I managed to work on two projects this week and I have a few other tidbits to share in addition to that so a little something for everyone hopefully! First up, I finished the marker for Liz Sherman for the Hellboy Board Game. While the sculpt isn’t perfect, I tried to use Liz as a chance to practice painting a much larger scale mini for the first time. I think there are areas where I might have improved further but I like how she looks overall and I think her hair came out just about exactly as I hoped.
These markers just help you track priority in the game but now that I’ve painted one, I think they’re good practice and you can make them pretty lifelike which is fun for me anyway. I’m looking forward to completing more as I have time.
I also continued work on my Fallout railroad project and had more excitement than I hoped. The short version is that the joins in the MDF kit are too tight and I stupidly tried to jam it all together once I got the walls painted. The front piece snapped in half from the pressure I applied and I was pretty upset with myself as a result. After calming down, I realized that I should have just sanded down the prongs where things go together but I didn’t think of it at the time. Terrain and MDF are a beast all unto their own and I’m still humbled by them. Once cooler heads prevailed, I realized that I should just attach the broken part of the building and it would be fine that there is damage. This is the post-apocalypse after all and I want the building to be weathered and beat up looking. Here’s a look at it and you tell me what you think of it thus far.
The one disappointment I have with this kit is that while it is 28mm scale (which is a bit small for Fallout at 32mm), I don’t think this was designed to be playable enough. The stairs and walkway are both too narrow for most minis so I suspect this is going to be more of a backdrop and sight blocker and not quite the interactive piece I would like. I’ve still got a ways to go on it including the roof, staircase, and walkway. I could probably have it done for the next update but my drybrush is worn out and I need it to weather the remaining pieces so this project will be on break until my new brush arrives for better and worse. Up until me breaking stuff, I have enjoyed working on this project and am starting to find my feet when it comes to terrain. This is good considering I will only work on terrain for Fallout for a while as that is the only thing holding me back from playing more frequently at this point.
Thus concludes my hobby progress but I did want to touch upon a couple of things that are hobby related. First off, Gangs of Rome, a game I’ve long been interested in, made an exciting announcement after being dormant for much of this year. Next year they’re going to update/tweak the rules and they’re looking to make the game playable outside of the city streets of Rome. Why is that a big deal? Well, for me anyway, it means I can use my hills and trees to potentially play the game without needing to make tons of city terrain (and have to buy yet another mat for that matter), which is huge. That would definitely make me consider picking up the game down the road and to be frank, I want to have some Ancients/Roman wargaming in my life. I just can’t take up a game that requires me painting hundreds of minis like Hail Caesar or that requires as much terrain as Fallout does. I don’t think I’ll have the storage room for that nor the patience to complete all of that work either. So perhaps Gangs of Rome will be a future purchase for me. We’ll see what the revamp/relaunch looks like as more details are released but I’m certainly excited for it.
The other thing I wanted to share is that Age of Samurai on Netflix has been an awesome watch. I haven’t quite finished it but since I’m 2/3’s of the way through, I feel confident enough say that its well worth your time. In fact, its good enough that my wife has been engrossed in it as much as I have (which I think is high praise as this type of thing is not in her wheelhouse). It is your standard history documentary with well-acted scenes and high production values but the focus is on the Sengoku period and Oda Nobunaga which is an exciting period and one I didn’t know a lot about. You don’t need to know a ton about samurai to get into it and chances are good that you’ll learn something from it as well. The professors who narrate Age of Samurai do a great job as well. There are a couple of knowledgeable and skilled storytellers like Steven Turnbull in it. So whether you’re a fellow ronin, like myself and John@JustNeedsVarnish.com, or have a passing interest in the topic, I’d say give it a watch. It has me contemplating wargaming in the age of samurai sometime down the road. If I am lucky enough to have the time and storage space to do so, of course!