Monday, September 15, 2014

Daily Cosplay

Olchobar

As a beardling, Olchobar ventured from his people, living upon the Sea of Erun. He traveled into the distant west. He crossed vast plains and climbed the staggered slopes of hills until he came to a snow capped chain of mountains. Finally, he settled in a small cave upon a ledge overlooking the western valleys and the never ending forest of the Ethvold. He lusted for a power he did not possess. He saw the eastern Kings in their halls of stone and the lords of dwarf and man, and he cursed his common fate.

He lived thus, steeped in envy, for many long years. In time, the cold weathered him, and the forest called to him. He longed for warmth.

This is how the Red God found him, laying out the road before him. “How now, brother. It is cold in this cave, and the power that is yours lies in yonder wood.” The Red God could see the embers of envy in Olchobar’s eyes, and the dwarf, thin and drawn, turned to the Red God. “I am frail and have no weapons, nor gift of the All Father to give.” The Red God sighed, “That is not so Olchobar for I have breathed upon you and no blade, no circumstance but one may end your life. Moreover, I have given you cunning beyond that of any mortal alive, and it is a gift you may use to your benefit.”

Suddenly, Olchobar saw the madness of the Red God’s wisdom, and the world unfolded before him. He slipped down the mountains and left his cave to dwell in the warmth of the spring’s bloom. And with him, he brought a terror of murder to the Ethvold for many years to come.

Lounging on the Job



Philae Landing Site (a Comet's UFO)

Philae has a place to land! The landing craft that has hitched a ride on the probe Rosetta has a target to set boots to the ground. Ten years ago the craft set off from earth and arrived at the target comet about a month ago. Rosetta has been circling the comet looking for a suitable place to send down the Philae landing craft.

Its done. Now all they have to do is send the probe down.

Of course there are aliens living on that comet trying to figure out what is circling in the heavens above and where it comes. Some don't believe it, others think its a hoax staged by their own government, still others believe it brings the healing powers of the gods!

Its just a probe. Everyone in the galaxy is doing it!

Read more.

Comic Preview ~ Elric

Here's ya go! Hardback, chronicles the epic journey of Elric!

This should release this week, September 17.


Armor Up (Mounted Archer)



Movie Trailer ~ John Wick

You can't go wrong with Keanu Reeves, and you really can't go wrong with Keanu Reeves with guns. And this flick seems to have it in spades!

Word of the Day -- Baluster

A baluster— also called spindle or stair stick—is a moulded shaft, square or of lathe-turned form, a form cut from a rectangular or square plank, one of various forms of spindle in woodwork, made of stone or wood and sometimes of metal, standing on a unifying footing, and supporting the coping of a parapet or the handrail of a staircase. Multiplied in this way, they form a balustrade. Individually, a baluster shaft may describe the turned form taken by a brass or silver candlestick, an upright furniture support, or the stem of a brass chandelier, etc.

The earliest examples are those shown in the bas-reliefs representing the Assyrian palaces, where
they were employed as window balustrades and apparently had Ionic capitals. As an architectural element the balustrade did not seem to have been known to either the Greeks or the Romans, but baluster forms are familiar in the legs of chairs and tables represented in Roman bas-reliefs, where the original legs or the models for cast bronze ones were shaped on the lathe, or in Antique marble candelabra, formed as a series of stacked bulbous and disc-shaped elements, both kinds of sources familiar to Quattrocento designers. The application to architecture was a feature of the early Renaissance: late fifteenth-century examples are found in the balconies of palaces at Venice and Verona. These quattrocento balustrades are likely to be following yet-unidentified Gothic precedents; they form balustrades of colonnettes as an alternative to miniature arcading. Rudolf Wittkower withheld judgement as to the inventor of the baluster but credited Giuliano da Sangallo with using it consistently as early as the balustrade on the terrace and stairs at the Medici villa at Poggio a Caiano (ca 1480), with employing balustrades even in his reconstructions of antique structures, and, importantly, with having passed the motif to Bramante (his Tempietto, 1502) and Michelangelo, through whom balustrades gained wide currency in the 16th century. Wittkower distinguished two types, one symmetrical in profile that inverted one bulbous vase-shape over another, separating them with a cushionlike torus or a concave ring, and the other a simple vase shape, whose employment by Michelangelo at the Campidoglio steps (ca 1546), noted by Wittkower, was preceded by very early vasiform balusters in a balustrade round the drum of Santa Maria delle Grazie (ca 1482), and railings in the cathedrals of Aquileia (ca 1495) and Parma, in the cortile of San Damaso, Vatican, and Antonio da Sangallos crowning balustrade on the Santa Casa at Loreto, finally installed in 1535., and liberally in his model for the Basilica of Saint Peter. Because of its low center of gravity, this "vase-baluster" may be given the modern term "dropped baluster".

D'Angelo and Chase Back at It

Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase are together again, this time appearing on an ABC sitcom about a married couple in their 60s, enjoying their retirement, but who end up raising their grand children. No matter what its nice seeing those two on screen. The Vacation movies pitched them as America's perfect couple...real chemistry actually.

Good stuff's a brewing.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Daily Cosplay

This might actually be from a movie, not sure. But it serves. And if it is from a movie, I want to see it.

Kickstarter Breakthrough

We've broken through 11K on the Amazing Adventures Kickstarter and are fast approaching the next stretch goal at 12K. This one is another secret door.

What treasure lies within! Who can say!

Amazing Adventures is a table top RPG that plunges you into the nail biting, hard hitting, fist a cuff world of PULP adventure. It utilizes the tried and true Siege Engine to make it fast and fun!

Check it out!


The Clegerach

So the Clegerarch began, that battle that dwarves sing of in sorrow and triumph. The goblins hurled themselves upon the King and his 40, crashing against the iron wall of their shields. In great slaughter the dwarves threw them back. All this while the folk began to climb the cliffs behind them, pulling themselves up with ropes and spikes, making slings for the young and old. Women and men hauled and pulled to save their kin. And when many were on the cliffs the dragons came, with goblin riders, and washed the cliffs in acid and gas. Dwarves fell by the scores, plummeting to the earth below, screaming in pain and terror, washed in death. Some of the dwarves turned and fought the dragons, leaping upon their high necks, shooting bolts and the like. These are accounted wondrous feats, and many dragon lost his wing. The goblins attacked, and the 40 fought on, and the climbers climbed, and the dragons fell upon them. All day the battle raged until the rock in the earth could drink no more and the blood ran in currents.

As the moon rose Lorin King fell, brought down by a mighty troll. The beast lifted his body and hurled it far afield into the goblin host, and they fell upon it in a mad frenzy. At this time only 18 of the 40 remained, and at the sight of their fallen king they plunged into the mass of the goblin forces. Enraged, the dwarves clove through the goblins, slaying them in droves. Singly and in pairs they fought, and some turned this way and that, lost in the press. Others cut their way through the wall of flesh. Here one fell, there another, lost to the blood rage of the goblins. But everywhere was blood and death until, in the end, two brothers alone made it to Lorin's ruin and they stood over him, waging their bloody campaign.

The goblins never ceased attacking, and rushed, time and again, upon the brothers, trying to pull them down. At last, wearied from the contest the younger brother stumbled and the press forced him from his brother's back to fall in a wash of iron and bone, flesh and blood. The lone brother fought on until a thrust in the back drove him to a knee and he was overwhelmed in the press. At last, rent and torn by many wounds, the brothers died and their bodies consumed with the King upon goblin cook-fires.

Most who climbed onto the walls died, falling to the dragon's wrath. Though tis said that some few escaped into the high cliffs, fleeing over the snow capped mountains, down hidden trails that only the dwarves knew.

The Clegerarch ended only after the moon stood high above. And thus were Grulding Hohle and her people destroyed. Few now speak of the Grulding Dwarves, for the sorrow is too great.

~The Codex of Aihrde

Dwarven Homes

 



Become Legend (Live Action Trailer)

I saw this the other day, this thing is flipping sweet. Become Legend is the latest round for Destiny FPS game. Not had the chance to play it, but want to take the opportunity to point out that Hollywood should start hiring these guys to make movies for us to watch. This stuff is just cool. This Become Legend Vid alone has unique stuff going on (check out the space turtle and hand grenades, I'm pretty sure that guy used dimension door).

Very cool: Become Legend.

Dating Britney Spears (Davis this is for you)

Collectors Edition The Spartan 300

We’ve already moved through half of the 300 signed and numbered Castles & Crusades Black Box Collectors Edition. Less than 150 left! So if your wanting one of them be sure to scoop it up before they are gone.

Inside: The Adventurer’s Backpack with 4 new classes for C&C, Of Gods & Monsters of Aihrde, The Golden Familiar adventure, 10 C&C dice, TLG memorabilia (signed and numbered).

These are the Spartan 300!


Dinosaur - Ikrandraco Avatar

The name comes from the movie, but the dinosaur found in the hills of China, where a warm, fresh-water lake once stood, has little to do with an avatar. About 5 or so feet long, it had flight and possibly a jaw pouch not unlike a pelican's. The beast probably hunted the surface of the lake, scooping up fish in its jaw, holding them in the pouch and devouring them later. That probably means the fish were smaller.

More details at LiveScience.


In any case the new dinosaur was named after the Ikrane from the movie Avatar, the flying dragons they used as mounts.

But in any case these cool looking beasts lived out their lives with no observation, passing through history like so many others, unobserved and unknown.

Armor Up (Warhammer)




UFO Files

As I mentioned in an earlier post UFO sightings are way up across the United States and the world for the matter. Hundreds of UFOs were reported in August alone. These are sightings reported to MUFON (the Mutual UFO network) who, once they receive a report send out a field investigator to unravel the mystery. The majority of cases, about 75% are shown to be natural or man made phenomena, IFOs.

But occasionally there are strange ones.

One that caught my eye (though hasn't been investigated yet) occurred this past week in Arizona. A rancher hard the rumble of jets, as he often does, but when he looked up in the moonlite sky he noticed a boomerang shaped object with 5 lights on its deck being escorted by 2 fighter jets. The jets escorted the UFO into the south, and then moments later, returned without the UFO.

This could be an experimental aircraft, or maybe, just maybe the Air Force had to investigate some kind of flying object, a UFO.  Full Story.

Godzilla from Godzilla

Here's a clip of all the Godzilla moments from the very kick ass movie: Godzilla!

More Movie Vehicles: the Millennium Falcon

From Star Wars VII. The Falcon and an Exwing Fighter in the midst of construction.


I'm looking forward to this movie but the real challenge for all of us will be to judge it on its own merits, not judge it on whether it made us feel like we did when we came out of Star Wars back in 1977. We were tenish then and there is no recapturing that feeling...ever...unless your a Buddhist and believe in reincarnation (or just believe in reincarnation in general).

I suspect it'll be good!

New Batmobile

We have a sneak peak at the new Bat Mobile from the Zac Snyder "Superman is an evil Person" movie. Its some heavy armament.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Word of the Day -- Aquaman


Aquaman is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in comic book titles by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character debuted in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941).  Initially a backup feature in DC's anthology titles, Aquaman later starred in several volumes of a solo title. During the late 1950s and 1960s superhero-revival period known as the Silver Age, he was a founding member of the Justice League of America. In the 1990s Modern Age, Aquaman's character became more serious than in most previous interpretations, with storylines depicting the weight of his role as king of Atlantis.  Later accounts reconciled both facets of the character, casting Aquaman as serious and brooding, saddled with an ill reputation, and struggling to find a true role and purpose beyond his public side as a deposed king and a fallen hero.  The character is rumored to be portrayed by actor Jason Momoa in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although the casting is not confirmed.

Daily Cosplay


Trailer ~ Walking Dead

The Isle of Bliss

South of the bay stood an island of granite, seemingly one stone thrust from the turbulent waters. This isle guarded the approaches to the bay. The Ethrum built a tower there so that they might watch the seas to the south for the coming of the dark, but Prince Morgeld bid them give him the tower, so that he might settle his folk upon the lonely isle. "Give me this isle of stone and I'll hold the southern passages for your people. Unless I and all my company pass to the Wretched Plains, we shall keep any from approaching from the south." And the Ethrum granted the Prince the island, and charged him with its defense.

Prince Morgeld fortified the island, building walls even into the sea, and these stacked upon one the other so that taking one meant only another stood in the way. He set a singular stair from the sea that wound up the bastions, so that any bent on taking the island would do so at great cost. His fleet he set in coves, sheltered from any storm. Atop it all he built a palace of marvelous beauty, its windows facing west to the Wall of Worlds, so he could see the All Father's mist. The Prince learned in time to look past it, to look into the uttermost Void that is beyond all things. He called his island the Land of Bliss, for it grew no food, nor any plant of any kind but some few wild mosses, and no animals but wild sea birds occupied its heights. There he lived his deathless life in the company of other immortals, all refugees of the world, bound in the ecstasies of pleasure and defeat. Here, he ruled with an iron fist, holding the Black Spear, Gorgothorium, in his grasp.

~The Codex of Aihrde

Island Shores





Ghostbusters All Fems!

As you may or may not have heard, the remake of Ghostbusters may have an all female cast.

This is a cool idea, but they need to avoid the slap stick and go into the clever (as the original one) and to do that they need to make some interesting choices on roles (of course this true if they went with all male).

But Bill Murray himself weighed in and suggested both Emma Stone (who would be awesome in this movie) as well Linda Cardellini, who you may know from Freaks and Geeks amongst other things.

All I can say is this: LISTEN TO BILL MURRAY!



Now a little Kendrick and we are good to go!

Armor Up (Japanese Arquebusier)





Watering Holes

Rosetta has been circling a comet in deep space for several weeks now, its purpose is to get a crystal clear image of the comet itself, on all sides. This, in order to land a craft on the spinning space debris. Once they have treads on the ground they can begin a more careful study of the chemical composition of the comet and what it might hold for the future.

Much like watering holes in the desert, comets can serve as way stations in space travel. The chunks of ice are everywhere and if they can be habitable, or at least craft put in orbit around the, then other craft can stop by and harvest their water and move on.

Rosetta should have enough information for the ESA to make their final call on the site this month.


Fallen Angel

Word of the Day -- Mentalist

Mentalism is a performing art in which its practitioners, known as mentalists, appear to demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. Performances may appear to include telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, mind control, memory feats and rapid mathematics. Hypnosis may also be used as a stage tool. Mentalists are sometimes referred to as psychic entertainers.

Much of what the modern mentalist performs in his or her act can be traced back directly to tests of supernatural power that were carried out by mediums, spiritualists and psychics in the 19th Century. However, the history of mentalism goes back even further. Accounts of seers and oracles can be found in works by the ancient Greeks and in the Old Testament of the Bible. Among magicians, the mentalism performance generally cited as one of the earliest on record was by diplomat and pioneering sleight-of-hand magician Girolamo Scotto in 1572.

The performance of mentalism may utilize similar principles, sleights and skills as street magic or stage magic.

Apocalyptic

Yeah, I know I'm obsessed with the apocalypse . . . dang Mayans, roused my hunger but didn't bet it back down!

Volcanoes really do cast shadows of what the apocalypse must surely look like. They vomit massive clouds of ash into the air, hurl boulders for miles, collapse mountains, draw lightning from the heavens and spawn tornadoes. In the wake they turn water to sludge, choke off the light of the sun, and lay waste to the countryside.

Then the fire and lava comes . . . .

In this first image you can see a tornado spawned by this eruption:


Here the ash rolls like a cloud of doom:


It vomits into the atmosphere:


Opens the heavens: