I can’t possibly describe everything that has gone on since my last update, so I won’t bother! I will say that the wedding went well for the most part and while there were a few issues here and there, they were minor compared to how difficult planning it was. I think we were lucky to get the wedding done when we did because Chicago reinstated the mask mandate indoors just days later. Having everyone in masks would have made for a much different experience I would have to say! Thank you all again for the well wishes as well. It really is appreciated and I feel fortunate to have so many great people following my website.
But enough about that, let’s talk hobby stuff. I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the Blood Elf project since I last showed it off. The Elk is 98% done except for the head which I still can’t add on and paint. It shouldn’t be too much longer now. I also varnished the elk so that the paint is quite a bit less shiny now and should photograph even nicer.
But wait, there’s more! I started working on the rider and finished his leg. I really like how this little piece came together. What I don’t like is how fragile the scabbard is. Look at that tiny piece keeping it attached to the leg. I’m really concerned that I will break it off during the gluing phase but I have to make some more progress before I can think about doing that.
And I’ve also got a sneak peek at what I’m working on now. Hopefully that wets your appetite a bit further! And yes, that is a cork wine bottle cap I’m using. It turns out they are pretty handy for when you’re painting in sub-assemblies!
I’ve got a ways to go still on this project but its exciting to get each part done because you can start to imagine what this will look like when it is finished.
As I teased in my last update, I have been doing some thinking about my hobbies and it is time to make some changes. Right now, I’m leaning towards no longer collecting cards and getting rid of a good chunk of my collection. I think this partially inspired by my move. When I packed up all of my belongings, I felt like I have too many things and in too many different hobbies. I have some action figures still from when I collected those, I have a small Roman coin collection, I have a sizeable card collection, and a fairly large movie and video game collection too. My frustration is that many of these things I collect sit around much more than they are used and appreciated. I only have so much time in a day and a fair bit of that is spent playing video games (or occasionally watching TV or a movie) and painting. So I think I’ll simplify my collections and life a bit. It is going to take a lot of work and a long period of time but I plan on selling off things I’ve collected that I know I don’t have time for. I don’t think it will impact my hobbying much and I think it will feel good to trim down my collection and focus on what I enjoy most.
In addition, I am adding a “hobby” to fill the void of giving up card collecting. While I’ve played some board games in the past, I think I’m going to add that to my wargaming hobby. I enjoy board gaming and there seem to be so many more solo games than there used to be. There are also games being made for things I like and would enjoy “collecting”. At the same time, I’ve never had an issue getting rid of a board game once I feel like I won’t play it anymore so I’m hoping it will be a better thing to collect. For example, when I collect cards, action figures, or coins, I buy them and keep them. I might show them off and I look at them from time-to-time. With video games and board games, you play them. If you love them, you can keep them. If not, you get rid of them. I think that is a more practical thing to collect. And because I rarely do things in half-measures, I went ahead and got a new board game…
This board game was actually suggested by my secret and long-lost brother in Australia, Azazel. He runs a great website called Azazel’s Bit Box that is well worth a visit. He wisely recommended that I get this game a while back and I didn’t think much of it. Well, now look what I did! I was able to get the Kickstarter version on eBay basically brand new for a fair price. The box is huge and heavy! It is the biggest board game I’ve ever owned by far. I bought it because I love Hellboy. I used to have a complete run of Hellboy and BPRD comics a while back so it is certainly something that I enjoy. I’ve also been curious about the Warhammer Quest games and this game was designed by the same person as the early entries in that series so it has a good pedigree. Finally, it looks like this game has the option to create your own scenarios or at least have an “arcade mode” with random enemies and maps which should mean huge amounts of replayability which is something I look for in board games.
This game comes with a TON of minis and there’s even more in the expansions so it is going to keep me busy for a long time. I’m a little reluctant to add 100+ minis to my backlog but its too late now! I suspect that my Pulp Alley project is not going to get off the ground anytime soon but I hope to come back around to it eventually. I will also have to be careful not to take on too many mini-based board games in the future as I have a lot of display projects lined up as it is. I’m going to give Hellboy a quick playthrough in the near future before painting anything just to make sure I like it and then we’ll go from there!