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  1. Caedrus, reporting in! As promised, here's my March Beastman. I messed around with SENMM on the halberd. In retrospect, it needs a greater gradation in the sky effect, and a more saturated green at the earth effect. My blacklining was a touch more muted than some I have seen. This guy is more muted, and darker than previous months, but that suits the miniature, I think. I deliberately didn't blend my colours much. I was going for a somewhat comic-book effect. I don't think I nailed that. I have a few ideas lined up for the next few months (despite being crazily busy), but if someone out there would like to see me try a particular technique, let me know! Have a great rest of March, and I shall see you for the April Beastman! Caedrus.
  2. @Barmution: That's a good compromise. I guess I'm just a fan of the quirkiness of the M2E lore. It's one of the things that really made me a fan of the game. I can appreciate the preference for clarity over quirks, however.
  3. @Barmution: You are etymologically correct; a revolver was originally considered as a subset of the pistol (itself a subset of the handgun). However, I would assert that the disambiguation (and this is an opinion) started around 1873 with the Colt Single Action*, which popularised the revolver, and helped to identify it as a separate entity (culturally, if not etymologically). In terms of the lore, however, I feel (again, an opinion) that revolver evokes a sense of the Old West, which is a part of the Malifaux cultural amalgam. That's why I like the word in the context of the lore. My language was inexact, however. Sincerely appreciate the clarification. Caedrus. * The Colt Single Action, colloquially The Peacemaker, is where the Brutal Effigy's weapon name originated. I assume.
  4. Greetings, Guild Members! In an earlier thread, I talked about how the homogenisation of many of the actions on stat cards had, in my opinion, robbed Malifaux of so much of the flavour of the lore. A lot of the actions don’t seem to match the description of the character, or their traditional story (or the miniature, which may or may not be an issue). I really love the Malifaux lore, and this is my humble attempt to bring some of that back. Now, I completely understand that some players like the homogeneity of the naming convention. I get that. My opinion (and it is only that) is that by moving towards the unique, rather than the homogenous, we get a lot more character into the characters. Yes, that means looking at the cards more often. However, even with the current style, there are hundreds of different abilities to remember. I don’t think anyone could reasonably memorise them! So, I decided to create this thread, which lists all of the actions and abilities that just don’t fit, and my suggestions. Feel free to comment, give it a ‘+’ or a ‘-‘. I won’t be offended. Suggest your own! While I understand that some changes are still to be made before the print button is pushed, perhaps the design team can ‘reserve’ some name suggestions (mine, or others!) until the end. Oh, and as a disclaimer: I like words, so I may get a touch highbrow or obscure with some of the suggestions. If I think it’s a little obscure, I’ll try to explain. Dr. Grimwell Nimble: Perhaps the good doctor should be on Ward Rounds? Emily Heartsbane Creep Along: Perhaps something like Scout Nurse, or Surgical Assistant? Guardian Toss could be renamed Repulsion Field (the Riotbreaker already took Shield Slam). Scatter could be Please Disperse or Nothing To See Here (a Naked Gun reference). Warden Restraint Claw could be a Thrown Gauntlet, which would lead to the Pull and Drag being Challenge Accepted (Throwing down a gauntlet is a traditional precursor to a personal challenge). Greed Frantic Search could be renamed to Rifle Through His Pockets, or even Did he drop any loot? Brutal Effigy Light Pistol. So, this is a statement that can apply to a few models, and assumes that there is a linkage between the model and the text. That’s not a pistol. That’s a revolver. I think Malifaux’s only pistol use was the metal Guild Sergeant. Guild Investigator Garrote: Wouldn’t a blackjack or a sap be way more appropriate? Or even a stiletto dagger? Guild Lawyer Under Pressure: I’d go with “No further questions!” The Scribe Frantic Flailing: Why not Silver serving tray? Or even Very Sharp Quill? Draw out Secrets: I’ve always liked the name Gentleman’s Gentleman (another name for a butler) Maim: Why not Please leave your card? Perdita Ortega Custom Firearm: I’d love for this to have the pizazz of Six-Gun, Six Shooter, or Heirloom Revolver. Papa Loco Frantic Flailing: This could be Fire in the Hole, but I personally like the short range and light damage to be Lit Cigar, which can then lead to the dynamite being lit. Cataclysm: I think something like One In Each Hand would be better. Abuela Ortega Sawed-Off Shotgun: In UK English, it would be referred to as a Sawn-Off Shotgun; however, there’s another name for such a weapon; a Lupara. More Italian than Spanish, but still a good name. On Wheels: I’d love something like “Kicks like a mule”. Enslaved Nephilim Frantic Flailing: The guy’s carrying a Ball and Chain. Insidious Influence: I’d love for his Ball and Chain to inflict a Head Injury that causes the Obey action. Cornelius Basse Among the Willows: Come on, this just has to be Walk Without Rhythm. Austringer Clockwork Pistol: Clockwork Revolver. Malifaux Raptor Rake the Eyes: a fairly minor point, but I believe that the talons are the claws at the back, and that clutches are the claws at the front. So, I’d change Rake the Eyes to I have you in my clutches. Dashel Barker Sadistic Joy: Inexplicably, Sadism helps Shield nearby Guard Models. Why not something like “Show ‘em your Badges!” Clockwork Pistol: Clockwork Revolver. Unless they remodel the next version like the original metal Sergeant. Francis Queeg Clockwork Pistol: Clockwork Revolver. Mounted Guard Clockwork Pistol: Clockwork Revolver. Sergeant Clockwork Pistol: Because some older models use a pistol, why not change it to something like Custom Sidearm. Balanced Sword: For similar reasons, I’d change the melee weapon to something like Weapon of Office. Consolidate Power: Why not Squad! Regroup! Rifleman Reposition: As a military manoeuvre, the reposition is similar to a Countermarch. Guard Patrol Clockwork Pistol: Clockwork Revolver. Creep Along: I picture this more as an “I’ll cover you, partner!”. The Dispatcher Frantic Flailing: To use a Spinal Tap reference, I’d love for this to be named “Up to Eleven”. Arrest Order: I personally like Propaganda. Allison Dade Hidden Pistol: Holdout Revolver. Newsie Frantic Flailing: Rolled up Newspapers, perhaps? Grab On: Read all about it!, might be a nice change. Lady Justice Decay: Maybe it’s just me, but I like Entropy. The Judge Enchanted Katana: Is that a katana? It doesn’t really look like one on any current models. Perhaps an Enchanted Blade? The Jury Ancient Words: For an Exorcist, a Castigation seems more appropriate. Its older meaning referring someone to a more pure state, suitable for an undead hunter. Sharp Wit: Why not have a Jury have Deliberations? Domador de Cadavares Decay: Maybe it’s just me, but I like Entropy. Death Marshall Clockwork Pistol: Clockwork Revolver. Scales of Justice Frantic Flailing: It’s a simple pun, but Censership. Samael Hopkins Collier Pistol: Collier Revolver. Witchling Handler Collier Pistol: Collier Revolver. Sanctioned Spellcaster Frantic Flailing: Something like Enchanter’s Touch, or Incandescence, or something. Witchling Stalker Light Pistol: Light Revolver. Purifying Flame Hovering Flame: Something more like Fire Trail. Thanks for reading, folks! Caedrus.
  5. Greetings, Arcanists! In an earlier thread, I talked about how the homogenisation of many of the actions on stat cards had, in my opinion, robbed Malifaux of so much of the flavour of the lore. A lot of the actions don’t seem to match the description of the character, or their traditional story (or the miniature, which may or may not be an issue). I really love the Malifaux lore, and this is my humble attempt to bring some of that back. Now, I completely understand that some players like the homogeneity of the naming convention. I get that. My opinion (and it is only that) is that by moving towards the unique, rather than the homogenous, we get a lot more character into the characters. Yes, that means looking at the cards more often. However, even with the current style, there are hundreds of different abilities to remember. I don’t think anyone could reasonably memorise them! So, I decided to create this thread, which lists all of the actions and abilities that just don’t fit, and my suggestions. Feel free to comment, give it a ‘+’ or a ‘-‘. I won’t be offended. Suggest your own! While I understand that some changes are still to be made before the print button is pushed, perhaps the design team can ‘reserve’ some name suggestions (mine, or others!) until the end. Oh, and as a disclaimer: I like words, so I may get a touch highbrow or obscure with some of the suggestions. If I think it’s a little obscure, I’ll try to explain. Sandeep Shouting Orders: He’s a teacher and a guru. Why not Align Chakras, or Exam Conditions? Kudra Disillusion: This moves the target. Why not Telekinesis? Shastar Vidiya Guards Balanced Sword: While I’m far from an expert on this, isn’t the traditional sword of the Shastar Vidiya the Tegh? Medical Automaton Bedside Manner: Surely when the healer goes to the patient, it’s a House Call? Ferdinand Vogel Ancient Words: A lawyer’s language could be something like a Lawsuit. Surge could then be Legal Writ. Get in there could be Summon the Bailiffs. Stunning Strike could then be Sue for Damages. Snow Storm Puncture: When claws do more damage, I tend to think of Rend or Rake. Hoarcat Trample just doesn’t seem right for a Sz1 cat. Perhaps Underfoot, or Skate Past? Elijah Borgmann Greatsword: If ever there was a time for a Flamberge (which means flamboyant, but is traditionally a wave-bladed, or flame-bladed sword). Firestarter Light under their feet: I’d personally like to see it changed to The Prodigy’s Firestarter lyric of The Fear Addicted. Draw out Secrets could then be A Danger Illustrated. This might be getting a touch obscure 🤔. Eternal Flame I love a good Olympics / The Bangles reference, but why isn’t this thing called an Incinerator? Or possible a Furnace? Fire Golem Fire Tornado: Why not a Conflagration? Neil Henry Rail Driver or Whirling Hammer: I just need one of these to be a Ghost Train. Willie Sharp Wit: I’d like to see it become “Here, Hold This!”, and the Ram trigger be something like “That fuse shouldn’t be lit!” The Captain Quick Getaway: Wind Buffet? Zephyr? The Captain doesn’t seem very quick getaway-ish. Amina Naidu Sharp Wit could be Burden of Proof (a burden slowing you down). Obey could be Court Orders. Gunsmith Puncture could be Hollow Points. Armor Piercing could be Jacketed Rounds, or even Full Metal Jacket. Severe Injury could be Fragmentation. Mouse Frantic Flailing could be something a touch more fun, like Groin Punch. Howard Langston Like the Wind: I’d love to see this be Going for a Scuttle. Colette Du Bois Serene Countenance could be Showmanship, or Allure. Distracting Illusion just has to be Glamour. It’s a homonym of Glamer (an illusion), and it embodies Colette. Angelica Durand Herald should be Compère (a person who introduces performers). Mannequin The childish part of me wants Forced Wardrobe Change to be Wardrobe Malfunction. Carlos Vasquez Flaming Baton is fine, but The Flaming Fist of the Great Carlos Vasquez is just better, and only takes up six lines of text. Steam Arachnid The swarm version injures with its metal claws. Surely the individual should change Frantic Flailing to a Metal Claw as well? So, what do you think, folks? Caedrus.
  6. @Nikodemus: He's nearly done! This month's theme / technique is going to be blacklining, but with a side order of SENMM! Pictures very soon!
  7. Utter Side Topic / Trivia: The Addams Family home in the original Black and White series, was painted mainly in shades of pink. Apparently that's an easy shade to control relative light / dark values.
  8. @Ravenswood: There's an end to this project? Hopefully not - I adore your painting style, and want you to keep on painting! Love that Draugr!
  9. @misterfinn: Indeed yes. Needs a drybrush, and a few little touches. @Purple Mist: He's a Russian Blue. Gorgeous cats. This one is just a bit thick. @PetitDalek: Gorgeous proxy Asura. The dress with the red to green transition is lovely. Kudos.
  10. Caedrus, checking in with a very quick update! So, this month (and the next two 😖) will be super-busy, so my efforts will drop dramatically. Having said that, I finished a vulture: and I've made some progress on my December Acolytes, as well as my Beastman for my '12-month Beastman personal challenge'. Finally, you had all better say hello to Percy. He drinks my paint water. He's not what you'd call a smart cat. Great painting again this month, folks! When I get a chance, I'll swing by and leave feedback. Until then, pat your cat (or goat), and put pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
  11. @Diddick: If you can find a cheap scale streetlight, that would make an awesome lighting effect! (Note to self: try this myself).
  12. @Diddick: Check out Spiraling Cadaver.
  13. @Purple Mist, @Viruk: I'd be so behind a cat-themed painting month! As well as my Curiosity set, I have this guy.
  14. Caedrus, checking in! OK, so I better update where I am in my 2019 painting deck. Here goes: Crows 2: Mike-Mack: Try painting a miniature in the Games Workshop Style. 8: Victorian Painting: Use an object-source-lighting effect. 9: Buddhist: Use the non-metal-metal painting style. 12: Homeopathy: Use a glazing technique on a miniature. Tomes 3: Thin your paints, must you: Give constructive advice to a fellow painter. 8: Donatello wasn’t just a turtle: Try out your green stuff sculpting skills. 12: Let’s get a little crazy: Paint some freehand, Trompe-l'œil, or patterning effects. Rams 6: Old School: Paint a metal Wyrd miniature. 9: …and I’ll form the head!: Paint a big stompy robot. 12: Pro Painter: Repaint someone else’s miniature (preferably from eBay). Masks 1: Wham! Use a fluorescent paint. 3: Saturation: Use inks on a miniature. 6: Mastery in a bottle: Use Umber Wash, Agrax Earthshade, or Vallejo Smoke on a miniature. 9: It’s the consistency, not the taste: Use a water effect, blood effect or texture effect on a miniature. 11: Under pressure: Use an airbrush on a miniature. 12: It puts the lotion on its skin: Use a dip technique. A couple of reference images: (GW Style), and lots of Agraz Earthshade! A different beastman, Dipped! An eBay rescue. Metal Wyrd Mini. Freehand Tartan Pants! Airbrush, glazing, non-metal metal, and inks! Sculpting, OSL, and Fluorescents! A big, stompy, PITA robot. So, I'm claiming 16 cards! More importantly, even though I wrote the deck, I'm enjoying the challenge! Caedrus.
  15. @Nikodemus: Apologies! Busy times. I'll check my total tomorrow, when I should be working! 🤫
  16. Welcome to @OctaBit, and Welcome to @Rathnard! @Viruk: Your cat does a pretty good staredown! Mine watches me paint pretty intensely... and drinks my paint water 😹
  17. Caedrus, checking in! I realised that I hadn't uploaded my final pictures of the minis for February. Pathfinder. Messing around with multi-source, multi-strength OSL. I'll call that 'somewhat successful'. Peacekeeper. I'm putting this waaaay up there in my top-ten, most painful miniatures. The joints all needed to be pinned, through tiny articulations. The sculpt is silly (the arms, literally, prohibit the other arm moving), and it manages to be both busy and boring. So, not my favourite. It's done now. @Thedeadclaw: Now that's what I call prolific! @Purple Mist: I love those colours. The photos are excellent, but I think real life would be even better! Here's a link to James Wappel using them on a dragon, if you haven't seen it! @Viruk: As always, gorgeous models. The fact you can paint like that with sleep deprivation just makes me jealous! @Scatterbrain: Enjoy that avatar model! @PetitDalek: I always have little mental back stories for my models. I'm glad I'm not alone in this! Those scenery pieces are delightful. Loving the ducks! @Primate: If you use Reaper paints, they have layering paint triads, which can be a really useful method. @Scatterbrain: I've started using GW's Druchii Violet washes on my brass. It (in my super-humble opinion) makes it look gorgeous, if you're up for an experiment! @Boomstick: I'd never think to use purple and fluorescent green together. You make it look really effective. Kudos! @prof_bycid: I'll be re-basing my Hoarcats to do the same as you, I think. Two-per-base just works better. @Chou: I'm envious of your subtle shadowing skills. Gorgeous. The railworker pants are very nice. Realistically done. @misterfinn: That is, easily, the best Jake I've seen. You've used a super-limited palette, but with such range. I could never do high-contrast shadowing like that. The saturated leather tones are just beautiful. 👍 @Polar43: You were still finished before me! They make an awesome whiskey set. Really cohesive. I reckon you should base them in pools of pseudo-whiskey! Wow. What a month. As prolific as I've seen, and some jaw-dropping models. I'm staggered by the amazing paintwork. Here's to March! Caedrus.
  18. @misterfinn: That is a gorgeous, gorgeous miniature.
  19. Hmm, I shall change the text to a mid-grey soon, to be both-theme-friendly. Thanks for the heads-up! 👍
  20. For this month, I pledge 21SS of damn-near-finished Acolytes, and 3SS of Vulture! Have a great painting March! Caedrus
  21. Another month begins! This is the thread for the March 2019 Monthly Painting Challenge. I’m Caedrus, and I’ll be your host for 2019. March: a change of Season! Whether it be a Southern Hemisphere autumn, or a Northern Hemisphere Spring, change is in the air! I've made a small change to TOS values (see below) based on feedback from @Athiko. Please let me know if this sounds OK to people! If you’d like to be part of this challenge, please introduce yourself below, and post what level you’ll be painting at! The painters who have already signed up have their details put into the spreadsheet here. The 2019 Wyrd Monthly Painting Challenge is all about: Having fun painting! Motivating yourself, and encouraging others. Being part of a great, friendly community. Giving and receiving constructive advice. And, finally: Getting some pigment onto plastic! This is not a competition in any way. The pledge categories are the following: Minion: you paint at least 1 soulstone worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Enforcer: you paint at least 6 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Henchman: you paint at least 11 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Master: you paint at least 16 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Tyrant: you paint at least 31 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month The rules: The challenge started on January 1st, 2019. Models count for the month in which you finish them. You can finish painting a model that you started before the beginning of the month. Everyone may fail to make their monthly goal twice and stay in the challenge. This is using a mulligan. You can choose to go down a pledge level during the year, but you cannot move up. You may choose to sign up during a later month for the challenge but this means that you'll have to use one or two of the aforementioned mulligans: e.g. if you start in February, one mulligan will automatically be used because you missed January; if you start in March, two mulligans will already be used; you can’t start in April. This means if you want to join / start the challenge, you must meet every month's pledge from now on! A model is considered painted if it is (1) based (even glued onto a black base counts); (2) tournament legal. That means that if it's a translucent, based model, it counts automatically. If it is any opaque material, then the standard is: Every part of the miniature painted, and three colours minimum. Miniature Values: Malifaux Almost all models count as their Soulstone value; Masters count for 15 soulstones. Zero cost models count for 5 soulstones. Proxies (constructed from Wyrd models) count for their proxy value. The Other Side Titans count for 25 soulstones. Commanders count for 15 soulstones. Adjunct models count for 5 soulstones. Otherwise: A 30mm base model is worth 5 soulstones. A 40mm base model is worth 7 soulstones. A 50mm base model is worth 10 soulstones. Terrain Terrain is worth 5SS per 50mm base in area. Custom tokens are worth 5SS per 50mm base in area. A terrain board is worth 100 Soulstones. 3rd Edition? If Malifaux 3rd Edition hits in 2019, then the month that the PDF version is available, we will begin using the new values if they differ from M2E. How to upload images? Go to imgur.com, and create an account. Click on your account, click on 'images', and then 'add images'. Click on your uploaded image. You'll see a whole bunch of link options. Click on the 'copy' button next to 'direct link'. Go to your Wyrd Forum thread. Paste (CTRL-V) at the appropriate spot. The image should appear, resized appropriately to the page. My very best for March! Caedrus.
  22. Hello All! Well, February is nearly at its end (which, in Australia, also means the scorching heat of summer will soon give way to the scorching heat of autumn). That means it's time to throw me an "@Caedrus", and let me know how many stones you painted. There are a couple of painters that have finished, but I don't have their totals. Please PM or update me! The current spreadsheet is available [here]. Oh, and the March Painting Challenge will be open momentarily! Caedrus.
  23. Caedrus, checking in! Well, I hope to have my Peacekeeper finished very soon, but in the meantime, I thought I might say: Wow. Some absolutely fantastic painting this month. Lots of fluorescence, done brilliantly! So many painting styles different to my own (developing) style. I'm learning so much from all of you! @Viruk: You have a fantastic eye for colour. The blue-to-green shift on your Raspy avatar is wonderful. @emiba: Beautiful, sombre tones on the Vincent jacket. @Maxooo: I love those magenta gremlins, and the fluorescent highlights on the base. I wouldn’t be brave enough to try that! @lusciousmccabe: Nice gradients on the Bandersnatch! I’m with @Nikodemus on unifying the hair colour, but I’d break lore, and go with jeans-blue! @Purple Mist: I’m watching your chameleon-horse very closely! Even still images look great! @Burnin' Coal: Super-cohesive unit there. I think my favourite is the parasol-and-mermaid-dress lady. Gentle, beautiful contrasts. @Athiko: The fluorescent unifying colour is so very powerful. I love this crew! I didn’t intend to buy Jaakune, but it’s such a beautiful sculpt, I hope I do it the justice you’re doing! Your March pledge is huuuge. Wow. @Diddick: That fluorescent base-touch-effect is great. Not sure which Goryo I like most. I think the brown dress, but it is close! @bedjy: Those banraku are tiny! You’ve got fantastic detail on it. I love the wood tones (I mostly rely on inks to get a good wood effect), but I think the lavender/blue robes are the best bit! @muraki: I don’t know where to start! 94 Stones is just … massive. Your colours are outrageous! Pinks, greens, yellows. I wouldn’t have the courage to even consider it. Your style is so very different to mine, but I love it. I think I’ve never seen miniatures that look like so much fun. Kudos! @wobbly_goggy: Great mini, needs a partner-sign labelled ‘careful now!’ @Phinn: I hope life settles down for you, but your rat-plan is flawless brilliance! I look forward to your monthly rat! It's an absolute pleasure seeing these paintings evolve! Caedrus.
  24. Caedrus, reporting in! Well, I've met my base goal for the month, being 9SS of Anna Lovelace! I'm fairly pleased with this model. I think I'll redo the base edge in plain colours, rather than messing with about with it. I was pleased with the NMM (still lots to learn, but I'm getting there), and the glazing (both to smooth out the NMM, and the purple reflections from her sash. From here, I'll try to finish a metal Peacekeeper, a Pathfinder, and three December Acolytes. A gentle reminder, as we get towards the end of the month: If you could make your end of the month update an "@Caedrus", listing your SS value, that would be much appreciated! I'm going to take some time and look through some of the amazing painting from this month. Some amazing stuff. Keep putting pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
  25. Caedrus

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    Yeah, add 'awesome' to my earlier adjectives.
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