This is a very strange week. I would not say it was a very good week in that I had to attend a funeral on Friday (it wasn’t for someone I knew well but it was pretty far away from Chicago so it made for a very tiring day) and things happened at work that seem like it could make my job which I’ve had for two and a half years become pretty unpleasant in the future which is a shame. I have generally liked my job and recently I’ve stayed when some of my friends have left for greener pastures and now I wonder whether I will end up doing the same. I have stayed because I keep believing and hoping that things will get better and they do for a while and then we take a big step back again. That is one of the funny things about adulthood that I had a hard time accepting at a younger age. I wanted to find the perfect job that matched my interests and my own ideals but I’ve learned the hard lessons of adulthood which tend to make us all a bit cynical. Everyone works in a company or organization that has flaws and with people who have flaws (including ourselves). Its really just a question of how bad the flaws are and how much you enjoy working there in spite of them that determines most things. Regardless, hopefully work gets better or isn’t as bad as I fear it will become. Thankfully, I don’t imagine it will be a drag on the website or hobbying for reasons I will explain next.
I say that because I have a couple of great things to share this week that I am proud of. First off, I got another objective done for Fallout. I like this one because these storage containers are common in Fallout 4, especially around military areas. It is a shame that this wasn’t done in time for the previous report but that’s not a big deal. It is funny because every time I start one of these objectives, I think it will be quick and easy to paint and it always takes more time and effort than expected. I might have overdone the chipping just a bit but I think it looks nice and realistic. I tried to make the weapons look like they were in good shape so that this little objective looks worth fighting over. I do think that I should start using these objectives in battle reports since they are time consuming and I might as well start making using of them as a kind of reward for the effort.
Even more exciting than that, I got a start on a new faction (or army if you want to use that term) for Fallout. This one is dedicated to friend of the site, Grumpy Gnome, who runs a great website and is an all around good bloke! Although I say that, and he is actually a fan of The Institute which is a bit suspicious and I think he might actually be a synth himself! 🙂 That is actually the crux of what The Institute is in Fallout 4. They are a secretive group that has greater knowledge of pre-apocalypse technology than seemingly everyone else and nobody understands their motivations. They are a real bogeyman because they create robots that are so lifelike that your neighbor or a stranger you come across could be a robot agent and not a real person and you have almost no way of knowing! There is more complexity behind them than that but hopefully that is enough background to understand the minis for those of you who don’t know Fallout very well.
I don’t know if the photos completely do the paint job justice, but I worked on this article yesterday after the funeral and didn’t have patience to retake them all. It really does look sharp in NMM with all of the little details. I took a few artistic liberties and added some colorful wiring to really underscore the mechanical nature of these early synths that very much remind me of the Terminator movies. I do question my sanity a bit because I spent quite a long of time getting this painted up (nearly a week) and I will need to paint at least 3-4 more, if not around, 7-8 eventually so I may end up regretting setting the bar so high.
It could be a byproduct of the time I spent on it and I’m certainly biased but I think my paint job looks better and more accurate to Fallout than the official paint job Modiphius put on their box art above. I hesitate to point that out because I don’t want to sound arrogant and I’m certainly not trying to be. It was actually a thrill to work on this mini because I thought I had a shot of breaking new ground with it and I kept thinking, I think I can do one better than any other Institute mini I’ve seen before and well, I’ll let you be the judge if I actually got there. I’m sure someone will come along and outdo me eventually too!
One other thing I wanted to share relates to Fallout terrain. I mentioned a potential solution to the radioactive barrels which I wasn’t liking from Tamiya. Well it doesn’t look like a lot yet but I’m thinking if I use a bit of water effects, I can make a radioactive pool on this piece of terrain and forget the barrels. Annoyingly, I lost the cap this week on my AK Interactive Still Water which I will use for the pools and so I’m not sure if I use it, the remaining resin will dry up or what. I’m very tempted to try and do the water effects on this piece of terrain though as a test piece because I don’t want to make five more (I need six in total) and find out that I don’t like how it looks. So I’ve got a bit of a dilemma there but I wouldn’t be surprised if I throw caution to the wind and add the radioactive water this week!
Heading into Star Wars corner, I finished the first season of The Mandalorian and I was incorrect to worry about the quality of the show. I had just watched the 4th episode which is definitely the worst in my opinion, but I did enjoy every episode afterwards and there was a really impactful death in the first season which I did not expect. I can really see why people enjoy the show and I can safely say that it is the best thing going on in Star Wars recently. I saw that we’re getting a deluge of new Star Wars shows and I don’t feel great about that as I think it is overkill and a sign that Disney has not learned that Star Wars cannot flood the market or it becomes less special but if every show is fantastic like The Mandalorian. Maybe I’ll end up eating my words!
Finally, I will leave you with another Star Wars card. I acquired not one but two Star Wars sketch cards on eBay recently and this one I got a real bargain on which surprised me as it is incredibly high quality. He isn’t the most important character in Rogue One by a longshot but I liked Galen Erso and thought Mads did a great job making him a noble character as well. The artist, Matthew Hirons, is really talented and the likeness is top-notch. My goal is to get at least one sketch card of all of the major Rogue One characters since I love the movie so I’ll likely have plenty more to share in the coming months if people enjoy (or even don’t mind!) seeing Card Corner!