Trail Of The Gods – Part 3

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Well it’s been a fair few weeks (maybe months, oops!) of neglect for this blog but I am back with another update. In the last post I mentioned I was hoping to get Myranda and the Blessed of December both finished off in time for two separate painting comps. But sadly due to work, distractions and too much beer I never made either of those deadlines. Whilst Myranda sits about about 50% done I did actually manage to totally finish the Blessed and even take some proper photos.

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I followed Massive Voodoo’s tutorial on making the icicles and I’m happy with how they came out. Maybe a little rougher looking than I wanted but I think they give off the desired effect. I had to re-do the snow/frost though as I soon learnt that GW snow is horrible to work with. I ended up using a technique posted by Duck21 from the Wyrd forums which uses watered down Miliput to form a paste to resemble the snow. As a sculptor I found it a lot easier to work with as it was as pliable as glue but easy to shape like a putty.

Painting wise the Blessed got less enjoyable to do as the time went on. Those initial layers of purple and the transition to white through the arms were good fun but painting that fur got real tedious real fast. It just got harder and harder to pick out the details but I finally got her to a stage that I was happy with. Overall I’m pretty chuffed with this model, the snow/ice effect came out pretty much as planned and I’m really pleased with the base.

And whilst we’re on the subject of painted models I have managed to finish off a couple of minions and peons over the last few weeks. So let me start with showing you my two Jackalopes.

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I had a lot of fun painting these two little guys and they only took me around three hours a piece which is much quicker than my average model output. For the ‘regular’ Jackalope I switched his base up from my previous post opting for a barrel instead of bricks. Painting wise I knew I wanted him to be a creamy colour and whilst I really dislike painting white/cream colours it was hardly a big surface I had to work with. His slightly bloody self was a little more straight forward to paint and consisted of using a pallete of reds with a healthy helping of Blood for the Blood God.

One trick I did use on both of these are the little blood/gore drops. This is only the second time trying this out and I’m super happy with the effect. I’m planning on writing up a little tutorial in the future but it was as easy as layering on Blood for the Blood God onto pieces of thread. I’ll definitely be using this technique for a few more models in the crew.

And from little rabbits of death to little cats of death I also managed to finish up my first base of Hoarcats. I’m a big fan of these 5SS minions in the game and I plan to make up a second base of them in the near future. As you only get three cats per box though I’ve had to get creative in order to stretch said box out to make 2 bases. The little cat poking his head through the wall is actually a cast of the cat at the back I made from Blue Stuff and Miliput. The second base I make will feature two cast cats and the last remaining plastic one. Please note that I’m not a tightwad, I just don’t see the logic in paying £10 for a 5SS minion.

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Painting wise I had a lot more fun with these than I thought I would. Initially the small size of them put me off but they actually came together better than expected. I used a couple of reference images from a Google search to get a rough idea on colour and stipe pattern and then just winged it from there.

And lastly, I also managed to paint up a December Acolyte who turned out more like an Autumn Acolyte. No conversion needed with this one, most of the work went into her base. I built the bricks up to match her pose and then added a bit of wreckage into the base (which you can’t really see in the pics, go me!). The wreck like the cat above is cast of a Guild Hunter using Blue Stuff and Miliput.

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Colour wise I was torn between going green or brown but in the end I was happy with my decision. I didn’t enjoy the smaller fiddly bits like the straps and the harpoon but I had great fun painting up that lovely flowing cloak. I tried to move outside my comfort zone a bit and started working  other colours into the green. I maybe went a tad overboard with it but I’m pretty happy with the model altogether.

And that’s it for now. Although I missed my competition deadlines it’s been good to get some paint onto plastic. I’m currently trying to finish off the first nine models of this crew ready for Heartfaux in York on the 13th May. It looks like it might be a week or so until I can pick up my brushes again but hopefully I’ll have some of my heavy hitters built up ready to show you in the next post.

Trail Of The Gods – Part 2

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So since my last post Marcus hasn’t had anymore time devoted to him but I have been working on a few of his beasty brethren.

First up is the Jackalope, or should I say Jackalopes. I was kindly donated a Marcus and Jack so I luckily have my Master and his Totem in duplicate. This then meant I could model both the Jackalope and a Jackalope reincarnate!

So for those who don’t know his rules, once Jack is dead he is able to re-spawn when a friendly beast dies. So with that in mind I’ve modelled the re-spawned version stood in the center of a fresh carcass and gribbly bits.

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The idea is that when he’s painted he’ll be drenched in blood with only a few clumps of his original fur poking through and just the tips of his horns still visible. If only I had a third Jackalope to really complete the series.

I’ve also managed to make a start on the first Enforcer of the crew, the Blessed of December. She’s also my entry for The Hobby Hangout’s painting competition which is due this week. I know some people aren’t overly keen on this model but I quite like her. There’s a good amount of detail on her and an opportunity to try out a few new painting tricks.

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She’s still WIP but I decided to stick with the traditional purple and blues of the box art with the slight twist of fading it out to a light blue/white down the arms and into the hands. At the moment there’s just a couple of patches of snow/frost under her hands but I plan to model some icicles hanging down from the wooden flooring to hopefully give a nice thematic cold feel to the model.

So as she’s meant to be height 3 I decided to base her up nice and tall on this sort of ruined wall and floor section. I had good fun building this base though it did use up a lot of my little bricks in the process.

The base was very enjoyable to paint, I had a lot of fun playing with washes and pigments to get this weathered look. I’m really pleased the the end result and I will be applying the same techniques to the rest of the crew.

The Blessed will be my main focus over this week as the deadline for the competition is fast approaching. Work has also begun on Myranda as she will hopefully be ready for a different painting comp this coming Sunday. So if all goes to plan I’ll be able to share my first two completed models with you in my next post.

Trail Of The Gods – Part 1

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So the start of 2017 for me means the start of a new a new Malifaux crew. And though there must be a dozen masters I’d like to paint and play I’ve eventually settled on Marcus.

Having pretty much exclusively fielded themed crews in the past I’ve come to realise that I have been severely limiting my hiring pool and my tactical options in general. The move to Marcus is in order to better develop my gaming ability with the added bonus of still being able to field a pretty decently themed crew.

I’m also using this project to step out of my comfort zone a little and try out a few things I don’t normally do. First off I won’t be aiming to mount these guys on a display board once completed (as I usually do). Instead I’m opting to model this crew on nice themed bases and going a bit OTT for some of the key characters. I’m hoping this will help tie the crew together, especially for those non-beast choices in the pool.

For the basing I’ve decided to do for a ruined, overgrown, forgotten corner of Malifaux. In my head I’m imagining an abandoned farming settlement on the outskirts of Malifaux where nature is slowly creeping back in. It’s littered with remnants from it’s previous inhabitants and Guild construct wreckage from failed excursions to reclaim it. We’ll see how it turns out as the project progresses but I wanted to have a few elements to play around with during the modelling process.

In the past I’m also prone to painting with a slightly darker, more natural palette. The beasty list gives me a great opportunity to brighten up my colour choices and try out a few new styles and techniques. I’ve recently acquired a good quality airbrush too so I’m hoping there’ll be a few chances to put it to good use.

So lets kick things off with the main man himself. Though I have been prone to converting my models in the past I decided I’d try and avoid it with this crew, with the exception of Marcus. I don’t mind the original model but I feel he’s a little lacklustre so I thought I’d have a go at re-posing him.

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He’s still a work in progress but the main ideas behind the conversion were to give him a bit of height and a slightly more aggressive or commanding stature. I drew some inspiration from the old metal model and chose to model him with his staff arm raised and with a front/back tabard instead on that patchwork skirt.

His base provided the height I needed and sticking to my proposed theme I modelled him standing on the wreckage of a Guild Warden. Not the cheapest basing option but I’m pretty pleased with the end result.

There’s still a bit of work left to do, mainly around his waist but I will be adding some details around his head and I’m toying with the idea of crating him a new staff. I’ve also managed to pick up quite a few random animal figres so I might try and work them into his base for a proper beast master vibe.

And then Marcus was quickly accompanied by his partner in crime Myranda. No conversion work needed for her, kind of seemed pointless as she’s normally off the table by turn 2.

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As a henchman I still wanted a bit of height to her so I built the base up underneath her and carefully lined up the bricks to match all of her contact points so she sits nice and flush.

And that’s my progress with Marcus and the gang so far. The start of 2017 has been a tad slow but I’m thoroughly back into the swing of things now. I have a few of the other models well underway now and hopefully I’ll have some pictures to share with you very soon.