I finally got around to finishing these two medium sized Toyvian (also called Sobor on Amazon) Trees. The usual heating and bending, weighting the base, and painting.
I added a mushroom to the trunk of one, inspired by the fungal growths on the Dwarven Forge trees. This I thought would add some individuality while helping tie them in with the DF trees. I went back and reheated the trunks to further bend the branches but they were still more “flat” looking than the smaller and larger trees. I decided against heating them a third time and just accepted them as is when Mrs. GG said they looked fine to her.
With the improved weather I sprayed on some GW Citadel Purity Seal satin clear coat over the brushed on Vallejo mat clear coat.
The GW spray did a much better job of reducing the shine in person but I can see the camera is still picking up a lot of shine unfortunately. I do not have much of the GW Purity Seal left so will likely switch over to the full can of Army Painter mat clear coat spray for other pieces and hope it works as well.
So here you can see how these Toyvian Trees fit in with our GW Citadel Forest and our Dwarven Forge trees. I am very pleased! And I think they all look Great with the Deep-Cut Studio mat. If you look close you can see a 28mm Legolas in the photo for scale.
In other news I finally finished season 10c of Walking Dead.
Not bad, certainly much better than Fear the Walking Dead but not amazing. I am not sure how I feel about the Negan storyline. The relationship between Daryl and Carol is exhausting even though I like both characters and like learning more about them. I am just tired of the ongoing drama between them. I have no idea what to make of the Reapers. Walking Dead has never done military or police plot themes well in my opinion. I really hope the Reapers are not some sort of military left overs but I suspect they are given Daryl has just stumbled onto an Army base that somehow has been overlooked all these years and the woman he met mentioned being part of “a squad that was like a family to her” at one time.
I also finished Season 2 of Black Summer, the unofficial prequel series for ZNation. Unlike ZNation, Black Summer is not a dark comedy satire. It is a grueling, cruel, cynical, pessimistic horror series.
It is brutal. It is not as graphic as some zombie shows in some ways but more graphic in others. It warns you about an episode with a suicide but nothing about the countless horrifically pointless cruel betrayals and deaths. Considering how few zombies there are the death count is surprising but then the show constantly repeats the theme that “we are the monsters”. It is not just gritty or edgy, it is firmly grimdark.
It has a sense of threat, of sheer mind numbing horror that the various Walking Dead shows usually lack. But the flip side of that is that it does not have the character development of the Walking Dead. It is difficult to care about or like any of the characters. Death comes at any given second, often with no warning or foreshadowing. The zombies are the “fast” kind and seem much more capable than your usual zombies. More like feral, beastlike daywalking vampires. And folks turn whenever they die, not just when bitten. So gunfights between survivors result in additional threat for killed adversaries. Even well equipped characters who appear to have had training and experience often fail to get those Hollywood headshots they need to survive.
Mrs. GG asked me again why I watch such horrible shows. My interest is in trying to understand how humanity might react, how I might react, to catastrophic circumstance. Disaster psychology. Most of these shows have me convinced that I would likely be killed trying to help the wrong person. That I would be so focused on trying to rebuild that some selfish individual would take advantage of my sense of social responsibility.
Speaking apocalyptic movies and Mrs. GG, we watched the Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon.
We enjoyed it. Not exactly a surprisingly plot but entertaining. Certainly a movie I think my Mother will enjoy. Pretty awesome animation. Some interesting characters. But not a classic that will stay with me forever.
Mrs. GG does not mind apocalypse or post-apocalypse shows so much as long as they have a hopeful tone. Hopepunk if you know what that is. If not, you now know your homework assignment. Let me know in the comments what you learned!
And since Negan came up…. another Doppelgänger….
There is something very unsettling seeing a person you believe looks like you playing a villain like Negan.
Do you have any Doppelgängers? Let me know in the comments below!