It has been another disjointed week of hobbying for me. I honestly wasn’t sure that I would have enough to do a post this week but I just managed to get enough done this morning to feel comfortable doing so. I’ve spent a lot of the week waiting to resume working on the diorama which I will talk about more later. I was waiting on Amazon for some sculpting tools and things got complicated from there.
While waiting for the sculpting tools, I needed something that would be easy to finish. So a good candidate was Rasputin for Hellboy. He is the boss in a couple cases and so getting him done would open up more gaming options for me. Unfortunately, the sculpt has a few issues. One is that the light hits the bottom of his cloak but he has a weird magical thing going on at the top which is perfect for OSL. So you almost end up with competing highlights which is not ideal. I tried to balance them as well as I could and not let the highlights at the bottom overpower the rest of the mini. The mini also had bad mold lines and some poorly sculpted parts like the individual fingers and some kind of trinkets around his wrists that were indecipherable. So it wasn’t the most joyful mini to work on but it didn’t take too long to complete either. At least his face came out pretty well.
Rasputin isn’t enough to carry a weekly update though so I also got another clue marker done. This is probably the most visually interesting marker in the set. I think it is supposed to be a dead Nazi but I’m not entirely sure on that. This one also had rough mold lines that ended up ruining some details but I did the best I could and tried to get it done quickly. I haven’t varnished it yet so that is why it is on a base and blu-tak.
Getting back to the diorama headaches. I ordered some sculpting tools off Amazon early in the week so I could sculpt something for the base. Amazon sent me a tracking info and acted like the order shipped but it didn’t. After a couple days of no updates and it clearly being late, I tried to cancel it and ordered a different set of sculpting tools. Amazon refused to honor the cancellation and so now I have two sets of the same sculpting tools. One arrived late last night and the next one is coming today. Thanks, Jeff Bezos! This might not be so annoying if I wasn’t in a battle with a furniture company over a single piece of furniture for six months. I won’t go into all the gory details but a buffet has taken six months and at least three rounds of replacement parts and the thing still isn’t done and we don’t know exactly when it will arrive. It is driving my wife and I insane as we have to constantly call the furniture company and installer to get any progress made. We tried to get a refund since it has been so long and the furniture company doesn’t want to do it which I get since the thing is allegedly nearly done but that doesn’t make it any less infuriating! So in that sense, poor customer service has been the trend of this week. Hopefully I can get back to working on the diorama today and make some progress again this upcoming week. I’m eager to get back to it after the Amazon-imposed break!