While I’m taking a little break from painting, I did have some items that I completed but never mentioned. One of them is what I will use for the Dropship in the charity-based miniatures game Operation Last Train. This game by Joseph McCullough features volunteer soldiers rescuing survivors from a planet overrun with enemies. To get in and out quickly, the teams need to move fast and Mantic’s TAD-65 Hornet Dropship from their Warpath miniatures game.
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With my game challenges over, I’ve been giving some thought to how I consume this hobby, both in what/how I play and what I actually buy. Running some stats on the challenge I did complete, the 100 unique games, showed some interesting trends that confirm some suspicions I’ve had on where I’m going in this hobby.
With my Miles Behind Us expansion complete, I’ve decided to log in the full narrative campaign. I’ll be using the Story Mode rules and participants required for each scenario but will use the expanded “Life and Death” rules from the Advanced Rules – Campaign Play. The only modification to that final rule is that if the survivor is a casualty and rises again as a walker, the survivor has also permanently died and will be considered removed from future scenarios. As always, I’ll be using my hardcore solo rules as well.
I’ve already got my first game in the bag but I’d like to switch things up a bit on my reports and go back to my comic book style format. These won’t be as “immersive” and I’ll limit each scenario to 6 pages but it’ll be nice to make some comics again. It will also help differentiate these reports from several of the same sessions I’ve already reported on. Comic session reports do take a bit longer to complete but I hope to have the first session done by next week.
In addition to my weekly Walking Dead Wednesday and 1×100 challenge (one game one hundred times), I’m also trying get the miniatures for The Walking Dead: All Out War painted up.
To ease the workload and stave off burnout, I’ll be painting based on what scenarios I have to play coming up next. To better understand which scenarios will be the easiest to start, I’ll break them down by figure and grey out the ones I’ve already completed. I won’t include walkers unless a scenario calls for a particular figure or walker type.
Late last week, Mantic’s stand-alone board game based on The Walking Dead, titled “Here’s Negan,” got an early leak thanks to an impatient web developer at ICv2. The link was only up for a few hours before they realized the blunder and pulled it down but earlier this week, they released the details again.
I ran across something the other day that really got the hamster wheel turning and tangented off all over but eventually landed me on the topic painting styles in miniatures. I’ve studied art while in college and know a bit about the emergence of styles and schools of influence and so when I look at painting miniatures, I wonder what the prevailing styles and schools of thought are.
I still feel very new to the painting scene and so I might be missing a lot of cultural knowledge but I’m always surprised by the lack of diverse styles in the industry. Maybe they are too subtle for me to recognize but it seems to me like the art of painting minis is still in its infancy with painters focused more on trying nail down techniques and not develop an actual style.