Railcrew Commission

Even though I have put Malifaux to the side, I was recently asked to paint a crew from the Ten Thunders.

http://wyrd-games.net/shop/Rail-Crew-Box-Set-WYR30521.html

I’ve been referencing a lot of pictures, from the building of the Transcontinential Railway.  Thousands of Chinese immigrants were used to build a vast portion of the railroad, many thousands died as well; due to harsh conditions or maltreatment.  So some will ask, why is this important to painting a model?

My approach to painting, is that each model tells a story, whether you make it up or take reference from real life; the story is what you paint in that character.  So the idea I’m (hopefully) building with this crew, is one of sorrow and a desire for revenge; Mei Feng and her Railcrew are out for justice.

Who’s got the Map?

Yesterday was the 2nd Malifaux event at Worlds at War.  As planned, I ran the Kirai crew again, with the addition of Jaakuna Ubume and some Gaki’s.

  • Kirai
  • Datsue-ba
  • Gaki
  • Seishin
  • Seishin
  • Seishin
  • Taelor

I had wanted initially to run without Taelor in the crew, but it worked out better to have Jaakuna as summoned.

First game was against Greg, running a Nicodem crew; which was a series of silly mistakes.  At this time I was unaware there was a restriction on the use of Schemes, which prevented using the same scheme twice in the event.  So taking Death after Death and Stake a Claim together, wasn’t the best option for me.  In quick succession, caused by a bottleneck through terrain; Nicodem wiped out Kirai and 3 Seishin.  This was pretty much game over in turn 2, no way to gain Death after Death; with Stake a Claim a very very long impossible shot.  I think making the switch from WM/H to Malifaux was difficult yesterday, as with Kirai I have to hold her back from my normal aggressive style.

Lessons learned though and definitely something to work on in future games.  Moving onto Game 2, which was against Victoria and her Colette & Showgirls crew.  Despite getting beat, it was a really good game; with an opponent that knew their models well.

Strategy was Supply Wagon, which you can see mine above.  With the schemes chosen being Framed for Murder and Hold Out.  It was really frustrating, to see my Gaki ready to engage Colette; so she could kill it (Framed for Murder).  Only to see Colette jump to the other side of the board, to swap places with the Coryphee Duet; scheme one stuffed.  I did manage to hold out and despite some attacks on the wagon, it survived without damage.  2 Victory Points, but Victoria did well to claim the game with 3 VP.

For whatever reason, the software used by the TO; drew me against Victoria again.  Despite suggestions from two other players, who were happy to swap; the TO decided to stick with the software. Fair enough, if I could have; I would have swapped crews at this time just to make it different.  Sadly it was Kirai v Colette again, with a whole new set of challenges.  This time the strategy was Turf War, with the schemes I decided to go for Betrayed by Spirits and Bodyguard.

This is the first incarnation of Ikiryo, almost killing Cassandra; to allow a healing flip on Kirai.  One measly HP away from killing her, so frustrating. Not wanting to miss next time, I took a massive risk, moving Kirai close to the action taking 5 WD’s; just to place Ikiryo within melee of Colette.  Sadly nothing came of it and ended up Ikiryo was killed again.  In the end it came down to time, with Victoria deservedly winning again.  I gained 2 VP for Bodyguard, but lacked the models for keeping Duet and Cassandra from claiming the Deployment Zone.

Over all I really enjoyed the day, still got a lot of work to do; to iron out the mistakes.  However, it is slowly sticking what I need to do with each model, especially the Seishin; which I might just add one more to the list for the 35ss next time.

Malifaux Update

Well after the tournament last month, I have decided to make a Kirai crew; based entirely on the Japanese/Oriental theme.  One of the things I liked most about Kirai, was the movement shenanigans; it just fit in so well with my tricky devious mind.

So next up on the list of models, will be

  • Jaakune Ubume
  • Ten Thunders Brothers
  • Misaki, Warmaiden

I don’t even know what they do or even if they will work well together.  Malifaux for me, is all about giving me a break from WM/H every now and then.

Skirmish 2012 *Update*

Last night, I had a meeting with the organisers of Skirmish 2012; which has turned out to be very productive and beneficial for all involved.

First up, I want to say thank you to John; for agreeing to meet with me over some concerns I had with Skirmish.  We have ironed these out, to the point that I have been asked to help out.  So what goodness and goodies can we expect so far from Skirmish 2012.

Tournaments -

  • Flames of War
  • Warmachine/Hordes
  • Malifaux
  • Warhammer 40K
  • Blood Bowl

A big thank you to Geoff at Chaos of the Warp, for committing to run, not just the 40K; but also bring a Blood Bowl tournament to the event.  With other things in the works, that will be nearly 100 players turning up; just for the tournaments alone.

Skirmish isn’t just going to be about the tournaments though, there are hopes of getting vendors and traders here as well as demonstrations of other games.  With this in mind, we are in negotiation with Pyre Studios; who hope to bring some of their games as well as demo them on the day.

If there are any stores or traders out there, that would like space; feel free to drop me an email at thehairycaber@virginmedia.com.  Skirmish 2012, is  aiming to bring the widest wide range of attractions; for players and gamers alike.  No longer will you be stood watching others play, Skirmish will bring the battle to YOU!

Projects

I’ve not posted in a while as I have fingers in a lot of pies just now.  The main one is getting ready for the tournament at Worlds at War, this Sunday; which will be a 35pt Divide and Conquer Steamroller.  We actually have a full house this time, which is always a good thing.  It bodes well for one of the other projects that I am working on for later on in the year.  More about that nearer the time.

Another project is a painting commission for the local Henchman, who wants some models painted for prizes.  I’ve nearly finished one of them, which I am actually enjoying painting.  Still about an hour or so to finish it completely, but the most of it is done.

Lastly, is the project I have for this weekend.  Can you tell what it is yet?

Yep, my WIP Throne of Everblight.  Not really, this is Vallejo grit/sand texture paste; when it has just been spread over something.  In this case, it is a 40mm base, screwed onto a wooden dowel; then screwed onto a 50mm base.  Simple and quick plinth for a model to go on.  And here is the model…

All will be revealed on Sunday, when some lucky soul will get this Masterpiece work of art for their trophy cabinet.