As I mentioned last week or maybe the week before, I’ve been in a bit of a hobby slump because I mostly have gaming stuff to paint but I can’t play anything right now so my motivation is running low. I’ve been trying to find a folding gaming table and still not having much luck. The only place that has what I’m looking for is UrbanMatz and while I wouldn’t say their website is dodgy, it doesn’t inspire me with confidence either. I’m sure it is extra expensive getting the table shipped from Eastern Europe to the US as well. Another European-based vendor has what looks to be the same table but it isn’t going to be in-stock until September so I’ll have to see what I can do as I’d like to be able to play a game of Hellboy or two before then, if at all possible.
It was also a bit of a downer of week politically speaking here in the US, especially today. A decent chunk of my time recently was spent getting ready for a visit from my in-laws and participating in job interviews. I turned down a job that paid way more than my current one but I was not very enthusiastic about it. My current job is better for me and in fact, after turning the job down, I felt very glad to be at my current job which is a strange thing to say and feel. While I can’t do anything about the state of the world, I am optimistic that I’ll have more hobby time this upcoming week so that will be nice.
As a result of all these things though, the slump persisted into this week as I worked on something that I won’t be using to game for a long time most likely. It didn’t go according to plan either and required some repainting. I’m talking about the second Savage Core Neanderthal sculpt and what I wanted was to come up with a complimentary paint color scheme that could work with the first one but also stand apart from original paint job. The reason for this is that I want my tribe of Neanderthals to look like they killed different animals for their fur pelts. My attempt at this didn’t work but thankfully, the second one came out much better.
This is a simple sculpt overall and with some drybrushing, it doesn’t take long at all to knock these Neanderthals out. I decided to add some extra detail to the ropey bits because I thought it would add some visual interest to the mini. Here’s a look at the first two I’ve done with their different but hopefully not too different color schemes.
While I’m in no hurry to get these prehistoric minis done, I do look forward to adding some flock to their bases in the future. I think that will tie them together even more and help bring the setting to life a bit more.
Outside of that, I started a new Fallout sculpt to try and keep things interesting. I’m going to try and get it done before I start my next big project which I will tease in just a second. I have the plinth, the mini, and I just got tree bark that I also needed to get going on the project which is great. Unfortunately, I don’t love the tree bark that I purchased. It looks different than I expected and is going to take some work to make it look natural, I fear. Here’s a peek at it.
As you can see, the ridges are deep on this bark and while I can blend some ground texture among that, we’ll see just how it looks and if I can pull this off or not. The good news is that if the base doesn’t turn out, I can always try and get some different bark and another plinth I suppose. That’s it for me this week. I should be able to get going on this display project next week so that should help me get out of the current slump.