Hellboy – King of Britain

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    1. I think I might be getting better finally though I thought that earlier in the week and then felt sick again so I can’t be too sure. I’m glad hear Big Red looks good so far and I’ll see if I can’t improve upon it further this week πŸ™‚

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  1. I’m probably not allowed to say Hellboy would make a decent king over here, so best I don’t! That is a nice mini though, Jeff, and looking really good so far! πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you’ve not been well, but there seems to be an awful lot of nasty stuff doing the rounds at the moment, so hope you get over it soon. Not read about Mithradates (or even Boudicca for that matter) so I maybe should work back in time with reading history. Nice to see you still enjoying Arkham Horror!

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    1. Haha, don’t get yourself in any trouble with the Royal family. They seem to have their ways to get people in line πŸ˜‰ Although as a former colonist, I guess they don’t have much sway on me πŸ˜€

      I seem to have turned the corner so hopefully I am finally better, thankfully. There are plenty of great subjects in ancient history worth reading about so I would be very supportive of that, John! I think you just have to find what interests you the most and get to reading πŸ™‚

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  2. Great progress on Hellboy, it really is a nice sculpt, so enjoy your time on it. Good you’re still enjoying the card game, and working your way through to complete all the goals, and great news you have your badge to be able to enter the painting competition this year.

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  3. That is a great pose for Hellboy very dynamic!

    Curious about what else you are reading, Mithridates was below my radar on Roman wars so had to go read about him, thanks!

    While you are reading scholarly books, I’m rewatching the Starz series of Spartacus….

    Hope you feel well soon and glad you are ready for Adepticon.

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    1. It is a great pose and fits Hellboy’s “charge in and ask questions later” attitude too.

      Mithridates is more of a Republic era enemy to Rome and I think that keeps him from getting as much attention though it is definitely unfair because he was quite influential and was never killed or captured by Rome, much like Hannibal. I will give a big hint that I’m reading something by Tolkien though I can’t say anymore than that!

      No shame in watching Spartacus! I’ve never watched it but I do really like Rome by HBO. That has some great actors in it and its a shame there were only two seasons.

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      1. I think part of the reason I hadn’t heard of Mithridates is that he was of the Republic era and in a geographical area that doesn’t get much attention in the history/ wargaming world when discussing Roman wars.

        I keep meaning to watch Rome, as well as Andor, etc.

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      2. Yeah, the Republic era seems to be all about Hannibal and elephants to me, which I don’t understand because other conflicts are just as interesting.

        Rome I can recommend, just like Rick does. It covers Julius Caesar and Augustus basically but the show has excellent production values and great writing so its worth it even if those two aren’t your favorite Roman rulers. They tend not to be for me, for example.

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    1. Thanks, mate! I think I’ve turned the corner finally which I’m very glad about. I’m glad you like Hellboy so far. There’s plenty more to come, especially since I’m taking my time and enjoying it thus far.

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  4. Hellboy is looking great so far. It’s funny how hard cloaks can be. I used to think they were so easy. Just one coat and highlight the edges, right?!? Haha! That face is going to turn out great too. The highlights are already looking nice. Sorry to hear you caught a virus, get week soon!

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    1. Thanks, Brian! It is. I often see people who paint to a tabletop standard being really pleased with how they painted a cloak and I often think, they have no idea how much time and effort it would take to “level up” that part of the miniature. It really does take a lot of patience and time! I’m feeling better today finally so I think I’m finally on my way to feeling normal. Just in time for the three day weekend to be over, just about! πŸ™‚

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  5. Good call on getting the badge/ticket. I remember the last timeβ€¦πŸ˜€

    That HellBoy is super cool looking. I must remember to read those comics one day.

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    1. I did learn something from last year’s fiasco anyway πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you like him and I hope you’ll like him even more when I’m done. The Hellboy comics are excellent and well worth reading. They’re better than any of the movies, some of which are not bad themselves.

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  6. Another fine piece brought to life by your artistic talent mate! πŸ‘

    Sorry to hear you have been ill and I fervently hope that you are soon on the mend.

    I am a bit surprised an archeologist named Monterey Jack is anything other than awesome.

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    1. There’s plenty more to go but its off to a good start anyway! I think I’m better or just about turned the corner anyway so I appreciate that. You would think Indiana Jones’s long lost cousin would be more awesome and able to stand up to Lovecraftian horrors but apparently not!

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  7. Man, I can’t take my eyes of that cloak. You’ve done an awesome job on it and in a colour scheme that would be challenging.

    The Poison King – I’ll have to add that to my reading list, love anything to do with Ancient Rome, including her enemies, and you’re right, he should get more credit for his achievements.

    I like the way AH seems to have developed. I like the idea of an achievement list, it adds more replayability into the mix. Monterey Jack’s a bit of a mix-up. His abilities look really useful, but as you say, that 1-willpower drags him right down. Maybe there’s a niche for him out there somewhere?

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    1. Thanks, mate! It did take a while to get the colors looking decently smooth and I could probably refine it further if I have the time and patience. The Poison King is very readable so that helps make the pages go by quickly.

      The achievements encourage you to set goals for yourself and try new things and I really appreciate that about them. I think if I owned all of the investigator cards, I probably would have a very different looking deck for Monterey Jack. He’s certainly one I’d consider revisiting later on when I have more cards in my collection.

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  8. Great work on Hellboy so far! Cloak and face are looking good. Also good to hear that you’ve been getting some games and even reading in. Particularly that AH has managed to remain entertaining. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, mate! I’m painting this one for you and Ronny so hopefully I’ll make you two proud πŸ˜‰ AH is great fun. So much fun and so much money that even though I bet I’d love Marvel Champions, I’m going to need a pay raise and more vacation time to be able to play it.

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      1. Awww, very nice of you, mate.
        Marvel Champions isn’t bad at all if you don’t feel a need to go all-in on an OCD level and buy every new pack when they come out. The core comes with 5 heroes and 3 villains and a whole bunch of cards you can deck build with in a not-too-big box for a one-off cost that’s comparable to 2 GW character models.
        I know a lot of people prefer AH, including the SUSD crew, but it’s solo-playable and Marouda and I both enjoy it as a quick fun game when we break it out. An enjoyable watch either way… πŸ™‚

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      2. I do what I can! πŸ™‚ I haven’t probably bought half of the releases for Arkham yet so there is still a lot there I want to buy. In the future, I may be able to squeeze Marvel Champions in a little better if I get tired of Arkham or have more for the game. Of course, the video you shared might change my mind. You never know! I’m fickle and prone to buying too many things for our hobby like everyone else πŸ™‚

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  9. Nice work on Hellboy. Do you use the different minis at different points in the game?

    I really love the idea of the achievement list you’re using for Arkham Horror. Is it an ‘official’ one, or did you make it yourself? I did once take part in a Malifaux tournament that had a list of achievements, and there was a little prize at the end for whoever had the most.

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    1. There are some variations in how he plays in the board game, depending on which version you choose at the start of the game. Once you make that choice, you stick with that character the whole game. This particular version of Hellboy has his own “stat-line” and unique abilities, I believe, though I’d have to dig up the card to be sure.

      The achievements list is the official one for Arkham. I really like the idea too and I’ve heard of that idea for miniature tournaments and I think its a great idea, especially if you get a cool prize for doing so. It would be cool if more manufacturers created these sorts of things.

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