I had sent word to my dad to let him know when I’d be coming home for a visit after one of my earlier years of college, and I hadn’t heard back from him for several days. While never one for prompt correspondence, it was slightly unusual. But unlike other times when he’d explain his absence with a two-part summation involving an activity and location like “ice climbing” and “Mount Rainier” or “kayaking” and “Bighorn River” this time he simply said that he was sorry he hadn’t gotten back to me because he’d been “out of town for Sibyl’s funeral.” That was how he told me my grandmother, his mother, was dead. The years showed that this was neither out of the norm of the level I was involved nor the worst way he could deliver news, so it’s actually a perfect example. Now I’m actually reeling, completely unprepared emotionally for what I’m feeling, in reading actual messages from the former family. I’m so out of the loop I had to ask my son who this person was with the… Read moreMaybe this’ll be different.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard This. This is me. When I was younger, a boy growing up in rural Montana, I had little to no real joy. I simply existed, in fear, from one day to the next. I had little to look forward to and little to enjoy, particularly with anyone else. I still live in fear. Fear of not just making a mistake (or many) but also fear of the unknown and unforeseen Bad Luck. It’s hit before and there’s no reason to think it won’t hit again. Despite my inner belief that fear and anxiety draw negativities towards them with the same prevalence that joy and positivity attract good things, I sometimes can’t shake the worry, the fear. I’ve never played to win, really, only playing Not To Lose. It’s a shitty way to do this Life thing. The first time I ever actually played to win, throwing myself completely into something, was hockey. Hell, for a long time that was the… Read moreFear.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars. Don’t avoid it, but don’t kill your pets to get it. I’ll admit that I struggled to get through Assassin’s Creed III. At first, that is. Once the story really picked up and got rolling I was in love and I don’t give a shit what all the critics say, that was one brilliant game. Because I never buy games new and will happily wait a few months to get them for 25% of the price pre-owned from EB Games I happened to get AC III and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag at around the same time, making me labour through both. Then, by the time it even occurred to me that yet another Assassin’s Creed game had come out (Rogue) we were already trying to save up for a PS4 so I knew I couldn’t swing it. But, fortune smiled upon us and a huge tax return meant we could not only afford a PS4 but I could get Assassin’s Creed: Rogue too. Well, taxes, and the fact that we traded nearly every other PS3… Read moreAssassin’s Creed: Rogue
A while back I got a screamin’ deal on a Ninja Combat Cruiser for $15. I HATE the name and only call it that to be ironic. It’s a truck and it’s cool and right now it’s the ride for my Slaughter’s Marauders (that I got on another screamin’ deal). And for being all about ninjas and the Arashikage clan tattoos and all that other silly shit from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, it came with an all-black mistake called, “Night Fox”. I don’t… I don’t even… He had a good vest (though it wouldn’t even let him fit in the fucking truck) and a passable head. So just to be a cheeky bitch, and not because I have any great love of Night Fox, I decided to make a custom for him using leftover stuff I’ve had for ages and the original head. Recipe: Head – Silly Fkn Night Fox v2 Torso – ROC Wild Bill v15 Arms/Legs – ROC Desert Battle Duke v33 Vest – Accessory in PTE (Power Team Elite) vehicle I don’t remember buying. Biggest Nail – I… Read moreCustoms – Night Fox
When a fellow Tanker did a trade with me for some random customs parts it was all good, but when his amazingly big-hearted self offered to buy me Joes from the US (that we can NOT get here in Oz) and ship them to me and only charge me what he paid I was floored. I offered to get him anything I could from here (which isn’t a lot unless you like Australiana touristy crap, and some do) he declined, simply saying that he was doing what he’d hope somebody else would do for him if he couldn’t get Joes. Well I still tried to get my wife to make his wife nail polish or something (she’s amazingly good at her customs too doncha know) he still declined. But… I got him to tell me his favourite Joes and that’s when I got inspired to make him this custom. Dod Ear, I hope you like it, because I had a great time making him.
Recipe: Head/Bandolier – DG Storm Shadow. Hood – Arctic Monkeyhead Snake Eyes. Modded, to be more ninja-like and not as melty as it ended up as. Torso/Feet – 25th Anniversary Storm Shadow. Upper Arms – Resolute Storm Shadow. Lower Arms – ROC Tornado Kick Snake Eyes. Hands/Upper Legs – ROC Storm Shadow. Knees – ROC Rollbar. Lower Legs – M.A.R.S. Trooper. Biggest Fail: By quirk of fate, the parts I used for his arms were all on the long side while his legs were all on the short side. He looks like a weirdly-orangutastic thing. Biggest Nail: I’m really, really happy with how the paint apps came out. I think this might have been the first figure where I was totally happy with the paintjob.
Recipe: Head/Upper Arm Right/Lower Arms/Lower Legs – ROC Flash. Torso – Retaliation Red Ninja. Skirt – Valor Vs Venom (VVV can bite my ass) Kamakura. Hood – Arctic Monkeyhead Snake Eyes. Modded, to be more ninja-like. Upper Legs – ROC Snake Eyes. Upper Arm Left/Knees/Feet – DVD Battles Snake Eyes. Sword – Fodder from Ninja Dojo battle sets. Biggest Fail: The hood got a bit melty and ended up looking like a decroded piece of crap. Biggest Nail: I actually love his arms and legs being from ROC Flash. I know it’s probably not everybody’s same notion, but I frickin’ love it.
As with the rest of the Ninja Force customs I had planned, I put together the parts for this one two years ago and have only just reinvigorated myself with my customs. Sure, a bit ambitious to take on the project of the entire crappyass, dayglo 90’s G.I. Joe Ninja Force all at once. I see that now. But them limits, they is there to be pushed. I knew that I would put off Zartan and his zany colours and wacky mohawk though, because I was anxious about trying to sculpt that damn mohawk! I looked around for custom cast heads too, but I don’t remember finding anything that would work. I even bought some proper Green Stuff (shit is spendy!) for sculpting, but Chief Craft Supervisor Wife got ahold of it and I haven’t seen it since. Then one day I was looking at the Banzai that I did (will link later) and I remembered that his hair was originally off of one of the ROC ladies that I have heaps of. Sure enough, I got to looking at… Read moreCustoms – Ninja Force Zartan
It was well over a year ago that I was cruising through my endeavour to make a modern version of all the old G.I. Joe Ninja Force* figures. I think I bumbled my way through Dojo and T’Jbang before making some that I actually liked, like Tiger Claw and Kamakura. I was gung-ho for the rest though, such to the point that I had the parts all picked out for each one and in their own plastic compartment in my morgue-like customs container. Now, nearly two years later, and I’ve gotten a workspace set up and have reignited the passion, and Jinx was my first jump back into the fray. *Yes, I know she wasn’t technically “Ninja Force” but she’s a ninja and… a force… and needed an homage. Shoosh. Naturally since the SDCC versions are absolutely fantastic and don’t need a thing done to ’em, this one is based off the Valor Vs Venom (VVV can bite my ass) Agent Jinx, that came in a 2-pack with a weird-looking Slice. The figures were, yeah, weird, but the card… Read moreCustoms – Agent Jinx
So a while back, coupla years ago, I had a couple of the Defense of Cobra Island (DOCI) Alley Vipers that I got for cheap from Sinodolls on eBay that don’t come with any gear. None. Bare. I tried to make the gear myself and had a… well, a real learning experience. Welp, when I saw another one come up in auction for a penny, I grabbed him up and decided that I was going to try and do this thing proper. Make the equipment as near to the real thing as I could without casting it myself or getting parts from somewhere else and painting those. I started by sanding off the shitty enamel paint from before. I tried to be kind to myself too, reminding that it was all I could find nearby and all I could afford, etc. but it was still a pain in the ass. Not having much else to work with, I kept the base helmets and vests and sanded the fuck outta them. I had one extra vest I’d put on another figure… Read moreCustoms – Alley Vipers Revisited