Sunday, 6 May 2018

Unboxing Malifaux - Vintage Misaki

"The Thunder's coming..."
The Vintage range of miniatures are sometimes found in prize support 'mystery boxes' as well as available to purchase via Wyrd Games various sale events or via their 'Guilder' scheme if you're lucky enough to be (or be willing to perform 'favours' for) a local Henchmen or attend certain events...I acquired mine via one of the aforementioned also came in a bag rather than a box...making this an unbagging I suppose...

The Vintage Misaki bag contains enough parts for one miniature...namely Vintage Misaki. It also contains a stat card for her though there are no upgrade cards.

As a child, Misaki lived in her father's shadow. It wasn't until he decided that she would be part of their first wave infiltrating Malifaux that she was able to come into her own. Already skilled at martial arts, her ability was increased greatly during the passage through the Breach, allowing her to defend herself with ease. Having entered under the guise of a Guild lifer, it was not easy to earn the respect needed to manage the Ten Thunders' affairs. Under her tutelage, those under her charge have become an elite team of fighters, working well in small groups and often able to overcome poor odds.

Misaki earned her father's respect and he granted her the title of First Lieutenant, giving her the power to act in his name as Oyabun. Misaki is constantly torn between doing things her own way and honoring her father and her family, between using the knowledge she has learned about Malifaux and obeying her leader's wishes. This conflict often brings father and daughter to disagree, though it is the elder's decisions which are typically carried out.

Her weapon of choice is the Bisento, a bladed polearm, which she manipulates smoothly despite its size. She is a master at keeping an opponent at arm’s length, and few can match her control over close combat.

Vintage Misaki - Sprue
The bag has one sprue in it as well as the aforementioned cards. Here's pictures of both sides of it...

Vintage Misaki - Stat Card
Wyrd Games don't normally like my publishing pictures of both sides of the stat cards but as the stats for their masters are on their website I don't think it matters in this case...

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.

Vintage Misaki - Instructions
Couldn't find any official assembly instructions so you'll have to make do with my pictures I'm afraid...

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.

Misaki - Assembled
She stands upon a two-part rock. The main bodies right foot goes into a gap created by the two halves of the aforementioned rock and the left foot has a missing toe that is already attached to the rock and the leg aligns with this. The two cloth pieces attach to the front and rear respectively and have good attachment areas. There's a flat piece on the rear of the head to which the ribbon piece attaches. That aforementioned ribbon and the shaft of the spear are the only two delicate pieces. The head piece aligns at the neck with a gap on the torso and this is quite a tight fit so you need to make sure that both joint areas are clean to get proper alignment. I managed to get glue all over the place so mine needs a bit of a clean-up...that would be my fault though...not the models...

Vintage Misaki - Comparison Picture
Here's a comparison picture between the original metal version* and the newer plastic one and a group shot of the three versions I currently have...
*The original metal one was acquired in a random box of models I acquired so is a little bit bent and battered...

Vintage Misaki - Rotational View
Here's a rotational view...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.
Should you ever choose to purchase something based on one of my features or reviews then it would be nice if you could let the company know where the inspiration came from...who knows...they might be grateful to the poor unappreciated blogger who sent you their way...if however I've put you off a can keep that info to yourself...

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