That’s right folks, I’ve moved the blog to here http://blog.mandalorianblues.com/ come by and visit!
So, I happen to have a particular soft spot in my heart for folks with orange kits. Maybe the bucket was banned by the Mercs for “official” use, but if ner vod here isn’t planning on becoming official, then why bother nitpicking?!
His armor is good looking, he LOVES it, and let’s face it, that photo-shoot IS pretty badass right! If he took the time to make this kit and put work into all the bending, shaping, and cutting, then why not praise him?
Great job ner vod!
Heya folks, my best mate and I are trying to get our design off the ground, please share this and vote too!
Yeah, so I found my “magical aging potion” last night and had all intent to get to work weathering that specimen jar, along with a few other projects I’ve got going. Let me tell you what… it was NASTY. Yeah, I sort of figured it would be alright to use since I had it stored in a jar and sealed pretty well. I was wrong, oh so wrong. I’ll cut you in on my secret. I don’t use measurements, so you’ll have to mix it to your own liking. My Aging Potion is a mix of instant coffee, water, light brown acrylic paint, some cocoa powder (not the instant kind), and a bit of dirt. Yup, that’s it. I put all that in a jar, close the lid and shake the hell out of it. Then, I brush it on whatever I’m aging, let it dry, then brush on some more. Once that is dry, I spray on a bit of sealant. Usually that spray stuff from the craft store.
Now, when it comes to the labels on my bottles, I glue the label down after only a little bit of aging. Then, I let the glue dry. Once that is dry, I take fine grit sandpaper and rough up the edges, I even make a few hole sometimes, then I brush on the aging potion and let it soak into the edges and sanded area pretty well, then hit it with the hair dryer. Use a low setting so you don’t heat up your glass, that would cause the wax to melt and you don’t necessarily want that to happen. Then, hit it with the spray sealer.
However, use what you need to, then throw away the rest of the potion… it might keep for a few days or weeks, but any time after that, you get FUNK CITY when you reopen that bad boy. And not the funk city with Bootsy Collins either.
So, by now I think everybody has seen Specimen Jar #2 and has wondered; “Hey Doc, if that is the second one why was the third one finished first?”. Well, I don’t really know. I sculpted #2, jarred it, and sealed it but never got around to adding the label and aging it. Not to worry my friends, I’ll be getting on that this weekend. I am also working on a small project that will allow a bit better presentation of my Lovecraft inspired props. Yeah, I’m not a fan of the white poster-board background either. After looking at similar props and how their artists presented them, I must say it is time for your friendly, neighborhood Doctor to upgrade a bit. If I am going to take time and energy to create these things, then I, as an artist, should care to present them in a much better way to you amazing folks… you deserve it! All of your kind comments over the last few days has meant quite a lot to me, and I thank you so much for them.
I’d like to take the time to say a big “Thank You!” to ‘CapnSkusting over at deviantART for the great new background here, and for the future header he is working on for me. Skusting and I go pretty far back as friends. He was one of the first people I met when I joined SecondLife a number of years ago. That pretty much made him my first friend as well. I suggest you go take a look at his amazing artwork, make sure to tell him “Doc” sent you!!!
The inhabitants of Kingsport say and think many things about the Terrible Old Man which generally keep him safe from the attention of gentlemen like Mr. Ricci and his colleagues, despite the almost certain fact that he hides a fortune of indefinite magnitude somewhere about his musty and venerable abode. He is, in truth, a very strange person, believed to have been a captain of East India clipper ships in his day; so old that no one can remember when he was young, and so taciturn that few know his real name. Among the gnarled trees in the front yard of his aged and neglected place he maintains a strange collection of large stones, oddly grouped and painted so that they resemble the idols in some obscure Eastern temple. This collection frightens away most of the small boys who love to taunt the Terrible Old Man about his long white hair and beard, or to break the small—paned windows of his dwelling with wicked missiles; but there are other things which frighten the older and more curious folk who sometimes steal up to the house to peer in through the dusty panes. These folk say that on a table in a bare room on the ground floor are many peculiar bottles, in each a small piece of lead suspended pendulum-wise from a string. And they say that the Terrible Old Man talks to these bottles, addressing them by such names as Jack, Scar—Face, Long Tom, Spanish Joe, Peters, and Mate Ellis, and that whenever he speaks to a bottle the little lead pendulum within makes certain definite vibrations as if in answer.
Those who have watched the tall, lean, Terrible Old Man in these peculiar conversations, do not watch him again. But Angelo Ricci and Joe Czanek and Manuel Silva were not of Kingsport blood; they were of that new and heterogeneous alien stock which lies outside the charmed circle of New England life and traditions, and they saw in the Terrible Old Man merely a tottering, almost helpless grey-beard, who could not walk without the aid of his knotted cane, and whose thin, weak hands shook pitifully. They were really quite sorry in their way for the lonely, unpopular old fellow, whom everybody shunned, and at whom all the dogs barked singularly. But business is business, and to a robber whose soul is in his profession, there is a lure and a challenge about a very old and very feeble man who has no account at the bank, and who pays for his few necessities at the village store with Spanish gold and silver minted two centuries ago.
Messrs. Ricci, Czanek, and Silva selected the night of April 11th for their call. Mr. Ricci and Mr. Silva were to interview the poor old gentleman, whilst Mr. Czanek waited for them and their presumable metallic burden with a covered motor-car in Ship Street, by the gate in the tall rear wall of their host’s grounds. Desire to avoid needless explanations in case of unexpected police intrusions prompted these plans for a quiet and unostentatious departure.
As prearranged, the three adventurers started out separately in order to prevent any evil-minded suspicions afterward. Messrs. Ricci and Silva met in Water Street by the old man’s front gate, and although they did not like the way the moon shone down upon the painted stones through the budding branches of the gnarled trees, they had more important things to think about than mere idle superstition. They feared it might be unpleasant work making the Terrible Old Man loquacious concerning his hoarded gold and silver, for aged sea—captains are notably stubborn and perverse. Still, he was very old and very feeble, and there were two visitors. Messrs. Ricci and Silva were experienced in the art of making unwilling persons voluble, and the screams of a weak and exceptionally venerable man can be easily muffled. So they moved up to the one lighted window and heard the Terrible Old Man talking childishly to his bottles with pendulums. Then they donned masks and knocked politely at the weather-stained oaken door.
Waiting seemed very long to Mr. Czanek as he fidgeted restlessly in the covered motor-car by the Terrible Old Man’s back gate in Ship Street. He was more than ordinarily tender-hearted, and he did not like the hideous screams he had heard in the ancient house just after the hour appointed for the deed. Had he not told his colleagues to be as gentle as possible with the pathetic old sea-captain? Very nervously he watched that narrow oaken gate in the high and ivy-clad stone wall. Frequently he consulted his watch, and wondered at the delay. Had the old man died before revealing where his treasure was hidden, and had a thorough search become necessary? Mr. Czanek did not like to wait so long in the dark in such a place. Then he sensed a soft tread or tapping on the walk inside the gate, heard a gentle fumbling at the rusty latch, and saw the narrow, heavy door swing inward. And in the pallid glow of the single dim street-lamp he strained his eyes to see what his colleagues had brought out of that sinister house which loomed so close behind. But when he looked, he did not see what he had expected; for his colleagues were not there at all, but only the Terrible Old Man leaning quietly on his knotted cane and smiling hideously. Mr. Czanek had never before noticed the colour of that man’s eyes; now he saw that they were yellow.
Little things make considerable excitement in little towns, which is the reason that Kingsport people talked all that spring and summer about the three unidentifiable bodies, horribly slashed as with many cutlasses, and horribly mangled as by the tread of many cruel boot-heels, which the tide washed in. And some people even spoke of things as trivial as the deserted motor-car found in Ship Street, or certain especially inhuman cries, probably of a stray animal or migratory bird, heard in the night by wakeful citizens. But in this idle village gossip the Terrible Old Man took no interest at all. He was by nature reserved, and when one is aged and feeble, one’s reserve is doubly strong. Besides, so ancient a sea-captain must have witnessed scores of things much more stirring in the far-off days of his unremembered youth.
Though H.P. Lovecraft was best know for his weird fiction, he was an avid writer of letters. It is estimated that he wrote around 100,000 of them.