MESBG – A Foul Steed

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  1. Glad to hear you had a good Christmas Jeff, and here’s to a better 2023. Some great progress on your GD model, the progress in the face was the first thing I noticed before reading the text.
    Good to hear your wife has found a new job, and that it will ease the finances and that she doesn’t have to work for the bad company.
    Sounds like you have got some solid plans for 2023, and hope they all work out for you, and look forward to seeing them grace your blog as you get to them.

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    1. Thanks, Dave and I agree on having a better 2023. With my wife’s new job starting soon, it already is off to a promising start. I’m glad the progress is visible on the horse. It hasn’t felt like I’ve gotten enough done lately but slow and steady is probably a good approach in this case. I hope you weren’t suffering from insomnia when you wrote this. It had to have been in the middle of the night, if my math is right!

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  2. Some nice progress on that horse! Keen to see it develop over the new year. Iโ€™ll take a look at Mario rabbids, been on the lookout for games I can play with and around my 2 year old and Nintendo stuff is pretty kid friendly and if the strategy is interesting then all the better! Have a great hobby filled new year!

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    1. Thanks, Nic! Mario + Rabbids could be a good game for a 2 year old to watch. That even be the target age for the Rabbids and their low-brow humor ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you have a great year as well!

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  3. I am so pleased that Dave Stone has been so quick off the mark on leaving a comment on New Years Day! ๐Ÿ™‚ That saves me having to think about too much and I agree with him completely (yet again)! The horse is coming along very nicely and I’m pleased you’ve had a chance to think more about what you’d like to do in the year ahead! I think the best news is that about your wife’s new job though, so hope that goes well!

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    1. Haha, he was up early your time suffering for you to piggyback off his thoughts, John! ๐Ÿ˜‰ In all seriousness, I’m glad that the horse is looking good. I hope you’ll be thinking the same in future updates as well! I’m excited for my wife to start her new job and I’m hopeful that she enjoys working there too. That alone will make 2023 a better year than 2022 for us anyway.

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  4. Lovely work on the horse mate and I look forward to seeing more of your excellent work in 2023. Glad you had a good Christmas and that Santa delivered some goodies for you. Hope things work out for your wife and her new job. Happy New Year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Quite รฅ lot on your plate mate but it sounds like you are handling it well. Focus on the fun I say.

    The horse is looking great, such meticulous attention to detail. The fur is starting to grow on me, pardon the pun, but I just would not have the patience for that. I admire you!

    The Railroad is a cool faction. The faction plot ending as written by Bethesda makes little sense but I do like the good intentions of the Railroad members they give out some interesting missions.

    Protectrons for the win! Seriously excited to see you paint those up.

    Wishing you a brilliant 2023 mate!

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    1. I’m trying to keep moving forward and staying positive in light of a challenging year, to be sure. I’m really glad the horse is looking better to you. I feel similarly that the more I work at it, the better that effect looks and the less I miss the previously applied paint.

      The one downside to the Railroad is that I really don’t remember any of the characters except Desdemona so they may not be as exciting to paint as a lot of the other Survivors have been. I will definitely get those Protectrons painted too because I need them for a specific scenario I want to play. I hope you and your family have an excellent year as well!

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  6. The horse is looking amazing, you’ve got the dark brown spot on and the strong contrast with the black really brings it to life. Despite it having an armoured head it’s got a great expression and the detail on the face is superb. Can’t wait to see more!

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    1. I’m really glad you’re liking it so, Matt! I think this may be a really dark and evil-looking miniature when its done and it sounds I’m on the right track to pull that off ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Happy New Year, glad that things are working out for you and your wife.

    The horse is coming along very well, I don’t think I have seen the fur effect before, and if I have, not as well as what you are accomplishing.

    I have been avoiding video games, I enjoy them too much and end up playing too long and getting tired eyes and weird dreams ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. Thank you! I have used the fur effect once before on the Blood Elf but there is fur sculpted on that mini too so it is a bit different. This horse does not have any so I’m hoping to add texture and visual interest to the mini wherever possible. Tired eyes and weird dreams? That sounds like a potentially fun outcome after playing some video games to me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. The horse looks amazing so far, and the figure has a lot of character that you are bringing out nicely. My recent figures donโ€™t have that level of detail so I both envy the opportunity you have with it as well as glad I donโ€™t have to accomplish anything nearly as good. Congrats on your wifeโ€™s new job, and best wishes to you both for 2023!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words as always, Mark! There are definitely times I wish I could move faster on this piece but I know I have to stay patient since its for a painting competition. I hope you have a great 2023 as well!

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  9. Superb read, Jeff.

    Starting from the top…
    Nice steed! The mouth really draws the eye, with the colours of the tongue and teeth standing out from the browns. The second picture shows the colours a little better, at least on my computer, and gives a better impression of what it must look like in the flesh.
    Talking of flesh, you’ve done some fantastic blending on the horses. That must take some time to do!

    Interesting about what you’ve said about Legendary James Bond. I notice, though, that it isn’t a Legendary Encounters game, like the Aliens one or the X-Files one that I have; I wonder if this makes much of a difference?
    I’m surprised that you can’t buy a generic card to add to your deck each turn – in X-Files you can add a Special Agent – that increases the buying power of your deck if nothing else. There are also cards that can be purchased when they come up that allow you to bin other cards from your deck. Without these, then yes, the game certainly seems flawed exactly as you say. I’m surprised, because this is one of the later games released in the series and I wouldn’t have thought they’d have made such an error.

    Ah! A Nintendo fan!

    Never been one myself, mainly because I can’t stick the characters or the cartoony look of many of the games. I do like those kinds of games though and have a few on both the PC and the PS: X-Com, Divinity: Original Sin 1&2, and Hard West, all worth a look if you have Steam.

    I think sticking to a few of your favourite games is the way forward and I wish I had the dedication to do that. Look forward to more Fallout and Arkham over the next year๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad to hear Your wife has got an exciting new job, best of luck to the both of you in creating a home for yourselves๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. You’re too kind and when I blabber on for this long, I hope there’s at least something interesting it somewhere! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m glad you like the horse thus far too. It does take some time. I’d estimate that this is somewhere around 20 hours of work. Maybe more, maybe a bit less.

      And what!? You don’t like Nintendo. I’m not sure we can stay friends! I like Playstation and PC gaming pretty well too but Nintendo is my bread and butter for video games. With that said, I’ve heard good things about all of those games so I’ll give them a look. Mario + Rabbids has some similarities to X-Com for what that’s worth…

      I’m looking forward to plenty of Arkham and Fallout and Hellboy this year. My wife starting her new job next week is a great way to begin the year too. Thank you for the kind words as always, mate! They are greatly appreciated!

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      1. 20hours! That’s like, nearly 2-months of painting for me, as I’m only getting about 2-hours a week at the mo.

        It’s just the Nintendo characters that put me off – I prefer grown up stuff!๐Ÿ˜‰

        It will be interesting how you find Arkham in the long run. The amount of content now available for the game could prove overwhelming, especially the options for deckbuilding. But then, if you’re playing it often enough, you’ll know things well enough not to get bogged down. I know I find it a drag when I get it out because I haven’t played it for so long and struggle to remember what’s what.

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      2. I’m child-free, work from home, and have a very generous wife who lets me maximize my hobby time so that is mostly how I accomplish that. With that said, I hope you get more painting time in the near future. 2 hours a week is not a lot and you get a lot done in that short amount of time!

        You are unbelievable, mate! I’m going to start writing long essays about why Nintendo is great and tag you in them, just to help educate you on how great Nintendo games are ๐Ÿ˜‰

        That is well said on Arkham. I had fun playing and have not been overwhelmed yet. My binder of Investigator cards is most certainly getting full though so that could change. I’ll write something up about it for this weekend’s post so look forward to that ๐Ÿ˜€

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      3. Sounds like heaven to me! Lol!
        My painting picks up during the warmer months (that’s not too many over here!) when I can paint in the garage and leave everything set up.

        Lol! I look forward to ignoring your Nintendo based essays๐Ÿ˜

        Looking forward to it…๐Ÿ˜ƒ
        I think there’s less chance of being overwhelmed when paying solo. You don’t feel under any pressure to put together a deck – my daughter will sit there, deck done and sorted, staring at me and making ‘bored now’ gestures!
        On your own, you can sit back and enjoy finding cards that work together or find a loophole against certain situations, or sometimes, just admiring the art!

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      4. Don’t let your wife and daughter read this, mate! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        There is no hope for you, mate. You’ve been demoted from mucker to mate I’ve decided over this whole Nintendo debacle ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Based on the info you’re providing here, I think you really are a solo gamer through and through. I wouldn’t say I’m fast-paced but I’m not as slow and thoughtful as you are when I game. I guess dumb Americans can only handle Ameritrash as it turns out haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ It all makes sense now!

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      5. You’re right! Git might be a more appropriate name ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha, sounds good, mate. Just remember it doesn’t count as a true win if you bore your opponent to death! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Hey! Iโ€™ve been off the internet for awhile so itโ€™s good that the first post of yours that I read in months has a nice update on life and gaming. Happy Nee Year. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Stew! I had been thinking about leaving you a comment on your blog to make sure everything was okay but I never did and thus am a terrible blog friend. Its good to have you back!

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  11. Good to read that you had a great Christmas! I’ve got that Rabbids game but haven’t yet had time to swing around to playing it. I’ve been playing a bit of the new Tiny Tina Borderlands game with Marouda, so that’s taken up most of my vidya gaming time. Looking forward to seeing the new Fallout models once you have a chance to paint them up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I hope you had a good Christmas as well! I think you’ll like Mario + Rabbids when you get around to it, assuming you can stomach those French bunnies of course! I’ve started building some of the new Fallout minis so I’m sure I’ll be painting some of them sooner or later!

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  12. Progress on that horse is looking really good. The fur looks nice and neat and I also like how the mouth and teeth have turned out. I wasnโ€™t crazy about Breath of the Wild either, but I prefer older games in general. Whatโ€™s your favorite Zelda? Glad to hear your Wife found a better job. Itโ€™s not fun being in a place that sucks!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words as always, Brian! I think the mouth came out looking nicely too (as strange as that is to say). I never played Zelda on NES and I never got into Link to the Past but I did play the old Game Boy games so I’ve played a lot of them over the years. I still think Ocarina of Time is my favorite. The game is just a classic and really well done! I really like the handheld (Game Boy and up) Zeldas too though. Those are more of an old school 2D style and that makes them really enjoyable to me. Do you have a favorite Zelda game?

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      1. My favorite Zelda is the SNES one. The Zelda games after that, just didn’t feel like Zelda to me. Though I am waiting for Windwalker to come out on the Switch, and I will certainly give that a go when it does. I have a feeling my youngest would like the new Zelda on Switch once she gets better at the controls. So I imagine I will take another crack at it later.

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      2. That is a lot of people’s favorites. I just missed it on SNES and found it hard to go back to later on when I thought about trying it. Wind Waker gets a ton of praise but it is not a favorite of mine, unfortunately. You spend too much time on your boat in that game though I think Nintendo updated that in the Wii U version to make it better.

        Link’s Awakening on the Switch is kind of obtuse as I remember it on Game Boy but if you like Link to the Past, I’d recommend it. It is 2D and an open world like the SNES one but with modern graphics on the Switch.

        The new Zelda will be hyped to the moon so it will be interesting to see how good it is. I’m hoping I like it better than Breath of the Wild. Playing your youngest should be a lot of fun too!

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      3. Yea, SNES was just the right mix of gameplay, music, art, etc. at the time. Iโ€™m sure some games do some stuff better now, but I havenโ€™t seen one that does it so well. It was kind of like the ultimate Roguelike back then.

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    1. Cheers, mate! I look forward to painting up some new stuff soon too. That will hopefully keep me motivated to get Hellboy done in the meantime ๐Ÿ™‚

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