I have made quite a few notebook covers for others, but this one is mine, to replace the SSG cover I made a few years ago. That one was refinished, buffed, and passed on to a good NCO to carry until he gets promoted out of it; he can pass it on to someone else then.
It’s been a while. I haven’t been entirely lazy, but I did sort of disconnect from the Internet for a while after my last trip to Yakima in early February.
While there, I did nothing terribly exciting, but I was prolific. Trying to use up some of the oil-tanned leather I’ve had since last August (when I first got started), I decided to make up a bunch of smaller notebook covers. I’d bought the notebooks for the purpose at Office Depot in December, in case I needed last minute projects for unforeseen Christmas gifts. Turned out not to be the case, but since I had them…
Not a big fan of unicorns, but I can do dragons all day long. For my first foray, I chose something relatively simple. This is the imperial crest from the Elder Scrolls series of computer games, of which Matt and I are both big fans. I figured it would make a classy cover design and, unlike the minor X-Com flub with my little brother, I know Matt would recognize it because it’s been in all of the games for years and years.
XCOM: UFO Defense (1994) was one of the defining gaming moments of my childhood. I still have not played the modern “reimagining,” XCOM: Enemy Unknown, mostly because I don’t have a modern enough operating system. (I cling bitterly to guns, religion, and Windows XP.) I figured it would make a good theme, however, for my little brother’s notebook cover for Christmas.
This is the unit shield for the new game, credited to Studio Art Director Steve Ogden.
Note: I finished this back on 16 December (having started it in late November while in Maryland), but am post-dating the related entry in case I end up making this a small Christmas present for someone. This was one of those for-the-hell-of-it projects (i.e. just like most everything else I do).