head means on a full team of Ogres (6) one is gonna forget what he's doing EACH TURN. Quite apart from the fact the ogre passing game means throwing the snotling with the ball have having him run with it, which would be difficult if they were fired from effectivly a mortar, cos all they do is go splat! Which while fun for the crowd, but not good tactics even for Ogres!
Well since they do have a star player (Skink) with a dagger I've go no problem with this, but I know very little about the lizardman teams so I'll have to do some extra reading.