The Blood Elf Journey Continues…

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  1. Good to hear the wedding didn’t have too many problems and they were minor, and that it managed to go ahead, before the restrictions came back in.
    Great progress on the Elk and rider, can see what you mean about that scabbard, hopefully when it gets stuck on, it will be less likely to get knocked off.
    Clearing some of your old hobbies makes sense, and focusing on other of your hobbies, plus selling off some of your old stuff, will put extra money in your pocket.
    A lot of boardgames now seem an extension of wargaming, and can see the logics of the move into this, and what a one to start with, do like Hellboy, and would have loved to get the game, but need to limit myself to the projects I have.

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    1. Cheers, Dave! I agree that once that leg and scabbard are glued on, they should be fine but until then, it will be a little dicey! I think dungeon crawler board games are really closely aligned with wargaming as well. The rules tend to be a little simpler in board games but that’s okay as I sometimes have trouble remembering all the rules for some wargames as it is. Hellboy has a A LOT of minis so we’ll see if I end up regretting this purchase or not! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. The Elk continues to look superb but that scabbard does look fragile. Looking forward to seeing your progress on this as always. A wise move to trim down your hobbies I think but if I can offer some advice, don’t be in a hurry to get rid of some bits. I went down that route only to change my mind later and wish I ditched something different! That said I don’t think I gave it enough thought in the first place!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words on the Elk! I think there is a lot of wisdom in what you’re saying. I have to sell off stuff bit by bit so its going to take months (or maybe even years) if I truly want to get rid of all of it. I’m hoping by taking it slow, it will help me judge what I’m ready to get rid of and what I should keep. We’ll see how it all shakes out and thanks for sharing your advice and perspective as always!

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  3. I would have broken off that scabbard just painting it! When finished that figure needs to be displayed but well back from the edge.
    Your journey into boardgames involves miniatures and comics – who would have guessed ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Good idea on playing the game before deciding to paint the miniatures, are the figures soft plastic or better?
    As always, have fun!

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    1. I nearly did clipping it off the sprue. I really wish GW didn’t make pieces like this to be honest. Most people are going to break it accidentally or at least that is what I think.

      Who would have thought?! I just really wanted to step outside my comfort level ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The minis are hard plastic and they look like they have pretty decent detail. Much better than the board game minis I’ve dealt with in the past. Once I get this elf done, I’m sure I’ll give one a whirl just to see how it goes.

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    1. I actually hadn’t thought of that, mate but you’re right that it might be as good of a time to “cash in” as I will find. I look forward to painting something besides this elf though I imagine it will be a couple more weeks (if not a month) yet before that happens.

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      1. Think of it like the housing bubbles and market crashes of the past.

        I just finished some pieces I can finally put on the table, which took me much longer than expected and as happy as I am with them I am still very glad they are finished so I can move on to something elseโ€ฆ I will not spoil the surprise, so keep an eye out for my next blog post.

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      2. There was a great card market crash in the 90’s because of overproduction so I know exactly what you mean.

        I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to! I have a feeling it will be something really good!

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  4. Wow, your work on that mini continues to amaze me. I canโ€™t wait to see the finished version but Iโ€™m also really enjoying these little snippet updates.

    I hope you enjoy board-games; I find that theyโ€™re often surprisingly different in feel from wargames. Weโ€™re currently working through the second box of Pandemic Legacy and loving it.

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    1. Thank you and I’m glad that seeing the slow progress isn’t too boring! Sometimes I wish I could get things done quicker but that’s the way it goes with display painting.

      I’ve heard great things about Pandemic and Pandemic Legacy. I tend to like board games that have miniatures and similarities to wargaming but I also like that board games tend to be easier to learn to play and require less hobby time as well.

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  5. Wow, GW’s flimsy attachments hitting new heights with that scabbard – I think I’d have broken it just by looking at it (and I’d definitely have broken it either whilst clipping it off the sprue or scraping off the mould lines etc). Anyway, as ever the elf is looking splendid, certainly high quality enough to be entered in something like Golden Daemon I reckon.

    As for the board games, I’m looking forward to seeing what you do there. Just had a quick look at the Hellboy models and they do look good (never read the comics but I enjoyed the first couple of films). I’ve found that although only a tiny minority of my friends are interested in wargaming almost everyone I know enjoys board games so if your circle of friends is similar you won’t have a shortage of people to play against.

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  6. Elk – Gorgeous, need I say more!
    That scabbard is sooooo delicate, rather you than me.
    Thinning down your hobbies – best of luck with that one, I’ve tried and failed on numerous occasions, lol!
    Hellboy – I’ve come close to buying this myself, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think.
    Great post as always, looking forward to more of the Elk ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thanks, mate! That scabbard will be challenging for sure but I’ll do what I can with it. Isn’t that the truth on hobbies? Even when I say I’m going to scale back, I’m not sure I completely do, I just try to convince myself that I am haha. I will certainly report back on Hellboy. I might even write up a review of it at some point!

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      1. Lol… I move things around, put them where they can’t be seen – out of sight, out of mind – that way it looks like I’ve accomplished something when in reality all I’ve done is spend time looking at the things I like and hiding them from the wife! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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