Monday, 1 August 2016

Unboxing Malifaux - Brutal Emissary

"Cage, coffin or sword...the choice is yours..."

The Brutal Emissary box contains enough parts for one miniature (albeit a pretty damn big one)...namely the Brutal Emissary. It also contains a stat card for him and a number of upgrade cards.

Brutal Emissary - Sprue
The box has one sprue in it as well as the aforementioned cards. Here's pictures of both sides of it...

Brutal Emissary - Stat Card
Wyrd Games didn't like my publishing pictures of both sides of the stat cards so you'll have to make do with this...I'm posting the upgrade cards as is though...

Should there be any assembly issues with the model then they will be listed in the appropriate section and you can view larger versions of the smaller pictures or instruction pictures by clicking on them.

Brutal Emissary - Instructions

Some General Notes on Assembly.
Many of these models contain quite small parts so depending on how dexterous you are you might consider getting yourself some tweezers. Dry-fitting is also always a good idea in case a part needs a tiny bit of extra filing or filling as some of the fits are quite tight. Where the parts on the sprue are quite thin (chains, weapon shafts, cables and the like) then it might be better to remove parts with a sharp scalpel rather than cutters.

Brutal Emissary - Assembled
The main model is a simple enough assembly process as long as you're systematic and the parts themselves are quite substantial. The only part that may create a problem or two is the cage sub-assembly.

Each of the circular 'cage' pieces has several slightly longer bars that slot into equivalent holes in the piece below. The issue is somewhat complicated by the fact the prisoner within is leaning on the top of the second row from the bottom with his right hand and is gripping the bars of the top row with his left. Dry-fitting is to be recommended with this section before gluing anything together as it's quite a tight fit and alignment is (in my opinion at least) somewhat critical. Additionally I have some doubts about how easily you'll be able to paint the figure in the cage if you glue it together before painting...I suppose it depends how fussy you are...Of course there's always the option of not putting the prisoner in at all...

The sword is also slightly bent on the model and on those of several other people I have spoken to. It has been pointed out by Andrew Fabian on the 'A Wyrd Place' Facebook group that this is probably due to the way the foam pushes the sprue tight against the side of the box meaning pretty much every single one of them's potentially going to have a bent sword. The usual method for resolving such issues is to heat up the part in warm water and gently bend it back into shape...results do vary however...

Here's some close-ups...

Brutal Emissary - Comparison Pictures
Here's a couple of comparison pictures between the Brutal Emissary and his smaller counterpart the Brutal Effigy as well as one by Hoffman's 'Avatar of Amalgamation' which was requested on the Wyrd Place Facebook group...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.


  1. he's huge! i hope the rest are just as big

    1. They will be, the dragon's massive!

  2. Thank you very, VERY much for the comparison photo of plastic avatar and emissary. The emissary's actually going to be a bit easier to transport if you can pack it flat! I don't think my slender minis case will allow that, so it'll be the avatar as proxy for me (aside from it being an awesome ((disturbing)) giant stompybot) and traveling upright and separately.

  3. I’m a bit new to Malifaux, how do these emissaries fit into the game? What faction are they for? Are they masters, henchmen, minions, or what?

    1. Each faction gets its own Emissary. Each one comes in at a whopping 10ss. Each has access to a series of 0ss upgrades (one for each master in that Emissaries faction). Each of these upgrades gives the emissary extra rules and abilities to make it fit in better with the matched master. The Yan Lo upgrade, as an example, turns the emissary into an ancestor and gives it the ability to harvest chi.

      If you want to see the complete rules for all the emissaries and their upgrades, check out the wave 3 book "Shifting Loyalties", from last year.

    2. There's one for each faction, and each of them give the opportunity to use Master Specific upgrades (for all masters except those in Ripples of Fate) that alter or enhance their play styles. They are all Enforcers.

      They can also be proxied by any of the old Avatar models.

    3. Ninja'd... with a better response lol

    4. Well that's saved me having to come up with an answer. Thanks people :-)


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