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Shakytown reclaims its name, Tats cuts things up - a normal weekend really - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 22nd, 2013

09:30 am - Shakytown reclaims its name, Tats cuts things up - a normal weekend really

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So, hands up who in Wellington is having an impromptu day off because their building hasn't been given the all clear yet? *sticks up own hand, also holds up hands of grist and ferrouswheel*

For those who didn't know, Wellington's been getting a spate of earthquakes, starting with the one I mentioned on Friday and carrying on with a bunch around the 4-5 scale, and one last night that was apparently 6.5. There have been no deaths or major damage (Wellington having been built with earthquakes in mind and also through a large chunk of luck), but precautions are being taken regarding structural damage and safety, so buildings are being checked before folks are allowed in them.

Personally, we've had to pick stuff up off the floor that fell off shelves, but all our tall furniture is bolted to the wall and ornaments stuck down, so it hasn't been too bad really, just a bit of wondering 'is this the big one?' and some quick dives under desks.


So on Friday evening I scored an old brown leather jacket from an op shop and cut it up for its leather pieces, all weathered and old-looking, for my next project. Check out how much leather is in one jacket!



And then on Saturday I was supposed to be shearing but the weather was dismal so while I waited to see if the sheep were dry I made gryphon templates, because that's what you do when you're bored, right?



Those are also for my next project. I'm told it's good to have a few different things on the go so that you can tackle any one of them depending on what you feel like doing. I am taking this advice to heart. Yup.

Anyway, since there were no sheep I went out to Kaiwharawhara and purchased All The Fabric (which I didn't photograph - cue sighs of relief from readers, it's bloody fabric Tats) and then pombagira and I took advantage of the free afternoon to get some photos of the staffs for the Bioware blog post. I won't be sending this one because it doesn't show the full staff, but I really like it:



So I sorted through the photos, picked the Bioware ones, and then I got stuck into Yorick. First, drilling some holes in the skull and placing wires to guide where the horns would go:



Then having another, more educated go with the expanding foam. This time round was slighly less messy and I knew about the dripping, so it didn't turn out as bad. Or at least, I don't think it did. It looks like the world's worst white affro..



Now to set about carving that into something that resembles sheep horns. I'm giving it 48 hours to dry properly because the last lot on the dagger oozed a little when I carved it after 24. Speaking of daggers, they got their first coat of modelling clay on Saturday evening:



It added quite a bit of weight to them, and will give me a nice surface to paint. I've no idea if this technique will work but if it does I'll be rapt.

Sunday I was woken at 7am by an earthquake. It dawned almost as dismal as Saturday, but the sheep were supposedly dry, so I went up to Horokiwi, where it is always at least 2 degrees colder than in town. These sheep are ex pet lambs and very friendly.



They were not dry. Luckily it was only belly crutching so it didn't really matter and they do look a lot better now. After that was sorted I had a whole afternoon in which to faff about with Wonderflex. It's a thermoplastic that you can heat with a hair dryer or hot water and then mould to shape. And it really is as awesome as everyone says it is.

First I made some inners for elbow and knee guards - those are the orange things in the photo. Then I cut all those other bits for segmented armour and a breastplate. It took bloody ages, and I was doing this when the big earthquake hit. It's a bit .. umm... something.. that I was hiding in my safe spot, still cutting, and thinking "I will not be happy if all this work gets buried under rubble."



The armour plates will be two sheets of Wonderflex sandwiching a piece of yoga mat foam, using this technique (all in German but easy to see what she's doing). That involved cutting all the same pieces from yoga mat, and then making the holes in all three pieces that make up each piece of armour.



Armour has a lot of holes in it. I now have a blister on the back of my index finger from all the pressure of it being bent backwards to push a craft knife through that stuff. I used to get them from crimping when rock climbing, but this is new. Luckily all that is done now.


So, a productive weekend. And since I now have Surprise!Day off! I'll carry on with some of this stuff. Next up, how to prepare old leather for dyeing, cutting fabric to shape for a jacket and tabard, making armour plates, and Yorick horn carving. That should see me right for the day, right?

And with all these half-completed projects on the go, I will hold our building up by sheer force of will if I have to. Although, touchwood I haven't felt an earthquake since last night. It'd be nice to think it's finished now. Also, most of the earthquakes have been centred in Seddon (by the way, not the Seddon reported by the Las Vegas Guardian). Thinking of the folks living there today.

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From:danjite
Date:July 21st, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
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We, too, are off for the day.

Surprise mushroom hunting.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
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Good luck! It's a bit late in the year I would have thought, but even if there are none around it's a nice day for a walk.

I like impromptu days off. ;-)
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From:rivet
Date:July 21st, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm just going to point out that you've said you spent the weekend cutting things up, and then say you're holding up the hands of 2 of your menfolk. That might give the wrong impression ;)

But I quite like the photo of you. It has a combination of smugness and dignity that surprisingly flattering. Who knew?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
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I swear, the hands are still attached to the menfolk. Honest!

Also, that is almost exactly what Happy said about that photo. Apparently I do smug quite well. Who knew?
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From:pixiebelle
Date:July 21st, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
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I always have so many projects going at once... I couldn't imagine only having one at a time. I'm always busy, working on something... But it's stuff I enjoy, so I love it.

We have a lot of earthquakes here in CA, though there hasn't been many since I moved out here... That's uncommon. I keep expecting a big one to hit like they always talk about... Thankfully buildings are built for them out here too.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
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Do you get that thing where you get on a kind of creativity roll, where you're part way through one thing when you have an idea for the next, and then that keeps going until you have projects stacked up for the foreseeable future?

I'm not sure it's entirely healthy, but it's definitely fun. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:July 21st, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Off for the day (my poor manager phoned me at 7 last night to let me know), water damage apparently, although having seen the shot of the BNZ office on Harbour quays which is just down the street from us, I'll grateful if it's only a little water damage.

All those bits of of Centreport slipping into the sea might be making me a little nervous...
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
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Understandably. All those piles of logs and containers.. and workplaces too. I'd be staying away out of self preservation if I were you. O.o
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From:opheliastorn
Date:July 21st, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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We're off for the day - safety inspections ongoing. Apparently two keen souls did make it down to the office this morning, and were promptly rounded up and chucked out again.

Your DA cosplay is incredible - were you at Au Contraire in it the other weekend?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
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I was! It was a real short notice thing - I didn't know the event was on until the day before, then I made that outfit on the Saturday and finished just in time for the costume contest on Saturday night. Fun time!

Also, thank you. I really enjoyed making it and am surprised by how comfortable it is to wear given how quickly it came together.
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From:opheliastorn
Date:July 22nd, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
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You made that in one day? :O That's amazing - what a fantastic job.

I'm just going to sit here, amazed.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, I already had the staff so it was only sewing the tunic and making the bracers, belts and shoulders really. But yeah, it was a bit of a frenzy. ;-)
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From:raincitygirl
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
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Ai yai yai. Glad you're okay.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
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Eee, thanks! Weirdly, I'm not really shaken up (haw!) about it. I thought I'd be a lot more scared than I was.
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 22nd, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
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I also am off for the day, although this fact was not communicated to me until my normal morning bus had reached Petone. Management made the assumption that everyone in Wellington was magically connected to the email system via their company supplied smart phones, and guess who doesn't warrant such toys? Yup, the admin staff who are supposed to keep the place running when everyone else is elsewhere...

Fortunately the bus driver is a friendly chap and diverted his homeward route via Victoria St to collect me and bring me home free of charge.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I got my call at about 10:30 last night, then another this morning going "Don't bother coming in at all." Which was nice. It would suck travelling all the way from the Hutt just to get turned around.
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 29th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
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Love the modeling shot!

Also, sheeeeeep!!!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
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Cute, friendly sheep even! ;-)

I really like that pic, and for me that's kind of rare. Definitely a keeper.
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