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I’ve collected Breyer model horses on and off ever since I was a kid. For about a decade, I’ve wanted some proper display shelving for my collection. I got some GNEDBY CD towers from IKEA for my 1:32 scale horses last summer, but I still wanted a bookcase with glass doors for my 1:9 and 1:12 scale horses. Now that we’re living in a house that we own, I decided that it was time to get one. On Wednesday evening, I went to IKEA and picked up a BILLY bookcase and the matching OXBERG doors. I assembled it that night, then spent Thursday evening filling it up.

You might wonder why the lowest nine shelves of 1:32 scale horses seem to all be the same sculpture. It’s one of my favorite sculptures in that scale because it’s a non-standard pose and has a great sense of motion. I collected as many of the original (factory) finish variations of that sculpture as I could while I was in my most recent intensive model horse collecting phase (about a decade ago). At that time, Breyer was producing a “paint your own horse” kit that featured this sculpture. I bought two or three dozen of those kits and painted up them up to represent all the horse colors and patterns that I knew about. I painted several of them in fanciful colors, too.
While I was in my horse-painting phase, I also painted several other 1:32 scale sculptures. I have more little horses than actually fit in these shelves, however, so when it came time to choose who got to go on display and who went in the toybox, the ones I’d painted myself tended to get priority for the shelves. On the larger scales, I painted the bright chestnut 1:12 scale horse on the right of the top shelf of the big bookcase as a portrait model of Secretariat, and I had a lot of fun with the 1:9 scale zebra foal in the bottom shelf of the big bookcase.

There are a handful of sculptures in Breyer’s current 1:9 scale line that I’d like to add to my collection. I don’t know where I’d put them, though, because I don’t want to consign any of the horses currently on display to to the toybox!

So, the first question in The Queue this morning was:

What’s the biggest piece of information you’re waiting for from the Legion Alpha, other than a firm release date? No spoilers, please.

Me, I wanna know Is triple spec (or quad, for Druids), really gonna be a thing in Legion?

I’m realizing that as well as not really having the playtime or the energy to play more alts than I currently have at Level 90+, I don’t really have the interest in playing any more characters, either. I have a few sub-Level 30 alts that I rolled to play the third specs of classes where I’d kind of like to try all three specs, but don’t want to have to keep respeccing my primary character of those classes. As soon as it was hinted at Blizzcon that we might get triple spec in Legion, I began thinking about just up and deleting those alts — but I need to know whether or not we’re actually going to get triple spec before I hit the Delete Character button.

With the year having just changed, and Legion actually being in testing, now seems like a good time to make a list of things I’d like to finish up in Warlords during the next several months.

* Level Kaylynda the Human Mage to 100 and…
— She is currently level 98 and still has the Yrel storyline in Talador to do, so she will probably reach level 100 sometime in Spires of Arak. I’ll still do at least the Yrel storyline in Nagrand with her.
— Grind Ogre Waystones so that I can upgrade her Mage Tower to level 3
— Go to Tanaan and get to Revered with Lion’s Watch so that she can use the Karabor Councilor costume toy
— Consult Wowhead on the best way to get through Silver Proving Grounds with a Mage, and then suffer through UBRS to recruit Millhouse Manastorm

* Level Kaelinda the Blood Elf Mage and the rest of my primary Tauren characters to 100
— take Kerisa the Scribe to Tanaan to get the technique for the Ascendance glyph
— collect followers from zones and questlines, including Tanaan if necessary, according to each character’s follower selection priorities
— collect Jukebox tunes so that no-one has to listen to the default Garrison music anymore, attempting to give each charater a unique aural profile (this may not actually be possible, because there are only so many of those tunes that are both relatively easy to get and ones I really like)
— getting the Warlock and the Rogue to 100 before the Legion pre-launch event begins will happen if it happens, but I’m not going to push to make it happen, nor stress too much if it doesn’t

* Follow up on my “Savage Blood” Transmogrification post by creating those outfits (or variations upon those initial designs) in-game and making a post about the final collection.

* Complete a few other themed Transmogrification collections that I’ve been thinking about and for which I’ve been gradually acquiring items.

apropos of nothing

The very best thing about this Christmas was that we got moved into our new house. The second best thing was this:

My sister gave us a nine-week-old kitten. He is everything a kitten should be.

What was the best thing about your Winter Veil/Christmas/other IRL winter holidays?

Razzle-dazzle

Happy New Year! Let’s get things started off right with some fabulous fashion to dazzle your friends and enemies.

Sometime during the first half of 2015, I found a pair of Rhinestone Sunglasses on the AH for the surprisingly reasonable price of 500 gold. I’d intended just to have my Banker wear them, but it quickly occurred to me that they’d coordinate perfectly with a few outfits I had in mind for various characters.

We all know that the Exodar is a disco (right?), but Shu’halo and Sin’dorei are not exactly welcome there, so I boogied down in the Shattrath Residential District instead.

Pink Sapphire

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Ornate Pauldrons, Icemail Jerkin, Earthfury Belt, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Netherstalker Gloves, Netherstorm Greaves, Mutineer’s Cloak, Felstone Reaver, Silvermoon Crescent Axe
This kit is a variation on the outfit I originally designed to wear with the Netherstorm Greaves for my “These Boots Were Made For Mogging” event a couple of years ago.

Bouganvilla II

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Mantle of the Burning Scroll (LFR), Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Greenkeeper’s Pantaloons, Widow’s Clutches + The Lady’s Brittle Bracers (25N), Ikeyen’s Boots, Green Linen Shirt, Vengeance Staff
This is a higher-level, more elaborate version of an outfit concept that I originally designed for my Warlock in 2012 using the Embersilk Robes. I had not previously obtained the belt because it costs Honor, and I avoid PvP as much as I can. One afternoon, however, I made a wonderful discovery! I was idly browsing the AH with my Banker and looked at the “Junk” tab in the “Miscellaneous” category just to see what was there, and I found Champion’s Honor tokens. On my server, it seems that the price of Honor is 10.5 gold per Honor point. Thanks to Garrison missions, I’ve had plenty of gold on hand during Warlords, so I was perfectly happy to fork over 10.5K to get this belt without actually having to PvP.
This kit would also look fabulous with the Fel-Proof Goggles.

Dragon Dawn

Rhinestone Sunglasses/Lightbringer Greathelm, Blood-Stained Pauldrons, Conqueror’s Breastplate, Hyperion Girdle, Legplates of Blazing Light, Flameguard Gauntlets, Magma Tempered Boots, Blazefury, Reborn/Dragonstrike, Reborn, Dawnforged Defender
This outfit has been a long time in the making. I collected the pants and gloves two or three years ago while I was farming Molten Core for the Paladin T1 set, but I hadn’t quite figured out what sort of Transmogrification kit I wanted to make with them. Then when the “Reborn” weapons appeared during Mists, I knew right away that the Molten Core items were what I wanted to use with the Reborn 1H sword and mace. I made sure to have my Blacksmith craft these weapons during Mists when they were current content. They are so intensive to make in both time and raw materials that I didn’t think I’d want to go back to make them later. It wasn’t until I got the Rhinestone Sunglasses, though, that I was inspired to actually put the kit together, and then I had to visit Molten Core again for the boots and spend some time on the Isle of Quel’Danas farming the rep to buy the shield.

Touch of Ruby

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Aurora Mantle, Mankrik’s Old Wedding Garments, Silver-Thread Sash, Stoneweaver Leggings, Widow’s Clutches + Bands of Indwelling, Boots of the Incorrupt, Thousand Bandage Drape, Staff of Divine Infusion
I’m very happy with how this kit turned out. It’s definitely worth the months I spent farming Karazhan while Shade of Aran kept dropping the boots that match the T4 Warlock set instead of these boots that match the T4 Priest set…
I’m not sure how well this kit would work for races that wear normal shoes, though, as the foot part of these boots is a somewhat bluer purple than even the darkest magenta tones of the cloak.

Femme Fatale


Rhinestone Sunglasses/Swashbuckler’s Eyepatch, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting Tunic, Indomitable Belt, Dellot’s Leggings, Fuzzy Gloves + Scouting Bracers, Rapscallion Boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Dawnblade, Skettis Curved Blade
There’s not much in the way of pink in leather; only the maroon Bard’s set and the mauve Bonechewer set come even close. After contemplating those options, I decided that it would be better just to let the Rhinestone Sunglasses sparkle against a background of sleek black.


Winter Veil is here, and once again, Kamalia’s Garrison is more decorated for the season than my IRL house is.

It was a pleasant surprise that my Garrison had a minimal level Winter Veil decor already when I logged in yesterday, even before I went to do any of the holiday dailies.

I enjoy Christmas and like to decorate it, and ordinarily, I’d have started putting up decorations on December first. This year, though, BTH and I bought a house in October. We’ve been waiting on some renovation work to move in, which has been hindered by BTH having to travel for his job for a couple of weeks recently. In the meantime, we’ve been carrying carloads of stuff over to the house, and the things that have already been moved included my boxes of Christmas decorations. So I haven’t got any Christmas decorations put up at the house we’ve been renting. We’re hoping to officially move next Monday, though that may or may not actually happen. Maybe I can get some Christmas decorations & our little artificial tree put up on the 23rd or on Christmas Eve… Next year, I hope to finally be able to get a real Christmas tree.

In addition to moving and the normal holiday season family activities, one of BTH’s sisters is getting married this Saturday. So we will be pretty busy! Because Real Life is so hectic this year, I’m not quite sure how much time I’ll have to play the holiday quests over the next week or so. Thus, yesterday I used the Merry Supplies from all three of my characters with level 3 Garrisons to decorate Kamalia’s Garrison with the Ball of Tangled Lights, Imported Trees, and Old Box of Decorations. I didn’t get the Winter Wondervolt, but I did promote my Winter’s Helpers and Tiny Snowman to Favorite status in my pet journal for the season, so that they can spawn from the Menagerie. I might be able to add decorations to my other characters’ Garrisons later; for now, I wanted to make sure that Kam would get all the decorations she wanted. I should try to send a set of decorations to Kaylynda the Human Mage… Winter Veil is one of the times of year when I like being Horde the least, because the Horde Winter Veil trees are so ugly…

Now wait just a minute here, that’s backwards of the class colors, ain’t it?

Having dinged 100 meant that Kate and Ketura could finally convert all the Munificent, Tumultuous, Grandiose, and Baleful armor tokens that had been piling up from their Garrisons and Kamalia’s Shipyard. And that meant that they needed new Transmogrification kits, either to cover up or to make use of the appearances of these new items.

Nimble Serpent

Bladefang Spaulders, Nimbletoe Chestguard, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Kilt of Immortal Nature, Throat-Ripper Gauntlets, Drape of Smoldering Dreams, Gouging Staff
I’m glad that the armor designers like this hue of green well enough to have used it in multiple expansions — it sure made putting together a new Transmogrification kit out of stuff I already had in the bank easier.

Wavestrider

Wavemender’s Mantle, Dragonkiller Tunic, Axeclaw Belt, Shifting Camouflage Pants, Gauntlets of Sniping, Phalanx Boots, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Tribute Gun
This kit is built around the belt of the Baleful mail set, which is a recolor of the T17 LFR mail set. I’m not terribly keen on the T17 LFR mail set as a whole (especially the ridiculous shoulders), but the belt has a fun buckle.

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