Its good to be back after taking a week off. There’s plenty to talk about so I won’t waste any time. The first thing I got done was another caveman. Like the previous two, these minis don’t take long at all to paint so it was nice to get another done quick.
I showed off the back of this mini because it had a fair large hole in the bottom pelt and I green stuff’d it and sculpted a bit of fur and honestly, you can’t tell! Hopefully that means I’m getting better at sculpting little by little. One other thing you may notice is that I actually based this guy. And yes, that means I went ahead and based the three I’ve finished thus far at once. Its nice to see them in their natural environment a bit more. It was fun to do a grassy base as I haven’t done one in quite a while. Probably not since I was still playing MESBG.
One thing I realized is that I’m short a base in one of my Neanderthal blisters. I should know this for as long as I’ve been in the hobby but I’m stumped. Does anybody know a manufacturer who produces round lipped bases like this? It doesn’t need to be slotted either, just have room for a metal base to fit on top without sticking out too much.
Next up is a very fun character from Hellboy and B.P.R.D, Roger the Homunculus! Roger is brought to life by Liz’s flame powers and it nearly kills her. Roger is more less like a child and doesn’t know much about the world or humanity. He ends up being a brave and loyal friend to everyone around him so he’s a bit of comic relief and an earnest foil to Hellboy who is cynical and sarcastic. Roger’s skin tone is a bit different depending on who colors him in the comics so I did the best I could to match what I think he looks like. Unfortunately, the sculpt was not very sharp and it once again had me wishing I could paint the resin version which has much better details. The paint job is definitely not one of my best but I was more focused on getting this one done quick instead of right.
Oh yeah, one other key detail about Roger. He wears no pants. So get ready for the most X-rated picture to appear on this reputable website.
You’re welcome. I did hear back from Mantic Support and they sent me a PDF of the missing Lobster Johnson card. So I’ll have to figure out a way to get a copy made or printed off so I can use it in-game. A replacement would have been preferable but the Kickstarter came out quite a while ago and its understandable that they wouldn’t have any extras now. I appreciate that they did something for me anyway.
Finally, I generally don’t pay a lot of attention to them but I took a look at my website’s stats and thought I’d share a few interesting findings. This first part is only noteworthy for those who visit and comment regularly. First off, I found who the top 5 commenters are and the results didn’t surprise me too much but I thought some regular visitors would find them interesting. The leader is none other than painter extraordinaire, Azazel of Azazel’s Bit Box. He and I have followed each other’s work for a long time now so that makes sense. Bret, aka, Mapper and Grumpygnome are in second and third which seems appropriate because the three of us love Middle Earth and comment on each other’s work regularly. We have been online friends for quite some time too. John, from Just Needs Varnish! takes 4th place which is no surprise because he is easily the nicest guy in wargaming. Shockingly, Justin from The Solo Meeple, just managed to edge out Dave Stone for 5th. Justin writes excellent reviews and has great taste in board games and Dave is a beacon for sculpting in this blogging community. You won’t find anyone better! Why did I share this? To keep you all commenting of course and to hopefully stir up some competition naturally! In all seriousness, I thought some of you may find it interesting and/or get a kick out of it. I certainly have appreciated your time and thoughts over the years too and this is as good of excuse as any to say it.
The thing I was actually curious about was: has my site grown in views over the years and what content is drawing people here? The answer is yes, my site is slowly growing in views year after year. I may hit 20,000 views this year which is not bad at all in my opinion! I have no real metric in mind and quite frankly, I just enjoy having regular visitors as much as anything.
And yet, I also really like it when I write something that brings in fresh visitors. For example, I wrote an article about why I like Arkham Horror: The Card Game better than LOTR: LCG and that got a lot of page views and it was not from the regular visitors either. Almost everyone who read it came from outside of this blogging circle. I feel a lot of gratification from that because I put a lot of thought into that article and I think and hope that it might help people decide which of the two games is right for them.
As I think about it, I’d like to do more of that sort of thing in the future if time permits so you can expect me to write some more review articles for games I’m playing (Fallout, Hellboy, and Arkham Horror mostly) but I’ll also try to write more articles about getting into Fallout and what the strengths and weaknesses are of the game too. By far, my most popular article is actually Getting into MESBG. I wrote this to be a resource because there wasn’t a lot about it at the time. So this was an article that also made proud. Unfortunately, it has fallen out of date and I don’t play MESBG anymore so I’m not sure if I can update it or not. My hope is to provide the same type of articles about games I do know well currently at the very least. Writing those articles feels like my way of giving back and hopefully inspiring others to take up our hobby which is always a nice thing to do. I don’t know if I’ll be able to crank them out very quickly, maybe once a month or something like that but we’ll see what I can do and where the site goes next year.
Of course, the bread and butter of this website which are weekly hobby updates aren’t going anywhere either. They don’t get a lot of page views but they’re fun to do so I have no intention of stopping them.
There’s plenty more going on including some goal setting for the future and I’ve started working on something for Golden Demon but its very early days on it. If I can get moving on it, there might be something to share next week. We shall see. Either way, there is likely to be plenty more to discuss next week!