It certainly is. Here in the Midwest temperatures have dropped down into the twenties and have hovered below freezing. I can't think of a more suitable force to be painting in the winter chill than Wyrd Miniatures's Malifaux box set: the Children of December.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the steampunk/fantasy/western skirmish game called Malifaux, it's what you might expect, but with a twist. When playing a game of Malifaux you can leave your dice bag at home, all "dice rolls" are determined by the flipping of cards from a poker deck (and a few you might cheat from a hand of six). There was some buzz around my local game store about the second edition of the game and its new plastic minis. I was pretty blown away by the Arcanist faction, and most specifically Rasputina's starter force.
Let's take a look at the painted models!
The Fist of December is one bad mamma-jamma. This was a model I was looking forward to painting and relished the opportunity to bust out the airbrush to build broad shading.
Secret Weapon's realistic water/crushed glass combo makes for a wonderful wet snow. IF YOU USE THIS PRODUCT BE SURE TO WEAR FACE PROTECTION AND A MASK! The glass dust is very unpleasant if inhaled..
A bit of cross-hatching to create a ice shine effect was done with Ice Blue, a 1:1 mix of Ice Blue and white, and a top highlight of pure white.
You might remember seeing this guy on the blog before, it's a model I converted from the GW Varghulf kit. The original concept was a "counts as" varghulf (which was awesome, it performed spectacularly each game). I never did put paint on the model when I used it in my Vampire Counts army, but now was the time since it was being added to my Malifaux force as a counts as Sabertooth Cerberus.
Almost seven years later Cerberus got the paint job he was due!
The leader of the crew is Rasputina, a woman in-tune with the chill of winter.
A bit of heavy eye-liner really made her frozen eyes pop against her alabster skin.
I really like the model's pose, the winter wind blowing through her parka, her stoically looking on as she ponders the next move in her dire strategy.
Rasputina's totem is a wendigo. The model came stock with a cowboy that he was strangling, but I didn't like it. Instead I went with a simple tree trunk and resculpted his foot and hand to fit.
I'm pleased with the finished look: nice, clean, and simple.
The Ice Gamin are a bit of mischievous comic relief for the crew, silly little buggers that will stab you in the back when you're attention is elsewhere.
The look of the gamin is perfect for their size, capricious.
That's it for this week, thanks for stopping by and checking out my new Malifaux crew!
Until next time, good gaming and happy hobbying, and happy Thanksgiving!