Well, I just barely got the Brotherhood of Steel Knight done for this week’s update. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of tufts (more on that later) so the base is plain for now but I’m sure you’ll see what he looks like with some tufts soon enough since this mini will feature in the next two battle reports. I tried to take some atmospheric pictures this time so some of the details on the mini are not as sharp as I would like but I think and hope you’ll enjoy them all the same. Let’s see how this one turned out!
This week I kind of got tired of working on this mini as I didn’t mentally prepare myself for a mini that was going to take two full weeks t complete. As a result, I got impatient with glazing in the bluish tones. I think I did get rid of the overly gray look the mini had but maybe didn’t completely nail the blueish metallic look unfortunately. The weathering and rust does look pretty nice and overall, this mini looks a lot like in the Fallout games which makes me happy and proud. I think I was able to surpass the minis shown on the box as well which doesn’t hurt! Next time I paint one of these, I’ll try to be a bit more patient and see if I can’t do even better but here is a quick action shot (which incidentally is a better picture of the Radroaches than of the Knight but I’m glad to share a nicer picture of them so I don’t mind).
That was all the progress I made this week but thankfully, I am ready for another battle report. Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep well Sunday night and took a sick day on Monday so I won’t be able to take a day off to play for a bit. I’ll figure out another way to get a game soon though as I’m itching to play!
Talking about sick days reminds me that I wanted to mention that I expect that my hobby output is going to be inconsistent in the coming months. I am getting married in Aug., I am buying a condo or townhome and moving before my lease ends on July 31st, and my fiancée is getting surgery in a week and a half on her knee. Needless to say, I don’t know if I can keep weekly updates going this spring and summer. I know you’ll all be fine if I have to skip a week but the future constraints on hobby time is certainly something I do not look forward to even if I look forward to accomplishing the previously mentioned tasks, if you know what I mean.
I do have a few other things to complain about though. I guess you can consider this a weekend winge, inspired by the great, The Imperfect Modeller (he has a regular Wednesday Winge feature on his website). One thing that is a bit annoying is that I’ve run out of things I use regularly all at once. For example, I only have one of the two kinds of tufts I use for Fallout minis and I have to order the ones I need from a model train store. Their shipping prices are not cheap so I can’t justify just getting one thing of tufts. While this would be a great excuse to load up on some fun new products, there are other hobby things I need so spending more on that will make it more likely that I’ll have to wait to get other things. For example, I need a detail brush after I ordered one and Amazon allegedly shipped it and then cancelled the thing altogether and refunded me my money. This is after I settled for a smaller size than what I wanted because that is out of stock. Personally, I think this is a COVID and Brexit related issue but maybe it is a Suez Canal problem too! I need to get Matte and Gloss varnish very soon as well because I’m nearly out so add that to my expenses list. But that’s not all! I also am running out of primer spray and I was going to order an MDF kit and some spray from TTCombat but they won’t ship their new primer to the US so I’m out of luck there too! I can get primer from other places but it is expensive to just buy primer by itself so I’d be wise to combine it with some other kind of order. What a strange situation to want to buy things and not be able to do so. I clearly need to get some of these things purchased soon or it is going to halt my hobby progress eventually so I intend to sort this mess out later today or tomorrow.
I’m in a bit of a weird place hobby wise because while I have some Fallout miniatures to paint and I plan on working on some more of them this upcoming week, I really would be smarter to work on terrain as that is what I need the most. I really need bigger terrain pieces now more than smaller scatter stuff as well so I know where I need to focus even if I don’t have the supplies needed to do so quite yet. At the same time, I find myself wanting to paint up something different for gaming (yet again!). This seriously happens all of the time for me and yet, I somehow still manage to only focus on one game at a time. If I just wanted to change genres in my painting, I could start an MESBG diorama but I’d like to focus on gaming-level painting where the stakes are lower for a bit longer before I tackle another display-level project. I have a couple of MESBG sculpts kicking around that I could mess around with but other than those, I have no other sculpts on hand to paint at the moment. Its enough to both drive someone crazy and make them wish they played more than one game! Maybe I will finally (FINALLY!) find another game that brings me painting joy to mix in with Fallout minis. I should probably become more decisive about that and go for it as I clearly could use a bit more variety in my queue. But that’s enough whining and complaining from me for this week. Things aren’t as bad as they may sound and I fully admit that all of my hobby problems are good ones to have!