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#1 Sun, Jun1 2014 7:34pm

Gavin
Skilled Artisan
From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Well, he said, I'm back...

Hi all

I have been long absent, and yes, I suck.

It's been a rubbish and challenging couple of years. Personal issues saw us move back to Quebec, which was good for the lady, but rather less good for me. My film got made - so I have my first film credit! Though I likely won't see any money from it for a long time, if at all. Worked on a script for a really big film, that fell apart due to the lead guy's personal problems. That was painful because a: I did a lot of work on it and b: it really could have gotten some serious support. That left me high and dry.

In response, I went back to university whereupon I made an almost instant name for myself as a highly competent student, with various professors lined up wanting to drag me into the history or Irish departments. The wheels sort of came off in the spring where I ended uip with mild pneumonia. Like really mild. But if that's just a taste of what the full blown thing is like...oh hell no.

Also discovered last summer that someone had broken into the storage place where I'd kept a bunch of my figures; they stole three GW carry cases worth and the Realm of Battle Game board, along with a bunch of Mithrils. Not all, but sufficient that I think, here, where is that...? oh. Lost my Mordor army, my Isengard army and my beloved Mithril Dol Guldur and GW Elf army along with some random others. Worse, these things are probably close by (small towns, and one likely culprit) and its not as if anyone is able to realise any of the value of the figures. No one is going to know what the significance of an MX Troll captain is, for example. I do feel guilty that I'd never replaced the bases on the Mordor Orc army collection, or that the Isengard figures were unpainted, or that the Elves were half painted. It hurt, too. All that work. Further, the GW stuff can't be replaced since the prices have all gone into the troposhere.

This was a year for theft. Someone robbed our bikes. Someone robbed the front wheel (!) off the bike a friend gave me to replace the stolen one :p Another breakin saw the lady loose her jewellery collection.

No one was hurt.

So, older, wiser, sadder, with a GPA of 3.95 (damn you pneumonia!) and trying to write a book. About sums it up.

How is everyone?

Gavin

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#2 Mon, Jun2 2014 1:05am

Turambar
Archer of Mirkwood
From: Germany
Registered: Sun, Apr27 2008
Posts: 2724

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Thank you for involving us that way, Master Gavin. And I feel really sorry about that ugly violence . . .
As far as I am concerned, I feel very fine.
And I think I am happy about the fact, that you are back here. Hoping it will last  . . .


Maybe the magic was the most powerful force in the world. But that was long ago.
The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#3 Mon, Jun2 2014 6:37am

twrich
The Man in the Dark
From: Minneapolis, MN USA
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 694

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Hi Gavin, sorry to hear of the problems. Most troubling are the robberies. Hopefully you and your lady can do something to lessen those risks!

Well, it is good to have you back. stop by the Pony often to share a "drink" with the locals!


"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those that wander are lost." (Strider, The Fellowship of the Ring)

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#4 Mon, Jun2 2014 10:08am

Milo
The Attic Warden
From: Toulouse, France
Registered: Tue, Mar30 2010
Posts: 4221

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Hi Gavin,

It's good to read you back. I may be able to help you to replace some of your lost miniatures.
At least, it seems you have plenty things to write in your book wink

Please share a breakfast anytime you're hungry at the PP with me.tongue


Milo Gamgee-Took of Bywater
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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
J.R.R.Tolkien

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#5 Mon, Jun2 2014 1:22pm

shadyt
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From: Indiana, USA
Registered: Mon, Feb4 2008
Posts: 458

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Gavin,
Sorry to hear all of the bad news. I hope that things go much better for you this year. Welcome back.

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#6 Mon, Jun2 2014 1:32pm

Thingol
Brave Sam the gardener
From: Republic of Croatia
Registered: Tue, Jul28 2009
Posts: 3521
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Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Hi Gavin it is nice to see that you are back again... here


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#7 Mon, Jun2 2014 3:10pm

Gavin
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From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Well, thank you. Part of the problem is that a lot of stuff was stored in the in-laws barn, all locked up safe and sound. The barn, however, had started to...shift a little, on its foundations. It sort of made things drift sidewards and had somehow made the door hinges loose. Turns out if you pushed the door just so, it would open.

The second bike, fortunately, has this REALLY big scary lock on it. It's just that, unbeknownst to me, the front wheel had an automatic release lever, so someone just wandered by and pulled it off. However, on the day that I discovered this, in perhaps one of the weirdest coincidences ever, I went to tea with a friend, then walked to her her friend's house...and said friend announced they had a basement full of bike wheels. No, really. Saved me forty bucks on a new wheel.

Anyway, certainly a year of getting bigger and scarier locks. The odd thing is that Montreal was sort of a place you could leave your bike sort of sitting there and no one would care. The in-law's home town was the sort of place that no one locked their doors.

Of course, being from Dublin, where everything is locked, it was a sort of swirly mental condition. smile "What, nothing's locked"  -- "we're locking everything!"

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#8 Mon, Jun2 2014 3:41pm

Theobald
Wisest of Ents
From: the Osning in Germany
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 5572
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Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Hi Gavin, it's good to have you back here - though the news you told are somewhat desasterous. I feel sorry for  you.

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#9 Mon, Jun2 2014 3:49pm

Gavin
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From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

It's all good. I am well. No one was hurt.

As for the realm of battle board, for my birthday last year, all my friends pitched in to replace it. Even friends I hadn't seen in years. Even friends who consider the collection of little metal things to be some sort of extreme deviance. It does help that I tend to go out of my way to be nice to everyone, all the time.

Of course, I have been so busy with university work that all I do is occasionally look at the thing and go: well, one day I'll play with it. One day :p

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#10 Mon, Jun2 2014 9:08pm

ddaines
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Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 1824

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Welcome back Gavin, good to hear an update from you, but sad to hear of your misfortune - hope the thieving 'barstewards' get caught mad

On a happier note, one 'lost' member has returned, perhaps others will reappear wink.

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#11 Mon, Jun2 2014 9:31pm

Gildor Inglorion
Wandering Elf
From: Montpellier, France
Registered: Fri, Jan25 2008
Posts: 3820
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Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

welcome back Gavin!

well it is a pity and very sad news you describe here sad I really hope you can manage to get back at least some of what you've lost sad


"Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill." (Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)

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#12 Thu, Jun5 2014 5:44pm

Ori
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From: Madrid - Spain
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 146

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Welcome back!

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#13 Sat, Jun7 2014 8:09pm

Gavin
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From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Thank you Ori. I believe I painted your plastic namesake the other day smile

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#14 Sat, Jun7 2014 8:23pm

Theobald
Wisest of Ents
From: the Osning in Germany
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 5572
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Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Gavin, I simply forgot to mention that here's someone who could be able to help a bit, just some private contact is needed.
Let's go !
? Did you also meet those cats again when you were returning? - Just send me a mail.

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#15 Mon, Jun9 2014 4:43pm

Gavin
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From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Send you a direct message smile

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#16 Tue, Jun10 2014 10:33pm

Ori
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From: Madrid - Spain
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 146

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Gavin wrote:

Thank you Ori. I believe I painted your plastic namesake the other day smile

I hope you did a good job!

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#17 Tue, Jun10 2014 11:58pm

Gavin
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From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

It was reasonable. Not my best job, but reasonable.  Also, when it comes to GW figures, despite all their fanfare about high quality plastics, plastic figures still have rubbish detail.

I've been cursed, since about 2010, with living places where the light's a bit off. I've also run through good brushes and so on.

So, right now, I am trying to get good brushes, the right sort of paint palette, and then work out the best way to illuminate figures. It's surprisingly tricky!  I made a hames of the plastic Balin yesterday, so I'll have to try and fix him this evening.

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#18 Wed, Jun11 2014 8:59am

Thingol
Brave Sam the gardener
From: Republic of Croatia
Registered: Tue, Jul28 2009
Posts: 3521
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Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Can we soon expect a new photos of your figures Gavin....


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#19 Wed, Jun11 2014 2:36pm

Gavin
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From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

I should take a series of pics of the Goblin Town goblins, so we may all join together in mutual loathing of the things big_smile

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#20 Wed, Jun11 2014 9:47pm

Ori
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From: Madrid - Spain
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 146

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Yes, some pics please.

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#21 Thu, Sep18 2014 6:29pm

Barliman
The famous Innkeeper
From: Bree
Registered: Tue, Jan29 2008
Posts: 4260

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Sorry, only just come across this strand while I was sweeping in the corners. That's a sod of a year you've had. I hope things will turn round for you soon. All my sympathy in the meantime.


"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."

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#22 Mon, Oct6 2014 3:04pm

Gavin
Skilled Artisan
From: Canada
Registered: Wed, Jan30 2008
Posts: 916

Re: Well, he said, I'm back...

Thanks all. I'll take the damn pictures soon. For now, though, all's packed away.

As a birthday gift, I got myself a GW hard case, in which I put all the goblins and then realised how dusty that shelf was. It was like something archaeologists would be impressed by. Months of accumulated painted goblins and allll the dust in off the street on and about and under the things.

In other painting little things news, I recently purchased a Dark Sword miniatures high elf warrior, after having my eye on it for years. Beautiful model. Tried painting it similarly to the GW Noldor paint style, using the GW technique of mixing Gold and "goblin" green. Only I used Army Painter equivalents. Turned out horribly. So now, for the first time in yonks, I have a figure in a jar of acetone.

Beyond all that, I got to see my movie on a big (ish) screen. Deeply weird feeling. Also on the Dean's List for university. Whoot.

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