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Happy news and a lot of leather strapping, together at last - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 15th, 2013

09:44 am - Happy news and a lot of leather strapping, together at last

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So I heard from DoomBoy, apologising for, but not explaining, the 'mix-up'. I'm still kind of angry, but apparently he'll be back next Wednesday or Thursday and by then I probably won't be. I dunno, is this a sacking offence? He's done a very good job until now, his rates are reasonable and we get along pretty well. I guess everyone gets one fuckup?


I mean really really, nearly there. Remember back a few weeks ago how I was all EVERYTHING IS PREP WHEN WILL I STOP DOING PREP ARGH? Well, it seems I've stopped doing prep. The stuff is made, and now it's mostly just being assembled. Last night I added buckles to the armour straps and attached them to the breastplate:



Note the leatherworking tool collection: hole punch (which now works properly dreadbeard - I fixed the German engineering with kiwi ingenuity and a pair of pliers), rivets, rivet setter and anvil, awl, mallet for setting rivets, pen for marking holes, and the ubiquitous scrap bit of leather for backing, well.. everything. I inherited this scrap from my Mum and I know eventually I'll have to throw it out because it'll be more holes than leather, but it has sentimental value and while it's still useful, I'm keeping it.

There is a total of 11m of leather strapping in this outfit. This is some of it:



Shoulder straps crossing at the back and attaching at the front to hold the breastplate on, long straps from the front of the breastplate, crossing in the small of the back and holding the leg armour plates on, a belt to hold the waist armour on, and multiple straps for the gauntlets and greaves.. all the leather, essentially. And it all has to be dubbined and softened because the dyeing process strips what little moisture it had right out (because most leather dyes contain alcohol - although I wouldn't try drinking them). This involves rubbing the dubbin in and then bending it as far as it'll go one way along the entire length, then again the other way, then twisting and wrenching it until it's soft.

Then I made a gauntlet. Here's an action shot (blurry from the speed of my sewing):



My stitching is actually neater than this picture would lead you to believe. Honest. Anyway, the Gloves of the Silent One are actually portrayed as made in one piece (ie glove and gauntlet attached together), but I've made a separate set of gloves and bracers so that if I'm too hot I can take the gloves off and still be armoured. They look hardcore on. Well, it looks hardcore on. And gives me +12 armour and +3.5% healing. Guess I'd better do the other one then.

And here is a picture of The Hoff wearing what's been completed so far:



Tonight I'll thread the leg armour plates onto their straps and set them in place. After that, there are a few small tasks (velcro-ing the gryphon badge for the left shoulder for easy attachment/removal, painting a couple of keepers to match the armour, making the hood), and then it's done. I really am nearly there!


And in happy news, my client from Saturday called me this morning to let me know that the ewe whose bearing I replaced had her lamb yesterday, and since the internal pressure has let up her bearing is staying in place without the retainer. Because I'm like that, I suggested he keep a close eye on her anyway in case there's another lamb in there that hasn't come out yet, or in case she shows signs of internal infection, but *fingers crossed* I think we can call that one a success!

This makes me very happy. So often these things turn out badly, and quite often I never find out how they turned out at all. This guy is fast becoming one of my favourite clients. ;-)

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From:pombagira
Date:August 14th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
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so doomboy, well if this is the first time.. (and he may of contacted all of his other clients, but your email somehow slipped of the list?) then not a fireable offense, to my mind.. but if it is something that continues, as in no contact about holidays to be taken in advance.. then yes a fireable offence.. everyone fecks it all up no matter how much or how hard they try once and a while..it is what makes us human.. so i would be incline to given Mr Doomboy a chance, it could of just been a one off thing.. and he may of contacted all of his other clients, but your email somehow slipped of the list?

*ponders things*

also

Balls


*grins*
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From:pombagira
Date:August 14th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
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oh and excited about fun armour costumes and soon photos to be taking..

*skips about*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 14th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's kind of how my thinking is going as well. "OK, but please don't do that again kthx."

About the armour: I R EXCITE. Also, I've realised that anyone who's been following along at home will probably have seen this enough times now that they would recognise it even if they aren't in the fandom. Hehehehe ...
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:August 15th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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I think it's a bit unreasonable to be thinking about sacking a gym trainer for missing a week.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
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Probably. It's actually two weeks, although the first week I had texted him to cancel because I was sick, and just never got a reply. The second week I showed up at the gym, to be told by someone else that he was out of the country. It's not the missing a week, it's the not telling me he was going to be away/was away that bothers me. It makes me feel as if I don't matter, and that makes me angry.

As I said in my post, I'll be over that by next week. And as I said further down, mistakes happen. So I won't be sacking him, but it was an unprofessional thing to do that I don't want to see a repeat of.

Is that reasonable?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
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It's understandably rude if you've got a standing appointment. However, when I took 2 weeks off, I didn't tell all my clients or remind the others in the approaching week, because they don't own my life. But then, I hate people and I'd be a terrible trainer or service provider!
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From:grist
Date:August 15th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
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"rubbing the dubbin" *titter*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
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You are so 12..
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Ooooo this costume is looking SO good.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
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I tried it on last night for the first time and OMG I AM STOKED at how it looks. It's not quite done (one gauntlet and some fiddly bits to go) but EEEEeeeeeee!

Now to find somewhere to wear it. Not work, although my colleagues are trying to encourage me to do that....
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From:meathiel
Date:August 15th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
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And where's the photo of you carrying the Huff through town???
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Damn, you know that didn't even occur to me? And now I feel silly, especially since the most convenient handle to hold him by was his 'package'.. O.o
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From:pundigrion
Date:August 21st, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
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Hee!
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