battle axe

Went to the Renaissance Fair with the boyfriend today.

I went with him and a couple of his friends.

Besides the scorching hot weather, I had a good time.

We saw some cool shows, too: A juggler (with added fire), a knife throwing show (same as last year, but still kinda cool), a Birds of Prey show (one of my favorite parts, especially the owl), and a comedy troupe called Vixens En Garde (PG-13 type thing, the ladies’ characters were mercenaries who moonlight as actors to get money; they did an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet).

A pic of my sunburned self in my Ren Fair outfit (minus the horns):

Things I got today:

They had a sword shop, so I got a sword. I chose to get a blank one so I could paint it if need be. They had both painted and non-painted swords/daggers/battle axes/whatever other type of sword (BF got a painted battle axe). They even had some Legend of Zelda swords and Cloud’s sword from Final Fantasy.

I was looking at these dragon orb necklaces at a booth, and BF volunteered to get me one. I got a green one. Each color symbolized something, but I don’t have the card that said what on me right now.

I can’t even really lift my gf anymore. Apparently at 10 months I lost all my muscle. My battle axe is like….900grams?

Wood shaft and a small-ish head. :3

becca-fett  asked:

I'm on mobile so I can't really check if you have answered this anywhere but, how did you make that super cool axe?

If you’re talking about the floral battle axe, it was pretty much all fabrication rather than forging.  I made it out of scrap.  I found a piece of 1/4” plate and i used a band saw to cut out the overall shape, so it was just a flat piece of metal.  Obviously 1/4” thick is nowhere near enough material to slit and drift a socket, so I found some 4” diameter mild steel pipe and cut about a third of the radius out in two pieces, then welded one up to one side of the blade, cut out the flat piece in the middle with a cutoff wheel, then welded on the other side.  I cleaned up the welds and ground them out with a flap wheel to make it all seamless, then drew up stencils for the floral pattern, marked it on the steel, and cut those out with a plasma cutter.  After all that I ground in the edge and carved a mattock handle down to fit in the socket.

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As Earle Bergey is to Barbarella, Allan Anderson is to Xena Warrior-Princess.

While Bergey’s cover girls were all cutesy miniskirts & ray guns, Anderson’s were chain-mail & badass battle-axes. And none more so than his Black Amazon of Mars.

Planet Stories, March 1951.

And Leigh Brackett, Leigh. Eff-ing. Brackett. Known as the “Queen of Space Opera”, one of the best and most prolific of all the women pulp writers, she wrote dozens of short stories & novelettes for Planet Stories, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories throughout the forties & fifties before starting a jaw dropping screenwriting career.

Her first hollywood gig? Co-writing the adaptation of The Big Sleep…with William Faulkner. She then wrote a series of westerns for John Wayne before returning to the works of Raymond Chandler with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.

Her Final hollywood work? A little flick called Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

The Queen of Space Opera? All hail the Queen.

#mypulpfinds

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Battle Axe (Tabar-i-Zin)

  • Signed Blade: Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb
  • Dated: 19th century
  • Culture: Persia (Iran)
  • Medium: steel, gold, silver
  • Measurements: overall length: 75 cm; blade diameter: 18 cm

Steel axe with a crescent shaped head and single-edged blade. Both sides of the blade reveal a chiselled and gold encrusted decoration, with a large central cartouche filled by an inscription in nasta’liq or Persian calligraphy. On the outside of the cartouche there are two other with Arabic and Persian inscriptions.

Another motif of pearl friezes accompanies and defines some areas in the blade’s profile. This motif is repeated in the reverse of the blade. In the hilt the decoration is engraved and encrusted with silver in interlaced floral motifs, in a continuous pattern filling the whole surface.

The reading of the inscriptions allows identification of the axe’s age of manufacture, manufacturer and the royal commissioner who made the order. In these can be read:

On the right side of the axe, at the top (in Arabic): Yā Qādthi al Hājāt - ﻴﺎﻘﺎﻀﻰﺍﻠﺤﺎﺠﺎﺖ, meaning “Oh fulfiller of Wishes.”

In the middle (in Persian): Tabarzin be xun-e yalān gašte qarq -  ﺗﺑﺮﺯﻴﻦﺑﻪﺨﻭﻥﻴﻼﻦﮔﺷﺘﻪﻏﺮﻖ, meaning “The axe was bathed in the blood of the brave.”

On the right side (in Persian): Be farmāyeš jenāb-e Soltān Ašraf - ﺴﻠﻁﺎﻦﺍﺷﺮﻑ ﺟﻧﺎﺏ ﻔﺮﻤﺎﻴﺶ ﺑﻪ, meaning “By order of his Excellency, the King.”

On the left side (in Persian; the name of the weapon smith): Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb - ﺤﺎﺠﻰﻤﺤﻤﺪﺍﺴﻤﺎﻋﻴﻝﺍﺮﺑﺎﺏ ﺍﻠﺤﺎﺝ

On the left side of the axe, at the top (in Arabic): Yā Kāfi al Mohemmāt - ﻴﺎﻜﺎﻔﻰﺍﻟﻤﻬﻤﺎﺕ, meaning “O maker of great feats.”

In the middle (in Persian): Tabarzin be xun-e yalān gašte qarq -  ﺗﺑﺮﺯﻴﻦﺑﻪﺨﻭﻥﻴﻼﻦﮔﺷﺘﻪﻏﺮﻖ, meaning “The axe was bathed in the blood of the brave”.Čo tāj-e xorusān jangi be farq - ﭼﻭﺘﺎﺝﺧﺭﻭﺴﺎﻦﺟﻧﮕﻰﺑﻪﻔﺮﻖ, meaning “As in the crests on the heads of fighting cockerels.”

On the right side (in Persian): Be farmāyeš jenāb-e Soltān Ašraf - ﺴﻠﻁﺎﻦﺍﺷﺮﻑ ﺟﻧﺎﺏ ﻔﺮﻤﺎﻴﺶ ﺑﻪ, meaning “By order of his Excellency, the King.”

On the left side (in Persian; the name of the weapon smith): Al Hāj Hāji Mohammad Esmāil Arbāb - ﺤﺎﺠﻰﻤﺤﻤﺪﺍﺴﻤﺎﻋﻴﻝﺍﺮﺑﺎﺏ ﺍﻠﺤﺎﺝ

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