the warmonger

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Hello Everyone!

I have finished Gabriel Angelos, Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens :) This time in Terminator armor.

In this piece, I wanted to show the difference in painting red’s. I have painted Gabriel’s armor the same way i have painted the previous version on a bike (i have added metallic paints to the armor). Then i have deliberately added another red mini (Khorne), and red blood, to show his red armor painted in more classic way - without metallic’s.

Hopefully the difference in textures is visible, and You will like the end result!

Take care and see You soon :)
Paul

Anyway, if you’re interested in both Classics and LBGT literature, then I would very seriously urge you to put down The Song of Achilles and pick up An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis. It’s a fantastic retelling of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, a tragedy in which the son of Achilles, Pyrrhus, is manipulated by the callous warmonger Odysseus into stealing a prophesied weapon from the incurably wounded Philoctetes so that the Greeks can conquer Troy. In Mark Merlis’ version, Pyrrhus is a young gay prostitute, the Trojan War is one of the many vague cruel expectations of heroic hypermasculinity, Odysseus is a ruthless 1980s politician who sees the gay community as political scapegoats, and Philoctetes’ incurable wound is HIV.

It’s not the sort of dreamily romantic fanfiction I think most of us expect from LBGT-revisionist retellings of the Classics (which stories I do enjoy! and which stories I think most definitely do have a place & a purpose!), but it is a frank and unflinching examination of the USA’s gay community during the AIDS crisis, as viewed through the clever lens of Greek tragedy. I seriously recommend that Classics students with an interest in LBGT history check it out. General content warnings include explicit sex, slurs, and homophobia & serophobia.

Read the fucking Iliad. Pretty please.

I love the fandom of ‘The song of Achilles’, or in general anyone who ships Patrochilles, ok?
Like, if you so much as utter the name ‘Achilles’ or ‘Patroclus’ or, hell, even 'Agamemnon’ in front of me I’ll instantly consider you my friend. Just thinking about the fact that there are other people out there who appreciate the classics makes me happier than a kid on his birthday. But sometimes it SHOCKS me how little people really know about them.
Maybe you’re a fan of Percy Jackson, or just casually passing by and happened to get interested. And I KNOW there is actually no canon, since these are stories that have been written thousands of times and were around for generations and generations long before that. But it breaks my little warmongering heart to see people that are genuine fans, and really into the characters and stories, and yet there is SO MUCH MORE they could know and don’t. Every time people talk about their Patroclus headcanon of him being a sweet cinnamon roll I want to yell at them: “Your headcanon is fantastic, and beautiful and sweet but DID YOU KNOW that in the Iliad Patroclus is actually the second strongest man of the Myrmidons and slaughters dozens of warriors before it takes FUCKING APOLLO’s intervention to stop him?”
There are so many other possibilities, so many other roads that the ancient tried while you know nothing about it. They were the first fanfiction writers, the first shippers, so you might as well lern from the best.
If after discovering that Homer’s Achilles was not exactly a feminine and delicate boy you decide you don’t like that, and that a pretty blond teen suits you better than a bloodthirsty warrior, I can very well respect that, and might even agree with you. But if you never read these masterpieces you’ll never know what you’re missing out on.

reminder re: kaiba

say it with me, folks:

  • seto kaiba is not a sociopath. he most likely has a mental disorder as a result of an abusive childhood and the trauma of his parents’ deaths.
  • seto kaiba is a good brother who threatened to throw himself off a cliff when he thought mokuba was gone forever.
  • seto kaiba hates bullies and dismantled a warmongering company to make children happy through card games and amusement parks.
  • seto kaiba is not a robot.
  • seto kaiba is not two-dimensional.
  • seto kaiba is a good character at heart that makes bad decisions in the way he deals with people.
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“The idea between these two characters was that on the left you have Kylo Ren, who was the Force power and aspect of the First Order, and on the right you have the sort of teacher’s pet, General Hux, this very young general who, clearly, is a warmonger and a strategist. And they’re sort of at odds because one is more of a spiritual power and one is a more intellectual power.” - J.J. Abrams

  • Padme: Now, where you sit in the Senate is crucial, because you got everybody there. You got your Rodians, Twi'leks, Kaminoans, Alderaanians, Asian stereotypes, a different kind of Asian stereotypes, warmongers, unfriendly Coruscanti hotties, desperate Chandrilans, burnouts, sexually active clones, the greatest people you will ever meet...
  • [Chancellor Palpatine enters the Senate.]
  • Padme: ...and the worst. Beware of the Fascists.
The Steven Universe Problem

Steven Universe is a fascinating show.  It has a genuinely enjoyable premise: shapeshifting gem people betray their warmongering and conquering rulers to protect Earth.  Fusion is an interesting and visually fun way to discuss relationships, and not just romantic ones: sex, friendship, and even hate are all explored through fusion.  The focus on character development is fairly unique in the current state of western kids’ cartoons.  Unfortunately, there is one big “but” that comes with the show that makes watching it a constant source of frustration.  And it’s not the incredibly inconsistent art that makes it look like Peridot is devolving into a walking head.  No, this is about the show’s writing. Specifically one huge, glaring flaw that drags the entire show down.  Steven Universe is deathly afraid of actually dealing with its plot points, and the show suffers greatly from it.

Complaints about “filler” being rampant in the show are fairly common, and not without reason: almost every time a major reveal of some sort happens, it is promptly ignored in favor of more fluffy episodes.  A recent example: the human zoo.  Had this show anything resembling an actual plot structure, our gallant heroes would have mounted some sort of immediate rescue effort.  Or at least discussed the possibility of a rescue effort, and decided whether or not it were viable.  No such thing happens.  They bring it up casually a few times, but there is never a serious discussion about what to do about the very serious problem of humans being kept like animals by beings who have tried to wipe out the entire planet multiple times.  Instead, room needed to be made for an episode dedicated to Ronaldo being extremely annoying for eleven minutes.  All the momentum that had been built up by the zoo episodes is completely lost, and this is a repeating pattern.  This is why watching Steven Universe is an exercise in frustration: something big and important will happen, but it is often not followed up on, either at all or until much, much later.

Remember Jasper?  Last she was seen, she had fused with a corrupted gem and become corrupted herself, before being defeated by the Crystal Gems.  Absolutely nothing has been done to try and cure her corruption, or to solve the problem of corruption in general.  How about Bismuth?  Out of everyone who Steven has fought, she has the most obviously solved conflict, one that it is astounding has not been reached since it’s been the most used solution to problems in the show.  Bismuth is practically one talk/cry/song away from joining up with the Crystal Gems just like Peridot and Amethyst, but for some reason they never seem to have the idea to let her out of the bubble and just calmly talk it out.  The fate of the Ruby squad was only answered recently almost a whole twenty episodes later, when one of them stole the main casts’ spaceship, which conveniently prolonged any action regarding the human zoo or any further space travel in general.  

The plot of this show moves in irritating starts and stops, something big can be revealed in one episode and it won’t be thoroughly discussed until multiple episodes later, with tons of fluff that adds little to the story in between.  And while the plot stagnates, so do the characters.  Peridot is the biggest offense.  A character meant to be part of the central cast is little more than comic relief at this point, having received almost no serious emotion or development for just about two seasons now.  A minor character like Ronaldo went from interfering but well-meaning to a total annoyance.  The show’s major villains, the Diamonds, are poorly fleshed out, too.  Besides the power and influence they wield as the leaders of Homeworld, there is still no indication of why they, themselves, are a threat even though they are treated as such.  If it is true that Rose shattered the Pink Diamond (disregarding some potential twist), then they cannot be much physically stronger than other gems.  What was there to stop Garnet from just punching out the weepy and seemingly totally impotent Blue Diamond on sight?  All these remaining questions about the mere basics of the enemy are especially bad knowing the show is four seasons in, with the fifth rumored to be the last.

That’s why Room for Ruby was an episode Steven Universe desperately needed.  Finally, an enemy the same tactics don’t work on.  Finally, an enemy isn’t easily turned over to the side of the Crystal Gems.  Finally, something that forces the protagonists to be proactive in some way.  Finally, a sense of tension is brought back to the show.  The problem of a rogue Ruby and no spaceship probably won’t be solved for another twenty episodes, but a breath of fresh air is a breath of fresh air.  If the show can deliver episodes where Steven and the Crystal Gems are forced to take more action, instead of just waiting around for the bad guys to do… something, then it could be a lot more engaging.  If not, it seems likely the show will eventually come to an extremely flaccid, unsatisfying end.

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Hello Everyone! Here’s the diorama i have made some time ago, called “On the road again”.  The idea behind it is to show Blight Knights marching to war, but without any fear at all. Idea rather simple, but i wanted to achieve the merry mood of those characters, which are just having a good time while walking towards their next prey, which on the other hand will suffer terribly and most likely end being eaten or something.

anonymous asked:

An EU defensive alliance would be vastly better than NATO. European blood would no longer be spilled on behalf of American warmongering psychos. Whether neocon (Bush), far-right (Trump) or centrist (Obama), American governments have been destabilising Eurasia and Africa and poisoning East-West relations in pursuit of American hegemony. An armed EU would prevent that and would work for European interests, not those of rich Americans.

I am interested in the idea of an EU defence force. I’d like to see how it would be shaped before I made a decision on it though.