Kings and Queens Archery

So the day was beautiful, a bright cloudless sky and lots of gentles milling about through the shaded glades. Some 80+ of the Kingdom’s finest archers had assembled to pit themselves against each other for the glory of being the ‘chosen’.

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Stan Winston: Thanks for the Sweats

Sad day as visual effects legend, Stan Winston moves on. He was only 62 and was amongst Hollywood’s leading makeup, visual-effects, and animatronic artists.

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War of the Roses

Saturday was just a beautiful day for a couple of hour drive along the Massachusetts Pike on the way to War of the Roses. The War itself was being held on top of a low mountainous region just outside of Albany at a really large event farm. There were many different fields. One held dozens colliding warriors whilst in another shafts of wood flew through the air.

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Ancient Highland Games Demo

This past Saturday, in an effort to support the Barony, I attended the SCA, Barony of the Bridge demo at the 10th Annual Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival. Our outfit had been placed at the end of the field because of our needs regarding archery. We made quite a good showing and very popular by all accounts later on. There was plenty of heavy list action all day long and under the tents, demonstrations of arcane arts went on.

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Part 2 Duct Tape Dress Form Saga

A week later, I managed to return to finish the dress form. The cardboard form was translated into a piece of 3/16″ luan. This was taped to the bottom sealing that end. This time, I carefully stuffed the dress form keeping an eye on the dimensions. Amazingly enough, I ended up using about a third less material than on the original stuffing.

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Balfor’s Challenge

My lovely wife and I attended Balfar’s Challenge (04.19.08) up Connecticut way hosted by Duke Balfar and the Barony of Dragonship Haven. It was held in a large field at an YMCA camping area. Fencing was at one end of the field alongside a row of merchants and the archery range was stationed all the way at the other end. The central area being held for the armored types.

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Part 1 Duct Tape Dress Form Saga

Today we made a duct tape sewing dressform and it came out pretty good. Three rolls of 60 foot duct tape, a cheap t-shirt and a little time got it done. I initially heard about this from a group of SCA friends and was intrigued. I certainly would love to have a dress form of my wife that emulates her unique shape. That and that it costs a lot less than a generic fall apart model cinched the idea. A little research on the web showed that it not an unknown concept and so after some reading and planning, off we went.

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