Wednesday, 25 March 2015

State of the Collection, March 2015

So last Friday night, with my planned game at the local club cancelled I decided to pull out my Malifaux collection. All of it...

Yep, that's a 6'4 table mostly covered in Malifaux minis! It took a full three hours to unpack and repack them, but having never seen my entire collection in one place before I'm very glad I did.

Anyway, want to see some closeups? ;)

Neverdita Ortega. My Neverborn-themed Perdita crew remains my absolute favorite Guild crew. If I ever go back to playing Guild regularly, this bunch would definitely see alot of table time. :)

Sonnia Cridd. Who likes fairy floss? Sonnia, that's who! 

Dead Justice. Arguably the only reason I have her is the fact that she was a Nightmare Release The Scales and Executioner (a Wild West Exodus model, and hell to assemble) were added for the Rainbow Challenge.

Lucius. I actually painted the core of his crew while I was on a cruise with my wife (she's cool like that). Later additions included the Riflemen and Scribe, the latter being a metal Puppet Wars Lucius figure. 

Seamus. Damn you, broken arm Belle! I really need to fix that. The superbly painted Avatar wasn't my work - it was actually a gift from Bacms via the Malifaux Christmas Exchange last year. Same goes for Rafkin in the next pic...

McMourning. You know I think the problem I have with these models is that they don't really fit together as a crew. As a Guild Master I think the green bases would work, since they stand out as the "resser" part of the crew. But in Resser? Not convinced. 
Credit goes to Fibblewold for the Guild Autopsies - another great present recieved via last year's Malifaux gift exchange. :)

Bayou McMourning. My second McMourning crew and IMO, a vast improvement on the first. This guy's a work in progress for the Tale of Malifaux Bloggers this year. I've just finished a Nurse and Porcine Remains to add to the crew, so pics of them will be up pretty soon. 

Molly Squidpidge. Somehow, for some reason, Molly has become proxied puppet crew. It's not complete of course - I bought a bunch of extra puppets during the last Black Friday Sale, so at some point I'll hopefully expand these into a "full" crew.

Kirai. So many models for so few points. I'm pretty sure this is the hardest crew to start these days, purely because you need so many figures just to have both her base crew and the required summons. 

Professor Marcus. The third Master I played after Pandora and Zoraida. Marcus was a model I didn't like initially, but grew to love as I was painting him. it was also the first time I'd tried painting dark skin and I'm glad to say he turned out pretty well!
Also of note is Cojo, whom I painted as part of a one hour painting challenge during Gencon '14. Given the time constraints and the need to mix my own pink, I'm pretty happy with how he turned out.

Kaeris. No wings?? Are you Mad?! The decision to replace her wings with a backpack was actually a practical one at the time, since she would fit in my carry case far easier. I like her as it so I don't regret the decision. In fact I think it fits a little better with the slight "Sciencey" feel I was trying to go for (the colour scheme vaguely matches that for the game Portal...a game I've never played, oddly enough). 

Rasputina. I've never put less effort into a crew, which at the time reflected my lack of interest in her. Fortunately I was wrong, and if I move onto Arcanists this will probably be the one of the first crews I'll be looking to redo. Not because I don't like the transparent plastics (quite the opposite), but because I doubt Wyrd will be releasing the rest of her in-theme models in the same blue plastic!

Ramos. Like Raspy, this was a crew I painted just to tick him off for the Rainbow Challenge. Unlike Raspy, I still don't like how he plays. :( Moving on...

Colette. I went for a bit of a "Goth Chick" scheme for these girls, with orphanage bases to add to the creepiness. They turned out well enough but for some reason, I just can't get excited enough about Colette to put her on the table. 

Lilith. Another of my earliest crews, I think this was the third one I bought after realising I needed her Tots and Mature Nephilim. In the background you can see my Hooded Rider. I'm immensely proud of those snakes. They took ages to get right but they interlock well enough to be all but impervious to accidental bumps. 

Pandora. My first crew, and given the bubblegum pink scheme it probably shows! 

Pandora #2. Despite how dated they look, I couldn't stand the idea of repainting my original Pandora crew. So instead I made these guys. The original Avatar Pandora made for a great (if extravagant) model for my Master and good old Nightmare Teddy looks even more massive when surrounded by my Evil Baby Orphanage minis (representing Candy, Kade and Iggy of course).

Zoraida. My second crew, purchased back early in 1st ed when Pandora was, well broken. Nobody was really talking about Zoraida and so I decided to give her a shot. I think I played her for a good 1.5 years before moving onto a new challenge. She remains one of my favorite Masters and at some point I'll have to come back to her to give her a proper run in 2nd ed.

Collodi. Not my favorite Master, but at least his paint job turned out okay. I'm pretty happy with my Effigy proxies though - that Puppet Wars set was the best thing I ever bought :)

Dreamer. With three Nightmare models (inc. Pandora 2's Teddy), the OOP Avatar and 5 Limited edition Puppet Teddies, this is easily my most expensive (and heaviest!) crew. Maybe one day I'll sell it to put my daughter through college...

The Viktorias. The Viks where my very first non-pink crew. Looking for some variety in my painting I decided to use a variety of different colour schemes for the Mercs to emphasize their independent nature.  I also wanted them to have a bit of a "Power Rangers" vibe.
The unbased Taelor was the second model I did for the Gencon 1 hr painting challenge. I doubt I'll ever use her, but she came second in that round so I don't think I'll get rid of her either!
Also, there's the Puppet Hans on the left - the only reason he exists is that I needed a Wyrd-legal proxy for him at Gencon. Ironically I never used him (and still haven't), but he's an awesome model nonetheless.

Tara. It's good to see her regular release box coming out in the next few months, although I have to say I've no intention of replacing my Nightmare crew. Even if the Nothing Beast is a pain in the butt to transport! 

Von Schill. There are some paint jobs I really love in this crew, especially heavilly converted Lazarus, Hannah and "Steam Trunk". It's just a pity the crew as a whole doesn't interest me. 

Jack Daw (revised & original).So my original Jack Daw crew (Monty and Jack in the 2nd pic) was another present from the Malifaux Gift Exchange, this time courtesy of the phenomenal efforts of abraxus04. I loved that crew, but my planned Gencon trip (where I'd require Wyrd-legal proxies) combined with a new base size for Guilty (from 30mm to 40mm) meant I needed to build a new crew, shown in the first pic. Some of the original models were repurposed, with Lady Ligila getting a fresh coat of paint and one of the Guilty becoming a Guild Autopsy (shown in Tara pic above...). 

Leveticus. While I'm pretty happy with the Abominations, Deso Engine and Ashes & Dust, the rest of the crew looks dated enough for me to want to replace them. I'm not sure when that'd happen though - there are far more interesting Outcast Masters available that I'd rather be playing. 

Hamelin. The single worst scientist either side of the Breach, Hamelin proved marginally more capable as a Tyrant. At some point I'll be replacing his model with the Avatar version on a 30mm base because as much as I like his crew, that Hamelin model is just ugly. 
The rats, of course, are magnetised, which was the single best thing I did for this crew! Also, there's Kade, who was actually rebased and slightly updated from my original Pandora crew. He found himself much more useful as Hamelin's peronal baby killing machine. ;)

So'mer Teeth Jones. Sometimes, I wonder if I should have given my Gremlins pink skin, rather than the cowardly green-yellow I eventually settled on. Still, they look nice enough so I've no real reason to complain...

Ophelia. Aesthetically one of my least favorite crews. At some point I really need to replace her with the plastics so I can do a decent job of her. They all need to be just a little darker I think. 

Lucas McCabe. What else is there to say but that backpacks make everything better? ;) Aside from some metal backpacks I bought online, I have my extensive bits box to thank for most of the equipment I added to the crew. That, and some fake plastic diamonds I "liberated" from the tables at a friend's wedding reception.

Yan Lo. I know I said that I'm not a fan of the paint scheme but despite the lack of pink, it is growing on me. I'm still pretty tempted to paint a fresh crew for these guys though. 

Mei Feng. God damn, I love this Cake crew. :) The colour scheme turned out so well and while I regret not finding an appropriately sized spoon, my blinged out "Cake Golem" turned out as well as I could have hoped. 

Jakob Lynch.My first attempt with Wyrd's transparent bases, I've been trying to find excuses to use them ever since. Despite the hate his sculpt often gets, the Hungering Darkness remains my favorite of the crew. He just looks so happy...

Misaki. Obviously Misaki and Ototo are converted, both for the better IMO. ;) I also used a Bushido Air Elemental for my Shang - I have the original but after assembling and dry-fitting it to a 30mm base, I decided there was no way I was going to try and make it work. I freaking hate those easily-broken spears but other than that, it's a cool crew. :P

Until next time,