While this week has been a slog in pretty much every facet of my life, I do have a few finished things to show off. First up is Abe’s marker for Hellboy: The Board Game. I wanted to get this done before I forgot how I painted the mini and to my surprise, the marker was fun and fast to paint. As with previous busts, the larger details helped me bring the character to life even more than with the mini. I can’t remember if there is another Abe sculpt in the expansions that are coming out in a couple of months or not but I wouldn’t mind another crack at painting him in a higher quality sculpt, should I get the chance. I have one more thing I’d like to finish (which I’ve already started on) and once that is done, I think I can play the first scenario in Hellboy so that is something to look forward to!
I also finished my third piece of railroad track terrain for Fallout. There isn’t a lot to say here other than I will not paint something like this where you have to mix paints together on successive terrain pieces. Not a single piece of the three tracks I’ve painted match each other which is a minor annoyance to me. This is unsurprisingly despite my best effort to match them. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great place to put the track together for a photo so you’ll have to settle for this fairly unexciting picture. I need to buy some more railroad tracks to really be able to use them in Fallout so that is something I will look to do in the future.
Truthfully, I wouldn’t say I was filled with excitement to watch it. I think Scarlett Johansson doesn’t have a lot of range as an actress and she probably was one of the few casting whiffs Marvel has made. With that said, the trailer for the movie looked good enough so I was hoping it would have strong action and maybe some good espionage because that is what Black Widow comics generally focus on. While the action was good, I found the characterizations were a bit bland and only Red Guardian brought any humor or charm to the movie. For how scary the villain and his minions could have been, the movie was lacking in tension and suspense as well. Even Taskmaster looked cool but wasn’t all that interesting of a threat. Overall, I thought it was a good movie but somewhat forgettable and probably something that didn’t need to be made. I fear that Marvel is starting to crank out a lot of things, both movies and TV shows, that fit into the good but forgettable category which is not what I like to see but unfortunately, that is something that only Disney can change at this point.