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  1. Another new player here,  so can't offer too much in the way of advice,  but Parker is great fun to play.  I've only used him in casual 30-35SS games with the wife so far (forcing myself to play mostly painted when I hit the gaming stores so my Guild stuff are my go to there-until my pastels arrive, at which point I have big plans for Parker!).

    So far I've only added in the Hodgepodge Effigy and a Dead Outlaw to the crew box - I've used my Bandido's for scheme running (their ability to drop a scheme marker when they die is really handy for that too), and Mad Dog's ability to drop a scheme marker in B2B when he kills an enemy model can help there too (especially if it becomes clear you're both going for the same scheme!).

    There's definitely a fairly steep learning curve with Parker but I've played 5 or 6 games with him now and I'm starting to pull off some of his cool little tricks, which is rewarding in itself. I'm almost positive I'll be severely punished when I come up against better opposition (the wife's still learning too!), but he's damn good fun, which is what it's all about for now, winning competetively can come later :)

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  2. Here's what I'll be working on this month - pretty much all of the 2 player starter set and some more Guild models. Since taking the picture I've made a start on one of the Bloodwretch's, Angel Eyes and Dr Grimwell and nearly finished the second Witchling Stalker, so progress is being made - I honestly think I'll smash my target this month :D (although I haven't checked the Stalker since waking up today and I was very tired painting last night due to a late night trip to the hospital with my pregnant wife in monsoon conditions - all's well and good now though :) ).

    Despite initially deciding on Parker Barrows as my main Master and Outcasts as my faction, I seem to be far more enthused about painting up my Guild and Neverborn guys, so we'll have to see how that pans out over the coming months. I had my first game with Sonnia yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed playing her (despite losing badly!), so if I carry on as I'm going, it looks like her and Perdita will be my main choices to start with and I'll save Parker for when the wife wants to play (she always picks Sonnia :P). Which is cool, I seem to be set on a colour scheme for the Guild now, which will run through the entire faction, so it makes sense to plough on with those guys.

    My only issue so far this month is regretting undercoating the Neverborn guys black - I was initially going to go with much darker colours on the Bloodwretch's before deciding at the last minute that they'd suit unfashionably garish bright shirts. I may regret that one by the time the month's out! :o

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  3. 22 hours ago, misterfinn said:

     

    @tjgreenway I don't see any poor brush skills here! Your paint is smooth and the colors are painted neatly. I like your color choices. As a next step (before you get into highlighting and shading), I suggest building on the clean brushwork you're already practicing. Try some darklining - painting very thin lines of dark paint between areas of the model where colors meet each other. Examples: between hand and coat on the nurse, between jacket and vest on the handler, between glove and arm on the handler. This technique helps to make the model "pop" from a distance and adds polish when viewed up close. Darklining's also very helpful as a brush control exercise for painting fine detail and correcting small errors. Make sure you've got a decently sized brush (no smaller than a 0, I'd say) that holds a sharp point. My go-to paint for this is Reaper Master Series brown liner (part #09064) because it's not as stark as pure black and I like the flow.

    Thank you, I really appreciate the feedback. I am really happy with the smoothness - I mostly use the Warcolours range of paints and I've found that their longer drying time really helps me with managing the smooth finish, I'm able to pretty much push the paint around until I've got it where I want it. Seriously can't say enough good things about these paints at the moment! 

    Where I really struggle control-wise is on the smaller details,  which it's much harder to see on these pics - I'll have to start a bit of a blog with some close up's soon and some pics in better lighting so I can get some C&C on that side of it too. Although I feel that that's mostly going to be down to practice and getting used to using my tools more than anything,  so hopefully February's entries will see a bit of an improvement again :)

    I'll definitely try some darklining too on my next lot of mini's, the plan is to crack on with both sides of the starter set this month :D If I'm to use paints already in my collection for the darklining, would a higher ratio of water be advised or would it be better stick with the same ratio and just use the tiniest bit of paint on the brush tip? And muchos gracias again for your kind words! :)

  4. Gaming's been switched to tomorrow night now, so here's my January entries, and the first of many Malifaux miniatures I'll be painting over the coming months/years :D

    Nurse Heartsbane @ 8SS, Withcling Handler @ 7SS and Witchling Stalker @ 5SS for a total of 20SS in my first month (and I've got a free evening so I might even cram some more in tonight! :)).

    Very much just going for tabletop ready at the moment, so a bit rough around the edges (it still took me about 8 hours on the Handler and 4-5 hours apiece on the other two!). I didn't realise just how poor my brush skills were until I started to paint again this month, so I'll work on that before I try to move onto more advanced techniques. I didn't expect the jump in scale from painting 28mm to 32mm to make much of a difference, either, but it definitely has, I'm noticing a lot more imperfections than I have done previously (and certainly more than I ever have on my 10mm stuff! :P ). Any C&C is more than welcome at this point - I've got a long way to go before I'm painting to the standards that I want to be, but I'm proud of these efforts nonetheless :)

    edit : forgot to mention as well, I'm basing with Stirland Mud for the sake of it being easy and was intentionally a little messy with it as I made the mistake of using super glue accelerator on plastic when I was gluing some of the models onto their bases, so was covering up the mess that caused - lesson learnt there!

     

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  5. Finished my pledge last night and got some more assembly done (although I snapped the fiddly bits on Taelor :( ),  just in time for games night tonight (there's still going to be a lot of unpainted minis on the table, but it's three less than there would have been :D ). I'm confidant February will be a productive month,  now that I've got a lot of the groundwork done :)

    I'll take pictures tonight or tomorrow,  need to get ready to introduce some newbies to the joy of Malifaux now :D

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  6. On a similar topic,  so didn't want to start a new thread,  does the Shifting Loyalties deck contain any general upgrades? Just starting out and so far I have the Core book and Crossroads books plus the 2nd Generalist deck. A little confused as to whether the SL deck is worth buying at the moment (I'll eventually be grabbing the book anyway,  but not for a while). 

  7. On 1/27/2018 at 7:59 PM, Rikk said:

    Struggling quite a bit this month.

    work has been a nightmare and I’ve been cutting and glueing models ready for tournaments.

    have almost finished one boar and making a start on Ophelia later.

    May just get a model done this month but then with upcoming tournaments and two crews worth of models glued and undercoated I should be fairly motivated to paint.

    Struggling here too - it's my first month on the Malifaux scene and all I seem to be have been doing is putting models together and priming them - I definitely think I got a bit carried away with what I bought to start out! I've got one Witchling Stalker and one Handler finished so far,  though, so looking set to hit my 15SS target (pics should be up tomorrow) . Just have to keep reminding myself that all the other models in various stages are progress towards the rest of the year  :)

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  8. Well,  it turns out that the wife's fallen for Malifaux's charm almost as much as I have. Seeing as it's taken me three years to find a miniatures game that she likes, I let her take first dibs on faction and she's opted for Guild, gravitating to Sonia in particular :D

    This, mixed with Parker's box coming back into stock at The Combat Company (he was the Master that first grabbed me :)), means I've switched allegiance to Outcasts for now,  so it looks like I'll be posting over on that board more for the time being.  I'll get back to Perdita soon though! 

     

  9. Well, after a horrendous attempt at blending on a Desperate Mercenary that really discouraged me and had me ready to flip tables/burn mini's, I've gone back to what I sort of know and am now having much more fun with my Witchling Handlers and Stalkers. They won't be award winning, that's for sure, but by the time I'm finished (which should be a day or two, so plenty of time to smash my target :D ) they should be passable for using as toy soldiers and I think I'll be proud of my little bubs, so that's enough for me this month! 

    I think I just need to work on my basics for a little while again (it's been a while since I painted anything bigger than 10mm! :o) before I try to overcomplicate things :)

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  10. Some beautiful work so far, guys, really inspiring stuff! :)I won't be able to match any of it, but I have decided to focus on the painting aspect of the hobby much more in 2018 and will be working on my layering through the first few months of the year, having previously made do with a simple base/wash/drybrush - so hopefully when I look back in December, I'll see a marked difference between now and then! :D

    With that in mind, better late than never, here are what I'll be working on for the rest of the month - my first Malifaux miniatures, which will be my first attempt at more than a quick paintjob. I've now started work on my first Desperate Mercenary - after trying him out in a game with the wife tonight I figured he's the most dispensible of the lot, so he's got the honour of being my dummy run :P Not overly happy with the results so far, but I'll spend a few more hours on him tomorrow night and see if it's worth posting a WIP (I'll probably start a new thread as I'll have a lot to post and be in need of a fair bit of C&C!).

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  11. A quick rules question (I'll be posting my starting point pics tonight, a bit late in for the first month but confidant I can reach my Soulstone target :D ) - I've just bought my first batch of Malifaux miniatures and admittedly went a little mad (I'm building a crew each for me and the wife and grabbed some fun extras too, so lots of stuff to paint!). My intention is to have everything I buy now painted by the middle of the year, but I'll be priming it all in white now so that the mini's pop out a bit more on the tabletop - that way I can play with them without my failing eyes struggling to make out bare plastic in the meantime. So will primed mini's be okay as a starting spot for my next few months' worth of minis? :) 

  12. Well, I had my first game today, using someone else's models (Arcanists vs. Arcanists at 30SS) as mine hadn't quite arrived in time to assemble, what an awesome game! I managed to eke out a draw (my opponent was very helpful, reminding me countless times when I missed rules interactions) and it seems like exactly what I've been looking for in a miniatures game - fun, frantic and full of character while still managing to be tactically challenging. I now can't wait to get my models onto the painting table (all cleaned up and ready to be assembled tomorrow :D ); my Sonnia and Vikktoria boxes have jumped straight to the front of the queue (sorry Warmaster High Elves! :o ). I'll be sure to throw some updates in here as I get some painting done and manage to get some games in with my own crews - and to top it all off, the wife seems keen to give this one a shot as she's fallen in love with some of the miniatures too :) 

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  13. 5 hours ago, Regelridderen said:

    Get the app and the ‘cards’ for it. Then you’ve got it all, and your ‘cards’ will be fully updated now and in the future too.

     

    This sounds like a solid plan, cheers - ten bucks is a bargain too! 

    5 hours ago, Stonewall78 said:

    Did you buy old 1st ed metal models? If you bought current 2e crews they will come with all the upgrades and cards you need. The rules are also free online. You only need the books for lore and models you don't own to read up on.
    Perdita is a great master to learn with.

    Bought the new plastic sets,  so will have everything to run the models,  I just wasn't sure if upgrades were included in the box or if they were only in the books and decks. 

    Perdita's looking like being my starting point now,  I've fallen in love with the models and already have ideas for some themed terrain! I grabbed some extra goodies last night,  but mostly as a painting project (I picked up the Parker box as it came back in stock,  really keen to paint those guys :D), although I did buy Granny Ortega to round out the family :)

     

    Thank you very much for all your help,  folks,  I'll be sure to post back here when my stuff starts to arrive and I get painting - now I'm just really looking forward to my first game tomorrow :D

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  14. 8 minutes ago, Griautis said:

    First of all - congrats on joining the game.

    After that, I'd really recommend getting the Generalist Upgrade Decks. especially the Broken promises Master Deck, as it includes two new upgrades for every master, and some of those are really good. I can't say how important they are for the Master's you have - but more options are good.

    Can't comment on Guild Specific stuff, as I don't play them. 

    Thank you very much!

    I meant to elaborate a bit further on the expansions, actually (how did I manage to write an essay without asking one of the main questions I had in mind?!?). My plan is probably to pick up the next couple of books as soon as I can afford to, as I'm a bit of a completionist with stuff like that, so if I were to grab Shifting Loyalties, Broken Promises and Ripples of Fate in book form eventually, would that provide me with all of the upgrades available and negate the need for the decks? If that's the case, I'll probably hold off and use the money I'd spend on the decks on new models and the books when I'm able to, rather than picking up the same information in two places.

    I have grabbed the Schemes deck already, as that sounds really helpful for keeping track of what's happening through the game, but if I can avoid doubling up on upgrades etc., that'd be awesome (there are, after all, far too many pieces of shiny plastic calling out to me right now!).

  15. G'day folks, newcomer to the roost here, looking for some advice after finally dipping my toes into Malifaux! First of all, this is my first foray into the game - having been umm'ing and aah'ing over the gorgeous miniatures for about a year now, I've finally taken the plunge after moving to a new part of the country and finding a few players. All being well, I should have my first game on Wednesday, somebody's kindly offered to run me through a demo game, but I couldn't wait to get started, so made an order online a few days ago for what I think will keep me busy for a good few months!

    That being said, jumping in at a point where there's already quite a bit released (I've ordered the Core Rulebook and Crossroads expansion to start, so I have access to all the masters), it does get a little confusing for a newbie. I've figured out that I don't need any upgrade decks, as I'll have all of the Wave 1 and 2 stats and upgrades in the book and as I understand it, I'll be able to use any more recent models I buy as they'll have their stat cards included? I'll start to add the other expansion books over the coming months, then, so that I've got all the upgrades, story encounters and can keep up to date with the fluff etc.

    So, as far as what I've ordered, after having a massive gaming clearout I've gone a bit mad again and grabbed two Guild crews and one Outcasts crew, as I figure this way I can introduce my friends to the game with two opposing forces and also use the mercenary models in my Guild force as needed. So, I've picked up three boxes (Sonnia Crid, Perdita Ortega and the Vikktoria's), along with a few random miniatures, mostly because they appealed visually and look like they'll be a dream to paint - from memory, I've also grabbed the Withcling Handlers, some Desperate Mercenaries and the Pistolero De Latigo's. Should be plenty enough to keep me painting for a few months, but from a gaming perspective, is there anything I should really think about adding sooner rather than later?

    My plan for future purchases was probably going to be the 2 player starter set (for the Guild and Mercenary models and because I really want to paint some Neverborn soon as well! Plus, I think it'll be handy for running demo games for the wife and a few friends who may be interested) and the Crossroads Seven box up next. Story encounters were one of the big draws of Malifaux for me, my usual gaming group being quite RPG oriented, so the X7 box being a combination of that and some beautiful mini's who are all mercenaries seemed like a natural choice.

    So, I guess the big question now that I've bought a whole load of awesome miniatures without playing a game and reading the rules properly, is will I have a playable force from the start, and is there anything I should think about adding on top of/instead of the two planned purchases I mentioned? I'm not worried about being a super competitive player, but at the same time, I don't want to lose every single game! :)

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