Thursday, 3 February 2011

Stargazer's Painting/Malifaux Corner

Hi guys and welcome to the first installment of the painting and Malifaux corner. In the coming weeks I'll be talking about and discussing (yes you guessed it dear reader) how I go about painting miniatures and more specifically the wonderful world of Malifaux.

So what is Malifaux I hear you cry! Well it's a skirmished based game
which is described by the company that produces it, Wyrd Miniatures, as Steamvictoriohorrorwestpunk (Clear as mud ;)) a "crew" generally consists of between 5 and 10 models (in an equivalent 1500pt game of 40k) Every model has maybe 5-10 special rules and the Masters (leaders of the crews) might have up to 20. There are also large amounts of synergy and interplay that goes on within a crew making it quite a challenging game to fully master (I'm definitely not there yet!! Although I like to think I'm competent with the crews I currently play with) It might seem very complex from that briefest of descriptions but as you get into it the game really isn't as hard as it sounds.

In this post I will be introducing you to the master of one of my crews.

So without further ado I give you Seamus the Mad Hatter. Coming up I'm going to give you first my take on painting him followed by some of the
tactics I like to use with him (coming next week). Any paints that I mention are Games Workshop or Games Workshop Foundation paints unless otherwise stated. I always water my paints down to slightly thicker than milk although with some paints that don't cover very well I water them down less and with ones which cover well I might water them down more. The paint brushes I use are Rosemary & Co Series 33 sizes 1, 2/0 and 3/0

The Coat and Hat- I started with a basecoat of Hawk Turquoise, to highlight this I gradually added Skull White to the mix slowly feathering in the highlights to the last layer. For the shading I used heavily watered
down Hawk Turquoise with a very small amount of Chaos Black mixed in so it still looks slightly Turquoise. I highlighted all of this model from the right hand side so simply put the shading on the
opposite side.

The Green Bits- This was my own mix because I don't often use paints straight out of the pot although you could achieve a similar effect using Dark Angels Green. To highlight I added Commando Khaki which I used because unlike using white it doesn't make the highlights look chalky and washed out. This is a technique that I use quite often on my models.

The Edgings of the Coat- For this I used Commando Khaki with a small amount of Hawk Turquoise. Again most of this is simply by eye and if you think it looks good to you then that's all that matters! For the highlight just add a little white.

The Brown- Here I used Scorched Brown as a base and as before with the Green I used Commando Khaki to mix the highlights for the brown.

The Gold- This was Shining Gold highlighted with burnished gold and then washed with Devlan Mud. I really hate painting gold so I try not to include it as much as possible. However I felt being the
pimp that he is I simply had to put some on there.

The Metal- This is the simplest part of all, it's just Boltgun Metal washed with Badab Black until I achieved the colour I wanted then rehighlighted with Boltgun and washed back. Wash, rinse, repeat until you achieve the effect you want.

The Face- I used a basecoat of Tanned Flesh (although I think this is now out of prod

uction so Tallarn Flesh might be a suitable replacement.) Then highlighted with Dwarf Flesh followed by Elf Flesh and washed with Flesh Wash (again out of production so maybe try Ogryn Flesh).

The wood effect on the gun- Use a basecoat of Scorched Brown. Using a very fine pointed brush paint Bestial Brown in thin lines. Then mix Vermin Brown with Bestial Brown and again make fine strokes over the wood. Finally use pure Vermin Brown in the finest lines possible for the final highlight.

The black areas were just done by adding white to chaos black. This is to the taste of the individual painter and just do it to the colour you want.

I think that's all of the parts if I have missed any then please ask in the comments along with any other questions, comments, criticisms, jokes, reasons to play/not to play malifaux, your life story... etc I want to hear it!


  1. fantastic guide to a great model. as you know, i'm not a great painter (largely because i cantbe bothered to spend the time doing it) but i always appreciate tips on how to do better.

    cant wait to see some reports or guides for malfaux. i'll probably even buy a crew in the near future.

  2. Great post bro. Seamus looks really good, even better in person...but you can really see the detials which you miss when the mini is on the tabletop..

    Nice one...look forward to hearing the great to learn the counters from the master...

    @Atreides...get stuck in son, it's so cheap to get started - £25 - £40 will sort you out...or just buy/borrow one of's just like 40k...I still have the 'shiny model syndrome'

  3. well i just ordered the rulebook and expansion (i got paid for all my christmas work) :P

    i know i could get them for free but i like to have the real thing.

    i'll give the rules and background a serious read and then decide which models to get.

  4. Based purely on models I like the witchhunters and the puppetmaster archanists.

    @stargazer, that wood technique is especially great btw, will give it a go next time.

  5. Cheers guys!

    @Atreides glad to see you have seen the light :p if you want to borrow an Arcanist crew Steve is your man as he has all of them bar one..

    @Ven yeah I was going to include the tactics in this post but then felt I couldn't do the tactics justice without making the post a ridiculous length lol