Hobby Highlight: Bases (Part 3)

I’m very proud of the base system I have settled on for my DreadBall minis. I call what I use now my Mark V base system (as it’s the 5th version I’ve made). You can read about the evolution of the design in my first article on bases: Base Design

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Mark V Base

Most people that see my bases like them and I’d like to share the 3d (STL) files here for anyone that wants to use them.

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FILES

MAGNETS

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Disc Magnet

The bases are designed to be used with magnets. Specifically Neodymium magnets. The main, central magnet is a 10mm x 1mm disc magnet. The magnets for attaching the ball are 2mm x 1mm disc magnets (the ball will also require a matching magnet).

Neodymium magnets come in different strengths from N35 (weak) up to N52 (strong). I prefer the stronger magnets and try to use N50 or N52 for my bases.

You can find the magnets on eBay and Amazon with a bit of searching. Here are a few links to get you started.

COMPATIBILITY

So now everyone has the files and have printed the bases. Everyone has acquired magnets and are ready to put the bases together. How do we ensure that my bases are compatible with all of your bases?

Polarity

As you are probably aware, magnets have a North and a South pole. This is the polarity of the magnet.

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Magnet Polarity

It is unlikely that your magnets with be marked to indicate which end is North and which South so we’ll need to determine the polarity ourselves. Thankfully once you have done this once you can simple use any previously assembled bases as a guide for the future.

The easiest way to determine the polarity of your magnets is either with a bowl of water and some foam/styrofoam or with a string.

String Method:

  1. tie a string around a stack of a few of your disc magnets
  2. allow the magnets to rotate freely
  3. when they stop spinning, the end that is pointing North is the North pole of the magnet

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Water Method:

  1. fill a bowl with enough water to float a small piece of foam or styrofoam in
  2. take a stack of a few of your disc magnets and lay them on the foam in the water
  3. the magnets will rotate around when they stop spinning, the end that is pointing North is the North pole of the magnet

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Once you know the polarity mark it on the magnets with a sharpie (or similar) so you don’t lose track.

Installation

Now that you know the polarity of your magnets use the following diagram to glue in your magnets.

  • Red = North Polarity
  • Blue = South Polarity
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Magnet Assembly Diagram

If you follow these instructions then all of our bases and balls will be fully compatible when we meet up to play. We will be able to share bases and balls as needed.

If you have any questions please comment on the article or email me at geoff@breaddoll.com

 

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Adepticon Highlights

ADEPTICON

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Adepticon 2019 was this past weekend. I was lucky enough to attend for my 5th year in a row. Ever since my first trip to the Chicago area back in 2015, Adepticon has been my favourite gaming convention. I’ve met so many good friends while attending these conventions and as always part of the greatness of the convention is getting to see them all in person again. There were several opportunities to play DreadBall at Adepticon this year and I took advantage of all of them

LEAGUE IN A NIGHT (LiaN)

Thursday night was League in a Night. BreadDoll takes credit for creating this event last year and it was back again in 2019. With 12 coaches participating, this year was twice the size of last year.

Not only were there twice as many coaches, in my opinion this years was twice the fun. League in a Night is a relaxed, fun event. Four rounds of DreadBall are played using the League rules for DreadBall.

I’m happy to say yours truly pulled out a win in the end having the best winning record (4-0) if not the highest ranking team in terms of megacredits.

If I could only play one DreadBall event at Adepticon it would be League in a Night!

DEADZONE

I will quickly mention Deadzone since I played in the tournament on Friday. As you may not have heard of Deadzone, it’s another game by Mantic, a skirmish game set in the DreadBall Universe. Deadzone tends to take all it’s best ideas from DreadBall ( 😛 ) and the Nameless have now made their way over I painted up a Nameless team. I lost but I won best painted. I had fun. Moving on.

ADEPTICORP CUP

Saturday was the DreadBall Adepticorp Cup. This is the North American DreadBall Championship tournament. There were 10 coaches competing this year. While it’s not the most coaches I’ve seen participating for the North American title, the competition was fierce! Over the course of four rounds I went 3-1-0 and pulled off a tournament win and the Championship by a very, VERY narrow margin. TWO fan check was the difference between winning and losing.

Results:

  1. Geoff Burbidge – Cyborgs
  2. Volker Jacobsen – Sphyr
  3. Andrew Sharp – Yndij
  4. Benjamin Kinne – Zee
  5. Andrew Wodzianski – Convicts
  6. Rob Shlemkevich – Yndij
  7. Natasha Gray – Sphyr
  8. Anthony Sarlo – Sphyr
  9. Dom Laurion – Yndij
  10. Jack B. – Sphyr

Additional awards:

  • Best Painted – Geoff Burbidge
  • Fan Favorite – Geoff Burbidge
  • Most Brutal – Anthony Sarlo
  • Best Sportsman – Benjamin Kinne

 

Thanks to Bryan Novak for running the tournament and providing the results.

MANTIC NIGHT

After the Adepticorp Cup we only had a couple hours until Mantic Night. It has become a BreadDoll tradition now to run a game of DreadBall Ultimate during Mantic Night which we did again this year. I will leave it to my BreadDoll colleague to provide the details since he was running it but Ultimate was played and everyone playing had a blast! Here are a few pics.

CONCLUSION

Adepticon was amazing! I am already looking forward to the next one in 2020. If you can come I highly recommend it. And if you do and you want a game of DreadBall just let me know, we’ll make it happen. There’s no such thing as too many friends or too much DreadBall!

 

DreadBall at Adepticon

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Adepticon 2019 in Schaumburg Illinois (outside Chicago) is just over 2 weeks away. There are several DreadBall Events going on you won’t want to miss if you are going to be there.

  1. The Adepticorp Cup – This is the big tournament that determines the North American DreadBall Champion for the year. It’s four matches of DreadBall played on Saturday March 30th from 9am to 5pm. Location: ADVENTURE HALL
  2. DreadBall: League in a Night (LiaN) – This is DreadBall league play. Four games of DreadBall carrying over the developments of each prior game into the next. Players rank up and get injured! Captains and MVPs are hired! LiaN is the Thursday evening from 5pm to Midnight. Location: UTOPIA
  3. DreadBall Ultimate: Clash of the Giants – this epic game of DreadBall Ultimate brings the “big” talent to the pitch. This game will be happening at Mantic Open Night, Saturday night starting at 8pm. Get your ticket here.

You can find the RULES & REGS for the tournament and League night on the documents page.

Don’t worry if you want to play but haven’t pre-registered. You can register at Adepticon when you get there or just show up with your entry fee at the correct place and time and there will be a seat for you.

Ontario DreadBall League

Here comes the Ontario DreadBall League!

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I’ve wanted to get a DreadBall League going again for a few years now. A while back some friends and I had a small League but it wasn’t well organised and eventually fell apart. The time has come to give it  another try.

We are stating small with 4 coaches. We’d hoped to get 6, which seems like a good number, but we decided better to just start than spend any more time recruiting. That said, if you are in Ontario and want to join let me know (geoff@breaddoll.com) ASAP, and we’ll see if we can work it out. If you’re on the fence stay tuned for updates on Season 1 of the Ontario DreadBall League (ODBL or OddBall). We’ll likely do a Season 2 starting in the summer and look to expand the number of coaches participating.

The plan is to have each coach play each other coach twice. One game will be as the Home coach and the other as the Away/Visiting coach. We’ll have 2 weeks to organise and play each match. With 6 matches on the schedule the league should take about 3 months. This will work with only 4 coaches. Once we expand the league we will have to revisit how we run the schedule. Maybe divisions?

I have decided to play Brokkr in Season 1 of the ODBL. I was planning to play them at Adepticon this year so choosing them for this league will incentivize me to get them painted and ready to go.

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My Brokkr paint scheme.

I will also magnetise the Brokkr Guard(s) arms and heads so they can be converted to Keepers over the course of the league.

I will have more information on the ODBL in my next article. Hopefully we’ll have at least played our first match and I’ll have pics of my painted Brokkr team. Wish me luck and I’ll talk to you in 3 weeks.

Scattered Scullery: Sole Survivors

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The last of their kind. Believe it.

The Sole Survivors

The truth can be hard to believe. It was once thought that there was only one last surviving Elastopod. Truly. This is ridiculous. There are 8.

The Elastopod home world was destroyed when a starship carrying unknown alien artefacts exploded, obliterating the entire Elstopod home system. This was almost the end of the Elastopod race. Luckily the members of the Elastopod Special Forces Bravo Squad were on patrol in a ship at the far edges of their solar system. When their planet was destroyed Bravo Squad survived. Really.

Making their way to the GCPS, Bravo Squad now plies their advanced military training on the neodurium pitches of the pro DreadBall leagues. They are a team to be feared no matter what some may say. Elastopods are not all bumbling goofs as rumor would have it. It’s unclear where that rumor began but the Sole Survivors are having none of it. Match after match the last of the Elastopods teach their opponents to respect Elastopods once again.

No, Seriously.

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Stat Card Front

 

 

Hobby Highlight: Painting My Z’zor

I painted my Z’zor a few years ago now. I was living in Vancouver Canada for a month for work and it happened that a pretty nice game store there happened to be starting a league at that time. Here is how I painted the Hiveworld 8 Warriors.

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I went with a green and orange color scheme. I tested it out in Photoshop before starting.

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As always I use primarily Army Painter paints.

I used a grey spray can primer to prime the minis and then applied a Goblin Green base coat. I used Green Tone as a wash and then used a series of drybrushings from Goblin Green up to Vallejo Line Green. Finally on the green parts I did a highlight with Lime Green and White.

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The orange bits I started with a Secret Weapon Sewer Water wash over the green base and then Vallejo Light Orange. I thinned the Light Orange down with water and applied multiple coats the achieve a bit of a blend. I highlighted further with Vallejo Pale Yellow.

For the torso/stomach plates I also used Pale Yellow but here as the base color. I washed it with Vallejo Sepia wash but you could also use Soft Tone, they’re very similar. After the wash I did a touch-up highlight with the Pale Yellow again and then with a mix of the Pale Yellow and White.

On the joints I used Hydra Turquoise with a Dark Tone wash, highlighting back up a  bit after the wash using Hydra Turquoise again.

I used Black on the eyes with a purple highlight.

 

Scattered Scullery: Fancy Balls

As mentioned in my last article “The Law” there were rules in 1st Edition DreadBall for an alternate referee: Ref Dredd. It’s a small change that can be made when playing the game that can add a bit of variety and a lot of fun. Along the same lines I present a few alternative DreadBalls:

The Adepticorp DreadBall

adepticorp_dreadballRules: If playing with the Adepticorp DreadBall any player that takes damage from being hit by the ball is treated as Fragile when rolling their Armor Test. Additionally if the Ball Shatters card is played all players in the same hex as the ball or adjacent hexes must make a Dodge test vs 6 dice (4+) or be hit by shards of the ball.

 

The Mark 2 DreadBall

mark2_dreadballRules: If playing with the Mark 2 DreadBall, the Ball cannot shatter. If the Ball Shatters Special card is played ignore it’s effect. Instead the player that played the card may look through the discard pile and take any 1 card they find there into their hand. The Mark 2 DreadBall is not only more durable, but also more aerodynamic with advanced gravity generators. When throwing the ball farther than 4 hexes treat all distances as 1 hex less.

 

The Bumper DreadBall

bumper_dreadballRules: The Bumper DreadBall bounces. If playing with the Bumper DreadBall, after a the ball is launched roll to scatter it. The ball can be caught on this scatter. The Bumper DreadBall allows a Bounce Pass. When throwing the ball to a player on your team or at an opposing player it can be bounced off the wall of the pitch. Any time the Bumper DreadBall scatters (other than after launching), always scatter it an additional time.

 

These alternative DreadBall and their associated rules can be swapped into any game of DreadBall for a bit of flavor and extra fun.

Rules Reference Cards:

 

Here are STL files if you are so inclined to print a ball to play with using these rules:

Adepticorp DreadBall

Mark 2 DreadBall

Bumper DreadBall

Hobby Highlight: The Law

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Back in November of 2016 my fellow BreadDoll editor Andrew hosted a DreadBall tournament call “Judgement Day”. The idea was that the referee for every game in the tournament would be Judge Dredd.

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For those that aren’t familiar. Back in 1st Edition DreadBall there were alternate referee rules for using Judge Dread instead of the RefBot. Mantic produced a Ref Dredd mini. It was great fun.

Although Andrew was providing Ref Dredd models to use on the day I still decided to paint my own (above). I also decide to take it as far as I could and create a whole team of Judge Dredd themed judges to use as my team in the tournament. A conversion was needed.

I found some heads that were the key to my conversion at Puppetswar. They are sold as “Executioner Heads”.

I decided to use the Trontek 29ers as the basis of my conversion. Before buying the heads, which looked perfect, I did a few mock-ups in Photoshop.

I was happy with the mock-ups. I ordered the heads. Looking more at the mock-ups while I waited for the parts to arrive, it occurred to me that the conversion would need one more thing. Badges. I set about designing a tiny little badge in 3D and doing another mock-up.

Again the mock-up pleased me and the 3D badge design looked good. It was time to send the 3D file off and get it printed. I sent my design for printing using Shapeways and the result was perfect.

I cut off the Trontek 29ers heads using modelling clippers. Some crazy glue and patience later I had attached the new heads and badges. It was time to paint them. A quick color test to start.

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To paint the blue body of the judges I used Army Painter Ultramarine Blue. I washed the base color with Army Painter Dark Tone before applying another layer of Ultramarine Blue as a highlight.

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The green boots & gloves were base coated in Army Painter Army Green and washed with Army Painter Green Tone. A highlight of Army Painter Goblin Green finished it off.

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The yellow bits were base coated using Army Painter Lava Orange. Reaper MSP Candlelight Yellow was applied over the orange base.

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Some red, black and flesh details completed the look. Clearly it was far from my most complicated paint job but the results were satisfactory. The team was done and the conversion looked great. The Law was ready for Judgement Day!

Fan Support Cards

What are Fan Support cards?

In DreadBall 1st Edition, the game came with 52 game cards in the deck as well as 2 Fan Support cards as seen below.

DreadBall Ultimate in 1st Edition also came with Fan Support cards.

How are Fan Support cards used?

Fan Support cards are used to help manage your fan checks. Your Fan Support card is placed on or beside the pitch. When you draw a fan check it is placed, face up, underneath the Fan Support card such that the pips are still visible. As soon as you acquire 3 (or more) Fan Check pips you take all the Fan Check cards that contributed and turn them over face down underneath the Fan Support card.

 

 

 

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Fan Support card placed beside the pitch.
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Fan check cards face up underneath the Fan Support card with the pips visible.
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Fan check cards flipped face down once 3 (or more) pips are collected.
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New fan checks face up under previously flipped fan checks.

The Fan Support cards are also used to determine which coach takes the first rush when it is determined randomly. Shuffle the Fan Support cards and place them face down on the pitch. One coach chooses a card determining if they are Home or Visitor.

What about 2nd Edition?

In 2nd Edition DreadBall the card deck comes with 54 game cards and no Fan Support cards. The Fan Support cards were dropped in favour of a couple more game cards. More game cards is a good thing but it was sad to see the Fan Support cards not included in the game. While Fan Support cards are not strictly needed to play they add to the overall easy and organisation of DreadBall.

Since the launch of 2nd Edition BreadDoll has created and given out Fan Support cards to all the coaches at all BreadDoll sponsored events in 2018.

I highly recommend playing with the Fan Support cards. I even made new ones for 2nd Edition DreadBall Ultimate.

Adepticon Preparation

Adepticon is fast approaching. It’s not actually until the end of March but it sure feels like not much time. I have a lot of DreadBall projects I need or just want to get done for Adepticon.

  1. Paint my Adepticorp Cup tournament team (Cyborgs)
  2. Make a 3D pitch
  3. Assemble and paint a DreadBall diorama
  4. Prep for League in a Night II
  5. Mystery project

I’m planning to play the Cyborgs in the Adepticorp Cup tournament at Adepticon. I need to figure out my roster and then paint the team. Since I don’t already have them painted I’ll need to paint the default roster plus any extra players I want for my tournament roster. Here are some color test I did for how I think I’d like to paint my Cyborg team.

I’ve already done a bit of a write up about my 3D pitch. I haven’t made enough progress to give much more information yet.

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Early 3D pitch layout planning…

 

I’ve wanted to make a DreadBall miniature diorama for some time. I figure Adepticon is good motivation to do so. I have the parts assembled for a scene of Kalyshi vs Yndij. Now I need to get to work (so much work).

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This past March at Adepticon we did a League in a Night event. It was great fun so we’re doing it again. The idea is you play 4-5 games of DreadBall like in a tournament but you advance your team like you would in a League. I’m looking forward to League in a Night 2 (LiaN2) as much or more than the Adepticorp Cup tournament. I haven’t decided on a team yet. I need to figure out my team and get them painted up (if need be). I also need to prepare all the schedule and documents to actually run the event.

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I have one more project I’m working on (as if I didn’t have WAY too much to get done already in the next 5 months). The Sole Survivors.

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The Sole Survivors