I have been doing my workaholic impression since before New Year’s Eve,(Thanksgiving really) and I apologize for my absence. With all the hours and shifts I have been putting in these past few months, all I want to do is play games, relax with a good book or four, and unwind. I have many projects currently on hold for lack of time needed to complete them.
I recently got into reading the LitRPG type of books and I have really been enjoying them. Its almost like playing a game yourself. I love the dynamics of how the author makes the “game world” happen. Some have been medically induced virtual realities, or in the case of Equalize the author used post-apocalyptic events to bring forth the story.
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Short list of books I’ve plowed through so far this year:
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Limitless Lands Series A LitRPG Adventure by Dean Henegar
Equalize: A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG by Ryan DeBruyn
Tree of Ages by Sara C. Roethle (current book)
We recently had a new game store open in our area; Lulu’s Games at https://lulugameshop.com/. I have been spending some much needed down time there, everyone there is absolutely amazing. I started playing DnD this past month with a weekly session there. There is no limit to the kinds of craft projects inspirations that can be done to enhance game play. Miniature painting, DIY dice, custom dice towers, dice bags, costumes, accessories and so on. I have always wanted to play, but never had anyone whose schedule matched up with mine or enough people to play with.
Here’s a list of games I’ve been playing to unwind:
Weekly D&D session – we are playing The Lost Mines of Phandelver
Pandemic: Rise of Cthulhu
Hogwarts Battle Deck Building Game
Dinosaur Tea Party
Here’s to getting back into crafting mode. Painting miniatures
Well, one of the first projects I have in line is painting the miniature of the character I am playing in D&D; a War Hammer wielding halfling named Horace Greenbottle and he is a fun little fellow. Of course, in my mind he is a little badass at a lofty 2’10”. So, obviously he needs to be painted. I watched a few episodes of G&S Painters Guild on YouTube, so I feel confident and I am ready to paint. I got The Army Painter Dungeons and Dragons Official Paint Line Adventurer’s Paint Set.
My miniature is a metal one, so it needs a primer coat before painting. Once the primer is dry, I will complete the detail painting. I looked him over before the primer coat and there didn’t seem to be any burrs that needed filling, so I just jumped right in. Along with this, I have the miniatures that go along with my Pandemic: Rise of Cthulhu that need some sprucing up as well. They too shall be painted in the same method. These are plastic and will be getting the same treatment, primer coat and then painted. We need to make those Shoggoths a bit more nasty looking with some gnarly snarly colors.
(Evil laugh inserted here)
You will need some simple tools to get started. The paints, naturally. You can use the cheaper Folk Art brand (or so I understand), but I figured if I wanted to do it right, and do it only once, that I should spend the money and get the kit. The Army Painter Dungeons and Dragons Official Paint Line Adventurer’s Paint Set that I got is a basic starter kit with all the main colors you will need. It comes with a miniature, and a brush you can use to practice. If you plan on painting more in the future, I would recommend getting a full set of detailing paint brushes to give you more control over the painting.
With all the other projects I have on hold, we are in for a fun year. I have a new dresser project that must wait for me to have more than a 1⁄2 day off to get started.
It will be similar to my “Hogwarts House Trunk dresser” themed one, but it won’t be trunks this time. I have the large wall hanging broom project still sitting in the corner mocking me, daring me to finish it. Lets not forget the big box of Christmas projects that got away from me this year.
All of this and more to come in the following months.
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