British Pattern 1854/92 Infantry Officer’s Sword

A lovely big sized (35 inch blade) Royal Artillery officer’s sword, by Wilkinson, to a named high-ranking officer dating to 1879. The blade also features the initals and crest and together with the Wilkinson ledger entry these identify the original owner as Maurice Morgan Morris. Morris commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1879 (Lieut. July 1879, Capt Dec 1887, Maj Sept 1897) and by 1902 was the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Hong Kong. There is undoubtedly a lot of interesting research to be done on Morris and his career in the Far East. The sword is overall in clean and bright condition with some cosmetic flaws here and there. The blade is mostly bright, with crisp deep etching, but there is a little localised pitting here and there, with a couple of little notches in the blade edge. The blade is straight and solid in the hilt, and seems to show signs of having been service sharpened perhaps. The hilt is in solid condition, with a surprisingly clean and bright surface to the steel parts. The silver grip wire is all in place, but the shagreen grip covering is rather rubbed near the pommel - due to years of wear in service. The tang nut has a chip taken out of it, though the nut remains secure on the thread and the hilt is all tight. No scabbard unfortunately. A lovely big sword by Wilkinson, in good overall condition and to an interesting officer.

I don’t know why I got so emotional today. But when it hit me that so many of you wouldn’t even be here had I not decided to continue drawing, I almost cried. But it was because of some people, both on this site, and some off, that I kept going. Drawing ponies and posting them on a blog feels a little silly sometimes, but when I see all of you liking and enjoying my work, it makes me so incredibly happy. I love having all of you taking time out of your day to view what I do, and appreciate it.

I would never have made it without a few people, though.

@askprosecutie was a blog that I instantly fell in love with. The art style absolutely inspired me, and the characters were so well developed. They were my very first follower. The mod quickly became a close friend of mine, and even though we haven’t talked for a while, I’m still so happy to have them as a friend.

@chippedtune was a blog that was another early follower of mine, but the mod is a person that I have only recently become friends with. Not only are their art style and characters amazing, but they are absolutely lovely, give good advice, and have become a sibling to me.

@askneonflight is another blog that is very close to my heart. The mod is such an inspiring and comforting person, helping me through panic attacks, and aiding me with their advice. Their characters are so colorful and diverse, and they are someone I look up to very much.

@ask-the-french-olive has always been a delightful ray of sunshine, with adorably sweet characters, a wholesome story, and bright color palettes. Their soft style never fails to cheer me up, and I hope to become closer friends with them. Their style encouraged me to try different and new body types, and despite this still being a challenge for me, I welcome it with open arms.

@askstarlightsong has a mod with a heart of gold. They have a wonderfully streamlined style, elegant characters, and a sweet personality. They manage to capture so much in a single profile, and it’s incredible to see their finished work. It has been my pleasure to speak with them, as well as befriend them.

@wingspiral has become a pillar of hope in my life, with extremely relatable storylines, characters, and events. Their storytelling is something that I can only dream of achieving, but I will continue to work on bettering myself. I haven’t been able to read the story as of late, but in moments where I needed it most, the comforting dynamics of their characters reminded me that good is still out there.

There are hundreds of other creators out there that have inspired my art, work ethic, and goals. Many of you viewing this have brought joy into my life, perhaps even without you knowing.

Thank you.

It’s Triplets! 3 Newborn Stars Spotted in Forming System

For the first time, a litter of newborn stars has been spotted emerging from the same disk of gas and dust, creating a tightly packed stellar family.

The data, from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, supports a theorized process in which the whirling disk of gas and dust around a forming star, called a circumstellar disk, splits up to form orbiting companion stars.

More than half of stars with masses like the sun’s form with a sibling or two (or more) in multistar systems. Previous observations of mature multistar systems had suggested that stellar companions either cluster tightly together, within 500 times the Earth-sun distance of one another, or spread more than 1,000 times that distance, the new work’s researchers said in a statement. But earlier researchers who imaged stellar precursors, called protostars, have seen only the latter scenario, in which members of a multistar system form far apart in a big gas cloud. [Amazing Star Birth Photos from ALMA Telescope]

“This new work directly supports the conclusion that there are two mechanisms that produce multiple star systems — fragmentation of circumstellar disks, such as we see here, and fragmentation of the larger cloud of gas and dust from which young stars are formed,” John Tobin, a researcher at University of Oklahoma and Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, said in a statement.

Tobin is lead author on the new work, which was published today (Oct. 26) in the journal Nature.

Read more ~

Image: A new image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) of the forming star system L1448 IRS3B reveals three protostars and a spiral structure in the system’s disk of dust and debris. The image covers an area about eight times the size of Earth’s solar system.
    Credit: B. Saxton: NRAO/AUI/NSF; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Max Ernst, Paysage Noir, 1923.

Worked a bit more on the Masterpiece Saber Tiger. I didn’t think much of the MP series at first but I’m adoring the mechanical details and layers to the kit.

Here’s a video of the under torso moving.

I’m doing the underbody all greys and silvers as I’m not to fond of the dried blood brown the default plastic is cast in. And of course detailing all the pipes and gears and panels.

attention people who use runes (esp. the elder fuþark):

if you work with or have done research on the Elder Fuþark runes, you may have noticed that there are lots of variations on the names. & i mean LOTS, e.g.:

there are a couple of reasons for this:

  • HOWEVER, most actual runic inscriptions in the Elder Fuþark are actually in Proto-Norse, the intermediate stage between Proto-Indo-European and Old Norse. A lot of the discrepancies between the attested names & their names in other Germanic languages (i.e. Gothic and Old English) is due to this fact (Orðstírr has a good intro to Proto-Norse sounds especially re: runes)
  • modern English is missing many of the sounds and letters that existed in early Germanic languages, so variant spellings are different ways of rendering them in our limited 26-letter alphabet
  • many sources on runes come from magickal writings from many decades ago, and because language science is constantly evolving, so has our reconstruction of Proto-Germanic. thus, many of the names are based on outdated reconstructions.
  • most magickal writings on runes are not written by historical linguists who study ancient Germanic languages

luckily i regularly study & use Proto-Germanic, & based on our most recent & accurate reconstructions, the names for the Elder Fuþark would have probably taken the following forms (text in /slashes/ is IPA phonemic transcription; where names are different, this is due to differring names in the different attested langauges, or variation within Proto-Germanic dialects):

ᚠ    *fehu /ɸexu/ “wealth, cattle”

ᚢ    *ūruz /uːruz/ “aurochs”

ᚦ    *þurisaz /θurisɑz/ “giant, monster” OR  *þurnuz /θurnuz/ “thorn”

ᚨ     *ansuz /ɑnsuz/ “deity, mouth”

ᚱ     *raidō /rɑi̯ðɔː/ “journey”

ᚲ    *kēnaz /keːnɑz/ “torch” OR *kauną /kɑu̯nɑ̃/ “ulcer”

ᚷ    *gebō /ɣeβɔː/ “gift”

ᚹ    *wunjō /wunjɔː/ “joy”

ᚺ    *haglaz /xɑɣlɑz/ “hail(storm)”

ᚾ    *naudiz /nɑu̯ðiz/ “need, distress, force”

ᛁ    *īsaz /iːsɑz/ “ice”

ᛃ    *jērą /jɛːrɑ̃/ “year”

ᛇ    *ēhaz /eːxɑz/ < *īhwaz /iːxʷɑz/ OR *īwaz /iːwɑz/ “yew”

ᛈ    *perþō /perθɔː/  “?pear-tree, ??game-box (uncertain)”

ᛉ    *elhaz /elxɑz/ OR *algiz /ɑlɣiz/ “elk”

ᛊ    *sōwulą /sɔːwulɑ̃/ OR *sōwilą /sɔːwilɑ̃/ “sun”

ᛏ    *tīwaz /tiːwɑz/ “the god *Tīwaz (Norse Týr, Anglo-Saxon Tíw > Tue[sday])”

ᛒ    *berkaną /berkɑnɑ̃/ “birch”

ᛖ    *ehwaz /exʷɑz/ “horse”

ᛗ    *mannaz /mɑnnɑz/ “human, person”

ᛚ    *laguz /lɑɣuz/ “water, sea, ocean”

ᛜ    *ingwaz /iŋʷgʷɑz/ “the god *Frawjaz (Norse Freyr, Anglo-Saxon Fréa)”

ᛞ    *dagaz /dɑɣɑz/ “day”

ᛟ    *ōþalą /ɔːθɑlɑ̃/ OR *ōþilą /ɔːθilɑ̃/ “ancestral home”

if you would like more in-depth explanations for each of these, HERE is a good source (where we differ, i’d note that this source leans heavily on the Norse variants because our oldest attested uses come from Proto-Norse)