This was the other big factor for lack of posts and honestly, just a complete lack of anything hobby-wise.
But big picture I need to realize that while I didn't get to do stuff I wanted to (be a nerd up in the studio), I did do stuff that needed done.
I cut enough tile to last me a lifetime!
And I learned a lot - the biggest thing was that I don't like doing remodels lol!
I added some foliage, vines, leaves, bricks, and a few plants to give the temple an improved look and I couldn't be happier with the results.
I also started to mess about and put together some of my 4ground Fabled Realms buildings.
I picked up a cool airplane for a future pulp game.
I felt I did a really good job (especially considering my past history) not buying into every Kickstarter or pre-order I wanted to - like Monolith's Batman game, Footsore's Gangs of Rome, or Knight Models Harry Potter miniatures game as a few examples.
I did stumble upon a remake of an absolute classic board game from when I was a kid that I couldn't pass up though, Fireball Island!!!
Restoration Games is bringing this back, with tons of extra's, including expansions. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on this!
Star Wars Legion was another big purchase. I love Star Wars and can't wait to start building the models - though I can see right off the bat I will be moving in a much more relaxed "house rules" direction with the game, and not be dependent on points values.
A new MDF company, Black Site Studio, have put out some really nice looking buildings at really affordable prices. I picked up 3 kits just to try them out and see how they compare to 4Ground, so stay tuned.
Speaking of 4Ground, this was my secret project I was working on late last year that fell to the wayside - I wanted to show these photos only because 4Ground has just announced they are doing a apocalyptic version of Emma's Diner, which is exactly what I was working on like 6 months ago lol!
I was going crazy stupid with the broken windows.
And even added in a working sign on the front doors.
I picked this particular sign so that I could black out the "N" and the "R" in diner.
With all that I mentioned, this was the big project I was and have been attempting since January - a middle America type town for The Walking Dead All Out War game by Mantic.
I decided to go completely against what I've been doing with buildings for the last 5 years and went with model railroad kits instead of my usual mdf kits. The biggest reason was that I just don't feel any company, in my eye anyway, makes really good and diverse city buildings.
Woodland Scenics O scale buildings are just about perfect in my view. Certainly a bit bigger than the normal 28mm stuff, but it's pretty darn close - and all the variety and differences in the buildings makes any scale issue worth it to me.
I laid down cork to raise the areas for sidewalks, parking areas, etc.
Obviously lots and lots to do, but this should be fun to continue and create some really neat narratives in a zombie infested town.
Well, hopefully anyway - my wife has returned home with all the horses and this year looks like it's going to be incredibly busy at the farm.
Fingers crossed I can find time to get up to the studio on a regular basis, especially on days like two weeks ago when I insisted that training be cancelled, but someone else said "no" lol! It was so cold I brought my car down to sit in between rides.
I'm going to try to catch up and leave some comments on the blogs on my reading list since I've actually got the computer working today - I have been reading what you guys have been doing (incredible by the way!!), but it's been exclusively on my phone. I'm always reluctant to write comments on blogs while on my phone because the few times I have, my comments come up as double posts which looks awful and more importantly is incredibly annoying.
Finally, there are several friends who's blogs have also gone quiet lately, I hope all is well and that it is nothing more than technical issues or just real life making it difficult to get to the hobby desk :)
*edited to wish Miles over at Lair of the Uber Geek a speedy recovery and all the best, as his lack of posts I just found out were due to medical reasons. He's doing well and hopefully will be posting up some cool models very soon!*
As always, thanks for looking!