A New Batch of Finished Puzzles!

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.

Boris Vallejo- Fearless Rider

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.

Day and Night Fantasy Puzzle

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.

Red Dragon Puzzle

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.

Nintendo Game Puzzle

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 Puzzle

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.

Fantasy Puzzle (Forgot puzzle name)

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.

The Witcher 3 Map Puzzle

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:

The Witcher: Ciri Puzzle

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.

Lord of the Rings Puzzle

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.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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15 Responses to A New Batch of Finished Puzzles!

  1. These are amazing. Having worked on a puzzle over Christmas I can see how difficult these are. Well done.


  2. Those are some beautiful puzzles.


  3. L. Marie says:

    Was the red dragon meant to be Smaug, or was it a random dragon? It is a beautiful puzzle. But it must have been very challenging.


  4. lblooom says:

    Wow! Those puzzles are gorgeous. Where do you get them?


  5. Hi there. I immediately recognized the artist for your unknown fantasy puzzle, I don’t recall the title of the puzzle either but the artist’s name is Ciro Marchetti.

    Can you please tell me more about the “Day and Night Fantasy Puzzle”? Is that the official title of the puzzle? Who is the company that made it?

    The Red Dragon, Witcher, and LOTR puzzles look extremely difficult due to the limited color palette.They look incredible put together.


    • Thanks for the info. The artist name helped. It’s ‘Vivid Rainbow City’. I had to go hunting for the other puzzle info because I recycle the boxes after I’m done. Day and night one is titled ‘Dragon Race into the Night’ by Buffalo.

      Those three were definitely tough, but Witcher was the worst out of them. LOTR puzzle also had a lot of odd shapes, so my spacial sense didn’t help as much. Still, easier than 80% being a shade of brown.


      • Thanks for the official title. It seems Dragon Race is a retired puzzle image and is out of production. It’s just such a cool image, I haven’t seen anything quite like it. 🐉🐉


      • That’s a shame. I think many of the puzzles I find are like that. Stockpiled then before and during the pandemic since they were my anti-anxiety hobby. So, I’m still working through the pile.

        I think Buffalo had a ‘Night and Day’ series from the look of things.

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