Twice in the past I've put together little gift boxes themed around the release of a game Seeg has been excited about to make it a bit more special - you may remember my 'Box of Bloodied Water' I made for Assassin's Creed Black Flag in 2013, or my chest from Don't Starve which I didn't actually get onto the blog until long after I'd already made it. Well, despite what I said in the post about the second chest, I did do it again.
Fallout 4 is pretty much the highest anticipated game for...well, for a long time. Fallout 3 was released in 2008 and Bethesda have a habit of making us wait a long time for the next installment. For example, I doubt we'll see another Elder Scrolls game until around 2017 (Skyrim was released 2011). And so, in anticipation of Fallout 4's release for which both of us have been insanely excited for, I made this survival box for Seeg.
I cheated with the box itself and used a real ammo box from the British Army, but everything else I made.
There are squirrel bits (chocolate peanut balls), diced cave fungus (almond nougat), Rad-X for that pesky radiation poisoning (chocolate peanuts), Mentats (red mints), Fixer (chocolate peanuts in blue foil; he doesn't like blue sweets), a few Nuka Cola bottle caps to buy real food, a rejection letter from Vault-Tec and, of course, a mini nuke stuffed with marshmallows. Obviously.
I'm not happy with the Mentats or Fixer because I wanted tins but I couldn't find any, and though I'd looked long and hard I had to settle for a last-minute project using cardboard instead. I had decided I would leave them out but I just wasn't happy with that, so I spent Sunday night making the boxes and Monday afternoon painting them. They're not great, but they'll do. They actually looked a lot better once I put the 'dirt' on them, using black paint and my fingers, just smearing it over.
The mini nuke, however, I am immensely proud of. I made it from a polystyrene egg, some cardboard and some army green model paint. It cost about £7 to make, and because I used a hollow 2-part egg I could fill it with stuff! I was doubting the outcome of the nuke, too, but it worked out surprisingly well, and, as with the Mentats and Fixer, once I added the dirty marks to it it suddenly looked good.
In short, I'm happy enough with how the mini nuke turned out that I'm not too fussed with the Mentats or Fixer.
And it's the game that counts, anyway!