As the title suggests, I don’t have a lot of flashy stuff to show off but I made progress on a couple of things and wanted to share before the holiday weekend ends.
First up, we have an objective marker. If you’ve followed this site at all in the last year, you know that I love getting these finished but find getting motivated to paint them difficult. Fortunately, this one was really easy and I got it done in a couple of hours which is pretty fast for me. I now have five of the ten markers I own done which is not bad. Unfortunately, all of the remaining unpainted ones are more elaborate and will take more time and work but I’ll keep chipping away as I get the motivation.
Another thing I was happy to finish even if it isn’t terribly exciting is a second piece of railroad track. I am a little surprised that the newest one looks quite a bit different than the previous one. The rust and the train tracks are a bit different looking when placed next to each other. I’m not too bothered about this as train tracks vary from piece to piece but it is surprising how easily variation can sneak into your painting! I did get out a ruler and measure these pieces of track and this covers 16 inches thus far. That means I’m a little less than halfway there to having enough track to make it across the standard 3 x 3 Fallout board. As with most terrain projects, this will be a marathon and not a sprint!
Finally, it was a big shopping weekend in the US this week with sales galore. I somehow always seem to get myself excited about some kind of potential sale and this year, I decided that I would try and get Kingdom Death Monster which is a very expensive and premium board game. One of the few that I don’t own and would like to get. Fortunately, it wasn’t to be and it sold out within seconds before I could even try to order one. Why fortunately? Since missing out, I realized that I don’t really have the capacity to take on another game for a while. I’d be better served focusing on playing Arkham Horror: The Card Game, painting up Hellboy, and getting more Fallout stuff done so I can play it more in 2022 as well. That is a ton of stuff to play, assemble, and paint and I should stick to that for now.
Instead, I decided to grab some higher quality MDF terrain that I sorely need for Fallout. Black Site Studio, who is kind of like the American equivalent of 4ground because they also make pre-painted terrain, has a line of Fallout-friendly terrain. Most of their offerings were out of stock but I did pick up a shack/shotgun style house that should be handy and I also got this…
An overpass looks like a nice way of adding some verticality to a Fallout table and I think that if I can find a way to add a bit of texture to the “concrete” pieces, it could end up looking really nice. It doesn’t look bad at all as it is now of course but it should be an interesting challenge for me when I get around to it. There are further pieces you can add so you could easily have a board that features an extended overpass. My hope is that I will get on with this MDF terrain much better than Sarissa and it will take a bit less time overall, since it is pre-painted. Black Site Studio’s products cost a bit more but I think it is worth the money if everything I described above turns out to be true.
I want to give a special thanks to Stewart Blaine, inventor of the Blaine Terrain Scale, and creator of the witty and entertaining website, A Terrible Loss of Lead and Wealth, for providing the idea and inspiration when I wasn’t feeling great about making more terrain. I’m hoping Black Site Studio can ship my order reasonably quick and I can get going on some more Fallout terrain to right previous wrongs!