It has been a busy week, but not much time spent painting. I did manage to finish some more Pegasus Hobbies walls (only 8 more to go! ) and first of our long line of Hagglethorn Hollow re-works.
So it started with some plastic putty and some greenstuff. Then some drybrushing on the thatch, painting on the stones/ropes and then washes.
Mostly it is just a case of increasing the contrast of the paint scheme in order to have some of the details “pop” more. It looks more subtle in the photos than in person.
In addition to trying to decide how to proceed with our Hagglethorn Hollow buildings, we have been trying to figure out how to proceed with the Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers 3 Kickstarter.
We have been building things with the D&L 2 pieces to try to make a more informed decision on D&L 3.
Trying to decide how well the pieces will work with our current buildings…. and just how ambitious we could get.
The frustrating thing is having to guess how things like the new roof pieces will work to transform these pieces into better looking buildings.
We have decided that we have Dwarven Forge for dungeons, so D&L would be better, mostly, for budget buildings. So rather than retain the versatile modularity we would treat the pieces like terrain bits box pieces and actually glue them together. But it looks like we will have to wait for D&L 3 to deliver next year to see that develop.
I am still undecided on how we will proceed with the D&L Dwarven Mine sets we have.
One thing with the D&L 3 Kickstarter, it will almost undoubtably go over 1 million Euros, and a “village level” pledge is an incredible value for money given the stretch goals… but more for miniature figures rather than terrain. Even if you just give the terrain away the figures are well worth the pledge cost but you need to pledge for the village, not minis only, to get the Troll, Giant and Dragon freebie stretch goals.
One of the other distractions to my painting schedule was the arrival of some second hand Dwarven Forge pieces we bought from AnimeSensei on the Dwarven Forge forums. He was the very model of a decent person to deal with and we would happily deal with him again in the future.
We were surprised to find many of the Dwarven Forge pieces look much better in person than they do in photos online. We are now much more interested in the Dwarven Forge fieldstone and Tudor buildings… which means we will likely be very interested in the next Dwarven Forge Kickstarter, a city focused KS currently scheduled for October.
We love the DF LED items.
We are also increasingly liking some of the DF figures.
And the Golem design for Dungeons of Doom, where you have some appearing to be built into the Wall but actually removable, is genius.
We are definitely addicted to Dwarven Forge and their Dwarvenite material. With their items it is not a case of what we like and do not like any more, it is just a case of just exactly how much do we like a piece and can we afford it.
In other news, Shadow and Bone continued to be excellent. While not perfect it was pretty close, doing a better job of balancing further plot hooks with a satisfying conclusion to the season in the finale. It left us feeling satisfied yet wanting more… unlike the season finale of Jupiter’s Legacy…
Now, bearing in mind we have not read the comics, we enjoyed this series except for the cliffhanger season finale. We enjoyed the show enough to binge watch it when we should have probably been painting but it was just so…. more-ish… like an open can of Pringles.
Both Mrs. GG and I strongly identified with certain characters (Grace and Sheldon have an argument in one scene that could have been scripted from similar arguments in the GG household) but there are some definite flaws in the show. Mrs. GG was a bit more forgiving than me, as usual, but we both enjoyed it. It was more graphic than we felt it needed to be but was not as extreme as “the Boys”, which I could not get Mrs. GG to watch and I was unable to finish the first episode of. I know that show is incredibly popular but it felt like unsettling, gore-porn when I tried to watch it. This show sails close to that at times, so be warned if that kind of thing bothers you and you are thinking of trying either show.
We also watched Mythica, A Quest for Heroes…
… which was liking watching a larp being filmed. Beastmaster style B movie for the 21st Century. The Dwarf tavernkeeper was kind of cool. Do not watch this with high expectations and you might be entertained.
And finally, this week’s Doppelgänger….
Apologies if anyone finds offense…