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ToMB2: Month Two Complete

I actually got these models all done over two weeks ago, well before I left for Adepticon. I haven’t had a chance to take pictures until now, however. I’ve gotten a couple of games in, but I’ll talk about that in a future post.

I like the Waldgeist models because they each take a different approach on how to make a tree look humanoid. That gives them each personality, while still so clearly being the same unit. I used a flesh fine for the lighter colored wood, but with a brown wash. I think it works to give more of a living appearance.

Performer (alt)
Performer (alt)

I thought the Performer should be in boldly colored. The blue makes her stand out from the rest of the crew, but the basing brings it together, at least a little.

Swamp Nurse
Swamp Nurse

I wanted the Nurse to be fully swamped up, so I went with greens. The fluid in the syringe didn’t really turn out like I wanted it to.

Updated October 2016 with improved images.

ToMB2: Month Two Plans

I’m playing Malifaux at Adepticon, so I’m eager to get started on models for month two. From my first game with Zoraida, I saw a few gaps:

  • Not enough Swampfiends
  • Not enough Voodoo Doll tricks
  • Not enough skill (sadly, can’t just buy that..)
Month Two Commitments Ready to Prime
Month Two Commitments Ready to Prime

For Swampfiends, Waldgeists are the obvious answer. They’ll help give more Bad Juju entry points, and can hold a ton of ground with a 4″ engagement range.

For the Voodoo Doll, I think a Nurse would make a nice addition. She can be hired thanks to Zoraida’s Enthrall ability, and can hand out a ton of conditions through the Voodoo Doll. Her base attack hands out +4 Poison. Plus, Take Your Meds is a toolbox: it can give Paralyze while healing the Doll, or restrict actions enough to practically be Paralyzed.

Finally, I want to add a Performer into the mix. She’s can Interact while engaged through Don’t Mind Me, and can discard enemy scheme markers at range with Seduction. Finally, her Sip of Wine trigger on Siren Call can combo the Nurse’s and Zoraida’s Poison on the Hem target to do a bunch of damage at once.

As for accounting, I’m going to steal an idea from Rathnard and pretend I’m selling extra models for 2/3 the purchase price. I’m actually using the limited edition Performer from Wyrd’s Black Friday sale, but I’ll use the pricing for the metal one. It puts me $2.50 in the hole for month two. Maybe I’m just trying to justify it, but I’m going to do these models ahead of Adepticon one way or another. I might as well get credit for it.

Remaining from last month $10.00
New for month 2 $22.50
Total Available $32.50
(LGS sold for less than MSRP for some reason)
Nurses −$15.00
Sell extra Nurse
($7.50 * 2/3)
Performer & Mannequin
(from Miniature Market)
Sell extra Mannequin
($5.25 * 2/3)
Remaining balance −$2.50

ToMB2: First game with Zoraida

I got in my first game with Zoraida last week at the FLGS. This was also my first game against my opponent, who goes by Yoritomo Jiriki on various forums. I had to cheat the ToMB rules a bit, since it was nominally a league game at 50ss.

  • Close deployment
  • Reckoning
  • A Line in the Sand, Outflank, Bodyguard, Breakthrough, and Make Them Suffer

My crew:

  • Zoraida with Crystal Ball and Hex Bag
  • Bad Juju with Eternal Fiend and Fears Given Form
  • 3x Silurids
  • Terror Tot
  • Depleted
  • Doppelganger

The Terror Tot, Depleted, and Doppelganger are all outside of the ToMB format, but I needed to get to 50ss somehow.

His crew (roughly):

  • Von Schill with Shirt Comes Off
  • Steamtrunk
  • Taelor
  • Lazerus
  • Librarian
  • Hodgepodge Effigy
  • Sue

I took Bodyguard and declared Breakthrough. My opponent did not declare any schemes.


My thinking was to use the Silurids and Tots for Breakthrough scheme markers, and Eternal Fiend on Bad Juju ought to make Bodyguard reasonable. Hopefully, the Depleted would help to tarpit somebody, while being a bit difficult to take down for Make Them Suffer or Reckoning. I failed to consider what I would do with the Doppelganger.

Bad Juju about to get smacked
Bad Juju about to get smacked

First turn, two of my Silurids and a Tot ran up the flanks to put down Breakthrough markers.  Zoraida summoned a Voodoo Doll who Hemed the Steamtrunk, and loaded it up with Poison.  Most of the rest kind of bunched up in the middle, and my other Silurid got murdered.

Bad Juju ended up charging into a furball in the middle of the board.  He did some damage, but as much as I wanted.

Turn two, things started really going badly for me.  My opponent first killed a Silurid, revealing Make Them Suffer, then took down Bad Juju.  That left only a final Silurid and Zoraida as possible targets to bring Bad Juju back.  I over-focussed on the Hemmed Steamtrunk, and took it down.  On the plus side, I got a lot of Breakthrough markers down.

Turn three, I brought my final Silurid into combat.  I wanted it to die, just to get Bad Juju back out.  My opponent obliged, but managed to Paralyze Bad Juju with Von Schill’s shirt before he could activate.  Zoraida summoned another Voodoo Doll, but failed to Hem anything.

Through turns four and five, my opponent just took my crew apart piece by piece.  In the end, all I had was Zoraida.  At least he was unable to remove enough scheme markers to deny me Breakthrough.

The game ended with a solid loss, 3 to 5+.  There was some uncertainty as to how many Make Them Suffer points my opponent had achieved, but he definitely had a good win.

I made a number of serious mistakes in this game:

  • I took a Doppelganger without any real plan for her.  That’s 7 stones that weren’t put to use.
  • I had too many scheme runners for my schemes
  • I didn’t have enough Swampfiends to keep Bad Juju going
  • I got excited about the Voodoo Doll, but didn’t consider carefully enough what to use it on.  Furthermore, when I was in a bad position, I stuck with it and essentially wasted my AP rather than moving to a new one.
  • In this strategy and scheme pool, I really should have taken another heavy hitter, and fewer little guys.

Hopefully I can keep these lessons in mind next time!


ToMB2: Month One Zoraida Box Complete

I signed up for Zoraida for this round of the Tale of Malifaux Bloggers.  I’ve completed painting her box ahead of schedule.

I went for slightly different basing for these models than I have for the other Neverborn.  I figured it should be a little more dilapidated and run down.  Instead of nice wood plank floors, I decided to do wood planks forming a path through some wetland.  Hopefully that still ties into the rest of the Neverborn, while giving the Bayou models a bit of their own twist.  It may tie into Gremlin basing, too, if I decide to go down that path.


Zoraida herself was pretty straightforward.  I don’t think the mushrooms turned out as well as I would have liked, but I do like the heavily green tinted skin.  Her three main colors (green, brown, and gray) tie into the three Silurids, below.

Voodoo Doll
Voodoo Doll

I decided not to try to pin the Voodoo Doll’s legs.  Hopefully the CA glue holds.  Otherwise a really simple model.

Bad Juju
Bad Juju

Bad Juju had nasty nasty gaps all over the place.  I think I filled them pretty well, and fortunately the texture helps to hide the putty.  I tried putting in some undergrowth type basing materials in the branches, but it didn’t really fit in.

Silurid (gray)
Silurid (gray)

This is my least favorite Silurid.  The spikes along the sides of the back are separate pieces, which left really obvious looking gaps.  I didn’t do a very good job of smoothing them over.  The base paints are all a fairly neutral grays, but then I used a green wash to bayou it up.  When I went back to drybrush with the highlight, it did not blend well with the green-tinted sections.

Silurid (brown)
Silurid (brown)

This Silurid is much better.  I decided not to use the rock basing piece that came in the box, so he’s stomping around instead.  I had a lot of trouble with the foot that’s attached to the base.  It kept breaking off, even after being reinforced with green stuff.  I’m not sure how confident I am that it’ll hold up, but at least the tail is a nice large contact area.

Silurid (green)
Silurid (green)

Leap, my friend!  This guy is the best Silurid of the bunch.  Seam lines and gaps are cleaned up pretty well, and no broken feet.

I also got a game in, but more on that next time.

Updated October 2016 with improved images.