The Institute Arrives!

17 thoughts on “The Institute Arrives!”

  1. Sorry for your loss, even if you did not know them well you cared enough to go.

    Great painting as usual…. and thank you for the very kind words! It is with a touch of irony that the comments on your real world work experiences match my feelings about the oh so flawed Institute. Despite their past though, I still believe they are the best hope for a better future in the Fallout universe. Of course I may well feel that way because I might just be a Synth!

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    1. Thank you. Funerals are always difficult even if you didn’t know the person well.

      You’re welcome for the kind words! I hadn’t really ever thought about The Institute being the best hope for humanity in Boston anyway but that makes a lot of sense. They certainly had the technology and the ability to really transform the area. I felt like their ideals were not as noble as the Minutemen or the Railroad which is why I preferred those two factions πŸ™‚


    1. It was not the best for sure but it was nice to have working on the website and painting to look forward to once I got through the work week. And don’t encourage me, John! If I start outdoing the box art for miniatures, my ego could really swell πŸ˜‰

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  2. I agree you did better than the box art, several items that stand out for me are the details on the weapon and the base. Looking forward to a whole squad of Synth!

    Regarding your job, it sucks being an adult doesn’t it. 😁 one word of advice, don’t burn any bridges, it’s a small world and it’s amazing what paths you’ll cross. (is that mixing metaphors? )

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    1. Thanks, Bret! I’m glad the time spent on the Synth paid off.

      Being adult is certainly not what you expect it to be growing up. I think your advice is sage as well. I try not to burn bridges and be professional as much as possible so I’m sure whatever happens I’ll come out on top one way or another eventually.


  3. Great work on the objective and the figure. Like others I prefer your version. For some reason people think the box art is how something has to be painted but in truth you are free to do what you like. It is after all only how the artist sees it. Different if you are being true to life or a film or something but otherwise just express yourself. Welcome to adulthood! It gets worse when you have bills that need paying, then you can feel really trapped! In reality life evolves as you know and few people leave jobs when they are happy. Whatever your destiny holds I have no doubt it will sort itself out for the best. Time will tell how things are going and any mind fog will clear in due course and allow you to see the best way forward for yourself. Being happy is key in my opinion. πŸ™‚

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    1. Cheers, TIM! I agree that the box art is just one interpretation of the miniature but it is not the law. I think GW does a good job of sharing how they paint miniatures but it can foster the mentality of “must follow the official paint scheme” at the same time. Those painters may also be the type of people who just want to follow a scheme and not do something unique though too to be fair.

      I’m sure many of my peers in their mid-30’s feel trapped as you say! I’m lucky to not have any children, which I hear are quite expensive, though I will soon have a mortgage to contend with so that will constrict my freedom a bit more. I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment. While things are uncertain now, I know that with time comes clarity and I will know whether I need a new job or should stick with what I have. It won’t be a fun process necessarily but hopefully things stabilize quickly! πŸ™‚

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  4. I absolutely love that Institute miniature. I guess that my Fallout knowledge is rather behind the times as Fallout 2 is the last one that I know well. I guess that later in the story they get better at making pretend people as I think that I could probably work out that one isn’t a real person πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I’m really glad to hear it πŸ™‚ Fallout 3 is where I started so I don’t have great knowledge of the early games, unfortunately. Each game is set in a different major US city and so The Institute is located in Boston but they are not in other areas like Las Vegas or Washington DC which are the settings for more recent games if that makes sense. There are other generations of synths and they look more human-like so stay tuned and we’ll see if you can pick out the synths as I paint the more advanced ones πŸ™‚


  5. Very nice looking robot. I can see how all the little details just beg for a slow and careful paint job but the end result is worth it. πŸ˜€

    I hope that the work situation will get better soon. Times like these one can be thankful even to have a job is one way to look at it. Being an adult is what it is. It’s not that one gets trapped it’s that the cost of making big changes goes up along with the amount of effort… πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Stew! πŸ™‚ I questioned why I was spending so much time on tiny details at times but I’m glad to hear that you think it paid off too.

      Definitely about lucky to have a job. Its strange but with my profession, it is pretty in-demand and people will “snipe” technical writers from their jobs when they still have a job. So I’m lucky in that finding a new job wouldn’t be too difficult and I feel like I have the upper hand and a bit of control over the situation in that sense. With that said, things have been a bit rocky all year at work and I’ve been too lazy to put in the effort to find a job so we’ll see if this finally is the tipping point for me or if things get better to keep me where I am. I’m sure it will be an incredibly exciting story to follow haha!


  6. Great work on the synth! I’ve only just hit the point in my Fallout 4 playthrough where I’ve started to learn about the Institute, so that’s great timing. I think your work looks better than the box art, I feel it stands out more.

    Re: Star Wars, seeing the amount of Star Wars related projects Disney is planning to pump out has me worried that a lot of them will fail and Disney will interpret that as people being tired of Star Wars. Which might hurt the more promising upcoming Star Wars related projects. I feel like Disney is not very good at learning from their mistakes or is incapable of understanding them. I enjoy the Mandalorian, particularly season 2, but I feel it’s still only scratching the surface of what’s possible in the Star Wars universe. And the extremely positive reception (from what I can tell) makes me worried the bar is set very low. I’d rather have them focus on something truly special rather than make a dozen mediocre shows about spin-offs of spin-offs of spin-offs. But we’ll see I suppose… πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚ That is a fun part of Fallout 4 and you start to really think about which faction you want to align with too.

      I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. They’re making too many spin-offs and some of them seem kind of desperate to me. Its almost like after Solo, The Last Jedi, and Rise of Skywalker, Disney doesn’t know what works anymore and are trying to make spin-offs of anything that seems remotely popular. I’m almost positive several of those new Star Wars shows are going to fail to find an audience but maybe I’ll be wrong! I completely agree on The Mandalorian too. I find it to be good but I keep wanting it to get better. For every great episode, the next one is just okay or even mediocre. Star Wars, as a whole, isn’t in a great place and has become oversaturated with mediocre content that doesn’t mesh together which is something I never thought I would see. I hope it gets better but I think it is going to continue to be rocky for a while yet, sadly.

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