While I don’t have a lot of painted miniatures or terrain to show off this week, I do have a range of things to discuss from Fallout, to MESBG, to Cool Mini Or Not of all things so there is a little bit for everyone hopefully.
Fallout – The most significant hobby progress I made was on another super mutant. As I mentioned a little while ago, I wanted to get this one done because he is carrying a sledgehammer which is what the first few scenarios call for. Now that he is done I’m ready to play the next scenario and expect to do so within the next couple of weeks, possibly over Thanksgiving break at the latest.
I happen to really like how this guy looks too so I really slowed down and took my time on him. I blended his armor to make sure it was smooth and I also really took my time on the skin and glazed everything to make sure it looked good. It was time consuming but I think it is well-worth it. I was a bit stumped by the metal beams on his base as I thought about making them more colorful but ultimately, I’m glad I didn’t as the heavy rust effect looks great and balances out the blue armor nicely. I think I might have gone a bit too light with rust on his armor but I did want this guy to look more elite than the previous super mutants so I think that goal was accomplished anyway. One source of frustration with this mini is that he does look a bit glossy still (especially on the back) even after matte varnish was applied. It hurts the quality of the photos a bit which I don’t like. I may have to try using something other than Vallejo’s varnish as that is what seems to be giving me this problem. Fortunately, I don’t have a ton left as it is so this something I can experiment with in the near future.
Here is a look at the super mutants in resin that I will keep and use going forward. Not only do they look miles better than the first one pictured below, they are quite a fearsome bunch now that this squad is filling out.
Putting them together also made me realize how much better the skin looks on the most recent super mutant compared to the previous one that had a fair amount of skin showing. The level of contrast is much higher and the skin more lifelike too. I’m sure that spending more time on the latest one is a big part but it also seems that I’ve gotten better at painting these with practice too which is nice to see.
I’ve been thinking about what I own for Fallout and have been reminded that I still need to build up my terrain collection more than I need to paint more minis. My Fallout terrain collection feels a bit too sparse and I need to get more of it and get some things that will give it some life. So after doing some online browsing, I noticed that Multiverse Gaming, a Polish terrain maker, sells some great storage crates and wooden pallets, both of which is the kind of terrain I could use. So I ordered some and I’ve been waiting for nearly a week now to get a shipping confirmation. Their website says almost all items have 28 day availability so I’m guessing it could take up to that long to ship something which is a bit crazy. Part of me wonders if I didn’t give $30 to a Polish pyramid scheme but I guess time will tell! I will be looking forward to receiving my order in 2021 🙂
MESBG Diorama – I have good news but not too much visual to share here unfortunately. I got everything for the diorama glued back together and the super glue really did the trick as the rug is much flatter looking than before. I also painted one of the last two things I need to finish the dio this week. Unfortunately, I can’t share it with you because it will give away the main effect of the diorama but it does look nice and I am excited to finish the diorama. While I’m facing some challenges with him, I jumped into painting the Master of Laketown and once he is done, I will basically have the diorama done. So expect at least a WIP update on him next week and hopefully this lengthy project will be coming to a close in the nearish future.
Cool Mini Or Not – Lastly, this may not seem relevant to you but it actually is. After trying to squeeze posting on CMON forums more regularly, I’ve realized that I just don’t have the time to keep up with it. I CAN do it, but it cuts into my painting time on the weekends and I’d like to maximize that as much as I can and keep getting things done. Truthfully, I am finding that interacting with all of you in the blogosphere is more enjoyable and rewarding for me than being on CMON. Its hard to explain but CMON forums feel like a somewhat disparate group of people who share their work and while many people paint Warhammer or busts, I always felt a bit like the odd man out painting LOTR since they tend to be more gaming minis than painter’s minis if you know what I mean. While I obviously have a bit more variety in my painting queue than I did a year ago, even upon my brief return, I still felt that way. I also feel like the amount of useful feedback (or even just general enthusiasm) for what I share on CMON went down the longer I posted to where it hasn’t felt that satisfying to participate in the forums there. That feeling quickly resurfaced when I tried to go back to posting regularly.
When it comes to this site and all of the sites I follow, no matter what your interests are, I still find them interesting and I enjoy reading your thoughts on your hobby. I feel like I know a bit more about each of you by reading your updates and that you know a bit more about me and that enhances our appreciation for each other’s work. That kind of connection and the sense of belonging is something I haven’t experienced elsewhere and that has made me come to enjoy blogging much more than any other way of participating in the hobby. So all this is to say, thank you for your support and for having me be part of this community. It is an awesome space to be in and it has quickly become my favorite way to be active in the hobby. If you like to write and share your hobby with others, then I would like to invite you to come join us! There’s always room for more in this awesome group of hobbyists.