Here is Collodi, Neverborn master for Malifaux. It is the model that made me want to start playing Neverborn in the first place. For me, Collodi really encapsulates the Neverborn experience: mainly control with a side order of support and damage, and highly rewarding of close positional play. I could write tomes about my enjoyment of playing Collodi but since this is a painting post I will stick to generalities. Collodi’s main use for AP in my opinion is applying Slow or other, even more amusing, conditions to the other crew, thereby dictating what they can do to stop my plans. It also allows some sharing of AP with various minions or Puppets in your own crew. This meant that, despite the nice theme available of playing ‘the puppet crew’, Collodi actually plays very effectively with pretty much anything you like in Neverborn. For example, I enjoy using it with a Nephilim grow crew, not because of some supreme synergy but rather because it was highly entertaining; it also turned out to be quite effective on the tabletop.
For painting I decided that Collodi looked like a Redcoat and applied colours accordingly. The wood effect for the puppet parts (i.e. the ‘skin’) ended up being a bit of an experiment in using dark brown as a base then a much lighter one over the top and tying it all back together with medium brown wash. I am pleased with the overall effect.
Next on the painting table: Orc Linemen.