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About the Project

The Others: 7 Sins is a miniatures-heavy big box boardgame written by Eric Lang, illustrated by Adrian Smith and published by Guillotine Games; kickstarted by CMON, with minis by Studio McVey. The theme is existential horror science fiction, avec tentacles. The setting is the last city of mankind in a dark cyberpunky future, beset on all sides by the demonic, corrupting forces of Sin. All that stands in defence of humanity are a handful of agents of an organization called F.A.I.T.H. And it is a loosing battle. This project is where I will collate my painted minis for this game and try to embarrass myself into actually getting them all done. I have way too many minis and tend to flutter about my collection, painting a little here and a little there as they take my fancy. Warning: I paint table-top quality, sometimes table-top +, sometimes just badly. Many of these minis look better when not magnified like in the photos. I maintain a blog where I post all my painted minis at www.themountainsofminis.com

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Have some Pride!

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Have some Pride!

 

The Avatar of Pride

Leonine and resplendant. Unashamed. All Out. Pride.

The largest of all the Avatars, the base is a pillshaped 65mm x 45mm.

 

The Abominations of Pride:

25mm integral bases.

The Abominations of Pride are a further exploration of Contrast paints. And as it so happens, they are slightly reminiscent of rainbow stripes when on parade.  This is in fact unintentional but at the same time oddly fitting.

These were based in a light cream colour, and then each was given a single coat of a different contrast paint.

From the left: Creed Camo, Space Wolf Grey, Wildwood, Militarum Green, Plaguebearer Flesh, Darkoath Flesh.

I then tried to drybrush them a bit, but the contrast paint came off in patches, not being strong enough to resist the mechanical rubbing of the bristles. *sigh* and here I thought I was being extra gentle.

So this reinforces the earlier lesson of no drybrushing on contrast paints.

I put some carroburg crimson shade wash on the ends of the limbs and tentacles, and later some thinned Mephiston Red regular paint. Eyes in blue, some teeth, black bases with black flockmix and done.

 

All that Pride, and not a shred of Dignity.

 

These are the last of all my The Others: 7 Sins minis. Now their to-be-painted-box in the shelf is all empty and hollow, ready to be filled by someting shiny and new! Time to prep some more of the HATE minis perhaps?

 

Avatar and Abominations of Pride

From the base game set of The Others: 7 Sins boardgame, 2016

Guillotine Games / Studio McVey / CMON

PVC boardgame plastic

The boardgame and some expansions should still be available in the wild but seem to be getting scarce.

Lust

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Only two Sins left to go to finish off all of The Others: 7 Sins minis I own. Here is the first of the pair, Lust.

These are sexy beasts, are they not? I can feel how they inflame my ardor, how about you?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. Someone has made some rather …eccentric…design choices here with regards to the representation of the sin of “Lust”.

 

The Avatar of Lust

Is this not the epitomy of Lust?

Feel the raw power of full frontal titillation?

Does this image not cause you to experience Raging Horn or Ladyboner, whatever the case might be?

How about the side boob shot? Both classy and acceptable for TV audiences in the US as long as the nipples are not in view.

 

Or the infamous Black Widow twister shot, that gives the male gaze the satisfaction of simultaneous T and A?

 

Ooh, that junk in the trunk is just overwhelming!

 

Three heads to give. Does that not entice?

 

Yeah, Baby! Indeterminable fleshy lumps all over!

 

35mm integral base

So these are to be seen as the incarnation of carnal lust? I gather they are representing sex-crazed rapist demons rather than objects of desire… Yeah, that is some pretty effed-up existential horror, right there.

 

Abominations

There are two each of three different variants.

35mm and 40mm integral bases.

All in all, these are nice Nurglesque models and will sub for Daemon Princess and Plaguebearers.

The Daemon Princess is a bit small and the Plaguebearers are a bit large though.

 

These were finished August 12th 2020.

 

Avatar and Abominations of Lust

from the Lust expansion, for

The Others: 7 Sins boardgame, 2016

Guillotine Games / Studio McVey / CMON

PVC boardgame plastic

The boardgame and some expansions should still be available in the wild but seem to be getting scarce.

 

Heroes of Gamma Team

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“The heroes we deserve, not the heroes we need”.

The actual Gamma Team, from the Gamma Team expansion.

Skye the Werewolf in her human form…

…and in her werewolf form. Green base rims since she is a Fixer. 25mm integral bases.

 

River.  Also a Fixer.  Ideally the coat should have been clear see-though, Priscilla-style, but I settled for a Trinity-style black latex since the plastic the model was cast in was opaque.  25mm integral base.

 

Eagle the Shooter and his hi-tech smoked glass helmet with internal HUD in his 80’s cold weather coat. 25mm integral base.

 

The Winter Soldier Keanu the Leader with his cybernetic arms. 30mm integral base on account of his manspreading.

 

Doc the Bruiser. Don’t call him a monkey! 35mm base.

 

That actually finishes off the Gamma Team Expansion.

As before, the photos really “enhance” all the little mistakes and imprecisions and make the paint jobs look rather crude even though they look perfectly fine in real life when not magnified.

Oh well. Neither my eyesight nor my shaking hands will be getting any better so it is what it is.

 

These minis were completed August 4th 2020

 

Corrupted Gangstas

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The corrupted gangsta acolytes from the Gamma Team Expansion box, yo!

 

 

Pretty Fly to the left, Don’tell to the right

 

Two-pack to the left, One-nut to the right

 

Vicky Pollard to the left, Shasmonique to the right

But yeah, but no, but yeah, but no, but yeah, but that’s so unfair!

 

These minis were completed July 24th 2020

 

Corrupted Gangster Acolytes

from the Gamma Team expansion, for

The Others: 7 Sins boardgame, 2016

Guillotine Games / Studio McVey / CMON

PVC boardgame plastic

25mm integral bases

The boardgame and some expansions should still be available in the wild but seem to be getting scarce.

Corrupted Diplomats

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One thing I regretted about The Others: 7 Sins KS was that I did not get all the minis during the campaign. So when I found the Gamma Team expansion going for cheap on one of the discount stores on Ebay last year, I snapped it right up.

I have at last gotten round to painting the contents. Here is the first group of acolytes -the Corrupted Diplomats:

 

Old Hag Harkness, and Ms Umbridge

 

Thompson and Thompson

 

Old Creepy Gentleman in his silken smoking jacket, and Mr Hefner the even creepier.

 

One thing I really like about all the diverse Corrupted Acolytes is that when all are lumped together, they become a massive horde of cultist or zombie-style mooks from all walks of life.

 

 

Aren’t these minis actually a bit large for CMON?

25mm bases

These minis were completed July 10th 2020

 

Corrupted Diplomat Acolytes

from the Gamma Team expansion, for

The Others: 7 Sins boardgame, 2016

Guillotine Games / Studio McVey / CMON

PVC boardgame plastic

25mm integral bases

The boardgame and some expansions should still be available in the wild but seem to be getting scarce.

Envy

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The box full of the Others: 7 Sins models got a visit determined by the dice gods of the Shelf Game.

I picked the Envy Avatar and Abominations, leaving Pride and Lust and the Gamma Team expansion models for another day.

Three different failed paint schemes later, they ended up like this:

Another case of “just finish them already!” I found these to be a bit of a slog to do. At least they are out of the way now.

On the back of the percieved slog, I think I might revisit the shelf game concept; forcing myself to paint stuff I am not inspired to do is probably not the best idea I have had, especially since I recently have had so limited time to paint. When I find myself putting off painting in favor of doing something completely different, like replaying a game I already have put far too many hours into…maybe I should -at least for now- go more with the flow and try to find inspiration for any given model before sitting down to paint it. If it is not enjoyable to do, why do it at all? Also, the minis end up with uninspired, objectively bad paint jobs.

 

The Avatar of Envy:

This is one reason I am not a fan of preassembled minis: the entire front of this mini has a lot of visible detail beneath rows of teeth/horns/whatever those spiky bits are. My word, those were annoying to get any colour past, and I gave up trying to paint in the back teeth. Those front fangs were just so very much in the way!

The Avatar has a 45mm base. which for some reason the model is not centered on.

 

The Abominations of Envy:

40mm and 35mm bases.

 

All the 7 Sins in this game are weird and original, and dare I say it, Lovecraftien, takes on the seven sins. But? What on God’s green earth makes these things represent “Envy”? It boggles the mind. (Which might be the point come to think of it.)

 

Just to give a sense of scale here.

 

These minis were finished June 14th 2020.

Don't mess with Dr Dream

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The last set of Acolytes! Doctors and nurses that want to “heal” you by making you grow tentacles…

 

 

 

For some reason, most of the pictures were a bit blurry, so they went in the bin. No point in posting them at any rate.

 

Corrupted Doctors acolytes

from The Others: 7 Sins boardgame, base game set, 2016

Guillotine Games / Studio McVey / CMON

PVC boardgame plastic

25mm integral bases

The boardgame should still be available in the wild.

The Hobos of Corruption

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I am slowly pushing towards the goal of finishing the rest of the minis from The Others: 7 SIns boardgame (“only” 3 sins avatars and their sets of 6 abominations each, plus two sets of acolytes left to do!) Did I say two sets of 6 acolytes left?

 

Hobos! When the Sins stalk the streets, it certainly isn’t safe to live there! These should prove that the Sins do not care about personal hygiene (or a lack thereof…) nor social status. They will corrupt everyone!

 

The eponymous Bag Lady. With a massive Bag.

 

Accordions are the Devil’s Instrument!

 

 

You can’t have a bunch of crazy hobos without some of them carrying Doomsday signs, now can you?

 

I like my Hobos avec tentacles.

 

 

After this there is 1 set of acolytes left to do.

 

Hobo corrupted acolytes

from The Others: 7 Sins boardgame, base game set, 2016

Guillotine Games / Studio McVey / CMON

PVC boardgame plastic

25mm integral bases

The boardgame should still be available in the wild.

The Beta and the Omega, Corrupted Clergy

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I seem to have some serious first world problems going on… so  much stuff, so little time! Several kickstarter pledges have recently arrived and I seem to be running out of space…Where to put all these boxes? More importantly, WHEN to do anything with the contents? I already have several pledges that I have not been able to do much more with than look through the contents and pack the lot away. Truthfully, some of these might be destined not to be dug out and looked at again before I shuffle off this mortal coil and my heirs simply bin the lot of it. Hoarder, me?

Time (again) to try to dial back the kickstarter spending. I am thinking for the moment that I will try to push through and finish the bits for at least a few of the games I have prepped and started on already, before opening another box of literally hundreds of miniatures!

So we come back to The Others: 7 Sins. This existential horror cthulhueque big box boardgame kickstared by CMON back in 2015, has been on the back burner since I did the first Alpha team, four of the seven sins and the Apocalypse minis plus change some years/months ago.

Left to do I had:

Beta Team
Omega Team
Three unattached heroes
Lust Controller, Avatar and Abominations
Pride Avatar and Abominations
Envy Avatar and Abominations
Clergy, Medical and Hobo acolytes

For a total of 53 unfinished minis.

This last week or so I have been plonking away at a few of these, and have finished:

(The base colours correspond to their in-game role: Yellow Leader, Red Bruiser, Blue Shooter, Green Fixer. )

 

 

Beta Team: Will, Polly, Freder, Elle, Kanga.

 

 

Omega Team: Rosario (deVille), Nicole, Calavera, PhD (who you gonna call?), Adrian

 

 

The three unattached heroes: Kwanita, Benoit from the Apocalypse expansion, and Baldur of the Sons of Ragnarök bike gang.

 

 

The Controller of Lust. The last of the controllers, all the others have been painted earlier.

 

 

Corrupted Clergy acolytes.

But damn! These looked so much better painted before I took close-up pictures of them. The harsh truth hurts! I am getting sloppy in my dotage. Looks like I need to invest in a proper pointy brush again.

 

Left to do:

Lust Avatar and Abominations
Pride Avatar and Abominations
Envy Avatar and Abominations
Medical and Hobo acolytes

For a total of 33 unfinished minis.

There are more minis in existence for this game that I do not own. Both Delta and Gamma teams plus four types of corrupted acolytes, the Men of FAITH and the Sons of Ragnarök. I did not pledge for these during the KS and I will be damned if I pay some flipper’s black market prices for them.

However, If you know of anybody having any of these sets who would want to get rid of them for a reasonable price, feel free to let me know 🙂

Nicolas and his twin Nigel

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5 year old Nicolas and his conjoined twin Nigel…they were surgically separated but still wanted to be together…Nicolas has a powerful psychic presence and is a very difficult enemy the heroes have great problems with overcoming, since he can turn both their own powers and innocent bystanders against them.

 

      

Nicolas has a 65x45mm base. and is made in PVC boardgame plastic.

Apocalypse Now!

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At last we get to current events, and freshly painted minis! These were finished yesterday (at the time of writing).

 

The Others. 7 Sins boardgame has an Expansion named Apocalypse. Unsurprisingly, it includes versions of The Four Horsemen…and a …Thing…called Greater Demon of the Apocalypse:

 

 

They are all large minis. Apocalypse (in case you have not guessed it, the tentacled monstrosity second from the left) is 130mm tall!

 

      

This must be one of the busiest minis I ever have painted. There are tentacles, teeth and whatnot everywhere. I guess the brief was “stick some tentacles on it, and call it Cthuloid…I got a fever, and the only cure is more tentacles… no, I said MOAR TENTACLES! MOAR!” and this is the result.

I mean, I am quite partial to tentacles, but here they might have gone slightly overboard.

Well, that is the “Greater Demon of the Apocalypse”.

The base is 65mmx45mm.

 

    

Death…no, er… DEATH. 

The base is 35mm.

     

Famine.

The base is 45mm.

 

      

Pestilence. or Pollution, if you will.

(why does this mini make me think of a Ronin?)

The base is 35mm.

 

      

and War. What is he good for?

The base is 40mm.

The Sins: Gluttony

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Each Sin is represented by one large Avatar (or Greater Demon, if you will) six Abominations (or lesser demons) and one Controller (or champion)

 

The Avatar of Gluttony:

    

aka The Greater Deamon of Bloated Body Horror. I call him Tetsuo.

40mm base.

 

and his little mini me’s, the Abominations:

  

I call them the six little pigs.

25mm bases.

 

And the Controller of Gluttony

   

I call her Leeloo.

25mm base.

 

size comparison

The Sins: Wrath

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Each Sin is represented by one large Avatar (or Greater Demon, if you will) six Abominations (or lesser demons) and one Controller (or champion)

Mr Furious, he who looks back in anger:

Avatar of Wrath

   

40mm base.

I debated with myself a bit whether to do him like the Hulk, but ended up thinking I want to keep the Sins’ avatars and Abominations in similar colour schemes to make them easier to recognize in game. And as I already did the Wrath abominations in red and black…

The classic red devil look always goes a long way, this mini is instantly recognizable as such and will fit as a demon-monster in most games. Especially since this is the most “normal” looking of the Avatars.

 

Abominations of Wrath:

Angry, angry dog-like demonic abominations of Wrath. One might almost say “Mad Dogs”.

 

So these are of course going to double as Fleshhounds of Khorne in those other games.

 

40mm bases

 

Wrath Controller:

 

25mm base.

Sorry about the blur. It did not want to be photographed this one. He was shaking with repressed fury, obviously.

The Sins: Greed

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Each Sin is represented by one large Avatar (or Greater Demon, if you will) six Abominations (or lesser demons) and one Controller (or champion)

 

The Avatar would be a Greater Daemon in another game. The Avatars are the main reason I jumped into the kickstarter campaign. I found the …different… take on the Sins appealing, and I like larger minis and weird monsters. So that was an immediate pledge from me.

Avatar of Greed:

   

I am thinking I maybe should have done the entire arms in the greedy green colour.

Abominations of Greed:

   

A conga line of little greedy bastiches

This face cries FEED ME louder than any nest-chick!

25mm bases.

 

Controller of Greed

 

This is one of those minis that did not want to be taken pictures of, these are the best I could manage. All the rest were even more fuzzy. A quick paint job.

25mm base.

 

The Sins: Sloth

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Each Sin is represented by one large Avatar (or Greater Demon, if you will) six Abominations (or lesser demons) and one Controller (or champion)

 

The Avatar of Sloth (will also double as a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.)

 

   

45mm base.

The abominations of Sloth.

As soon as I saw these, I knew what the inspiration for the colour scheme would be:

They would have been a better fit if they were abominations of Gluttony, but they are not, so there we are.

   

40mm bases.

These also will do double duty as Beasts of Nurgle, or Spawn of Chaos.

 

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Sloth Controller. 25mm base

I originally thought I would do this one up as John Constantine the Hellblazer, on account of the trenchcoat. But him being blonde made the hair looked far to samey with the trenchcoat and all. So I did the film version instead 😛

 

 

The Mayor and some Corrupted Acolytes

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The enemies in this game strike both from without and within…many of the City’s inhabitants from the top social strata to the bottom have become corrupted.

 

Such as The Mayor

   

Your regular Dr Octopus, mythos style.

 

Alas, true heroes are also susceptible to corruption.

 

The corrupted Firemen Acolytes.

 

…and the Corrupted Police Acolytes:

  

Acolytes come in 2 of each of 3 variants.

Rigid PVC / Board game plastic, 25mm integral bases.

 

Still got Clergy, Doctors and Hobos to do.

Alas, I did not buy all the extras so are missing a few types.

The Hell Club

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The Hell Club were among the first minis I did for this game, and some of them are also regarded as the least quality minis in the game due to the shallow details on weedy bodies, the thinner truscale CMON minis are in not doing them any favors here…One can only dream how much better these could be if they had been GW-sized and scaled!

The Hell Club, a group of humans plotting evil, very reminiscent of the Cenobites from the Hellraiser series, being heavily into strap’n’leather rubber clothing and body modification…

Marguerite, Dr Gan, and Flay, the three “normal” humans in the Hell Club are probably the least good miniatures when it comes to shallowness and softness of the details in the entire game. Don’t get me wrong, the overall quality of the minis in this game is very high for PVC minis. It’s just that there are always some that are not up to scratch.

It might simply be that they are stick-thin, skin-tight fetish-latex clad humans in the smaller truscale 28mm, which means there is a limit to how deep any details can go. Something which does not work all that well for these exact miniatures, even though it works for others.

I did not really enjoy painting these all that much (what details there are are too small and shallow, I can barely see them let alone paint them. *Sigh* my age is catching up with my eyesight it seems.

So the paint job is rudimentary at best.

The Hell Club: Marguerite, Gourd & Vex, Dr Gan, Flay and Grin. In game the Hell Club are enemies that actively work to summon the Sins.

On top of that, I took a bunch of pictures of them individually, none of which turned out to be in focus. Maybe it’s the gloss varnish that tricks my old camera.

At any rate, in the end I had a single barely workable picture of all the Hell Club members. That will just have to do.

The Hell Club seems to be heavily influenced by the Hellraiser series of movies. Not a bad thing at all.

 

I have workable pics of Grin and Gourd and Vex taken when they were painted earlier than the other three, so I am putting them here:

Gourd and Vex. Minime cenobites. Both of short stature and shorter tempers.

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An interesting pair, obviously very much in love. ah. I am such an incurable romantic.

Go get the Gimp for some fun and games:

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Probably sleeps in a locked chest in the basement.

 

Gourd and Vex, and Grin are on 35mm bases. The others (sic!) are on 25mm bases.

 

The Agents of F.A.I.T.H. Alpha Team

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Note: The heroes here were for the most part sporadically painted in 2017.

I only seem to have painted Alpha team, so Beta and Gamma will eventually be painted fresh for this project. (Woot!)

The defending human faction in The Others: 7 Sins board game consists of a number of cyberpunk / future agents and operatives including both normal and enhanced humans, and supernaturals such as werewolves and half-demons…

 

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Thorley, Alpha Team.

The red base shows he is a Bruiser class hero

 

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Karl the Werewolf in his human form.

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I painted Karl in his Werewolf form.

Karl is a member of the Alpha Team.

The green base shows he is a Fixer class hero.

 

Leah the Leader (Leader role denoted by yellow base)

 

 

Morgana the Bruiser (Bruiser role denoted by red base)

 

 

Rose the Fixer (Fixer role denoted by green base)

Not entirely happy with Morganas face. As she is an ancient vampire, I tried to show her fangs. Probably used too strong colours, should have kept it really muted on such a small face. It looks painted on. On the other hand, that face is really small and difficult to paint.

Same with Rose, I tried to give her an Alice Cooper-like black Goth eye shadow and lipstick, but it is too heavy and looks more like a cartoon bank robbers mask. (and what the **** is up with those elbow tentacle-things anyway?)

Leah turned out ok.

 

 

Rocco to the left, Brad to the right.

The bases are rimmed in blue to denote their Shooter class.

 

 

Agents of F.A.I.T.H., members of Alpha Team

from The Others: 7 Sins board game base set

CMON /  Guillotine Games / Studio McVey

Rigid PVC

25mm integral bases

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