Jan 22, 2013

So I haven't had a WIP post in a while. . .

Sorry about that. I got so busy getting ready for C6 and the trip across country, and I've been alternating between busy or just mentally preoccupied with other stuff since then. (It was a surprisingly busy last couple of months.)

February is looking like it's going to be an interesting month. Not much currently going on event wise, but I've got minion meeting stuff for ECCC, plus potential jury duty on top of having to try to help several other people with costumes before ECCC.

ECCC is at the beginning of March, so I'm working on getting the remake of my modern era Mandalorian Beastmaster finished and official before then. (Set myself the goal of getting some trading cards made with it if I do.) I'm honestly not sure if I'll cart any other costumes over; I'm thinking about maybe wearing the Sith Scout, but it's going to depend on how my weight loss goes I think.

After ECCC I've got until D*Con to hopefully finish up a custom fantasy barbarian and my original series Trek uniform. Otherwise I'll just be there in mando gear again.

Anyway, WIP stuffs.

I started upgrading the original kit a couple of months ago. I love the early crusader version I made, but really I think I dig the modern era one more. Because of my limited budget, I'm trying to make due with using as much as I can out of what I already have. (So far all I've had to buy was some more black paint for the horns and visor trim again as my last bottle is running low.) The chest, shoulder, and knee armor will all be the armor from my Femmeprotector kit. So the helmet is getting repainted with the green that I used on the protector (plus some of the gold/yellow on the cheeks), and I'll be repainting the gauntlets to the gold/yellow of the shoulders and knees. The helmet was a little beat up after being stored for so long (plus I had rushed it), so I first spent a little bit of time filling in old problem areas and doing a better job hiding the dent.
Currently I've got the base metal paint down; I need to get another can of the proper green spray paint and figure out where my weathering toothpaste went. Then I'll start the weathering and final painting process. (Not really looking forward to the reapplications of weathering I'm going to have to do after masking off areas to paint the yellow down then having to paint the black on after that.)
After it's fully painted and weathered I'll be sorting out how I'm going to do the back skirt like the last helmet had. (Visor will be smoked this time around since I don't have any more mirrored tinting.)

Sith Armor
This isn't one I'm necessarily trying to get done this year, as I've got no idea how long the fabric work for it is going to take. (We're talking complete pattern creation at this rate, and Pere has got a lot of other projects I'd rather he worked on.) But, I've been putzing around with the armor pieces just to get them out of my workspace.

The intended color scheme for it has changed from the original design since I decided to just work with paints I have. Right now it looks like the armor and mask will be bronze with ruby (rather than gold with maroon), and I'll probably be leaving the purple paint off and just working the purple into the fabric part. Currently the mask is curing a bit more before I spray down the ruby, then it will just be a matter of installing the strapping to hold it on and the lenses for the eyes. The shoulder armor might need one more pass with the bronze; we'll see tomorrow when I inspect it.
Going to start looking at Joanns for gem options to stick on the shoulders. My sith is fancy. :D

Jan 7, 2013

Avenger's Initiative - Quasi Month 3

This is coming a bit sooner on the heels of the Month 2 report, in large part because I signed up for the Curves 30 Day Challenge which means measurements and weigh in were done today. I didn't have as much progress (I think) between the last one and this because 1) it's the holidays which = delicious holiday food and 2) with my brother up for Christmas - New Years I didn't really have time to get in and work out. I tried as best I could to supplement that by walking plenty as we were busy most days my brother was visiting.

I'm putting a "?" next to the new ab measurement since we weren't actually sure if we were measuring it at the right point, so I think it'll be simpler if I just omit that one this time around.

Fingers crossed I can really bust my butt this month and do good on the 30 day challenge. I'm going to try to supplement workouts at Curves with walking as much as I can (especially since I may be disappearing for a bit to help my brother temporarily move his stuff across country).

December 23 - January 7

Beginning Measurements:
Bust - 43
Waist - 38.75
Abdomen - 48
Hip - 47.5
Thigh - 29
Arm - 16.5
Body Fat % - 39.1

Calories Burned:
12/23 - Port Townsend/Fort Worden walk
12/24 - Winslow walk (short)
12/26 - Silverdale walk
12/27 - Walk down to Battlepoint Park (around park twice then back home)
12/28 - Seattle all day walk
12/30 - Poulsbo walk
12/31 - Seattle half day walk

1/7 - 364

End Measurements:
Bust - 44
Waist - 38.5
Abdomen - ?
Hip - 48
Thigh - 28
Arm - 17
Body Fat % - 38.7 

Avenger's Initiative - Month 2

This past month I fully admit I did not do 100%. First I came down with a cold, then my brother stayed to visit for longer than he had originally planned so I only got to work out twice in those two weeks (I hope that some of my walking at least partially made up for that). Then I admit there were a couple of times where I just got busy and forgot, once when I showed up too late because I forgot they close an hour earlier on Friday, and then the time I missed because my cat can be a shit head and attacked my arm, leaving some bruises and puncture wounds that I didn't want to aggravate. So, yeah. :/

On the plus side, I finally hit my goal of 400 calories burned in a workout. So there's that at least. ^_^

November 16th - December 19

Beginning Measurements: 
Bust - 43
Waist - 39
Abdomen - 43
Hip - 48
Thigh - 14
Arm - 17
Body Fat % - 39.30

Calories Burned:
11/16 - Poulsbo walk (about 5 hours)
11/17 - Seattle walk (all day)
11/20 - 4 mile walk
11/21 - 344
11/22 - Seattle walk (all day)
11/26 - 349
11/28 - 387

12/3 - 400
12/5 - 402
12/10 - 382
12/12 - 368
12/14 - 395
12/19 - 392

End Measurements:
Bust - 43
Waist - 38.75
Abdomen - 48
Hip - 47.5
Thigh - 29
Arm - 16.5
Body Fat % - 39.1  

Event Report: Star Wars Reads Day (Silverdale Banes and Noble)

(I am so incredibly ashamed I didn't have this posted sooner. It's actually been typed up since the event, but for some reason I only saved it as a draft and never published it until now. >_< My bad guys.)

Star Wars Reads Day was an event by DK Publishing and LFL held nationwide at libraries and bookstores on October 6, 2012. I signed Terentatek Clan up for the one at the Silverdale Barnes and Noble since we've been trying to get more members on this side of the water.

Myself, Uloadus, K'raysh, Trengence, and Pere all made it out there. K'raysh was going to be in kit, but unfortunately his visor broke the night before while he was trying to install it into his new helmet so he ended up just being a spotter.

We had a lot of fun at the event. One of the B&N booksellers was dressed up as Princess Leia, and she did the story time as well as showing the kids how to make origami Yodas. We mostly wandered around the store (hanging out primarily near the kid's section, customer service, and the front) posing for pictures with people and answering questions about the club. After story time we posed for a group photo with Leia and the kids, then individual pictures and talking with people while the origami stuff was going on. (I fully admit I also went over to the coloring station and made a pretty pink and blue colored mando. <_<    >_>)

Last thing for the day was a raffle for some posters and books. Leia held the box and read the winners aloud while I drew them. We hung around for a little while after the raffle to talk to some potential recruits (or at the very least people who found the costuming interesting lol) then dekitted and headed to the cafe to relax and chat for a bit. All in all, I really enjoyed this event and hope they do another one next year.