I have two things to show off this week that I’m proud of but both overstayed their welcome a bit longer than I was hoping and took quite a long time to finish. Hopefully, they ended up being worth the extra effort!
The first item is actually a piece of terrain that solved a specific problem I had with the Fallout scenario I’m looking to play. The scenario is based around a water storage treatment area. While I know exactly what that looks like in Fallout 4, there really is no easy terrain solution for that. So after doing some searching, I found something from Sarissa Precision that would work in a pinch.
While this type of water tank would typically be on the rooftop in a city somewhere, I thought it could be a nice piece among an industrial landscape. The kit was well-designed and came together really easily which was nice. I think this might have been a better kit to do first instead of the construction trailer because it was so easy to assemble but hindsight is always 20/20. There is a slight problem in that this tank is quite a bit smaller than what I need in the scenario but you’ll see that and more pictures of this piece when I get around to the battle report in a couple of weeks. I do think this tank will do a nice job of blocking line of sight so it will be pretty handy in other scenarios so I’m not too disappointed that it is a bit small. It came out pretty nicely after all!
While the water tank took me nearly a week to paint up, the next mini was hardly much better. I went to town trying to add as much detail as I could because it is a mini of one of my favorite Fallout 4 characters. While I know many people hate him because he constantly asks you to do things for the Minutemen, I like how Preston Garvey was a heroic, do-gooder in a non-chivalric world. He believed in a cause to make the world a better place when few others did which is quite appealing to me. The Minutemen are both a silly idea but one that fit Fallout really well. They’re a bunch of do-gooders who dress up like the colonial militia from a bygone era (a time that they don’t even really understand because the apocalypse happened) and yet, they try to make a difference in a harsh world. Of course, those of you have played Fallout 4 may feel completely differently about Preston and the Minutemen but hopefully you like my paint job!
I made sure to weather his boots and gloves like he looks in the game which took some precise paint work. I also added some extra little details the red electricity (or whatever it is) in his rifle just like in the game. Of all the Survivors I’ve worked on, he was the one I was most excited to paint and I really wanted to paint him up nicely. I don’t know that everything on him came out as well as I hoped but by and large, I think he looks quite nice and I look forward to trying him out in the game. I have a feeling his rifle will be quite powerful. In the meantime, I will have to see if I can’t find some kind of storage solution for him. His rifle is so long that he isn’t going to fit in my foam case very easily which is a bit of annoyance but I’m sure I’ll get it figured out.
So that is what I accomplished recently thanks to the Thanksgiving break. I do have several things coming up that I hope you’ll enjoy like a new and very different Fallout sculpt and I’m going to try an idea that might be an alternative to the oil barrels that I have been having trouble with. It will involve using some water effects so it could be a real challenge for me as I have almost experience with that sort of thing but I’ll share more when I get a little further along with that.
Since I know many of you are Star Wars fans and so am I for that matter, I thought I’d add a little section to the end of the next few posts anyway and see if some or even many of you enjoy the new section. We’ll call it Star Wars Corner until I come up with a better name for it. I finally started watching the ultra-popular The Mandalorian on Disney Plus and I have watched the first four episodes thus far and I like it but I’m also a little disappointed too. I really liked the second episode which features Jawas and quite a bit of comedy but I found the episodes revolving around Baby Yoda aka The Child to be good but fairly predictable. The 4th episode featured Gina Carano who hopefully becomes better at acting as she goes along because I found her performance a bit wooden and you can tell she doesn’t have a lot of experience acting. The writing in the episode was cheesy at times and pretty cliché as well. I’d say the 4th episode has left me a little deflated on the show as a whole and I think I’m waiting to see when the show really wows me outside of Baby Yoda who is really charming.
One thing you might not know about me is that my second hobby is collecting non-sports cards which includes Star Wars and Marvel mostly. I’ve been on a bit of a tear buying lots of cards lately and I just generally enjoy collecting cards. I used to collect sports cards even though I never got anything good in packs of sports cards that I bought, I eventually played Magic: The Gathering and several other card games while in middle and high school. So for me, collecting cards is more or less something I’ve done all my life. I even started a website briefly before this one about cards but it failed to attract any kind of an audience and I thankfully tried to this area of focus instead. So for Star Wars corner, I thought I might as well share a card in my collection and see if it inspires or interests any of you. For this week, I chose this sketch card of Director Krennic from Rogue One. He is probably my favorite Star Wars villain and comes from one of my favorite Star Wars movies. The image you see was actually drawn by an artist on this card and while the image is fairly large, the card is your standard card size which shows just how the artist is. I’m pretty sure she accomplished this with a ballpoint pen or something similar which is an unforgiving way to draw. I hope you enjoyed Star Wars and Star Wars Card Corner. I look forward to next week’s entry already as well as sharing more hobby progress as per usual!