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I am a robot. At least, I can be robot coloured if I try... - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 9th, 2013

09:59 am - I am a robot. At least, I can be robot coloured if I try...

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Today I am finally starting to feel better. No more wacky temperatures, a desire to eat something other than ice cream, and a cough that'd make any self-respecting farmer want to drench me for lungworm are the order of the day today. It's a relief. And apart from the possibility of having to wrestle sheep tomorrow, I have another three days to get fully well.

Looking out the window, I may even get a reprieve from the sheep. Also, I am a bit scared of what'll happen when I go back to the gym. It's now been over a week since I trained. Will I have lost much ground? I hope not. I guess the very fact that I'm thinking of training is good news, right?


I realise that my blog lately has been almost exclusively about the Regalia of Weisshaupt project, and that that probably isn't everyone's cup of tea. That's ok, it won't last forever and then I'll go back to my usual mix of bullshit, ranting and sheep pics. Meanwhile, this is the most ambitious project I've undertaken in such a condensed period of time, and I want a record for myself of what was involved. Eventually I'll probably start a separate blog for this sort of project, but meanwhile, you get regaled with my artistic obsessions. Lucky you.

Yesterday I progressed the scalemail to 75% - that means 6 of the 8 required strips are done and sewn on to the tabard. I'll do another today and another tomorrow and that'll be finished. I also completed all work on the knee guards/greaves and dubbined them. They are done. I prepared the leather straps to go around the arms of the jacket, and then got to dremel-sanding the armour for its last time.

*cue celebration as tats puts away the gesso and the dremel*

And then I coloured the armour. As mentioned before, I'm using Rub 'n' Buff, which is a wax-based alternative to paint that comes out to a metallic finish. Here's how it goes:

First, get your bit of stuff to be coloured:



See that tiny tube? That's 15ml of Rub 'n' Buff. It costs $15 a tube, but that wee tube did almost all of my armour. I literally took two tiny squeezes from the second tube to finish. So price wise, it's comparable to using spray paint. Whether it's less messy is debatable. Also, that raggy looking cloth will come into play later.

Next step, squeeze a tiny bit out onto your finger:



As you can see it doesn't just get on your finger, it gets on everything it touches. I think it'd be fairly easy to coat yourself entirely in this stuff if you weren't careful. Luckily, it comes off with soap and water and a bit of scrubbing.

Then you spread the wee blob as far as it'll go on the piece of armour:




That bit isn't spread as far as it'll go - it will go about twice as far if you work at it. And from what I understand of this stuff, this step is the most important. One of the biggest complaints about Rub 'n' Buff is that it comes off. And because it's a wax, it's hard to seal (although I understand some folks have had good results with floor polish). The thing is, it's a wax. So it works like car wax - if you don't give it the elbow grease when you're applying it and do the Buff part properly (with the raggy looking cloth), there'll be uncured residue left over and this is what comes off. So it's in the interest of a good job to really spread that stuff as far as it'll go. Luckily for me I'm a stingy arse so it got the full treatment, and as far as I can tell I've no real residue left over.

Here's some I prepared earlier:



Done! All in less than an hour, and will little to no cleanup required. Next step: weathering. Guess what I'll be doing today?


I am also going to drag my sorry arse to Fidels for a while, because one of rivet's friends from Melbourne is over and would like to catch up with some burners. I'm pretty sure I'm past being contagious, but I don't know how long I'll last.

And at some point, I should probably eat a vegatable.

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From:rivet
Date:August 8th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I don't have to be into your fandom to appreciate the enthusiasm, ingenuity and skill you bring to your projects. Any more than I do Mike's or Jez's. I just think it's awesome that you do it.

Give Dana a squeeze for me. She likes you a lot :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 8th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I like her a lot too! I will try not to breathe on her or she may like me less. ;-)

One of the reasons I do this is because the 2D things Bioware creates are, in my opinion, works of art that deserve to be brought into reality. So even though it's really crafting, I like to think of it as art. I'm glad you understand. ;-)
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From:girlguitarist
Date:August 8th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Your project just impresses me more with every post. I wish I was crafty like that! I want to make sweet cosplay costumes and I wouldn't even be able to glue a pipe cleaner onto something ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 8th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I have no luck with pipe cleaners either! I put them in my hair once, and looked like a giant alien octopus. O.o

I'm glad you like my project, it's been a fun wee obsession.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 8th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
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hooray fidels!! and making stuffs!

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From:tatjna
Date:August 8th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I almost feel like I should wear one of those little masks when out in public. ;-/
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From:rivet
Date:August 8th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Some of the international students on campus do that. It freaks me out.
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From:jvmatucha
Date:August 9th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
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Wrestling sheep? What? (Forgive me, I'm new here...)

If you've been out of the gym for a week you should bounce back all right, especially if your body's been recovering from something. Just take it easy when you get back in.

That armor is helluv cool! Are you going to cover your entire body with that silver stuff at some point? :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 9th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
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Heh, I have a part time sideline job shearing and crutching sheep for local smallfarmers. Tomorrow I'm supposed to be belly crutching some heavily pregnant ewes - probably only about 8 of them - for a guy out in Tawa. It will involve a certain amount of wrestling, because usually they are bigger than I am. ;-)

Doing it while convalescing is going to be all sorts of fun. You're probably right about the gym though, I'll try to take it easy when I go back on Monday.

Being silver all over would definitely be interesting, although I'd rather put it on someone else than myself.

*looks around for volunteers*

*crickets chirping*

Ah well, I can dream..
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From:nick_101
Date:August 9th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
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The armor turned out shiny. Great work.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 9th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Hee, thanks! ;-)
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From:kehleyr
Date:August 9th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I definitely don't mind seeing and hearing about your projects... I love seeing creativity... and whatever form it might come in :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:August 9th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I feel the same and I'm always stoked when people post what they are making. But I'm aware this has been a bit obsessive too! ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:August 9th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Admit it ... you're only on sickleave so you can make progress with the project ... ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 9th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha, it certainly hasn't hurt!
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From:pundigrion
Date:August 9th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I love it all on one blog!

ALso I wonder if that is the stuff all the street artists use to turn themselves silver...
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From:tatjna
Date:August 9th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! I kind of hope not, it's a bit smelly and takes some scrubbing to get off - but it's definitely effective.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:August 9th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
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BURNING MAN IS VERY SOON
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From:tatjna
Date:August 10th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
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UPDATE FROM THE PLAYA PLZ
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From:fairwells
Date:August 9th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)

regalia of weisshaupt

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I really enjoy watching the progress of your Regalia of Weisshaupt project. I've never seen anything like it before and you're very talented. The armour looks great!

Glad you're feeling better :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 10th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)

Re: regalia of weisshaupt

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Thank you. ;-) Today I felt well enough to deal with those sheep, which turned into a bit of an adventure in veterinary practice. O.o There will be a post about this on Monday. Or maybe tomorrow if I'm feeling motivated.
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From:fairwells
Date:August 13th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)

Re: regalia of weisshaupt

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I look forward to reading this post then :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 13th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)

Re: regalia of weisshaupt

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Hee! I posted about it yesterday. It included pic (behind a cut because some folks are grossed out by such things).
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From:fairwells
Date:August 13th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)

Re: regalia of weisshaupt

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Ack. I'm a day behind in reading my friends list. I'll get to it tonight or tomorrow the latest :D
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