Next up for the Dark Carnival is Mr Cooper’s totems, Flying Monkeys (alt Mechanical Doves).
Purple or green monkeys would have been silly. Instead, I used those colors for the hat and shorts, and pulled out the gray from Mr Cooper’s hair as the main color for the Flying Monkeys. I always wish I could achieve more texture for animal models, but either fail or wimp out. This time it was wimping out.
Since the monkeys reappear on the Coryphee, I really wanted to use these models to validate the color scheme. I’m happy with the results.
The three sculpts, while not identical, aren’t exactly distinctive on the tabletop. So I colored the wings to make them easy to identify in game.
When Wyrd’s Easter sale announcement made the Nightmare Coryphee available again, plus a new alt Joss, from the Guilder store I decided I had to dust off my Dark Carnival box and bring it to the table. It took some time, but now I’m finally getting them off the workbench.
Dark Carnival is the Nightmare box Wyrd released at Gencon 2015, and has been available a few times since. It is an alternate for the Colette Smoke and Mirrors box, with an evil circus theme. Each model gets a alternate sculpt from the standard box.
Mr Cooper (alt Colette) sets the color tone. Deep violet red and green. In retrospect, I wish I had used the darker green for the scarf, to give it more contrast with the scarf.
Baritone Lola (alt Cassandra) continues the colors, although switching the focus to the greens. I’m quite pleased with the face makeup on this model. It’s simple but effective, and helps to sell the model as a clown.
Perhaps my favorite UCM unit is the Falcon. How could I avoid the Resistance equivalent, the giant helicopters known as Typhoons?
The model comes with metal rotors, which I thought might be hard to work with or bendy, but it hasn’t really been a problem. I did magnetize the rotor hub and model body so I can pack them more easily.
In the one game I’ve gotten in with the Typhoons, they did fine work. I miss the Evasion from the Falcons, but higher armor and two damage points makes up for it.