Thursday, 29 August 2013


Here is some stuff which has been entertaining me of late:

IGN profiles the Mad Max game that never was.

MELT has a collection of the awesome retro sci-fi art of Tristram Lansdowne.

Mecha Guy has photos of the new Valrave VI Hiyu. I am not sure if it's an unpainted preproduction model or if its actually got transparent bits. Either way its pretty badass.

Back in February MDOAR Productions posted HDR footage of New York set to Moby's Flower. I've only just seen it but it's quite beautiful - a worthy successor to the venerable discipline of street photogrphy.

Jade Beall has an amazing collection of feminist photography posing important questions about how we view the female body (NSFW).

Feuilleton explores a 1981 flyer-booklet given away by the band Cabaret Voltaire. The innocuous cover hid the enclosed 'zine examining gay male culture in Liverpool.

I've found this interesting history of Macross model kits over at CollectionDX.

Tides of War has constructed a completely bat-shit-mental an utterly epic wargaming table of the city of Minas Tirith.

I found more photos of one of the Horus helmet props from the original Stargate movie.

"This Armored Lady Won The Longsword Competition At a World Invitational Tournament"

I hate to think what I'd do if I was confronted with a screaming velociraptor. Luckily it's never happened but the reaction of this poor bastard makes me think it wouldn't be a happy experience.

Random Ghost (an excellent tumblr that I watch) asks, "Who should I follow?" I heartily recommend some of the ensuing links.

The recently deceased Jesse Marcel Jr was a boy of 10 when his army intelligence father brought home some random junk in the middle of the night. That was in 1947 and his dad had just got home from Roswell. You can guess the rest...

Genesis P-Orridge gives an interview and remembers when she was forced to ask, "Where's the fucking dog?"

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Damage Barton standing stones

I went away last weekend to the Wollecombe area of North Devon. I have taken to looking-up any travel destination on the Megalithic Portal to see if there are menhirs nearby. As luck would have it, two were listed as lying close to the camp site where we were pitched. Early on Sunday morning I struck out down the lush lanes for the site. A helpful local, accompanied by a slightly confused dog, pointed the way and we crashed through the rich vegetation to reach the field.

I only saw one of the stones, but it had an excellent aspect across the landscape. To the West was the valley containing the camp site, while to the South East rose the hills which crept inland. Although the exact reason why these stones were erected will likely never be known, it is no surprise that the location was chosen. Although I don't subscribe to the notion that there are mysterious lines of power running through the land, I do wholeheartedly agree that psychogeographic nexuses surround us. It is these I feel most strongly at such megalithic sites.

Bereft of my guide and his canine, I came back at a more leisurely pace. As I ducked through the mossey trees and nettles I came across the ruins of what might have been a house. The walls were made of the same stacked shale which is used in place of stones or bricks in the region. Trees had erupted amidst the broken piles of rock, creating a fusion of creepers, roots and sharp angled habitation. Moving on, I passed along a track which ran down a tunnel of overhanging trees. Images of Tolkien came to mind and the vulnerability our ancestors would have felt when bandits, bears and wolves roamed the land.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

1/100 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex - Custom Build

Gundam Guy has just posted an amazing set of images of this quite beautiful "Phenex" suit. It even comes with a 'full psycho frame'... whatever that is. Gilding on this scale is really touch-and-go. Things can look awesome or utterly abysmal, but in this case the modeler TORI has landed the right side of the divide.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


I have just watched the trailer for MEMORIES OF RETROCITY - an animated project by ace digital illustrator Bastien Lecouffe Deharme. I have absolutely no idea what is going on, but it looks pretty cool. I am always interested when people take still images and animate them to imply motion. Such techniques can work well for short-form projects, like adverts and trailers. Of course, fellow Frenchman Chris Marker's La Jetée arguably made the most seminal still-movie ever, and his work is devoid of animation altogether.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Mass linkage

I haven't posted a link roundup for a while so here's some interesting stuff which I've been buried in...

Simoneau Guillaume's touching photographic portraits documenting his relationship with a female American soldier (click on the Love and War project).

Close-ups of the mindblowing embroidery work which went into the Game of Thrones costumes.

...and on that note George R. R. Martin reveals what the aforementioned throne looks like in his head, and believe you me, it's altogether more badass than the HBO version.

There is a retrospective of Miroslav Tich's clandestine photographic portraits (NSFW).

Mr. YN & Mr. YG illustrations and other assorted work are quite extraordinary.

Brande in the 80s does a weirdly Bladerunner-esque stills trawl of the kids' bedrooms in Adventures in Babysitting.

Beginning in 1974 the improbably named Nicholas Nixon photographed four sisters together every year. The resulting time lapse sequence provides a wonderful window into fashion, family and the human condition.

Helen Musselwhite does some amazing fine art papercraft.

Abigail Goldman’s small diorama displays of death and tourture.

Have a great weekend! I am off to paint some ninja space elves...