Since there’s a little bit of everything today, I don’t think its fair to name a specific game this time around. Truthfully, I have more to talk about than to show off but momentum is building on several fronts so I hope that you’ll find this week’s news and progress interesting.
First off, I painted up four frog swarms for Hellboy: The Board Game. I’m focusing on painting things that I can use in the first case/scenario of the game so I can get a game in sometime soonish. These little guys were very quick and easy to paint and I think they came out fairly nicely. Not a lot of details to pick out but they certainly get the job done. Unfortunately, they do suffer from badly placed mold lines and while I tried to clean them up, some of them just wouldn’t come out. I’m finding that the Hellboy minis require trimming with a hobby knife where I prefer the mold lines on GW’s and Fallout minis that are easily sanded down. Those are much quicker and easier to deal with!
As loyal readers may have already guessed, my terrain order from Black Site Studio came in and it looked so good, I thought I might as well get started on it. I think I’m also eager to right the wrongs of the previous terrain project as well. Regardless, I’m really impressed by the quality here. It comes pre-painted as you can see below.
And truthfully, I think this kit could look fairly nice if you just put it together and slam it down on your gaming table. But you know me, I’m not going to take the easy road if the hard way leads to nicer results! For example, the wooden parts that are on the left in the picture above look too much like plain old MDF so I took the floorboards and painted up in my typical post-apocalypse style which you can see below. One thing I wasn’t expecting is that the pre-painted MDF takes paint really well so even though it is pre-painted and I’m changing the colors a fair bit, the pre-painted stuff is saving me time and is more fun to work on as a result. That is a win-win for me anyway and I’m happy to spend more if you get better quality and it takes less time to paint overall.
I’ve started working on the exterior of the building now and I have gone a bit above and beyond there too. I repainted the MDF to be a little more dull than the default color (which is not white like they show on their website surprisingly). I think this cold white is a bit better for both Fallout and to capture the feel of Boston. Not that I am any kind of expert because I’ve only had a brief stay in the Boston airport! Regardless of that, I also added some weathering to the bottom as I usually do and I’ve gone for chipping on the paint as well. It is time consuming to do but I think it will give it a bit more visual interest and make mine stand out.
I’ve been test fitting pieces as I go and truthfully, things aren’t quite fitting as well as I expected so I’m trying to get everything I need for a section done so I can figure out how it all fits and glue it together in the safest and smartest way possible. Patience will certainly help me avoid mistakes or so I’m hoping! As a result, it might be another week or two before this piece of terrain comes together at all but since I’m having fun with it, I’ll probably stick with it until that changes.
While on the subject of Fallout Wasteland Warfare, I did manage to complete my spreadsheet for my current miniature/board games and have some info I can report.
- Money I hope to spend on Hellboy to get all of the game content and some terrain bits to spruce up the game further – $170
This is not bad at all and grabbing the Kickstarter for the next wave of expansions really helps keep the cost down. In light of what comes next, this is a good thing!
- Money needed to get pretty much all of the Fallout minis that you can use in the game – $1,040
That is a pretty eye-popping total! I knew there was a lot to get if I want to be a completionist but I had never really thought it would cost that much. With that said, I don’t NEED to spend anywhere near that much to have a playable “army” for each faction in Fallout 4. In fact, some of the factions like the Raiders and The Institute can be completely finished if I spend $70 more on each. The fact that you can get the complete faction in Fallout for under $125 is a real strength of the game, I would say. I’m sure there will be some stuff that I skip it is good to know how much I will be spending to get everything that is out now anyway. Its probably worth thinking about that before you get into a game but I’d be willing to bet very few of us wargamer/board gamer types do that!
- Number of Fallout minis I’ve painted – 40(ish)
- Number of box sets I’ve purchased out of total released for Fallout 4 – 7 out of 38
I’m pretty proud of both of those numbers considering how long I’ve been into the game. I’ve kept my backlog fairly reasonable but I’ve already gotten a good jump on several of the game’s factions and should be able to play a lot more games of it in 2022 as I get more terrain finished. I’m sure if I revisit this total in about a year’s time, I’ll be quite a bit further along as well.
Overall, I think having a spreadsheet or list, if you prefer, for the game or games you play not only helps you track your collection and painting progress, it helps you see what your end goal(s) might be. I thought before I put this together that I’ll definitely paint up Fallout: New Vegas stuff once I get done with Fallout 4 and honestly, I don’t think I will after doing this. Its going to take me years to get everything for Fallout 4 that I’d like to have and I don’t think I’ll be bored of this setting any time soon. $1,000+ (not counting any terrain purchases) is plenty to spend too!
But wait, there’s more! Modiphius just teased a whole bunch more Fallout 4 releases coming out next year. I’ll share some pictures for those of you who like Fallout and are curious. One of these days I’ll convince someone to check out this game. Maybe they’ll even let me know that I inspired them!
There’s plenty more than what I’ve included here but The Railroad are my favorite faction (outside of The Minutemen) so their upcoming release is exciting. I’m equally glad to see the Children of the Atom (aka Zealots) who worship radiation and are formidable in Fallout 4. You could make some really cool terrain to capture their bases as well. More creatures and robots releases are great too. Fallout should have a great RPG-like mode because almost any kind of enemy you could want to face is in the wargame now. All in all, this is exactly what I was hoping Modiphius would release for the game and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on many of these new minis next year.
Lastly, I was going to talk about this in greater detail but since I’ve written a lot, I’ll keep it short. I saw this week that Games Workshop is coming to Adepticon in March! That means the Golden Demon is on for next year. I am surprised because COVID is far from over in the US but I’m happy for the opportunity to enter. I haven’t been thinking about what to paint for it and will have to figure that out pretty quickly but it should make for an exciting opening quarter of 2022 with that motivating me.