I’ve made progress on two projects this week and I have some gaming experiences to share as well. So let’s not waste any time and get started!
First up, I have finally started painting up some Hellboy stuff. I had to wait for some Contrast paint I needed to get started. Yes, that’s right. I’m finally giving the Contrast paints a try. Why did I finally do so? Well, with Hellboy, I have 100+ minis I need to paint to be able to fully play the game so I knew that my typical painting strategy of painting everything the best I can wasn’t going to work here. I need to speed myself up and be willing to sacrifice a bit of quality for time or else I’ll never get the project done and then not have time for other things I’d like to do in the future. So I really focused on getting good results fast and I have the first two frog monsters mostly done. There are four different sculpts but twenty frog miniatures in total to paint so you’ll probably be seeing a lot of these. I’m happy to report that it took me about 2-3 hours to paint each one, which for me is quite fast. I usually spend x3 or x4 times that on Fallout minis for example.
What do I think about these sculpts? Well, they’re a bit rough to be honest. The mold lines are pretty nasty and not easy to remove. The detail is not bad but it isn’t amazing either. They’re definitely a step down from most Fallout minis and they’re also nowhere near Games Workshop quality. But they certainly aren’t terrible either and I think the final results look pretty nice, especially considering how quick I got them done. It is nice that you don’t have to spend any time assembling the minis too. That saves a bit of time anyway. One thing I haven’t decided yet and I’d be curious to get some opinions from those who read this, should I give the frogs a base with dirt and grass or just paint the rims black and move on? I don’t mind taking the time to do the bases with dirt and grass though Hellboy mostly features indoor tiles (example pictured below) that have a bit of a cartoony look to them so maybe it isn’t worth adding dirt and grass. Doing so might even be a bit distracting… Let me know your thoughts below and we’ll decide this through a good old-fashioned vote (or maybe just on who puts forth the most convincing argument!)
I didn’t focus solely on Hellboy this week though and mixed in a bit of terrain work for Fallout as well. Here is a quick teaser for the largest and most complicated piece of terrain I’ve made yet. It will take me a while to get it all worked out but I’m making progress on it and finding the process pretty enjoyable thus far to boot so I’d say bouncing between the two projects is working thus far.
I also wanted to do a quick round-up of all the post-apocalyptic terrain and miniatures I painted for Dave Stone’s Post-Apocalypse Challenge for October. The Wargamesculptors Blog is always a great read and he is good bloke to boot, so give it a visit! The lighting for the photos below was a challenge as I had to hijack the dining room table. I really am going to have to get a folding table for my room one of these days. At least I got the railroad track fixed and with ballast properly applied!
And that brings us to my gaming experience from this week. I’m going to have to eat my words because I’m flip-flopping again (though this will be the last time I believe) on the Fallout Board Game. Why? Well, I tried to play it again this week and truthfully, I had a bit of a rough evening and some things negatively impacted my attempt to play it but even with that, I realized that I’m just not feeling this game and that my time is better spent elsewhere. There are a couple of reasons why. First of all, the game has too much “maintenance” for the strategic payoff. What I mean is that every turn, you have to move enemies around the board and you’re adding new ones as you explore the map. This becomes tedious the more you play the game as you start to spend more and more time doing that than you do using your actual characters to win the game. I played with three characters this week because playing with two makes the game’s difficulty too high and that ended up being disappointing as well. The characters are not very different from each other and so there is a lack of strategy and theme there that could have been improved. I was also having trouble tracking all the different rules across the three characters for some reason. I don’t think the game is that complicated but it feels like some of the rules don’t really pay off the way they should. I think its because there isn’t a ton of strategy to the game. You have goals you have to pursue and the choices you make are more around, which character is going to be best suited to accomplish that goal quick enough. Maybe that is the wargamer in me speaking but this game just isn’t quite as much fun as I imagined/hoped and the games weaknesses do detract from the fun that is there.
The other thing I realized is that I can enjoy Fallout: The Board Game but I have to play it in a different way than I’d like. I need to completely remove myself from all distractions and clear out two hours to play. If I can concentrate and not be interrupted much, I know I can handle the rules and there is some fun to be had playing it. Unfortunately, I don’t have time like that to devote to the game and I don’t think it is quite fun enough to deserve extra time being allocated either for some of the reasons stated above. I’d rather play Fallout: Wasteland Warfare and I’m pretty sure Hellboy is going to be more fun. More importantly, I realized that I already have a game that I’d much rather play and it fits the time I usually have for gaming/relaxing on weeknights better and that is Arkham Horror: The Card Game. I’d been playing Fallout for an hour or so and I thought to myself, I’m not having that much fun here and I’d really rather being playing Arkham. That is when I knew it was time to move on from it. Fallout: The Board game isn’t bad, but it isn’t the game that I want to play right now. I don’t think that I’ll likely want to really play it much more but I’m going to hang onto it for a while and see if I change my mind. If not, I’ll sell it on and get my money back. Probably when its out of print and worth a bit more. To be clear, I’m not sad or upset that Fallout The Board Game hasn’t worked out. In many ways, its a relief to know that I can focus on other games I enjoy more.
In case you were curious, I have since started a new campaign in Arkham and enjoyed my first game quite a bit. Perhaps I’ll check in next week and share a bit more about how its going if the mood strikes. Its definitely an excellent game and one I’ll be playing plenty more of in the near future. I know this was a bit long so thank you for reading and I look forward to your thoughts as always!