Tuesday, 27 June 2017

June Madness

June's been crazy. I've been snowed under with work and the fact that I've been ill for the last couple of weeks didn't help. I ended up taking antibiotics, and ... still working. Fortunately the worst is behind me now and I'm even beginning to regain my voice so things are looking up! I still managed to paint a few minis during that period so here's my attempt at catching up with new stuff on the blog.

Czerwiec to obłęd.Byłem zarobiony na maksa, a to że od kilku tygodni chorowałem nie pomagało. Skończyło się na antybiotykach i... pracowaniu. Na szczęście najgorsze za mną i zacząłem nawet odzyskiwać głos więc sprawy zaczynają wyglądać lepiej! Mimo wszystko udało mi się trochę  nowego pomalować podczas tego okresu, tak więc oto moja próba nadgonienia blogowych zaległości.

First off, Big Jake, an Outcasts enforcer who brings a lot of interesting options, especially for GG2017. I actually wanted to submit him to a Wyrd painting contest but with all the things going on, I missed the deadline... 
Painting dark shade of skin was a big challenge as I don't get many chances to do so. I used paints from Andrea skin set and I think the result is quite realistic. I used many warm colors on this one, which is not my standard approach to painting minis. I also used GW Agrellan Earth to create some crackle effects on paint on his torso and his face (it's hard to see it in the picture but there is a skull).

Na początek Big Jake, Outcastowy enforcer, który wnosi do gry sporo opcji, zwłaszcza w obliczy zasad GG 2017. Miałem go nawet wysłać do konkursu malarskiego Wyrds, ale przez natłok pracy przegapiłem termin...
Malowanie ciemnego koloru skóry było dużym wyzwaniem, ponieważ rzadko mam ku temu okazję. Użyłem farbek z zestawy Andrea do malowania skóry i myślę, że efekt jest realistyczny. Malując ten model, używałem wielu ciepłych kolorów, co nie jest dla mnie typowym podejściem do malowania. Użyłem też Agrellan Earth od GW do efektów spękań w miejscach, gdzie jego tors i twarz są pomalowane farbą (ciężko to dostrzec na zdjęciach, ale ma tam namalowaną czaszkę).

Changelings were a challenge to paint as they're so tiny it was hard to keep the details visible. I kept their uniforms black and purple to tie them better with the Neverborn faction.
In game they are solid scheme runners with low Wounds and a few tricks to keep them alive. They can also be useful offensively as they can copy attacks from other models.

Malowanie Changelings było wyzwaniem przez to, że są tak małe i ciężko utrzymać na nich dobrze widoczne detale. Pomalowałem ich mundurki używając czarnego i fioletu, żeby łatwo kojarzyli się z frakcją Neverborn.
W grze pełnią funkcję scheme runnerów z małą liczbą ran, ale paroma trickami, które pozwalają im dłużej przeżyć. Mogą się też przydać w ofensywie dzięki możliwości kopiowania ataków innych modeli.

And Last but not least, Luther the Pascha Hare. There is a really creepy story about him in Wyrd Chronicles #17. Wyrd released him in a scenario set. It can be officially used as a Blessed of December. I really liked the twisted Alice in Wonderland feel to this mini so I decided to get it and use it as an alternative Teddy (hence the 50mm base). 
I don't really care for minis that are preassembled and made of this rubbery material as it's really hard to clean all the mold lines off of it. Working on all the fur was a major challenge as I didn't want to make it look flat. I also painted his jacket purple to tie him with the Neverborn a bit more. The yellow patch on the back was added to add a bit more color variety.

I na sam koniec, Luuther the Pascha Hare. W 17 numerze Wyrd Chronicles można przeczytać o nim opowiadanie, które wywołuje gęsią skórkę.
Wyrd wypuścił go w boxie ze scenariuszem. Może też być używany oficjalnie jako Blessed of December. Bardzo spodobał mi się jego pokręcony wygląd, który budzi skojarzenia z Alicją w Krainie Czarów, więc postanowiłem go zdobyć i używać jako Teddy'ego (stąd też 50 mm podstawka).
Nie przepadam za fabrycznie składanymi modelami, zwłaszcza wykonanymi z gumowatego materiału, co sprawia że czyszczenie linii nadlewów jest bardzo niewygodne. Malowanie futra było dużym wyzwaniem, nie chciałem, żeby wyglądało płasko. Pomalowałem też jego marynarkę na fioletowo, żeby kojarzył się z Neverbornami. Żółta łatka na plecach była dodana dla większego zróżnicowania.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

A quick WIP

June is a very busy month for me and work is just crazy so I'll just leave this quick WIP here. The Changelings and Luther should be ready somewhere next week...

#14/2017 The Girl Next Door

There was a fragment close to the end of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" when most of the children on the island completely lose their innocence and give in to their atavistic, most primitive instincts. It's a truly terrifying moment that stays with the reader long after finishing the novel. In Ketchum's book a similar thing happens, only much earlier, and it also takes place in more modern surroundings.
It's a story of how a twisted adult can empower children and fill their heads with wrong ideas. The result is a prolonged, gruesome torture of young girl that lasts weeks. The novel catches reader's attention, it is hard to put it down and it leaves a lasting impression. Those are qualities that are typically associated with "good books", but here this seems to be true for all the wrong reasons.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Of Metal and Flesh #3 Master Hoffman

Finally, Master Hoffman himself. I followed the same color scheme on armor/metal parts here. I wanted his base to look a bit more interesting so I used bits from watch parts set I bought a while ago on ebay. 
I can't really say much about Hoff game-wise as I've never used him and never faced him so I'll just leave the pictures here.

W końcu nadszedł czas na samego mastera Hoffmana. Użyłem tego samego schematu kolorystycznego na pancerzu/metalowych elementach. Chciałem, żeby trochę się wyróżniał, więc użyłem bitsów  z zestawu części zegarowych kupionego jakiś czas temu na ebay'u.
Ciężko mi cokolwiek o nim powiedzieć jeśli chodzi o grę, nigdy go nie używałem ani też nie miałem okazji grać przeciwko temu masterowi. Zostawię tutaj tylko te zdjęcia.

I also painted Master Queeg. It's one of those miniatures that look just human. There's nothing unreal or steampunky about him, which makes the model a bit less interesting to me from the hobby perspective (although the miniature itself is very well made).

Pomalowałem też Master Queeg. To jedna z tych figurek, które wyglądają po prostu "ludzko". Nie ma w nim nic nienaturalnego czy steampunkowego, co sprawia że z hobbistycznej perspektywy  jest dla mnie nieco mniej ciekawy (chociaż sam model jest bardzo ładnie wykonany).

#13/2017 Gwendy's Button Box

The action of this short novella takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, which is King's version of America, Anywhere. In his latest work (created together with his friend Richard Chizmar who came up with the ending), he tells a story of young Gwendy. She is a 12-year old obese girl who will be starting middle school after summer holidays. She is determined to change her looks by taking a run up long stairs (know as Suicide Stairs), which lead to a cliff side. One day she meets a mysterious stranger, who invites her to palaver. That word alone caused me to expect some Dark Tower references here and I was a bit worried that it might be just another story loosely connected to that universe, only to increase sales. Fortunately, it isn't so. 
Gwendy receives a small wooden box with several buttons in different colors. She is to become its keeper and after brief, obscure explanation of some of the functions, she returns home. She doesn't know it yet, but her entire life will be greatly affected by this event.
The plot isn't complicated. We mainly follow Gwendy's adolescence and watch her become a young woman. There aren't many shocking events, cliff-hangers but the story is presented in a clear, elegant way. It's easy to identify with Gwendy as she is what can be called an Everyman
The audiobook is read by Magge Siff (Tara from Sons of Anarchy), who does a really good job. Gwendy's Button Box is not very deep or innovative, but it goes by really fast and I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Of Metal and Flesh #2 Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground

I've been working on some more Guild constructs recently. I used the same red for armor as in my previous entry as I thought it worked quite well with these minis. 
The Wardens were fun to work with. The sculpts are interesting and dynamic, these robots seem to have a personality of their own rather than just being plain machines. Watchers. on the other hand, were a bit disappointing, especially the wings, which seem to have just wrong proportions no matter how I look at them. I also had  to go a bit creative with the bases as I didn't want them to look like they were landing on the ground. With such big wings the construct would be barely visible.

Ostatnio pracuję nad gildiowymi konstruktami. Użyłem tego samego odcienia czerwieni co ostatnio, doszedłem do wniosku,że pasuje tym figurkom.
Malowanie Strażników było czystą przyjemnością. Rzeźby są ciekawe i dynamiczne, te roboty aż kipią osobowością, nie wyglądają jak zwykłe, proste maszyny.Z kolei Obserwatorzy byli małym rozczarowaniem, zwłaszcza ich skrzydła, które wydaję się mieć złe proporcje nieważne jak na nie patrzę. Musiałem też trochę pokombinować z podstawkami, nie chciałem, żeby wyglądali jakby po prostu lądowali na ziemi. Z tak ogromnymi skrzydłami same konstrukty byłyby praktycznie niewidoczne.

#11,12/2017 Legion, Skin Deep

In this series, set in contemporary world, Sanderson introduces a completely new character - Stephen Leeds. He has a unique mental condition as he has developed multiple independent personalities. He is the only person able to see them, talk with them, and use their varied expertise in his work as a private investigator. To make things even more complicated, some of them suffer from mental illnesses like schizofrenia. Each of these personalities has a complex psyche and interesting interactions between them take place frequently.
Both stories are fairly short but Sanderson makes up for it with dynamic pace and frequent use of Leeds' personalities. I've complained before that many of his characters use ironic and witty language that sometimes seems out of place. Here such language is fully justified and fits perfectly. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Black Hole Sun

"Black Hole Sun" freaked me out when I first saw it as a small kid. Maybe it's not the best tribute material but for me this has always been first association when I heard Cornell's name. Truly a unique talent who passed away in his prime, he will be missed.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

More WIPs

I'm almost done with my latest project. Painting two identical crews simultaneously is a bit tedious so I am looking forward to finishing Hoffman's constructs and returning to my Neverborn.

Kończę już mój ostatni projekt. Równoczesne malowanie dwóch identycznych ekip jest dość nużące i czekam już z niecierpliwością do ukończenia pracy i powrotu do moich Neverbornów. 

#10/2017 American Gods

To be honest, I only learnt about this novel after watching trailer for the TV adaptation. It was intriguing enough to make me reach for The Tenth Annivarsary edition, recorded with full cast.
I was very impressed with he quality of this audiobook. The actors are very well chosen and read their roles really well.
The novel start with a release of a prisoner called Shadow. He is allowed to leave a few days before the end of his sentence due to unexpected death of his wife. As he travels home for the funeral, he comes across a mysterious stranger who calls himself Mr Wednesday. Shadow is soon hired by the man as his driver, errand boy, and bodyguard.
This simple story serves as a background for Gaiman's re imagining of the mythology of ancient gods who still exist in America. Mr Wednesday hopes to recruit them to help him in a fight against new gods. The new gods are manifestations of modern aspects of life such as technology, media, men in black.
While Shadow should probably be overwhelmed by the situation, he just calmly takes everything in stride. His calm attitude stands in big contrast with the new, supernatural reality that he discovers. I liked this idea as thanks to that Shadow serves as a good focal point of the novel, and also a kind of filter through which the story is presented. Gaiman skillfully adapts old beliefs and mythological beings and dresses them in modern clothes. Most of the story shows backroads Americana in its calm and peaceful glory or in complete dilapidation and this is another great strength of the novel. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


"The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive."
Coco Chanel

This review is long overdue. I've been using Crewfaux (along with other 5K+ users) for months and have become so used to this fantastic app that I take it for granted. It is used by Wyrdos around the world. However, I believe there is still something more that can be written about it.

Crewfaux is a free app available for Android and iOS. It has been designed by one guy (Pawel Maczewski) who also happens to be an avid Malifaux gamer/collector. Pawel has put in more than a thousand hours of work into making Crewfaux the most handy app for Malifaux. Also, the gaming community has had a big impact on the design and functionality. The app was initially in beta version and all feedback gathered at that stage was used to improve it.

The main functions are generating Deployment, Strategy, and Schemes for an encounter and preparing your crew list. Crewfaux significantly speeds up the whole process. The layout is clear and the whole process is smooth and easy. Members of the crew are chosen from a list that is organized by faction and cost in descending order with all possible merc models added at the bottom of the list. Cost of each chosen model/upgrade is automatically subtracted from the soulstone pool that is automatically set to 50. A prepared list can be easily exported, which makes it easy to share your ideas on forums or on dedicated FB groups.

It is possible to keep track of the score in the Encounter menu by tapping and holding on a strategy and your chosen scheme. Also, there is a very useful option to quickly switch between your crew list and encounter setup, making it easy to adjust your choices before the game as you prepare your list and decide on the best choice of schemes. Also, at the start you can choose which type of Strats and Schemes you want (Standard/GG2016/GG2017). And one more thing, you can share the strategy by generating a QR code. It's a really great option, especially for tournaments. Some TOs upload these to FB events for all participants to access easily. If that's not the case, people can quickly and easily share them before the tournament.

Finally, and this is probably the main thing that made me write this text - in the most recent update a new option to make notes has been added. You can write a not about a model/upgrade or take a picture. It is a fantastic option as it means that you can have the complete package in a single app on your phone - all the stats, rules, upgrades. 
I also want to make a disclaimer here - cards, upgrades etc. fall under IP laws and as such should not be shared and distributed publicly. Make sure you use your own resources for Crewfaux.

As I've written before, the author has put in hundreds of work hours into the app. Pawel devotes his private time and financial resources into making the best Malifaux app for us, gamers. He's also a great guy - I've faced him a few times in different Malifaux tournaments and these games have always been enjoyable. Pawel has recently set up a Patreon page for Crewfaux (you can find it here). He's already announced that the app is going to stay free and only asks for some financial support there to make up for all the time and money he's had to invest into it. I think that buying him a beer (or a coke as that's his preferred drink) by declaring the minimal amount of cash there is the least that can be done to thank him for all his work.

I also wanted to have some of the author's input in this review so I used this opportunity to ask him a few questions.

Hi Pawel, can you tell us something about yourself?
I’m almost-40 guy, husband (my wife’s actually a co-developer of CrewFaux and author of the graphics in the app), father to 3 kids (one of them plays Malifaux already, while the youngest daughter started painting her first minis recently… some fantasy Orcs and Wolsung tentacles). I work as a computer programmer, try painting and playing wargames (but I actually spend more time wondering about what I’d like to play then I really play the game).

How has creating Crewfaux impacted your life?
I asked my wife about it. She said something like: „When working on Crewfaux you did NOTHING ELSE”… Well, that’s not entirely true, but pretty much shows the time of most rapid development - that would be just before going to the beta stage.
Other than that - it’s great to know someone does use my app…
I also became more familiar with some of the Malifaux hiring rules - I get emails sometimes notifying me about some bug in the app, and between digging out the book, checking the rules and answering the the person - I learn a lot.

What was the biggest challenge while working on Crewfaux?
Biggest challenge would be working on it under the time-pressure. Without any official affiliation with Wyrd, I wasn’t able to get my hands on the 4th book before it got released - so I ordered it from Gencon, with fastest possible shipping to Europe and all I could do was to wait… I’ve had a few people telling me what’s there on Day 1, so I started preparing the changes to the app - but still, I had to take several days off my regular day job, dig in a basement and just stick with the app changes, just to have new models, upgrades and some of the new rules as soon as possible, for people’s games.

What are your plans for the future of Crewfaux, what other options would you like to implement?
There’s a long features that I’d like to see in Crewfaux. One of the most requested is the „models collection” that would allow me to mark models I own (with optional „painted” flag) so I can limit my crew selection to only the models I really have. Or I have painted.
The other thing (and it’s on my workbench right now) is redesigned screen for in-game score tracking, revealing schemes to the opponent…
I also get asked quite often about a PC or web version of the app - ifs, whens… And I’d like to say it’s gonna be out there, sooner then later, but I always find something more important to work on, to be honest. And it’s quite a big work to create the entirely new web application that would, in addition to the normal operation, „talk” to the mobile CrewFaux and allow syncing the crews and everything… So it’s a lot of work but it’s super cool to work on, so I’ll try to fit it into my schedule :)

Who is your favorite Malifaux master?
Hard question :)
I stated with Rasputina and Marcus just to jump to Outcasts after one game with each of them. I owned every Outcast master, haven’t played games with all of them just to switch to Ten Thunders Lynch… And after that, Gremlins. Now Ressers.
Out of all the masters I played so far I liked Jack Daw, Mah Tucket and Ulix the most. When I think about it now, I think what makes a master „my favorite” is the story behind her - both the official story, published, as well as the story I’d like to tell when I play the games.
But since I started playing Ressers just recently, I guess the two BFFs, Molly and Kirai, should become my favorites now.

Thanks and best of luck with the app in the future.

Crewfaux in action

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Of Metal and Flesh #1

Painting these models was more time consuming than I had expected. Highlighting many flat surfaces using red color was a lot of work.
I started with a basecoat of dark red airbrushed from the bottom and followed it with brighter shade applied from the top. After that I darkened all the recesses and proceeded with highlighting the armor plates. I did it using watered down Flat Red from Vallejo Model Color  - a really nice, solid color. When it comes to highlighting red, it's easy to go wrong by adding different color to the mix and make it too pinkish with white or too dark with brown or black. This time I decided to mix some GW Bloodletter Glaze mixed with Flat Red for a brighter shade. It worked pretty well as it solidified the color and made it brighter, while keeping the mix properly thinned down for some brushwork.

Malowanie tych figurek zajęło mi dużo więcej czasu niż przewidywałem. Rozjaśnianie licznych płaskich powierzchni czerwonym kolorem to jednak dużo roboty.
Zacząłem od nałożenia aerografem od dołu ciemnego czerwonego podkładu i poprawieni jaśniejszym odcieniem malując od góry. Następnie przyciemniłem wszystkie zagłębienia i kontynuowałem rozjaśnianie płyt pancerza. Używałem do tego przede wszystkim rozcieńczonej Flat Red z palety Vallejo Model Color - naprawdę ładny, solidny kolor. Rozjaśniając czerwień łatwo popełnić błąd dodając do bazowej barwy inny kolor i nadając całości zbyt różowawy (przez dodanie bieli) lub zbyt ciemny odcień (dodając brązu lub czerni). Tym razem zdecydowałem się użyć Glaze'a Bloodletter od GW zmieszanego z Flat Red  do uzyskania jaśniejszego odcienia. Zadziałało dobrze, bo nie tylko ugruntowało kolor, ale też mocno go rozjaśniło, utrzymując przy tym odpowiednio rzadką konsystencję do malowania pędzelkiem. 

I decided to use blue for extra element of contrast on their cores and Guardian's blade. Together with some gold TMM and bright bases (described in detail in a review here) it created the atmosphere I was looking for in these models.
I wanted to avoid using the artwork for inspiration as I was put off by the rough metallic appearance of the constructs. Using red was a no-brainer as this color is immediately associated with the Guild. I also added some chipping effects.
Hoffman, two Wardens and Watchers are next in line and I will start working on them next week, so expect an update soon.

Postanowiłem użyć niebieskiego na rdzeniach i ostrzu miecza Guardiana dla większego kontrastu. Razem ze złotym TMM i jasnymi podstawkami (opisanymi w recenzji tutaj), udało mi się stworzyć taką atmosferę jaką planowałem dla tych modeli.
Chciałem uniknąć używania artworku jako źródła inspiracji, nie podobał mi się surowy, metalowy wygląd konstruktów. Zastosowanie czerwieni było dość oczywistym wyborem, ten kolor od razu kojarzy się z Gildią. Dodałem też efekty obtarć na pancerzach. 
Hoffman, dwóch Wardenów i Watcherów czekają następni w kolejce do malowania i pewnie zacznę nad nimi pracę w przyszłym tygodniu, a więc kolejny update już niedługo.

#9/2017 Warbreaker

"Warbreaker" is another standalone novel written by Sanderson. The main story features two sisters, one of whom is sent to a hostile nation to be married to its leader, the god king. Ignoring old traditions, a younger sister is sent to fulfill this role, and soon the older one follows her secretly, intending to free her. As always, magic plays a significant part in Sanderson's story. This time is revolves around the use of colors and bringing inanimate objects to life. 
The plot itself isn't complicated, but the author manages to present the political and religious systems in a very interesting way. I particularly liked the way he explored the way people rely on symbols and their representations, taking many aspects of their lives for granted without ever questioning them. The image of an almost omniscient god, who is in fact helpless and bound by the will of his worshipers, sends a strong message. 
Just like all other novels by this author I've read, the final twist caught me by surprise. I found the ending satisfying, despite some features of Sanderson's style that I don't really care for (such as frequent use of modern, colloquial, and too informal speech in some of the dialogues). 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Malifaux base inserts from Customeeple - a review

Most people probably associate Customeeple with excellent gaming terrain and tokens. The company has also started producing base inserts for Malifaux. I got a chance to review a set of Malifaux Hoffman lab base tops and I was really impressed with the quality of this product.

Większość ludzi prawdopodobnie kojarzy Customeeple ze świetnymi terenami do gry i żetonami. Firma zaczęła też produkować wkładki do podstawek do Malifaux. Miałem okazję recenzować zestaw w tematyce laboratorium Hoffmana i byłem pod dużym wrażeniem jakości tego produktu.

The inserts are very thin and the details are laser-engraved.  They fit perfectly onto bases (I tested all available versions, 30, 40, and 50mm). They are made from hard density, 32 mm cardboard so they don't increase the height and weight of the base. Some of them require assembly as the cogwheels are glued in layers, but the amount of work needed is minimal. You just need to remove them from the form and attach to the base. I used super glue to make sure they hold well.

Wkładki są bardzo cienkie i mają detale zrobione laserowo. Idealnie pasują do podstawek (testowałem wszystkie dostępne wersje, 30, 40 i 50mm). Są wykonane ze 32 mm wzmocnionego kartonu, a więc po przyklejeniu nie będą zwiększały wysokości ani wagi podstawki. Niektóre z nich wymagają trochę pracy - koła zębate są przyklejane warstwami, ale nie ma przy tym zbyt dużo roboty. Wystarczy tylko usnąć je z wypraski i dokleić  podstawek. Używałem do tego super glue, żeby mieć pewność że będą się dobrze trzymać.

I started painting them with a black basecoat and followed that with applying basic highlights with an airbrush. After that I used some watered down shades of very light brown for highlights and also added a few glazes. I finished off with painting several brighter thin lines along the planks to make sure they didn't look flat. The metal elements were painted using true metallic metal techniques with some Nihilakh Oxide applied around the cogs for weathering effects.

Malowanie zacząłem od nałożenia czarnego podkładu, po czym dodałem podstawowe rozjaśnienia aerografem. Następnie użyłem paru rozcieńczonych warstw bardzo jasnego brązu do rozjaśnień i dodałem też parę glazów. Na koniec domalowałem kilka jasnych linii wzdłuż desek, żeby upewnić się, że nie wyglądają "płasko". Metalowe elementy malowałem techniką true metallic metal z małym dodatkiem Nihilakh Oxide nałożonych wokół niektórych elementów dla efektu zużycia.

I really like these base inserts. The material is thin but has a solid feel to it. The way they fit onto the base makes it look as if they were designed to be one whole piece with it. The level of detail is excellent too. There are also different types of inserts available from Customeeple, which look very interesting too. There are different themes (wasteland, circus, Guild office, street, sanatorium) and some really great tops to be used with models like the Coryphee or Arachnids that make it possible to use these models in different versions.

Bardzo podobają mi się te wkładki. Materiał jest cieniutki ale są też solidnie wykonane. To jak dobrze pasują do podstawek sprawia wrażenie, że zostały razem z nimi zaprojektowane jako całość. Poiom wykonania detali jest też świetny. Customeeple ma w ofercie więcej wkładek, które też wyglądają bardzo ciekawie. Są zróżnicowane tematycznie (pustkowie, cyrk, biuro Gildii, szpital) i jest tam kilka naprawdę świetnych rozwiązań do wykorzystania przy takich modelach jak Corypher czy Arachnidy, które umożliwiają korzystanie z modeli w różnych wersjach.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Malifaux tokens from Widget Wizards - a review

gotta love Widget Wizard's logo

Scheme markers and other tokens that help keep track of various conditions and effects are a must in a game of Malifaux. Being able to easily notice them is often crucial. Also, if you want to take part in a tournament, GG2017 rules state that you must own them. There are several companies that have been producing tokens for Malifaux for a while but Widget Wizards have managed to introduce new, interesting ideas that make using tokens even more convenient.

Markery do schemów i inne znaczniki pomagające śledzić różne stany i efekty w grze są w Malifaux niezbędne. Możliwość szybkiego rozpoznania co przedstawiają jest często kluczowa. Poza tym, zasady GG2017 jasno określają konieczność posiadania własnych markerów, jeśli chce się wziąć udział w turnieju. Kilka firm produkuje już od dawna znaczniki do Malifaux, ale Widget Wizards udało się wprowadzić nowe, ciekawe pomysły, które sprawiają, że używanie markerów jest jeszcze prostsze.

There are some really clever solutions here. First of all, the markers used for tracking conditions are designed to fit around the bases of models. It's a simple but brilliant idea as it makes it possible to clearly represent various in-game effects. The symbols on them are easy to recognize (for example shield for defensive stance, eye for focused, etc.). I particularly like the "activated" markers as they really speed things up by clearly showing which models have already been used.
I also really like the way Ilussionary Forest marker is designed. These two 50mm markers are connected, which makes it impossible to place them incorrectly (the same goes for Sonnia's Flame Wall or Raspy's Ice Pillars).

Zastosowano tutaj kilka naprawdę mądrych rozwiązań. Przede wszystkim, markery używane do śledzenia stanów są zaprojektowane tak, żeby pasowały dookoła podstawek modeli. To prosty, ale w praktyce świetny pomysł - ułatwi czytelne przedstawienie efektów w grze. Symbole są łatwe do odczytania (np. tarcza dla defensive stance, oko dla focused, itp.). Szczególnie spodobały mi się markery do "activated", które znacznie przyspieszają rozgrywkę dzięki temu, że czytelnie pokazują, które modele były już użyte.
Podoba mi się też to jak zaprojektowany został marker Illusionary Forest. Te dwa 50mm znaczniki są połączone, co uniemożliwia niepoprawne umiejscowienie ich na planszy (to samo dotyczy Flame Wall Sonnii czy też Ice Pillars Raspy).

As far as quality goes, the tokens look really good. They only need some cleaning up from paper after unboxing. I also recommend using some white paint to make them even better. It's a simple process. You just need to apply white paint generously over the details and once it's dried, remove the sticker. It's not necessary as the tokens already look very nice without extra paint, but as you can see in the pictures, this will make the details pop nicely.

Jeśli chodzi o jakość, tokeny wyglądają bardzo dobrze. Wymagają tylko oderwania naklejonego papierka po wypakowaniu. Polecam użycie niewielkiej ilości białej farbki do poprawienia ich wyglądu. Wystarczy nałożyć nieco grubszą warstwę farby na detale i po jej wyschnięciu odkleić naklejkę. Nie jet to konieczne, markery wyglądają dobrze same w sobie, ale jak widać na zdjęciach, detale będą wyglądały dzięki temu jeszcze lepiej.

The markers are laser cut and engraved from 1/8 inch acrylic. There are different colors available, all correspond to factions from Malifaux. The engravings are intricate and are deep enough to make sure they won't rub off. I was pleasantly surprised by attention to small details, such as a small tear on the Neverborn mask symbol or highly detailed engravings on Scheme Markers. I've used different versions before but these are definitely the best I've seen so far.
If I were to point one marker that is absolutely indispensable I'd choose the Measurement Tool without any hesitation. It's used to measure walk and melee range as well as some other effects in game. The tool combines elegant design with high functionality and I usually use it several times every turn.

Markery są wycinane laserowo i mają wygrawerowany nadruk w akrylu o grubości 12,5 mm. Dostępne są różne wersje kolorów, odpowiadające frakcjom z Malifaux. Wzory są bardzo dokładne i zrobione na odpowiednio dużej głębokości, by nie ścierały się przy użyciu. Miło zaskoczyło mnie przywiązywanie uwagi do naprawdę drobnych szczegółów, takich jak np. łza na masce markera Nevernorn czy też inne bardzo szczegółowe zdobienia na innych tokenach. Używałem różnych markerów, ale nigdy wcześniej nie spotkałem się z tak wysoką jakością wykończenia.
Gdybym miał wskazać jeden marker, który jest absolutnie niezbędny, wybrałbym Measurement Tool bez chwili wahania.  Używa sięgo do mierzenia dystansu Wk i zasięgów w walce wręcz, oraz do wszelkich innych podstawowych pomiarów w grze. To narzędzie łączy w sobie dużą funkcjonalność z wysokim poziomem wykończenia, przeważnie używam go kilkanaście razy na turę.

McTavish's Gator won't be able to resist the temptation

Things are about to get messy

There are also markers engraved and cut from 1/8 inch Western Alder wood. Here the details look great too. Big contrast between them and the darker part makes it easy to immediately realize what kind of effect or marker is represented. Also, the symbols are nicely shaded, which makes them look more three-dimensional.

Warto jeszcze wspomnieć o markerach ze wzorem wyciętym laserowo w 12,5 mm drewnie (olcha). Tutaj detale też wyglądają świetnie. Duży kontrast pomiędzy nimi a ciemniejszymi częściami ułatwia natychmiastowe ocenienie co pokazują. Dodatkowo, symbole są też ładnie wycieniowane, co sprawia wrażenie głębszej "trójwymiarowości".

Overall, I can highly recommend markers and tokens from Widget Wizards. In the basic set you get more than you will ever need for all the common conditions and effects. The Measuring tool is excellent and will improve your gaming experience and other tokens important for your crew or faction can be bought separately.  And one more thing - there are four "special" 30 mm markers, on which you can simply write the name of the effect you need, which will save you time and money.

Podsumowując, mogę zdecydowanie polecić markery i znaczniki od Widget Wizards. W podstawowym zestawie znajdziecie nawet więcej niż trzeba do wszystkich najczęściej występujących w grze efektów. Miarka jest świetna i na pewno podniesie poziom zadowolenia z gry, a dodatkowe znaczniki do waszej ekipy lub frakcji mogą być kupione osobno. I jeszcze jedno - w zestawie znajdziecie cztery "specjalne" 30 mm markery, na których można po prostu napisać potrzebny efekt, co pozwoli na zaoszczędzenie czasu i pieniędzy.

the whole basic set (pic from the producer)

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