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: Nekima, featuring the Spin-o-matic

I bought Nekima in Wyrd’s Black Friday sale, and was able to paint it up in time for the Frozen Moments painting competition, in the single miniature category.  It’s also my first posting to feature my shiny new Spin-o-matic 360º viewer.

Nekima
Nekima

I decided the model looked a bit small for Height 3 50mm, so I figured I’d build up the base a bit.  The bar and stools are 4Ground.  I added a bit of texture, although honestly it still seems a little flat.  The mugs are made out of a bit of tubing for the body, wrapped in green stuff to  sculpt a little shape.  The handles are made out of paperclip wire.

Nekima (detail)
Nekima (detail)

I’ve also been experimenting with building a 360º view.  I’m still not fully satisfied, but I think it’s workable.  Click once to load, then drag to spin.  It’s tested in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.  It probably works in IE9+, too.  Let me know what you think. [Note: I’ve improved the Spin-o-matic, including updating the images on this post, so I’m much happier with it now. You’re still welcome to let me know what you think]

Updated October 2016 with improved images.

Malifaux: Depleted


The Depleted are the last pre-ToMB models I’ve completed.  They’ve got some synergies with Lynch and Brilliance, but Hard to Kill, Hard to Wound, and positive flips to disengaging strikes ought to make them a nice cheap tarpit in any crew.

Depleted (stretching)
Depleted (stretching)

I mounted this model too far forward on the base, but otherwise I’m pretty happy.  The shirt is just a shade lighter of the dress, which I think works, even if it’s not super exciting.

Depleted (uh oh, arm)
Depleted (uh oh, arm)

The blend from flesh into Brilliance-soaked tentacle here isn’t very smooth, but I did get the floating leg working.  Hopefully it stays on the base.

Depleted (tentacles)
Depleted (tentacles)

This guy is definitely having a bad day.  He’s a little plain, but it gets the job done.

Updated October 2016 with improved images.

Tale of Malifaux Bloggers II Month Zero

I’ve decided to take part in Ben Sime’s continuation of Tale of Malifaux Bloggers.  As a quick recap, the idea is to build up a collection over time.  Each month you get an allowance to buy, then build, paint, play, and finally ruminate on a set of models.  As Ben is in the UK, he’s established £60 for the first month and £25 in following.  I’m interpreting that as $60 and $22.50.

After being inspired by Episode 19 of the Before We Begin podcast, I’ve decided on Zoraida.  Yes, I’ve already got a ton of Neverborn.  That actually makes it a little more interesting, because I’ll want to avoid anything I already have.  There’s also the possibility of expanding into Gremlins.

Zoraida and friends
Zoraida and friends

In Before We Begin, Ewan Smart describes a Zoraida crew based around a bunch of Swampfiends being annoying everywhere, plus the Voodoo Doll comboed with a Sorrow.  That sounded pretty awesome, so I’m going to see if I can put my own twist on it.

For the first month, I’ll start with the Swamp Hag box.  I’m a firm believer in paying where you play, so I picked it up at Game Kastle while I was playing the league game.  That uses $50 of my $60 first month budget.  I’ll save the rest for next month.