Once I got the rug painted last week, I threw myself into this terrain piece as I knew that once it was done, I would be ready for the next Fallout scenario, so I was plenty motivated. I was also curious to see how this would come together since it is my first attempt at MDF terrain.
As I mentioned last week, I was really concerned about the textures and making what is a fairly simple building look interesting so I ended up drybrushing the outside and stippling with styrofoam on the inside to make it visually interesting. Whenever I can snag some Fallout terrain that Modiphius makes for crates and crafting stations, I’ll throw some inside of the trailer to add even more life to it but gaming purposes, I think it looks great and is ready for the table. The real test was: can some minis stick their guns out of the window and look like they’re taking cover and the answer is thankfully, yes! Sarissa Precision did a great job designing this piece of terrain and I look forward to building the other piece of terrain I purchased from them in the near future.
In terms of what I learned, I did make a couple of mistakes on this project. The first is that I should have gotten a rattlecan for priming it. I didn’t want to spend nearly $30 on one from GW that I thought I’d only use for this piece of terrain in the near future but it would have saved me a couple of hours of work, if not more so. If you’re taking on a bigger MDF project, get yourself some primer you can spray and skip the tedious basecoating by hand part! I also messed up gluing one of the posts on the outside of the trailer which means there is a slight wobble on this trailer. I swear that I tried really hard to be careful while gluing but still ended up making a mistake and I glued the crap out of the piece that is causing the wobble so it isn’t something I can pull apart and re-glue unfortunately (I already tried) so while the look of the terrain is awesome, there are still areas that could be improved. I imagine the slight wobble it has is something I’ll just have to live with and fortunately, it isn’t an issue when it comes to gaming since the wobble is pretty minor.
So all in all, it is a project I enjoyed working on and am happy with the results. It should help spice up my Fallout terrain too as most of the industrial/manufacturing locations you visit in the game have something similar to this and additionally, there’s no reason you couldn’t have it be around a residential neighborhood (maybe some houses there were under construction when the bombs went off for example).
I also wanted to say thank you for all the birthday wishes this past week! I had a nice relaxing day and my family was incredibly generous and thoughtful with gifts as always. My fiancee got me several miniature related things including the Institute Core Box and two boxes of objective markers pictured below.
I asked for the Institute box because I wanted to get something else to paint besides Super Mutants and Survivors to add some variety to my backlog. I’d love to get raiders but I think painting them would be too similar to painting super mutants and humans (raiders are basically a combination of the two factions since they rusty armor like super mutants but with human skin) so I’ll save those for later. The objectives should add some nice life to my Fallout terrain and make my battle reports look even nicer too so I’ll be excited to work on both in the coming months.
As far as non-miniature gifts go, I got Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order for Playstation 4 and I love it so far. It really captures the Star Wars universe well (the sound effects are so satisfying) but it has a nice challenge to it and the exploration of Star Wars planets is a blast in the 4-5 hours I’ve played so far. I also got 1917 on Blu-Ray which I’m excited to watch. I’ve heard it is great and WWI deserves a great movie. Who knows maybe it will inspire me to finally paint something from that era!