It has been a real change of pace this week after all the excitement and intensity of the Blood Elf project. First, I’d like to show off what I finished this week which is fairly modest, I think.
That’s right. I’ve given up on wargaming and now I’m a model railroad enthusiast! Well, maybe not, but I will be doing some work on railroad-inspired terrain for my Fallout collection. This railroad signal came together nicely and I didn’t make any major assembling/gluing mistakes for once. I think the weathering looks nice as well and should fit right in with the rest of the stuff I have. Technically, this is the piece of terrain I wanted to build for my next Fallout game but it is going to take me a while to play as I need to get a new table to game on for my room. It will need to be a folding table so I can stash it away when I’m not using it as I don’t want to hijack the kitchen table as I used to in my old apartment. Buying a table isn’t a top priority as there are so many other things needed to get the condo “finished” but I will be looking forward to getting a game in when I can. The railroad signal will be my first piece for Dave Stone’s Apocalypse Me challenge going on this month. I should have at least one more piece of terrain done before the month’s up but maybe even more, we shall see!
And now for some rapid-fire and random thoughts!
- To try and treat myself on my birthday, I played Fallout: The Board Game for the first time. Truthfully, I didn’t finish the game and had really mixed feelings afterwards so I watched a video of someone playing (first time I’ve done that before, I think) and discovered I made tons of rule mistakes and basically was playing things so wrongly that I didn’t really get a good feel for the game. I don’t know how this happened considering I read the rules manual but alas, it did. I’ll give this one another go sometime soon and report back. Hopefully, next time is the charm!
- I also learned that board games have different card sleeves not just for mini cards but for regular cards too. The good news is that I bought some really nice Dragon Shield sleeves to use in the future but the bad news is that I then had to buy actual board game sleeves because Dragon Shield are for card games like Arkham Horror: The Card Game. What a rookie mistake!
- Speaking of my birthday, I received some lovely gifts including what is pictured below:
An expansion to the Hellboy Board Game which is based on one of my favorite Hellboy comics. I look forward to painting it up and playing it.
Some Fallout reinforcements are coming to the tabletop soon thanks to my brother’s generosity!
- Last but not least, I received the Star Wars: Complete Locations book which has cross-sections of famous locales in Star Wars. This is all Dave Stone’s fault because he made an amazing version of Jabba’s Palace which is extremely cool and inspirational. While following his work on that project, I got all kinds of Star Wars nostalgia and while I have zero sculpting skills, I would like to take on a Star Wars project or two so that is something to look forward to down the road.
- Don’t you hate it when you’re eager to start a new project only to realize that you are missing a paint or some other hobby supply that you need? I spent a few quid on tufts to finish the Blood Elf only to find that I need paint and basing paste, among other things to get other projects going. It has been limiting my options with what I can paint this week and actually finish which is aggravating.
- Have you ever built MDF buildings that fit so tightly that they almost don’t need glue? I was test fitting some future terrain because I was thinking I should prime it while the weather’s good and I could barely get the pieces back apart. I have a feeling priming MDF terrain that fits that tightly is a bad idea so I’ll probably skip that even if I liked how much faster it made painting the railroad signal. At least it won’t need much glue to stay together!
- I can’t say the pandemic isn’t still negatively impacting my life. I haven’t been able to get a new Playstation 4 controller for almost two months now and to add insult to injury, I tried to buy a new Nintendo Switch console that was coming out this week and no dice. I’ve never seen it be so hard to buy things that I wanted as it has been during the pandemic. These are strange times indeed.
- I’m going to try tagging whatever the miniature, game, or terrain piece in each new post’s title to make it a little easier to identify the contents at a glance. I think people who stumble across this site who are interested in a particular game or project will find this helpful. It might make the website a little more attractive to people using Google and looking for things too which is not a bad thing either.
- I’m sure I could keep writing more but I’ll leave it here and hopefully be back with a bit more painting progress next week!