Hellboy: The Board Game – The Onslaught of Frogs Begins!

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  1. This are some mean looking frogs! Iโ€™ve started dabbling more seriously with contrast paints recently and theyโ€™ve been very useful indeed, getting through this many models is a great use for them. I like the idea of just doing black bases, I think sand and grass will clash too much with the cartoony look of the tiles. With regards to the fallout game, I agree with you, if youโ€™re not enjoying it then definitely do something else with your time, it can feel like waste but at the end of the day we play games to enjoy ourselves!

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    1. I’m glad to hear Contrast paints are working well for you too, mate. I’m leaning towards black bases for the exact reason you described. The shadows are so heavy in Hellboy that you might as well make the bases match that! It sounds like we have a similar philosophy when it comes to gaming too. I gave Fallout a chance and it didn’t work out and so its best to move on and focus on things that are fun instead!

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  2. Those painted frog minis look great! Especially if they took you a lot less time than usual.

    I would also suggest using black bases. I find that for board games, that looks more suitable and neat than the typical sand and grass wargaming bases. It also requires less effort while still giving good results.

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    1. Thanks, mate! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m leaning towards black as well. I think it will save time and match the tiles pretty well. Thanks for weighing in on this! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Enjoyed reading this, Jeff! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the frogs, although not sure why they’ve been sculpted with “rags” around them! In the short term, you could just paint the bases in a plain colour, knowing that you could come back to them later. I’m never a fan of black on bases, but you’ll have an idea what might work best by comparing them to the game components. If you can replace the bases, you could go for clear ones – I personally don’t like them much, but Justin over at The Solo Meeple has used them and they do look good in a boardgame setting. Can’t really comment on your Fallout dilemma, maybe time will tell how you feel! However, I do like the way your railroad track matches your game mat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks for giving it a read, John! So the frogs are people who have been transformed into monsters by Cthulhu-like gods. So remnants of their clothing remains. That is interesting that you don’t like black bases. They are pretty common in board games but not wargaming, I suppose. I am right there with you and I think Justin is a heretic for using them!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just don’t think clear bases do what they’re intending and its better to paint your bases in some way shape or form. Of course, we’ll see if he has anything to say about this in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the kind words on the railroad too. I’m well on my way to building a train themed “board” for Fallout ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. The frogs are looking great Jeff, and at a lot quicker rate than normal. As for the base dilemma, I would go with a flag stone style base as these seem fitting for the gaming tiles. The scenery you’re working on is looking great with excellent weathering. Glad you enjoyed the challenge, and was great having you take part.
    I think you are making the right call for you with the board game, and leaving it a while to try again, is a very logical idea.

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    1. Cheers, Dave and flagstone style bases are something I hadn’t considered. I will give that some thought though I wouldn’t be surprised if I go with black bases in the end and laziness wins out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the kind words on the terrain as well. I’m starting to find my footing with MDF terrain thanks to Fallout and I’m hoping to really improve my collection during the rest of 2021 and into next year!

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  5. Those frogs are looking good. I vote for painting their bases in a way that least slightly resembles the dungeon tiles theyโ€™ll be played on.

    Not that you need my advice, but I reckon that you should put the Fallout board game back in its box for a while as it is clearly not your cup of tea. Spend your hobby time on the stuff you enjoy the most.

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    1. Thanks, mate and your vote has most certainly been tallied ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely agree with you. I’d be surprised if I play that board game again as I already have more fun options. Thanks for stopping by as always!

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  6. Sorry to hear that the Fallout Board Game is not working for you right now but I agree with your decision to focus on playing what is fun to you. Time is precious, make the mot of it.

    The frogs look great! Mrs. GG is a big fan of Contrast paint. I like using it sometimes, it depends on what I am working on. It clearly works well on the frogs.

    For bases, I think it is a question of application. If you intend to use minis elsewhere as well, then generic themed bases to match all the applications makes sense. Bretโ€™s suggestion for example would be good for that. Otherwise if they are just going to be used for the boardgame perhaps going just black would save more time.

    It is great to see those Institute minis together! Building a better future for humanity!

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    1. Agreed, mate. That board game probably going to be sold on eBay down the road and I don’t think I’ll play it again.

      Thanks for the kind words on the frogs. I don’t think these minis will be used in anything else. The miniature scale isn’t going to make them work well for many other games so I’ll take that as another sign that black bases are the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

      At some point in the near future, I plan on getting some more terrain and doing an Institute group shot so I hope you’ll be looking forward to that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Nice work on the frogs, they’ve come out very nicely. I’m no gamer and opinion on the bases seems divided looking at other commments. All I’ll say is just do them all the same, my OCD wouldn’t allow me to do otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. The froggies look really good! How did you get on with the contrast paint? I’ve been tempted but do you have to get the primer coat perfect so brush strokes/blotches don’t show through?

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    1. Thanks, Matt! I use GW’s Corax White spray and while that isn’t “carefully engineered” for Contrast paints, it worked well enough for me. I found that it took two coats of the Contrast paint to get the coverage I was looking for which surprised me. The main downside that I can see is that you have to give them about 20-30 minutes of drying time which is something to work around. Contrast paints are definitely a bit different than what I’m used to but overall, they’re pretty easy to use and if you’re not display painting, I think they’re useful and worth giving a try.

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  9. You’ve done a grand job of the Frogs, Jeff, though they sound like typical board game minis in terms of quality.

    How did you find the Contrast paints? I wasn’t sure about them when I first used them, but since then I’ve found them useful for lots of things, especially undershading for glazes.
    Basing board game minis is a bit of a quandry. Put them on dirt and grass and they look odd on indoor tiles, and vice versa. Whilst keeping them plain can look a bit dull, it might be the way to go. Have you considered transparent bases?

    You’ve convinced me that giving Fallout: The Board Game a miss was the right move. Sounds like you don’t get a big enough payoff for the work you have to put in, which can be common in those types of game. Gloomhaven takes a fair bit of ‘housekeeping’ but the reward makes it all worth while. Everyone has their own perspective on this, I guess, and whilst I don’t mind putting a lot of time in to a game there has to be some payback to make it worthwhile.

    Looking forward to hearing about your latest Arkham adventures๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Justin and you’re right that they’re fairly standard board game fare. A bit disappointing considering Mantic makes wargaming miniatures but I have bought enough of their product to know it isn’t GW quality.

      The Contrast paints do work well when you want to paint fast. It is easy to miss spots on a mini when using Contrast but other than that, I found them worthwhile and effective. I agree that you can’t win with board game bases. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but I actually (stupidly) rebased all Mansions of Madness minis on resin bases which required pinning. It was a massive extra expenditure of time and is one of the reasons I gave up on the game. Once I started painting higher quality minis, I couldn’t bring myself to keep doing all that extra work. So I’m cognizant of that here. If you take a look at other comments above, John and I were teasing you a bit on your love of clear bases ๐Ÿ˜€

      I won’t go into great detail as you’re one of the few who also plays Arkham but I imagine I can provide a brief weekly update on how its going ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Lol! That’s what happens when you haven’t the time to read all the comments!

        The Mansions bases are just unusable, so something has to be done with them. The artwork on the tiles is worth showing off and the clear bases do this; I think they work well in a game with good tile art. I started by pinning them, but gave up after the first couple and resorted to superglue!

        Bases are not my forte. I’m not particularly creative in that way. I really should experiment more and that way I’d probably improve.

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      2. I couldn’t agree more on Mansions bases! They were a very bad idea by FFG and most people aren’t using them as they intended. Basing is something that wargamers excel at but I don’t think it is as required for board game painters. What I can say is that there are tons of videos on Youtube (usually relating to Warhammer) with basing ideas so I’d say give some of them a watch for inspiration and ideas. Of course, figuring out where to get really nice and unique basing supplies is an art in and of itself and there are some like myself who know the secrets of where to look too ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. I don’t know what it is about basing. I know it’s an important part of the process. I know that a bad base can make a well painted miniature look bad. But I just can’t seem to get excited about it, it’s the one part that I don’t enjoy doing, and it shows in the final product.
        I’ve watched the videos, I have plenty of basing materials, I just lack the vision I think. As I said, practice would improve things, but by the time I think about the base I’ve a queue of other miniatures waiting to be painted that look a far more interesting prospect than spending time on it. It’s something I have to force myself to do otherwise they’d all just be painted black!๐Ÿค”

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      4. A lot of people don’t enjoy doing it because its often one of the last things you do when painting a miniature. I really enjoy it and take it as a challenge to come up with creative new ways to base miniatures. Just think of it as a chance to express yourself creatively and you may enjoy the process a bit more ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Wait, thereโ€™s a hundred plus miniatures in the Hellboy game? How big are these miniatures?!! Crazy. Frogs look good though. You canโ€™t expect crisp sculpts from board games miniatures.

    Just to be different; Iโ€™m gonna suggest you paint the bases the same color that is predominant on the miniature. In this case green.

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    1. Yeah, you get a lot of repeat sculpts where you have 5-20 of the same enemy minis. I think they’re 32mm, definitely bigger than LOTR ones. And you’re right on board game sculpts. They just aren’t up to wargaming quality unfortunately.

      Your suggestion is a wild one! You live dangerously, my friend ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for stopping by as always!

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  11. They’re not bad models by any means – and yep – from the BG!
    As for the bases, if you can be bothered, perhaps adding a couple of flagstones (cut shapes from thin card) in dark grey and then adding a little dirt, which would make them look more complete as well as versatile to different scenarios, both indoors and outdoors – and even other games! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. The flagstones are a good idea. I should have done something like that from the beginning before I painted them as I think it would be safer that way. If only I had consulted you a bit sooner! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I may try putting some dark looking dirt on the base and leaving it at that but we’ll see. I’m going to set them aside for a bit and think about it.

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  12. Those are looking good, shows what can be done with Contrast in the right hands (Iโ€™ve been using Contrast since it was released and I still donโ€™t think I could produce results like that). Looking at them (and the next post because Iโ€™m behind in my reading) Iโ€™d say getting something on their bases is a must. Sadly many of us โ€“ and Iโ€™ll admit Iโ€™ve been guilty of this myself in years gone by โ€“ donโ€™t do anything with the bases on our miniatures and just leave them blank, with the result that even if itโ€™s intentional a blank base always looks unfinished – to my eye at least.

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    1. Just to make sure you aren’t being too kind to me, I only used contrast for the base color and shading. I used regular layer paints for the highlights! Thanks for weighing in on the bases too. As you probably saw, even the black base isn’t quite enough to my eyes. I’ll give them something simple to spruce ’em up a bit more! ๐Ÿ™‚

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