Shakytown reclaims its name, Tats cuts things up - a normal weekend really - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 22nd, 2013
09:30 am - Shakytown reclaims its name, Tats cuts things up - a normal weekend really
So, hands up who in Wellington is having an impromptu day off because their building hasn't been given the all clear yet? *sticks up own hand, also holds up hands of grist and ferrouswheel*
For those who didn't know, Wellington's been getting a spate of earthquakes, starting with the one I mentioned on Friday and carrying on with a bunch around the 4-5 scale, and one last night that was apparently 6.5. There have been no deaths or major damage (Wellington having been built with earthquakes in mind and also through a large chunk of luck), but precautions are being taken regarding structural damage and safety, so buildings are being checked before folks are allowed in them.
Personally, we've had to pick stuff up off the floor that fell off shelves, but all our tall furniture is bolted to the wall and ornaments stuck down, so it hasn't been too bad really, just a bit of wondering 'is this the big one?' and some quick dives under desks.
So on Friday evening I scored an old brown leather jacket from an op shop and cut it up for its leather pieces, all weathered and old-looking, for my next project. Check out how much leather is in one jacket!
And then on Saturday I was supposed to be shearing but the weather was dismal so while I waited to see if the sheep were dry I made gryphon templates, because that's what you do when you're bored, right?
Those are also for my next project. I'm told it's good to have a few different things on the go so that you can tackle any one of them depending on what you feel like doing. I am taking this advice to heart. Yup.
Anyway, since there were no sheep I went out to Kaiwharawhara and purchased All The Fabric (which I didn't photograph - cue sighs of relief from readers, it's bloody fabric Tats) and then pombagira and I took advantage of the free afternoon to get some photos of the staffs for the Bioware blog post. I won't be sending this one because it doesn't show the full staff, but I really like it:
So I sorted through the photos, picked the Bioware ones, and then I got stuck into Yorick. First, drilling some holes in the skull and placing wires to guide where the horns would go:
Then having another, more educated go with the expanding foam. This time round was slighly less messy and I knew about the dripping, so it didn't turn out as bad. Or at least, I don't think it did. It looks like the world's worst white affro..
Now to set about carving that into something that resembles sheep horns. I'm giving it 48 hours to dry properly because the last lot on the dagger oozed a little when I carved it after 24. Speaking of daggers, they got their first coat of modelling clay on Saturday evening:
It added quite a bit of weight to them, and will give me a nice surface to paint. I've no idea if this technique will work but if it does I'll be rapt.
Sunday I was woken at 7am by an earthquake. It dawned almost as dismal as Saturday, but the sheep were supposedly dry, so I went up to Horokiwi, where it is always at least 2 degrees colder than in town. These sheep are ex pet lambs and very friendly.
They were not dry. Luckily it was only belly crutching so it didn't really matter and they do look a lot better now. After that was sorted I had a whole afternoon in which to faff about with Wonderflex. It's a thermoplastic that you can heat with a hair dryer or hot water and then mould to shape. And it really is as awesome as everyone says it is.
First I made some inners for elbow and knee guards - those are the orange things in the photo. Then I cut all those other bits for segmented armour and a breastplate. It took bloody ages, and I was doing this when the big earthquake hit. It's a bit .. umm... something.. that I was hiding in my safe spot, still cutting, and thinking "I will not be happy if all this work gets buried under rubble."
The armour plates will be two sheets of Wonderflex sandwiching a piece of yoga mat foam, using this technique (all in German but easy to see what she's doing). That involved cutting all the same pieces from yoga mat, and then making the holes in all three pieces that make up each piece of armour.
Armour has a lot of holes in it. I now have a blister on the back of my index finger from all the pressure of it being bent backwards to push a craft knife through that stuff. I used to get them from crimping when rock climbing, but this is new. Luckily all that is done now.
So, a productive weekend. And since I now have Surprise!Day off! I'll carry on with some of this stuff. Next up, how to prepare old leather for dyeing, cutting fabric to shape for a jacket and tabard, making armour plates, and Yorick horn carving. That should see me right for the day, right?
And with all these half-completed projects on the go, I will hold our building up by sheer force of will if I have to. Although, touchwood I haven't felt an earthquake since last night. It'd be nice to think it's finished now. Also, most of the earthquakes have been centred in Seddon (by the way, not the Seddon reported by the Las Vegas Guardian). Thinking of the folks living there today.