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July 17, 2009

Some cool–looking Star Wars toys and action figures

As a lowly webmonkey I rarely get to see the actual physical products we sell. I could buy them, but I’m not rich enough for that. So unfortunately I can only really go based on the lovely pictures that get loaded onto the website.

Since we’re supposed to be well-known for selling Star Wars things, and that we rank pretty badly for it, I’ve decided to find what I think are the best-looking upcoming Star Wars toys. This is all part of the experiment.

I’ll start with my personal favourite, this is the one that caught my eye and made me decide to make this post.

Imperial Shock Trooper

Technically this is related to the prequels (or clone wars cartoons) so by rights it should be rubbish. However, it looks bloody cool. The design is somewhere between clonetroopers and stormtroopers so I imagine it’s supposed to be a gradual progressions. But apparently this guy is a Shock Trooper, that sounds pretty impressive so I like to pretend he shoots lightning (rather than going with the boring conventional definition of shock trooper). The red colouring is what makes this figure stand out, and apparently he’s fully articulated. That’s right, not just partially articulated, but fully. Is there some sort of quality assurance board that governs whether an action figure can be considered fully articulated? I ask because I very much doubt he has a completely accurate human skeletal frame with all joints and motions.

He’s not cheap (about £70), but if you’re the kind of person who’s inclined to buy this kind of stuff, he’s worth a look.

Deluxe Imperial Shock Trooper at Forbidden Planet

Next up it’s the….

Sandtrooper

Quite similar to the Shock Trooper, but it’s a true original trilogy style Storm Trooper, who happens to be a bit dirty, this makes him into a Sandtrooper apparently. Since this stuff is all made up anyway, I guess I can accept that a Sandtrooper is different to a Stormtrooper and this isn’t just an attempt to cash in by making numerious variations of exactly the same model.

He’s more expensive than the Shock Trooper (coming in at a hefty £75) and doesn’t look quite as cool, but still worth a look if you have more money than sense.

Deluxe Imperial Sandtrooper at Forbidden Planet

Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure: Mace Windu

Yeah that’s right, it’s Mace “I’m going to crash your party, bitches” Windu. The guy who made purple lightsabers the height of manly fashion is apparently now available as an “Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure”, whatever the hell that means. I can only assume it means he’s quarter the size of ol’ Samuel L himself, which would make this figure pretty big. By the looks of things he’s trying to force persuade you into buying his action figure, I guess he’d have to since it costs £75. Apparently he also has 25 points of articulation…

It looks like he also come with real cloth for clothing, this basically means you’re paying £75 for a Barbie.

Ultimate Quarter Scale Figure: Mace Windu at Forbidden Planet

Challenge time

Find me the highest number of points of articulation that an action figure has ever had, you are not limited to humanoids. I guess some sort of giant worm or dragon action figure might be the winner here.

There’s lots of other things, but frankly these were the ones that looked the best to me. If you’re really interested in seeing everything else, I guess you could always visit this convenient link that lists all of the Star Wars toys that we sell on the interwebs

Not everything costs as much as £70, though some of it a lot more. £50-70 seems to be the sweet spot for things that look good but are also in the realm of affordability.

I was serious about the points of articulation thing, I want to know.


Pondering Ponderousness

I’ve been wondering what to do with this blog for a while, mostly because I have a proper site (that happens to be being rebuilt) as well.

I’m thinking I might start using this blog for general rants, whilst keeping my main site as a more professional gubbins. I’m also thinking I could use it to highlight any cool stuff I spy my company selling. We sell all sorts of cool action figures, statues and comics, some of which look pretty cool – even if I can’t actually afford any of it myself :(

I’ve been trying to push the idea of a more community-oriented section of our site for over 2 years now. The main argument being that by providing valuable content, you are going to encourage a lot more inbound links as well as a positive attitude towards the company. When you compare this with sending our numerous newsletters per week which just list products, and have a site with over 20,000 products but no opinion… the benefits are obvious. In this day and age, transparency and a human face are going to do a lot more for boosting traffic than wearing out your existing customers.

My previous 2 posts here were largely to prove a point (though the results are obviously skewed due to the obscenely high scoring that Google seems to give .ac.uk domains). Permitting for different Google servers (each server has different rankings for pages because changes take a long time to propogate across them all), I’ve managed to boost us from page 4 to 1 of UK searches and from virtually unranked to page 1 of worldwide. Obviously this is only for a very specific set of keywords and I had to write some very targetted content (and links), but I hope it’s proved my point – inbound links are everything, and if you provide content that people want to link to, you’re on to a winner.

So I’m tempted to keep using this blog to push certain parts of the site, but only to the stuff I genuinely think is cool. I have no intention of turning this into a marketing portal and I would kind of like to return to the entertaining kind of posts that used to be so common across Warwick Blogs.

BYE THEN.


July 08, 2009

Uh oh, I did it again :( (more Urban Vinyl and Art Toys)

Follow-up to Designer Toys / Urban Vinyl / Art Toys are expensive and look cool from Andy's Dumb Ramblings

...I bought 3 more Monskeys

Monskey Army

Apparently the red one loves nature and hates waste. The diver one loves diving and hates sharks. Personally I think he picked the wrong sport if he hates sharks.

I’ll try not to buy any more, 4 is enough methinks…

I also have a secret agenda here, I’m testing the effect a blog post has on google rankings. Trying to encourage my employer to interact with the internets a little more proactively. Though to be honest, I think it would be worthwhile even if it didn’t affect our rankings in any meaningful way.

I’m curious as to whether Warwick Blogs are still as powerful in Google as they used to be, I remember when I was the number one search result for Threats to Global Peace.

So here’s the rest of our Urban Vinyl


July 06, 2009

Designer Toys / Urban Vinyl / Art Toys are expensive and look cool

Hello, it’s me again.

Why am I posting here and not on my real site? Because I’m redeveloping it. And when it’s finally launched, you too will be able to see that it should never have taken as long as it has.

Anywho, in the last couple of years I’ve been slowly exposed to the scary world of Designer Toys / Urban Vinyl / Art Toys (whatever the hell you want to call them). No, I’m not talking about edgy urban music ‘records’. I’m talking about the odd craze where artists take a prefabricated vinyl (plastic) figure and art the shit out of them (yes, that is a technical term). Sometimes they’ll even design their own vinyl figure first, and sometimes they won’t even use vinyl, they’ll make plush toys. What a crazy world.

Anyway, I finally took the plunge and bought one of the cheapest vinyl figures I could find. It’s a “Monskey” and his name is “Teakia”. According the packaging he likes fire and hates noise. He also believes we all have psychic powers. In many ways he’s a lot like me.

Here’s a picture of him:

Unfortunately there’s also a boatload of almost identical monskeys with different designs, this is why I’m going to be very poor. Even more poor than I am thanks to living in London and earning a non-London wage.

Here’s a link to a whole bunch of other urban vinyl monskeys

There’s an unbelievable amount of urban vinyl, so it’s lucky I’m not one of those guys who gets hooked on collecting stuff. No wait, you’re the one who doesn’t get hooked, I’m the one who does… Unfortunately most of it costs a fortune. You can even get a 18 inch tall white monkey thing that you can doodle all over designer toys, art toys, and urban vinyl 18 inch Mega Munny at Forbidden Planet) ... seriously, who comes up with these ideas?

Also, it’s my birthday soon so buy me lots of nice things. Yes Mannion and Widge, I mean you.


April 24, 2009

Star Trek is a good reboot, if slightly inconsistent

Title:
Star Trek
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Woo, first entry in over 2 years!

This Wednesday I saw the new Star Trek film, having seen the trailers and casting choices I had high hopes, thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.

The film does its best to be a logical reboot, basically it is designed to transition from the time period (and events) of the TNG/DS9/Voyager era to the date of Kirk’s birth. It’s not a huge spoiler (since it happens in the first 5 minutes), but basically the circumstances surrounding Kirk’s birth change significantly creating a whole new Trek universe without the heavy-handed erasure that happens with most reboots.

There are a few inconsistencies that can’t be explained by the reboot, like why the standard starfleet insignia is the enterprise one before the events of TOS, or why Spock is now the creator of the Kobayashi Maru test when Wrath of Kahn implies he didn’t (debatable though). The way Kirk wins it is changed too, he still cheats but the approach taken demonstrates the difference in his upbringing, and the consequences are very different.

The casting is for the most part excellent, Spock and Kirk in particular. Characters like Uhura, Checkov and Sulu are fleshed out in such a way to demonstrate that they really are the best at what they do – something that never really featured heavily in TOS or the old movies. Leonard Nimoy’s appearance as Old Spock isn’t just fan service, he is fairly integral to the plot. Scotty is very much just Simon Pegg playing a stereotype. Despite being entertaining, he’s character who’s played furthest from the original.

The main issue with the plot is that it basically exists as a method of justifying the reboot, if the events of the film didn’t happen there would be no reboot universe to speak of. What unfolds during the film significantly changes the balance of the Federation to the degree that future films (and even televion series) can be made without the feeling that you’re just rewatching the story you’ve already seen on TV years ago.

Despite the dark events of the film, it’s very lighthearted in tone. It’s very much an entertaining (and humorous) action-adventure that doesn’t really touch on the heavy political issues and serious plotlines of the later shows.

Summary: Watch it, even if you’ve never seen or don’t like previous Star Treks.


August 18, 2007

Open for business

After over a year of inactivity, I am reopening this blog.

I know that maybe no one will read this. Undoubtedly blogs are little ‘uncool’ but what the hey. It makes me happy.

If no one is reading, then I can say things like, ‘You all smell’.

But if someone is reading….....

I am open for business.


August 10, 2007

Studies of relationships; comic style!

OK, here it is, the return of (Dah-dah-dah-daaaaaaaaah…)

Bowdy’s Guide To Webcomics!

As I’ve been on Drunk Duck for ages now, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you a couple of my favourite titles. A long standing one of which is *Rainbow Carousel”.

Created by an artist called Wyldflowa, it has both an individual style and some of the most endearing characters I’ve ever seen! The main story is about a boy called Bubblegum who has just been moved to a new area by his mum after their divorce. First of all we see him arriving at a new school where the most popular girl there immediatly takes a shine to him. Shame he doesn’t shine the same way…

The current arc is involved with him going on a date with a black elf he met in the park who works at the carnaval where the fabled Rainbow Carousel is. What it is and what will happen on it I don’t know!

One of my favourite things about this comic is how down-to-earth it is while being based in a fantasy version of reality; the authors own candidness about her own life probably has a lot to do with it, but the scene where when Bubblegum’s mum wants him to go on the date and gives him condoms to take with him just in case is wicked. It’s just as embarassing as most English kids would find it and yet that highlights one of the things that’s so wrong with society!

Plus all the guys are soooo pretty!!!

This girl is going to go seriously far, so I think you ought to check her out; www.drunkduck.com/rainbow_carousel

The second is also a predominantly homosexual piece, called Lama Glama. I only started with this a few days ago, but it’s amused me so very much that I think everyone should get in on the fun! Fans of Boy meets Boy who can appreciate a little more corsenessin their bishie’s will love it!

The comic itself has just started out;three brothers and their mum from Mexico have moved to Canada, taking Jaoquin’s best friend Brandon with them. The youngest brother is (to those who know him at all, i.e. not his parents or older bro!) out-and-out gay, and a bit of a ho, bless him. Joaquin is currently coming to terms withthe fact he at least has gay tendencies, but as he hates everyone except Brandon and his brother, we can’t be sure if he’s totally swinging the other way or if he’s gonna stick in the middle. The current page where he’s going on his first gay date is sooo funny! http://www.drunkduck.com/Lama_Glama/?p=259158

Well, it amuses me. This comic hasn’t really gotten to the heart-felt bits yet, but the characters are immediately likeable, the author’s sense of humour is great, and I love it for the amusing asides and backgrounds too!

He’s also created a great spin-off section, “Loins of Justice” where he puts character profiles and pages on which his slightly perverse imagination has run wild…the great thing is it carries off the tongue-in-cheek vibe perfectly, and had me in stitches. Especialy seeing Jaoquin dresses up as various Disney females…so..funny!!!

Anyway, these are how I reccommend you spend your days. I have to go to the bank and pack some more!


July 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to It!

Yay! Sarah, you always cheer me up (not to mention boost my ego! _)

Here just for you is the picture, more gothic goodness from the MIL girls;

Happy Second Birthday

Also, if you pop by Deviant you’ll see a Maelstrom related image, probably my single longest-to-complete piece. I nutured that thing into life, and my God (literally) it’s beautiful! http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/60754954/

Well, that’s all for today…Man I wish my folders were finished…


July 26, 2007

The Past Four Years

Are currently spread out around me as I try to figure out what’s actually useful and what’s not…

So here’s a little pause for thought, as it were, while I decide which folder to attack next…

I think the saddest thing I’ve found so far is the tattoo I designed for a friend of mine who I haven’t seen for over a year now. Seems it’s harder and harder to meet up with people these days. I won’t tell you how many messages I sent out yesterday, but only the lovely Miss Hayley Belle has replied and forthwith taken it upon herself to alert the great and good of Cowplain (or at least those weirdos we went to college with!).

Part of me’s wandering if I should use facebook more to root them out, but a certain group aren’t on there, and although one of them has kept in vague contact over the last few months, seems hes out of credit. Or something.

So, I made the actualy decision today that, housemates willing “Bowdy’s BBQ 2007” will be held at our new abode in the Midlands. Yes, we have a new abode, in Earlsdon. It’s very nice, thank you, and we’ll be moving in mid-August.

This is of course, no offense to any of the old pose, and I’m hoping a number of them will be able to make it up to see where these past four years have been spent. But it does mean that I’ll be a tad more central and hopefully a fair few will be able to make it from the many groups of friends I have created over these years.

It’s funny how those groups change, how emotions shift; some of my friends appear to be growing up very quickly, some appear to have regressed, some have been much better to me than I probably deserve, and some I’ve tried to the point where I’m giving up. Then, I suppose that’s where we start making all those little differentiations, isn’t it? Friend, aquaintance, something in between.

Anyway, now I’m just stream-of-conciousing.There’ll be an arts upload tomorrow, including the “Happy Second Birthday” image for MIL, which, I note also passed without anyone else noticing, even though it was part of my MSN name!! Ah well, I’m proud.

I think some of this is overlap/throwback from the events of the weekend; we went to Maelstrom, which was ace, even though my character ended up upset for about 50% of it, and the two people she could possibley have discussed it with rationally weren’t there/available! Poor little Sha…


July 12, 2007

Sam Stockley

Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Filter: UV
Date: 11th July 2007
Location: Holmer Green, Bucks, UK
Focal Length: 70mm (equivalent focal length: 114mm)
Shutter: 1/1600s
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 400
White Balance: auto
Comments: Shot from the sidelines at a pre-season run out for Wycombe Wanderers against a local team – Holmer Green FC.
Post–processing: Shot in RAW, cropped and converted


July 10, 2007

Preview

Yay! the banner’s back! (I couldn’t see it for a while)

Well, here’s the “coming soon” page-the comic will now be moving to Drunk Duck, although there’ll still be specials on here sometimes and general rants about my life…not now though…too tired!

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/59498721/

Later!


July 07, 2007

Working on it!

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/59208215/

Here’s the lineart for the new cover, currently colouring it! contains a link to a height comp-AJY is so small!!


July 06, 2007

Update! (at last?!)

Yo, Blogfans, long time no see!

Well, the end of term was hectic as you like! Tried to do everything and see everyone and as such the arts got a bit neglected to say the least!

BUT all that will soon change! I have planned Chapter 10 (again!!) and am working on the cover, I still know I have some late commissions to do and will be starting “Her Secret World” shortly. Although the origonal artbook got lost in the move, my vanity had me put three character designs up on deviantArt, so they are safe! Hurrah!

The downside is my scanner is under Rach’s bed, so it’ll depend how well the designs go as to whether I plug it in now or wait till I get home in a week and a half.

Also, the comic will soon be moving perminantly to Drunk Duck.This will make life better for everyone as the archive is actually usable and the layout is better, although not too personalised yet! There will still be some previews and bonuses on here for you guys, you who have been with me for so long…sob

OK, not getting mushy-Graduation will have enough mush for all!

Time to crack on then…


June 11, 2007

MAEL–FROTH!!

So, this weekend saw the senior section (i.e. the ones with no more exams!) of Warwick LARPS attend Maelstrom, a Live Action event which occurs four time a year at various sites around the country.

This was mine and Casp’s second event and everyone else’s (Laura, Dan, BJ and Izzy’s) first, I don’t know how many times Tori and Sacha have been, but I’m jealous! Anyway…

I won’t worry you too much with plot, cos to be honest there’s far too much and you really have to be there to understand the sheer awesomeness of 800 LARP-ers in about 10 different races and variations thereon, three in-character fields and one man walking round in a 15 foot dragon costume!!

Add to that Messangers from the Gods materialising in your gazebo, battles raging outside the door and everyone having about three alterior motives never mind the ones they actually display to those around them and you have an incredible weekend!

The other ace bit is I have no responsibility in the system, and even in this group! I just ditz around learning Sourcery. It’s great.

Six weeks til the next one…


June 08, 2007

Thank you!

Hey guys, a big thanks to Helen, Holly and Casper and Aisa and George on Facebook for their help-I did use some of it in the exam, it was genuinely useful! (Then again I almost quoted ROFLcats in my exam…)

It went well, nothing unexpected, and the most important thing is IT WAS THE LAST ONE!!! I’m free, free at last!

And shattered!

So, Monday will see…actually, I don’t know what Monday will see, probably a froth about Maelstrom, which is where I’m headed for the weekend. Then I’ll be starteing my “back to basics” training, although I will be sketching the boys for “Her Secret World” at various intervals over the weekend…when they’re not in make-up…

Thanks again everyone, you were a real help! Oh, and there is a new shiney thing over on Deviant, check it out! xxx


June 04, 2007

Blogs, culture and controversy…

Hey, Blogfans!

Remember those heady days not so long ago when we first stepped into the blogosphere and blogged every little detail of our Warwick (and not so Warwick) lives? The days when Sam Hates was just germinating, and the likes of Dan Lawrence and Holly Cruise just finding their satirical feet?

Well, it has been a good 2 years and more now for some of us, and others use Live Journal or various other programmes, and as I’m sitting my Culture and Controvery exam on Thursday which contains a question related to modern technologies and language (and possibly the learning thereof), what are peoples views on this little section of our vast, hypermedia-rife world?

I’d greatly appreciate responses from anyone who reads/writes/hates blogs and online journals;

What are they good for?

What are they not so good for?

Should they be encouraged or not?

Do you think there’s scope for them as learning tools for students or is PDP just another word for “Ranting about my own miserable existance”?

You won’t be quoted directly, I’m just curious, and if you don’t want your opinion shown here, you can always email me via the address in the Life of Bowdy section.

Cheers m’dears. There’ll be a pretty icture on Deviant soon, as some kind of reward!


June 02, 2007

Goal!


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Sony DSC-S80
Date: 1st June 2007
Location: Wembley Stadium
Focal Length: 6mm (apparently, not sure I believe it)
Shutter: 1/200s
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 80
White Balance: auto
Comments: A young england fan taunts the brazilians
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June 01, 2007

Exams; The Block

Thanks for the support Casper! But it’s not just me, most of the English Specialists had to get through it, and the Scientists have their last three yesterday,today,tomorrow (including Carrie) so well done/keep it up to everyone! We’re doing so well!

So, Curriculum Maths was…interesting…Section B had changed a bit from previous years, but we were prepared and I think it went alright. Pedagogy I’m also quite confident about, although the EAL question was tricky as I didn’t think English Co-ordinators had as high a responsibility for integration as the EAL Co-ordinators do, but I got down the info I’d learned-felt quite hazy afterwards (it was the first 3 hour one) but Carrie made me a coffee and we soldiered on-she’s been a star because she revises in the kitchen a lot and although I don’t really have a revision-buddy for my subject, just sitting out with her really helped me get down to some good work, so big hugs and thanks to her!

On Wednesday, us English-ers were chatting and figured that Thursday, having done so much we’d feel like we’d finished, and would wander off with the elation which would have to be tempered down in order to work on the Language (or the alternative nineteenth century paper) for late next week.

However, the questions were all so horrible that we all came out downcast and unsure how to proceed. Personally I did manage to answer them, but they weren’t really discussing the book in relation to it’s genre, but one was character based and the other asked if Atwood’s dystopic predictions (bearing in mind The Handmaid’s Tale is set now-ish) are right! my back-up book was asking whether it had anything to teach third generation feminist novels or if it was obsolete! So much for a back-up…

After the initial shock, the Atwood question was quite revelatory; at the moment the predictions for women are (thankfully) inaccurate but there are some parallels with motherhood (as I was explaining to Matt in the pub; sorry dude, you did ask!) also, it could possibly happen, what with money being basically electronic and it being predominantly men in power. So, come on girls, get into politics, or your sex is doomed!

So yeah, with a bit of perspective, I (hopefully) didn’t do too badly, it just looked and felt shocking at the time!

But, on the plus side, one more to go, and Jo and Jubes are visiting this weekend, so much fun is to be had!

Everyone come to “Hippy” Crash tonight!! Do iiiit!!!


May 28, 2007

Exams; the story so far

OK, so the first two have gone fine, nothing unexpected and the science was so open that really you could pour everything you’d learned onto the page and should (hopefully) get some credit!

Today was Dave (Housemate Dave)’s birthday, so much fun and celebration (and food) was had but we’ve also bent ourselves to Mathematics (Curriculum style). We discovered via the lecture notes that section B may not be as we had anticipated, but have figured that as long as we know why children have certain misconceptions and can adapt those to whatever question we get we should be fine.

My main concern lies with Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday (pedagogy, or “How I will one day be Literacy Co-ordinator) contains questions for which my research is…lets say patchy…so, luckily as tomorrow’s exam is in the am, I have all the pm to revise in the library to make up for it! I also have a “How to be a Literacy Co-ordinator” book here which I may read before bed.

The other thing(s) I may read before bed are any of my feminist literature books. Again, know the books, just need some critical support. Alsom, am fairly confident about the nature of the question on each. “But this looks easy” you cry “What on Eath is she complaining about?”

You know that feeling when you can stare and stare and read and read and it just doesn’t stay?

You also know that feeling when you don’t want to confuse yourself by revising everything at once but you have 3 exams in 3 days?

And that feeling when you’ve had so much pizza and cake that it’s probably done more damage than all the beer you could drink ever and your head is full of cotton wool?!!?

Yeah, that’s me, right now. At least I have my new insane mage character to use in the LARPS forum to vent every so often.

Also, here’s a list of things I’d want to be doing but feel I can’t cos I have to prepare for these £6^£*&”)(”$(k-ing exams…

drawing pretty, vaguely MIL related bonus-come-anatomy studies (OK, so it’s Isaac topless, so sue me!)

Also conducting studies leading to the “Her Secret World” work-Dan, Casper and B.J. I need to see you about those, perhaps Sunday night, post adventure?

Making some actual progress in Chibi LARPS or The Tales…

Putting up something to celebrate my 1000+ on deviant

Trying to figure how to save my falling viewing figures on DD, although apparently comic viewing figures fall in he summer anyway

Planning chapter 10

Finishing the commissions that are two months/two weeks over due!!

And that’s just for starters!

Bloody exams…roll on Thursday…


May 24, 2007

MySpace

Thanks Sarah! OK, the MySpace should be findable at http://www.myspace.com/claireb23, as that is apparently my URL-let me know how you get on!

Also, for anyone who I haven’t jumped on and informed yet; I have a job!! I will be teaching at Templars Primary from September! Yay me!

So, Curriculum English tomorrow, I’ll let you know how it goes…


May 23, 2007

Quack


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV + Circular Polariser
Date: 22nd May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 200mm (equivalent focal length: 325mm)
Shutter: 1/60s
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly


May 22, 2007

This is the end…

MIL9v

MIL9w

Of this chapter!

Wow, 23 pages, longest one yet! Any opinions would be greatly appreciated, big thanks to Casper and Sarah for their support, as always! And check it out, the top page is verging on fan-service!! (I have less shame than usual…)

What I’ve decided to do is go “back to basics” for a bit, do more studies and practices, so the story is taking a pause here for a while-not to mention I managed to lose the plan I had for chapter 10, no idea where it’s gone! And I kinda have these things called “exams” from Friday to Thursday? I mean they’re not that important, but I think I’m supposed to pass at least!

Plus I have a back-log of commissions (b-day presents and a prize) and a whole load of new ideas-Chibi LARPS needs to actually get to the piss-taking story stage, and I’ve always wanted to do a strip to accompany The Carter Manouevre’s “Her Secret World” and last night the plan just fell onto a piece of paper in front of me! So, keep ‘em pealed!

Also, for anyone who’s interested I got a music MySpace yesterday, and have put the recordings of Heron, Trigger and Time Apart that Jason and I did before Christmas. They’re quite amusing! I need some pics for them too…

Anyway, gonna go revise and practice and panic some more…I think I’ll use this more for venting over the next few days, which I know is dull, so consider this fair warning!

Much love x


May 16, 2007

Baby Duckling


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 II
Filter: none
Date: 16th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent focal length: 83mm)
Shutter: 1/320s
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly


Daddy Duck


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 II
Filter: none
Date: 16th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent focal length: 83mm)
Shutter: 1/320s
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments:
Post–processing: Cropped slightly


Ugly Duckling


Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8 II
Filter: none
Date: 16th May 2007
Location: Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent focal length: 83mm)
Shutter: 1/500s
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 100
White Balance: auto
Comments: He was pretty ugly, not much colour on him, so went for b/w. Will do a colour one later.
Post–processing: Cropped slightly and increased highlights.