Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Face Off 08x03 - Let The Games Begin


So, this week we're kind of back to normal with the Face Off format.  We don't necessarily have to worry about champion teams or anything.  It's just straight up random partners.  They all go to the Olympic Colosseum in LA, and turns out they are doing a Hunger Games sort of challenge - it would have been cool if they'd had to do crazy Capitol residents, but they're doing game arena monsters that are a hybrid of an animal and an already assigned plant (they did something like this in Season 2 with the episode Dangerous Beauty).  However, Ve warns them to make it as scary as possible, so no pretty or cutesy animals this time around.  Also, Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta in the Hunger Games) is going to be on the reveal stage.

Kelly and Daniel choose the Scorpion/Delphinium, Ben and Darla get the Ram/Cactus, Julian and Adam take the Bat/Sugarbush Protea, Anthony and Logan get the Warthog/American Pitcher Plant, Emily and Regina take the Hyena/Shampoo Ginger, Stephanie and Alan take the Thorny Dragon/Cockscomb, and Rob and Jamie take the Piranha/Blue Thistle.  The drawings are all starting to look pretty cool, and every team gets a concept right away.  But, this is Face Off, so things are never going to be that easy.  You know that.

Logan and Anthony are immediately elbow-deep in clay.  They're doing the nostrils as eye holes to give a different shape, and because pigs DO have huge nostrils.  They want to use the shape of the plant for the cowl, and the texture like rotting skin.  Everyone's already getting pretty far in blocking out their shit when the coaches show up.  Since the teams mix up the coach's contestants, the coaches get to work together a little bit, too.  Which they're happy about.  Laura's digging the concept for Emily and Regina's work, but something goes horribly wrong as they're sculpting through the day, and they're TOTALLY not on the same page, and it's bad enough that they're going to have to start over.  They're the team that's in the biggest trouble right now.

Anthony comes over to Stephanie and Alan and suggests that they add more of the flower, because the face is looking just like a literal Thorny Dragon lizard.  Alan decides it might be cool to add venom sacks below the jaw.  Kelly and Daniel are one of the teams where they both have the same coach (Anthony), and they're worried about having been on the bottom last week, so they're taking that into consideration while they're sculpting.  They don't want to do anything too bulky, like what happened last week.

And I have to agree with Mr. Westmore when he comes through - I LOVE the cowl that Ben's doing for the Ram.  It's fucking DOPE.  Also, I HATE when they put subtitles under someone who has an accent.  I can understand Daniel perfectly, and I find it actually kind of racist/offensive.  Huge pet peeve of mine.

On day 2, Julian is the first in the mold room, so he's feeling good.  Emily and Regina talked overnight, and have changed up their concept.  They're super behind, and really nervous.  They're going to have to go FAST so they can get in the mold room.  Kelly's also having the same issue as last week - she's getting into the mold room late.  She's worried about the mistake with the thick Ultracal she made last week, and this week the sculpt on the cowl is WAY more complex, so it's a hard mold to block out, and a rushed mold will ruin all the detail.  Daniel is being calm, so it's helping her stay calm.  That's the sign of a good teammate.

Emily decides to use hemp instead of hair to help add the Hyena aspect more to the creature.  I've never seen anyone do that before, so I'm curious.  It could be cool, or it could be a disaster.  Rob and Jamie want to add some more thistle to their Piranha, so Rob starts fabricating some leaf dreadlocks that are in the shape of the thistle.  Darla and Ben are having some issues getting the Ram cowl out of the mold, and they don't have much time to clean it out as well as they'd like, so they're really worried about how the foam is going to turn out (IE: if it will have steam pockets or be busted up)

On Application Day, Darla and Ben's cowl is mostly okay, but it's Stephanie and Alan's cowl that's the turd sandwich.  It's busted all over and there's big seams, so they have to spend a lot of time patching it up.  After doing some minor patch work, Darla and Ben get the cowl on their model, but it's wayyyy too big, so they have to spend some time sorting that out.  Emily is fabricating the chest and back piece, and then she's going to start laying the hemp as Regina does the applying.  Daniel makes a scorpion tail out of foam pieces that he then strings up, and it really does look like a scorpion's tail with all the segments.  The things you can do with styrofoam if you're creative enough! (And I still don't fucking understand why they're subtitling him!  You can understand him perfectly!!!!  ARRRRGHHHHH!)

Logan and Anthony have a LOT of surface area to paint, and Rayce is hovering like a nervous mother, worrying that they're too slow.  Laura's also worried about Stephanie and Alan since they're WAY behind on painting because of all the patching that they had to do.  Regina and Emily are still in trouble town, and Emily is worried about getting kicked off.

So, for Last Looks, here are what we have (I miss the old way they used to take pictures on SyFy's website.  You can't see as much detail in these images).  Also, NONE of the makeups this week were terrible.  Most of the time, there's that one makeup that's way worse than the others, but even the ones that had issues still had lots of positives in them. (And McKenzie's dress is GORGEOUS!  I wish I had one for my dolls!)

Anthony and Logan's Warthog/American Pitcher Plant:

The mouth and tusk area on this thing is REALLY gnarly and looks like it could do some serious damage.  The face is kind of 'uncomfortable' looking in terms of anatomy, which I mean as a compliment.  That means it's gotten away from human structure, and looks very alien and creepy.

Kelly and Daniel's Scorpion/Delphinium:

I find the breakup of the color to be a little samurai helmet-y, and the tail on the head as a ponytail wasn't what I thought they were going to do with it, but I do like the sculpture of it.  The cowl not only looks like a scorpion, but it's also got the plant shapes.

Ben and Darla's Ram/Cactus:

I LOVE this thing.  It looks like a skeleton that's come back to life.  And the back of the head is fucking AWESOME.  The only minor nitpick I have is I wish there were some more cactus spines used, but it's my fave up there.

Julian and Adam's Bat/Sugarbush Protea:

Artichoke-Ferengi is how Glenn describes it, and he's not completely wrong.  There's some AWESOME sculpture in this thing, but the paint just isn't helping it at all.  A bottom look that normally probably wouldn't have been a bottom look, but this week is pretty solid.

Emily and Regina's Hyena/Shampoo Ginger:

For one that seems to be up shit's creek, it turned out GREAT.  Last Looks really helped them pull this thing together, and while the model is small, it helps to add a sense of sneakiness.

Stephanie and Alan's Thorny Dragon/Cockscomb:

Another one that's got some cool sculpting going on, but the paint is doing it a disservice.  The color is really flat looking, especially from far away, and the judges don't like the venom sacs that Alan made, because they think they look more like goiters.

Rob and Jamie's Piranha/Blue Thistle:

There's a ton of work on this dude.  I wish I could have seen the back more, or how the dreadlock leaves moved when the actor moved.

The top looks are Darla and Ben, and Emily and Regina.  The bottom looks are Adam and Julian, and Stephanie and Alan.  It's easy for me to say, a day behind everything, that I chose correctly, but I really did!  I said that Darla and Ben would win, and Ben would win for that awesome cowl, and he did.  I really wasn't sure who would go home though.  It turns out that it's Alan, since he did the venom sacs.  The judges point out that he shouldn't be ashamed, since none of the makeups were bad this week (and it's true).  Glenn also points out earlier that he can really see all the positives with having the champs there giving them pointers.  We'll definitely see how well it helps during the individual challenges.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Maggie: Dress Code Vanessa

This face sculpt did NOT get the love it deserved.  I think that if she'd been introduced as another character instead of replacing the much beloved Vanessa 1.0, she would have been really popular.  I wish that IT would find SOME way to incorporate her again on a permanent basis.  I'd be happy with an ITBE, though.  I'd love to get the head of the Funny Face lottery one someday, but she's hard to come by.

Dress - Your Kind Of Model Kesenia
Wrap - Main Attitude Adele
Belt - Goldstroke Adele
Necklace - Color Therapy Vanessa
Earrings - Unknown
Gold Bracelet - Fashion Royalty
Pink Bracelet - My Melody Barbie

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gotham 01x13 - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon


Last week, Fish's plans went all to shit.  Today, she's in even more shit.  She's taken to a mystery location (Gotham probably has more mystery warehouses than it does apartments).  Fish meets 'Bob'.  Whenever you meet someone who's snapping on the latex gloves while you're held against your will, things are going to get messy.  He wants to extract an 'apology' from Fish, but she's ornery about the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock get a case of a dead drug dealer.  Gordon finds some packets hidden in the heel of the victim's shoes.  A witness steps forward, and... is totally killed for trying to do the right thing.  He goes to the precinct to work with a sketch artists, and gets stabbed in the back of the neck with an icepick.  Turns out it's a unique icepick, according to Edward, and it's the same murder weapon that killed the victim in the morning.  Ah, an inside job.  Is there any other kind in this town?

Butch is also taken to a separate mystery warehouse (see, what did I tell you?) in the ugliest van ever, but he escapes and wants to know where Fish is.

Back at the station, Gordon thinks that the killer is a cop, but Bullock and the Chief are like "Whoa there, dumbass... you can't just go pointing fingers at cops.  IN GOTHAM."  He agrees to be careful.

Oh yeah, Bruce and Alfred are on this show, too.  We haven't seen them for a while.  They're driving around looking for Selina.  They wind up bumping into Ivy, but she won't pass on a message without getting a bribe.  They learn young in this town.  And I love how Alfred says that she looks like she's got the 'mange'.  Oh you Brits.

Bob tries putting Fish's head in a plastic bag, but she digs on that.  He then decides to go for her knee, but gets beaten to death in the down swing.  When she's rescued, she doesn't look nearly as self-satisfied as she was pretending with 'Bob'.

Gordon tries to ask questions about the missing pages from the log book, but the cops are putting up the wall of silence.  So, he starts pitting the cops against each other, and gets the name of an office Delaware.  Turns out in the spare tire in his trunk are more of those packets, like he found in the heel of the dead guy's shoe.  Also, the cop looks like the scummiest dirty cop that you could EVER find in an extras book.  But Flass (or whatever his name is) says that it's all part of an undercover operation, and puts the kibosh on Gordon investigating the whole death.  Afterwards, Bullock tells Gordon that Flass and his men started busting drug dealers a few years back so they could take over their stash houses, and that he's super protected  (SO not surprised.  I would have been more surprised if he were an upstanding citizen).  When they go to one of the stash houses, Scummy McScumbag Delaware is there, and he's got a warrant to search his own stash house.  Hey, he looks like he doesn't bathe, but he's got some criminal skills.

We take an interlude into the 'how NOT to date women' world of Edward Nygma, he visits Miss Kringle again, and she's less than enthused to see him.  He gives her a greeting card, and promises that it doesn't say 'anything weird' in it.  That means that it's got something totally weird in it.  I'd still accept it from him, though.  I only seem to like guys when they're somehow irrevocably damaged, or physically malformed (I call that my 'Voldemort' category).  Flass and his goobers get a hold of the greeting card, and humiliates Edward by reading it out loud.  I'm sure they'll regret that in the future when he becomes The Riddler (if they're still alive).  Later, he's 'surgically removing' the onions from his take-out, and Miss Kringle comes to apologize.  But she runs away as fast as she can before he can ask her out.

Penguin shows off his club to his mother, but with Fish out there with Butch, wanting nothing more than to kill him, he may be celebrating a little early.  And what about Maroni?  I'm sure he's not really happy about this whole thing... But Gordon comes to Penguin after the witness's death is ruled a suicide by Internal Affairs (only in Gotham is an icepick to the back of the neck a suicide).  He wants to find out about Flass (and Maroni knows the drug trade, so I guess him and Penguin are still on good terms...?)  When his drunken mother leaves, he decides to get wasted himself, but Fish shows up with a baseball bat.  He really should read this page, because I just told him earlier in this paragraph that he was celebrating too early - and now he's drunk, too.

At Wayne Manor, Bruce is playing chess with himself, and Selina wonders what kind of weirdo does that.  The kind of weirdo that has deep psychological issues and dresses up like a bat, that's who.  Apparently they were in Switzerland, and that's why he hasn't been around.  He gives her a snow globe.  He wants Selina to stay at the manor, and wants her to help find his parents' murderer.  Selina then TOTALLY stomps on his heart (won't be the first time in their lifetimes) and says that they're not friends, and that she lied about seeing who killed Bruce's parents so she could stay out of juvie.  Later, he's crying in front of the fireplace where he smashed the snow globe, and Alfred is a total dick about it, saying that he should just get a broom instead of crying over his 'young dreams'.  God, no wonder Batman turned out the way he did.

Ahhhh, so Scummy McScumbag DOES have a bathtub.  Just gets used for nearly drowning his gal to get info rather than bathing himself.  He squeals about Flass's operation to Penguin's dude.  Penguin's guy then brings the taped confession and the icepick to Gordon's desk so he can arrest Flass.

Back at Fish's club, she's making Penguin kiss her boots, and he points out that he may have been a cowardly umbrella holder, but he outfoxed her at every turn, because she never saw he was working with Falcone.  It's totally true, but that's kind of a ballsy move when you're kneeling in front of an angry woman with a baseball bat.  But he's saved by Zsasz!  I'm sure that's one of the few times THAT sentence can ever be said.  If it weren't for Edward, Zsasz would be my fave dude on the show.  I dig the no eyebrows and the sociopathic sadism.  One of his girls gets killed by Butch in a gun fight, and he gets Fish out a window, but stays behind to slow them down.  Butch's devotion to her is actually pretty touching.  Too bad it gets him right into Zsasz's clutches.  I'm sure being taken home to be played with is a much worse fate than just being shot.

Gordon goes up to Flass and says he's under arrest.  Flass is like 'fuck you bitch', but then Gordon gets on a soapbox about how dirty the cops are, and how they're protecting a drug dealer and a murderer who doesn't deserve the badge.  The cops start to flank him, and he arrests Flass.  Scummy Delaware comes to him afterwards and begs that everything is now even, and that his wife and kids don't get involved in this whole thing again.  He's begging at Gordon's feet like how Penguin was begging at Gordon's feet earlier.

Fish still has a friend besides Butch, and it's Bullock.  He drives her to the port, and tells her she should stay away for a while.  He also promises to keep an eye out for Butch for her.  She says she will leave down for a while, but that she WILL be back to kill Penguin.

Tessa: Lead Singles Lillith

When Lead Singles came out, everyone fawned over Eden.  Yes, she was cute as heck, but I was far more drawn to Lillith, who hardly anyone else seems to like.

Jacket - CY Cool Girl
Dress - Olgaomi
Earrings - Breaking The Mold Veornique
Belt - Fashion Royalty
Ring - Lead Singles Lillith

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lisa: Edge Vanessa

I named this Vanessa 'Lisa' after her original creator, Lisa Ramsammay.  God, this doll has damn gorgeous hair!  It just BOUNCED out of the hairnet, and has no product in it.  She's definitely the prettiest Vanessa 3.0 yet, IMO.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Edelweiss: Ombres Poetique Mademoiselle Jolie

I was worried about my parcel with Edge Vanessa (soon!) and Mademoiselle Jolie since I didn't get a shipping notice, but they arrived safely.  I sold their fashions, but not before I got some photos.  I'll upload Vanessa's pics tomorrow, but today is Edelweiss.  I named her after the flower (and also the song in The Sound Of Music).  I watched it over Christmas, and thought that it would be a really interesting name.  Especially since in my storyline, she's Orchid's mother.  It made sense for an Elvish Queen to have a lyrical, flower name like her daughter.  I always love the Luchia 1.0 sculpt, and I love this doll's silver hair.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ysolda: Nocturnal Glow Veronique

Loooovveeee the Veronique 2.0 sculpt.  I've gotten quite a few of her, and I love this girl, too.  She doesn't get much attention compared to some of the other convention dolls, but she was one of my faves.  Veronique 2.0 is definitely in my top 5 face molds.  The order, and sometimes one or two of the molds, tend to move around on my list.  I'll have to really think about it and come up with a concrete list of my top hot bitches.

Top - Unknown
Leggings - MiniBarbie
Necklace, Earrings - Culte de Paris
Plastic Bangles - Barbie Basics Fashion Packs
Beaded Bracelets - Me
Sneakers - Barbie Fashion Fever