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ToMB, Month 0, Part 2: Arachnids Assemble!

9 Feb

I had some time out from getting all my models painted for Smogcon (at this stage, I’m considering running Nicodem without Maniacal Laugh, since I have no zombies painted) that I thought I’d spend my evening putting together my new M&SU box set. The perfect accompaniment to this task was watching the original Robocop film on Netflix. Even in the ’80s, I’m pretty sure the original Robocop looked like a massive special effects failure – was the man’s face soaked in acid scary at the time? Cause it looked really, really silly. As did the the stompy robot thing… and why did it make animal noises? Did Omni Consumer Products attempt to hire an Arcanist to help make ED-209, only to accidentally get Marcus instead of Ramos?

Ed209
Coming in Wave 4…

So anyhow, whilst they are fresh in my mind from last night, some thoughts on the construction of the models from M&SU. You’ll notice from these pictures that none of them are actually on bases; that’s because the resin bases I ordered have yet to arrive. Cue inconspicuous wall leaning!

Ramos

 ramos

 Not much to say here. Ramos was easy enough to put together – his arms were a bit loose and limp and I found the head’s position didn’t click but otherwise Ramos fit together without any major difficulty.

I’m not terribly impressed by the model itself, and must admit that his visor is faint and small enough that I really have to squint in order to be able to see it. This may be an issue when it comes time to paint the old man.

Joss

Joss

For the most part Joss glued together without any problem at all. The only issue I had were with the wires. The wire to his axe was fine, although I did spent a fair amount of time trying to make sure it glued into the right position since the plastic really wanted to be in another position.

The main problem I had was with the wires to his pneumatic arm though; these were small and spindly enough that it took a massive amount of focus and squinting just to put one on. Over night one end seems to have come loose – you may or may not be able to see that in the photo above. Whilst putting on the second, it managed to fall out of my hand… and I’ve yet to see it since. I do love Malifaux miniatures but the amount of models with these incredibly tiny parts is frustrating. Don’t get me started on that damn Chihuahua.

Otherwise I like the look of Joss. He’s a cool looking model and I’m looking forward to painting him.

Howard Langston

HowardLangston

Now we’re talking. Howard Langston took a while to build (approximately half of Robocop), what with having so many different parts and being a fairly large model by Malifaux standards. However, these parts aren’t too small and the instructions were pretty clear for putting him together. A few of his Doctor Octopus tentacles were a little tricky to get into the finished model, but overall he was a very fun model to put together and the finished result is outstanding. By far the pick of the box.

Brass Arachnid

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I must admit that I got myself a little confused putting together the totem as I kept moving the sprue around. As the sprue has no markings as to which leg is which piece number, and I was using the online instructions as a key, I sometimes thought I was using the wrong leg in the wrong place. It would not surprise me if I put the back two left legs in the wrong places.

Overall though it put together well and it is an awesome looking model. It doesn’t quite fit on its 50mm base, but then neither does Howard Langston, and I don’t think either will be a problem.

BrassArachnid-2

… wait, what? It is meant to be a on a 30mm base???

BrassArachnid-3

Well…. damn.

I can only assume there has been a mistake somewhere as I can’t imagine how this model could ever practically fit on a 40mm base, let alone a 30mm base. One thing I’m considering doing is having the Brass Arachnid based on some sort of pillar (like the one pictured with Ramos and Joss), so it looks like it is about to leap off at an opponent (even though it has no leap ability)

Steam Arachnids

SteamArachnids

These were pretty nice and simply to put together, which is good as it was getting fairly late. Some of the legs wouldn’t fit correctly first time, but simply shedding off some plastic helped and they assembled well after that.

I did wonder if there’s some cool tricks with magnets that would let the arachnids be used as both swarms and single units. Something to look into before putting them on their bases.

So that’s it for now. Hopefully between now and the 17th I’ll have time to really think about how to actually play Ramos (I’m trying to abstain from reading up on the boards about him, and simply work this out for myself).

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