Photos of Rasputina and Kaeris Crews, Metal and Plastic
The Arcanist Masters of Fire & Ice
Expanding my Arcanist master roster by 2, these are 2 (painted (Rasputina) and unpainted (Kaeris)) eBay crew purchases
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I've based them all using my standard basing system for Malifaux, which is sand glued onto the base, black painted/sprayed and then drybrush with Ushabit Bone and a light grey, and a spot of grass. The Raspy crew also have snow, from Treemendous.
Here's the metal Kaeris crew box - managed to pick this up for only around £20 on eBay, which might be because the new plastic Kaeris is coming out soon. Anyways, 3 Fire Gamin, 2 Gunsmiths, and Kaeris herself
I kept with a blue theme throughouot to key them into the Mei Feng crew I also have, as Kaeris may end up working with the Rail Golem at some point in time...
Kaeris' has the same blue trousers as Mei Feng, and after much deliberating I went with a red coat, on the basis that she needed some fire in her wardrobe. With all of that going on, the lining ended up a very neutral grey.
I also dithered a long time with the wings, as there are plenty of examples on the internet of how to paint them. In the end I went with a dark Desert Yellow, with a drybrush of bronze to give an aged metallic look - finished off with the ubiquitour Army Painted Quickshade medium tone. Looking back, maybe I should have left the wash off the cloak?
Here she is close up - I rarely try and paint eyes on models, as it often ends up looking, well, either rubbish or just really a bit Papa Lazarou, but these seems to have come out OK.
The flame-haired female Gunsmith. A real Matrix-inspired model and pose, with the same blue coat to keep the theme going. I may have overdone the drybrush to pick out highlights at the end of the process here, but the photo does make more of them than they appear on the tabletop
Very pleased with the hair though - black undercoat, heavy white drybrush, then yellow, then orange ink, finished with a bit of Ushabti Bone drybrushing.
This cloak hasn't picked up as much pigment from the varnish wash as Kaeris' coat did, which is better.
This face is not quite such a success, but the Steampunk Goggles are anice touch
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Male Gunsmith - again a blue coat, this one with a blue lining too. I wanted to do something with the handles of the guns, but my attempts to paint a little flame on them ended up looking rubbish, so I just went with a 2-tone red and black combo
He is a bit Harry Potter Wizard from the back
His face is hidden under his hat, so I managed to take this photo from below to show his goggles.
Fire Gamin - three troublemakers if every there were any
Black base coat, heavy white drybrush, yellow, Orange ink, then black reverse-highlights, Army Painter wash and a bit of grey drybrush to finish. I thought the faces on these looked quite skull-like so I did them in black and then drybrushed them in white, finishing off with red eyes. A partial success...
Differentiating a flame being shot from a being which is, erm, flame was a bit tricky, so I didn't Army-painter the flameball and also gave it a pale blue drybrush at the end to suggest some sort of magical/electrical element to the flames
The blue is clearer from this side
This is the final Fire Gamin - I tried to make it look like he was about to hurl a flaming skull..
Hoarcats - these were purchased painted, but unbased. I decided to put them one to a base, and add some landscaping (i.e. rocks) to fill up the 40mm bases they come on as I didn't fancy buying another set or two to turn them into 'prides' and I also didn't fancy trying to recreate someone elses exact painting style
This one was glued to the rock. The join lines are a bit over-visible in this photo, but again at gaming distances they are very hard to see
Hoarcat, skulking round a rock. Watch out Gremlins!
This Blessed of December proxy has been seen before, but for completeness I included him again
Three nasty-looking Ice Gamin
They have great, expressive evil little faces!
Not sure if he will fit in this crew, but I added a longer handled hammer to my Captain proxy, so added a photo in here. This is a Black Scorpion resin Pirate (yeah right, like you needed to be told..) figure.
Wendigo - and his victim. This one was unpainted, so I did have to try and copy the style of the rest of the figures, with a careful layered drybrush technique on the Wendigo
Getting the Wendigo's victim to stand up was tricky - one foot is not enough for me to feel confident as an anchor point to the base, but my attempt to drill into the heel just melted the whole foot of the poor guy. That meant I ended up creating a new foot for him out of Green Stuff, and then anchoring him with a pin through the leg/foot and also fixing the back of his cloak to the base as well with glue. I'm always happier with 2 anchor points to the base, especially for a figure that will no doubt be manhandled a lot.
Whilst the guy has an Army Painter finish, the Wendigo doesn't
Overall I'm pleased with this one - which wasn't where I started out.
Ice Golem - the main reason I bought this crew, rather than trying to paint it myself. I was really unsure whether I'd be able to make agood job of this guy, so when one this well painted came on eBay, I was all in
Again no filling on the joins, but not visble at gaming distances
Rasputina in Plastic - a lovely figure, very 1920's Pilot
Rasputina - I'm NOT tempted to try and add eyes to this one!
Standard basing as usual, snow from Treemendous
The Essence of Power
The image on the card has the man as some sort of green-skinned thing, but I thought it might be more horrifying if he was a "real" person
The flesh colour has been initially very toned down by highlighting in a mix of Sunny Flesh and Bleached bone to give it an almost-dead look.
The "Magic" is white painted, then inked with Windsor & Newton Indigo blue - which was a bit too strong, so I matt varnished it, drybrushed heavily with white, and then inked again with standard blue.
You need to varnish between layers of ink or they just dissolve into the water-based paint of the next layer as soon as it gets wet again.
The Essence of Power was pinned - well, a pin was put into the base, and then glued rather unkindly between his buttocks. I tried to hide it with some grassy tufts.
As The Essence of Power will probably used with Raspy, I may yet decide to add snow to the base as well
Two more crews, bringing my total up to 5 of the Arcanist Masters - only Ironsides and The Showgirls to get now...
The big challenge is going to be finding time to play them all to a vaguely competent level
It also means that my collection of cards is now a rather fat bundle, which doesn't really fit in my box of figures. If you want to comment on these figures you can do so on my Blogger site
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