I’m back! Where was I, you ask? I was lucky enough to have a week long vacation in Arizona with my Dad and brother which was my first time traveling since before the pandemic. I haven’t had time to go through all of my photos but I do have a few I can share. We went to places you’d expect like the Grand Canyon but for me, Antelope Canyon was awfully cool, if a bit crowded, as you slowly make your way through the slot canyon.
There are also petroglyphs in the park which are Native American rock carvings that were messages left to others. I don’t know exactly how old they are but it reminds me of my interest in prehistoric wargaming which we’ll get onto soon enough. Either way, I thought it was cool to see something old like this.
And finally, while the park is pretty desolate looking, there are some beautiful stretches like the painted desert which has some amazing colors. Arizona as a whole has some amazing looking rocks and is a cool place to visit if you like to be outdoors. I’m not that outdoorsy and I still had a good time.
While I’ve been a way for a bit, some of that time was taken up by vacation so I don’t have quite as much done as expected. I did get a second shipping container done for Fallout and I managed to improve upon the first one I made in the process.
As I learned the hard way on the older one on the right, the metal bars are extremely easy to break but thankfully, I was able to get them properly installed this time. I will say that the rust doesn’t show up against the red paint quite as much as I expected or hoped but I guess that is to be expected considering how close all of the colors are.
I also tried using wood filler on the various gaps this time thanks to Dave Stone’s suggestion a while back and I do think that it smoothed out some of the surfaces on the red shipping container and made it look less like an MDF creation and more like a model of the real thing which is always nice. I know these pictures aren’t that great but with a new dining table that I’m not allowed to game on, they are the best I can do for now!
In addition to the Fallout terrain, I also got my first Neanderthal miniature done. This is a metal miniature from the Savage Core game which is made by Lucid Eye Publication. Maybe I’m just from the younger generation who only painted metal miniatures for a few years before plastics replaced them but I’d much rather deal with plastic or resin than metal. The details aren’t as sharp and there is less you can do as a painter with metal sculpts as well. Painting this mini made me a bit nostalgic in good and bad ways. I like the weight of the Neanderthal mini but its really hard to basecoat the miniature because there are all these nooks and crannies where paint will never go unless you find it and hit with your brush. At the same time, I feel like I’m back to painting LOTR minis because of the metal and because I know I’ll have a little “squad” of seven Neanderthals when all is said and done with a fairly uniform look. In fact, I’m going to borrow my technique from painting larger squads for LOTR SBG and not base these guys until they’re all done so I can be sure and make them unique from each other. Anyway, here’s a look at the mini before it gets properly flocked.
These Savage Core minis are good for drybrushing (like many metal minis are) and so you can bang them out quick if you want. While I like how this guy looks, I’m going to see if I can’t vary the colors with future ones and get a bit more contrast than I managed on this guy as well. I’m not in a huge hurry to finish the Neanderthals and will slowly paint them up as I have the time and am in the mood.
Speaking of, I placed an order from Acheson Creations because they’re closing down at the end of this month for a large number of their prehistoric animal minis. There are several companies that make animals from this era but I think Acheson look like the best quality and they’re in the US so shipping was free. Once I get those and the Neanderthals painted, that is all the miniatures that I will need to play a couple different Prehistoric wargames which is pretty cool and a big reason why I’m dabbling in this less popular wargaming space.
Finally, does anybody out there collect video games? I’ve been all over the place trying to find something to collect over the last few months. I’ve more or less stopped buying Star Wars and Marvel cards as I talked about quite a while ago and am slowly working on selling some of my collection off but I still find that I want to collect something. I’ve always collected video games in the sense that I play games and if I like them, I keep them. A while back, I started buying more rare and expensive games, some of which have grown in value since I did so. I find the speculation part of that fun, as well as, seeing the price/value of some games go up. I really only stopped because I ran out of games like that which I wanted to buy. Perhaps by rediscovering this thing I used to do, I’ll have something to buy when I don’t want to add to my already huge backlog of miniatures. Only time will tell as I have yet to figure out how to stop collecting something for my entire adult life!