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Gremlins Update 2 – Bayou Gremlins

Hoorah. Slow going, but I’ve completed two Bayou Gremlins. These were much harder than Lenny to paint and I’m really not as happy with them. The skin in particular feels much more messy to me. But, at least the models are flowing. That’s about 16 soulstones in value completed now.

2 more models done!

2 more models done!

There are elements on the models that I do think were successful. The bare knuckle fighter Gremlin has a jug of moonshine on a rope. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to capture the impression of the jug being half full. And on the gentleman Gremlin I was able to give the impression of the pipe being lit. Nice little quirks to the models.

I’ve also found that photographing the smaller models is much harder with my Foldio setup. The LED strip focuses light from above which creates significant shadowing over the model (particularly those with big hats). So you’ll also see that I found the editing job in Pixelmator much harder – for example, the auto selection tools struggled to pick the edge of the base out from the shadow on the background.

If any has some tips for photographing models in a Foldio setup then please let me know. I found the process so easy with Lenny that I was surprised to struggle this time.

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New Painting Project: Malifaux Gremlins

It’s time to try to get regular gaming again.

It’s time to try to get regular painting again.

It’s time to try to get regular blogging again.

Let’s see how it goes! I’ve managed a couple more games of 2nd Edition Malifaux and it still delivers fun in buckets. But with all the fancy new plastic kits being released I’m envious of those coming new to the model range. So, rather than replace my metal Ressurrectionists I’ve decided to take on a new faction. And yes, they’ve been newly promoted to full faction status. It’s the Gremlins, hurrah.

I picked up the lovely new Bayou Boss box set giving me 8 models clocking in at around 30 Soulstones in value. That gives me a master (So’mer Teeth Jones), enforcer (Lenny), 2 totems (Skeeters) and 4 minions (Bayou Gremlins) which already feels like a lot of painting before I even start to think about pigs.

Mmmm, pigs.

Woah, stoppit.

So this is the start of a new project. And with new projects come opportunities to do things differently. First thing I want to do is document my progress to serve as motivation and document my lessons learnt in painting and gaming.

So here’s my plan – watch me abandon it within weeks!

1) Paint each purchase before buying more models.

2) Use Foldio and Pixelmator to document painting progress on this blog. Good opportunity to improve photography/digital art skills.

3) Type up brief battle reports on the blog capturing key moments of luck and also tactical cunning. Maybe.

Second thing is painting. I want to try something new there too. I’m so used to painting dark, brooding undead stuff. Blacks, dark reds, etc. Dude, these are hillbilly goblins! I want these guys to be bright and bold and almost cartoony. So, dammit, let’s try white undercoat and see if that brings out the zing. I don’t think I’ve used a white undercoat since painting Epic Blood Angels on snow bases (ie. I left them plain white) in 1997.

You know what, you’ve had the patience to read this far. Is there a reward? Well, sort of. Here’s an example of what you can expect from the painting side of the blog. It’s Lenny, hi Lenny.

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That’s one painted!

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Flesh on Flesh Action

A few games into M2e and I’m loving McMourning’s play style. It’s great fun to fill an enemy with poison and Expunge the lot to trigger Abra Cadaver and boom… summon a Flesh Construct.

So, it follows that I need to get some constructs painted up!

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Obviously they are a work in progress and I think I need to find a way to introduce some bolder colours. I’ll update when I’ve done all the wiring and detail work to finish these guys off.

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Malifaux 2e

I had a small points outing with the refreshed Malifaux rules over the weekend. And jolly good fun it was too. So fun that I forced some painting in on Sunday.

I play Ressurrectionists. The villains of the piece who like playing with reanimated corpses. In Seamus’ case he likes it a lot.

Over first edition I drifted toward the straight forward damage output of Dr Douglas McMourning as my master of choice. So it seems right to pick up with McMourning in M2e.

I won’t get into the hordes of learning points from the game but, suffice to say, Sebastian died quickly. So I decided to paint him – painted models deserve more caution.

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Ghouls! Ghouls! Ghouls!

Hot jam. I’ve managed to make time to finish all four shaven Ghouls for the Undead Blood Bowl.

I’m not overly pleased with one of them, but I can live with that. My highlight might be the Ghoul drooling gore. I think he’ll end up taking the lead blitzer role and hopefully roll Mighty Blow – he just looks mean.

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That means I’ve now painted three positions completely and I’m not convinced that I’ll need more than a single Skeleton at a time. So, I guess I just need to fill out the squad with Zombies now.

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And maybe some star players.

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Shaving a Ghoul

That’s over 50% done! I can now field half the players for an Undead Blood Bowl team – for one drive at least.

This weekend I painted the Skeleton and the team’s first Ghoul.

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The Skeleton is the team’s designated fouler. So this a crewman model for the old Screaming Skull Catapult (from before the Undead forgot how to use it) is great as he is pointing out to the team’s muscle players who they should knock down for him to boot. Lovely.

I’ve struggled with models for Ghouls almost from day 1 of this project. I eventually bought, stuck and undercoated Mantic Ghouls but since doing so I like them less every time I see them. Spindly fingers and odd posture are, I think, my main issues. So, I looked again at the GW plastic Ghouls. Now, my Warhammer army never got more than a unit of 10 Ghouls because I’ve never liked the new models – the spiny growths and skin piercings left me cold. I wanted degenerate humans, not some new species of… something.

Simple solution then – shave a GW Ghoul. And I think I just might shave three more! Though, it’ll need careful selection of which sculpts are most conducive to shaving.

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Wood Elf BSB

I bought the Dark Eldar Lelith Hesperax model on its release – in metal! I thought there was a Wood Elf conversion in there somewhere. Now I’ve done it.

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I didn’t expect her to end up as my BSB though. I think it just about works.

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Lovely model to paint and although there are a couple of artefacts of 40k detailing I couldn’t remove I don’t think a casual observer will spot them.