Thursday, May 17, 2018

Painted Miniatures for Mice and Mystics II

Winston Churchill once said, "Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat."* I felt that I was doing a lot of re-ratting as I repeatedly painted all the vermin for Mice and Mystics. Last week we looked at the six mouse heroes from the game. This week, I bring you their enemies...

One of the things that I like about Mice and Mystics is that it's got a strong sense of theme. The theme is that mice are so tiny that even household pests are deadly opponents. Cockroaches are scary, but a centipede or a spider is downright terrifying. Likewise, special ingenuity is required merely to climb up on a table or avoid drowning in a gutter. The small scale makes the stakes seem all the bigger.

Above we see the basic monster of the game: the roach. They're like kobolds or goblins in D&D but all the more disgusting because they're real.

Then comes the servants of the evil Queen Vanestra: the rats. They're not quite Jes Goodwin's Skaven, but they are pretty satisfying sculpts in a cartoony sort of way. Chad Hoverter, the sculptor, was wise to place great emphasis on the creepiest part of the rat: their long, fleshy tails.

Here we see the Spider. It's not one of my better paintjobs... a little dim in my opinion, notwithstanding my attempt to spice it up with some orange accents.

And then my favourite miniature of the lot: the centipede. It's mindless, aggressive and hard to kill, reminding me of some of my ex-girlfriends.

Above is the whole lot of vermin together. 

I hope I've piqued your interest in Mice and Mystics. It's an excellent game that offers a lot for both children and adults, as well as for solo players and larger groups. It also returns you to a sense of wonder, where a spider is a major adversary and a button found discarded under a bed may be the only thing standing between life and death.

* The occasion was when Churchill re-joined the Conservative Party after he had abandoned it to join the Liberals almost 20 years before. It's not 100% certain that Churchill actually uttered these exact words, but if it's good enough for the International Churchill Society, it's good enough for me.


  1. Really intresting sculpts with some awesome paint jobs. ;)

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  3. Yes, those Rats are really nice sculpts. I like how you painted them.

  4. Reminds me a bit of the Redwall novel... Great work!

  5. You made some neat works here, they look gorgeous. The rat fur looks great, the spider looks incredibly natural, but the cockroaches... eeeeek, those cockroaches!!! :O :O
    Hats off, sir.

  6. Let's talk colors here. They're amazing... I mean, that green on the centipede is suitably biological looking, but the color of the cockroaches? You absolutely nailed it. That reddish brown is unmistakable. I think the Snopes on the rats are the Highlight there. The way the pink merges into the fur color is really well done.

  7. Those cockroaches give me flashbacks to my old apartment on Van Horne. Love the gradients you put on the tails of the mice. Really nice set!

  8. Love the whole bunch, they look fabulous! Your painting added some really nice accentuations on key areas and made them look that much better as a whole.

  9. Thanks everyone for the lovely feedback!

  10. Awesome work Matt! I particularly like the centipedes.