It has been a fairly mundane week of painting for me but I did manage to get a few things done that are not necessarily fun to paint but good to get done. First up, I got another objective marker done for Fallout. If you’ve followed my painting progress for a while, then you probably know that these markers are hard to get motivated to paint and can take quite a bit of effort to complete. They do look great when they’re done and add some nice flavor to any game as well. This one features some fairly recognizable items from Fallout so that helped motivate me to work on it. I almost definitely have too many Nuka Quantums (the light blue beverages) which are rare and hard to find in the game, but I wanted there to be some balance in the colors so I let realism slip a bit there. I also did some kind of goofy hybrid NMM/zenithal highlights because I was feeling too lazy to do them the correct way. I doubt that many of you will notice or care but I know what I did and I’m not necessarily proud of it! I’m pretty sure I did a similar thing on a previous marker and I can live with it as I still think the ones I’ve done thus far look good. If only I was a bit better at tiny freehand, I could have added some logos on the bottles and the toy truck. Alas, I did what I could in a reasonable amount of time. Here’s a look at it from several different angles.
I also knocked out some Hellboy minis that will come in handy whenever I can get a game in. They’re not much to look at and there isn’t a lot to say about them other than that I’m glad to have these done as they’re not the most fun thing to paint. Thankfully, they don’t take too long to finish and that is how I managed to get six done this week to finish the set of eight.
While its always nice to make progress on some less glamorous stuff, I am itching to get a display piece going and so I’ve made some purchases to start gearing up on that. I’ve only received the plinth so far (go figure!) but hopefully the rest of what I bought arrives next week so I can get cracking on this project. I’m eager to get back to Middle Earth and challenge myself a bit more than I have with the recent gaming pieces. I actually dug up an old Hobbit-era mini of Tauriel and tried to paint her. It is a rare mini that I think was maybe never released or something like that and GW did a special order for it. Unfortunately, my efforts failed spectacularly. Her face looked so bad that I gave up painting her after all. It wasn’t a mistake that I made so much as the mini has a really bad face sculpt that is hard to do anything with. This served as a nice reminder that I need to stick to more recent minis that Games Workshop has made as they’re much higher quality and easier to paint. I might even have to shell out the big bucks and get some of the recent Forge World releases as those look quite nice too.