Summer is (practically) here!

Well the cold weather is coming to and end down here in SoCal and that means both good and bad things for my wood working! It’s no longer so cold in the mornings that I cant feel my fingers, which means I can get back to actually doing some wood work! Unfortunately it also means that the overwhelming heat is on its way in, so, yeah, 110 in the shade means 115 in the garage! I might move some of my tools into the backyard on hot days and take advantage of the shade the house provides (my house faces east/west, so we get shade in the latter half of the day).

So what’s on the agenda for wood working? Well, naturally, I am still working on creating some wooden weapons, although that hasn’t really been working out for my financially. I was hoping that I could sell a few of my creations and at least make back what I spent building them, but apparently the gaming community isn’t very much into owning replicas of their favorite in-game weapons. Or, if they are, they aren’t interested in buying them from me. It’s more than a little disheartening, but I will build on, just because I enjoy it. I am considering trying to build some simple furniture that would appeal to the locals, which I could sell at some of the farmers markets that pop up around town on the weekends. Not really my thing, but ‘my thing’ isn’t working out very well.

These weapon builds are in my future!

 

 

  • The first is a spear type weapon used by Serge in Chrono Cross. I made something similar a while back, but would like to expand on it with some new techniques I am trying out.
  • Another FULL SIZED buster sword to celebrate the re-imagining (I wont call it a remake) of Final Fantasy 7!
  • Auron’s sword from FFX
  • The huge Dark Knight weapon, Lynxliege Fassar from FFXIV (it’s going to be a large weapon and wildly complex to create, but I am looking forward to it!)
  • And, lastly, another one of my personal favorites, the Gladiators weapon, Burtgang, also from FFXIV.

I’ll post updates as I start working on different items. You can also visit my Facebook page at: Fantasy Arms by Paul.jr. I will probably post more updates here than there, or at least more in depth updates.

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This is why we cant have nice things….

Take a look at this Facebook post that popped up on a friends feed. Read it carefully!


This is one of the best posts I’ve read about women. Please read!

WOMAN. . . . . . . . .

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….

An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”

The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”

She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,”She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”

THE ANGEL was impressed “Just two hands…..impossible!

And this is the standard model?”

The Angel came closer and touched the woman
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”

“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”

The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…

“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel….. .
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…

This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvellous”

Lord said.”Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.

She holds happiness, love and opinions.

She smiles when she feels like screaming.

She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.

She fights for what she believes in.

Her love is unconditional.

Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”

The Angel asked: “So she is a perfect being?”

The lord replied: “No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth.”


Are you done? Good.

This post is about as close to heretical and blasphemous as I could possibly imagine! First off we have a completely unbiblical account of the creation of woman. The bible VERY clear on WHEN and HOW woman was created, and it is nothing at all like what is in this silly tale!

Secondly we have the absolute GLORIFICATION of women! The author of this post cant even get THAT right:

“She has strength that amazes a man.”
No, she has attitude that confounds a man.

“She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.”
She panics when the smallest thing goes wrong.

“She holds happiness, love and opinions”
She is rarely happy and holds her opinion to be fact.

“She smiles when she feels like screaming”
She will often scream like a child when things don’t go her way

“She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.”
She cries for no reason, laughs for no reason and generally acts like a lunatic.

“She fights for what she believes in.”
She fights to ensure she gets her way, and follows the crowd in almost everything.

“Her love is unconditional.”
Her love is unconditional for HER CHILDREN. For her husband, however, her love comes with a tangled mess of strings and expectations.

“Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”
Her heart ‘breaks’ when things don’t go as she planned or she doesn’t get her way.

 

“So she is a perfect being?”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IS THIS EVEN SERIOUS?

Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

“No. She has just one drawback, She often forgets what she is worth.”

Well stop the presses! Apparently God royally messed up by sending his one and only son to die on the cross when all he had to do was make sure the women HAD MORE SELF-ESTEEM!

Some of the responses to the post were ridiculous:

“I couldn’t agree more. More self worth is needed.”

What a beautiful post. Resonated with me as I’m sure many of we. We often forget what we are worth.”

Luke 9:23
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

I read recently on the blog BiblicalGenderRoles a post on “How to Help Women Learn Their Place”. Its a good post, full of biblically sound recommendations on how a Christian woman can be pleasing to both God and her husband, but how, HOW on earth are we to expect young Christian women to learn those things that are written in scripture if GROWN, ADULT Christian women are learning this tripe instead?

Titus 2:3-5
“the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God  may not be blasphemed.

If the older women are fools, what hope do the younger women have?

And last but not least:

Revelation 22:18
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;”

It appears Christian women are fooling around with some very dangerous things. I myself was tempted to post in response, but responding to this type of thing in the setting of Facebook will do absolutely nothing. The American church is failing…..

Khanjar v2.o – DONE!

Finally finished up the new set of Khanjar knives the other day and I have to say they are looking gooooood! As is typical they are made of poplar, but I ran a poll on my FB page as to how to finish them and the majority voted for spray paint. Now I have always avoided spray paint because I wrongly assumed it would cover the wood grain, which I don’t like. I LIKE to see the grain – it’s very cool and beautiful, so I never used spray paint. Well, as you can see, I was wrong. It’s likely that my assumption would only be true if I added a primer base coat first, which I did not! The effect is really cool!

This time I also tried to stencil on the side markings instead of burning them. I would liked to have burned them, but the method I used last time of using a wood burning tool just didn’t pan out like I had hoped. I will probably try a different method next time, but for now this worked. I cut the designs out of clear contact paper, stuck it on the side and applied a coat of black spray paint. It would have turned out nicer had I not left the finished stencils in my garage. The head of the day (yes, heat in SoCal, in February) left them kind of warped and once I started putting them on there was no going back. It actually turned out kind of nice.

Everything is covered in a few coats of triple thick glaze and both handles are wrapped in black paracord.

I am really happy with these and, if you play Final Fantasy 14, you have a opportunity to win them right now if you go to my Facebook page (Fantasy Arms by Paul.jr). Enjoy!

Gunblades, DAZ3d and Great Swords

So the gunblade model is completed!
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It took probably more work than I have ever done on a model, but I am really happy with it. The only thing  I will probably change is the colors of the rounds in the chambers. They should be brighter and more noticeable. Gunblades, for all they are worth, are about the most impractical weapons you could possibly think of, but they look cool! And, hey, it’s fantasy, right?

Now that THAT is all done I am moving on to the last piece of the trio of weapons needed for the triple threat of Sonja and Snapper, great sword Slash. This version of Slash is more like the ‘original’. It’s the version I originally created when I created Snapper (though not in this particular form) and before I branched out into other versions.

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Right now it looks a lot like a giant bug, but by the end of the day it should look much, much better. Now that I have a Snapper model I will probably need to make some major adjustments to bring it into correct scale, but it’s a small price to pay. More updates on this guy later.

So the software I use for my modelling and rendering of final images is DAZ3d’s DAZStudio, a great piece of software for all its problems and lack of proper documentation. DAZ3d has been around for a long time and they have some great (GREAT) stuff. The Genesis system is incredible, even though I liked it better before the split off into Genesis Male and Genesis Female (as opposed to a single mesh that could be configured for either/or). However, now I see why they did this, as they have literally opened the floodgates of content ever since Genesis2 (g2)! I literally cannot keep up with them, they bring out so many new characters! I used to use their Victoria 4 model for my Sonja models. V4 was (and is) a FANTASTIC model with years and great content, but she had some issues with extreme poses due to her mesh resolution and other issues. After a long time I decided to upgrade to Genesis 2 (just last year in fact) and I am really happy with the results, which you can see here on my blog. Go figure, though, as soon as I am happy they now bring out add-ons for Genesis 3 that would allow me to upgrade to THAT model instead! I don’t think I can do it, its too much work and money. And since I don’t make money modelling, well, its the last thing on my list.

Maybe in another ten years……

Favorite things

I am kind of in between a few different projects at the moment with nothing spectacular to report so I figured I would post and remark on a few of my favorite things.

  1. Craftsman Bolt-on tool
    CMan-Bolt-On-Group-mdA great tool if there ever was one! The motor drives not only a drill, but a good half dozen other tools. From a trim saw to a router to a sander, all in the span of a few seconds! It runs on a 20v lithium battery and I use it extensively to create my wooden weapons. It’s small and very versatile. If you have the money to get one and a few attachments, do it! Pro tip: The Black and Decker Matrix is the same tool system, and the attachments are interchangeable, so if you see B&D attachments on sale at your local hardware store, grab them, as they sometimes go for 20$ or less!
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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    Ah yes, my favorite tiny green heroes. I started watching the TMNT when they first hit the scene back in the 80’s and I have been in love ever since. The newest generation of turtles isn’t as good as the original, but they are doing a great job, bringing in elements of the original story that they didn’t use in the original series (triceratons, anyone?). Though the last movie was a serious disappointment, the newer one looks like it could be the TMNT throwback some of us have been waiting on.
  3. Led Zeppelin
    Led+Zeppelin+LedZeppelinAnyone who knows me knows I can’t get enough Zeppelin. These monsters of rock are literally the foundation upon with hundreds of other bands have built, and their hard, gritty, bluesy sound is as fresh today as it was the first day it hit the air waves. Any time I build weapons I make sure these guys are playing in the background. Instant +1 to any build. Though we may never see another concert by the original band members, you can always console yourself by checking out the awesome tribute band Led ZepAgain, who really capture the feel and look of the band, and can seriously crank out the jam.
    4. Cowboy Bebop
    Cowboy-BebopAre you still binge watching Downton Abbey? Psshhhh. Can’t get enough ‘Orange is the New Black’? Amateur! Still trying to finish up ‘Breaking Bad’? Fuggedaboutit! Drop your current crap show for one of the greatest series ever made. Yes, it’s anime, but don’t let the shiny façade fool you. An incredible drama, it leaves you with serious attachments to each character. The excellent story, the incredible music and the great animation make this a must watch, anime fan or not.

    Well, that’s it for now. I will try and post later this week about any projects I have completed. Talk to you all later!