Photos of The Ironsides Crew Box Painted,
One day after recieving it!
Toni Ironsides is a brawler beatstick master that buffs friendly M&SU and runs with some very useful utility models - the crew box is only just out and contains some models which weren't available in metal, so they are entirely new to Malifaux. I ordered a box and it duly arrived yesterday, prompting to quick undercoating, painting and finishing. And here they are!
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This is the entire crew - I had a proxy (Pirate) Captain, and as I've grown rather attached to him I've decided to keep him in the team. That means I didn't paint up the Captain from the box set, as I'm toying with the idea of eBaying it on the sprue.
I tried to keep a common colour palette across the crew, but also link it in across my other crews too - so, Toni ended up with the same "workers denim" as Mei Feng and the Railworkers.
Mouse is the outlier - his red colour scheme is a bit of a standout. His hat - looking at the box artwork - should have a peak but in reality its a rather odd sort of beret type affair. I might also have stuck the rope on the wrong way round - looking back it might be supposed to be in front of him. The artwork on the back of the box didn't show that angle, and I was too eager to bother with logging onto the Wyrd site to find the actual instructions just for this one thing
It sort of flies out of the back, as if he is running along and the loop of rope is flapping - not too bad an effect anyway.
Toni could easily be a very dark figure, hence opting to paint the strapping and stuff on her arms in a pale linen colour to pick up the model a bit. I gave her a purple blouse under her leather waistcoat to key her into the Mages who are the visual highlight of the crew
Here's the first one - I "almost" mucked up the building of this one by glueing the two sides of the cloak together before clicking in the crossed legs underneath it. So, the building hint is to build the cloak around the legs, not try to plug them in afterwards!
The cloak sort of turns into "magic force" at the bottom, which is lifting the chap up in the air. I was at a bit of a loss how to do this, but what I ended up doing in the end was to overpaint the purple cloak with some white edges at the bottom, and then paint them in Windsor & Newton Viridian Green ink, which gives a sort of magical aura effect - the ink is really vibrant and bright, and looks very different to the rest of the paint scheme, so there are "soulstone-powered aetheric forces" at play at the bottom of the cloak.
The same ink effect was used on the bit lump of magic - I was really pleased to be able to get the arm positioned on this model correctly so it connected to the "magic force", which I had kept separate until I'd finihsed painting up the rest of the figure, and only glued it onto the base right at the end.
The face of the figure on this model is one of those really small pieces which Wyrd seem to love - and which doesn't quite seem to fit into an obvious slot on the head. That does mean you are left with a face that from some angles seens a little detached from the main part of the figure - however the Tintin-style flick of hair is fun - and of course had to be painted blonde in homage to Herve, even though this mage is female!
On the box art the mages are wearing dark green, and the "magic aura" is purple - I already have some green Silent Ones, and was keen to use purple as the keystone colour palette for this crew so I flipped the two round. In retrospect one thing I might have done differently would be to give each Mage a different colour of "magic" as then that would also visually suggest their different "Ward" upgrades - but it woudl have made keeping a proper colour consistency more difficult. I also use blue ink to suggest Ramos' electrical energy so ... still not sure, but I think that this does still look neat.
The face looks OK here, but you can sort of see that there is no real back of the head
This bloke, with his magical flaming fists looks like someone from a manga-lite cartoon I half remeber from kids TV. He sure is angry... but if both my hands were on fire I'd probably be a little miffed too.
Everyone needs a WW2 German kit belt to accessorize their Superhero uniform, and this guy is no different.
I added some more watch parts to the bases for "arcanist" effect.
The knee pads on this model were a little tricky to pain, as the straps on one leg kinda got lost a little in the folds of the trousers. The purple on the cloak is a very old pot of Miniature Paints #33, Royal Purple, with their main uniforms having some dark blue mixed into it to keep them similar. I had thought about going with Oxford Blue for the Oxfordian Mages, but I have a fair amount of blue already and it might not have looked as good with the green "magic"
I also gave this one a leather armlet on the left arm
This shot shows the magical stuff on the Andy Warhol Mage a little better
My own Captain - a Black Scorpion Pirate Captain!
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