Starting Out With Malifaux

First proper post so to kick things off here I’ll introduce a brand new game for me – Malifaux. Malifaux is an awesome looking new skirmish level game by manufacturer Wyrd Miniatures. This company have been coming out with fantastic sculpts for a few years now, in fact I have the gorgeous dual sword-wielding Viktoria mini in the to be painted pile for some time. Now they’ve put out a set of rules to go along with these great minis, and it’s a good play by all accounts.

A couple of online purchases later and here’s my little haul:

My starting collection of Malifaux miniatures, cards and rulebook

I was intrigued by the Gothic / Steampunk / Victorian Horror setting and the card-based rules sound refreshing. Entirely diceless would you believe. Anyhow, it was voted best rules or expansion in the Tabletop Gaming News Readers Choice Awards last month, and, with a small startout investment due to its character-based skirmish scale, I couldn’t resist getting a couple of factions.

I’ve gone for Resurrectionists (steampunk undead) and Neverborn (fairytale horror) for starters and I seriously can’t wait to get them assembled and painted. Cracking open the packs I find they’re pretty small, especially compared to the 40K scale Chaos stuff I have mostly been working on, but the sculpt quality is excellent.

As you can possibly make out from my pic above, I’ve gone for the following:

  • Neverborn – Pandora, Baby Kade, Candy, and 3 x Sorrows
  • Resurrectionist – Nicodem the Undertaker, Zombie Chihuahua, and 3 x Rotten Belles

Seriously, how could I resist getting this kickass mini?

I was a bit of a numpty though and have just discovered that in game the undead chihuahua (!) is a linked minion for another master other than Nicodem. Pah, it looks a blast to paint anyhow and I reckon can still be used in game. I’ll try my damnedest to get a game in before too long and I can post up a review + battle report.

Now I must try to get on with painting them up before I buy some more stuff. Though, maybe just one more Resurrectionist piece to balance them up can’t hurt, surely…

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~ by Max Von Deadlock on January 7, 2010.

3 Responses to “Starting Out With Malifaux”

  1. I’m tempted to get some Malifaux, though mostly just because you have some and it has a low figure count => more likely to actually get to play.

    I’m not totally sold on the setting, seems a bit of a hotchpotch; I can’t really picture the game at the moment – what terrain you would use etc. Might need to have a look at the rulebook first to convince myself, but they didn’t have it in Aldershot, will see if they have it in Eclectic.

    Assuming I get some, I am also completely unsure about what figures to get – your chihuahua based error gives me pause. It doesn’t help that the game doesn’t have standard “army lists”. I guess you just bought the figures you liked the look of from your chosen factions?

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  2. Safest option would be to get one of the starter boxes. If you have trouble finding it, I’ve been buying mini stuff from Maelstrom Games lately. Also I have used Arcane Miniatures and they provide a good service.

    Setting-wise I imagine it as kind of weird west. But it looks like a small game so terrain requirements are low. I have some fantasy medieval buildings which will work when coupled with the odd small hill and copse of trees, and I’m thinking to do some gothic graveyard / pumpkin patch stuff which would definitely suit.

    For a video overview of play check out: First Look at Malifaux

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  3. […] also one of the miniatures that attracted me to the game of Malifaux, way back when, so it’s nice to have completed my own take on the […]

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