I finally decided to take a break from painting the Elf this week and focused on something else. Unfortunately, I didn’t choose all that wisely because the final Glowing One for Fallout was a bit of a chore. What I didn’t think about until I started is that painting one of these, is that I’d up using similar techniques to the elf so I ended up having to glaze and play around with colors until it finally looks good. And sometimes it can be a little frustrating waiting for what you’re painting to look good. I was a bit annoyed that the newest and largest ghoul came out a lot darker than the previous one but I’ve come around on it as I have realized that Glowing Ones vary in Fallout 4 so a little variation here is totally fine. On a positive note, I finished the box of ghouls and just need terrain to play one of the most interesting looking Fallout 4 scenarios so that is great progress. I might have liked to take a picture of the ghouls with some terrain as a backdrop but I didn’t have the energy for it, so I will try and do that sometime soon.
While it was nice to have a break from the elf, I’m in a weird state of transition because I move in a week and so I’ve held off on making any purchases including things like some Pulp minis which I would really enjoy painting right now. Along the same lines, I also need to get some Fallout terrain to work on so I can finish up the last tutorial scenario. One thing that will help me is that I sold my copy of Mansions of Madness to a friend from work which clears up some room in my closet and gets a game that I wasn’t playing to someone who will. It also added a few quid in my pocket, if you know what I mean! I will certainly look forward to making some purchases and starting on some new projects soon. A big reason why is that the Fallout minis I have left are all pretty similar so it will be a bit of a grind to finish them. I may try to paint one more between now and moving but it won’t be too terribly exciting and I expect that I won’t have much of an update next week, if at all, since moving is going to take up a lot of time on Friday and Saturday too.
Lastly, I recently finished Falcon and the Winter Soldier and I thought I’d briefly share my thoughts. I should preface this by saying I don’t watch a ton of TV. I generally prefer to play video games and only watch shows that really appeal to me or I hear are great. So with this in mind, Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets a somewhat mixed review from me. Maybe this show is one I wasn’t going to likely love. I’m not a huge Captain America fan. I like the character but he’s not among my favorites. It didn’t help that the show starts off slow and it takes a while to get its footing. The action sequence in the first episode was clearly meant to hook viewers but the show doesn’t deliver many more scenes like that until the final episode. The writers tried to do the Marvel funny banter thing that the Avengers movies do so well and its really forced and not entertaining here. However, the show does get better as it goes on and not just because they drop the forced dialogue. Madripoor is awesome and pretty much everything a Marvel fan would expect
Baron Zemo is hilarious. His butler is an absolutely fantastic side character who made me laugh every time he showed up. After Zemo gets involved, the show gets better and better. US Agent was well-acted for the most part by Kurt Russell’s son though I think some parts of the character could have been explored more. Regardless, between him and Zemo, and the heroes, you’ve got a nice complicated dynamic going on. On the flip side, the Flag Smashers were not as well-fleshed out for me and I kind of became bored of them by the end which is a shame because the actress who plays their leader (who is also in Star Wars: Solo) is talented. If you haven’t seen Falcon and the Winter Soldier, you’re probably already thinking what I’m about to say, the show just had a few too many characters and plot threads going on for six episodes. While Falcon and Winter Soldier was entertaining enough, the main draw for me by the end was the exploration of racism and patriotism. I was moved (not unlike with Wandavision) by the ending which surprised me since I had bordered on unengaged in some of the earlier episodes. I don’t know if I could say that Wandavision or Falcon and the Winter Soldier are better than one another. They both have some flaws and I think some people will be a bit let down by them. At this point, my biggest concern is keeping up with the TV shows and the movies. I could handle the movies but the way Disney is cranking out these shows, its hard to imagine that all of these will be good and that fans can keep up. I want the TV shows that I take the time to watch to be special. Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones (until the end anyway), and Rome are of that quality. The Marvel shows have not hit that level yet and I think many of them are going to be like the first two and not as good as say Netflix’s Daredevil series was but I hope to be proven wrong.