It has been an exhausting and eventful week but fortunately, hobby-wise, I am feeling revitalized. Taking a break from the Stormcast Eternal project helped recharge my batteries. As part of my break, I decided to paint the Frog Monster for Hellboy which is a large mini that serves as a final boss in the game. I wanted to try to make painting it as quick and enjoyable as possible and fortunately, I was able to achieve that. I’d estimate it took me 6-8 hours to paint it which for a mini of this size is pretty fast (for me anyway) and the results are fairly nice all things considered.
One of the reasons why I wanted to paint this quickly is because I have another project to work on (with a deadline no less) but also because this mini had a couple of headaches including mold lines that were impossible to fully remove and a warped base that couldn’t be completely flattened out. I tried a couple of times to deal with both of these issues and neither problem is completely fixed though they’re both tolerable I suppose. You can still see some mold lines on the mini but only at the side and back angles I’m not going to show you so as to not ruin the illusion that this is a well-sculpted mini with an excellent all-around paint job! Here is a quick size comparison to Liz who is a normal sized Hellboy model. Contrast paints and drybrushing really did wonders to get this guy painted up quick!
The other big project that took up a lot of my free time was getting my closet ready for the new organizer. I will spare you the details of how painting and resurfacing the closet walls went. It could have gone better and I made mistakes because I’m not very handy. Fortunately, the closet organizer came out really nicely. The picture below has poor lighting but should be able to see how nicely organized everything is now.
The left side has my card collection (which is mostly Star Wars but I have Marvel and Game of Thrones as well) in addition to some Legos, samurai inspired Star Wars figures and books down at the bottom. The right side is terrain including Fallout and some stuff I made for MESBGA a while ago now. There’s more books, Hellboy, and Arkham Horror: The Card game as well. As nice as everything looks, it does highlight a couple of hard truths. Even with a room all to my own, I don’t have THAT much extra storage space room left over. It surprised me that my gaming stuff takes up less room than I thought it would and my card collection more than matches it. I’m still planning on getting rid of some cards to free up more room for terrain. I also am planning on getting rid of the board games in the upper-left since I don’t play or enjoy those games. It is probably time to get rid of a few books as quite a few of the ones I own, I don’t look at very often (they’re mostly artbooks for movies that I enjoy like Star Wars Rogue One and the LOTR/Hobbit movies). Once I downsize some of that stuff, I should have room for more Fallout terrain and minis. I think I can also do my Prehistoric/Pulp Lost World gaming as well. I might be able to get some Roman gaming in there if I don’t need much terrain but that’s probably pushing it. It is a shame as I’d love to do some fantasy wargaming. Feudal Japan would be great as well but I don’t know how likely either of those would be with the amount of space I have currently. The silver lining in this is that it does give me a focus gaming-wise. I can’t store many more board games or wargames so I will keep that in mind if I suddenly get the urge to buy something new. I’ll also use my limited storage as motivation to go through and get rid of more stuff that I don’t want or use as much as I used to. To hold myself accountable, I’ll probably check in later on and let you know how I’m doing with all this. Its going to take some time but I think it will be worth it in the end.
Finally, I finished Loki this week and as I promised, I wanted to share my thoughts on it. There will be some spoilers so don’t read further if you haven’t seen it!
My first thought when watching the show was: “Who is this for?” Loki is a time-traveling, sci-fi story about a dystopia which has next to nothing to do with Norse mythology like the Thor movies. Some parts of the show have a real retro feel to them (think 50’s and 60’s decor) which was surprising since Wandavision wasn’t so long ago and that had a lot of retro elements to it too. And yet, Loki was fairly entertaining once you get through the first episode which was slow. What made the show worth watching? Visually, the show is quite stunning. Sometimes, there are amazing sci-fi environments and there are even Lovecraftian elements to take in. The action is sprinkled throughout the episodes and it is well done too. Agent Mobius is a fun character and Owen Wilson plays the typical romantic/hopelessly optimistic character very well. Sylvie is not a bad character either though its weird to me that Loki fell in love with an alternate, female version of himself. Isn’t that just a bit incestuous? Regardless, I was surprised by the ending and that there will be another season of this show. Not because it is bad because I have no idea where the story will go from here. I also don’t know how big of an audience this show has. Loki is a popular anti-hero/villain but in this show, he is humanized and acts heroically most of the time which was definitely a surprise. Considering the universe shattering potential of the next season, you’d have to think that this will continue in the next season and he won’t be nearly the villain he has been in Thor and the Avengers. I guess that summarizes my feelings on the show. Its good, better than I expected even, but also jarring, confusing, and surprising in many different ways.
Here is my current ranking of the Marvel TV shows. I have Hawkeye to watch still so that isn’t on the list and I’m skipping What If since it got fairly mediocre reviews from critics.
1.) WandaVision – While this will cause some controversy, I like the suburban dystopia and the clever concept of the show. I felt more emotion watching this one than the other two.
2.) Loki – This one is so visually impressive and generally entertaining which is enough to edge out the next show.
3.) The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – While I enjoyed this one and thought the takes on race and racism were good and Baron Zemo was excellent, I feel like Loki had fewer plot holes and a tighter script overall.
So there is my ranking, inspired a bit by The Imperfect Modeler’s top five lists (even if my list is a little shorter for now). I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Marvel TV shows thus far too!