It has been an interesting week hobby-wise with quite a few things to discuss so let’s not waste any time. First up, I had great fun today getting my recently finished shotgun-style house, which Black Site Studio calls the Kingsley Residence, ready for some photos. I’m not quite sure what to call the house so I’ll probably use either term interchangeably going forward. While I know I showed it off in a mostly done state not too long ago, I wanted to take a bit of a victory lap and take some awesome cinematic shots because I haven’t been able to do that for a while. So out came the mat and minis and here is what I came up with!
As you can see, I never finished the foundation for the house which makes it look quite a bit better and there are stairs on the front and back now too. The stairs don’t really attach to the house so I’ll be probably leave them loose and set them up whenever I play Fallout. One thing you’ll see is that a lot of the MDF tabs on the house are now covered fairly well thanks to a recommendation from Dave Stone. Wood filler really does the trick with MDF gaps and I will be using it in the future without a doubt, so thank you, Dave! Now, back to the cinematic shots!
And that’s a wrap! This finished project is my entry for Dave Stone’s Paint What You Got Challenge. That’s two shout outs for him in a single post. That has to be a record! Its great to see my first big, complex piece of terrain get finished and I’m unsurprisingly thrilled I got a higher quality kit from Black Site Studio. I’ll be buying more in the future as this was generally a fun project to work on and the end result speaks for itself.
But what about the Warhammer project for a certain competition, you ask! Well, I have a little bit to share there too. Unfortunately, while the legs and cape are assembled, there isn’t really much to show so you’ll see more of that later on. Instead, I have what is very much a work in progress with the base. Truthfully, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but it wasn’t coming together the way I thought. Fortunately, I have a friend who is an excellent painter and he always gives great feedback, he reassured me that I was on the right track and once I edge highlighted the base, it would look much better. I was skeptical initially but fully admit that he knew what he was talking about. This is what the base looks like currently.
My fear is that this would look gaudy but I think it actually fits Warhammer well and while it does look a bit fantastic (in the fantasy genre sense, not me patting myself on the back kind of way!), it should be a nice contrast from the mini I’m painting. Unfortunately, I had to stop working on the base during the week because I ran out of paint or Lahmia Medium to be more specific. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the Kingsley Residence done this week if not for this delay so I guess there is some silver lining there. With any luck, the paint will arrive on Monday and the project can resume. I still have enough time to get this done, I believe, and it was nice to take a break for a day or two but I am eager to get back to it as having time to pour into the project can only be a good thing for achieving strong results.
Finally, my plan when moving to the condo was to get a portable gaming table that I could setup in my room where I paint, play video games, and have all my stuff stored so that my poor, long suffering wife wouldn’t have to “share” the dining table with me when I want to game or take scenic pictures like above. However, I’ve been researching to find a table that could work and I’m not seeing much of anything out there that has the right dimensions and is portable. Ideally, the table would either be 4×4 or 6×4 since Fallout can require as big as a 4×4 space. I was hoping to find something that is portable as well so I can stash it in a closet when its not in use but the places I would expect to have that sort of thing (Amazon, Wayfair, etc.) do not. There are a couple of hobby tables out there but one seems to be out of stock with no indication when it might be available and the other is on a dodgy looking website for a company based in Eastern Europe so that’s not ideal. I’m a bit stumped about what to do now but I do think I would be wise to make use of our dining table more in the meantime and try to get a game of Fallout in sooner than later. I’ve been itching to play and have everything I need so there’s no reason for me to keep pushing it off! The table is a few years old now, showing wear, and from IKEA so it is going to be replaced with a much nicer table that I don’t know if the lady of the house will let me use in the same way.
Fortunately, there is some good organization news. I’ve been working at taking down the shelf that was in my room’s closet and in a week and a half, I will be getting a closet organizer installed so I can finally get all of the stuff in my room stored and organized. It has been really annoying having it all out on the floor and I’m curious to see how much storage room I have in the closet once everything is put away. I think that will give me a much better sense of how many games and terrain I can support in the coming years as well. It will also provide further motivation for me to reduce things like my card collection which I haven’t made a ton of progress on truthfully. Hopefully all the organization talk wasn’t too boring and I will share some pictures of my closet, if not my room once it is all done as a reward for suffering through it!