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Tomb Kings Ushabti Update

Let me start this by saying something…..

I. Hate. Resin. Models.

There. I said it. It’s out in the open. There is no more disguising my hatred for the ridiculous use of resin in Warhammer models. I know it’s unavoidable in the older models, so it’s something I just have to bite the bullet on for these situations. In this case – the Ushabti models.

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I was ecstatic when Zach got them for me a few months ago. I had been wanting these models long before Games Workshop discontinued them, but had always held off due to their higher price point. Sadly for me, they (as aforementioned) were discontinued and therefore nowhere to be found with the exception of places like Ebay and possibly Amazon. However, it was never a pressing enough matter for me to hunt them down and purchase them like Zach did.

But now I finally have them. These beautiful Egyptian-inspired models that bring me back to my childhood days when I was obsessed with ‘The Mummy’ movies & ideas of being an archeologist & exploring the Egyptian tombs.

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Anyyyyyhowwww….I finally got the chance to put them together, annoying parts aside. See, resin is brittle as all get out. So one must be exceptionally careful when clipping them out of their sprues. Additionally, epoxy is one of the most irritating things to use. So instead, I use Gorilla Glue. πŸ˜‰

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And look how wonderful they look! I haven’t gotten a chance to base coat them yet, but I’m really looking forward to base coating them and actually PAINTING them. ❀ As much as I dislike resin, I have to say these models are amazingly detailed. Look at the scale details in this model’s headdress!

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Definitely loving this extremely Horus-like model.

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But my absolute favorite is the jackal-headed Anubis-esque model. ❀ I am so excited to start painting these gorgeous models!!! Next step: deciding on a color scheme. I love the colors used on the box, but I’ve never liked the idea of doing what’s been done already. I prefer putting my own twist on things like this. πŸ™‚

Until then, I’ll leave you guys to admire these wonderful models.

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Review: Harley Quinn Beauty Brushes

I know this post is late, but better late than never! My new work schedule has got my sleeping patterns totally skewed, so I’ve been trying desperately to reset them!

Everyone in my family knows I love Harley Quinn. She’s such an interesting character, and it’s amazing how she’s developed over the years. From the semi-sweet victim of an abusive & manipulative relationship to the super crazy bad-ass that she is now, I doubt there has been quite as many other villains with as much character development. Anyhow, this post isn’t about that. This post is about how my family continues to allow me to obsess over Harley, this time in the form of makeup brushes. {insert heart eyes here}

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My sister got me these for Christmas, and I’ve finally been able to test them out! The set came with a full face brush, an angled foundation brush, and an angled brow brush as well. All of which were beautifully decorated with Harley’s original colors, red and black. From the card suit design on the handles to the brushed red metal grip with her logo, and the finishing touch of a divided black and red design in the brushes themselves, these scream HQ.

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You can see above that they’re close in size to the Bare Minerals serum foundation brush. However, I felt like both the full face brush and the foundation brushes are just a bit too small to be effective in coverage – not because they don’t distribute product well, because they do – but because the smaller size means that it takes longer to distribute. Could just be because I like to quickly get my makeup on and done. πŸ˜‰ The brow brush however is perfect. It’s amazing for filling in brows.

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Look how pretty they are up close! ❀ The brush bristles are super soft and feel amazing on my skin. So even though the two full face brushes are a little on the small size for me, they still do their job very well. In fact, the angled foundation brush is good for getting product distributed underneath my eyes.

I can’t wait to start using these more often! ❀

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You Are Amazing

Hello my geeks! I hope everyone’s weekend was fun and relaxing! Nothing like a good break from the daily grind to restore your energy and give you the strength to take on the coming week. This week’s quote isn’t so much a quote as just a little bit of love that I’m sending out. ❀ Β (also – I’m going to make an attempt to do more hand lettering…obviously I need practice. πŸ˜„ )

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This goes out to all of you. Every last one of you. You are all AMAZING. Never let anyone tell you that you’re anything else but amazing. You can do great and amazing things. You are capable of so much, and every person telling you otherwise is only trying to drag you down to their level.

Be amazing this week loves.

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ReCore – First Impressions

ReCore is an action-adventure platforming Xbox One exclusive game that was released in September of last year (and although I was excited about the game I was obviously slow to actually go and purchase it).

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In ReCore, you play as Joule Adams, a young volunteer from the “Far Eden” colony. You and your people enlisted the help of CoreBots to essentially reconstruct this new planet into a habitable one for humans. The volunteers sent to Far Eden were put into cryosleep for approximately 200 years to await the completion of the terraforming. However, when Joule awakes from her cryosleep, it seems that nothing has gone according to plan. This is where the game begins as she enlists the help of her companion K-9 unit, Mack.

You are quickly submerged in this new environment, and the essential controls are established quickly as well. It’s a strange world, and Joule is just as confused as to what’s going on as you are. Slowly but surely however, you and Mack discover what’s become of the CoreBots that were supposed to have spent the last 200 years terraforming the new planet. Somehow, they’ve all become corrupt, and there has been mention of a revolution of some kind.

After tackling your first simple dungeon, you’re sent back to your Crawler which serves as headquarters for Joule and her K-9 unit, where you learn the basics of upgrading your companion CoreBots and learn the next step to the story line. Once the initial training has been completed the world opens up, and the game reveals itself as the full platforming and semi-open world game that it is.

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As of now, I haven’t gotten very far into the game. The most progress I’ve made is discovering Kai, another volunteer who has awoken out of cryosleep, and his companion SP-DR unit Seth.

This game is gigantic. The wasteland open world is minimal but extremely detailed. ReCore is full of puzzles and platforms, and the open world makes it hard to stay on one track to your next objective. The controls are simple enough, but battles are fast paced and require perfect timing of attacks and maneuvers. Your foes are all tough, but luckily you have your companions the assist you. While Mack is able to fight close-quarters and can help you find things buried in the ground, Seth makes use of projectiles and makes use of his multiple legs to climb walls and such with you on his back.

As I mentioned before, the open world aspect makes it very difficult to keep focused on your primary objective, especially when you’re always on the lookout for parts to save for upgrading your companions.

So far I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this game, being very reminiscent of Tomb Raider, Borderlands, and Zelda all in one. It’s not very often (yet this seems to be changing) that you get such an amazing game paired with a strong female lead – which in my book makes it all the more awesome.

What do you guys think of ReCore? Have you finished it? Let me know your thoughts below!

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Just Breathe: Wallpaper

I love making my QOTW posts into wallpapers or phone backgrounds. Not only because it’s easy to just resize things – but it’s fun to find new ways to use things I’ve already created. This wallpaper features my most recent quote (obviously). Just Breathe.

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Just in a bigger and better format perfect for a computer wallpaper!

:: click here to download ‘Just Breathe (Wallpaper)’ ::

I feel like it’s important to surround yourself with inspiration, so that no matter where you look it’s as if someone is always cheering you on. It’s like being your own secret cheerleader. πŸ˜‰

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