Zipp-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Review

Welcome to my review of the latest of the shiny new Malifaux masters to drop to retailer. It’s the Sky Pirate himself Zipp.

So the box is as usual the sexy shiny that we know and love from Wyrd, they do good artwork that really captures the models. Although never understood why the Totems never gets to be on the front as well..


This box came with the near monthly bonus model but we will ignore that as it isn’t a gremlin 🙂


First up the sprue for Zipp, this is actually a pretty easy model to put together! No stupid small pieces this time for a gremlin :O


I love the plume of smoke it is so very cool and much bigger than Merris’s one which makes sense as masters are always better :D. With plenty of detail including the little flames as well.


On the whole the model is really good as far as detailing goes, I have to admit the face is a little soft but not too bad really.


Altogether he want together pretty well with no major issues



We are 2 for 2 now with easy to put together models, the chain is a little tricky as it connects to both legs in a pretty dynamic way.


Would you mess with him? Certainly knows how to swing that spanner and to be clear that spanner has killed a Mech Rider for me 🙂



As I said the only issue I was with the chain, which meant I made a mistake with the legs but that gap is my rubbish handywork not the model..

The First Mate

Silurids are cool, well turn it up to 11 and give one a hat and an anchor…because why not.


Now 3 for 3 in the box for easy builds!! Admittedly the feet are separate pieces but still he went together nicely.


Such a lovely model, I think this may be my favourite of the box, a really menacing model with just enough comedy done with the clothes.


The contact points to the base are the only issues with this model, we are talking knuckles and balls of feet here so be careful.

Iron Skeeters

Now we hit the problems, these guys are tricky with lots of small parts and spindly bits as well.

The legs are long and will be a pain to transport while the grappling hooks come in more than 1 part (1 hook section is seperate o_O).




In the end I didn’t add the legs to the models as I built them because, 1. painting purposes and 2. I like them without anyway. Idea of metal missiles that can’t stop makes me smile.



So although tricky Skeeter1 went together OK the eyes as you can see don’t sit very well and I will need to make some adjustments to them. Picture is just so I can show some of the issues you may encounter, likewise thr sprue connection point on the mouth piece is delicate so you will need to be careful.



Skeeter 2 was the easiest one to put together just because the pieces where bigger and the grappling hook isnt in a swining motion so can be tucked away nicely.

Although we still suffered from the 2 part head we seem to get with gremlins..



Skeeter3 was OK to build except that grappling hook, I just can’t say how much I hate those grappling hooks!! GRAPPLING HOOKS

Group Shot

Because everyone needs a bad group shot 🙂




The models are immense and Wyrd continue to make some absolutely stunning models. However they can be tricky to build in some cases but this box is some much better than previous ones I have dealt.

Zipp is here and he is fabulous.

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The Roots of Magic Model Review

Welcome to a review of the Roots of Magic models (as promised in the rules review HERE).

So I managed to get my hands on 3 of the wizards from the different houses, to start with the models are all resin and on the whole are 1 piece as well (only the Friar had an arm separate).

The quality and detailing on these models are amazing, its been a long time since I have played around with any model with such lovely crisp detailing! Plus the advantage of resin on models like this is hardly no clean up!

Friar Sarpeth – House Acedia

First up the Friar who has such a fun pose, “come here friend I have nothing behind my back…”

As you can see the detailing is pretty damn good, I mean look at the face…Look at it!!!


Robes in general are fun to paint as you can go to town on the blending and this is certainly no exception. Now it does show you the sculptors are pretty damn good when they can make such a simplistic model look cool.


Luther Draxos – House Durant

Next up is Luther and he is a very different from the Friar. Armoured up to the gills. Now he was probably the worse for flash of the 3 wizards I have but as you can see it’s not really difficult to clean up.


Again we see lots of nice little details which is different from the Friar especially on the shoulder pads and the hammer. Really intricate I am sure my ham-fists can mess up the painting…


Hephescus Zantt – House Myrke

Finally we have Zantt who is the busiest model we are looking at due to his cloud? of skulls. Like the others the flash is minimal with the only work I will need to do is to the shoulder section.

Now because the cloud os so prominent it can draw the eye the most but the little details on Zantt are really nice from the belt of many pouches to the cloud drifting round towards his torso.

Gives a real feeling of movement.


He is certainly going to be a challenge to paint but perhaps the fun one as you can really go to town with the OSL. The sculptors have done ana amazing job of keeping the cloud and cape separate enough that the casting doesnt emerge and you end up with soft detailing.



A great selection of models from the range and boy are they sexy, if the guys continue with this the whole range is going to be amazing!! All the details are sharp and cast well, these are great products and would be good for any system you could care to think of but why do that when the Roots of Magic rules are free..

You can check out the game HERE but also they are moving into the last day or 2 of the Kickstarter to introduce the apprentices into the game. You can see it HERE, go check it out they are so close to funding.

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Its crazy weekend lots of things happening, from various miniature sporting games getting a shot in the arm to many many offers flying around as we all suffer Black Friday madness…

As part of Cyber MOnday tomorrow I will offer you all a free hug if you read and share this!

Infinity Event

Shout out to Ragnarok Games (Infinity Idiots sponsors) who are running a beginner Infinity event in Leeds in January! Thats right time to try out some ITS……I think I am taking Combine but that means getting some painting done!

I haven’t started yet


To those having fun at SteamCon this weekend, I hate you and have fun. I could be grumpy about the lack of cards available to order but at this stage I am going to print myself cards now going forward. Especially if we will see tweaks every year (which is cool but don’t want to justify another pack of cards that the cub gets as they are useless to me).


So apparently the last FAQ/Errata has dropped, if that is the case then rumours of new edition next year could be gathering pace. Which is very cool, as I will say I have been enjoying what has happened with AoS it is refreshing allows for small games and more importantly less model count if you want which makes life so much easier for getting armies out and painted!

So even if 40K does go full AoS at least a strong streamlining of rules and removal of all that bloat (More bloat than the great unclean one Bloaty McBloatface!!!). It has me excited enough to open the unfinished Eldar box and contemplate some work :O


After getting Batman game, I have to say I love the mechanic of the game and the models are amazing. I do have issues with the objectives, the way they work doesn’t sit with me very well BUT I will be giving them more chance. It will not be in the core systems I play with though just a nice distraction.

Games This Week

Got a game with Nellie this week and boy is she a lot of fun to play. Also got some Dark Age in as well really loving the game at the moment and hopefully we will see UK distributor VERY soon 😉

Hobby This Week

Some Joker crew done and more K3 being painted 🙂

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