More fun than a box of rubbing alcohol - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 23rd, 2013
09:48 am - More fun than a box of rubbing alcohol
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?