The Elk and Setbacks

33 thoughts on “The Elk and Setbacks”

  1. On the plus side the elk is still looking great and, even if you don’t get much time painting, it’ll still be there for you to come back to. Car and house stuff are getting sorted as well. It’s unfortunate COVID hangs around threatening to disrupt everyone’s plans, but after the wedding you’ll be married and (to me anyway) that’s what it’s all about! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, John and I’m not bothered if I do have to set the elk aside for a bit. I’m expecting that to happen as we get closer to the wedding in fact. I agree with you that getting this wedding over with is the priority at this point. It certainly isn’t what I anticipated with all of the COVID delays but the main thing is to get it finished!

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  2. The whole process around getting married can be pretty stressful. I have done it a couple of times now. So I hear you. And Covid just makes everything so much more challenging. And we had someone knock off the mirror on our van on Friday without having the courtesy to stop and tell us. That kind selfish irresponsibility infuriates me. So again I can relate but you are right, losing my cool would not help. But having a good partner helps a lot and it sounds like you have that too!

    The Elk is continuing to look amazing. Do not get too stressed if you do not have as much time as you like to work more on it for a couple of weeks. Rome was not built in a day, a rolling stone gathers no moss and one in the hand is worth two in the bush. For further wisdom, go buy a fortune cookie me boyo.

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    1. It has been a rocky road between COVID and some family issues. I don’t think my fiancée or myself would describe the process as joyous but it will be great to get it finished and that’s what we’re focused on for now. I’m sorry to hear about your van. My fiancée’s car got hit and it was the same way. Whoever hit it, took no responsibility. We’re lucky the damage wasn’t worse on it though I would say.

      Agreed on the Elk. I’m not bothered if I do have to take a little bit of time off on it. I’m actually ahead of schedule if anything and am happy with my progress so I’ll be ready to let it sit when that time comes.

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  3. As long as you and your partner are at the wedding everyone else is just icing on the cake. Don’t get me wrong having friends and family around to help celebrate your day is great, but it’s just the two of you from then on, your there to support each other through good times and bad, so make the most of every day.
    The elk is looking great Jeff, and at least you got the duplicate bit out of the way, so onto something new, but it will be there after the wedding, if you don’t get time between now and then.

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    1. Those are words of wisdom, Dave! You sound a bit like me arguing for a small wedding to be honest 🙂 I am excited to keep going on the elk as it feels like we’re over the top of the hill now and can coast to the finish line at the bottom of the hill but I know that I’ve still got plenty to do on this guy and there’s no way he’ll be done before the wedding so I’ll be prepared to take a break on it soon whenever that is needed. Thanks for the support and I will hopefully be able to keep up with your Star Wars project in the meantime 🙂

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    1. Thanks, mate! The entire wedding process has been a bit tricky for sure but I appreciate your support and hopefully, I’ll come out the other side with more hobbying time too 🙂

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  4. Do what you need to for stress relief and enjoy what you can. It’s hard to enjoy hobbies when real life (especially covid) keeps interfering. We just got a wedding reception invite (wedding was earlier in covid and family only) where they respectively requested vaccinated guests only.
    Don’t worry about anything but you and your fiancee for the duration, will be glad to see an update when you have time.

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    1. Will do! That is cool that the people who are having the wedding felt empowered to say that. It is hard to speak up (or at least I think so) when you might make some guests mad about a policy. There are a couple of people who are unvaccinated who are attending this wedding and it makes my fiancée a bit uneasy as well. She wanted it to be a no kids wedding and it turns out that that will make things safer from what I’ve been seeing in the news lately. Regardless of all that, some positive steps have occurred since my post and I think we’re in much better shape to have this wedding now thankfully. Thanks for the kind words and support as always!

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  5. The Elk is looking terrific mate and like you I have always found painting to be a stress reliever so you are wise to keep it going at such a time. Weddings can be tough enough without the added crap you have had so well done on keeping your cool. Fingers crossed all goes well for you here on in. On the positive front the wedding will soon be over and you can then really crack on with some painting on your wedding night! 😉

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    1. Glad to hear it isn’t just me, mate! 🙂 This wedding has been challenging in many respects so I completely agree with everything you said. Thank you for the kind words as well. I can hardly wait to get the wedding over so the painting marathon can begin! 😉

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  6. The Elk is coming along beautifully mate.
    You’ve done a great job keeping it together, I think I’d have exploded at this point. Keep focused on the wedding, it will be great. It’s all about the two of you and everything else is an added bonus – enjoy it and forget about everything else for a while… except for the Elk of course, because I can’t wait to see more 😉

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    1. Haha, me neither mate! I’m just now getting to the fun part where everything you get done helps you see a bit more about how this mini will look in the end. I think the wedding planning has finally turned the corner so hopefully with these last few days things will be less stressful, even if they will still be a bit busy, I imagine!

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  7. Hope everything takes a turn for the better! Sympathies on the wedding stuff, we just decided to postpone ours until 2022 – but we’ve been officially married for a few years now so it’s just the party. Hope you have a great and special day despite all the worries!

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    1. Thanks, Mikko! I really appreciate your kind words. Your approach is a smart one. We should have gotten married a while ago as we started planning around two years ago and COVID really pushed it back which has frustrated my fiancée quite a bit. Regardless of all that, it will be a big relief to get this done. I hope you’re able to have a great celebration for your marriage whenever you are ready to have it! 🙂

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  8. The way you’ve highlighted the armour and gems is just amazing, with such beautifully subtle colour changes. The greens and brown/orange go so well together and the fur looks amazing too. Can’t wait to see the final model!

    Sorry to hear you’ve had so much crap on your plate over the past weeks, here’s hoping your wedding goes off without a hitch!

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    1. Thanks, Matt! I hope you’re still feeling patient because I figure it could be a month or two more of painting until I’m completely done with this project and that is not taking account for any “delays” caused by the wedding. Speaking of, thanks for the kind words and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything falls into place now that we’re in the home stretch!

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  9. Mate, that elk gets more beautiful every time I see it, I’ve probably said it before but this is my favourite model in the Lumineth range and you’re producing an absolute work of art here. Can’t wait to see what you do with the elf.

    Sorry to hear about your woes, organising weddings is a big stress isn’t it? At the end of the day the only people you need to have there are you, your fiancée and whoever you’ve got to officiate. All the other friends and family and accoutrements are nice to have but ultimately it’s all about the two of you. If it all gets too stressful my advice is to grab your fiancée, jump in the car and run away to Vegas. Get it done by an Elvis impersonator or something. (I’m only partly joking – some people I know did exactly that. Their families were making all kinds of drama over the wedding, the costs and headaches were mounting up and they were on holiday in America and just thought “You know what, stuff the lot of them, this is about us!”. Put a few uppity relatives noses out of joint but ultimately the two of them seem to be having a perfectly happy life now and that’s all that matters).

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    1. Thanks, mate! I’ve made more progress since this weekend but it feels really close now to being able to work on the elf. I can’t help but feel this will really start to come together then!

      This wedding has been really stressful and nothing has come easy. In some ways, I wish that we had eloped and then just done a smaller scale celebration afterwards but hindsight is always 20/20. I can totally understand why your friends would feel that way. Family expectations and meddling in decisions have made this process much harder than I think it could have been but thankfully we’ve got less than two weeks to go now so hopefully the worst is behind us now. Fingers crossed anyway! 🙂

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  10. While every wedding is somewhat stressful, yours seems to have an extra helping of it. Sorry to hear it. When I got married my wife and I threatened to call the whole thing off and just have a pizza party at our apartment. 😀

    I wouldn’t be expecting any updates till after the wedding/ honeymoon nor should you be commenting on people’s blogs. (Excepting mine of course😝). Focus on the real people in your life and not us internet fakes as nice as we are.
    Don’t do any painting on the honeymoon. Not unless it’s Leo painting Kate Titanic style.
    Good luck and best wishes. 😀

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    1. A pizza party does sound preferable to a wedding to me. It has to be easier to put together! 🙂 I can’t promise I won’t be commenting on other people’s blogs as it is all but habit now and I have enough time to do so (I think). Having said that, the honeymoon hasn’t even been planned yet so there will be painting soon after the wedding for sure 😀 Will I be painting on my actual honeymoon? Definitely not! But there is so much to do that the honeymoon is going to be delayed for a bit for what that’s worth.

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