Sunday, February 1, 2015

When Exploring Golarion Don't Forget Your Map!

Aptly stated, and in a world devoid of google maps (Apple maps are garbage even by medieval standards) someone needs to be toting a little piece of parchment that will guide the way.  

The fiery rogue, Bianca, has hers and judging by the deliberate placement of her index finger, she knows where she's headed.  I reckon a woman who wears garb as loud as she is wont to have her mind made up.

There's another fiery red-head (and that hair is RED-DDD) in the group.  This one is Lyanalis, a dead-eye elf archer from Sovyrain, one not to be trifled with.

Check out that intricate elven breast plate!

Here's both Bianca and Lyanalis hanging with some of my assorted display minis before being handed off to their owner Ron N.

But there's more!  Where would a group be without its fearless leader?  Meet the half elf-celestial Aeron.

Wielding a ethereal blade and heavy armor, this guy is one bad mama-jama.  When he calls down a righteous reckoning upon his enemies they're going to be reaching deeeeep into the pain locker for their big boy shorts.  

Then there's the mad monk Kahmal Khali, riding a flying carpet and slinging... a weighted chain?  Whatever he's doing I wouldn't want to be in the way, I just don't trust that sinister grin plastered on his face.

If you're looking for a pint-sized-spell-slinging-loud-mouth, Gwendle is your man!  I think him and Bianca get their duds from the same clothier, and I'd put a gold coin down on their both being prodigious drinkers (Gwendle by halfling standards).

Heck, with a few trusty spell tomes he can look any adversary square in the eyes!

Did I mention Moloch?  Oh that would be Gwendle's summoned dragon-kin who likes to chop heads with a wickedly rusty chakram.

Most of the time Moloch's adversaries don't even see him coming, be it in the dead of night or charging from behind the sun.  The expression of shocked disbelief is still hanging on their face as their heads roll in the dirt - schink!!

Ravasura is a rakshasa.. in Hindu myth that's a cat-demon.  The only thing demonic about this cat, devoted to the goddess Isis, is his fighting skill.  He also casts his patron's approved spells from a solid gold cobra staff!

Last, there's Cerulianus a fighter of great renown and greater skill. He prefers medium armor and a nimble shortsword with which to dispatch his foes.  His pose says it all, "hold it guys, I've got this."

And that's it, thanks for stopping by to check out my latest project!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Marcus and a Pack of Wild Animals (Plus Myranda): a Malifaux Showcase

It's time to unleash the big beasties!!  This week is all about raw muscle power, fangs, and claws.  Who better to lead a horde of enraged monsters, than the beast caller himself?  Marcus is truly a master to be feared in the Malifaux universe.. and his minions look freakin badass!

Let's take a closer look into the jaws of the beast..

I love the mythical Cerberus from Greek legend, and though I was skeptical about a sabertooth take on the mythical beast (in absolute retro grouch fashion, of course), I've been won over by this model's subtle charm and ferocity.

The sabertooth cerberus leers with a perfect predatory glare... absolutely fantastic.

As a child I played Magic: the Gathering and only built dragon decks.  In fact, I have one of each Magic dragon (minus one of course) ever printed, lovingly tucked away in my collection to this day!  Child Matt would have gobbed over this model and Modern-Day Matt thinks it's most excellent too.

The dawn serpent's cherubic arms and legs are kind of hilarious.. and a touch precious too.  Thank goodness for the winds of magic, because those little baby feet kicking mildly in the breeze wouldn't be getting him anywhere!

Cojo was 100% my least favorite model by a longshot before I painted him.  Now he's definitely hanging with the best of them (ape pun intended).  Check out that great expression and how his fur coat really shines!

A little blood goes a long way.  No damn dirty ape should be without a bit of gore unceremoniously splattered about his person if he can help it. 

Marcus hates all things civilized.. just look at all those human skins stitched into a skirt!

No doubt they were from scholarly types, venturing out into the Malifaux wilds on some academic foray... perhaps just hapless gunslingers looking to cash in a bounty on the notorious rogue's head..

An absolute favorite of mine (there are many in the Malifaux range), Myranda looks exquisitely feline crouched upon the rocks that come stock with her model.  I considered modelling her on a lateral tree branch, suspended an inch or two of so off the base, but decided to revel in the awesomeness Wyrd provided.  Matt approves.

They'll never expect the Jackalope!!  With +2 dmg on the charge and a 7" leap this little rabbit would make even Tim cower in fear. "Just look at its fangs!"

Donovan B. and I decided to put the beasts to the test.  Picking his new favorite of cadre of zombies and guild hounds marshaled by Lucas McCabe, Donovan was perfectly situated to take advantage of the reconnoiter strategy and protect territory scheme.

Lucas made the keen decision to skirt the outside of the encounter breaking behind my lines to plant a few scheme markers in my deployment zone for "protect territory" (thanks for protecting my territory, Donovan, what a great guy), and mitigating my revealed "deliver a message." Both the Jackalope and Cerberus are perfect at dropping in from a 7" leap and delivering it in one fell swoop!

A running drama between the rattler and a pack of hounds (made significant by Luna) took up the western flank.  Unsurprisingly the snake did serious damage to their ranks, but what wasn't so expected was...

That the lone jackalope was the one to chase down and dispatch a hound looking to breach my line and plant even more victory points in Donovan's pocket!

A keen eye to the mission and sound tactical play led Donovan's finesse force to overcome my brute one and ultimately win the day with a thumping in victory points.  It was fun to be bashy with my models this time, but I'll probably be reserving this force for when the mission rolls "make them suffer" in the future!

You can see the whole crew for yourself at 31st Century games in Olathe, KS!!

Until next time, make bad things happen!

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