Malifaux, produced by a Georgia company called Wyrd (Deep South represent), is notable for having a cool setting and a fantastic range of models. I am enamored with a particular set of models that go by the name of Death Marshals.
|Two views of the Death Marshals. Jumpy guy just mystifies me.|
With Malifaux's 2nd edition slated for an October release we will see new models of old favorites so I'd like to take this chance to look closer at the Death Marshals of both editions.
|Close up view. Notice the gun, that becomes important in a minute. The blue flames are quite nice as well.|
The 1st Edition Death Marshals are gaunt men who study the necromantic arts in order to better fight necromancers, but are forbidden to use the magic of death themselves. As a result they become altered physically and hide their pallid and drawn complexions under wide brimmed hats and high collared long coats. Their Peacebringer guns (also used by the Guild gunslinging Ortega family) are actually taken directly from the signature weapons of the Darkwatch in the video game Darkwatch. Darkwatch, you might recall, is the tale of western gunman turned vampiric vampire hunter Jericho Cross. You can see the guns he is holding below.
|Look closely at the guns...then look up at the Death Marshal again.|
In fact, the Death Marshals resemble Jericho Cross, and thus the Darkwatch, in several ways just looking at the picture. Both the Darkwatch issue pistols and the Peacebringer pistols have a curved blade at the base of the gun's grip that is used for close combat to decent effect. It certainly looked cool in the game.
The early look at the 2e Malifaux Death Marshals provides a significant change in their iconic look.
Now we see less ornamentation in the costume, a plainer look, but the accent of chains wrapped around the forearms provides a darker more punk look and note also that the hands are now covered completely by gloves where before they were visible or bandaged. I suspect this is due to the obvious difference in the only visible portion of the body, the head. Where before we had pallid, drawn human faces we now have blue flame skulls a la Ghost Rider.
|BLUE FLAME = BUTANE|
|Hangin' Judge mini appears courtesy of Reaper Miniatures website|
|Undead gunslinger, also from Reaper's Deadlands line, go to Reaper's website and check 'em out.|
And indeed they remind me of my favorite character from the defunct Chaos Comics universe: Bedlam.
|"Remember kids, smoking is bad for you...unless you are some sort of skull faced undead Native 'Merican cowboy time traveler."|
Keep your weeds a tumblin', pards.