Category Archives: Outcasts

Malifaux: Hannah


I’m a total sucker for limited editions.  And Malifaux’s skirmish nature means there’s less of a “I’ll never use it” argument holding me back.

The Through the Breach Hannah has been tempting me for quite a while.  The regular model is pretty ungainly, which is both an aesthetic problem and a practical transportation one.  But it’s pretty scarce, and the ebay price was more than I wanted to pay.

Finally, my patience paid off, and I snagged one on sprue for a small premium over the regular Hannah price.  Everyone’s favorite power armored librarian was mine.

Hannah
Hannah

I knew I couldn’t leave the pages blank.  It’s simplistic, but it still adds a bit of character.  I briefly tried doing some kind of magic glow at her finger, but it looked stupid so I washed it off.

Hannah (detail)
Hannah (detail)

I had a chance to play Hannah at the Henchman Hardcore at Adepticon.  My list was:

  • Hannah with Ancient Tomes
  • Nothing Beast with Void Shield
  • Void Wretch
  • Void Wretch

The idea was to bury a key model with Ancient Tomes to steal an activation.  If lucky, bury another with the Nothing Beast, nibble with the Void Wretches, and unbury outside of the Turf War area.  Hannah could also Make a New Entry off of the Nothing Beast’s attack.  It worked out pretty well, and I was able to steal activations from the opposing Henchman several times.  It was also pointed out to me during lunch that I could just sit a model on top of the Void Marker to send the buried model back to the deployment zone, and possibly out of the fight, which I used to good effect in the final round.

Malifaux: Aionus


I picked up Aionus along with the rest of my Black Friday goodies.  It’s a different material, a softer PVC rather than the standard hard plastic Wyrd uses.  The material itself was okay, although a little harder to clean up seams.  I wish it hadn’t been pre-assembled, however.  The upper and lower torso were a bit out of alignment, and needed a fair amount of green stuff and filing to smooth out.

Aionus
Aionus

I tried to do a bit of OSL shading with this model, to try and give the clocktower an etherial quality.  I’m not sure whether I think it works on the basing, or just looks like I was sloppy when painting.  On the legs and arms, though, I think it works pretty well.  I’ll keep experimenting.

Aionus (detail)
Aionus (detail)

I’ve taken Aionus in one game, to fill out my Tara crew.  Unfortunately, he mostly just stabbed people with his bony finger, and I didn’t get a chance to use his cool marker manipulation abilities.  Next time!

Malifaux: Herald of Obliteration (and some friends)

I’m a sucker for limited editions, so when the Nightmare Edition Herald of Obliteration box was available again at Wyrd’s Black Friday sale, I knew I had to pick it up.  I’m not a big fan of the clear plastics, but for only $5 more I figured I’d see if I could do anything interesting with it.

I’ve only played Neverborn so far, so they’ve been sitting unloved. I decided to break them out  for Wyrd’s Frozen Moments painting contest in the crew category.


Read on for some commentary on each model.

Tara
Tara

I left Tara’s freaky arm transparent, and hit it with some green washes and a bit of drybrushing.  The rest was primed and painted as normal.

Karina
Karina

I struggled with what to do with Karina.  Doing her left hand like this maybe isn’t very different than Tara.  I considered offering to swap with a non-transparent one.  In the end, I decided to use what I had.  I hit the left the hand clear, then hit it with Tamiya Clear Red. The idea is to evoke the glowy magic from the art.

Nothing Beast
Nothing Beast

The Nothing Beast got primed gray for the lower body, leaving the it transparent from about the waist on up.  Painting directly on the clear plastic didn’t work well, as you’d expect (paint pooling up, and tending to rub off), so a layer of Dullcote acted like a clear primer.  Successive drybrushing and washes brought it up to mostly opaque, with just a but of translucency in the arms, hands, and tentacles.

Bête Noire
Bête Noire

Bête is the clear red version from the Black Friday sale.  Waist down was left transparent, but with Dullcote and some washes to give it some depth and texture.  I had kind of hoped for a smoother transition from opaque to transparent, but it didn’t really turn out.

Miss Terious
Miss Terious

Miss Terious is the one non-transparent model in the crew, but at least she’s a special edition.  After I went painted the arm breaking out of the coffin green I remembered that it’s not some zombie breaking out, but whoever got trapped there.  Oops.

The Wretches were all painted up like the Nothing Beast, although with no fully opaque priming.

Overall I think I made the transparent models work, but I’m not super excited about transparent in general.  It works pretty well with Tara’s theme, and the neutral color of the plastic meant I could do interesting things to it.  I’m not sure I could do the same with the pink Dreamer box, for example.  The clear plastic is also harder to work with than regular gray plastic.  It’s brittle, and doesn’t cut or sand as easily.  Seams are harder to fill and clean up, which really shows on the Void Wretches.

I’d like to give a shout out for Element Games.  I purchased the MicroArts Studios Wasteland bases from them using my winnings from being the best (and only?) newcomer in #MFXTOP.  Even though it was shipped from the UK to the US, it was fast and competitively priced.

Updated October 2016 with improved images.

Malifaux: Johana


After getting badly badly poisoned by McMourning a few weeks ago, I decided I needed some condition removal, in the form of the limited edition Johana.

Johana
Johana

I originally tried to use a different blue on her shirt, centered on Marine Teal., but I didn’t like how it looked.  I painted back over with the blues I’ve been using, centered on Twilight Blue.  It ended up as an interesting intermediate shade. Some of the highlighting a bit loud up close, but it works well on the tabletop.

Johana (detail)
Johana (detail)

This model is also my entry in December’s #MFXTOP painting competition.

Updated October 2016 with improved images.