I've been ploughing through more of my Christmas haul, completing a Deathclaw and some terrain I picked up from Amazon using a voucher.
Both sets of terrain are from a company called War World Scenics, and I'd not encountered them before I went looking for how to spend a voucher effectively.
All the pieces are really nicely sculpted, with limited flash and affordable. However, I've had the biggest struggle with mold release agent that I've ever encountered. After several attempts at removing it with soapy water, I ultimately ended up spraying the pieces with matt varnish before painting to get paint to stick to parts of the models.
I'd still recommend using this company, but it's worth knowing to not hold back on you usual method for cleaning models.
The toxic slime pits involved me using the GW technical paint Nurge's Rot. Having not used this before, I was pleased to find out that doing a basecoat of Warboss Green and highlighting raised areas with Yriel Yellow meant that I got a mottled, swirling effect in the pools, but not on the bubbles.
I'm really happy with these.
In Fallout: Wasteland Warfare sources of radiation inflict damage on nearby creatures (assuming they're not immune, like Super Mutants), and so they'll add something different to games.
The Deathclaw is the big beastie from the starter set and should be a really good addition to narrative games as a threat to both sides.
I actually went searching online for some advice on how to paint the big fella, and came across a tutorial from Dice Junkies which just used a series of washes. This made the model really straightforward to paint, and I'm really pleased with the effect.
I will add the caveat that at the end, I felt the Deathclaw was a bit dark and so I finished off with a light drybrush of Ushabti Bone to highlight.
You'd think, with all this progress, I'd be feeling pretty pleased with myself, but as the post title suggests, there are dangers lurking everywhere and Christmas continues to cast it's long shadow over my attempts to paint more than I acquire.
This is the new Scourge Dropzone Commander starter army, which is twice the size of the old one. Even though it will lead to an army that doesn't have a lot of variation, it was a very effective way to spend a voucher for Outpost Games and will mean that Pete and I will be able the start the Battle for Earth campaign fairly soon.
I also used the voucher to pick up a few more terrain bits for Fallout from TT Combat, as well as picking up issue 2 of Mortal Realms for the paint and 4 banshees, and so despite painting 11 models, I've acquired...wait for it...99 more!
On the upside, the Christmas presents are now done with, however, I now have the voucher for Crooked Dice I recieved last weekend burning a hole in my pocket.
I'm going to have to get a wriggle on.