personal-armor

anonymous asked:

Even though Harry is my favorite actor from the cast, I think his acting is a little over the top in the sneak peek from next episode. I mean I know Magnus is dramatic, but he is sort of coming across as a caricature of who Magnus actually is in that scene.

You know, it’s interesting you point this out because I personally don’t believe this is a misstep on Harry’s part; I think this is a deliberate choice in terms of how Magnus behaves with various people. The reason I say this is because I’ve noticed it’s been a very consistent trait Harry has given Magnus when he’s around those he doesn’t fully trust or know.

I think in S1 and throughout most of 2x01, we see him largely around Alec, someone he’s willing to be more genuine with (Clary, too). But watch him in 1x04 (with Elias where he twirls like 3x in the scene, but also when he’s flirting with Alec while Jace is watching – when he flips that table with his foot, please), 1x07 where Jace and Luke are both present (Jace’s presence is usually the main factor because Magnus isn’t especially fond of Jace), 1x12 during the Institute meeting and when they’re going to find Ragnor (again, Jace (and Hodge) are present). Even the way he approaches Jace and Clary in 1x12 after the kiss is over, there’s a swagger you don’t see when his focus had been Alec.

You’re right, it’s an exaggeration and it’s not representative of who Magnus actually is. But I think that’s the point: it’s a deliberate front he puts up, a way of deflecting people from seeing the real him. Magnus does not like to be seen as who he really is. He’s an extremely guarded individual, and the hair, the makeup, the clothes, the gestures, even his speech patterns – that’s all there to shield him. The real Magnus is a privilege reserved for the rare few who have managed to sneak their way into his heart. At the time of that scene, Simon isn’t one of those people.

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I managed to catch the Marine Corps West Expo today over on main side of Camp Pendleton.

A lot of cool new gear and vehicles were on display for us to check out.

The tacks still look uncomfortable as hell but the JLTVs that Oshkosh is producing look and feel outstanding.

They are 100× more comfortable then HMMWVs and the accessories were great to see. They even have cup holders and working A/C!

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.

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Greek Bronze Helmet of Apulo-Corinthian Type, Southern Italy, 4th Century BC

Representing the later style of the characteristic Corinthian form, this is an example of personal armor worn by the Italic Greeks around the 4th century BC.  It is skillfully constructed from hammered sheet bronze, the domed form features a broad top flange, with high-arching, M-shaped eyebrows in raised relief.  To the back of the helmet, the nape is flared both to allow the soldier to move freely and to protect him from the blows of the enemy but this helmet features a piercing at each end the of neck-guard to secure it by means of a chinstrap.  Across the crown are rivets and plates for the attachment of either a horsehair crest, or menacing metal animal horns. It is abundantly decorated with incised chevrons around the eyes and nose-guard, there is a border of zigzags to the rim and two large, confronting boars decorate the joined cheek pieces.

However, unlike its Corinthian cousin, the small eye holes and nose-guard are purely decorative, for this helmet was designed to be worn, cap-like, on top of the head rather than covering the face.  Greek art has many depictions of Gods and Heroes wearing their Corinthian tilted up even when battle began, and this practice gave rise to the Apulo helmets.  Innovation and comfort aside, this transformed style further allowed the warriors of the Italic Peninsula to still liken themselves to the warriors and Gods depicted in art; celebrating their favored stories that even today, holds strong appeal to our modern taste in sculpture.

Witch Armor

Back at the end of October, @swampseer, @upthewitchypunx, & I chatted briefly about the concept of having a particular jacket as a piece of armor to wear when engaging with the world.

The discussion about it was fairly short, since we were having a larger conversation, but I feel like ESPECIALLY now, a discussion of ways to build armor or protection magically would be especially welcome.

I’m not a great person to start this discussion, since I’m currently in the phase of saying “I want the thing!” without actually having given much thought about how to create it, but I invite others to join in a help brainstorm about this. (Maybe show off your armor if you already do this?)

A couple of ideas off the top of my heard are:

  • sewing/emboidering sigils onto your coat (or whatever you’re using as armor)
  • writing words of power or empowering statements, maybe onto patches, and adding those to the lining of your coat (maybe statements from friends or loved ones? things that give you courage or make you feel strong!)
  • enchanting or building a strong glamour into your coat/armor so you’re less visible as a target to those who might want to confront you about your race/sexuality/gender/etc.

Thoughts, comments, & ideas are welcome! ♥

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i was never supposed to draw this au more than once but turns out i can never stop underestimating how weak i am

We know Spartans can fall from space in nothing but their armor and be totally fine. Chief did it (several times), Noble 6 did it once.

We also know that you can stick a person, sans armor, in a metal eggshell and drop them from high orbit and they’ll be (probably) totally fine.

We also also know that MAC guns shoot really heavy metallic slugs that can punch holes in, say, the side of an enemy ship.

SO why not combine all three? Make some nicely armored bullet pods, stuff some Spartans in there, and just fling them at incredibly high speeds direcly into enemy ships/bases/whatever. 

Good plan, or great plan?

Booky’s Armor, drawn in PS. 

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