The Stanley Cup. The Claret Jug. The Yellow Jersey. The All Valley Karate Championship Trophy…
All sports celebrate their best with a trophy. DreadBall is no different. Under Digby’s first edition regime, the penultimate award for winning was a GOLDEN BLAINE.
Showcasing a trophy in your display cabinet is not optional. It’s mandatory. Perhaps a display cabinet is not within reach of every coach. Alternatives can be made; on top of your icebox, fireplace mantel, or even car hood are perfectly fine locations. Regardless, it must be visible.
Any yet, trophies have little practical use during DreadBall game play. Beyond the psychological effect of their presence near an opponent – they’re too large, too precious, and too heavy. But there is a solution. It’s a micro-solution. It’s the DreadBall Trophy miniatures!
There are six.
[1-3] Previously available only from the first DreadBall Kickstarter, three metal trophies are now included in organized play kits.
 Previously available only in the Azure Forest expansion, the planet’s metal trophy is now included in the exceptional Galactic Tour expansion. Go ahead and buy it. You’ll want the Medi-Bot and cheerleaders…
 Previously available from the first DreadBall Kickstarter and organized play kits, the restic DreadBall Pitch trophy is still available via the Mantic Points system.
 Never before available until this BreadDoll post, the restic Golden Blaine! Pulled from the DreadBall Xtreme game, sponsor Blaine is the same sculpt as the coveted LARGE Golden Blaine. It’s time to convert him from his role as MVP and sponsor to a miniature trophy.
These six trophies can be used for any sideline role. A score maker and rush tracker make most sense, but they can even proxy for a cheerleader or coach. Regardless, they’ll need to rest on a DreadBall base.
With models prepped and raring to go, it’s time to slap paint on them. With the exception of the Azure Forest trophy, these models are very easy to paint. For those coaches unfamiliar with the technique of dry brushing, this is a friendly project to begin learning. In the event of an “accident,” it’s very simple to course correct.
Using Army Painter’s Greedy Gold, and a very inexpensive hobby flat hobby brush, load a brush with paint only to remove the majority of it over a dry paper towel. Even though all of the paint may appear to be wasted on a piece of disposable towel, pigment still exists on the bristles. Lightly swipe the brush over the model, and the paint remnants will adhere to the high relief. It’s a subtle effect over black primer, and that’s fine. Cover the entire model. Then, do it again. The next step is not necessary, but it does offer some additional depth; after the second pass at dry brushing apply a dark wash over the entire model. Once dry, apply a third pass of gold dry brushing. Clean up the base with Matt black and varnish with a Matt spray. Done!
The Azure model is a bit more challenging. Using the same dry brushing technique, pass the entire model with a layer of dark gray, followed by light gray, and finish with a white. A nice achromatic model is ready for some detailing! Cover the front of the shield with a watered down white. Once dry, maybe apply another coat of watery paint – but this time use a combination of white, green, and yellow ochre. Follow up with an application of two or three very watery passes of white over the center of the shield. While the shield dries, block in the spears with gray, brown, and yellow ochre. Once that brown is on the palette, water it down and streak it from the edges of the shield towards its center. Apply some thin green paint to the leaves, and dab some warm colors into the torch. Almost done! A tint of green can be dry brushed over the leaves, and the entire shield and spears can receive a wash of brown. Once dry, apply some war paint streaks of red to the shield’s front. Clean up the base with Matt black, and spray varnish to complete.
Almost every coach has the same score marker, rush tracker. And while coaches and cheerleaders offer more variety – these trophies are stand outs. During league play, they may serve as constant reminders to your regular opponents, “I’m better than you.” During tournament play, they can be excellent conversation starters.
“How did you win that All Valley trophy? It’s awesome!”
“My Coach told me to kick my opponent in the face.”