It has been another taxing week, mostly due to work being busy but postal service woes have been an issue too. Not unlike the previous time I complained a few months ago, I have multiple things in the mail that I expected to receive during the week and have not received and now have to worry if I will ever get them as the tracking is wildly misleading. The notable thing in terms of hobbying is that the ultramatte varnish which should have gotten here on Thursday is still not here on Saturday so that sadly means the diorama is unfinished and some other stuff I had hoped to show off today is not done either. While this is disappointing, I will share what hobby progress I can.
Instead, all I have is a ghoul that I finished painting this week as I wanted to focus on some “easy wins” to try and reduce my backlog a bit. It only took three days to finish him and while he look very similar to the previous ghouls, I do like how the toaster came out on his base. As time goes on, I appreciate the resin Fallout bases more and more. They are more interesting than if you got the standard flat base that you have to create yourself.
This means I have three of the five ghouls done and the remaining two are glowing ones which will look quite a bit different than the first three and should be a nice painting challenge. At some point while working on the latest ghoul, I realized that I never added any grass to the previous ones’ base so I added that and touched up the grating with rust because I didn’t think the rust effects stood out enough. The rust is brighter and not as well-blended as on the super mutants but the rust didn’t really come through previously, because the enamel paint is so thin, it acts like a wash and doesn’t stay on top of the curved grating. So I’m glad I made some touch-ups to these as they look formidable next to each other. I’m not sure when I’ll get to use them in a game but I do really look forward to that as well.
And that’s all the hobby progress I can share for now. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what terrain I should be working in in the near future as I know I need to improve that part of my collection. I looked over all of the scenarios I currently own and looked for specific pieces of terrain that are required so I could start planning that out too. Here is what I came up with for required pieces of terrain:
Radioactive waste in barrels
These may seem eclectic and they are in many respects but outside of the cave entrance, I’m aware of products you can buy to make all of these things which is great. The only one that I’m not sure about is the highway overpass which is a very large piece of terrain that is used in one scenario so I don’t know if I’ll ever get that one but the rest of those, I can definitely see myself getting and some like the cave entrance and crops will take some more thought on how I want to tackle them but at least they’re on my radar.
There’s plenty of more generic terrain that I can stand to get one day too including ruined streets and sidewalks, houses, businesses, and manufacturing/industrial buildings. These are useful for a number of scenarios and would be good for making up my own scenarios as well. These will definitely take up more room and are something I will be cautious about buying until I have more storage space but I do look forward to adding a house or two to my collection.
The thinking did not stop there either though. I also started thinking and researching what kind of “boards” I could make to try and capture some locations of Fallout as well. I thought I’d throw in some pictures to help those of you who don’t know Fallout as well, visualize what I’m talking about.
Sanctuary Hills – Much like the Shire in LOTR, I find this to be an iconic setting for Fallout that would be really cool to own. I don’t know if it is practical to build and have this but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to!
A Vault – There are MDF kits to make different rooms in a vault out there. Modiphius has teased a future release with rules for dungeon crawling in the vault setting so this is one of the bigger pieces of terrain that I can certainly see myself committing the space for.
Abandoned Boat – There is a big shipping boat that raiders take over in Fallout 4 somewhere but I can’t remember the name of it and truthfully, I think this is probably one of the more unlikely “boards” I would make even though it would be cool and there is MDF kits out there for this sort of thing.
Downtown Boston – This is another iconic part of Fallout 4 and in some capacity, I will definitely make terrain for this type of location as there is a lot available and it is flexible for scenarios too.
Trailer Park – There are a couple of locations similar to this in Fallout 4 and they fit a couple scenarios well. They wouldn’t be too hard to make so this is certainly a possibility.
Salvage/Junkyard – There is a scenario based on the above location so I could see this one too. Storage containers are the main thing you need and I anticipate getting those in the future as is.
Train Depot – While not as iconic, it could be a fairly easy location to make so this is a certainly an option.
Subway Station – There are large MDF kits you can put together to make a subway station. Not very practical from a storage perspective but it could be cool and a fairly flexible location for battles as well. Anybody could squat in the subway after all!
Atlantic Ocean coastline – This would be good for using Mirelurks whenever I get around to buying them. There is also a Children of Atom base in an area like this. Creating the water would be the hardest part for me as I have almost no experience with resin water products.
Super Duper Mart – Not very practical from a storage perspective to make but there are MDF kits for this out there and I love this location for some reason in Fallout 4 so this could be one of the large projects I take on.
The Glowing Sea area – You can’t really capture the radiation fog in this area but the bare rocky ground is easy and the destroyed trees would also be fairly easy. If add some ruined buildings, a cave, and radioactive ponds, you can pretty much nail this one.
Raider “Settlement” – Crooked Dice make some good shanty terrain and while the picture above is in downtown Boston, there are other places you could make this one. Super Mutants could easily reside there too so it has some flexibility.
Needless to say, there are tons of possibilities and it reminded me how versatile and cool the Fallout 4 setting is for wargaming. One thing Fallout 4 shares with MESBG is that there are locations which feel iconic and really spark my imagination and desire to create. Though truthfully, I still believe that making terrain for Fallout will be more enjoyable for me as a fair amount of LOTR terrain is only usable for a scenario or two and there is a lot of repetition in what you have to make as you tend to need lots of trees and hills in your collection to recreate the various locations in Middle Earth. I think with Fallout, I can get some iconic locations but also create some generic ones too which will be really useful for gaming. I’m not sure exactly which of these projects I’ll tackle in the near future but I will be giving it some thought as I’d love to bring some of these ideas to life and use them for gaming as well. All of this brainstorming was a really useful exercise for me and should help me carry the current enthusiasm I feel for painting and gaming in Fallout to tangible terrain in the future.