As I write this, I’ve probably got an hour or two left of painting on the Dark Angel. Instead of showing you a 98% completed miniature, I’m going to show you some Fallout stuff I kept for a “rainy day” like this.
A little while ago, I picked up Military Barricades terrain for Fallout. They are exactly what they sound like and so they don’t need a lot of explanation. In the game, they are not tall and seemed to be designed to give cover for a human kneeling in front of it. From what I can tell, you can craft these in Fallout 4 and paint them several different colors so I felt empowered to give half a green color and the other half a gray color. They aren’t all that rusty in the games but I figured some rust would tie them into the other things I’ve painted in Fallout. I particularly like the one pictured below where where the rust is concentrated along the bottom. That one I think is actually the most realistic looking rust and I probably should have done a couple more like that if I had figured out that pattern sooner. The best part about these is that they weren’t expensive ($20) and were quick to drybrush. I spent as much time basecoating them as I did drybrushing and adding rust I’d imagine which is perfect for terrain.
I talked not too long ago that I need to focus on Fallout terrain because I have a good amount of minis painted for starting to play the game and that remains true. I got a bit distracted by the Primaris marine but I have knocked out some terrain in the last two months and wanted to see if I had enough to feel comfortable trying the rules. The first five scenarios I’ll be playing are designed to teach you the rules so I imagine they will be the sort of thing where you’ll play them once, enjoy them for what they are, but they probably won’t have a lot of replay value so I don’t want to slave over terrain or try to get the perfect setup before playing them. Truthfully, I am eager to get some games in as well. I think that will motivate me to paint more Fallout and I obviously want to make sure that I enjoy the game and can commit to it for months or hopefully years ahead. Here is what my board looks like with everything I have done (or nearly done in the case of the hill on the right which needs tufts still).
My first reaction was that looks a bit bare but now that I think about it, I think that is just about the right amount of terrain. I do plan on buying a mat that matches the terrain I’ve made much better than this one does (though I think I can use this mat for Fallout New Vegas scenarios whenever Modiphius releases minis for that video game so this one will get plenty of use). I just want to again make sure that I like playing Fallout before I take that step as mats aren’t cheap and take up a fair bit of space.
It is great news that I can finally give at least the first scenario in Fallout a go because I’ve kind of hit a wall with terrain that I can make or buy for the game. Modiphius makes some great things but they’ve been out of stock in the US since before COVID started and shipping with Modiphius is very expensive so I figure my best bet is to wait for a restock in the states. I know I don’t have a lot of line of sight blocking terrain which is crucial for a game that has plenty of ranged combat but hopefully that won’t be a huge issue until I can get more barricades and terrain like that. I have been getting creative and trying to come up with ideas for terrain that would work well besides what Modiphius makes and I may very well take on some ambitious and new kinds of terrain projects this fall. Stay turned for more on that.
Before I wrap up, I finally did get my order from Games Workshop even if it took almost two weeks to get to me (which is truly unheard of) and with an MESBG diorama project on the horizon, Fallout gaming stuff to work on, and some other ideas I’ve been kicking around, the hobby future seems bright for me and I’m excited to see what trouble I get into. I also spotted an indie wargame that has some potential and I will probably pick up in the coming weeks. I’ll talk more about it in the future as I think I’ll get the rules, see how I feel about those, and then get miniatures needed to play after that. Part of the reason I’m interested is that I think I can get by with the MESBG terrain I already have and it would only require 10-15 miniatures so a very small buy-in there. What might surprise you (and it certainly does me), you may see some prehistoric gaming here on the site! Have I finally gone historical like many wargamers do as they age? Well, maybe, we’ll just have to wait and see!