It has been a strange couple of weeks for me and this will be a long and winding update I imagine as well. I had a strange holiday break that also had a lot of family drama so perhaps the less said about that the better. There will be no retrospective on 2021 or goals for 2022 for me. I have tons to do but I’m not going to create any plans this year. There is no try, only do, as Yoda once said. With that said, I do hope that it is a better year than the last two have been. The pandemic winding down would be an excellent development, if nothing else.
Before I start rambling, let’s talk about hobby progress. I have been making good progress on the Fallout Shotgun House but I would have thought I’d be done with it by now. I’m about 80-90% done at this point with a few staircases to be painted and assembled. I need to attach the foundation as well. Here’s a quick look at where the house is now.
A big reason why I haven’t finished the terrain yet is I got distracted this week by something new and more urgent. As I mentioned, I am going to try and paint something for the Golden Demon competition which is near the end of March. I don’t have a ton of time to finish a display-level project so I started brainstorming ideas right away. My idea was always to enter in the MESBG category because there have to be way fewer entries in it compared to Warhammer so that would at least in theory improve my odds of doing well in the competition. As I started to look for ideas, the only thing I could find that I thought I could pull off was Eomer (pictured below).
However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would be rehashing color schemes that I used on previous projects and that I wasn’t all that excited to take on the project. Especially painting a horse really well. Its hard to be excited about that! If I had a bit more time, I think I could have ordered something from Forge World and still entered in the MESBG category. The new Easterlings that GW has been teasing would also make strong candidates, but alas, it just wasn’t to be this year.
So instead, I am painting something Warhammer where I think the competition will be a lot tougher but I have a project that I’m excited about and I think will use my creativity as well so I’m looking forward to it. I’m not going to spoil what mini it is so you’ll just have to wait and see as I meticulously make progress on it. Here is a sneak peak at the leg. I’m sure this will confuse some of you like it did the last time I had to paint in sub-assemblies but I don’t think it can be helped.
There’s still plenty to be done on this piece so hopefully next time you see the leg, it will be closer to done. While I don’t know that it really matters, I know a lot of people who paint for painting competitions don’t like to show off their work before they enter and I will try and do the same. Don’t expect to see any updates on this project outside of this website and I won’t advertise what it is in the title either just to be safe. It’s all hands on deck for the painting competition now!
There was some news that happened this week that I wanted to touch upon. The Walking Dead miniatures game by Mantic is ending this spring. I don’t play or collect minis for this game so you might be asking, “Why does this matter?” Well, to be honest, I was entertaining thoughts of getting back into the game. It was probably a bad idea because I have too much to paint now as it is but I was thinking that the buildings I make for Fallout could be pressed into service and it would be great fun to have a zombie wargame to play to get even more life out of the Fallout terrain I have. Well, that obviously isn’t going to happen now which is okay, I’m not too disappointed about it. I did give The Walking Dead: All Out War a try once and it didn’t click with me so giving it another chance is probably foolish even if the miniatures are fun to paint. But it did get me thinking. If you play a licensed miniature game, there is some incentive for keeping up with the releases because what is happening with TWD could happen to any game. For example, if Modiphius cannot keep the Fallout license or decides it just isn’t profitable anymore, they could stop making all miniatures for the game on short notice. Do I think that is likely to happen in the near future? No, not at all, but it makes a certain amount of sense to try and collect the miniatures you want for the game gradually over time instead of thinking and acting like they’ll be around forever. A game line may not be and so I think I’m going to try and buy something miniatures related every month or two and steadily build my collection. This is going to make my backlog grow to an enormous size but since I know I really enjoy the game and would like to own many of the miniatures, I think it is the safest and smartest thing I can do. It does make me a bit envious of those of you who play unlicensed games. You don’t have to worry about Warlord Games losing the WWII license and shutting down Bolt Action for example!
Finally, I will say that it is funny how the pull of a particular setting can draw you in out of nowhere. A while ago I was planning on doing some kind of pulp/prehistoric wargaming and was all but ready to buy some minis. I don’t know why but the urge to do something like that has returned. Who knows, maybe in 2022 I’ll pick up yet another new game that I don’t have enough time to get painted up and play. I’m sure I’ll be in good company if so!