It has been a fun week painting wise as I’ve finally been able to tackle the elf in earnest and see some real progress. I’m excited to share this week’s progress even if it is only one picture.
There were a lot of fine details to work on this week but I have to say that I’m generally ecstatic with how its looking. The armor looks so smooth and nice. The feathers look fantastic (other than a little touch up or two I see I need to make now. And thankfully, the cape which I’ve been working on the past couple of days looks nice too. I went with pure glazing which I don’t enjoy doing all that much. It requires time, patience, and repetition and that is something I’m not always able to give. One thing I will say is that painting capes in Warhammer is MUCH different than in LOTR. The capes in LOTR are way smaller and you need to use smooth layers to get them looking nice (which most painters can’t or don’t do as I think it is a specialized skill that is hard to learn). In Warhammer, you need to glaze capes to get things done right because the surfaces are larger and flatter than LOTR. Its funny how a different game or setting can require different skills like that.
Unfortunately for me, I still need to do the backside of the cape which has more detail to it and probably will be a bit trickier. I’ll be glad when that is done. The same can be said for the tassels which you can see already have some stressed plastic in them from me hitting them while painting. Hopefully I don’t break any off before I can get this done. Once the back part is painted, I should be able to get this and the leg piece from last week assembled on the elk. That should be nice to see.
I do have a couple of rapid-fire board game things to discuss so here we go!
I found out that The Hellboy Board Game I bought does not have the rulebook like it should. I contacted the eBay seller and they said they would try to get Mantic to send one. If that fails (and I suspect that it will), I’ll have to print out a copy which is not going to be as nice. Definitely a bit of a bummer with that and I was hoping to get a game in soon but having to print off the rulebook may slow that down a bit.
I drafted an article about Arkham Horror: The Card Game this week because I wanted to write about how much I’m enjoying it and truthfully, this year, I’ve rarely written anything besides painting progress articles. Those don’t draw much attention beyond the usual readers. While I obviously appreciate everyone who visits this website (and even more so those who kindly comment every week), it is nice to see people beyond our little community come check out my site and hopefully enjoy the content here. I think writing some gaming centered articles will help attract them. So I hope that those of you who regularly comment don’t mind me sharing those with you. Don’t feel compelled to comment on those articles if they’re not of interest or you feel like you don’t have anything to say. I’m writing them for fun and for people who are also a fan of Arkham Horror mostly though I do think some of you who visit regularly will enjoy them too. We’ll see as I get a couple posted in the near future.
Finally, I’ve created a bit of a list of board games I’m interested in. Here are some of the ones I will own in a perfect world with unlimited money and storage:
Fallout Board Game – This one is probably self-explanatory since I love Fallout. It seems like a fun adventure game where you can explore the world of Fallout and level up your character just like the video games. I may have already bought an expansion for this game because it is going out of print so this game might be in my collection sooner than later!
Vampire: The Masquerade Chapters – I LOVE Vampire: The Masquerades Bloodlines on the PC. What a classic game that is. The mood and style of this RPG is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The board game looks pretty fun as well though it has been released yet even to Kickstarter supports so this is one I’m excited for when I can get my hands on it.
Bloodborne: The Board Game – Another one where I love the video game its based on. To get all of the expansions is $500 and takes up TONS of room. I really want all of this game or none of it (totally rational, I know) so I don’t know if I’ll get it even though I suspect that I would love it and enjoy painting all of the minis.
Resident Evil 2: The Board Game – This game captures the Survival Horror feel of the video games and while RE2 isn’t one of my all-time favorites, I think this one could be really fun. It might also be the one game where the minis are low quality enough that I don’t feel like I need to paint them.
Kingdom Death: Monster – Clocking in at $400, this is about as deluxe of a board game as you will find. It is reminiscent of Dark Souls and looks amazingly fun to play. I don’t have the cash on hand for something like this right now but one day, I will hopefully be able to pick it up and give it a try.
Experienced board gamers might notice a trend in my board game interest. Most of these games have minis (which is not good for my backlog!) but more significantly, they have a good degree of luck and are considered Ameritrash. That’s right Europeans, keep your lukewarm beverages, metric system, terrible monarchies, and lengthy histories to yourself! Give me ice in my drink, super size my combo at my favorite fast food restaurant, I will only watch the dumbest Hollywood movies, and I only recognize feet and inches for goodness sake, because I like luck in my board games and wargames! 🙂 Wargamers might find it funny but there are many board gamers who demand minimal luck (dice rolls are too luck based for example) and they gravitate towards “Euro” board games. I really like theme and narrative myself and will be focused on games that offer plenty of that going forward. I think that will align with many of my reader’s interest and it could be a nice niche for me in the future as I continue to explore and write about board games. I’m looking forward to it!