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Photograph of KV-5 prototype “Победа” shortly before it tipped over and exploded during pre-production trials, 1943. After the German seizure of Leningrad and subsequent two-pronged advance toward Moscow, Soviet industry went into overdrive, creating increasingly bizarre stopgaps as supplies of raw materials began to dry up.

The KV-5 was one of these. Intended to be a mobile artillery battery, it instead proved to be a massive failure. The first prototype, shown here, fell over during maneuver testing. Poor design of the ammunition storage racks caused the vehicle to explode, killing the crew as well as the photographer.

The second KV-5, “Родина” survived maneuver testing, but the recoil of the upper main guns broke the turret in half during weapons testing. By that time, 50 KV-5s had already been produced. Most saw success, laid on their sides, as roadblocks during the 1945 Battle of Moscow.


I thought it’d be cool to share some pre-production work that I did when I was working on my film, ‘Dodoba’. Most of these sketches and development drawings were made over the course of 3-4months while I was working on the story while some of them were made during production! 

Here’s the link to the film if you haven’t seen it yet!


My messy work setup after today’s bridal makeup trial.

Some key products I rely on when doing bridal looks are;

Prep -
Bioderma Sensitive - to cleanse the skin.
Illamasqua Hydra & Matte Veils - to add moisture & mattify the skin.
Benefit Porefessional - to smooth out the skins surface.
Kryolan eye primer - to prevent the eyeshadow from moving.

MakeUp -
Soft Ochre & Painterly Paint Pots by MAC - to neutralise the eyelid in prep for the eyeshadow.
Matte & Satin finish eyeshadows - I’m not a fan of frosted shadows for bridal.
Dinair Airbrush Foundation - I love this because it is touch proof & water resistant. Perfect for a bride!
Soleil Tan De Chanel - gives a beautiful hint of colour to the skin.
Skindinavia Setting Spray - keeps all the makeup fixed in place once you’ve finished application.

Those are a some of my MUST HAVE products for bridal makeup!


*I messed it up already 😦* *heh, heh, oh no!* *huh, huh, weeee!* *blah, blah, blah, nnnnargghh* *woo, woo, bang, shit* *nnnagerrrrh* *dun duhhh, dun duhhh, huuuuuh* *gotta go super saiyan*


Product review: Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground

I’ve had this sample bottle of watercolor ground rolling around in my desk for awhile. When I first got it, I thought it would be great for repairing damaged watercolor paper – if a spot got torn while removing masking fluid, for example – but since the ground didn’t match the paper’s color or texture, it didn’t really work for that.

The ground’s real purpose is for prepping surfaces that normally wouldn’t accept watercolor at all. I decided to test it on some illustration board. (See the picture captions for further notes.)

Overall, the ground wasn’t as absorbent as the cold-press paper I normally use. So even in this simple 3-layer painting, dry paint reactivated unexpectedly, and wet paint did not bleed out smoothly. Pretty major drawbacks. But on the plus side:

  • No wrinkles or ripples! Not even micro-ripples! Can’t say that about paper.
  • Are you used to painting in acrylic? Since this is basically gesso that will accept watercolor, it makes watercolor painting look and feel a bit closer to acrylic painting.
  • I didn’t experiment much with texture here, but you definitely could by applying heavier layers, sponging, sanding, etc. 

While it takes some getting used to, I think the ground has a lot of potential. There may be just enough left in this bottle to try it on one more surface (canvas? wood?). I’ll keep you posted.

p.s. Need a mini rose painting for Valentine’s? Find this one in the etsy shop.


The SKS Semi Automatic Rifle,

Before World War II the Soviet Union had intended to update their small arms arsenal by phasing out the Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle and replacing it with a semi automatic design.  This process began with notable models such as the AVS-36, SVT-38, and the SVT-40. However, due to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, such plans could not be fully realized and as a result the bolt action rifle remained the backbone of the Red Army. As the war drew to a close Soviet ordnance officials once again began the search for a new semi automatic rifle to become the standard infantry arm of the Soviet military.  However, unlike other designs, the new weapon was to be of carbine length, based on lessons learned from brutal urban combat on the Eastern Front, and use an intermediate cartridge similar to the German STG-44.

In 1944 the Soviet small arms designer Sergei Simonov began work on a new semi automatic carbine which used a recently invented intermediate cartridge, the 7.62X33mm.  The new SKS (Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova - Self Loading Carbine) was a simple, rugged, and effective weapon which used a gas operated tilting bolt semi automatic action. It incorporated a ten round fixed magazine which was loaded using stripper clips (some models would use 30 round detachable magazines). The stock was made of hardwood, and later laminate, while the receiver and magazine were of stamped sheet metal. Like most Russian small arms, the SKS was designed with simplicity, economy, and ease of manufacture in mind. As a result, the SKS was relatively simple to mass produce, making it one of the most prolifically mass produced firearms in history with over 15 million manufactured. Most models tend to have a folding bayonet attached underside the barrel. A cleaning kit is also located in a compartment within the stock.

Apparently pre-production trial runs of the SKS began in the waning months of World War II, although I have never seen any sources that confirm this. The SKS was officially adopted in 1949, only a few years after the invention of the AK-47. While the AK-47 was the much better weapon, with a select fire system and 30 round magazine, it was difficult to mass produce, had many production issues, and had some reliability issues to be worked out.  Thus the AK-47 did not become a mainstay of the Soviet military until an improved model called the AKM was introduced in 1959. Until then the SKS would serve as the backbone of the Soviet Armed Forces. In addition to Soviet production, Communist allies often produced their own models and variants.  The most common example is the Chinese Type 56, which was adopted by the Chinese military in 1956 and continued in official use for over 30 years. Other Communist bloc producers include Romania, Poland, Yugoslavia, Albania, North Korea, Vietnam, and East Germany. Millions were also exported to Soviet and Chinese influence countries around the world.  As a result of the SKS’s availability, they have been used in every conflict around the world for the past 50 years.

Today, the SKS has been officially withdrawn from most militaries, and are typically relegated as a reserve weapon or a ceremonial arm.  They are still common among small militias, terrorist organizations, freedom fighters, guerrillas, and other insurgent groups.  Many more are sold as military surplus on civilian markets as popular hunting rifles and sporting arms.


New Mexico Milkweed Project Helps Pollinators 

In response to the Federal pollinator strategy and the crisis in Monarch butterfly populations, the BLM New Mexico State Office and Taos Field Office recently collaborated with the National Park Service’s Southwest Exotic Plant Management Team (SWEPMT) to grow more than 10,000 milkweeds for pollinator habitat restoration projects across New Mexico. 

The effort began in 2015 via a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service (NPS) and Santa Ana Pueblo native plants nursery to start growing plants at their facility. The species include Antelope horns (Asclepias asperula), broadleaf milkweed (Asclepias latifolia), and showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa). The seeds came from sites across northern New Mexico and eastern Arizona via the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 2011. The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Los Lunas Plant Materials Center grew three species from 2013-2015, and the three native species provided to the NPS were grown at a seed lot in 2015. 

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anonymous asked:

I hate myself and feel so ugly. I have dark skin, a gap in my teeth, and 4c hair and I feel like I'm just not pretty. I have a bunch of pimples and don't know how to get rid of them. I'm skinny as a tooth pick but can't gain weight.

Okay first of all you need to stop comparing yourself to other people, it gets you nowhere and you can never be anyone but yourself and trying to be lik what you may think is ‘pretty’ will leave you feeling like youre not good enough even if you’re amazing.
Also, who defines what 'beauty’ is? You don’t have to look a certain way or fit into some cookie cutter standard to be beautiful. For example you talk about your tooth gap as though it’s a negative thing, even if in some parts of the world including Nigeria it is a sign of beauty and people would kill to have it.
Your hair is not a burdenand is not ugly unless you see it as such. I say this because there are SO many styles you can do with 4c hair especially it is the most versatile, the most unique. So why is it seen as ugly? I can almost guarantee that if 4c hair was the hair that white people had it would be the hair that everyone craved. Your hair can grow very long if you look after it properly or you cankeep it short or dye it, curl it, straighten, braid, the list is pretty much why see it as a burden?
Lastly your skin colour is perfect light skin doesnt mean pretty. Honestly some of the prettiest ppl ive ever seen are very dark (eg nikki perkins and duckie thot). As for acne you just have to find the right product for you (trial and error) or even see a doctor.
You dont have to look like anyone else to be beautiful. Never tell yourself that.

*39/ 100 days of productivity*

25.2.16 //  some research on Salem witch trials for my American Lit exam
- that was so awful, I can’t believe that this mass hysteria really happened -

// -13 to the exam // 

Okay I just trialled this product for the first time and please allow me a second of your time to inform you how fucking amazing it is.
It smells like peppermint, it’s like putting candy canes on your skin… Like Christmas has come early and has specifically invited only you to relish in it’s deliciousness.
Then it starts to work and it tingles and wakes your whole goddam face up.
Then when you take it off your skin feels fresh as fuck… Like no oil has ever touched your perfect lil nose or chin.
If you haven’t used this face mask you need to get out and buy some now and put that shit on your face. Don’t walk… Run. Now. Go. Seriously.