Malifaux fever has swept our LGS over the past few weeks, and I’ve clambered onto that bandwagon as well with the closest thing to Warmachine in Malifaux: Ramos. Well technically Hoffman has quite a bit of steampunky goodness too, but Ramos is all sorts of melee-tastic fun, with his swarms of arachnids and steamborg.
Malifaux has that Victorian Steampunk Gothic feel, and Ramos is steeped in the steampunk portion of that aesthetic. As an arcanist and a cyborg himself, Ramos is the technological expert, priding himself on summoning and repairing the swarms of arachnids that he loves oh so much. In this Workshop Wednesday, we look at unboxing some Malifaux minis, and we’ll look at Malifaux itself soon.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that I’ve been spoilt by Privateer Press and Games Workshop. I guess it’s because Malifaux is by Wyrd Miniatures, which is naturally a smaller company, but the miniature sculptwork and casting isn’t as great as I’m used to. The designs are quite hit and miss; sometimes you get pretty decent models (Ramos is one of those understated but well designed models), and sometimes you get strange minis with mismatched and mis-sized body parts. The way their models are assembled could also be refined, there are a lot of Malifaux models out there that are extremely fiddly: slender arms or wrists with almost no contact points for glue and nigh impossible to pin.
Flash is also pretty bad on the models. It was especially bad on the Arachnids, because the flash came in on all the legs, specifically the bits that had to plug into the body to fully assemble a model. There was a lot of filing and cursing to be done during the course of assembling those models.
Final review? Passable, if barely. I don’t like the aesthetic of some of the models in Malifaux, and I’m thinking that all of them will need some to a lot of work filing and modding to assemble properly. I’ll grab a small army of stuff for Malifaux because it’s the new in thing, but it doesn’t scratch the visual itch for me, so I don’t think I’ll be going crazy and starting a full faction of stuff.