While I was on a bit of a tear writing articles lately, I have also been painting at an enjoyable pace behind the scenes which is mostly the focus of today’s update. I have what feels like a good amount of minis to show off though I do have to admit that part of me wishes I had these completely done so they were a bit less shiny and a bit rustier! As a result of playing Fallout for the first time last week, I’ve been very motivated to paint more Fallout minis so that is what I have to show off this time.
First up, we have a couple of ghouls. What are ghouls for non-Fallout fans? While they look like zombies, they are people exposed to too much radiation who become skeletal and while some people still retain their mental faculties (despite the physical deformities), most end up being mindless and aggressive threats to sentient creatures in the wasteland. I like all kinds of ghouls in Fallout and I find the feral ghouls to be some of the most enjoyable enemies. They’re pretty easy to kill but you also have to make sure they don’t swarm you or they might just get you!
In terms of the minis, they don’t photograph as well as I hoped because of their weird poses and they had a lot of mold lines to clean up so they were a bit of pain compared to most Fallout ones I’ve done thus far. I do like the weathering on the clothes and the metal grates will get a bit of rust which should add a bit more color as well. With that said, they are a bit fiddly and they feel as if they could break pretty easily so I’ll have be careful with them to ensure that doesn’t happen. I’m excited to see them when they are completely finished and I do look forward to fielding them in a special scenario down the road. Unfortunately, I will have to buy a second box and paint all of the same sculpts a second time for that scenario which will be a bit less fun…
While you’ve seen a super mutant hound previously and this one is still a bit shiny still, I was struck by how much better this one looks than the first one. I really wanted to get this guy varnished so I could show you a comparison between this and the first one but sadly it will have to wait a bit longer. Much like the ghouls above, I can crank one of these out quickly compared to most Fallout minis so it was nice and fun to paint them after spending so long on that Dark Angels Primaris Marine.
Next up we have another generic settler. He’s number three of four so I have a pretty good feel for painting these guys now. I think he might be the best one I’ve done yet and while I wasn’t sure as I was painting him, I’m glad I made him more colorful than some of the previous ones too. The only bummer is that when I saw the blown up picture of the mini, I realized his eyes don’t look nearly as good as I originally thought. The images get compressed a bit on WordPress so I don’t think you can really see that at all here but it was a bit annoying to discover. Since he looks good in-hand, I’ll probably just have to live with his eyes as they are.
Last up, we have Sturges who is one of the more memorable characters from Fallout 4. As you can probably guess, he is the mechanic/builder with quite the stylish hairdo. I personally found him a bit annoying in how he would constantly tell you to go get X materials to build something but I can’t deny he is a cool looking character and hopefully you all think I did him justice here. He was fun to paint, if a bit time consuming, and getting the dirt on his pants was not nearly as easy as rust is. I used the same technique for rust described here but I had to use acrylic paint to match the colors on the base. I ended up having to make some adjustments to get the mud looking more random which was a bit of a pain. I think I probably over applied it which is really hard to undo once that has happened. One thing I didn’t realize as well is that you really want a flat surface to dab the paint on. The ridges like on his clothes make it so the paint doesn’t go in the recesses as easily as you would like which also made this harder than I hoped. But all in all, I can’t complain too much and am happy with the results. A bit of varnish and rust to finish him off, and he should be one of the better Fallout minis I’ve done.
So that is my painting progress over the last couple of weeks. I’ll probably share some of these again when I get them finished up but I’ll wait a while until I get a bunch of Fallout minis ready to varnish all at once.
A couple of other random tidbits. I wanted to say thank you to anyone and everyone who voted on the Dark Angels Primaris Captain. He got an 8.1 which is the second highest score I’ve ever received on CMON and that was good enough to get the mini featured on the front page for a couple of days too. That is certainly an honor and was a goal I hoped to achieve with that mini too so I consider that project a success (not that I would have said it was a failure if I didn’t hit those goals but it was certainly a confirmation of how I felt).
I received some Fallout terrain from Sarissa Precision this week. It took less than 10 days to get here from the UK and I’m excited to build and paint it. I’ll certainly share my experiences with it as I’ve never built MDF terrain before and I’m sure I’ll learn some things along the way.
Now I just need this one last thing to arrive for my MESBG diorama. I’ve been working a bit on it and am going to probably ramp my effort up on it this upcoming week so I would say you can expect on update on my first real diorama next week!