Me on the other hand, well I like the game well enough, but being poor I had to content myself with loading up the last game, Fallout-New Vegas and installing a ton of player-created mods to vastly improve the old game.
Anyway, all through our recent work on Paradiso and the Hillbilly/Vampire game, whenever Jonesy has looked at certain Plasticville or MDF kit buildings, a feverish look has crossed his brow, and he's been saying things like "You know this would make a great piece for a Fallout game." For the uninitated, the Fallout setting has a very distinct visual style with elements of Art Deco and 1950s Americana. But although a lot of the buildings and terrain I've sourced for the Paradiso project is in a similar style, that setting requires them to be relatively well maintained, whereas for a post-apocalyptic setting, you really need to dial the weathering effects up to 11. Because of this and not wanting to lose focus on the Paradiso project, Jonesy's always resisted my suggestions that we do a Fallout/Post Apocalyptic side project.
So a few weeks back Jonesy did me a massive solid when my car battery packed up and I couldn't afford to get it replaced. I couldn't afford to buy him anything to properly say thank-you, but one resource I did have a lot of was Time. Time, a bitz-box full of junk and a room full of crafting supplies. Thus was born Super Sekrit Mystery Crafting Projekt X, to create a basic wasteland terrain set mostly from scrap and spare materials at hand, which started immediately after the Halloween game.
This Friday, while watching Jonesy play Fallout 4 via Steam's game livestreaming feature, I was putting the finishing touches to this....
The cliff faces still felt a little vulnerable to damage, so I gave each an extra coat of PVA to reinforce it, followed by progressively lighter drybrush coats of progressively lighter shades of grey (so the darkest grey covered almost all the rocks, leaving spots of black showing, the mid grey covered about half the rocks and the lightest grey just picked out the highlights).
Many years ago, I'd bought one of those Woodland Scenics tree kits, which included dozens of premade wireframe skeletons and a couple of bags of clump foliage. The trees I'd originally made with them were horribly prone to foliage falling off, so I recently revisited them using up most of the deciduous clump foliage on only half the deciduous wireframes. This left 20 or so wireframes unused so instead of buying more clump foliage to finish these off, I decided they'd make perfect defoliated dead trees. The wireframes were assembled as normal and attached to 2p bases that were textured exactly the same as the hills. Instead of adding foliage though, the trees were spray painted black then dry brushed with light grey. Quick, easy and very effective.
|This was originally the cockpit of a toy Mad Cat battlemech,|
but the curved styling fits perfectly with Fallout's Neo-Fifties
|I'm particularly pleased with this one. The wet mud effect wasn't|
an expensive water effect product, it was just a coat of Army
Painter Quickshade, with the glossy finish left intact.
And that's it. The whole set fits into one big plastic storage box and makes a good starter post-apoc terrain set. There's plenty that can be added to it - buildings obviously or at least some ruined wall sections, more small pieces of scatter terrain like telegraph poles or lampposts, maybe some road signs or billboards. Roads in Fallout New Vegas tend to be the broken and blackened remains of pre-war highways and would make a fun modellng project. But there's enough here to lay out a 3x3 table with enough terrain items for an interesting game, and that's what a starter set is for.
It remains to be seen whether this set is going to be enough to tip Jonesy over the edge into doing some actual Fallout-inspired gaming, or if it's even going to hit the mark as the thank-you present it was intended to be. But it was a fun project to work on over the last couple of weeks, even if I did have to keep it Super Sekrit.
Meanwhile, another friend CrazyEddy saw me playing Fallout New Vegas on Steam this week and took pity on this poor boy. I now have a shiny-new copy of Fallout 4 that he's sent me as an early Xmas present. It's good to have friends.