Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Malifaux: Painting Colette Du Bois


In 2006, I finished painting my first 5-man squad of Space Wolves, namely Grey Hunters. After that, I shortly left Fort Lewis, WA. Now that I am back in Washington, I feel the painting bug again.

Recently, I have discovered Malifaux. It is a wonderful freighting world of magicians and 'things that go bump in the dark.' The core of Malifaux is based around skirmishes with a max of 20 models per side, maybe more or less depending on what "crew" you decide to play. Due to the low model count to play this interestingly different game--compared to Warhammer 40K--I decided to play a "crew" based around a burlesque troupe utilizing magic tricks, womanly charm, and deceit to drive home the well placed hits to your enemy to achieve victory.

To get back on topic, I started painting Colette Du Bois first because she is the leader of her gang of Showgirls. I figured that my variant of Colette's crew would be based on Princesses of Disney Cartoon films. Colette's styling is based on Snow White and the soon to be complete Cassandra will be painted like Cinderella. The others will be a similar to Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty...or some other female Disney characters. I do have Mannequins and Coryphi to paint but I think I am going to paint them in shades much like Luigi, Mario, Wario, and Waluigi.

Most of my painting experience comes from painting Space Marines and Tanks...I will tell you that this model was a B!#Most of my painting experience comes from painting Space Marines and Tanks...I will tell you that this model was a B!%#(.

Since female models generally don't have many of recesses and muscle tone like male miniatures, you have to paint on everything and it you never painted on effects before you are going to travel down the learning curve. I have to say I spent 6 hours on the leggings alone and you'd figure that painting "lady lumps" would be easy...they are not. I essentially painted this whole model backwards from conventional "Marine" painting methods...meaning I painted from light to dark with some highlighting touch-up at the end.

Once completing this model, I feel like a better painter. The suggestions from members on the DFM! Forum that posted in the thread I started for these gals really helped. I'll just give a quick warning about Krylon Satin Clear is gummy and you need to spray both sides of the model quickly because if you wait a few seconds to hit the model again from all angles you increase your change of trapping air bubbles on the model. Yeah, I learned this with Colette.

C'est la vie.

Ta-da, finished! Next is Cassandra.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lord of the Rings!: Even Cooler Source Book News!

"One ring to find the rumors and in the darkness bind them."

Well my avid followers, I have dug upon some more news as I searched the pool of Galadriel for the strands of the future...ALL of the Lord of the Rings Source books have been removed with 2 odd exceptions! The only 2 remaining rumors were the "A Shadow in the East" and the "Legions of Middle Earth" book.

It is a fact, this Legions of Mid-earth is better than the French Foreign Legion...just saying.

This is unusual because the "Legions of Middle-Earth" book contains the most widely used rules for Isengard, Rohan, and quit a few in between. This can only mean that GW are coming out with one MEGA-book to include all the rules and profiles for all the Source books they took out. WIN! That is a lot of new and updated rules! That includes Gondor, Haradrim, Mordor, Arnor, Easterlins, Hobbits, Elves, and more! This is a very anticipated release--except for the Matt Ward part--and I certainly can't wait for it.

Ninjas better be in there...I can smell them.

That means more Moria goblins, Sauron, awesome'r Arnor, and better Mumaks...I love my Mumaks!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

LOTR!: More Mordor! New Sourcebook rumors!

Totally Mordor!

Hey all this is your Local Lord of the Rings fanatic, Dylan and from now on I'll mostly be posting about The Lord of the Rings.

For a long time there has not been any major releases for the Lord of the Rings (or LotR as i will be abbreviating from now on) but that is all about to drastically change. The Mordor source book is now unavailable to buy from the Games Workshop website and that is a sure sign something big is coming. With already great models in the Mordor range, such as the Mordor Troll, and Sauron I am very excited to see what they come out with next.

Sauron likes to club the baby seals!

Some of the rumors floating around seem absolutely amazing, such as boosting up Sauron even more (with 4 attacks, Fight and Defence 10, and the One Ring special rule which makes him practically unkillable, I cant wait to see what they come up with), making Morananon Orcs stronger, and delving more into the rules and background for Black Numenoreans.

The only bad Rumor I have heard so far is that there is a possibility that Matt Ward may be writing this Source book. He seems to do fine with LotR except for he tends to make stuff up that doesn't follow Tolkien fluff. For example, take the Castellans of Dol Guldor (great models by the way). According to Tolkien, they don't exist However before I judge too much, I will wait until more solid rumors appear.

Personally I think this will be an exciting release and i am very much looking forward to it. and now I put on my Magic Ring and vanish into the night...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SUCK IT!: Space Marine is better than Fire Warrior EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK!

Way better than Fire Warrior.

From Ben S.

That's right Fire Warrior, you sit in that corner and cry you B!%&#.

Okay so after my sweaty palms opened the packing and box and got the disc in my 360 I settled in for a long night of 40k visual epicness.

I was not disappointed.

Space Marine in the campaign is excellent, I won't ruin the story line too much, but its a classic 40k scenario of big epic battle with more to it than meets the eye. The enemies fit the fluff and look great and interact in a way I imagine they would based upon fluff. Although these Orks are much higher than BS2. The cinematics and detailing are great and the voice actors did a great job. The feeling of the 41st millennium is captured very well. (My one complaint was that it didn't seem dark and polluted enough, but that was a minor flaw at that.)

Multiplayer is pretty solid, but leaves some things to be desired. First of all, maps are always random. For the first 6 games I thought there were only 2 maps. That's somewhat annoying. As for your Marine or Chaos Marine, well if you want to customize him beyond different colors and get all those epic pieces of armor from the preview videos, well, have fun with the mile long list of crazy achievements. Some include, 500 revenge kills, and other bull$#!%. This really annoyed me as I was looking forward to making a very epic looking Ultramarine vet.

Weapons and perks are unlocked via levels, which is fine as you gain access fairly easily. You can also always steal the class that killed you, which can give you somewhat of a taste of wargear to come.

Only two game types of capture 3 points and hold to earn points or kill em. After being spoiled by CoD I was annoyed at first, but honestly I don't know what else I'd want as these are the only good game types in CoD anyways.

Controls are pretty solid, plays very much like Gears, which isn't bad but I'm sure most of us are more used to CoD/Battlefield. I know I am.

As a fan, this game is perfect. As a gamer, this game is strong with a few faults that don't detract too much from the overall game. Don't expect anything ground breaking though, but this is one of the most fun games I've played in a long time.

Overall 8 out of 10

So let's never ever speak of Fire Warrior again, shall we?