Let’s get the unpleasant news out of the way first. Not too long ago I mentioned the threat of layoffs and well, they happened pretty much out of nowhere this week. I was lucky to not be affected by them but the whole experience was pretty jarring to say the least. The company I work for seemed to be different and more caring about its employees than others out there but I would say the entire thing certainly makes you cynical and shows you what you’re worth and how quickly that can change. All I can say is that I hope that the economy doesn’t get as bad as people are predicting or I fear the kind of grisly day that I went through this week will be happening in a lot of other places across the world which is a real shame. I’m not ruling out that there won’t be more layoffs at my company in the future either because you just never know.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about happier things. I went ahead and painted up Roger’s marker this week which I think went well. I’m realizing that I really enjoy painting these markers because they give me a chance to really bring the characters to life. its a shame that there’s only one more to work on if my memory serves me correctly. At least Roger is ready to be used in-game and that is another nice Hellboy win.
I just started my (next) Golden Demon project yesterday after quite a bit of model prep so I would expect that I can share a bit more on that next week which is cool. I’m not totally pumped up and into the project yet but hopefully I will be by next week. I’ve certainly got plenty of time to work on it yet too so that is always good and something that didn’t work out so well last year.
I also received a new game this week. I purchased Legendary James Bond because I like card games and I grew up watching James Bond a fair bit. I’ve been looking for a game that isn’t campaign-based and that I can pick and play when the mood strikes and so this looked like a good fit for that. I haven’t had a chance to play yet as I’m still playing an Arkham Horror Card Game campaign but I hope to soon. I’ll report back and write a review of the game one day too.
As I teased last week, I wanted to talk about some other website statistics and this time, I generated these myself. I don’t think they account for the painting I did the last week or two but I thought I’d look and see what I’ve accomplished this year to see if what I think I managed to do and what I actually finished are the same. Here is what I completed this year:
- Fallout miniatures – 6
- Fallout terrain – 5
- Hellboy miniatures and doors – 36
- Prehistoric miniatures – 3
- Display projects – 3
While I’m pretty happy with the amount done for Hellboy and that I got it pretty playable within a year of buying it, I do find some of these other numbers a bit disconcerting. Fallout miniatures and terrain totals are a lot lower than I expected and wanted. Most of the terrain I completed has been smaller stuff like storage crates, and the damaged highway pillar. The shotgun house is really the only thing of note that I completed and I started it in 2021 and it bled into this year.
That really doesn’t feel productive enough to me and I’m not going to be able to play many games of Fallout in the next year if I don’t rectify this. I’m still waiting on my next terrain project from Black Site Studio (more on this whenever I do receive it), but I’m clearly going to have to work harder on terrain so I can play more. I also am realizing that there are so many miniatures out there for the game that I may not actually be able to realistically paint them all unless I’m willing to work at this for 20 years. Now that is a crazy thought to try and process. After a conversation with friend of the site, Grumpy Gnome, I’m realizing that I need to think about what in the game is possible in the next year or two instead of thinking about things I’d like to one day but am not close to being able to start, let alone, complete. This is a good exercise for all of us to think about from time-to-time, especially if you have a large backlog or a lot of things you hope to accomplish in the future.
So I will certainly try to do more Fallout stuff next year. I probably will try to limit the display projects (besides Golden Demon of course) to help me be more productive too. I’m sure that if I totaled up the time spent on them, I probably spent around 4 months on those projects, if not longer and that’s probably why I haven’t gotten as much gaming stuff done in 2022. I do enjoy display projects and I have plenty of ideas for more so I guess you never know. What I won’t do is take on any crazy big or ambitious ones for a while as I just don’t have enough time to devote to them as I’d like which is a shame as I’ve promised Wudugast, another friend of the site, that I will do an epic Vampire Counts Warhammer diorama one day.
Either way, the main conclusion I took away from this is that trying to paint and play multiple mini games is really hard unless you paint really fast which has never been my strong suit. I certainly won’t be getting any new miniature-heavy games in the near future because my backlog of both purchased miniatures and terrain and things I think I’d like to do one day is bigger than I can possibly complete at the moment.