As you would expect, I have some more progress on Drazhar to show off this week. I took a quick look at last week’s update to see how much progress I’ve made and while I initially thought I hadn’t done that much, I think I can proud of the progress I’ve made. Here’s a look at where he stands.
I worked almost exclusively on the front side of Drazhar to try and finish a lot of the things that I started and didn’t last week. I also refined and pushed some of the highlights further to increase the contrast and the glowing effect so I’m happy with how that is looking (though I do see some things that can be touched up as well thanks to this photo which is always handy). The gold really adds something to this mini as well and gives it some life. I’ve started to work on the back of Drazhar which is not the most exciting part, mostly because outside of painting competitions, people don’t get excited about the back of a mini generally but I’m hoping to continue working on it this next week and get most or all of it done. After that, the remaining parts should be fun to work on. I don’t know why but I’m feeling fairly patient with this project for once and I think that is increasing my enjoyment of it too.
I also managed to squeeze in some terrain work for Fallout and well, it did not go nearly so well. Please excuse the gaudy tablecloth I left as a background for this picture. I was especially tired last night and felt lazy as a result. I had this sneaking suspicion that it would be a problem to try and match what I had done on the previous piece of terrain and I was unfortunately right. I put too much paint in the resin and so now it looks too cartoonish to my liking. I need this terrain for the next Fallout scenario and will definitely use it in the short term but in the long term, I don’t know what I will do with it. Using resin/water effects is a risky business which is probably why I’ve largely stayed away from it and I should have done all of the resin work in one go so at least the terrain would have been consistent. Live and learn I suppose. Additionally, I have already found a crack in one of the resins which happens somewhat frequently from what I gather. I question how durable this terrain will prove to be but since I’m not that happy with the results, I guess I don’t need to worry too much about that!
The other big takeaway is that I will be ready for another Fallout battle report very soon. I ordered something special from Lithuania and it should arrive here next week so a report could be imminent. I have been feeling a bit burnt out at work this week so taking a random day off and having a battle report seems like a good remedy to me!
To close things out, let’s step into Card Corner! I made an acquisition a little while ago which I love but it also reveals something about the current card market which surprisingly is not unlike the miniature market currently. The card is this beautiful relic/costume card from The Mandalorian. The patch in the center is the cloth from the cuffs that Mando wears on the TV show. Now, there is always debate with these cards whether the actor actually wore this particular piece of fabric and I figure there is no way of knowing for sure so I don’t sweat that. It is just neat to own something that had something to do with your favorite TV shows and movies.
There are other variations of this card including one that is silver instead of bronze and one that is white. I had hoped to get one of each because I like the cards so much and The Mandalorian is pretty alright too but the market for a set that was released not that long ago has completely dried up. Why is that?
Well I think a couple things are happening. People are stuck at home and people are diving into hobbies to pass the time. I see this happening with miniatures where Games Workshop is struggling to keep things in stock or make enough product to fill demand. The same thing is happening with cards. There are new buyers in the hobby and the market is going crazy because the card collecting market is generally fairly stagnant. Its a relatively small community of collectors who stay in the hobby for years essentially. Boxes of The Mandalorian cards were $80-90 upon release which is way less than the retail price of $150 and that is fairly normal for non-sport cards like Marvel, DC, and Star Wars in my experience. By the time I asked for a box of cards for Christmas, they were going for $100-110. Now they’re going for $130-140. I’ve never seen anything like this happen in such a short time. The byproduct of this is that these Mandalorian relic/costume cards are nearly impossible to find on eBay because either people aren’t opening boxes or they’re not selling the cards from them. It is frustrating as a buyer but not much I can do. I keep waiting and watching for more and buying other things I want in the meantime. If nothing else, it is another small example of how the pandemic has us all waiting around to do the things we want to do.