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Malifaux: Dark Debts

I’ve been eyeing Malifaux for a while.  The models are cool and different from the 40k stuff I’ve been spending so much time with.  The rules seem interesting, too, although I’ve only played one demo game.

When Wyrd announced a summer painting contest, I decided that would give me an excuse to pick up a crew and paint it up.  I went with the Dark Debts set, lead by Jakob Lynch.  It seems like a well-supported crew in plastic, and I’m intrigued by the hand manipulation rules he has.

Dark Debts
Dark Debts

Here’s the full crew.  I like that the three Illuminated are very distinct models, although it does mean that repeats will stand out.

Jakob Lynch
Jakob Lynch

Jakob was my entry into the painting contest.  His coat and pants match the blue that I’m using for the Brilliance energy stuff throughout the rest of the crew.  The purple will probably tie into other Neverborn models, if I end up doing more.

Hungering Darkness
Hungering Darkness

This model doesn’t seem to get a lot of love on the internet, but I think he’s kind of cool.  He did have nasty seam lines though, right down the middle.   Some green stuff hid the worst of it, but I didn’t get the inside of his mouth.

I put some Secret Weapon Realistic Water in the opening of his esophagus and coating his teeth, and then hit the rest of the mouth and eyes with Future.  It’s fairly subtle, and doesn’t really come through in the picture, but I figure such a big mouth ought to look wet.

I wanted to bring some of the purple in, and picked a few places to put it on.  I think I went too heavy on it on this model though.

Illuminated (floaty)
Illuminated (floaty)

I’m pretty happy with this guy.  The festering Brilliance infection on his shoulder is done with a big of the blue in the middle, then covering a slightly larger area with purple wash.  I think it makes a nice transition.

I hit the monster guy with some purple, but with a softer touch than Hungering Darkness.  I like it a lot better here.

Illuminated (squatting)
Illuminated (squatting)

This picture probably shows the basing the best.  I cut out a circle of balsa wood about the same size as the inset area of the base.  I then cut it into strips along the grain of the wood, and then shorter planks on every other strip.  I sanded down each a bit to clean up the edges (although a bit too much on some of the models), and glued them down in place.  Once the glue was dry, I pressed into the ends of each plank with a small embossing tool, to simulate nails being hammered in.

I’m really happy with how these look (at least the ones without huge gaps), although it remains to be seen how well they’ll take the abuse of being gaming models.  Balsa’s pretty soft, and I’m worried that it might get banged up easily.

Illuminated (jaws)
Illuminated (jaws)

I’m happy with this Illuminated’s dress, although less so with the drooping jaws.  There’s no transition between the flesh and the blue, so it’s just like oversized sideburns or something.  I should have done the tops of the jaws with flesh, then with purple wash, like the shoulder infection on the first guy.

The kit comes with an alternate  upper body of this model, so I may try to find a set of legs from something to make another.

All in all, a very fun side project.  I only play with painted models, so now, when I find some time, I can actually play a game.

Updated October 2016 with improved images.

Random Rursday: Sinessa, Hellborn Sorceress

On Thursdays, I like to take a break from my army projects.  Instead, I try to do something that I can start and complete all in one evening.

This week I actually found time to work on something different.  This time, it’s Sinessa, Hellborn Sorceress, another from the Reaper Bones Kickstarter.

As is common for Bones, the spear is fairly floppy.  I did my usual boiling water/ice bath trick, which straightened it fairly well, but it still was hard to work with while painting.

Sinessa, Hellborn Sorceress

Updated December 2017 with improved images.

Ultramarines: Sniper Scouts

More Ultramarines, hot on the heels of the tanks.  This time I’ve done a set of the plastic sniper scouts, which I got as part of the strike force.

Sniper Scout (no cloak)

Scouts have small shoulder pads, and I didn’t have the small-U decals.  I did have some from the old space marine bike set that had a the U in a circle, so I just trimmed off the circle.  I think it works pretty well.

Sniper Scout (gun up)

I decided to use the pointing hand on the sergeant, since just about everybody puts on the other hand.  I should have put the scope back on his rifle, though.

I was pleased to see that it had parts to either do the missile launcher guy or another sniper — including the torso and head.  All you need to do to field both is to find some legs and a base.  As luck would have it, I have some scout legs in my bits box.

Scout (missile launcher)

I somehow missed that the crouching guy had his own torso, complete with cloak that goes around the leg.  I noticed after basecoating, and was able to correct it without any real problems.

Updated September 2018 with improved images.

Ultramarines: Old School Whirlwind

This is the third and final tank from this batch.  This was the first 40k tank I bought with my own money (as opposed to a gift), way back when it was released in 1995.  I painted it at the time, although not nearly to my current standards.  Unfortunately, I failed to take a picture before I re-primed it.

The chassis is a white plastic, and the turret and radar dish thing are pewter. I’ve mostly been using Reaper’s Brown Wash on metals, before the final drybrush highlights.  On this model I decided to try Secret Weapon’s Armor Wash.  It’s a lot darker, and gives more of an oily look.  I like it, although maybe not for the Ultramarines.


I used the weathering powders here again.  I think it added a nice dirty look to it, although I need to play with other weathering techniques.  I went from bright to dark browns on this one, reversed from the Stalker, I went from bright to dark browns on this one.  It ended up with a much sandier look, which wasn’t really what I’m going for here.  I like experimenting, even when it’s not quite the result I want.

For bonus geek and/or hoarding points, I’ve kept the White Dwarf introducing the kit.

Updated July 2018 with improved images.