Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Face Off 07x14 - Creature Carnage


So, we're down to the Final Four.  They head to DC Studios, and wander through all kinds of different sets until they come across McKenzie in a courthouse set.  There are newspapers beside her talking about giant creatures that have destroyed cities.  So, they basically have to make a Gozilla kind of monster to stomp onto world landmarks.  Cig is so excited that he's about to explode.

Dina chooses "Mantis Preys On Paris", Cig chooses "Yeti Crab Crushes Kremlin", George chooses "Deadly Squid Destroys Dubai", and Drew picks last and goes for "Giant Sloth Slashes Shanghai".  I actually would have gone for the one that nobody chose - "Taj Terrorized By Pterodactyl".  I also love on the Pterodactyl one that the sub-heading is "Is The T-Rex next?"

Clifton Collins Jr. is the special guest, and he'll be on the reveal stage. He's been in all kinds of big monster things, like Pacific Rim.  So, all the contestants are pretty jazzed, but they're also a bit worried since making a big monster is a big amount of work.  The drawing for George's Giant Squid is really cool -we'll see if it works out.  Cig decides to go for a Yeti/Crab hybrid, rather than do a giant Yeti Crab (which is an actual kind of crab that's white and has hair protrusions on its legs).

Mr. Westmore and McKenzie come in, Mr. Westmore warns George about a tan makeup color going too muddy.  They're digging the way that Dina's direction is going.  He advises Drew to score out the neck area (which is really thick to change the head shape.  And then there's Cig - Mr. Westmore's not really digging how ape it is, and wants to see more crab.

On Day 2, George's chest piece with the beak/mouth didn't cook all the way through, so the foam is still pretty doughy,  He has to make another one out of polyfoam.  Dina's going through her checklist of all the stuff she has to make, and it's long.  Cig starts working on the creature suit, and uses couch foam to make the hump for the back, and then uses L-200 foam to layer pieces for the crab carapace look.  Dina's now working on her long Mantis pincers, and pipes some spikes on with a makeshift piping bag, and Drew is being careful with his mold, and is giving himself lots of time since he's not a really fast molder.  Drew also has to lay hair on his sloth hands.

As George is building his creature suit for the Giant Squid, he knows he's in over his head.  He really doesn't like the way it's turning out, and he's kind of feeling sick to his stomach, and that's a bad place to be in when one of you is going home.  He just has this kind of look of disgust on his face as Cig walks past.  So, he just decides to go ahead and paint it to see if he can make it better.  His paint *is* actually making it look better.  It was kind of hard to make it worse, though.

Drew doesn't have enough time to lay hair on the other sloth glove, so he decides to make a burn makeup on his character, making it a battle injury as the city is fighting against him.  But he's worried about it being silly because sloths don't exactly inspire fear.  Back at the house, they're all exhausted, and none of them are feeling in a good place about how much work they have left to do.

Application day!  George's foam came out nice, but Drew has really shitty foam.  It's got microbubbles, which kind of looks like acne scarring all over the thing.  Everyone in the lab, including George and his model, are laughing as he's trying to get in the suit. There's a hilarious shot of Matt, George's model, reading the Giant Squid newspaper, and apparently the article says that he was brought in for questioning and Matt's like "What?  I'm 3000 feet tall!!"  There's also a shot of the Mantis reading the paper, too.

Cig is working on the face, and the paint looks wicked.  Dina uses mesh to paint her eyes to give it the compound eye factor.  Drew is also not pleased with the hair on the glove, and decides to do the burn makeup on both hands because the hair work looked bad, and he doesn't want Lois to bitch him out again.  In Last Looks, Cig is also having to do the 'creature suit dance' with his model.

Okay, so for the final product we have:

Dina's Mantis:

By far the best of the bunch.  Everything is done perfectly.

Cig's Yeti Crab:

I didn't notice it until it was pointed out by the judges, but it looks very Samurai, which harkens back to the Japanese monster movies.  It's definitely good enough to get him to the finale.

George's Giant Squid:

The head is really cool, and so is the blue paint on it, but the body looks like a stuffed animal.

Drew's Giant Sloth:

The face is TOTALLY perfect as a sloth.  The burn makeup is REALLY sloppy, though.

Dina was the obvious winner.  I don't even think there was really any guessing.  She does win the challenge, and moves onto the finale.  Cig also moves on, which isn't surprising.  George and Drew both have good things and bad things about their makeups, so it was really a coin toss.  I said that Drew would get in, and my mom said that George would get in, and it's Drew!  Never guess against someone who's seen all the episodes multiple, multiple times.  (Yes, I know that that makes me sound like a giant loser - which is a correct assumption).

So, George goes home, and when Dina, Cig, and Drew come back out to the reveal stage, Clifton Collins Jr. is gone, and everything has completely changed.  Yellow lights!  Suits of armor!  McKenzie teasing about a lot of surprises that she has for them!  And it ends!  This is pretty much as close to a cliffhanger as this show gets.

8 Days (Sylvia Redressed)

So, one week from today, I will be seeing the registration packet.  I will post pics on my Flickr, and do a couple posts here a day.  Getting really anxious to see what the convention collection looks like.  I just paid my final installment yesterday, so now that's all taken care of.  I hope I like them all.

Top - Olgaomi
Pants - Nu.Fantasy The Beast
Bead Bracelet - Color Therapy Vanessa
Gold Bangle - Barbie Top Model Teresa

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IT Direct Obsidian Culture Hanne Variants!

Man, I really hope that these variants will be for sale at the convention.  I really like the original too (when her hair is down and flowing - not a fan of the afro-ponytail), but the brunette is really calling me, too!  I think the blonde is gorgeous as well (Hanne is just so beautiful in any regard), but she reminds me of Platinum Society, whom I already own).  What other FR:16 surprises will be at convention?  I hope lots more, like a return of Freja!!!!

Both are available from the IT store right now (and hopefully for a few more weeks - Convention means I have no money, and I do want to pick one up)

9 Days (Elise Redressed)

omg, we're into single digits.  Shit's getting REAL.

Shirt - World On A String Eugenia
Suit - Main Attitude Adele
Brooch - Splendid Jordan
Purse - La Boutique
Earrings - Fashion Royalty

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gotham 01x05 - Viper


God, I could listen to Sean Pertwee talk for EVER.  If I were Bruce, I'd always be like "read me a story, Alfred."  As Batman, that would be both hilarious, adorable, and creepy.  He wants Bruce to go outside.  Bruce would rather put up cork boards full of files.  A vigilante is born.

So, Maroni's next move after getting a piece of the Arkham deal is to rob one of Falcone's casinos.  It isn't for the money, it's the principle of it.  And of course Oswald is drinking it all in while furiously wiping dishes.

So, it looks like the core of our story is about Harvey not being able to eat his lunch.  Or, maybe about a street drug that you find randomly in your guitar case and inhale like a moron.  SERIOUSLY?  Do even drug addicts forget what city they live in?  Especially when the drug is TELLING you to breathe it in?  So, the drug turns the dude (who was at least honest with his 'need money' sign) into a superpowered milk fiend who runs off with ATM machines on his back.  And that still isn't the weirdest call the Gotham PD have ever gotten.

Fish has a plan that involves her new little pet learning opera.  Obviously it involves getting her pretty girl in with the Italians.  She then meets with Falcone along with some other mob guys at a black Cadillac convention.  She gets up in the face of the Russian dude, and it's a typical pissing contest.

Follow the milk, officers.  FOLLOW THE MILK.  They follow the empty milk cartons after a hooker tells them where to find 'The Strongman', as the police captain calls him.  He's crashing hard, and wants them to find The Man With The Golden Gun.  Or maybe it's the Man With The Mangled Ear.  He gets mad when Gordon and Bullock try to arrest him, so he shoves them off about three feet, then lifts the ATM over his head to chuck at them.  Too bad that's when his strength runs out.  Don't you just hate when that happens, and you get crushed by an ATM because of it?  Gordon and Bullock are very worried about if this drug booms in the streets.  Which it's doing as Mr. Mangled Ear is passing it out like candy.

Bruce is turning his study into the Batcave as he's looking up why Wayne Enterprises would allow mobsters to be victorious on the Arkham project. He's already becoming quite the detective, since he's found their offshore corporations and dummy companies.

The police station is mayhem with all the Viper addicts.  The cops can't really control their strength.  Nygma is 'fascinated' to the point of nearly jizzing his pants about Viper.  It uses DNA, and burns off calcium as energy, hence the milk fetish.  But, then the bones collapse, and they die.  Hence the falling ATM.  This stuff can only be made in a state-of-the-art lab, and the prime suspect is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises.  We see the hooker from earlier tripping out, and then her bones collapsing.

Maroni is still all about robbing the casino, and Oswald pipes up that he knows the janitor there who can get them in through access tunnels.  Maroni thinks that it's also incorrect for Oswald to not like his Penguin nickname.  He sees more than a dishwasher in a suit, which is what his henchman sees.  Then Oswald blabs about working for Fish Mooney, and that they think he's dead.  He laughs, then slams Oswald's head into the table.  The henchman then goes to 'ask' Gordon to come with him, and that in involves Oswald.  He isn't given a choice but to tell Maroni everything, including that nobody else knows that Penguin is alive.

Gordon comes back to the office to find a pile of boxes from Wellzyn.  Their lawyers made it clear that they weren't involved.  Turns out that's not really true.  Viper was a project to make super-soldiers, but it was the unsuccessful first stage because of the side effect of death.  After Thomas and Martha Wayne died, the project was started up again, called Venom.  This is all according to a Philosophy professor friend/terrorist cohort of Mr. Mangled Ear.  He takes some Viper and bends the hell out of his wheelchair, and then dies (of course).

The whole plan is to use the air ducts at the Wayne charity thing to use the drug on 'important' people so that the message will get across.  Too bad that Alfred finally got Bruce out of the house - and into the party.  Bruce actually wanted to go though, so he could ask about the irregularities in the Arkham project.  He's disappointed that none of the board members are there, and he's getting stonewalled (sort of) by a middle-management woman.  He's a kid who will not be denied, though.  But then they're interrupted by a message from Stan (Mr. Viper), about Wellzyn and Wayne Enterprises.  He then fills the room with the gas.  Alfred notices immediately and covers Bruce's head with a coat to get him out of there.

On the roof, Gordon has a gun on Stan, and then shoots a hole in the Viper canister.  Stan gets a giant-ass whiff, then chucks himself off the roof, but not before telling them to check Warehouse 39.  They go, but it's been cleaned out - by the middle manager that Bruce was talking to at the charity event.  Jesus, is EVERYBODY in Gotham dirty?

The heist of the casino goes off as planned, much to Oswald's relief, since he was probably going to get the slicer again if it didn't.  Meanwhile, Falcone is enjoying some solitude while feeding pigeons.  And heeerrreee comes the secret weapon, humming an aria that his mother used to sing to him.  She's also dressed differently, and apparently looks a bit like her.  That's why Fish was teaching her to act more motherly.  And while her little weapon is working her magic, Fish is fucking that Russian mob dude from earlier, both of them plotting against Falcone as foreplay.

10 Days (Alizarin Redressed)

10 more days... it's getting down to crunch time.  It's actually 9 more days until I see what's in the registration packet, since my proxy will be getting it during early registration.  Right now, we're trying to figure out money transfer issues, since they won't accept PayPal (whyyyyyy?)

I also took some pictures today (this shot not included), and it's the first day in a while that my hands were cold.  This is why I take so many pictures, and why even in the winter, you may see a summer photo shoot - backup for winter.  It's like I'm hoarding for hibernation, LOL.

Skirt, Purse, and Top - Randall Craig Luxury
Hat - Unknown
Necklace - Night Warrior Vanessa
Belt - Quicksilver Kyori
Earrings - Fashion Royalty

Sunday, October 19, 2014

11 Days (Claire Redressed)

Man.... it's just coming so fast!

Claire's looking like she fits right in with the Urban Safari line.

Top - Top Model Resort Barbie
Skirt - Clear Lan
Purse - Top Model Resort Teresa
Bracelets - Fashion Royalty
Earrings - Barbie Silkstone
Necklace - Unknown