Wait! Come back! I promise this won’t be as boring as it sounds! Its true I somehow ended up working on two different projects for two different games that both involve inanimate objects. While I’m hardly one of the old masters painting a still life, I think I do have some decent work to show off that will hopefully elevate the subject matter into something interesting and worth your time.
MESBG – Let’s lead with the big one first. I have the next part of the diorama nearly done and while there was a lot of cursing and grumbling what I started working on this throne, I think that it has come together really nicely. Best of all, I painted this using glazing and it didn’t take too long at all to finish this in spite of that which surprised me.
What caused a lot of grumbling was cleaning up this mini for painting. There were so many mold lines that kind of looked like they might be part of the design of the miniature. This is the second thing I’ve painted from Mantic Games Terrain Crate series and I’m not impressed with their product in terms of diorama quality. I think these would be a lot easier to use as terrain (where missing a small mold line won’t kill you). Most of the pieces I got in the Throne Room set are multi-part and were glued together somewhat sloppily in the factory so I had to try and smooth out and fix a couple of cracks between pieces and spots where they overglued things which is basically impossible to fully cover up. I probably spent 2-4 hours just fixing issues with this thing so the fact that it looks as good as it does is no small miracle.
For those of you who are fans of painting, I painted this in Non Metallic Metals again which I think is the first MESBG thing I’ve painted fully in this style (I’m not counting Alfrid who only has some metal clasps on his coat). I tried experimenting with my colors a bit more and I think I’ve made some improvements in how to paint gold compared to my Scibor dwarf pictured below. It kind of figures when you spend a ton of time and are really proud of something like that and a couple months later you top it. That’s painting for you.
If you’d like to try to use some of the colors and techniques I used, I’d recommend the following Youtube video. While I didn’t follow the video religiously, I did try the colors out that Juan Hidalgo (and Darren Latham) use to great success. Its also worth mentioning that I skipped using the recommended Contrast paints because the sculpt didn’t provide enough flat areas to make glazing with them easy but I hope to use those in the future and see if I get even better results.
There are two things left to paint for the diorama besides the display base so I’m making pretty steady progress on it. I plan on taking a little break and working on some gaming stuff again so I can keep up my motivation and concentration on this project.
Fallout Wasteland Warfare – I also took the opportunity to paint one of my recently acquired, birthday minis. The quality of these objective markers really is outstanding. No mold lines that I could find on this one and lots of little details to pick out. I tried to weather the items but avoided using rust as I want these items to look like something special or worth scavenging since it is an objective. The photos are a bit on the dark side but hopefully you can still see the final results okay still.
While I meant what I said about this being enjoyable to paint and being impressed by the level of details, it did take quite a while to paint up at the same time. I think it took almost four days for just this one which means its about as time consuming as a regular infantry sized model. I was thinking it would be cool to get all ten objectives painted up before I play my next game but I know now I don’t have the patience to wait that long. I’ll just have to keep chipping away at them as I have the interest and it will be a nice treat to use them in games as I finish them. I do want to get one more super mutant painted so I can play What You See Is What You Get in the next scenario so I expect to get that done soon so I can get another game in.
Speaking of playing Fallout, one thing I was expecting to buy this month and I haven’t is a new mat. I do really want one that matches my terrain and Fallout 4’s landscape better but I’ve kind of paralyzed myself with choice. Deep Cut Studios makes two mats that would work well but I can make a case for either one.
The one above is basically just dry cracked land for the entire mat. It truly is a wasteland in that sense. This mat would be a nice blank canvas that you could make pretty much any kind of Fallout terrain work with. If you’re fighting away from a landmark (like houses or factories), its perfect. If you can make some streets (which I need to figure out how to do) and houses, this would work okay for that too. I don’t know that the colors match my terrain as well as the next one does however so that is a real concern for me as a perfectionist.
This one has rocks and grass to go along with the wasteland looking ground. There is even a bit of urban looking terrain shown on other parts of the mat. I was leaning towards getting this mat until I got close to actually making the purchase and I’ve been unsure what to go with ever since. I don’t have a lot of room in my closet currently for another mat (and I hope this will be the last one I buy for a long time as well) so that may be part of the reason why I haven’t been able to make a decision. I’d love to hear any opinions you might have. Maybe you can sway me to a particular side or make this decision a bit easier for me.
Palaeo Diet – I don’t have a lot to say about this other than, I had a lot of interest and enthusiasm for trying out this game and I realized this week that it has completely fizzled since then. I’m pretty sure it is because I got a bunch of new Fallout stuff to paint and the fact that the diorama is keeping me quite busy but since my birthday I have had no desire to get more miniatures to paint which is crazy because I really was ready to jump in and paint some cavemen. I do think the enthusiasm could come back in the future and this doesn’t mean I won’t get around to it eventually but I think it shows that I can only juggle or think about a couple of things at a given time in the hobby which I will try to remember in the future.
To me, this also demonstrates the danger of buying lots of things and then you end up not wanting to paint them later on once your motivation level has dropped some. Truthfully, I probably should stay quiet because most of the people who visit this site (and I think most wargamers in general) are more of the type of people who have massive backlogs of minis (aka piles of shame) to paint and they think I’m the crazy one! 🙂