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Slayers 25th Anniversary Exhibit at GoFa Set 1: Unchanging set 1
An amazing show with Slayers art by Araizumi Rui. The exhibit had 3 stages with unique art, concept sketches and cels in each. It was a very narrow space and all the art was in glass frames so most of my shots were at awkward angles as to minimize the glare and reflections. It’s taking a while to do all the distortion correction to make the images “normal” again so bear with me.
The first few sets will be the unchanging art (the stuff that has been there through all 3 stages.) Enjoy~
The following is a very basic AK visual identification guide. Impress your friends!!! Woo the ladies!!! Make the ghost of Mikhail Kalashnikov smile.
*I am by no means an expert, just a dude who loves my WASR, and AKs in general. If anybody sees any incorrect info, feel free to correct me.
Images taken from Google….except for my glorious WASR, she is mine.*
Milled vs Stamped
A milled gun is machined from a solid chunk of metal. A stamped gun is made from a sheet of metal that has been folded to shape. We ain’t here to argue which is better, just to visually ID them. *side note: the original AK-47 was a milled gun. Later, they were stamped, as is the AK-74 now, this is called an AKM*
As seen by this pic from
the AK Operators Union page, a milled gun will exhibit these rectangular
lightening cuts at at the mag well, and no rivets.
A stamped gun will typically have these dimples on the mag well, as
well as rivets.
But there’s always oddballs…
This is a pic of my WASR.
The WASR, WASR-10, WASR 10/63, ZEE MIGHTEE WASSAHR, etc, is a Romanian variant
of the AKM and is a stamped rifle. However, because
these are imported into the country with narrow mag wells to accept single
stack mags ( importing companies like Century open up the mag wells to accept standard
30rd mags), we do not see the characteristic mag well dimples of a typical AKM.
The Yugoslavian NPAP and
Again with the oddballs…
The Yugo variant of a
stamped AK is the NPAP. The milled Yugo is the OPAP (which I believe are no
longer imported as of a few months ago, correct me if I’m wrong). The main difference between a Yugo and
almost every other AK out there, is the longer, 3 vent hole handguard.
(We’re just going over visual differences here, but the trunnions are slightly different as well. AKM furniture will not fit a Yugo).
Finally, Chinese AKs.
These are pics of an AKM
front sight post (top) and a Chinese(bottom) front sight post. The Chinese model will have a fully
hooded front sight.
This is NOT an
AK….completely different rifle. Shares no parts at all, not even magazines.
It uses the 7.62x39 cartridge, but that’s where similarities end. The VZ is
milled, striker fired, and uses a short stroke gas piston.
Hopefully I was able to educate some folks. Again, this was meant as a very basic, quick visual ID guide. I ain’t an expert and I was bored.
Just correct me if I'm wrong, but in your last post about Amon, you basically said that Amon only cares about his old comrades because they are the closest he has to his humanity? And that this wouldn't be a true friendship, so they wouldn't really be "friends"?
That part wasn’t my meta dude, that observation should probably be given to @
for their wonderful addition.
To elaborate that though, you’re close but not necessarily there. You’re looking at these motivators as if they’re direct rather than subconscious. It’s not that Amon doesn’t care about his friends, or only cares about his friends at this point because he considers them a last vestige of his humanity.
It’s more like, here is Amon’s stated conscious motivator “these people are my last sanctuary and I have to fight for them.” It sounds all well and good, but you have to question why Amon, much like Kaneki feels the need to fight for people constantly and want to protect them. Rather than just you know, hanging out with them and enjoying their presence.
For Amon and Kaneki it stems mostly from a fear of losing people, but there’s also a second unconscious motivator that’s more subtle. Amon and Kaneki are constantly afraid of losing people because they have no strong attachment to these people in the first place. While caring about others very deeply, but Amon and Kaneki are unable to perceive how much others care about them.
That’s in part what Touka’s speech to Amon was about. “Don’t you think Akira would want to see you too if you want to see her? That’s what I’d think in her place” - essentially.
I’ve talked about Kaneki a lot though, so to focus on Amon for a minute. Amon has another difficulty that Kaneki has when it comes to relating to others that keeps them at a distance, and that is he’s been raised most of his life within the framework of the CCG. You have the inciting incident of his trauma, Donato, which made him doubt every single relationship after that fact or whether he was even himself worthy of holding relationships with other people. (Another reason why the boys are constantly fighting, they have insecurities about whether they really deserve to be friends with other people. This is a lot more obvious in Haise which makes sense because as 1st class Haise was occupying Amon’s former position in the CCG). Then you have the CCG immediately afterwords, conforming Amon to this system of rank and file. Amon’s solution to his trauma then is to adhere to the system.
Amon at that time never had friends, he had superiors like Mado and Shinohara, coworkers like Takizawa, Juniors like Akira, he himself never once called them his friends. Except since Amon had no life whatsoever outside of the CCG, they were basically his friends and his entire support network. Amon wants to fight for his friends, and take refuge in them, have them be his sanctuary and his home, I think if he’s developed at all in RE: he’s come to realize that.
However, Amon at the same time does not feel comfortable letting himself be open to relationships. The trauma of Donato acts like a permanent stop gap on his psyche as long as it exists he’ll never be able to grow up and reap the benefits of being a mature adult with working relationships. Therefore in the mean time his compromise is to keep people close, but at a distance at the same time. They’re not his friends, they’re his comrades, his coworkers. He’s not seeing them directly but through a framekwork. When he becomes a ghoul, he practices the same behavior. To him Akria is not the Akira he knew, but rather a human being while he’s a ghoul.
Amon obviously cares about these people but he needs to do so directly rather than indirectly, he needs to see them, not their species, or their title and rank in the CCG.
//Yo, I’m really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but (imho) Kai is the tallest of the villains ‘xcept maybe for Ke-Pa.Shen’s gorillas were slightly bigger than Po (ifIremembercorrectly) and Temutai is ?????? (because weird models), but Kai towers Po, who’s the tallest of the cast and can I just *slams table* OOGWAY WAS ONLY SOME INCHES SMALLER THAN PO when standing upright so KAI’S SMALL BOYFRIEND. (I don’t know what was my point, but ye, I have feels *drops mic*)
If a manuscript source is given for the Vegvísir symbol it is usually given as coming from the Huld manuscript of 1860. Little known is that there is another source that is actually more credible than Huld. The above version is also from the 1860s, but unlike Huld is supported by other details and subsequent records.
If you want further information about the above source, translation, any questions, or graphics then send an email to the address given on my website (click the “source” link given below).
This is for my own reference more than anything, but I’m trying to see who we’ve all got for minor Elf characters in the Hobbit. Feel free to add more if I’ve missed any or correct names/actors/images! I’m fairly confident on everybody except Elros; I’m sure I have Lethuin’s image right, though it’s a common mistake to label him as Elros.