Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Daily Cosplay

Movie Trailer ~ Macbeth (I'm all jittery!!)

Sweet souls this looks good!

Red Sonja, Tarzan

Despite her habit of dressing like Conan . . . which I'm sure she does to show the Cimmerian that she too doesn't need armor to fight . . . Red Sonja has to be one of the most photogenic characters of all time. Her blazing red hair, powerful physic, blood soaked blades, curvaceous form, all strike that perfect chord in a culture steeped in heroic violence and charmed by beauty and primeval power.

Its the appeal of the shamelessly attired Tarzan of the Apes, who wears even less than Conan the Barbarian.

All these figures appeal to our sense of perfection, something, that once attained, stands above all other mundane portrayals of droopy eyed realism.

ps: the reason they don't wear armor is because they are so bad ass, that they don't need it.

Imaginarium ~ In the Sun's Trail

Bill Murray On Ghostbusters

Bill Murray broke his silence on the Ghostbusters remake. As you may or may not remember, Murray agreed to do a cameo in the movie. Its a small piece, but puts him squarely on the screen. He did this, it turns out, because he wanted to make sure that his fans knew the movie had his blessing. Not wanting to be a line in a review that remarked "Murray declined to play..." he beat the whole thing to the punch by being there.

"And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval.”
Which is a pretty cool tip of the hat by the star.

You can read the whole thing here on Nerdbastards.

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Weapon of the Day

Mortuary Sword

A type of broadsword with a long blade, of medium weight, double edged with a sharp point that tapers toward the tip of the sword. The sword’s hilt has a basket which is often very elaborate. The mortuary sword is designed as a cavalry sword with chopping as its primary function. However, the blade is not heavy enough to produce great chopping action but its size and design made it an excellent thrusting weapon. The blade measures about 42” in length and weighs approximately 2.4lbs.

Movie Trailer ~ Fifth Wave

From the Flame

Explosio by Kipine

Word of the Day -- Monopoly (Game)

Monopoly is a board game that originated in the United States in 1903 as a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one in which monopolists work under few constraints and to promote the economic theories of Henry George and in particular his ideas about taxation and women’s rights. The current version was first published by Parker Brothers in 1935. Subtitled "The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game", the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly—the domination of a market by a single entity. It is now produced by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. Players move around the gameboard buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them all into bankruptcy leaving one monopolist in control of the entire economy. Since the board game was first commercially sold in the 1930s, it has become a part of popular world culture, having been locally licensed in more than 103 countries and printed in more than 37 languages.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Daily Cosplay

The Hollow Skull

It is well recorded that before the fall of Aenoch and the rise of the Unklar and Aufstrag that many of the nobles of that realm fell to the fad of being slain and risen from the dead. They returned as undead lords and knights. Many of these went on to serve Unklar in their own fashion and fleshed ranks of officers and commanders.

Such was one Baron Herovich. An evil man in life, he became dreadful in death. He haunted the realm of his people for years and when he passed to the service of Unklar he continued to haunt it. His guile and his robust approach to meting out punishment allowed him to rise high in the ranks of Winter’s Dark. But that all ended when Unklar was banished from the plain and his earthly realm collapsed. Herovich was one who attempted to rally the peoples of Aufstrag around the priests but was shunned and driven to the deep holes of Aufstrag by Coburg the Undying (who now holds dominion in the Citadel.

Hereovich lingered in the darkness for many years until he felt his strength returned. He gathered a small army about him and waged war in and around the lower levels until he was driven to heal. He took up refuge in the stables in the Bone Pit. From there he plotted to master the bone devils and bent himself to that task. He attempted to over-awe the devils of the Long Hall but failed. He attempted to split their ranks but found them indifferent to the power of the world. At last he made war on them, summoning the undead to aid him.

It was a short lived war as the bone devils made short work of his people and drove him to the edge of the Dwimmelere. There he fought, but fell to the overwhelming strength. Though he was not destroyed, his bones were carted off, all in separate directions, so that his power was much wasted.

Herovich now is little more than a skull. For the longest while he sat atop one of the columns, watching and plotting, hoping against hope that somehow fate might reunite him with his scattered and much ruined bones. Eventually he was knocked off the column and landed with a thud and a crack to his cranium on the floor below.

There he sits, nestled against the column, looking out from his hollow eyes.

Aufstrag, The Bone Pit

Imaginarium ~ Into the Night

Weapon of the Day

Spontoon (half-pike)

This weapon consists of a 6 foot long shaft with a double edge blade attached to the top. At the base of the blade is another crescent shaped blade extending out. The tips of the crescent pointed up and the belly is sharpened. The weapon is used similar to a pike though is more easily maneuvered due to its shorter length. The blade length is approximately 12 inches making the overall length of the weapon 7 feet. It weighs about 9.8lbs. It originated in Italy.

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Fire Hardened Spear

You know we always give recognition to the caveman, or woman, who harnessed fire, and invented a way to make fire, as well as the one who created the wheel. These people made a pretty significant contribution.

But what about the one who figured out fire-hardened spears? That's a pretty important leap in weapon's technology. To go from a throwing stick to a spear with a hard point. It keeps the weapon sharp, together and a far more useful in flight.

Somewhere along the line this caveman...or woman...stumbled on or had the idea to make fire hardened spears.

That's pretty cool. That and flushing toilets.

Movie Trailer ~ The Scortch Trials

In the Deep Quiet

Word of the Day -- Ambergris

Ambergris is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish colour produced in the digestive system of sperm whales.

Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, faecal odour. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent commonly likened to the fragrance of rubbing alcohol without the vaporous chemical astringency. Although ambergris was formerly highly valued by perfumers as a fixative (allowing the scent to last much longer), it has now largely been replaced by synthetics.

Ambergris occurs as a bile duct secretion of the intestines of the sperm whale and can be found floating upon the sea, or lying on the coast. It is also sometimes found in the abdomens of whales. Because the beaks of giant squids have been found embedded within lumps of ambergris, scientists have theorised that the substance is produced by the whale's gastrointestinal tract to ease the passage of hard, sharp objects that the whale might have eaten. The sperm whale usually vomits these, but if one travels further down the gut, it will be covered in ambergris.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily Cosplay

16 Seconds of Cool ~ Star Wars

In case you missed it on instagram earlier yesterday (today) or at some point, Disney dropped a nice 16 seconds of cool. Its only a few shots, but what you can see is EPIC!

Falls the Divide

As is known the Darkenfold is divided into two large plateaus. In the west they are starkly divided by Alice's Bluff, named so for the mother of the child kidnapped by the elven king who threw herself from the cliff to the rocky creek below. The bluff runs from the cloudy Mistbane River to the tangled thickets that grow along the cliffs at Gurthap Falls. Here two river join, the Wachita and Westerling. Their tumbled paths collide beneath the stark cliff that houses the castle of the same name.

Gurthap Heights straddles the lip of land that lies between the confluence. It commands both rivers, the falls and the larger river to the south. None know now who built it, or why, situated as it is, in the deeps of the forest. But it has stood the test of time . . .

Falls the Divide

Imaginarium ~ By the Moon's Wane Light

Sparta Uncovered

Mycenaean Sparta was part of a larger culture that dominated mainland Greece, as well as some of the outlying islands. It predated the Sparta that we know from popular history, the Sparta ruled by two kings who forged unconquerable armies for 3-4 centuries. Roll the clock back another 1000 or so years and you have Mycenae.

Archeologists have recently uncovered a palace located just north of where traditional Sparta existed. Its a huge find because we don't have a lot of info on Mycenae, much of it coming from a few sites that were burned and destroyed by forces unknown.  The palace has a small host of artifacts in it, from murals to drinking cups.

More interestingly there a number of clay tablets with names and transactions written on them. These survived the centuries, because when this palace was burnt, they fires baked the tablets, preserving them.

Very cool. Read on.

Movie Trailer 2 ~ Rock the Kasbah

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Weapon of the Day

Framea! (Migration period spear)

This spear is made of a thin shaft of soft wood, such a pine or heavier hardwoods. The shaft is approximately 6 feet long. The spear head on top is very narrow. A slight bulge at the base tapers gently to a fine point. These spears are light weight, excellently balance and capable of being thrown a long distance. Due to their light weight they are also excellent melee weapons as well. They can be used equally well from horseback and afoot. The blade is approximately 1 foot long making the spears length 7 feet. It weighs about 3lbs.

Here's Your Villain

Concept art by Chris Rallis

Word of the Day -- Twenty-Cent Piece

The American twenty-cent piece was a coin struck from 1875 to 1878, but only for collectors in the final two years. Proposed by Nevada Senator John P. Jones, it proved a failure due to confusion with the quarter, with which it was close in size.

In 1874, the newly elected Senator Jones began pressing for a twenty-cent piece, which he stated would alleviate the shortage of small change in the Far West. The bill passed Congress, and Mint Director Henry Linderman ordered pattern coins struck. Linderman eventually decided on an obverse similar to that of other silver coins. Although the coins had a smooth edge, rather than reeded as with other silver coins, the new piece was close to the size of, and immediately confused with, the quarter. Adding to the bewilderment, the obverse, or "heads", sides of both coins were almost identical. After the first year, in which over a million were minted, there was little demand, and the denomination was abolished in 1878. At least a third of the total mintage was later melted by the government. Numismatist Mark Benvenuto called the twenty-cent piece "a chapter of U.S. coinage history that closed almost before it began".