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.

 

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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

Hobby Highlight: Creating A Custom Pitch and A Contest!

Over the years I have created many pitches in Photoshop to be printed out on neoprene (or vinyl). As Adepticon 2019 approaches I have turned my thoughts to creating a three dimensional pitch.

I have seen a few 3D pitches created for DreadBall . Most of these pitches attempt to create the feel of a stadium. I am taking the inspiration for my project from the origins of DreadBall and a pitch I stumbled across on the internet long ago and fell in love with immediately.

It is said that DreadBall is so-called because it was first played in drop
hangar 91 aboard the Corporation warship Dread, the flagship of then Senior Flank
Commander Jesus Ortiz.

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My inspiration.

My pitch will be built to look like it is in the hanger of a GCPS ship.

One of the goals I have set for myself is that the 3D pitch I will create should double as a Deadzone board (for those not familiar, Deadzone is a miniatures skirmish game set in the same universe as DreadBall). Deadzone is most often played on a 24″ x 24″ mat so that would be the minimum size of my 3D pitch board.

I plan to design the actual playing surface of the pitch in Photoshop the same way I always have with the neoprene mat laying in the 3D hanger I construct. The neoprene mats are 28″ x 14″ so I will need to build the board larger than 24″ x 24″.

A Deadzone board is actually divided into 3″ squares (cubes) so if I make the 3D pitch board 30″ x 30″ that would be 10 squares x 10 squares instead of the normal 8 x 8 Deadzone is typically played on. I think that’s just fine.

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The standard Deadzone playmat.

I am still in the early planning and brainstorming phase of this project. Mantic makes a line of sci-fi terrain for Deadzone so I will almost definitely try to use as much of that in my 3D ship hanger/DreadBall pitch as I can. You might be familiar with the Mantic terrain if you backed the DreadBall Xtreme Kickstarter. As part of the Kickstarter Mantic built a 3D prison pitch using their terrain. You could add the terrain required to build the prison pitch to your Kickstarter pledge if you so wanted. I will say, it was pretty cool looking.

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DreadBall Xtreme prison pitch build using Mantic sci-fi terrain.

I want to hold a contest. Help me name the corporation starship as well as the hanger number in which my pitch will be located. My pitch is a modern DreadBall pitch. It is not meant to recreate the early days of the sport when it was still evolving. It has been setup on a modern active fleet ship. To enter the contest subscibe to the blog and email your idea to contest@breaddoll.com with the subject line “DreadBall Ship Name”. Only 1 email per person will be counted. I will randomly choose one of the contest submissions and the winner will get a choice of either a Barricade Gaint or the now out of print Anne-Marie Helder mini. No deadline for entries currently, I’ll let you know when I’m far enough along in the build. Keep the suggestions/entries coming!

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Win a prize!

Send me your ideas and good luck!

Hobby Highlight: Sphyria’s Fist

So this coming weekend is the 4th DC/DC DreadBall tournament in the Washington DC area. If you aren’t already planning on attending, give it a look, then decide to come play. I’m going to be there. I’m looking forward to it. It will be fun. (If the link doesn’t work for you, it’s in the closed DreadBall Fanatics Facebook group, just request to join the group or message me through this blog and I’ll get you the information.)

I’m planning to play my Sphyr (pronounced sphere, as in rhymes with fear, beer, cheer, etc…) team. My team is called Sphyria’s Fist. Interesting fact, the Sphyr have a bit of a tragic backstory. Poor buggers.

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Sphyria’s Fist

I painted my Sphyr team years ago for my first excursion to Adepticon. With the new DreadBall 2nd Edition team building rules used in tournaments I’ve decided to revisit Sphyria’s Fist to add a couple of Keepers to the team and let them kick butt once again.

I created a YouTube video talking about working on the new Keepers. Be kind it’s my first YouTube video.

So here is the recipe I used to paint these fish men back in the day and have recently revisited to bolster the ranks of Sphyria’s Fist.

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Geoff’s original handwritten Sphyr painting recipe

So there are 5 main parts.

  1. Blue (Skin)
  2. Purple (Armor)
  3. Orange (Armor)
  4. Grey (Armor)
  5. Brown (Gloves and Straps)

Blue:

Start with a base of Citadel (Games Workshop) Ice Blue and then apply 2 washes of Secret Weapon Cool Grey. Highlight the blue back up using pure Ice Blue followed by an Ice Blue/White mix. Finally apply a final Highlight of pure white.

Purple:

Start with a base coat of Game Color Heavy Violet washed with Purple Tone. Highlight the base with Alien Purple and then a finer highlight of Alien Purple/ Game Color Squid Pink.

Orange:

The orange color is a base of Citadel Blazing Orange. I didn’t use a wash on the orange. Highlight with a mix of Blazing Orange and Model Color Light Orange then pure Light Orange and finally a highlight of Light Orange mixed with Game Color Pale Yellow.

Grey:

I used the same recipe for the grey I always do. Uniform Grey -> Dark Tone -> Uniform Grey -> Ash Grey -> White.

Brown:

Lastly the brown. Very simple. Base with Monster Brown and apply two washes of String Tone.

Done.

Hobby Highlight: Reference Cards

When playing a game, be it a regular board game, or a miniatures game, reference cards or sheets are very useful. Back in the days of 1st Edition DreadBall I created reference cards for all the teams, players, and MVPs.

I used the icons developed for the Mantic Playbook application as a way to save some space on the cards. Also, who doesn’t like a nice set of icons. Not everyone was as familiar with the icons though. I had to include a reference card for the reference cards to explain the icons. Not ideal.

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Reference Card for the icons on my 1st Edition reference cards

Overall they were very useful as a means to quickly double check the stats and team composition when playing or just setting up. 2nd Edition DreadBall seems to have realised how convenient reference cards can be and there are now official reference cards created by Mantic. They come with a team when purchased.

The reference cards that came in the retail box of 2nd Edition DreadBall for the Neo-Bots and the Yndij are a sheet of cardstock. The reference material that comes with the boxed teams is more of a booklet design (instead of a sheet) but still a quality cardstock material.

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Mantic Booklet Team Reference

While the Mantic references are nice, I wanted a slightly more compact reference card with team and Captain information all together with less of the fluff.
I designed my own reference cards with the intent of making them the same size as Mantic’s official MVP and Team Captain cards, 5″ x 3.5″ (the size of 2 poker cards side by side).
Here is what I came up with.

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As you can see I set aside the stat icons and used the actual names this time around.

Ironically I also decided to make my own version of the MVP cards. While I really like the MVP cards Mantic designed (which is why I made my new Team cards the size to match) I ultimately decide they could be made the size of a regular poker card. So that’s what I did.

I created the cards in Photoshop such that they are a template and it’s relatively easy to input new teams in to create new, custom cards. Here is a custom Team Card I made for my Origenes Cup mutant team. This sort of custom card is particularly handy for teams like the mutants where there is no default roster.

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Here are some custom team cards I made for teams playing at the Nova CTS Cup coming up this weekend in Lansing Michigan (hope to see you there).

 

Tournament Time: Nova CTS Cup

The next big tournament coming up is the General Control Cup at GenCon. But since I won’t be there I want to look just a bit further forward to the Nova CTS Cup.

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WHEN: Saturday August 18th

WHERE: Evolution Games – 6323 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, USA

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Evolution Games in Lansing Michigan

TIME: Registration:  12:00 12:30
Game 1:           12:30   2:00
Game 2:             2:00   3:30
Break:                3:30   4:15
Game 3:             4:15   5:45
Game 4:             5:45   7:15
Awards:             7:15   7:30

COST: $10

The Nova CTS Cup is part of an entire Mantic Weekend. Friday night there will be Kings of War (FOR FREE). It will be 1000pts to play and learn and have fun. On Sunday there will be a 200pt Deadzone tournament ($15) kicking off the Outbreak summer event!

Each event (Kow, DreadBall, Deadzone) you participate in will earn you some raffle tickets for a chance at a big Mantic prize!

The Nova CTS Cup is an official NADC ranked qualifier DreadBall tournament. The final results of the tournament will be submitted to Mantic and incorporated into the global ranks at dreadball.com.

NADC Tournament Rules Pack 2018

The winner of the tournament in addition to any other prizes will win free admission to the Adepticorp Cup at Adepticon (Chicago) in March 2019. This is the largest event of the year and the de facto North American Championship event.

The Nova CTS Cup is also a BreadDoll sponsored event. As such:

  • counts towards BD30
  • all participants will get Nova CTS Cup themed fan check cards
  • BreadDoll donated prize support (a custom pitch or custom dice for the winner and second place finishers)
  • a BreadDoll for last place
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Fan Check Cards
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Sweet BreadDoll Dice
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Custom BreadDoll DreadBall Pitch

The Mantic Weekend is being organised by the exceptional Mantic Pathfinder: Richard Hall

The Nova CTS Cup Tournament Organizer (TO) is newly minted Mantic Pathfinder: Bryan Novak

There is word on the street that the Mantic Community Manager Pat “Chopper” Lewis will even be in attendance.

Also, I’ll be there. 😉

 

 

Hobby Highlight: More Crystallans

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So in the wake of my last article where I talked about how I painted my Crystallan team, I now find myself painting MORE Crystallans.

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“Paint Us!”

For the previous article I pulled out a brand new bag of Crystallans so I could take a picture of what the unpainted translucent blue minis look like. And then they sat on my desk. Normally I’d have grabbed a baggie and shove the minis in it and put them away. But I’m moving in a month so a lot of my supplies (such as baggies) have been packed away already. Thus the Crystallan minis sat on my desk. Staring at me, whispering “paint us”, “paint us”. So… I decided to paint them. 😛

I thought about painting the new Crystallans to match the original ones I’d already done, bolster the team and give myself more options. After some consideration I thought it would be more fun to paint these minis up in a different theme and make them a separate team of Crystallans.

Step 1, deciding what colors to do them. Using Photoshop as shown in a previous article I mocked up a few color schemes. Ultimately I decided on a dark grey/black rock, red crystals, and golden armor.

 

 

 

Step 2 is assembling the minis. While the Crystallan DreadBall minis come assembled, I use my own custom base system (see this article), so I need to cut off and replace the bases the minis come on. I also wanted to change the look of the minis a bit so I did a few arm swaps, cutting off the arms of some of the minis and re-positioning and switching the arms between them.

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Arms swapped and re-positioned, primed, ready for painting.

So far I’ve only primed these new Crystallans, but in the next article I do, I will show you the finished minis as well as the how-to-paint instructions for how I painted them.