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More fun than a box of rubbing alcohol - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 23rd, 2013

09:48 am - More fun than a box of rubbing alcohol

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Yesterday I only felt 3 earthquakes. I know there were loads more, since Dr Wheel seems to be Earthquake-Sense-O-Guy and he's been all "Earthquake!" every half hour or so for the last few days. But I seem to be oblivious to anything under about 4.5. Until I get to work that is. 5 storeys up, they suddenly get a lot more noticeable. When I got here, the little cardboard Evil Genius statue thing on my filing cabinet had fallen over. CARNAGE!

The jury's still out on whether the one on Sunday was the big one, or whether we are still building up to a big one. I am taking a fatalistic viewpoint, we are as prepared as we can be and now we just wait, I guess.


I don't think I even left the house yesterday. Even the gym was closed so I got a reprieve from training (which I have to catch up today), and spent the day fiddling about with stuff. In the morning, I cut out all the pieces I needed to make the gauntlets and knee guards for the latest creation. Then I treated it with this preparation stuff that's designed to remove coatings and get the leather ready to take dye. This is because I need all the leather to be the same colour and right now it isn't. Here's what I now have:



And this morning, the other leather I need to make all the straps (about 11m of it) arrived, pre-cut because I'm crap at straight lines. That also needs dyeing, so guess what I'm up to tonight? Yay!

And then I got to spend the afternoon moulding plastic. It's nowhere near as hard as it sounds. This stuff is literally amazing in its versatility. You zap it with a heat gun (hair dryer will work but my little $15 jobbie was too slow) till it's soft, then it'll stick to itself or pretty much anything else, and is mouldable. By the time you've got the adhere-ey bits to stick to each other, it's cool enough so that with a layer of greaseproof paper between your skin and the stuff, you can place it on your body. As long as you hold still for about 5 minutes, it'll cool to a fairly rigid shape that matches. I made a breastplate:



The gryphon is made from craft foam, which just stuck straight to the plastic once it was heated. I also made two pieces of a 12-piece leg armour set. Only 10 to go. Each piece takes about half an hour, but once it's done, it's pretty much ready for painting. So fast, and so easy!

Also, I just realised I haven't actually said what I am making. It's this:



The Regalia of Weisshaupt armour set from DA2:Legacy - Robes of the Silent One for mages. Because it's not often a mage gets armour that actually looks like armour, and I've never seen this one being cosplayed. It also appeals because of the amount of different skills and crafts that go into making it - there's variety there which keeps it interesting. And one of the things I love about the DA gear is that they've clearly thought about how these things would work in physical reality. The only cheating they've done is the magical magnetism that sticks weapons to people's backs. If you look at that picture (and the other views I have), how the armour is attached is actually shown and it will work when reproduced as a costume. Anyway, yes, my dorkiness knows no bounds and I am revelling in the opportunity to make this thing real.

Why? Because I can. Also, why not?


And for my own reference, things I need to be making progress on over the next few weeks:

1. Bioware blog - almost ready.
2. Yorick - well in hand.
3. Legacy armour - ongoing.
4. Brainfart - stalled on a hard bit, so I need to set aside a day to get over that hump and just force myself to do it. I nominate this Saturday.
5. Daggers - approaching painting/final touches stage.
6. Magister Staff - now split into 2 projects, a light-free but strong Magister replica, and The Original Staff of the Glowy Moon Thing With Leaves, which is what I'll use the UV gubbins for. On the back burner for now.
7. Article about BZP for publication. Dedicate August to this. Well, some of it. At least one day a weekend and some reading time in the week, anyway...
8. Blade of Mercy - about to move from thinking stage to drawing stage.

All this has to be done by shearing season. By which time I'll have more things to do, because that's how I roll. And then I really ought to apply for a scholarship and enrol in university like an adult. But right now, I'm having far too much fun making stuff and I'm not keen to go back and be all serious about serious things. Maybe I'll get over that?

Maybe not.

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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
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It's totally a competition. Therefore I win at a) having the most LEDs and b) having the widest variety of stuff making a mess in my house.

Also, I'm not convinced the being on MDMA while trying to do some of these things would necessarily lead to the things being any good. But I am pretty sure I'd be happy while doing them. Yep.
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From:c_maxx
Date:July 22nd, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Either that, or it's Jane and the Dragon after she gets knighted.

Don't watch Qubo channel?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I don't know what Qubo channel is. Or who Jane and the Dragon are either, for that matter...
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From:tatjna
Date:July 23rd, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
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Heh, this is true, and something I hadn't considered. I keep a pair in my bag at all times, which you're welcome to use if you need them.

Meanwhile, yes the controller does turn our XBox on from your place. ;-)
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From:fairwells
Date:July 23rd, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)

crafty

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I like the The Regalia of Weisshaupt armour set from DA2:Legacy. That looks amazing. I wish I had the skills to craft the items you're making in your projects. They look really professional. Thank you for the add and I look forward to interacting with you here :)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 23rd, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)

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Nice to meet you too! ;-)

I consider myself lucky to have the resources to be able to muck about with these sorts of things and learn how to do them. I do wonder though, what I'll do with all the finished costumes I'm making. It's not like we have a lot of opportunities for cosplay in New Zealand, so mostly I guess I'll just look wistfully at them and maybe go to the odd con in Australia. ;-)
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From:ingenious76
Date:July 23rd, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
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I experienced an earthquake when in Alaska. Scary...but also pretty amazing.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 23rd, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
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Gosh. I never would have thought of Alaska as the sort of place to have earthquakes. Shows how much I know.

And yeah, it's nature's grandeur at its .. finest? Freakiest? Something, anyway.
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From:meathiel
Date:July 23rd, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
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Pity you don't live anywhere near me ... I'd so order some Steampunk outfit from you ... haha ...

And eek ... earthquakes ...
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From:tatjna
Date:July 23rd, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Heh. It seems most people who do cosplay around here are currently into steampunk. At least, the thing I went to the ratio of steampunk:non-steampunk was about 2:1. I've never tried making steampunk stuff, but I can definitely see the appeal! ;-)
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From:meri_sielu
Date:July 23rd, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
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The armour you are making is awesome! :D
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From:tatjna
Date:July 23rd, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I hope it turns out looking something like what I want, because I've pretty much never done anything like this before and it's going to take a LOT of time to get finished.
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 29th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
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Ooooh, that is pretty awesome mage armour!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
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Seriously, how often to mages get to wear armour that actually looks like armour?

On the flip side, the outfit's going to weigh about 10kg, and that's with the plates made of plastic instead of metal. Since mages are notoriously squishy, maybe they don't normally get armour because they can't hold it all up! ;-)
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From:kehleyr
Date:July 29th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh very cool :-)
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