So, I just finished a puzzle and realized I hadn’t posted about them in a while. I have 9 that I completed since the last time. Looks like the last time I posted about puzzles was back in August. That means all of these are what I’ve worked on throughout this school year. At least, I made progress on some hobby since writing wasn’t in the cards. Now, let’s see what we have. First one will probably get a reaction.
Yes, it’s a woman in a bikini on a dragon. This is a puzzle with art from Boris Vallejo who is a legend in fantasy/science fiction art. He is known for having scantily clad, muscular figures alongside monsters. He’s done pictures of Tarzan, Conan, and a variety of other characters. Many associate ‘chicks in chainmail’ tropes with him, but he has men in barely there loin clothes too. Used to have some collectible card sets with his stuff, so I really had to give this puzzle a try.
A random fantasy one that I found on Amazon. This wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be thanks to the night/day theme. It helped to go for the dragons and town first. In the moment, this felt like a headache, but later puzzles made this a breeze.
The picture came out poor since I was in a rush to clear the table. This puzzle was fun, but had a moment of difficulty Many of the shadowy parts looked the same even if they were part of the dragon. I got slowed down a lot with having to do trial and error.
Not fantasy because it was an impulse buy. I loved how there were obscure games on this puzzle. For example, down and to the left of ‘Batman’ is a game called ‘Blaster Master’ that I used to play with a friend in high school. They even had ‘Bucky O’Hare’ right below that one. I did see at least one game that doesn’t exist, which is ‘Smash Brothers’ next to ‘Bad Dudes’ on the left. The first of that series was one the N64. One of the ‘TMNT’ games got put in there twice too. Still, fun to do.
Lego Ice Cream was another impulse buy when I had a gift card. Needed a break from the darker-colored puzzles. This one got tricky when I noticed how many of the colors looked exactly the same when they were in pieces. I had to go color by color here, which meant repeatedly sifting through the box.
Another big fantasy one that wasn’t too bad. The issue I had was that I would talk long breaks and keep trying to put the same pieces in. I wasn’t very focused during this one, so I dragged my feet.
This one was a lot of fun and I had to keep changing my strategies. Finding tiny identifiers on each piece was a headache, but made the land section easier. The water part was a lot of blue and white combos, which looked the same. Probably took me a month to do this one . . . and then came:
Why did I buy you? SO MUCH BROWN! I think I ended up watching 3 Seasons of Merlin, 7 anime, and the latest season of Cobra Kai in the amount of time it took me to finish this headache. I walked away for my own sanity a few times because I had nights where I spent hours with no luck figuring things out. Glad this one is glued and in the pile.
I’ve had this one waiting for me to make it since 2020. Of course, it ended up being slightly bigger than the table. So, edge pieces fell off at times. I made good progress with this because I was determined to get it done before the end of May. I slowed to a crawl when I had to figure out the tree and rock areas. The pieces weren’t all the standard shapes too. So, I couldn’t always tell if it was a normal piece or one of the strange ones that went in a spot. Several times I needed two small pieces in a place where I thought it was a single big one.
Well, these are all done and now I’ll move on to one of the big Lego sets I’ve had waiting in the corner. Shouldn’t take me as long as the puzzles, but they should be fun. No idea where I’m going to put them when done though.