My Arcane Emissary: Rasputina, Avatar of Famine!

Posted: September 8, 2015 in Finished Miniatures, Malifaux, Wargaming
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This lovely Malifaux model is Rasputina’s Avatar, the Avatar of Famine. I have previously mentioned that in Malifaux Avatars represent the ultimate incarnation of a master’s power and that the 2nd edition ruleset relegated them to campaign only status, but not anymore! In the latest book, Shifting Loyalties, rules were released for the Emissaries of Fate and any Avatar model is a tournament legal proxy for these powerful new allies.


During the Iron Painter 2015 competition I painted The Dreamer’s Avatar and Zoraida’s Avatar and mentioned that I eventually wanted to paint the Arcanist Avatars since they are really cool models. With the release of the rules for the Emissaries of Fate I realized that the Avatar models are suddenly going to be in very high demand as the Emissary rules are awesome, but no models actually exist for them yet; as the Avatars are tournament legal proxies for the Emissaries and they are no longer being produced by Wyrd, I made sure to snap up Rasputina, Marcus, and Ramos’ Avatars before they disappear for good.

Rasputina’s Avatar is the first of these Arcanist Avatars that I have built and I am quite happy with how this model turned out. As this is definitely a centerpiece type model, I wanted it to stand out, so I decided for the basing that I needed to do a bit more than the resin basing with acrylic icicles that I usually do for my Cult of December models. I heard of the method of using tree bark as a way to make realistic looking rock for miniatures and decided to give it a go; this was the first time I have tried this technique and I think it turned out great. I hope you enjoy this model as much as I do:

I gave this model a go at being the Arcane Emissary in a game yesterday to underwhelming results–having a 10 inch charge range and 2 inch melee range makes for an impressive threat range, but if you flip like crap and your opponent top-decks amazingly you’re going to have a bad time. Also, performing said charge on the first turn can leave the Emissary quite exposed he ended up going down for the count early in the second turn. I’m going to chalk it up to nerves and new model syndrome, so this model will definitely be hitting the table again sometime soon, I just need to make sure not to overextend it so early in the game.

I currently have a good deal of models at some level of work in progress, so I will have plenty more to show you very soon. I will also have a few more board game reviews coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for my awesomeness headed your way!!!

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