As promised last week, I focused exclusively on getting some Fallout stuff done. I focused mostly on small victories because that is what usually feels good once you’ve spent a lot of time on a single project. While I don’t think some of what I painted is nearly impressive as Drazhar was, hopefully you enjoy it all the same. I also wanted to say thank you again to everyone’s kind words and support on that project. It meant a lot and this site has become the place I go to for feedback and support. I’m sure the fact that my Instagram feed seems to strangely be diminishing in popularity has something to do with it but then again, I never thought I would get a shoutout on a podcast and now I have thanks to a friend of the site’s podcast, ImperialRebelOrk. You can also read about IRO’s hobby adventures here too. He’s working on a pretty cool Wild West project at the moment and created a great post apocalypse diorama before that so his work appeals to a wide range. Needless to say, I can very nearly die happy now with this latest accomplishment!
The first thing I did was create this piece of terrain which are resin sandbags I ordered from TTCombat. I don’t know why I didn’t think to try these out before taking the time to paint it up but once I took these pictures, I was struck by how tall the minis look compared to the sandbags. Obviously, in real life you kneel or crouch behind a barrier like this but minis don’t often come crouched so the size disparity, especially with the Super Mutant is a little concerning. I have four more sandbag pieces I can work on and they are in fact, sandbag walls are quite ubiquitous in Fallout 4 so I was pleased with the results until I took pictures with miniatures behind them. Now I’m not so sure. Do you think these are too small or do they work for minis of this scale? I have a feeling that some of you who read this will comment below and sway me to one side or the other.
Next up we have something else I’m not entirely sure how I feel about. I painted up three “glowing” radroaches on the left there. The regular radroaches I finished a while ago and are just for comparison’s sake. It was nice to knock out three miniatures for Fallout quickly (something I’ve almost never been able to say!) but in the picture above, they don’t look quite as nice as I had hoped. I probably should have tried retaking the picture from a better angle to show the patterns but I’m too lazy this go around. You’ll see them again down the road as well I’m sure. I think part of the reason they are a little underwhelming is that the sculpts are all uniform so its hard to make them look unique and there just isn’t a lot of room to work with on the minis either. There is a scenario where I can use these in the nearish future so it will be nice to have them ready to go for that anyway. I do need to finish more of the next sculpt first however…
Next up, we have a humble mole rat. Much like radroaches, they’re more of a nuisance in Fallout than a real threat to you but I think Modiphius did a great job with this sculpt and while it is tricky to work out how to paint it, I think I got a nice effect that matches the game art really well. The face came out nicely as well with plenty of character. I have two more of these left to paint in the box and then that box will be finished and out of my backlog which is good because I have somehow developed an actual backlog in Fallout that is a little over 20 minis deep. Small by most people’s standards but it does make me want to work hard and try to reduce it a bit.
While I was thinking about teasing you all with an early WIP picture of what I started painting towards the end of this week, I’ve decided to hold off and show you a more finished picture next week. Let’s just say that I have one of the most iconic things in Fallout on my painting table and I have a feeling the end results are going to be quite nice so I hope you will look forward to that!
Finally, I don’t know if it is all the Zombicide announcements or what but I somehow got in the mood for something zombie related and then that led me to start re-reading The Walking Dead comic which has it flaws but something about the early issues where the writer, Robert Kirkman explores a lot of the world and what it is like to survive in that zombie infested environment that really sparks my imagination. I even gave half a thought to whether I could take terrain I have for Fallout and apply it to The Walking Dead. Truthfully, you really can’t because the Walking Dead has a lusher, overgrown feel compared to Fallout which is more barren and desert-like. I also dabbled in The Walking Dead: All Out War and wasn’t taken with it (even though I feel like I probably could have given it a bit more of a chance as I only played tutorial scenarios which were really simple but I digress) so it really would be crazy to go back and try to play it again. So while it is tempting me at the moment, I’ll probably just stick to reading the comics and enjoying it that way. If only there was enough time and storage space to pursue all of our wargaming interests!