Thursday, 28 June 2012

Malifaux: Molly completed

Miss Molly Squidpiddge, investigative reporter for the Malifaux Daily Record (deceased):

I loved painting this model.  It's a great sculpt with a lot of character in it.  I think Molly had one of the best stories in book 3 which is one of the reasons I wanted to get her model.  The image of Molly pushing Phillip in a pram with Mrs Choke the re-animated eyeball tucked behind her ear is one that Wyrd should capture in a miniature.  If Rezzers win the Dead Heat campaign, that's the mini I hope we get.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

4 Years of Blogging

Somehow I've managed to get through four years of running this blog.  I've not been as attentive of the thing as I should have been, but at least I've stuck with it.

Here's to the next year!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Malifaux: Pirate Gunslinger WIP Part 2

I've got some more work done on the pirate gunslinger:

I've added the jacket, and the epaulettes.  That's going to be a medal on his chest when it's painted.

The back of the coat needs a little more smoothing out so that's next on the list.  After that, I think I might be done with one.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Malifaux: Necrotic Machine

Just a quicky paint job finished on Molly's totem, the Necrotic Machine:

Not much to it, mostly just drybrushed Tin Bitz.  The verdigris could stand to be a little more green, it came out a little bit blue.

Molly herself is on the painting table next.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Malifaux: Pirate Gunslinger WIP Part 1

The Convict Gunslinger is pretty cool.  He's got cool rules, he's good in game, and anyone can hire him.  The model is nice and chunky, and he looks pretty bad ass.  The only thing I'm not so keen on is his head.  His face looks a bit odd, and I really not a fan of his little mohawk.

So I knew I wanted to change this and kind of make him a bit more bad ass.  My initial thought was to make him look a bit like Sirius Black in his wanted poster:

So he needed new hair first up.  First thing that went was the mohawk, then the greenstuff hair went on.  I was largely making this up as I went along, so I went with adding an eye patch as I was on a roll.  This gave him a Snake Plissken sort of look.  But then I hit on what I was really leaning towards... a pirate!

First thing a pirate needs:  a tricorn hat.  Second thing:  Big beard.  Here we go:

I'm liking the look.  The hat might stand a bit more smoothing out with some liquid GS, but I guess a pirate convict would have a fairly battered hat anyway.  He's probably going to get some form of coat next, maybe some epaulettes.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

40K: Painted Bloodthirster

This got finished a while ago, but I've only just got round to posting it.

It's a Bloodthirster, the conversion source is pretty obvious.  The Balrog looks more like a Bloodthirster than the actual Bloodthirster which, like most of the Greater Daemon models, really needs an update.

I'm pleased with how the wings came out.  Last time I painted a pair of Balrog wings, I used stippling to get a natural effect.  This time I messed around using weathering powders, and then a wash of Burnt Umber oil paint near the "fingers":

My first experience of building with plasticard.  Needs a bit of practice I think.

If I ever get any further with my Chaos Daemon's army this guy will be in it.  Until then, he acts as a Summoned Greater Daemon in my (increasingly less played) CSM army.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

40K: Inquisition Models

I've been trying to get on top of my Grey Knights Inquisition army recently.

I've painted up my Ordo Malleus Inquisitor which I converted (WIP pictures) a few months ago:

I've also been working on the cheap troop choices.  Firstly some Crusaders:

The GW crusaders are both expensive and there's only two models, so these are converted Cadians.  The heads are from Pig Iron which I used before for Warrior Acolytes in the old With Hunters Codex.  The shields are by Scibor.

And the rest of my 3 point objective holders:

 Heads and backpacks from Pig Iron, the rest are standard Cadian parts.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Malifaux: Quick trick with the Necrotic Machine

Just a quick one to report something I've been trying out with the Necrotic Machine and Nicodem.

The Necrotic Machine has a (0) Action called Create Undeath:

"Target non-Master living model receive the Undead Characteristic"

This has been errata'ed to include a 2" range on it now, but it's still not resistible.

In my Nicodem crew, apart from the man himself, you don't usually have many living models.  What I've been playing with is using it with the Convict Gunslinger and then make it Undead.  Not only do you then make it immune to Morale Duels, since it's Undead, but it's now a friendly Undead model and so benefits from Nicodem's Bolster Undead, +2Cb and +2Df aura.  He's now shooting at Cb8, paired, with rapid fire.  Makes things die.  I've tried it and it proved to be pretty nasty, pinging off most of a Silent One (who ran and hid) and finishing off an exposed Rasputina.

The same trick will work with Ronin, Mortimer (almost makes him decent), Rafkin etc.  The ability is also "non-Masters" so it will work with Von Schill as well...

The downside is that it competing against the Grave Spirit who gives Nicodem Armor +2 and it 1 SS cheaper.  I guess it depends on what crew you're facing as to whether that's worth it.