I discovered that Michaels has an amazing thing. It’s a perfectly domed pan. That can go in the oven. And won’t melt or get distorted. For 16 dollars. HELLO NEW WORBLA BOOB-MOLD. I’M SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND YOU.
Can we just take a min to appreciate that the Adventure Zone is a podcast written and starring 3 straight Southern young men and their straight Southern father(not to imply all or even most southerners are homophobic bc obviously no, but im pretty sure you get the idea) and it has the best LGBT relations in something not centric on that that around? AND several nonbinary characters who are also treated with respect? And no one ever says anything or makes a big deal out of it. Just. Yeah, Carrey and Killian go to pottery nights together. Of course Taako gets a skirt as his summer outfit. No, they’re literally a bunch of clay in a suit of armor, why would they have a gender? So good. I wish everybody was like these guys.
Weapon of choice - The shield. A shield is a type of personal armor, meant to intercept attacks, either by stopping projectiles such as arrows or redirecting a hit from a sword, mace, battle axe or similar weapon to the side of the shield-bearer. Shields vary greatly in size, ranging from large panels that protect the user’s entire body to small models (such as the buckler) that were intended for hand-to-hand-combat use. Shields also vary a great deal in thickness; whereas some shields were made of relatively deep, absorbent, wooden planking to protect soldiers from the impact of spears and crossbow bolts, others were thinner and lighter and designed mainly for deflecting blade strikes. In prehistory and during the era of the earliest civilizations, shields were made of wood, animal hide, woven reeds or wicker. In classical antiquity, the Migration Period and the Middle Ages, they were normally constructed of poplar, lime or another split-resistant timber, covered in some instances with a material such as leather or rawhide and often reinforced with a metal boss, rim or banding. They were carried by foot soldiers, knights and cavalry. Depending on time and place, shields could be round, oval, square, rectangular, triangular, bilobal or scalloped. Sometimes they took on the form of kites or flatirons, or had rounded tops on a rectangular base with perhaps an eyehole. The shield was held by a central grip or by straps which went over or around the user’s arm. Often shields were decorated with a painted pattern or an animal representation and these designs developed into systematized heraldic devices during the High Middle Ages for purposes of battlefield identification.
My excellent friend and the wonderful cosplayer bookkbaby, whom I met a convention this year (along with their hand-constructed Castiel wings). I couldn’t stop marveling over the wings in real life, so when I found out they were building a suit of angelic armor, I asked to draw the whole outfit, and Booky generously agreed. I took a few artistic liberties here, but that armor is as amazing as it looks—in fact, I had to simplify a few of the details because there was just too much to draw! Thank you for letting me create your portrait, dear! <3
In the late ‘90s in Philadelphia [many robbers] would stage a traffic accident, the hopper would get out of the armored truck to see what was wrong, and a minivan would swing up to the side of the truck opening fire. Now when you see something like that start to go down, you throw the truck into reverse, hit the siren, and don’t stop driving until you’re safe or the engine block becomes so filled with blood that it hydro-locks. It’s actually company policy in that case to just plow right through the offending parties. They specifically tell us, “Go ahead and ram that car full speed; we have 30-ton trucks for a reason.”