This is the last of the Malifaux miniatures in the painting queue at the moment as I’ve been holding off buying more while I wait for the dust to settle from the arrival of Malifaux second edition. This is the leader of the Relic Hunters, Lucas McCabe. He was unique in classic Malifaux in that he started out mounted and then could be knocked off his horse as the game went on, swapping some mobility for an increase to his not-inconsiderable durability in the process. McCabe was also unique in that he could spend soulstones at the start of the game on various upgrades; evidently Wyrd liked the idea so much that it’s a core rule in the new edition. Anyway, I never really got to play with him much in classic Malifaux as I was having too much fun with the other masters, but Joe had a lot of success with him in a tournament paired up with Von Schill.
I’m not really sure why I decided to paint McCabe’s horse as a zebra, but the funny thing is that once I started applying the paint I saw this post from Jamesatlantic on the excellent The Red Crusader Rides blog. Of course, even if you can live with the stripes, it looks nothing like a real zebra as they have spiked up manes and less hairy tails. But, hey, if I’m going to suspend my disbelief and play this game with zombie prostitutes, magic and so on, then further suspend my disbelief by having a man riding a zebra then I’m happy to go one step further and accept that magical zebras in Malifaux don’t have the same manes and tails as normal zebras. These close-ups don’t really do the stripes much of a favour, but happily the effect is quite satisfactory at table top distance.
Once he’s off the horse, McCabe turns fully into Indiana Jones. There’s not much to say about the painting except that I tried to make it as consistent with his mounted incarnation as possible, which worked nicely. Strangely, he has a gun holstered which he can’t actually use in the game. The whip (which can be seen in all its glory in the first picture) is truly not designed for ease of transport as it sticks out hugely.
Next on the painting table: Mournfang Cavalry.