Hobby Highlight: The Subtle Insanity of Cyborg Noise

Of the thirty published teams for DreadBall, one of my most enjoyable hobby experiences was painting the Cyborgs.  Enjoyable, but also bat guano crazy.  I chose a time consuming, and messy painting strategy in order to make the Revenants ready for prime-time.  Herein lies the tale of technique that is not recommended for the squeamish or impatient.

Visually, DreadBall Cyborgs are a lot of meat bags with mechanical parts.  Ratios of meat to mechanics may differ depending on the sculpt.  They are cobbled together and their finish is not… refined.  With no worries toward polish, I knew I wanted these bots to look battle worn.  I wanted layered history, and I knew that required…

NOISE.

Follow along in a picture gallery of sameness, subtlety, and toothbrush subversion!

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Skipping a few initial steps, but please follow along. Miniatures get washed. Miniatures get mold lines removed. Miniatures get primed Uniform Gray (The Army Painter).
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For the next million steps, inexpensive craft paint is the solution. Water down a variety of hues and grab an old toothbrush. Alternatively, grab your wife’s toothbrush.
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Dip the old toothbrush into the watered down paint, and “flick” the solution onto the miniatures while aiming for a fine spray/mist result.
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Same as before, but instead of a muted red – it’s a muted blue!
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Third application? A muted green.
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It’s a dirty job, but somebody has got to do it.
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After three applications of “paint mist,” this Cyborg Orx is looking… Pretty stupid. Forward!
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Steps 4, 5, and 6 are drybrushing! Again, inexpensive craft paint is used as is an inexpensive craft brush. There is no need to damage pricey and professional brushes when dealing with this kind of technique.
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After three gentle and loose drybrush applications, this Cyborg Orx is looking… Less stupid.
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More mist! Steps 7, 8, 9, and 10? Yes yes yes and yes. Mist away!
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The Cyborg Orx is getting there. But why stop after 10 steps? WHY NOT MORE?!
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Steps 11, 12, and 13 = more mist spray. 13 is a lucky number, right?
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I think 13 IS a lucky number. Misting is declared FINISHED. I put my wife’s toothbrush back into the medicine cabinet.
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Nicer paint with a mid-grade brush: MORE DRYBRUSHING!
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After 15 steps of misting and drybrushing, I feel these Cyborgs have enough layering. They have enough NOISE.
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Blocking in the bits. In hindsight, I regret not “blacking out” certain appendages before all of the NOISE. No matter now, the end is in sight! March forward and disregard uniformity. Variety is the spice of Cyborg finishes.
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A few colored washes (The Army Painter), a few light valued highlights, and a few lines of powdered… caffeine. These Cyborg Orx are done!
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Magentized bases using the CORT stoplight pattern and these piles of puke are ready for the pitch. There are a lot of vibrant colors with DreadBall uniforms. I’m pleased to see these Players are a bit less saturated. It’s a nice contrast.  EDITOR’S NOTE: This particular team looks like a hot mess.  I’ll reshoot and repost.

If any BreadDoll readers have questions about the techniques deployed or my mental health, please comment below.  I also welcome any suggestions for a team name.  I’m fielding the Cyborgs onto the pitch next week for my league’s EIGHTH season of DreadBall.

Though I’ve yet to commit to a team name, I lean towards CSI (Cyborg Sex Initiative).  My Players have been identified.

Orx Guard 1 Julius

Orx Guard 2 TJ

Nameless Guard Otto

Human Jack (M) 1 Anakin

Human Jack (M) 2 Alex

Human Jack (F) 7o9

Judwan Striker Sal

Kalyshi Striker No.6

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