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.


WHEN: Saturday August 18th

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

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

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
Fan Check Cards
Sweet BreadDoll Dice
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


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.

“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.

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.

Hobby Highlight: Painting my Crystallans


In this article I breakdown how I painted my Crystallan DreadBall team. As always any colors I refer to, unless stated otherwise, are Army Painter colors.

If you weren’t aware the Crystallan DreadBall minis come in a translucent blue plastic.


You can achieve a neat effect by leaving part of the models unpainted. I knew I didn’t want to leave the translucent plastic of the minis showing through since the (then MVP) now Team Captain wasn’t also produced in the translucent blue plastic.

Using Photoshop I decided I wanted to go with grey rock and purple crystals.


I started as I usually do by priming the miniature grey. Since I painted this team before I had an airbrush I used Army Painter Uniform Grey spray primer.


Having the grey base was a great start on my grey rocks. I washed the minis with Dark Tone followed by several progressively lighter dry brushes from Uniform Grey all the way to White.

The armor parts I based in Wolf Grey. I applied a Dark Tone wash which I then re-highlighted with he Wolf Grey. A further highlight of Game Color Wolf Grey was used before a final glaze of Crystal Blue.

Finally the crystals. I based the crystals in Game Color Squid Pink and then applied a wash of Purple Tone. Finally using White I did fine outlining of the crystals.

Here is a gallery of the results.


Mechanite Team Builder (Excel Sheet)



Following up to the Mutant team building spreadsheet, here is the Mechanite team building spreadsheet with all the same features.


The Mechanites were one of my favorite teams in the 1st Edition of DreadBall. I look forward to seeing what I can come up with for the 2nd Edition. No doubt I will need to build even more miniatures for my new list(s).


Mutant Team Builder (Excel Sheet)


I’ve recently been looking at updating my Mutant and Mechanite teams from DreadBall 1st Edition to DreadBall 2nd Edition. In order to help me with this I decided to create an Excel Spreadsheet. I’ve started with the Mutants (for no other reason than they come first in the collected rulebook).

Here is version 1 of the spreadsheet. I will go over how to use it but I tried to make it as user friendly as possible. If you find any problems or have any suggestions for changes please let me know and we’ll get an updated version.


mutant_team_builder_v1.1 (Updated: Minimum roles are included initially. Included players are highlighted to be more obvious.)

mutant_team_builder_v1.2 (Updated: option dropdowns now include the mc cost in brackets as an easy reference; included highlights are now color coded by role using the stoplight pattern)

mutant_team_builder_v1.3 (Updated: rows with duplicate mutations are indicated with bold red text)

Here is what the excel file should look like when you open it:

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Most of the options are dropdowns. You don’t need to manually enter any values (unless you want a team value different than 1000mc). Simply select the options you want for each mutant player from the dropdowns and the cost, attributes, and abilities will automatically be updated. Make sure to check the include checkbox for a player to include them in the team value calculation.

To build a team with a value other than 1000mc simply edit cell D1 to the value you’re aiming for. This mc value should always be greater than or equal to 0, otherwise you have over spent (it will turn red if you go over budget).

Team extras can be added at the bottom of the sheet using the spinner controls.


Make sure to pay attention to the rules in yellow. The sheet does not currently notify you of or enforce these rules. Also note that if you give a player 2 internal mutations they must be different from each other.

The Mutant are a fun team to play. Building the various player configurations is also fun hobby time.

Here are some pics of the mutants I built for 1st Edition DreadBall. Now that this sheet is done I’ll need to update the team for 2nd Edition.

Coming soon, Mechanite Builder…


Hobby Highlight: Better Tokens

DreadBall Team Tokens
DreadBall Team Tokens from the original Kickstarter

Here’s a quick tip on how to improve your engraved acrylic tokens. Often these tokens are simply laser engraved and delivered as is. They usually look pretty good but colouring in the engraving really improves their look.

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Uncoloured Token

Using a regular crayon of the colour you want the engraving to be, fill in the engraved area. Don’t worry about getting crayon on the non-engraved part.

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Colour in the engraved areas with a crayon.

After the engraving is coloured in use a paper towel or a dryer sheet to wipe off the excess crayon. Lay the paper towel flat on a table. Place the token, engraved side down, on the paper towel and rub it around to clean it off. You want to keep the token flat against the paper towel so only the non-engraved surface is wiped clean, leaving the crayon filling the engraving.

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Engraving coloured and excess crayon cleaned away.


It’s pretty easy to do and the results are great in my experience. I tend to use white crayon on darker coloured acrylic and black crayon on lighter coloured acrylic.

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Forge Father tokens all coloured and cleaned. The white really stands out now.

Important: make sure the acrylic token has a smooth surface before doing this. If the surface is textured it will trap the excess crayon and you won’t be able to wipe it off.

Hobby Highlight: Painting my Marauders

Let’s take a look at how I painted one of the first few teams I painted, the Marauders.



Since these minis were painted back before I owned an airbrush, I primed them using Army Painter Uniform Grey spray primer.


Blue Armor

I started by painting the whole of the armor with Army Painter Wolf Grey. I then washed the Wolf Grey with Blue Tone. I dry brushed over that with the Wolf Grey again before doing a more directed highlight with the wolf grey. Finally I did a second highlight using a 1:1 mix of Wolf Grey and White.


White Armor

For the white armor I carefully painted white over the blue leaving the lines dividing the armor unpainted. I then did a light wash of Crystal Blue thinned down with water.




I started with Greenskin for the skin (obvious right?) and then gave it a wash of Green Tone. I did a first highlight using Goblin Green and then a second highlight using a 1:1 mix of Goblin Green and Necrotic Flesh.

Grey Armor Parts

I used the same armor grey formula I use frequently. The Uniform Grey base had a Dark Tone wash applied, then was highlighted back up using Uniform Grey again, followed by Ash Grey.



For the red I started with a base of 2:1 Pure Red and Ash Grey washed with Red Tone. I then did a second wash with Red Tone to really darken the shading. I did a highlight of Pure Red followed by a second highlight of 1:1 Pure Red and Skeleton Bone.

I also painted the eyes red with a tiny white highlight.


The leather straps where done with Leather Brown washed with a Strong Tone and highlighted using Dessert Yellow.

Claws and Teeth

I used Skeleton Bone for the base and then applied a wash of Soft Tone to the edge of the area. A white highlight was used to finish them.


And there you have it. The last thing I did was to paint a “J” or a “G” on the minis’ back to indicate the player’s Role.


That’s how I painted my Marauder team.


Rush Report / Tournament Time: Adepticorp 2018


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So the DreadBall tournament at Adepticon was held a few weeks ago. All the members of BreadDoll were in attendance and I had a great time, no doubt aided by my victory. There were 14 coaches playing, a big improvement over last year with only 6 coaches due to the lull between the announcement of 2nd Edition and it’s release this year.

The tournament started a bit rough. I was matched up against fellow BreadDoller Lee Montgomery, one of the best DreadBall players I know. Lee is a master of DreadBall tactics as I’m sure is clear from his articles here. A little something known as the Sucker Draw that you might all be familiar with was used on me and the best I could manage was a tie with Lee in that first game. It was a close thing against Lee’s Sphyr.

The next 2 games were a lot of fun and ended in landslide victories. I played a Matsudan team and a Forge Father team run by some really great guys.

The third game was against a great guy named Volker who was going into the final round undefeated playing the Sphyr. Both of our dice rolls during the final game were absolutely terrible but Volker’s roll were some of the worst dice I’ve ever seen. I won the game and the tournament.

I was the Visiting team in every match of the tournament.

Tournament Time: Adepticon 2018


I was planning on writing a painting article on how I painted my Judwan for today’s article but instead I’m just going to talk about Adepticon 2018.

Adepticon 2018 starts tomorrow in Schaumburg, Illinois in the USA. I’ve been going to Adepticon for 4 years now (this is my 4th trip). I started going back in 2014 because I wanted to play DreadBall. It was great fun with a turnout of more than 20 coaches. I met many great people most of whom I now consider friends even if I only see them a couple times a year.

Since my first trip to Adepticon to play DreadBall the game has dropped off a lot of peoples radar. Every year there have been fewer coaches at the Adepticon tournament. With the release of 2nd edition DreadBall this weekend at Adepticon I’m sure this will be the first year, since I started going, that there will be more coaches at the Adepticon tournament than the year before. Exciting times.

There is a good deal of DreadBall going on at Adepticon this year besides just the tournament on Thursday. As I said 2nd edition is launching and will be on sale at the convention. There will be demos at the Mantic booth. Your very own BreadDoll will be running a League in a Night on Friday night. Saturday is Mantic Open Night and I’m sure there will be DreadBall demos in addition to a big game of DreadBall Ultimate for the top 6 coaches from the Adepticorp Tournament.

League in a Night. League style played over 4 games on Friday night starting at 7pm in the Mantic room (Utopia D).

I look forward to Adepticon and seeing old friends and playing DreadBall every year. This year looks to be a great one and I’m looking forward to next year being even better!

AdeptiCorp Cup 2018 Tournament Rules

League in a Night Rules

Hobby Highlight: Painting my Neo-bots

In my second article on painting a DreadBall team, let’s look at the Neo-bots.




I started, as always, with a gray primer. These days I use Stynylrez Gray Primer sprayed on using an airbrush.

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Orange Base

The armor’s orange hue was started by spraying a base coat of colors using the airbrush, moving from Dragon Red -> Lava Orange -> Light Orange -> Light Orange:White (1:1)



Base Colors

After the orange base was sprayed on I painted the other base colors. For the blue, a 1:1 mix of Deep Blue and Necromancer Cloak. For the grey, Uniform Grey.



On top of the sprayed base coat, I lined the orange areas using a thinned down Blood Red (Game Color)



Next, I applied Highlights along the edges using a 1:1 mix of Pale Yellow and Light Orange, followed by a spot highlight with just Pale Yellow.



The blue was highlighted using a 1:1 mix of Deep Blue and Crystal Blue followed by a further highlight using straight Crystal Blue.


The Uniform Grey base had a Dark Tone wash applied, then was highlighted back up using Uniform Grey again, followed by Ash Grey.


For the eyes I dry brushed Pure Red heavily around the visor and then put dots of pur white on the eyes over the red.


The base is painted in plain black.