This week was a slow one for me hobby-wise, especially in terms of motivation but even with that, I managed to finish a couple of things. While I was initially motivated to work on the failed Overpass terrain project, outside of that, I’ve been dragging a bit on painting Fallout miniatures. I think the combination of not planning on playing again for a while and wanting to focus more on terrain (which I actually need) has kept me from being as motivated as I want to be. I need to get more minis painted because they are taking up the most storage space in my hobby desk but I’m sure that will come with time. If nothing else, I did get another mini done this week. Here is my second Assaultron which hasn’t been varnished or given rust effects yet. I’ll explain why in a second.
While I admittedly rushed through painting this mini a bit and it could use even more contrast, I think it looks good enough. These robots aren’t the most fun to paint but they aren’t the worst either. There are some parts on their arms that a bit fiddly and hard to know what to do with. I’m running low on the foam I use to apply rust effects and I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to get more (I’ve gotten all mine from the packaging of other things I bought) so I’m going to try and ration it by using the foam on multiple minis at a time. I’m sure you’ll see this mini again at some point in the future when I’ve rusted it up properly.
If you have an excellent memory, you may recall that I did one of these not too long ago but in gray colors. The sharp-eyed, Grumpy Gnome, pointed out that Assaultrons usually have a green tint to them so I wanted to make sure this one looks more accurate to the game. Here is a quick comparison of the two. I think he was right and the green one looks better overall. Assaultrons are dangerous in Fallout and cost 300 points to use in a game which is a ton so I will be surprised if I ever need to use all three sculpts at the same time. That is good because it does bother me slightly that these two don’t match, even if they do look good next to each other.
I also managed to knock out the collapsed Overpass terrain I showed off a little while ago. It was really quick and easy to finish once I got the white spirit I needed. I think the results are very realistic and it is a solid piece of terrain. Please excuse the clearly still drying glue in the pictures. I forgot to put the grass on until I was setup to take some pictures!
To follow up on a couple of things I discussed last week, I actually did get a new laptop this week and was able to start working again. I’m pretty behind on things but getting caught up slowly but surely. I think I’ve mentioned it before but I work for a software company and generally, tech companies are great to work for. The benefits are excellent and so is the working environment at my company, but as I’m sure many of you know, the economy is shaky right now and its looking like not the best time to be in this industry anyway. Several big companies like Meta and Amazon are laying off a lot of people and my company has had a sudden change in leadership. While we seem to be doing fine financially and the CEO change isn’t something to panic about, there was a mention of layoffs being a possibility in the future. As a result of all this, I’m thinking the somewhat obvious thought that it seems like we could be in for difficult times in the next year or so. Is anybody else hearing or experiencing these things?
While I haven’t bought any new board games yet, I have been looking at least one caught my eye. I started looking through my Arkham Horror cards this and before I knew it, I played a couple of games. It is such a fun game and I’m not sure exactly how long of a break I took from it but I should have never left! I have some content for the game sitting around that I hadn’t even played yet (shame on me!) so at least for now, I’m going to try and address that by playing a bit more Arkham in the coming months. What this probably means is that you’ll have to listen to me yammer on about how great of a game it is more in the future!
Lastly, Thanksgiving is coming up in the US and I will be busy for at least some of the break. I probably won’t be able to paint as much this upcoming week too so I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t have any update next week. For those of you who are traveling, I hope you stay safe and I’ll be keeping up with everyone else’s work as best I can in the meantime!