How many months has it been since I last posted a Workbench Update? I don’t even want to check, to be honest.
After many busy weeks, with on-and-off hobbytime I can finally share what I am currently working on.
First up is Malifaux, which a number of months ago made a strong comeback among half of my regular gaming group. We pulled Scott into the mix, and Loy, Andrew and I were bringing out Malifaux regularly. Loy has dropped off the map altogether, and won’t be back until the end of the summer which sucks. Andrew has all but given up on Malifuax. And Scott now plays with Chris, who he had brought into the game, at Chris’ place. So I am pretty much without Malifaux opposition, unless Scott can make it over to my place on a non-Tuesday night.
However, I have not let the drop in Malifaux gaming get the better of me, and, although it came slowly, I have finally finished the Showgirls starter box! This is the one I got from Scott for a great price, and have been using ever since. Well, that only amounts to a handful of games, but I’m only using them, nonetheless. It took me a couple of games to grasp their ‘movement shenanigans’ and learn to keep them outside of real combat.
Here is the starter, complete:
If you look closely you can tell the order in which I painted them, going from most detailed to half-arsed (Cassandra, purple Performer, Colette, blue Performer, then both Mannequins). By the time I got to the Mannequins I was just wanting to get them finished, so they got rushed. They didn’t turn out horribly, though, and as a group they do look good, I think.
Here is what I have left:
Two Coryphee, three Mechanical Doves, and Angelica. I’ll get working on them after I finish my next Dark Age model(s).
Which brings me to one of our recent pick-ups, Dark Age. This one I knew I would get into, and I hoped to get others into it. It took very little persuading to get Andrew into it, and he helped bring Rob and xombe into the fold. So we now have four of us in the group playing, which is awesome. In fact, last Tuesday the four of us met at xombe’s and played games side-by-side. Good times.
Even though I originally planned to run the Dragyri, and painted them all up first, I’ve decided to have the Outcasts be my main faction.
So far I have only gotten the three Wasteland Warriors, Bully (not pictured) and the first Brute to near-completion, just needing the bases to be completed:
I’m pretty happy with how they came out. The Warriors took me a while to do, having to go back and do quite a few touch-ups after sloppy work. The Bully and Brute each only took me two nights, as I had gotten into a good painting mood last week. I’ll save the bases for when the rest of the crew is ready.
The rest of the crew includes the three Scuts from the starter, plus a second Brute and the Fixer:
I am going to pick up one of each Outcast model (meaning another five models). I don’t want any doubles, so hopefully they will release alternate sculpts for the Warrior and Scut units, like they did with the Brute. But I’ll be content just picking up one of each model and stopping there. Around $100 would be a fine investment for me for this game.
Thankfully Andrew and Rob are as easily suckered into new games as I am, as we are all three also playing Hell Dorado. I picked up the Westerners starter, which I had planned to get at some point this year.
They’re fine sculpts and cleaned up nicely. I based them simply and then brown-primed them. I’m not too happy with the prime, as they feel rough, even though they don’t look bad. When I start painting them I’ll see if they look pebbly, and if they do I’ll get them stripped. If so, I might try a non-spray primer, like those new brush-ons (Vallejo?) that all my friends are using.
As work continues on these guys, or more games get played, I’ll throw up some more progress and thoughts on them.
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And that about sums up what I’m working on right now. I should be finished both the Outcasts and the Showgirls in the next few weeks, for sure, especially if I can keep on with this painting ‘spree’ I’m on. If I can finish all of these models by the end of the summer, I’d be plenty happy.
And I do promise to get more posts up.
Thanks for reading.