Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Coming soon

I have been busy in the last few days doing some painting of some miniatures.  I haven't had the urge for a while so I have been keen to make hay whilst the sun is shining. 

I have finished off three giant MVPs as well as started work on another couple of normal MVPs.

Anyway all of this got me thinking about perhaps showing off my Dreadball collection to date.  So in the next few days you will see some photos of the miniatures I have painted.

I don't claim any incredible expertise in painting,  merely an attempt to paint to an ok gaming standard.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Practice match - The Collective Spirit v The Iron Legion

Well fans were flocking to Harmony Stadium to see the home side, The Collective Spirit (Judwan) host the visiting Iron Legion (robots) - who were debuting tonight.  The game promised much with the attacking flair of the Spirit to be tested by the versatility of the robots.  What's more the fans were in for a treat as both sides were granted permission to field a MVP for this exhibition friendly.  The visiting Iron Legion opted for some speed to add to their line up, hiring the mysterious jack Number 88, whilst the home fans were to be treated with an appearance by that special robot DBR7-Firewall taking the pitch for the judwan.

The home side received the ball from the initial launch and showed their threat immediately by scooping up the loose ball and scooting around the Legion's left flank, via some space created by Firewall,  for a strike.  SPIRIT LEAD BY 1.

(Firewall makes some space for the boys)

(Firewall trying to protect the strikers)

The second rush saw a quick reply from the Legion.  One robot - called by his coach "Betty" - made a transformation into guard mode, and made a bee line for the closest Spirit player.  His shiny new steel spikes found little resistance from the striker's armour and the result was that Spirit player was taken to the morgue.  With the rest of the Legion's jacks all trying to maneuver and cover the elusive Spirit strikers, Number 88 took the initiative and picked up the ball and showed a clean pair of heels to race away for a 4 point strike ending the rush. IRON LEGION LEAD BY 3

In the ensuing rushes things went downhill for the home fans with The Spirit failing to capitalise on any opportunities in attack and The Legion getting brutal with their peace loving opponents.  With a second player put in the morgue and another into the infirmary, things looked bleak for the Spirit as the chance to score a 3 pointer was missed, resulting in the ball coming to rest against the wall at the Legion's end of the pitch.  

The Legion descended on the back field of the pitch to take down the Spirit strikers in the area before clearing the ball to Number 88 who remained out of the play at the other end of the field waving to the fans who had come to see him.  But it was the focus on playing the man instead of the ball that would cost the Legion.  A superb dodge of a slam by one Spirit strike saw him presented with the chance to pick up the ball, and he took it with both hands, dodging and then weaving in for a 3 point strike. SCORES ARE TIED.

The Spirit coach rallied his troops and called for quicker play, A fortunate launch of the ball saw them take advantage with only 3 of their own players on their feet, the Spirit stepped up and scored again quickly through some delightful passing and running. SPIRIT LEAD BY 1.

(Spirit players find some space)

With only 1 rush remaining for the Legion to pull the game out of the fire it was a missed opportunity as their coach continued to focus on attacking the players rather than scoring.  The Spirit held on for a narrow 1 point win but ended the game with 2 deaths and 4 players in the infirmary.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Testing out the Zees...a warm up match

The Dreadball gods have been calling the faithful to return to the pitch.  And so, last night, the teams started warming up in anticipation of the possible upcoming league.

On the pitch were the orx and goblin team, The Smiling Pretty Boys, up against the new kids on the block, a team of zees that at this time are un-named.  The crowd were glad to be back in the stadium again, but unsure as to what this match up might offer.  To many seasoned fans, the power of the orx guards seemed to be a force that would prove too much for the zees to handle.  However this was a zees home game and their fans waited with eager expectation, knowing their side had a few tricks up their sleeve.

At the kick off it was the zees who all lined up close to the launch line ready to pounce on the ball.  The Pretty Boys left their star guard, Aladdin Ribsnapper on the bench, along with their goblin jack, Slithey Finebreak.  They set a jack deep in sweeping defensive role, while the guards dominated the centre of the pitch.  The first rush for the zees saw them move in to try to obstruct the Pretty Boys jacks but an early fumble gave the Pretty Boys the chance to pounce.  

Ignoring the ball, the Pretty Boys set to work to find a zee and dismantle him.  Orx guard, Brok Bilge, was the main weapon, pushing one zee towards the wall and knocking him down with the assistance of his goblin team mate.  With the zee on the ground, Bilge couldn’t resist the urge to stick the boot in, and the zees appealed for a foul to be called for the stomp.  The referee agreed and Bilge was off for a few rushes.  The target of his iron clad left boot was left uninjured (much to Bilge’s despair).

It seemed to the crowd there that that moment triggered something for the zees.  Something snapped and they went into a frenzy.  Over the next few rushes, the zees swarmed all over the Pretty Boys - biting, kicking, spitting it was all there, and the crowd loved it. 

Bilge’s departure lead to the introduction of Ribsnapper, and while that saw one zee laid out, soon it was Ribsnapper who was mobbed by the zees and knocked to the ground.

With the game descending into a mid pitch brawl, The Collector (a goblin jack for the Pretty Boys) picked up the ball.  The ball, however, shattered and the resulting relaunch of the ball smashed into one of the zees, who was in the launch zone.  He was uninjured but found himself on the ground at the feet of an orx guard and the ball scattered clear of the melee that was ensuing.  The Collector, seeing the opportunity, scooped up the ball and set sail for the undefended backfield corner of the pitch, near the zees bench.   Pursuit came from the zees and support for The Collector loomed in the form of Switchblade, a fellow jack.  The Collector pushed his effort too hard though and stumbled, spilling the ball near the zees bench.   

The temptation was clearly too much for the zees to resist and the coach pushed one of the subs onto the pitch.  He picked up the loose ball and pegged it into the on coming Switchblade.  Switchblade went down, but the his calls for a foul to be called on the zees for the Sneak were heeded and one of the zees was sent from the pitch (after some arguing mind you).

With the ball again loose and midfield brawl going the way of the zees (all Pretty Boys were down on the ground excluding The Collector and the defensive jack), The Collector saw it was up to him to save the situation for his side.  He snatched up the ball and darted into the 3 point strike zone, slamming home a solid strike and putting his side ahead in the 10th rush.

The relaunch again caused plenty of cheers from the crowd, as the zee who had previously been knocked silly from the relaunch had just stood up again, only to receive another ball to the side of the head, this time sending him to the infirmary.  That was the final highlight of the match as brawl continued in the centre of the pitch, with the zees keeping the Pretty Boys down.

A 3 point win to The Smiling Pretty Boys had their coach extremely happy, but it was the zees coach who was most happy.  Seemingly he had forgotten about the match and was delighted to have won the fight and had some fun!  “We were awesome out there!” he exclaimed.  “Did you see the way we went crazy??”

The player of the match was judged by the fans to be Switchblade who had lent some early support to the initial slamming from his guards and then supported The Collector on the sole attacking raid.

Dreadball it seems was the winner on the night, although The Pretty Boys would have something to say about that.  

Thursday, 30 April 2015

And then life steps in....

OK so it's now been a few months and a lot has happened in life.  Things needed to be sorted.  But now I am working on this again.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

League Forming

This has been in my mind to do for some time now.  Enough thinking, time to act!

The plan is for this group to meet monthly on a Saturday afternoon.  We should make enough to time to get through 2 games in a session.

The starting teams for the first season are still being determined.  I am tempted to play either the Smiling Pretty Boys (Marauders) or my un-named Judwan team.

I will publish future posts regarding the league rules.