Sunday, 26 July 2015

Artificer's Almanac Part 5 Episode 2: RWBY: Team JNPR

Fan Art by KirbyKissyu

Let Part 2 commenceth forthwith.

Jaune Arc

Now onto an element of normality. Which is odd for RWBY, and odd for an Anime. Jaune Arc
possess something rather simple in contrast to the rest of his comrades. He utilises a Longsword and a Shield. Now according to Jaune himself, the sword was passed down to him from his great grandfather, making the sword at least 100 years old. So not only is Jaune using something more traditional he is literally utilising history. Now Jaune does have a small element of modularity in his weapon, the sheath of his sword deploys into a Heater Shield. Now it is unknown whether the shield is as old as the sword but it is definitely an interesting design. Now Jaune does not utilise any sort of firearm or projectile based weapon.

I will go into the description of the sword and shield in a moment, however I would like to add an interesting fact about Jaune’s equipment set up. Now his sword is called Crocea Mors. Crocea Mors means ‘Yellow Death’ in Latin. Now according to some legends, that was the name of the sword held by Julius Caesar. Also in those same legends, the sword later becomes embedded in a shield. Easter Egg indeed.

The longsword has a long history (200 years and more) and it has had a wide variety of names, so colloquially a longsword is a European Longsword characterised with having a cruciform hilt and normally being held with 2 hands (although single handed long swords and bastard {one and a half handed} swords are common). Normally the blade will be 90-100cm in length.

So from looking at Crocea Morus, it appears to have a hone handed hilt and a standard sized blade, it also has a fuller cross section, the fuller is normally incorrectly called a blood groove, the idea is that it is meant to open the wound channel and make the target bleed more, generally fullers are there to allow the blade to take more stress and reduce weight.

Now the Heater Shield, is in fact a development of the Kite shield. The Heater shield is actually a created by Victorian antiquarians due to the shape's resemblance to a clothes iron.

The Heater shield, was designed to be smaller than a full size Kite shield, thus making it more manageable to utilise effectively in combat. Also like most shields, it would be made of wood and covered in canvas, however I believe Jaune’s to be made of metal.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Artificer's Almanac Episode 5 Part 1: RWBY (Team RWBY)

We are lightning
Straying from the thunder
Miracles of ancient wonder

This will be the day we've waited for
This will be the day we open up the door
I don't wanna hear your absolution
Hope you’re ready for a revolution
Welcome to a world of new solutions
Welcome to a world of bloody evolution
In time-your heart will open minds
A story will be told
And victory is in a simple soul

If you know this song then you may be joypuking your face off because today boys and girls we are going to look at the pseudo cel-shaded amazingness that is RWBY.
Now for those of you who haven’t seen RWBY……why? In seriousness though, I won’t be giving you any information about the plot, which I shall leave that research up to you, as always we are here to look at weapons.

So let us depart.

One thing you will need to know about the weapons of Ruby, they are normally dual purpose, modular in nature and massively unrealistic in some ways, so as always I will describe the weapon and try to link it to a real world example if I can.

Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose is an odd duck, she is one of the few characters (that I am aware off) that utilises a Scythe as her main weapon. Her Scythe (Crescent Rose {yes it is named}) is more than just a scythe, it is a High Calibre Sniper Scythe…….once again anime outdoes itself on mental weaponry.

So this weapon comes in 3 forms, a Scythe, a bolt action sniper rifle, and a travel unit, yes it is collapsible. This appears to be an automatic mechanical system where the haft extends in both directions from a central point with the scythe blade unfolding in two pieces (indicating that it is hinged and must lock in some fashion).

Now for it to be this collapsible it says to me that if it was constructed from a real life material it would probably be made of a Titanium-Aluminium Alloy of even possibly and Iron-Aluminium Alloy. Something lightweight and durable to boot.
With this automatic expansion it would be logical to theorise that part of the haft is hollow and rifled to accommodate the barrel of the rifle and it is shown that the bolt is built into the haft and this weapon utilises a box magazine (which can supposedly hold 25 rounds), calibre is unknown however when looking at the shell casings it could be theorised to be a modified .300 or a .577.

.577 Tyrannosaur
So combined, with the sheer size of the weapon, and the fact it (probably) utilises a large calibre for the rifle and is most likely manufactured of an ultra-light material; the recoil is going to be humongous! This is demonstrated as Ruby occasionally utilises the recoil from the scythe discharging to propel her around the battle field. Primarily though you tend to see her utilise the Scythe in its blade form.

‘But wait Matt, scythes are farming tools, not combat weapons!’ Well yes, the tradition scythe (which Crescent Rose is based off) is a farming tool, however during multiple peasant uprisings, people would rotate the blade by 90 degrees to form a Pike or a Fauchard type weapon. After the German Peasants' War during 1524–1525, a fencing book edited by Paulus Hector Mair described in 1542 techniques how to fence using a scythe.
When watching Ruby in combat her battle technique is similar to someone utilising a glaive with large arcing sweeps to keep the enemy at bay.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

THE MOST Disturbing Kids TV Show of all Time

So it's #ThrowBackThursday and I was trying to think of posts to do for it.

I was casually listening to my mp3 player at work when I came across tv theme tunes for the umpteenth time and had an epiphany

This particular track told a story, once explained can never be resealed back into the vaults of time, this WILL ruin your childhood


So with that in mind I take a look at THE most disturbing kids tv show...


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