It was a pretty low key week hobby wise but I have a few things to show off that will hopefully be of interest. Let’s get straight into it and see what I’ve been up to.
I finished off two more molerats which means I not only finished off the triad I own but also completed another box of Fallout minis. Not bad! They certainly look consistent and nice next to each other. I wouldn’t mind if Modiphius made a couple more with different sculpts or maybe even some more dangerous molerats. I want to say the Queen is one of the worst in the game but I might be wrong. Either way, that is more minis out of my backlog and ready to be used on the tabletop when I get around to it.
Next up we have this humble objective marker. Those are fusion cores that someone might use to keep their power armor suit going. That many in one place would be a rare and valuable find indeed. It was pretty straightforward and not terribly interesting to paint. That was kind of my week painting. Getting stuff done even if it wasn’t super exciting so it is off my painting desk.
I did want to mention that last week’s whinge was productive in that it not only lit a fire under me to try and get some hobby supply issues solved but also gave me some new ideas to consider. I’ve been thinking about how to add variety to my painting queue and the suggestion from two of you to consider having more display pieces to work on definitely got me going in the right direction. Unfortunately, Games Workshop has some shipping issues currently so once I had finally decided on a mini I wanted to paint, they were out of something I needed for that mini, and since they are telling people it may take a month to get their orders (I’m guessing this is due to their big release of Cursed City), I decided to hold off. I have picked up some primer yesterday and I bought a couple of fantasy sculpts that are not from GW so that should be a nice surprise coming soon too.
The other thing I did do was splash some cash for new tufts! Now, I take my tufts very seriously and have a nice collection of them. This is from being an MESBG painter where they are vital to bringing your minis’ bases to life (in my opinion anyway) but honestly, I like all kinds of tufts and find them handy to have available. Fallout mostly has dead-looking grass so there isn’t a huge range of tufts that work well in the post-apocalyptic setting but I want to share what I bought and already started using on the miniatures pictured above because I think some of you might find it interesting/useful. Also, please enjoy my beautiful tablecloth which is back by popular demand!
Starting on the right, Army Painter is a brand everyone knows and they’re easy and cheap to get. With that said, I actually am becoming less and less of a fan of their tufts. Not because they are low quality but because they are too uniformly round in a way that is not realistic. So if you only use Army Painter tufts, the grass on your base won’t look realistic. Next up is MiniNatur, which is a product that has been around a while and is made for model trains. It comes in a huge variety of heights and styles and I find it to be of a higher quality for a very reasonable price. I don’t like all of their tufts (some are a flat, one color which is not very realistic) but the buffalo grass has multiple color tones, nice irregular patterns, and the tufts in a package vary in height from 2-4 millimeters (or taller if you need it) which ups the realism. This week I got some new tufts from Scenic Express that are once again for model railroads but I think they’ll work for wargaming in a pinch too. For $11 (only three quid more MiniNatur!), you get almost double the amount. Its hard to tell from the picture but they do seem a little “thinner” and potentially more frail than either MiniNatur or Army Painter but everything else about them is quality in terms of appearance. Martin Welberg seems like a company to watch as they have a lot of other interesting groundworks related products that I would like to try in the future. If you’re into dioramas, I’d say give them a look. I know I will be buying more from them in the future. I hope you enjoyed reading about miniature fake grass and of course, I’d be interested to hear what kind of tufts you like and prefer as well.