Ok, so with Friday over I'm staring down the barrel of the Master of Malifaux tournament on Saturday. I'm at the event hall at 9am roughly, and I'm stressing out a little. I had been asked to help judge Malifaux tournaments for Wyrd at Gen Con, and this was my primary reason for being there. I had been going over rules, rulings, errata, clarifications, and tactica all summer. I was definitely prepared.
As it turns out I didn't get anywhere near the amount of rules questions I thought I would. Many of the players were very experienced, and I found myself with more time to sit and recover in between the occasional rules call and wandering the tables. It felt kind of satisfying to know that the community is really in touch with the game as well as being good sports. While wandering I actually saw some cool setups and paintjobs that I want to share. First up is the model Snowstorm for the Arcanists faction
I really love how the blue turned out very frosty looking. The white is very well done, with hints of blue for the shadows.
That's the Pig-a-pult, which is as awesome as it sounds. What caught my eye about this piece is that the main attraction, the pig, is painted in green. I thought it was an odd choice, but it gave the model some character. Maybe the painter was inspired by Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham."
Last up for Saturday is the Rail Golem. This model was pre-released at Gen Con and doesn't come out for a few months still. The painter had rigged up everything the base would need, grabbed the model from the dealer's room on Thursday, painted it up, and even rigged an LED in the chest to give the glowing effect you see. It was very cool to look at.
Miniatures weren't the only thing dressed to impress. A pair of Malifaux players decided to cosplay as Ramos and Collette from the Arcanist faction.
From what the gentleman said he actually had more to the costume, but had left it as he had been wearing it for most of the day by the time I took the picture. Both costumes looked amazing, and it was a real treat to capture them on film. At this point I was about ready to give in to exhaustion, and once the tournament was over I grabbed food with friends and sought refuge in my hotel room to recover from the day and the night before.
Onto Sunday, the final day. This is the day where a majority of attendees spend a few hours in the dealers hall looking to get some deals, and then heading home. I had the finals for Malifaux to judge. It was an invitation only with spots being given to tournament winners from the previous three days.
The tournament was about half the size of the others, and again the participants were really capable of handling the rules. I had a half dozen rules calls if that. So I spent my time going back and forth between the tables, and after the tournament wrapped up I found myself in the dealers hall picking up some last minute swag. I also ran into one of the most amazing costumes I've seen.
The costume was of a Malifaux miniature called Collodi who is based off of the tale of Pinocchio. The hands and face were made of real wood, and the guy behind the mask kept moving his mouth periodically which kept making a wood clacking sound. Very creepy to hear and see. It was incredible! I just had to get a shot of myself with him, and he was happy to oblige.
That was probably the last pic I took at the con. Following that I gathered up my things and headed for home. The ride back from Gen Con is always a long one. All the fun and excitement starts to leak out leaving you with a groggy and satisfied feeling. It's kinda like that time after Thanksgiving dinner. I always make sure to drive carefully, and I arrived home safe and sound. Things were unpacked, swag sorted and piled, and then I sat down to relax and prepare for work the next day.