The final model in my series of Puppet Wars models used as voodoo puppets for the “No Strings Attached” RPG adventure, Juju the Voodoo Tree Puppet.
The swamp witch created a lot of strange creatures, the largest of which is the giant Treewalker, Juju, guarding her home. As it turns out looks can be quite deceiving, as the real power behind Juju comes from a small wooden voodoo doll. Catching and defeating Puppet Juju might be the only way to defeat the giant Juju and escape the hut of the swamp witch alive.
The “No String Attached” adventure from Wyrd Games offers a great basic concept, but it is specifically created as a 1-shot and due to that is was rather short and missing some aspects I wanted to add. One was the lack of a big boss fight and when I first saw the 2014 GenCon limited edition of Malifaux’s Teddy, “Miss-Ery”, it felt like a natural fit. The model looked like it was made for Puppet Wars, and its large size made it an imposing boss model. The only problem was getting my hands on the limited eidtion model. It took me months of scouring the web until an eBay auction for the model popped up. Luckily I was able to win the auction and immediately after receiving the model I painted up “Misery, the original Voodoo Puppet”.
The swamp witch doesn’t quite remember how many years ago she animated the first voodoo puppet, but of course she remembers which puppet it was, she created first – Misery, the Nightmare Teddy.
Among today’s puppets Misery is not much more than a myth. No living puppet has ever seen the first of their kind, only heard stories passed down by old puppets long deceased.
Misery spends her days sleeping in the witches bed, dreaming sweet dreams of slicing open other puppets with her razor sharp claws. Legend says only great violence could wake her from her slumber. Violence like dozens of puppets meeting on the battlefield maybe?
Pokey was a late addition to the lineup of puppets for “No Strings Attached”. The mini was sculpted by Antoine Bergeron and he was kind enough to send me a copy. The cast was great and fun to paint and best of all, he neatly fit into the puppet line.
Most puppets have a clear memory of their life before being transformed into a puppet by the swamp witch, though the memory starts to fade with time. When Pokey awoke as a puppet beside the Beastmaster, he had no memory of his prior life whatsoever. From the first moment he felt a clear connection to the Beastmaster, though. He likes to stay at his side and poke evil puppets who want to hurt him with his pointy horn.
The Beastmaster always had a way with animals, a gift he retained after being turned into a fearsome puppet riding a wooden rocking horse. He spends his time behind the stove in the kitchen of the hut, training vicious mole rats to fight for the Traditionalists, using captured Resistance puppets as training dummies.
There are two factions of puppets, “the Resistance” who want to leave the hut of the swamp witch and “the Traditionalists” who want every puppet to stay in the hut. Until a few month ago the Traditionalists were led by Belle, a powerful sorceress. Seamus, the current leader of the Traditionalists, took the leadership from Belle in a violent coup, which left her beaten and battered. Belle went into exile in the puppet graveyard under the bed of the Swamp Witch. In this desolate place she started to use her magic powers to raise the dead, intend on using them to wipe out all the living puppets in the hut.
After having a look at the player puppets, lets look at some of the weird inhabitants they encountered inside the witches hut.
Victoria, a fierce puppet made from metal and cloth, is the leader of the enigmatic outsiders, an isolationistic faction of puppets who spend their days gambling and fighting. Seeking the aid of the outsiders the party members were forced to undergo their initiation rite, before they would even speak to them – step into the arena and survive a one-on-one match with Victoria…
And last, but not least, Horthol, the fifth player turned puppet:
The fashionable leather trench-coat and hat worn by this puppet manages to slightly distract from his gruesome face which consists of a cloth draped over some kind of miniature skull. Both of his arms end in cork gun barrels and though most miss the fact that he only has one leg as long as he stands still, it becomes rather obvious as soon he starts to move.
Two more player puppets to go. Today I present Alyssa:
Made up from wood and cloth this puppet is designed in an exotic fashion. One of her “arms” end is a wickedly sharp knife, the other in a broken stump. She elegantly hovers above the floor, her dress never touching the ground.
Here we go to with the third player puppet, Kogul:
This puppet, mostly made from metal, sports two large metal claws, which always seem to move in sync. The old pocket watch on his back ticks loudly, but the hands never seem to move. His eyes, partly hidden by an executioners mask, glow in a fierce red light.
Lets continue to go through the player puppets. The second one is Tara:
A horrifying puppet made from bone and grey cloth with no eyes and a sinister grin. Both her arms end in sharp spikes. She hovers above the floor like a ghost, dragging her ragged dress behind her.