It is always a challenge to decide what to do next. My “to do” list is very, very long and while I have more free time than most people I still feel like there is never enough time.
This week I tried to focus on things I thought I could finish quickly, so some more jungle terrain and GW Isengard Uruk-Hai. Both lots had been started by someone else and just “product improved” by me. The terrain had been pretty bare bones temperate pieces.
My thought was that this work would go quick but nothing ever goes as quickly as I expect.
I am unsure if we will keep the jungle terrain. It just feels underwhelming compared to the Dwarven Forge terrain. DF does not make jungle terrain but we do have some swamp terrain coming from them in our Wildlands Kickstarter pledge. I am thinking it could serve as jungle terrain as well.
My wife has been working on some Citadel/Games Workshop trees that we thought might work well with the Dwarven Forge terrain. Here are three views of the set of three trees she did on its base.
These are the older, out of production trees. We have another set of these and a set of the newer trees which are not designed have a group base. On the trees above she used some spare branches and leaves of the newer design that we won in an EBay auction.
I used greenstuff to turn the skulls on the base into stones, which my wife then painted. GW and their skull obsession, grr! And I added an owl for a bit more quirky flavoring.
We think the trees came out great but we are not completely satisfied with the base. At this point we think it may not blend in well enough with the DF pieces so we are considering a heavier dry brushing of a lighter green on the base. But even then it lacks the diversity of details that exist on the DF pieces, particularly the fallen leaves which add some more colors to the DF pieces.
The Uruk-Hai came painted to various different standards as I won them in different auctions, so some were more work than others. All were more work than I expected. I had to pretty much paint the siege troops twice as I did not wait long enough to put a wash on them and some metallic flakes spread from the armor to other parts… making them look like “sparkly vampires”. Frustrating! But that is what I get for trying to rush.
I am pleased with how the “heroes” turned out. I know they may look boring with the dark colors but getting those colors without it just looking like a brown blob is quite challenging. The differences in the shades of brown is quite subtle and looks better when seen in person rather than with my poor photography skills.
The goblin on the left was a “proof of concept” piece. The previous owner had started the figure but not finished. It looks like they had used contrast paint. I decided to work with that and just add details and the base. I decided against an “underground” base as I expect our goblins to fight above ground as well as underground. And I expect to use these “goblin town” goblins from the Hobbit in our Tarnished Splendor games as well as our Middle Earth games. We have another 30+ of these but those are all completely unpainted. I think I will experiment with different skin colors rather than have one uniform tone for them.
Our finances have had another hit with the new Kickstarter for the second edition of The One Ring. We have decided to pledge since we have not managed to track down an affordable first edition main rule book despite having all the first edition expansions.
We saw another Kickstarter we like but can not afford to back it right now…
In other news, as part of our 7th Sea research we watched some folks playing the game on YouTube. Normally I have not been a huge fan of watching folks role play on YouTube but this was actually quite entertaining and recently Critical Role was recommended to us by a couple different people.
My wife has grown increasingly interested in the role playing aspect of 7th Sea, even more so than just using the background for Sharp Practice games. The larger than life heroes and narrative focus of the game really appeals to her. So it looks like we will have to find a way to balance the pen&paper RPG with my Sharp Practice battles.
We also stumbled on to and watched some of this RPG YouTube gameplay…
… which I found quite entertaining. However, despite my wife finding the dynamic between the players interesting the gloomy horror aspect of the post-apoc theme put her off. Looks like I will be watching this one on my own.
If you decide to watch that series, I recommend this prologue video if you do not mind larp like amateur theatrics. As a larger myself I like it. It helped set up the campaign shown in the role play videos. Asher, the team leader reminds me of Brendan Fraser…
We started watching Wanda-Vision but we are only two episodes in. Lots of nostalgic Easter eggs in there for me but my wife, having not seen the old tv shows it references misses out on that aspect.. so far I am getting more out of than how than her but she loves the MCU so we keep hoping it will eventually deliver for her.