Another week, another Fallout-based pun. Fortunately, I have regained hobby momentum this week and so I have more to share than in the last couple of weeks. I had some time to fill so I started another Fallout mini. For whatever reason, its hard to find decent pictures of Assaultrons in Fallout 4. I could have sworn they have a greenish look to them but the pictures I saw looked more silver/metallic so that is what I went with. I did do a bit of freehand on the star and while it isn’t perfect, I think it looks decent enough considering how small the miniature is. This mini didn’t take too long to finish and I’ll be curious to see how it plays in-game as Assaultrons, while they don’t look like a little slight, are very dangerous in the video games. They’re fast, can take a lot of damage, and do a lot of damage. A deadly combination!
Truthfully, this mini was a bit of an appetizer for the main course as I finally was able to start working on my next display piece. Using some of the knowledge gained from the Oliver Spath Patreon, I mentioned a few weeks ago, I set about making the best looking display base I’ve ever done from scratch. While this is obviously unpainted, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think it should look very nice when everything is said and done. I certainly learned a few things while working on this and hopefully I can use these skills in the future to continue to improve.
Compare how this base looks to a previous attempt at a dwarf on a mountainside in 2019. While the mini below doesn’t look bad by any means, the slate isn’t as realistic looking and the base is too flat. When all is said and done, I think the newer base will look like someone standing on the edge of a cliff or hill which is more what I intended in both pieces.
Once I had the base built, I could start working on the mini itself and while its very early days, I think I’m off to a fairly decent start. For those of you who don’t know the sculpt, I’m painting Eomer from The Lord of the Rings. The only thing that is giving me trouble are the eyes which are absolutely insanely tiny. I’d like to really nail them as the rest of the mini I’m pretty confident I can handle. Unfortunately, with a mini this small, its really tough to be able to improve or even fix eyes like this. I will say that I think the face looks quite nice and realistic otherwise. Maybe my best one yet.
I will say though this is the most intricate mini that I’ve seen Games Workshop make for Lord of the Rings. This is beyond the talents of a lot of painters and will be a good challenge for me. I’m a little worried that they’re making this mini look easier than it is because GW is clearly arming their painters with magnification lenses to paint miniatures like this and the average painter isn’t going to realize that they’ll never achieve the level of detail that Games Workshop did, especially in the face. My face isn’t as good as theirs because I’m using the naked eye here.
In non-miniature related news, I did want to mention the game I’m currently playing as I think it might appeal to a couple of you and you might not be aware of it. If you like a good Run N’ Gun game like Contra or Metal Slug, there is a game on the current consoles called Huntdown, that you should check out. If that doesn’t entice you, how does a game set in a world inspired by Judge Dredd, Robo Cop, Blade Runner and The Warriors sound? If you like Necromunda for example (paging Wudugast and Azazel!), I think you’d feel right at home in this gang-infested environment. In Huntdown, you’re a bounty hunter who has one job, clean all of the gangs up! The game is fairly short (under five hours to beat) but the graphics are absolutely beautiful pixel art and the action-oriented gameplay is excellent as well. I haven’t beaten it yet but I would still give it a strong recommendation if any of this sounds appealing to you.
I’m fortunate enough to have all next week off from work so I’m going to try and relax and catch up on some gaming and movies as I can. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who made table suggestions last week as well. I got a couple of cheap folding tables from Amazon which don’t take up a lot of storage room and should work well for my gaming needs. I am planning on giving Hellboy a try over break and I have plenty of stuff I can play in Arkham Horror: Card Game so between that and painting, I should have a nice week. Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends and I hope you are able to enjoy some time away from work doing what you love too!