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SPLINTERLANDS: The Hill Giant smashed my enemy for a flawless victory

Hill Giants live in the Talus Bluffs on the outskirts of the volcano known as the Mountain of Ash. They are nomadic people that travel from hilltop to hilltop following herds of deer and cattle. Though they are intimidating, Hill Giants are typically far more inquisitive of other cultures and seek to learn from them rather than attack. However, if they need to defend themselves, they attack by ripping boulders from the ground and are able to hurl them up to a mile. The people of Praetoria are glad to have them on their side against the Chaos Legion.

Hill Giant’s Stats

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This is a pretty good card for only 3 mana. If there is a battle where melee cards can attack from any position his ability to stun will come in handy. I want to max out every card I own, but that’s not possible on my budget right now so I’m happy to have this guy at level 6. If there is a battle where only cards with 4 mana or less are allowed, he can make for a great tank.

My Battle Strategy

This was a battle where only monsters with level 4 mana or lower were allowed so the Hill Giant was the perfect card because he’s only 3 mana but has 7 life points. Since it was also an equalizer match he raised all other cards to have 7 life points.

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One thing I like to do every battle is making sure every card has a role. Every card should bring something to the table. Since the Hill Giant is pretty slow, I used Brownie the monkey to speed him up and the Creeping Ooze to slow the enemy down.

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The Wood Nymph did a good job of keeping my Hill Giant alive by healing him every round as well as attacking the enemy with magic.

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The Naga Assasin is very fast and was able to quickly strike two points of ranged attack every round and the Dhampir Infiltrator did a good job of sneaking around back and finishing off the enemy from the rear.

In the end, all of my cards were still standing. I know I’ve said this many times, but I’d really like to see a bonus for perfect victories like this one. We can’t rip off from Mortal Kombat and call it a flawless victory, but maybe we could call it a perfect victory, or a dominant win. What do you think it should be called?

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Thanks for reading about my Hill Giant battle. Have a great day!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com/?p=battle&id=sl_6e7e2681c2f01539384cab8fe70586f1

This week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-hillgiant

SPLINTERLANDS: Flying Squid out of the water survives an earthquake for the win

Although Flying Squid is not truly capable of flight, their moniker comes from their ability to launch themselves from the water and glide above the surface for long distances before resubmerging. These aggressive predators shoot ink into the eyes of their prey to blind them before attacking with their lengthy tentacles. “

Splinterlands Lore

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I don’t think I’ve ever used or noticed the Flying Squid until today. It has an interesting ability at level six, blind. It also has the reach ability from the get-go and a decent amount of life so it can function as a good secondary tank. I doubt I ever max this card out for its backfire ability because it’s a bit pricy at ten cents a card, but I’ll try to get it up to level six soon. I’ve been kind of a bottom scraper recently and getting as many cards under a penny as I can. It’s actually been cheaper maxing out some rare cards than common ones because common cards need 400 to max out, while rares only need 115.

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I usually select on the abilities box and choose the flying ability or use the dragon summoner who grants everybody flight when there’s an earthquake, but I thought my Sea Monster and its self-healing ability would be enough to win this wild battle.

How are you liking the new Wild -vs- Modern formats? At first, I thought that it would be a piece of cake to level up in modern, but I’ve found I do much better in the wild format. Since the collection power to get to the Diamond league is half of what it is in wild, I’ll still keep trying, but I’ll take a few days off to let the competition get a bit weaker. I’ve noticed that if you feel you are getting smashed, it’s best to take a break for a day or two then you can do much better plus your capture rate will be at 100%. Splinterlands is one of the few places where procrastination can be a good thing.

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Even though the Flying Squid can’t actually fly, it had enough life to survive the earthquake and was the last card standing.

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Thanks for reading about my Flying Squid battle victory today. How do you feel about this card? Has it brought you any victories?

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_8babdaea30c0f1dc58abf3994a73841e&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s Splinterlands battle challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-flyingsquid

Battle of the Antoids – Learning from our defeats

How are you doing fellow Splinterlands warriors? Are you taking advantage of this bear market? If you check out some of the cheapest cards on the market now, you can get cards for less than a cent. That means you can max out cards for less than $4 now. I personally love it. I’ve never been able to max out so many cards for so cheap. I think the team’s move to have a wild and modern format is a beautiful idea. If things remain how they are now it isn’t fair. If you’re an OG player you may be mad that the old cards that you HODLed for so long are getting smashed by the newer cards and if you’re a newer player, it can be frustrating going up against old cards that seem invincible and way out of your budget, but both sides should be happier when the choice is given to battle in either wild or modern formats soon.

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The Antoid Platoon gets interesting at level six when they have the scavenger ability where they will gain health when either an enemy or friendly warrior dies. Even at level one, they can be useful with the shield ability which reduces melee and ranged damage. I don’t know if I’ll ever max this card out, but I plan to get it up to level six soon. It would cost about the same to level up the standard card as it would the gold foil version, so I’ll go with gold.

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One of the biggest mistakes I think players make is rushing into battle before checking out the enemy. I could see my enemy loved using the fire splinter and only had a level two summoner so I thought I’d smash them for sure using my powerful dragons.

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I put my Antoid Platoon out front while my enemy used them as a secondary tank. I love using Quix the Devious because he’s a strong dragon summoner who reduces the enemy’s speed and ranged attacks, but my enemy didn’t use any ranged attacks, and speed didn’t make much of a difference in this fight.

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I was surprised to see my enemy smash up my team because they were using all common and rare cards while I had much better and more expensive cards, but they used the ruleset and had a better strategy than I did.

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Even though my card was legendary, it couldn’t do any damage to their Antoid Platoon because it was demoralized by their Disintegrator.

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Thanks for reading about my battle today. Even though I lost, it was still a learning experience. It also shows what a great game Splinterlands is. Even though I was using twice the power of my enemy, they had a better plan and deserved to win. I don’t think I’ll ever put my Antoid Platoon out front ever again unless it’s a battle where only 4 mana and fewer cards are allowed. What about you? Which strategy and cards would’ve you used?

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com/?p=battle&id=sl_84908cd046bf8d0ed54e3e63281dd134

This week’s battle challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-antoidplatoon

SPLINTERLANDS: Archers -vs- Dragons

Howdy fellow Splinterfolks. Today I’d like to share my battle for this week’s battle challenge using the Xenith Archer.

The Xenith Scale is devoted to enlightenment, knowledge, and the protection of others. Members among the order practice to remain balanced in all things and believe Mana, too, should remain balanced. It should not be used to cause chaos or disorder, nor should it be used to tip the scales of justice in either direction. The order believes in fate and that everything has its proper place. Fate and destiny are predetermined, and they should not be altered. Archers adhere to this creed in their everyday life. They often say, an arrow must be perfectly balanced on a bow string to hit its mark. If it sits too far forward or too far back it won’t be able to sail through the air. Like all Xenith warriors, archers would much prefer to find a peaceful solution to a problem or stay out of an altercation altogether. When they are pulled into a fight, they see it as a way to restore balance to a situation.”

Splinterlands lore

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The Xenith Archer doesn’t have any abilities other than being beautiful. She can be useful if you need to use a low mana card during a battle in which only even cards are allowed.

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This was a battle where all cards lose their abilities so I chose a fast tank and some archers while my opponent chose to rely on magic and dragons.

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I put the Furious Chicken out front to absorb the first strike. My opponent had the same idea with the Gargoya Scrapper.

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The Phantasm is pretty fast so it got a few strikes in before the enemy killed it too.

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After their Diamond Dragon was dead it was my three archers against their Void Dragon.

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Since it was also a battle where melee cards can attack from anywhere, my Corpse Fiend was able to get a few strikes in and take up the front spot for a while so the archers could do their job.

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Dragons and magic cards usually win, but not today. This battle was won by the archers.

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Thanks for reading about my battle victory and strategy today. Get in the game!line.png

Watch my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_f5eaa0fbad05f3df28be6614d0dda5aa&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s battle challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-xenith-archer

SHARE YOUR BATTLE – DRAGONS

It’s time for another weekly Splinterlands battle challenge and I’m happy to see it’s using dragons again. I think if I ever get to the point where I have a MAX level summoner, it will be a dragon because they can call upon any splinter. I remember MAXed summoners selling for $50 last year before everything blew up. I highly doubt that day will ever come again. If you could have any summoner at MAX level which one would it be?

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I’m a Gold-level player so I need all of my summoners to be at level 3 and above, but I was able to win using my level 1 dragon summoner, Brighton Bloom, who gives everyone the ability to fly.

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This summoner comes in handy during earthquakes. Even though my enemy was using a level 3 summoner they lost because only two of their monsters could fly.

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I used to get angry whenever I’d lose a battle, but now I’ll either learn from their strategy or if I’m really impressed, invite them to my guild. That’s how I got the idea of putting Wave Brood out front. Even though it’s a ranged attack card, it can attack while in the front and also has the taunt ability so most of the enemy cards will attack it. This gives your other cards a good chance to attack without taking any damage until the Wave Brood dies.

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The Chaos Dragon is a powerful must-have card. It has a strong magic attack with the scatter ability hitting random targets. Its shields and strong life make it hard to kill too.

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Djinn Oshanus is one of my favorite water cards from the Chaos Legion. You’ll get this card for free eventually because it’s a reward card.

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Nerissa Tridawn is a beautiful and strong magic card. I’ll make sure to include her anytime there is a high mana battle.

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Venari Wavesmith gives everybody on your team more shields as long as she’s alive so you don’t want her out front, but you don’t want her in the rear either because it’s likely your enemy will be using sneak attacks.

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I put the Torrent Fiend in the rear to absorb a few sneak attacks before they killed my Venari Wavesmith taking down everyone’s shields. Fiends are great for all splinters because they don’t use any mana and can mean the difference between victory or defeat in evenly matched battles.

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Thanks for reading about my battle today. Get in the game!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_2ab47e701287144540d3af0c4a23f3bd&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-dragons-june-22-2022

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Silent Sha-vi

Silent Sha-vi are entities from the shadow realm that take the form of giant snakes. They travel in darkness and shadow as if each dark corner is a gateway that leads elsewhere. They have an appetite for slow and creeping deaths, feeding off the escalating fear of the victim. If you think there might be a monster under your bed, it’s probably a Silent Sha-vi.”

Splinterlands Lore

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What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to share another battle victory with you using the Death card, Silent Sha-vi.

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I can’t remember using this card before, but it helped me win this battle today. I got it while opening packs and even purchased a gold foil version, but many cards have the sneak ability, so I’ve passed it by until now. Plus, I’m a player who relies heavily on magic attacks and my Death deck isn’t the best. It’s a cool-looking card and has the cripple ability at level 6 and piercing when maxed.

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Diemonsharks can be hard to beat with their speed and shields, but I didn’t lose a single card in this battle. I put my Cursed Windeku out front as the tank card because it has the thorn ability. The Shadowy Presence and Furious Chicken were just rear buffers and the Silent Sha-Vi helped finish off my enemy’s rear card and the Diemonshark. Thank’s for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Forget the bear and get in the game!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_ca3ef183a2ae8198d292116f8379226b&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-silent-sha-vidivider.png

HONKAI IMPACT 3rd – Is it worth the storage and loading times?

If you can get Genshin Impact to work on your device, then I’d suggest that way over this three-year-old predecessor, but if your device is out of date it’s the next best thing. miHoYo made this game first so you may see some similarities and even the same characters as Genshin Impact, but they are completely different games.

If you’re a fan of anime, then you may enjoy playing this game as much as I have. It has a smash-em-up fast-action arcade feel to it.

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The open-world part of the game is quite fun, but it’s a bit disappointing not seeing any updates or expansions. Hopefully, miHoYo makes a sequel soon and lets us interact with each other and NFTs in some kind of metaverse. They had a great idea for a game, but it just feels unfinished, forgotten, and a bit beta.

Who’s your favorite?

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I can never remember which kind of character is better suited to attack which other characters, but if you make a team with a good variety and jump between them you can figure it out pretty quickly. Using the wrong kind of attack on bosses can sometimes take up to ten times as long.


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The cutscenes are pretty entertaining. I took all of these screenshots while playing on my phone and cropped them with Google Photos. All of the YouTube videos are from my Conversation Gaming channel.




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So is Honkai Impact 3rd worth a large amount of storage and long loading times?

It’s hard to say how much space this game will eat up because there are so many options, but it will eat up a few gigs to run properly. It will take forever to load in the beginning and anytime you log back in, but once the game is going it can be a pretty fun experience if you’re on a mobile device. I rate it four out of five stars for a mobile game.

CROC ARCHER

Hello everyone. I’ve tried participating in past Splinterlands art contests before, but I wanted to create my own character this week. I think the Croc Archer would make a good Epic card with both melee and ranged attacks that shatter magical shielding and causes double damage to magical enemies.Grund.png

After looking through the list of cards, I noticed there was only one crocodilian creature, Grund, so I thought he could use a friend.

The Crocodilian Archers of Praetoria are both rare and ancient. Their raw strength allows them to shoot large steel arrows that no human could ever handle. They are also tipped with dark energy crystals that can shatter magical armor and cause massive damage to magical enemies. Their royal armor and thick skin make them resistant to ranged and melee attacks, but they can be hurt by magic. If they ever find themselves on the frontlines of battle they can also kill with their claws, tail, and deadly jaws.

-Possible Splinterlore

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I did a Google search for “crocodile warrior” and really liked this work by Anthony Argentin so I used it for inspiration. It really helped me get the head right, but I went with stumpier arms and legs.

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My first sketch was awful, so I crumpled it up and tried again.

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I liked the head on my second sketch, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the arms. If this ever got made into a real card I think him pulling for an arrow and then shooting it would make for a cool animation.

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I decided on drawing him with an arrow already out so I could show it was tipped with a dark energy crystal.

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I had a box of colored pencils that have never been used, so I decided to sharpen them and add color early on.

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In my last drawing, I thought I’d just do a bit of penciling and then do all the coloring digitally, but using the colored pencils first was more fun. I also got another drawing to add to my wall.

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I really liked this swamp photo by Ray Bilcliff on Pexels.com because I could use the leaves on the bottom to cover the croc’s feet which I was unhappy with while giving it a layered feel. Even though it’s a real photo, I thought it had a bright cartoonish look that would mix well with my croc.

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I just used the technical pen tool and the smudge tool in Sketchbook. I smudged each scale from the outside towards the center then went back and drew the dark green lines again.

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I added a picture of a dark energy crystal and used the lasso select tool to copy and paste it to the tip of his arrow. I had to smudge out the smaller crystal, but it mixed well with my drawing. The original pencil flames looked fine so I just stuck with that and blurred it a bit.

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I had a lot of fun drawing this. I spent a few hours on the pencil drawing, but it took me a few days to finish up the digital part. I don’t know why I chose a square canvas. It made it harder to share as a thumbnail, but I just cropped it to a 5:4 format and it worked fine. Thank you for reading about my Croc Archer today. Have a good one!hiveline.png

Who needs Top Gun when you can play CAPTAIN SKYHAWK?

This game definitely was a rip-off of Top Gun, but it’s a major improvement. I remember watching Top Gun in the theater with my Granddad. It was awesome. During the film, he leaned over to tell me that I was sitting next to a fighter pilot. I was a bit confused because I was just seven years old and didn’t understand how you could be a fighter while in the cockpit of a plane but by the time the film was over I understood what he meant. He was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and flew some jets, but the F-14 came after his time and he was in the Air Force.

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After the movie, we went to a store called Best. They went bankrupt in the 90s, but they were the shit back in the 80s. They had a ton of Nintendo Entertainment System games and I wanted to own them all, but since we had just watched Top Gun, he bought the game with the same name for me. I thought the game was going to be like a VR simulation and just as awesome as the movie was. Then we got home and played it. It sucked. It was boring and it was way too hard. It wasn’t fun then and isn’t fun now.

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Captain SkyHawk came late in the game for the NES so they had plenty of time to perfect an 8-bit F-14 game.

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I clearly remember playing it on my NES Advantage controller. It had an arcade-style d-pad, turbo A and B buttons, and it could cheat with slow-motion by it pressing the start bottom repeatedly. As long as your game didn’t go into some menu when you pressed the start button you could slow down time. The only problem was it could get mixed up between players one and two or your friend or sibling could switch it on you when you weren’t looking to make you die.

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Are you ready for take-off captain? This may look lame now, but before I had a Super NintendoSega GenesisPlayStation, or N64, this was amazing.

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I love those memes where they say that you can’t hear a picture, but if you remember this game then you can hear this right?

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It’s time to take out some enemy fighters. You could either try to be an ace and shoot down as many as you could, or you could be a coward and play it safe avoiding their missiles.

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How many F-14s were capable of going up to space? Captain Skyhawk’s could. I don’t remember what happened if you failed to dock with the space station. It was pretty easy every time.

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Since it was over two decades since I played this game I wasn’t sure which weapon system was the most important to upgrade so I went with maxing out the gun first. I don’t think I used but two or three missiles or bombs this time around, but I eventually maxed them all out too.

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I hate playing games on my phone with the stupid non-tactile touchscreen, but playing these old games are worth it now with the ability to play offline ad-free, the save state options, and of course the ability to REWIND time!

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This scene probably took a month to create in Microsoft Paint and isn’t very impressive today, but it had a real 3-D let’s fly into space feeling back then.

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It took me forever to figure out how to drop the supplies down to our allies back then and it did again this go around. It also reminds me of the only time my Grandad ever yelled at me. We were performing at an airshow in a Piper Cub dropping “bombs”. They were balloons full of washable paint we had to drop on targets on the runway. He told me to drop the balloon on three. One, two, three! “Do I drop it right when he says three or a second after three or was there a four?” was what I remember thinking when he turned back angrily and growled, “I’ve been doing this for 22 years! When I say 3!, you DROP the bomb!” (We still got first place, so my one bad bomb drop was OK competing against our civilian pilot competitors.)

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Playing this again on my phone with the rewind and save state ability was a lot of fun, but I wish my emulator had a slow-motion option like back in the day. When Captain Skyhawk’s F-14 wings go back, things go fast!

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Alright! We’ve made it to the alien enemy space station with the big eye. Let’s do this!

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I did beat this back in the day, but the slow-motion button was on so the game thought I was pressing the start button over and over again, so I never got to see the ending until now.

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What is this? Game of Thrones? It’s like they didn’t care at all about good endings to games back in the day. At least Doom II and Super Mario 64 did a good job. Do you remember this game too? Thanks for reading. Now let’s all go watch Top Gun Maverick! May the need for speed be with you!hiveline.png

The Sacred Unicorn – SPLINTERLANDS art contest #188

Hello everybody. Today I’m happy to share with ya’ll my entry for this week’s Splinterlands art contest of the Sacred Unicorn. I usually participate in the Splinterlands weekly battle challenge, but I was inspired to do some drawing this week too.

I’ve been stuck in the country of Laos 🇱🇦 (It’s next to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China.) since one day after my 40th birthday on March 27th, 2020. I had just applied for my work visa when they shut everything down. They said it would be for just two weeks, then two months, now it’s been over two years.

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I live in the wonderful town of Luang Prabang which is a UNESCO world heritage site so I don’t have any complaints, but I’ve also been unemployed for quite a while. I was a teacher for a long time, but I started working at a hotel in 2018 and I decided that hospitality was what I wanted to do, then BOOM, Covid-19 came along. I was in the military when I was young, but I got out in 2015 so my GI Bill benefits expired a while ago, but I saw an email from the VA (The Veterans’ Administration) that I could get some job retraining so I took them up on their offer. Most of the jobs were for things like hospital work, welding, truck driving, and other technical jobs, but I noticed that they had a certificate in digital illustration so I chose that.

Most of my classes were about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I felt that my teachers were just shills for Adobe and for buying a MacBook. Since Laos went lockdown crazy, I couldn’t find a new computer if I wanted to. I also only had an income of $285 for my disability compensation from the VA, so there was no chance in hell I was ever going to afford a brand new computer anyways. It took me a while, but I figured out how to get both programs to work on Linux on my piece of junk old PC with a little help from the Pirate Bay. I wouldn’t recommend it though. It was a total pain in the neck and I could only get 2012 or 2015 versions to work. Overall, I feel disappointed in my learning experience. Online classes just plain suck. I need to be IN the classroom. I need to be able to raise my hand and ask the teacher for help. I will NEVER take an online course as long as I live.

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One thing I did find useful from my course was my teacher saying that most digital artists still use good old paper and pencil to get started and then scan to Photoshop so that’s what I did. Since the whole NFT market is crashing I wanted to make fun of some of the other NFT projects I have tried but didn’t care for like CryptoKittiesAxie Infinity, or NBA Top Shot.

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The Sacred Unicorn may no longer be the best card for using in Life battles, but it’s still my favorite card so I thought I’d do a few rough sketches and see how it went, but I was happy with the first try and just kept on going with it…

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I felt it was time to move from pencil to Photoshop so I added my pencil drawing to my wall of inspiration. If I ever become a famous NFT artist, I’ll mail someone the original pencil drawings. (That’s a big IF right?)

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I went to Pexels and did a search for: SKY BACKGROUND and really liked the photo by Oleg Magni. I later got so frustrated with Photoshop that I gave up, quit, and decided it just wasn’t going to work out. I really miss my iPad and the wonderful program of ProCreate so I did a Google search for an alternative and came up with SketchBook. It took me all week to get used to it and to draw the Sacred Unicorn but I absolutely love SketchBook now.

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Another problem I had was that NOBODY in Luang Prabang sells or has even heard of a stylus so I had to make my own. You can read my post: DIY: Make your own STYLUS pen at home if you want or need to do the same.

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Now that I had my trusty DIY stylus and a good digital art program it was time to get crackin. I tried making the NBA ball in Photoshop, then in Illustrator, then in the Linux versions of Gimp and Inkscape but found it too difficult. The only thing I did with Photoshop was put the pencil drawing over the background image, but if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have used Photoshop at all and just saved the background image as exactly that in the layers menu in SketchBook. I could probably draw this whole picture all over again in a day if I had to re-do it, but I had fun drawing it which is something I haven’t felt in a long time and I also learned a lot from my mistakes so it’s all good.

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If I had been better at using layers, I would have had a much easier time doing this, but I’ll do my next drawing much faster and smarter.

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I absolutely love the predictive stroke tool in SketchBook and how you can adjust the level of AI-assisted drawing from 1 to 5. It was a better experience than using either Photoshop or Procreate in my opinion.Sacred Unicorn (1).png

Here is the original Sacred Unicorn image from Splinterlands. I used the eye drop tool and the undo tool about a million times. I used the eye drop tool to get the colors right from the kitty, axie, and unicorn, but I’m proud to have drawn this image myself without any tracing. I used to just put an A4 piece of paper over the original Splinterlands art, do a rough trace, then pencil and ink my drawing. Although it is good practice for getting your shading and inking down, it’s still cheating, right? Thanks for reading about my original drawing today. I’m looking forward to doing another sketch. Which Splinterlands card should I use for inspiration next?

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