It has been relaxing and nice to get back to lower stakes painting this past week as I had hoped. It doesn’t feel like I accomplished a ton but I wanted to paint my Hellboy bust as nicely as I could since the sculpt has some pretty nice detail. Here is a look at the regular mini and bust next to each other.
I put some extra time to get smooth blends on the skin and the bust came together other than that. It does have some nasty mold lines that I couldn’t entirely remove so that is why you’re seeing it from the one good angle it has! I hadn’t really noticed but Hellboy is a lot chunkier than Liz’s bust is. Its surprising when you put them side-by-side.
There are definitely more Hellboy sculpts for the board game so you’ll see him pop up again down the road but for now, I’m going to try and focus on getting the last few minis I need to get the game in a playable state. I think another investigator and bust and possibly four more frogs should do it. I managed to get something else done that is not exciting to look at but will be useful when gaming.
These markers help you track clues that you gather in the game if I remember right and they are a bit of a chore to paint. Because they’re white with black trim, it takes a number of coats of white paint before you can paint the BPRD symbol and edges in black. By the time you apply those coats of white, the details aren’t lost but they aren’t very pronounced either so it is like guided freehand at that point. Needless to say, these took a fair bit of time and patience to finish. I’m curious how they hold up to repeated use as well. I used the usual coat of gloss and matte varnish on them but I almost wonder if that will be enough to maintain them. I guess we’ll see!
A couple of other tidbits that don’t necessarily relate to this week’s hobby progress. I posted the finished Stormcast on Instagram and finally achieved the kind of attention I’ve been hoping to garner. It has over 600 likes currently which is probably three times higher than anything else I’ve posted. Personally, I’m not all that concerned about having tons of followers or how many likes anything I paint gets but I was curious if I could ever get something with a lot of likes from people who don’t follow my work. This is the first time that has happened and I consider it humbling because it means a lot of people who don’t know me or my painting saw this and liked it. Also somebody who writes for the Tale of Painters blog followed me which is amazing because when I painted MESBG exclusively several years ago, I used their tutorials to help me figure out how to paint Hobbit miniatures. It feels like I’ve come full circle in the best way possible and that has certainly brought me some joy this week.
Something else that was fun was getting back to playing Arkham Horror: The Card Game. I made some new acquisitions with an old gift card including the Nathaniel Cho Starter Deck, Return to Dunwich Legacy, and the Edge of the Earth Campaign box. This means I have a lot of new content to play through which is something to look forward to. I used Nathaniel Cho and Rex Murphy to try and finally beat Return to the Night of the Zealot and I was thankfully successful. I’ve never used Rex because he seems overpowered and boring to play and honestly, he pretty much is! He is just too good at getting clues in a way that other investigators struggle to match and his weakness is kind of a joke, especially compared to others.
Nathaniel Cho is pretty fun to use, thankfully. While he needs a weapon like all Guardian investigators, but in his case, his boxing gloves mostly help fuel your deck by drawing cards you need as you kill enemies. He relies on Spirit events (one-time use cards basically) to power him up and knock out enemies. One of his cards, One-Two Punch is one of the most powerful in the game as well. He really does feel like a boxer and I find him more interesting to play than Zoe or Roland (who is clearly inferior to the other two options).
With Rex and Nathaniel, I very nearly got all six of the cultists in Midnight Masks which is really tough and I ended up KO’ing the Lovecraftian horror as I had a slow start in the final scenario. I was able to check off another achievement by doing so and finally beating the harder version of the campaign was a great feeling. I’m working on writing up a review of Return to the Night of the Zealot and will post it here and Board Game Geek as I think it is a pretty fun addition to Arkham Horror that doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
Lastly, I have been getting interested in reading comics a bit more lately and I reread The Fade Out which is a Noir story about Hollywood that is really excellent and it got me thinking. Does anybody else out there really like Noir fiction, movies, or even the one video game I can think of, L.A. Noire? I really can’t get enough of it and I read pretty much everything Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips create because they are the masters of noir in comics. There is something about a protagonist who tries to do the right thing and cannot change their fate that I find easy to relate to. I could write a whole post just about my thoughts on noir but this is plenty long so I’ll end it here. Perhaps if there is interest, I can delve further into noir in the near future as well.