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I'm a bit of a born-again wargamer! I played many of the Games Workshop games when I was in my teens and early twenties, but left the hobby behind when I went to University. Over the last few years I have gradually got back into it and am literally having a ball! I'll play pretty much anything now, ranging from ancient historical to the far future! I think that I get more out of the painting side of things than actually playing, but that might just be because I get more opportunity. Hence the title...this blog is all about the colour of war!!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

First Malifaux figure - Francisco Ortega

Had a very nice and relaxing holiday in Cornwall for two weeks and now I'm back to painting again! Having finished the Fallschirmjager for the Crete games (photos will be posted when we re-play the Crete game) I am finally at a point where there is no real pressure to paint loads of figures for a game, so I thought I'd start on the Malifaux figures I have. I picked up the books and a couple of the starter boxes ages ago, but never got round to painting them. I've read the books and I think the game system looks really innovative and fresh, so I'm quite looking forward to giving it a try. Also, as there are only a few figures needed it's possible to spend a bit more time painting them, especially as they are all so individual. So here's Francisco Ortega, a Guild gunslinger!

Had quite a bit of fun painting this figure. In particular, it was my first use of Foundry paints, which was Buff Leather for the duster. I'm quite pleased with the end result and it really seemed to suit my style of painting. I didn't find that they needed that much thinning and over a black undercoat the shade tone needed a couple of coats, but once on the mid-tone and highlight went on fine. The colour is really nice and makes the duster look the part.

The base needed a bit of dressing too, so I got the greenstuff out (actually I needed it to fill the join in the arm of the next figure, Santiago, anyway). I thought that a skull with a bullet hole in the forehead would be a fitting decoration so went with that. Now, I've toyed with making faces with spare GS before but never quite got it right, so this was going to be a challenge, but I think it turned out alright. I'm starting to get more of a feel for the putty and I think I might be ready to start trying out a sculpt or two! :) Here's another shot of the base from a different angle.


  1. That's damn good painting, nice work.

  2. Thanks Anatoli! You're actually somewhat to thank for this, as it's your blog posts on Malifaux that sold me on it. I think we've somewhat similar tastes as it was your reviews of Arkham Horror that sold me as well! Keep up the good work!

  3. And thanks TAL, too! (I was replying to Anatoli when your comment came through!)

  4. :D

    Btw, looking at the lower picture one more time close up, I think you accidently chipped the paint on his thumb?

  5. Wow! Well spotted! I'm not sure if it's a chip or a spot of paint, but thanks for that! I'll take a look as soon as I get home!

  6. Happily, it was just a spot of paint from the shirt! :)


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