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It's the 'tele' part that makes me go O.o - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 13th, 2013

09:09 am - It's the 'tele' part that makes me go O.o

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Last night..

Me: *looks over at Dr Wheel* "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"

This morning....

Me: *looks over at Dr Wheel* "Eeeeeeeeeeee!"

No I have not been prodding him to make sure he's real. Not very hard, anyway. *ahem* Suffice to say that he is home in one piece and working on convincing his body that it's not actually the other end of the day, and me being knackered after a full day of work yesterday saw us in bed at 7:30pm like the wild and crazy party animals that we aren't. And we have all the Dutch licorice ever. OM NOM NOM NOM


So, sewing the tabard wasn't the hardest thing I've ever sewn - that honour goes to either the Stealth Cloak of Raviness or that rubberised shiny fabric that I refuse to sew ever again ever. But it was up there:



The scales get caught on the edge of the table and the edge of the sewing machine and well, the edge of anything that sticks out really. And it's heavy enough so that if you don't constantly hold it and feed it, it pulls the needle offcentre and that is never good. However, it's more about patience and careful handling than any really technical problem and after about 20 minutes, it was done.



Incidentally, today I am taking The Hoff home to work as a stand for it, because at the moment it's in bags on the floor and I'd like to have it where I can see it coming together. Also, it'll take up less space like that I think. So you might get photos that don't include my carpet. Yup. I won't be posting pics of me in it until a) it's finished and b) pombagira and I have done a proper photo session so I look all magely and stuff.

Anyway, the other thing that's nearly done is the armour. It's all weathered now. I did this by washing it with graphite, then a mix of burnt umber and mars black. You basically make a muddy sloppy mix of paint and water, then slap it on the bit of armour:



Then you dab at it with a paper towel until it looks how you want. The paint settles in dents and cracks and corners, and makes things look old and grubby. Sounds counterproductive, right? But new and shiny is not the look we're going for here. I have an added advantage that the things I'm making don't have to have a high gloss, and because they'd be hand made for real, they would have imperfections and dents anyway - so that covers a multitude of sins and my fuckups actually make it look more authentic. Yay for having a medieval based fandom and not a high-tech one!

The breastplate required a little more care, but here's the finished articles:



They are now ready for their finishing protective coat. Normally, Rub 'n' Buff doesn't require finishing if you do it right because it forms a solid wax coating in itself. But I have painted over it and paint needs finishing. Unfortunately, most paint finishes don't work well over Rub 'n' Buff because they react with it and melt it. However, my trial run using matt Mod Podge appears to be working. It says on the bottle it's a finish too, and so I'm giving it a test run. So far, so good. I'll do the rest tonight, then glue the felt on the back of the pieces (to protect them from each other), and then it'll be ready to thread onto its leather support structures - which looks not a little like bondage. O.o

Meanwhile, the daggers are progressing too:



I am not sure how I feel about that copper colour. It's the second time I've used it and while it's ok, it seems a bit unrealistic/cartoony. I'm going to try weathering it to see if that helps. The other colour which looks like old gold, is actually called bronze. I like that one - I also used it on Cold Blooded - and will probably use it more in the future. Anyway, these are almost ready for their leather handle bindings, then a final touch of silver highlighting to give the blades their edges and these are done too. I hope they strike that balance of looking real enough but not so real that people think they are real weapons and take them off me.

So yeah, I'm getting close to finishing. Ye gods, that went faster than expected! Having said that, there is at least another couple of weeks' work to get it finalised, and now I'm back at work things'll slow down a bit I guess. And then I'd better write that damn academic article that I've been procrastinating on. Ah well, at least my displacement activities are interesting...


Also, a word that was on a flyer from the Netherlands about an art show that was being advertised (at least I think it was an art show, my Dutch is not very good) - teledildonics.

Think about that for a second. Teledildonics.

Yup. Europe is very different from here.

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From:excite_truck
Date:August 12th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)

TELEDILDONICS?

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American freedom is awesome. I am enjoying technology to the fullest. How awesome that you have a flyer from the Netherlands.

I was thinking more telemarketing. Oh wait, that sounds like teledildonics!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 12th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)

Re: TELEDILDONICS?

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Uh... I'm in New Zealand and the flier came on an aeroplane with my partner who has just been visiting the Netherlands. I don't know if this improves your American freedom or not. It definitely is not teledildonics. Or telemarketing for that matter.

*is confused by this comment*
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From:excite_truck
Date:August 12th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)

Re: TELEDILDONICS?

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oh, i thought it was just a sick joke or something cuz teldildonics has the word dildo in it...sorry 4 the confusion
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From:tatjna
Date:August 12th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: TELEDILDONICS?

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No, teledildonics is a real thing, apparently, and does involve dildoes. Whether it's sick or not is up to you to decide. That was kind of the point of mentioning it - I find it amusing because I am 12.
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From:excite_truck
Date:August 12th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)

Re: TELEDILDONICS?

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i am 29...about to turn 30...my twenties are almost over!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 12th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)

Re: TELEDILDONICS?

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Hope you're saving for your retirement, old man.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 13th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
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It's ok, it's more for storage than for fitting - I do all the fitting on myself because even dressmaker's dollies never seem to quite get themselves into my weird shape.

I have a very well sprung ribcage with no boobs. This combo is apparently impossible.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 13th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)

is 12

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boobs...

*points*

you said boobs


*sniggers*

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From:tatjna
Date:August 13th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
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It means there's loads of room inside for lungs - so a broad back and a deep ribcage at the same time. Apparently if you have these, you normally also have breasts.

I'm curious about these normal-shaped boobs as well, because I've never seen a dummy that has them!

(waits for Polly to come and go BOOBS at us)
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From:pundigrion
Date:August 13th, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
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BOOBS!
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From:rivet
Date:August 13th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
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I fear my figure may be old fashioned ;)
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From:kehleyr
Date:August 13th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Can't wait to see you wearing it all :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 13th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
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I am even excited by seeing it on The Hoff! ;-)
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From:fairwells
Date:August 13th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)

crafts, teledildonics

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Love the swords. LOL@teledildonics.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 13th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)

Re: crafts, teledildonics

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Seriously. Teledildonics! *is 12*
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