I had intended to post the next chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’ tonight but it’s not ready yet. It should go up tomorrow. Instead here’s some picspam.
I haven’t said a great deal about my talks at the WriterCon UK meet and I won’t do so now; peasant_ has posted a detailed account of the weekend that includes a synopsis of my ‘Writing Fight Scenes’ presentation that is better than I could have done myself.
One of the tricks that I sometimes use when planning a fight scene is to set out miniature wargaming figures to represent the characters so that I can keep track of who is where. I rarely do it these days but it was very handy when I started out. Obviously most people won’t have such figures but almost anything works instead; batteries, salt and pepper and vinegar, Scrabble letters, whatever. But the proper figures do add greatly to the visual appeal and thus to the fun.
And they really are the proper figures. The manufacturer can’t say so openly, because he doesn’t have an official license, but if you read between the lines of the generic descriptions (‘Female Teenage Vampire Hunter with stake and crucifix’, ‘Willowy young witch with books and schoolbag’, ‘Chipped Vampire advancing’, etc) it’s not hard to work out who they are. They’re 28mm high (a fraction over an inch) and come as unpainted metal. Once painted by an expert (e.g. me) they really look rather good. curiouswombat has taken some pictures of the ones that I took to the MidiMeet and, behind the cut, you can see them for yourselves.
A group shot of the Scoobies.
Angel (aka ‘Good Vampire in Long Coat’)
Angel and Spike.
Angel, Buffy, and Spike.
An overhead shot of Angel on a ruler to give an idea of scale.
And from the front.
Buffy and Spike.
Buffy and a ruler.
Buffy, Tara, and Willow.
Giles and Buffy.
Giles and Willow.
Spike on a ruler. Alas, the ruler is not Illyria the God-King.
Tara and Willow.
And, just for the hell of it, here are some llamas.