Hey, it’s only been a year…

..but I’ve still been working on hobby projects. I’ve spent most of my hobby/game time painting and playing Malifaux as well as running tournaments. It’s still my game of choice and here are the Malifaux models I’ve painted over the past year.

One of the new games I’ve been acquiring more models for is Warlord Game’s Beyond the Gates of Antares. This a large-scale 28mm sci-fi game created by industry veteran Rick Priestley, one of the original people involved in Warhammer 40k. The game has some great fluff and very solid mechanics. I’ve only played it a handful of times due to not being able to play with the local group who meet on weekends. Here are some of the models I’ve painted for the two armies I’ve collected.

A friend of mine Kickstarted Ninja All Stars by Ninja Division and got a large amount of chibi miniatures to paint. I helped him paint one of the four clans shown below.


Lastly, I’ve worked on a LOT of terrain over the past year. The majority was aimed at Malifaux to use for tournaments but can obviously be used in any 28mm game. I also created a table to match one of my Beyond the Gates of Antares armies. Here are just some of the tables and terrain I’ve made/purchased over the past year.

That’s it for now. I’ll hopefully be more diligent about updating this blog in the future.

If you have any questions of comments, please don’t hesitate.


Lots of Malifaux and… a new game!

Sorry for the long break everyone! I haven’t stopped working on projects, I’ve just failed at updating this blog. Facebook and Twitter make it too easy to sit on the couch and share pictures so keeping this updated becomes more of a chore. Yeah, i know, pretty sad excuse. 🙂 Anyway, here are some things I’ve done since my last blog post.

I finally got around to buying a pale rider for my Guild crew. The rider models are all pretty sweet, but I personally like the Guild horse more than the others. I painted the model similar to the box are and stayed with a white, undead horse, of course… I painted the rider with leather and dark clothing. I’ve been using my airbrush more every day and have become accustomed to adding OSL effects at the end of the project. I also use the airbrush for clear coating which is very nice.

For my next project I decided to make some proxies. There are a lot of great models in the latest Malifaux book, Shifting Loyalties, but sadly there are no models yet. Awhile back I bought the Male and Female Multi-Part kits for Through the Breach, Wyrd’s role playing game based on the Malifaux universe. I used these to create some Guild Austringer and Witchling Handler models a few updates back and used it this time to create some Guild Sanctioned Spellcaster models. In game terms these models wear a collar that can be used to force the model to make casting attacks and can also be used to explode the model, injuring enemy models around them (think Seanchan Damane from The Wheel of Time series). I’ve yet to play a game with them but I have some models ready regardless. I did a little OSL work on these to try and show their hands glowing but don’t feel it was very successful.


Next up I painted some new Guild Hounds to replace the proxy version I’ve had for awhile. These dogs are very small. I want to go back and give them more of a doberman pincer look once I have some time, but they are usable for the time being.


I bought a LOT of new models during the Wyrd black Friday sale. Most of these were Resurrectionist models that are new releases. One of the crews I got during that time was the Nightmare Herald of Obliteration crew. Wyrd’s “Nightmare” models are typically larger versions of existing models but usable in the game. The Herald of Obliteration crew features a much larger Nothing Beast model. This is a great looking model and I was really excited to work on it.

My next project was some more terrain. I bought an MDF train set from Angry Mojo Games. I painted this train in 1 day using the airbrush for 90% of it. The only thing I used a brush for was adding rust to the tracks and wheels and adding weathering pigments to dirty up the trains. I was very happy with the results for the time invested.


Next up was Hannah from the Outcast faction. This a very sweet model that really shows off the steam punk aspect of this game. I added some addition pipes to the area directly behind her head, which is normally just and empty gap and looks lacking. You’ll also notice that i got some new backdrops from my light booth. I got them from Hangar 18 Miniatures and I am very pleased with the updated look. The next thing I need to buy is a proper camera..

My last project for this update is from a different game! I had been on the fence about buying into Beyond the Gates of Antares from Warlord Games. This is a very far future science fiction game and the models finally won me over. I haven’t played a game yet but I’ve heard/read/seen very good things about it. These units are the Ghar, which are diminutive creatures that pilot these large, robust robots. I don’t know how they play in the game but these models are so cool. I added some damage effects to these models which is a new skill for me and i am happy how it turned out. I finished these in 2 days and am very pleased with the results.

That is all for this update.I am always appreciative of feedback and questions so let me know if you have any! Until next time, take care.

The Torch and the Blade

Sonnia Criid and her starter crew is the 3rd full crew I’ve painted for Malifaux by Wyrd Miniatures. I’ve decided to slowly collect and paint all of the guild crews because I like the faction and because, in game terms, it gives me more choices. In Malifaux, each player announces their faction before hiring their crews and certain crews match up better against certain factions. I am really enjoying painting these models. They are very good quality albeit smaller than games like 40k and Deadzone. I stayed with the same color pallete as my other guild models (leathers, denim, wool shirts, steel, brass). I did some OSL on Sonnia and I think it turned out OK. I’ve only tried that technique a few times and I think I may be a little heavy handed. Next up on my list is to paint a few more plague models for Deadzone and after that I have the McMourning crew and Guild Riflemen to paint for Malifaux. Thanks for stopping by. As always, any comments/suggestions are appreciated.

More pictures can be found HERE.

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Malifaux Markers

In Malifaux you use markers for schemes, corpses, and scrap, depending on what army you are playing. You can use different colored 30mm bases, plastic discs, cardboard discs, etc. I decided to buy some custom 30mm bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures to make my markers. Specifically I bought Bone Field, Corpse Field, and Scrap Yard bases to signify scheme, corpse and scrap markers. Since I currently am collecting Guild crews, I added some ram skulls, which is their symbol, to some of the scheme markers. I believe these skulls are from GW skeleton sprues, but I could be wrong. I painted the lip of the guild scheme markers red to match the guild color. These were easy and quick to make (4 or so hours) and add a little more character to your games. Thanks for taking the time to read and let me know what other cool ideas you all have seen for various markers.

Corpse Markers


Scrap Markers


Guild Scheme Markers


Deadzone – Enforcers

As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought the starter box for Mantic’s Deadzone game. I have already painted the Plague models, which I got from a friend who introduced me to the game, so it was time to do the Enforcers. I stuck with a similar color scheme as shown in their rule book/box art/etc. I primed them black and then did a dry brush of Warpaints Unifrom Grey and then Warpaints Ash Grey. I painted the metallics, Warpaints Gun Metal and Valejo Brassy Brass, and then washed the models with GW Nuln Oil. For the cloaks on the Peacekeeper Captain and Sniper, I went with Valejo Dark Grey. After the wash, I highlighted the armor with Ash Grey and then highlighted those areas with some plain white. I sealed the models with brush on matte varnish and based the models. The final step was the dirty them up with Valejo Natural Umber pigment. I really like the look of these guys, especially the Peacekeeper Captain. He reminds me of a GW terminator, which I have always been a big fan of.

Next on my list will be to paint some scheme/corpse/scrap markers for Malifaux. I also have some more Plague models to add to my collection. As always, any tips/questions/C&C is welcome. Thanks for taking the time to visit and read.

More pictures can be found at http://imgur.com/a/O0eBY

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Deadzone Terrain

I was planning on just buying a gaming mat and some Deadzone terrain recently. After adding it up, I decided I may as well just buy the starter box and get more models/rule book/etc. One of the cool and unique aspects of Deadzone is the terrain. Instead of the board being divided into sections, it is instead divided into three dimensional cubes, each being 3″ x 3″ x 3″. The scenery is thus built this way. It is described as the Lego of terrain building and I think that is pretty spot on. If you have the scenery available, you could build really tall structures or massive multi-story compounds. The game rules are built around this concept in regards to movement, LOS, and range.

The construction of the terrain is designed to be broken down and built up in different ways. Since I plan on building more pieces and to keep from wearing out connectors and joints, I glued the terrain together to make it very durable. TIP: Cut the doors in half with a jewelers saw and use the extra support pieces to create even more barricades (see my pictures in the link below for some up-close shots). For painting, I used this tutorial (click here) as my base to save time. I used black primer, grey primer, and white primer, all from my local DIY store. Doing this cost me $8 is spray paint versus $30 in “hobby” spray paint. Since I don’t have a fancy vacuum hood and I sprayed the pieces in my garage on a drop cloth, I then washed the terrain in water just to get the dust off. After that, I hit all of the pieces with a very quick dry brush using white paint to help define the edges. I then picked out certain areas to paint with GW Averland Sunset, Warpaints Deep Blue, and Warpaints Greenskin. I then added some blood splaters/stains using GW Mechrite Red mixed with Warpaints Oak Brown. I tried to do some OSL with the lights, but I think i need to go back and brighten the source up a bit to make it look better. I washed some of the grating with GW Nuln Oil and created the blod spots with GW Agrax Earthshade. My painting was completed at this point but I wanted to make the pieces look very used and dirty so I went over all of them with Valejo Natural Umber pigment in certain areas. I sprayed the pieces with rubbing alcohol to set the pigment and then sealed the pieces with a clear matte spray. Finally, I went back over some of the blood stains with brush on Valejo Gloss Varnish to make the areas looks wet and sticky. This entire project took me approximately 12 hours. It is not show quality terrain, but for the time investment I am happy with the results.

I have several more pictures HERE in addition to the ones below. Questions? Comments? Please let me know, and thanks for stopping by. Next up? The Deadzone Enforcers I got with the game!

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Malifaux – Guild Executioners

I recently joined a local Malifaux group which prompted me to buy a few new models. Since I already have a few Guild crews I decided to buy the new wave 2 Executioner models. The new Malifaux plastic models are very nice. There are a lot of small pieces but a pair of tweezers and some patience goes a long way. I painted these guys in a similar scheme to my Perdita and Lady Justice crews. I don’t typically add blood and gore to my models, but these guys have some brutal fluff so it seemed fitting. Here is a link to some additional photos. http://imgur.com/a/hYnFr  As always, any C&C is always appreciated. Thanks!

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