untitled by witchboyiero (SFW)

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:06 pm
aethel: (lindsey [by mcee])
[personal profile] aethel posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom (MCR)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero & Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital drawing with embedded tweets
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] witchboyiero

Why this piece is awesome: Expert cartoon-style drawing in this series of illustrations for a twitter account about MCR badfic. I also like how the inspirational tweets are placed to balance out the drawn portion. Any day now I'll stop reccing Frank/Gerard fancomics, but this one is hilarious. Features circa-2005 Revenge-era Gerard and Frank and Gerard's snake tongue going in one of Frank's ears and out the other.

Link: drawing tweets from badmcrfics tweets aka my biggest artistic regret yet

ot: Ursula Vernon in Iceland

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:31 am
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
[personal profile] filkferengi posting in [community profile] vorkosigan
Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

https://storify.com/RebelsHeart/ursula-vernon-and-friends-vs-iceland

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.

smalldeer has questions about apples

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:00 pm
lilysea: Serious (Default)
[personal profile] lilysea posting in [community profile] metaquotes
oh and a warm apple. like, a really warm apple. warmer than my teeth when i bit into it. no offense but. why. did they microwave this apple? did they store it in a dragon's mouth before allowing me to purchase it? did this apple recently return from a trip to the surface of the sun?

Context is the slings and arrows of working in the food service industry.

lynz by ghostparachutes (SFW)

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:54 pm
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
[personal profile] aethel posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom (Mindless Self Indulgence)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lindsey Way
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional (markers)
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] ghostparachutes

Why this piece is awesome: There's a lot of delicious colorful art by ghostparachutes to love, but I picked this one because I have found so little high-quality art of Lynz. There are two pictures in the post I linked, but I especially like the portrait of Lynz playing her bass--the red bandana and matching bloody knees (and hands!), the guitar, the hair, and the dark cloudy background.

Link: lynz
[personal profile] penta posting in [community profile] factfinding
So, I have another character being drawn up (by another player) for the same game for which I posted highly detailed questions about Israel (admittedly probably too detailed) - only he's playing Russia, and he's trying to draw up a character who served in the Soviet Army as an officer semi-realistically. (It's *after* the character's military career that everything goes interesting.)

I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)

To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life.  Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack).  He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."

He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.

In specific:

1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?

2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?

3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)

4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?

5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?

I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:

A. Figure out what rank, highest, would have been plausible for what I'm currently thinking is a fairly obscure-ish Russian serving as a Soviet Army Officer from 1977-1991 - if the player wants lower, cool, but I as GM need to have a clue what's "too high".

B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)

C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.

I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.

(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)

aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
[personal profile] aethel posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom (MCR)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero/Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: It's a cute shippy comic with pining! Specifically I love how expressive vampire!Gerard's face is, plus his tiny vampire fangs. I also like how no one's arms bend correctly, but their wavy appendages just add to the energy of the piece.

Link: tumblr

This Week in Fandom, Volume 59

Aug. 15th, 2017 03:09 pm
otw_staff: 'Comms' and 'Janita' written beneath the OTW logo (Janita)
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more: https://goo.gl/ehCxxZ
goss: (Captain America - watercolour)
[personal profile] goss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Captain America, Mad Max
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bucky Barnes
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: [tumblr.com profile] vidathari
Artist Website/Gallery: Tumblr Art Blog
Why this piece is awesome: This is a brilliant mash-up, perfect for the character. Instead of the mask, the Winter Soldier is muzzled like Max in Fury Road, and he has Furiosa's prosthetic in place of his high tech arm. He's got this feral look, nicely emphasized by the smear of black grease framing his eye and that snarl. He looks like he's been through hell, and he's just gonna keep on going. Great piece.
Link: The Desert Soldier

Peridot by WalkingMelonsAAA (SFW)

Aug. 15th, 2017 11:43 am
juniperphoenix: Steven Universe and Connie Maheswaran standing back to back (SU: Steven & Connie)
[personal profile] juniperphoenix posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Peridot
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: WalkingMelonsAAA's DeviantArt gallery

Why this piece is awesome: This is a striking monochromatic portrait of early, villainous Peridot. I love the shading and the creepy hands of the Cluster in the background.

Link: Peridot

Rocket Raccoon by Emerjy (SFW)

Aug. 16th, 2017 02:15 am
mific: (Rodney raccoon \o/)
[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (focusing on Rocket)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rocket
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Emerjy on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is a simple portrait, and I really like the energy and use of bright expressionistic colors and texture. It captures Rocket's personality very well. 
Link: Rocket Raccoon

2017 Election Results

Aug. 14th, 2017 06:04 pm
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[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
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The Elections Committee is proud to present the following new Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Jessie Camboulives. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/tr4ej4
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
[personal profile] aethel posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
I'm reccing Bandom art this month, but my main interest is My Chemical Romance so that's mostly what I'll be reccing.

Fandom: Bandom (MCR)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero & Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional (ink drawing with pencil and marker?)
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] knameiess / [tumblr.com profile] jerseymisery

Why this piece is awesome: This is a delightful short fancomic depicting a scene from a fanfic ("I Have Been All Things Unholy" by Bexless). I especially like Gerard's expression of innocent friendliness and the limited color palette. The artist has illustrated several scenes from the fic with the same simple, but energetic style. (ESPECIALLY THIS ONE, sorry I couldn't choose)

Link: anyway, uh, i brought you a mattress or on tumblr
otw_staff: 'Comms' and 'Janita' written beneath the OTW logo (Janita)
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
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The Fandom Haven Story Archive, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/9KSKtf

[admin post] Admin Post: Weekly Challenge #6 - Word Prompt (Heat)

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:57 pm
goss: (Rainbow - Pencils)
[personal profile] goss posting in [community profile] drawesome

Weekly Challenge #6: Word Prompt (Heat)


Our new drawing challenge this week will be a word prompt: HEAT

Thanks to all who have been adding suggestions at the Prompts Post, and especially to [personal profile] rathany for this week's word prompt.

A round-up post for submissions to this challenge will be done on Sunday 20th July, 2017.

Happy drawing, everyone! :)

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Discuss This Prompt

The comment section in this post can be used for discussion of this week's challenge. Eg.
  • Ideas you might have for possible art submissions
  • Challenges in fulfilling the prompt
  • Questions or suggestions related to the prompt

[admin post] Admin Post: Weekly Challenge #5 - Round-Up Post

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:56 pm
goss: (Rainbow - Pencils)
[personal profile] goss posting in [community profile] drawesome
Congrats to all our artists who took part in this week's challenge! :)

Drawesome's Weekly Challenge #5 - Squiggle No.2 (Spiral)



Here's a round-up of all entries submitted for the Weekly Challenge #5 - Squiggle No.2 (Spiral):


Previous Challenges:
  1. Weekly Challenge #1 - Squiggle Challenge | Round-Up Post
  2. Weekly Challenge #2 - Word Prompt: Villainous | Round-Up Post
  3. Weekly Challenge #3 - Song Lyrics Prompt | Round-Up Post
  4. Weekly Challenge #4 - One Object, Two Perspectives | Round-Up Post


Thanks to all who were able to submit entries this week. And good luck to those still working on your ideas. As usual, these challenges are open to later submissions.

A new challenge will be posted up tonight...

1K

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:28 pm
zorkist: imzy heart (imzyheart)
[personal profile] zorkist posting in [community profile] imzy


Can you believe it's been a YEAR since IMZY ended?

Oh... it hasn't? It's been a few months? Well, it's been too long.

This is one of the earliest GIFs I made for the site... piggybacking on their milestone notices, as I liked to do.

Hope you're all well.

Dear Creator Letters

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:36 pm
shopfront: Source: One Tree Hill. Brooke and Haley sitting together surrounded by lit candles. (OTH - [Brooke/Haley] love by candlelight)
[personal profile] shopfront posting in [community profile] femslashex
Sign ups are open, which means it's time for Dear Creator letters.

Make sure to include your AO3 username, fandoms and pairings as well as the link.

Please wait until after you have completed/unlocked your letter post, if need be, before commenting here.

You can include additional pairings in your letter if you have more than six pairings you like in a fandom. But please take care to make sure they are clearly optional and include more information about the pairings that are actually in your sign up so your creator doesn't feel bad about being unable to write a pairing if they matched with you on something else.

Please also be respectful of other participants if they have different preferences in fic and requests to you.

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