Sunday, 29 May 2016

Malifaux: Troubleshooters

Yet another post about what I have been painting. I still have many more malifaux miniatures to paint before I have caught up to myself, so this is not the last. Ironside and her friends were my next project, what with her being an M&SU master like Ramos, so here she is:


The leader of our band of troublemakershooters. Toni is quite understated as a model, which I like but made her difficult to paint in a really stand out sort of way.

The Captain

With all of the gold trim, I'd let you off thinking he was in charge. I suppose he must be in charge of something to be a captain.


My Husband says he looks like a tiny Santa. 

Oxfordian Mages

These guys were fun to paint, I love wooshy cloaks. I think their blue fire looks neat too. They were the miniatures from the Ironside box I was most excited to build and paint, and they did not disappoint me.


Cowboys. But cowboys with goggles on so that you can tell they are from Malifaux. Actually I don't think the girl has any goggles on, but her hat would hide them pretty well even if she did. These are not especially themed with Toni, but as with many of these things, I painted them at the same time so am posting them now. 

Convict Gunslinger

A second miniature that isn't Toni's and just happens to be ready to be posted now, this one is even an outcast mercenary! I think he looks like Hugh Jackman. My husband and I split a box of these guys, and I got the one I like best because he is nice to me.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Malifaux: Markers

Malifaux uses a lot of markers, and it's important to be able to tell what's what and who dropped things. So I decided that I'd take the opportunity to make something cool.

Scheme Markers

The Schemiest schemer I have is Colette, and she really loves dropping scheme markers, so I made ten. I like the idea of tiny cards marking things in a game where cards are a resource. The cards are 1:12 scale doll house cards that I bought from a Chinese seller through Ebay.

Scrap Markers

As I mentioned in my post about my Ramos crew, initially I was going to base all of my miniatures on watch parts like these. It's quite a lot of effort to cover up with a miniature, and I like how they look unpainted though so I figured it would be a great way to do my scrap markers. Initially I made five, but then I actually played Ramos summoning spiders against someone who insisted on blowing up every spider, and five just was not enough.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Malifaux: The M&SU

More miniatures! One day I will make a post about something else, but today is not that day.
Ramos and his friends were the first minis I bought for Malifaux back in the day, but on re-entering the game for M2E I had to re-buy his box anyway, because I wanted Joss and even more metal spiders.
Anyway, on to the models:


Viktor Ramos himself, head of the M&SU in Malifaux. I like the old metal model better than the new plastic, so here he is. I also monogrammed his bag, but you can't see from this angle. I don't know why he has yellow on his leg in the photo, he doesn't in actuality so it must have been the light.

Ramos: Avatar of Invention

For use as the arcane emissary, at least until that model comes out. I should have taken the picture at an angle you could see his face at. But I didn't.

Brass Arachnid

I don't know what Wyrd were thinking when they decided that this was an appropriate size for a miniature on a 30mm base. It was very challenging getting him to stay put even with creative posing.

Large Arachnid

Another from the last edition of metals, not a super inspiring miniature, and a pain to build as well from what I remember. I hope the new plastics are better.


Way to focus on the axe instead of his face, me. I quite like this guy, he has a very sort of 80s vibe, at least he does the way I painted him. I'm quite prod of his mouth, all the paint stayed where I wanted it to for once.

Howard Langston

This one I painted before I stopped playing the first time, which is why he is based differently to everyone else. Gluing down all the watch parts was annoying though, and it didn't look as cool as I wanted it to. I have made my scrap markers in a similar way though, eventually I will post a picture of them. I like this model of Howard better than both of the newer plastics, which is good, because I hate replacing painted miniatures.

Electrical Creation

The other model I painted a few years back. He is sort of riffing off voltorb with his red top half, because he blows himself up.

Mobile Toolkit

This one was kinda boring to paint. I like the effect I got with the green paint wearing off on the top there though.

Mechanical Arachnids

Ramos summons a lot of spiders, and there was no real way to paint them all differently without it looking odd. Initially I thought of painting all their little eyes a different colour, but that probably wouldn't have been obvious enough, so I gave them coloured base rims instead.

Mechanical Arachnid Swarms

Same idea as their single friends. I'm glad I still have the old metal spider models, fitting three of the newer ones onto a single base would have been harder, as they are bigger.

Arcane Effigy

I seem to be putting a model that isn't really themed for the crew at the bottom of all of these posts, so here is the effigy. I have put tiny pretend writing in his books, which looks cool, but I didn't take the photo from an angle where you can see it so you'll just have to trust me.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Malifaux: Rail Crew

The painting crusade continues with Mei Feng and her rail crew. I've only played these guys once, but it was fun.

Mei Feng

Mei looks like she needs a bigger base when you build her, but actually she fits quite nicely onto 30mm jumping from her broken wood.


Mei's totem. I tried to make it look a bit like lava flow, I don't know how well I succeeded but I think it's pretty cool.


He has some model railway coal stuck to him. I think it looks neat in his shovel. Malifaux miners aren't really mining for coal, but call it artistic license.

Rail Workers

Obviously rail working in Malifaux is a bit dangerous, none of these guys still have all their limbs. They got replaced with some cool machinery though. You almost feel bad for the guy who still has two hands and so has to hold his hammer like a luddite.

Metal Gamin

I like the lizard one. His head is a bit fuzzy, it was a bit fuzzy in all the photos I took of them. I evidently need more practice with the camera.

Rail Golem

This guy is big, and yet he still manages to be a very simple model to paint. Mostly being just some metal.


Yes, that's his name. Much to my husband's delight as he teases me about my interactions with Willie.
He's a mad demolition man with a cart full of dynamite, more dynamite in his bag, and a cigar. What could go wrong?

Essence of Power

Not really a thing Mei Feng wants to use all the time. But I've painted it now and it doesn't really go with anyone specifically. So I'll drop it in here.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Malifaux: Showgirls

Lately I have been playing some Malifaux, because we went up north last holidays and that's what all of our friends play now, which has let to me painting the figures I've had in my cabinet for longer than I care to admit. It's a fairly interesting game, I think I like second edition better than first, but I don't really remember how first edition worked so I could just be suffering from confirmation bias. The card mechanic is sometimes a little too random for me, but the hand of cards does help and make you think through what you can get done in a turn. Bad hands are very damaging though.

I started with Colette and her showgirls, they aren't my oldest miniatures, I bought the M&SU with Ramos as my first master back in the day, but Colette is my favourite, so she got painted first.


I'm quite pleased with how Colette turned out, and I still think her metal is much nicer than the new plastic which lacks personality. I have the alternate sculpts from her avatar as well, so at some point I'll paint those.

Mechanical Doves

These are cute. I should have put them closer together to photograph them to get the focus better. I like the tiny cards in the hat.


Her face gave me quite a lot of trouble, I really like the cat though. Things that are just base decoration have the habit of looking cooler than the effort I put in warrants.


She looks quite cool, but I took a terrible photo of her so you can't really tell.


I don't think I'd do very well at magnetising, so I painted two of each coryphee so that the duet would match.

Performer and Mannequin

I like this sculpt better than the other one, I also think I did a better job painting her.

Performer and Mannequin

Her eyes do not look that terrifying on the table, I promise.


My only plastic showgirls, technically these are ten thunders, but they are mercenaries and showgirls so I have some for Colette. They are very pretty miniatures who make me wish I was better at painting really tiny geisha make up.

Mechanical Rider

She isn't a showgirl at all, but she works well in the crew and I've painted her, so here she is. I lost her original arm, so she has a random arm I found in our warhammer fantasy bits drawer. I think it works quite well.