Hi there all,
So we’re into the second month of ToMB and I get to buy some more models. My first batch of Gremlins are still at the same stage of painting as they were last week. Nearly there as you can see. Just details and a few layers of shading and highlighting to go.
Into The Bayou
I ventured out into the Bayou in search of some of the keenest Gremlin minds. Out here nothing but sticky mud and silence. Where there were birds no birds. Twisted agonized trees struggle for air and nourishment amid the choking undergrowth. Stuck in the cracked silt the shapes of dead and dying things, etching claws, fins and scales into the earth, cutting the sky into wings agitating the stillness. Focusing my attention ahead through the green brown decaying slick murk of the water I make out two shapes. A faint sound escapes the leaden gravity of the air and reaches desperately for my ears as if attempting to escape an unseen pursuer. It is ‘The Edit Song’ popularized on the chasing Bacon Podcast. The other figure now comes into focus. He appears to be tearing and clawing at a book. ripping and slashing at the pages while muttering a litany of hatred for the title “How to play Bushido”
Here then I have found the two gurus of all things Gremlin. Chris (lemonboyfaux) and Dom (@dumb_luck89 ) Both have given me some excellent advice on my first forays into Malifaux. I have taken all this sagely advice on-board, spent hours reading and re-reading the stat cards for my crew, played one Vassal game, arranged another and made my decision. This month I have the $25 plus my change from the first month. So I will be buying a pack of 3 Young La’Croix and Lenny to add to my crew. In fact I will only be using one of the Young La’Croix as a totem for Ophelia. so the other 2 will remain on the bench for now. They add a lot of versatility to Ophelia and can use her Upgrade cards and, if I understand correctly hand off weapons to her. Lenny, I realize, is probably not the best tactical option immediately but I love the model and price wise I was able to get him. Next month I will probably add the Skeeters that I suspect would be a better tactical option than Lenny, but I was $2 short!
Tactics and Plan
At this point one would expect me to outline the tactics I intend to employ with this crew but erm…I don’t really have anything yet. After I play a few more games with them I’ll return to this section and outline a little of what I’ve learned.
Projects on the Workbench
Ah, back onto safer ground.
This last week I have made a start on the Bayou Board inserts for my Bendyboard. This is just a cheeky Work in Progress shot. I will go into more detail in a separate post but in short I drew out where I wanted the raised areas of the Bayou and then sprayed various greens and browns to the remainder of the surface to represent the water. The intention is for this water to be normal terrain as far as movement goes. I will be adding LOS obstacles, decking, reeds, grass, trees and a few run down Bayou buildings later. The water will be coated with Vallejo Still Water to add a super gloss sheen to it, and sell the idea of depth.
I have also been working on my entry for Ben Simes’ MFXTOP painting showcase. The theme this month is any wave 2 model. Gracie would have fitted the brief but I wanted to do something specific for the event. So far I have only just got started on the base. The figure going onto here will be the hooded rider from the Puppet Wars game.
The ‘dead puppet’ was made from Milliput with the addition of a little ‘stuffing’ made from the green scratchy stuff pulled from a washing up scourer. The deck of cards was simply paper cut outs stuck to seem as if they are tumbling off the workbench. I attempted to paint the Red and Black Jokers plus a few of the other iconic cards from the deck. But at this size it is more of an approximation. The cloth will have rips and stitching painted on in due course and the buttons will get highlights and maybe a little marbling on one or two of them. Once the rider is painted I will adjust the colour of the wood a little to ensure that it ties in nicely.
So that’s about it for now.
Next post will be either the ‘How to’ on the Bayou Board, or on the MFXTOP Puppet Wars model seen above.
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