Power Armoured Libby – DreadBall Corporation Keeper


OCP Patriots Guard and Keeper (Libby)

OCP Patriots Guard and Keeper (Libby)

While prepping an extra guard for my OCP Patriots DreadBall team I remembered that I have had a Hasslefree Power Armoured Libby sitting in the box of unpainted Blood Bowl stuff for years now.  A bit like Barik Farblast and Flint Churnblade the Libby figure is better suited to the sci-fi DreadBall setting than it is to Blood Bowl anyway, so I modified the football Libby is carrying into something a bit more DreadBall-y and painted her up.

L to R: Guard, Striker, Keeper, Jack, "Lucky" Logan.

L to R: Guard, Striker, Keeper, Jack, “Lucky” Logan.

Like Barik, Libby will serve as a proxy for a “keeper” position player, keepers being upgraded guards that can crudely manipulate the ball (regular guards cant touch the ball at all).  Keepers have heavier armour than standard guards too, so Libbys heavier appearance fits thematically too.

Libby is also a suitable substitute for the Anne-Marie Helder MVP if required.


10 Responses

  1. Good call on using Power Armoured Libby for DreadBall. I wish there were some more power armoured ball players from Hasslefree as they would make for a sweet looking team. Seeing Libby here in this context makes me realise why I am not mad about the DreadBowl corporation figures – they have as much personality as a BattleTech Mech Figure!

    The stripes on her cheeks really work!


    • Hiya theottovonbismark, thanks for the feedback. Painting the eye-black was a bit of a risk, but it worked out fine. It somehow suits Libbys big and brash look.

      Not many miniature sculptors work compares well with Kev Whites stuff in fairness: that guy knows what he is doing. I reckon that the DreadBall Corporation teams armour is quite nice in design (and quite far from the narcolepsy inducing designs prevalent in Battletech), but the poses are what let them down a little I think. In contrast I am not so keen on Libbys armour as it is a bit Space Marine derivative.

      Im not usually a fan of very dynamically posed gaming pieces like Libby – things start to look jazz hands very fast – but I think that something about power armoured Libby works in this context. The sculpt shown above is a modified version of Hasslefrees Libby character with a pistol and some sort of powered axe. The running pose suits a sportsperson a bit better.


  2. Agree that those cheek stripes are a great touch.

    What have you done on the bases? They look slightly textured/grainy.


    • Thanks for the feedback Wispa 🙂

      I filled the gap between the tab and the hex base with filler to make it reasonably flat. I then glued fine sand to the base and painted it. Its roughly the same thing that I do with all of my wargaming miniatures. The finish doesnt match the polished look of a DreadBall pitch perfectly but it finishes the figures off pleasingly.


      • I thought so. It’s tricky as the board is so polished looking as you say. My bases don’t look as smooth as I’d like so I’m wondering if sand will fix it.

        Speaking of bases, what size are those magnets you use / where did you get them? ( or are you still planning a specific bases post 🙂 )


        • It depends on the sand. The sand used on Libby is different to the sand used on the guard to her right. As you can see the guards base looks very smooth, although when they are on the DreadBall pitch together the difference is almost indistinguishable.

          I have yet to hear of a different way to make the DreadBall bases look good that doesnt involve a lot of work and time. I am pleased with how my bases have turned out.

          Now that my Season 2 shipment has arrived I have some more bases to glue magnets to. I was planning on taking a few photos and putting up a post about how I did it next week all going well.


  3. Nice use of Libby there mate!


  4. I love your use of different manufacturers’ models in this project. Goes to show how a unified paint scheme can bring together a varied bunch of minis without problem!


    • Thanks Mikko.

      I am a big believer in tying differently designed figures together with a paint scheme. All the same, the large variation in styles of – for example 80s GW space marines – irritated me when I started out collecting and painting. I wanted my armies to look more like they had standard issue equipment. It bothers me a lot less now.

      These days however I try not to paint very many duplicates of the same figure if I can avoid it, just to keep my interest up. A good example of this is my skeleton robot force which has troops from very many ranges and eras, yet still looks quite nice as far as I am concerned.


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