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an eclectic dump of fandoms and shiny things.

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art-of-swords:

Hand-made Knives

Knifemaker: Bertie Rietveld

Source: Blade Forums

I must admit, these are one of my favorites hand-made knives I ever stumble upon. I find them beautiful.

  #weapon reference    #q  

art-of-swords:

8-ring Dao Sword

Unique Chinese sword with Bagua engravings. 

Source & Copyright: Swords & Antique Weapons

  #weapon reference    #q  
art-of-swords:

Battle-axes from Princely Military Equipment
Dated: circa 1520-25
Culture: Augsburg 
Requested by subversivechild
As signs of command and authority, the battle-axe and war hammer are as old as the mace. Their use extends into the sphere of sacred things. Battle-axe and war hammer—frequently together—hung from the saddle of cavalry officers as a weapon of command during the late Middle Ages. They were still used for this purpose in the Renaissance.
The three examples shown here form a group that goes back to the early 16th century. The owner of only one, with the uniformly blackened decoration is Otto Heinrich, Count Palatine of the Rhine (1502-59), Elector Palatine (from 1556), and the founder of the Otto-Heinrich wing at Heidelberg Castle. 
One axe is delicately decorated with goldschmelz on a blue ground. The other two show the blackened etched patterns which, though practiced by Italian craftsmen in the 15th century, were only brought to their utmost perfection for the decoration of weapons by German artists in Dürer’s time. The rounded armour surfaces were etched with acid and the patterns thus formed resulted, so to speak, in unprinted etchings, and these are called works in the “Hopfer-style” after Daniel Hopfer the Elder of Augsburg.
Incidentally, he appears to have been among the first to utilize the technique of etching iron plates for the reproduction of his designs. His plates, smeared with printers’ ink and then rolled off on to paper, gave us—apart from the famous ones by Albrecht Dürer—the first iron etchings. The classic engraving on copper plates was only developed later. 

Source & Copyright: My Armoury 
Photo credit: Vienna, Waffensammlung, A 299, A 298, A 387

art-of-swords:

Battle-axes from Princely Military Equipment

As signs of command and authority, the battle-axe and war hammer are as old as the mace. Their use extends into the sphere of sacred things. Battle-axe and war hammer—frequently together—hung from the saddle of cavalry officers as a weapon of command during the late Middle Ages. They were still used for this purpose in the Renaissance.

The three examples shown here form a group that goes back to the early 16th century. The owner of only one, with the uniformly blackened decoration is Otto Heinrich, Count Palatine of the Rhine (1502-59), Elector Palatine (from 1556), and the founder of the Otto-Heinrich wing at Heidelberg Castle. 

One axe is delicately decorated with goldschmelz on a blue ground. The other two show the blackened etched patterns which, though practiced by Italian craftsmen in the 15th century, were only brought to their utmost perfection for the decoration of weapons by German artists in Dürer’s time. The rounded armour surfaces were etched with acid and the patterns thus formed resulted, so to speak, in unprinted etchings, and these are called works in the “Hopfer-style” after Daniel Hopfer the Elder of Augsburg.

Incidentally, he appears to have been among the first to utilize the technique of etching iron plates for the reproduction of his designs. His plates, smeared with printers’ ink and then rolled off on to paper, gave us—apart from the famous ones by Albrecht Dürer—the first iron etchings. The classic engraving on copper plates was only developed later. 

Source & Copyright: My Armoury 

Photo credit: Vienna, Waffensammlung, A 299, A 298, A 387

  #weapon reference    #axes    #q  

art-of-swords:

Sudanese Double-Headed Axe

  • Dated: second half of the 19th century
  • Measurements: overall length 65.7cm

The crescent–shaped heads is elaborately etched overall with Qur’anic inscriptions and animals with inlaid brass borders, the leaf-form topspike and socket likewise etched. Faceted wooden grip with original leather wrap intact.

Source & Copyright: Auctions Imperial

  #weapon reference    #axes    #q  

art-of-swords:

Indian Haladie Dagger

  • Dated: 19th century or earlier
  • Culture: Indian
  • Measurements: 26” overall with two 10 1/2” blades

This is a rare Haladie double bladed dagger from the Rajput warriors of India. It is all steel forged, including the handle, with two double edged blades and a knuckle guard. The knuckle guard would have had a third small straight blade sticking out, but it is missing with only an attachment hole remaining.

Source: Copyright 2013 © Erik’s Edge

  #weapon reference    #q  

art-of-swords:

Moplah Chopper

  • Dated: circa 1800
  • Place of Origin: Malabar Coast
  • Measurements: overall length: 19 inches (490mm). Blade length: 13 inches(330mm) 

Apparently this is a rare South Indian “Moplah” chopper or sword from the Malabar Coast, South India. It appears to be based on the traditional sword of the Moplah or Mappila people – an Islamic community originating from early Arab contact through trading in South India.

This example displays unusual and ornate construction to the hilt, with chased foliage decoration. There is a very unusual and rare marking on the blade - in silver - of a serrated disk ‘chakrum’ with a central star. Otherwise, the blade is similar in shape and characteristics of a typical Moplah blade and has a stamped eyelash marking along the spine, on both sides.

The ornate hilt is made of copper and has ebony and wooden grips, plus copper and brass inlay decoration into the grips and along the edges. Also, the sword has a domed and fluted pommel cap, with a large pommel tag.

Source: Copyright 2014 © Akaal Arms

  #weapon reference    #q  
default album art
Song: To Build A Home
Artist: The Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Ma Fleur
Played: 3,645 times.

nosilencealoud:

Day 03 - A song that makes you cry. [♪♫

The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home

  #music    #q  
crowcrow:


green rainy day. (by Minji Autumn)

this look is so good it is upsetting me

crowcrow:

green rainy day. (by Minji Autumn)

this look is so good it is upsetting me

  #i need a beautiful people tag    #inspiration    #fashion    #q  
palette-time:

blooming?
#faffd6 #cbf4ae #b0e0a2 #ffa1b3 #ff839d

palette-time:

blooming?

#faffd6 #cbf4ae #b0e0a2 #ffa1b3 #ff839d

  #colors    #palettes    #q  

In Which Diversity Isn’t a Myth

pinklikeme:

clementive:

Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list. 

I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogging (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list. 

Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, etc), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.

  • Dragons

The Chinese Dragon

The Japanese Dragon

The Korean Dragon

The Vietnamese Dragon

The Greek Dragon

The Indian Dragon

The Polish Dragon

The Austrian Dragon

The British Dragon

The Ancient Dragon (Egypt, Babylon and Sumer)

The Spanish Basque Dragon

Of the Cockatrice (creature with the body of a dragon)

Alphabetical List of Dragons Across Myths (Great way to start)

  • Little creatures (without wings)

The Legend of the LeprechaunsThe Leprechaun

Chanaque /Alux (the equivalent of leprechauns in Aztec/Mayan folklore)

Elves

Elves in Mythology and Fantasy

Elves in Germanic Mythology

Kabeiroi or Cabeiri (Dwarf-like minor gods in Greek mythology)

Norse Dwarves

The Myth of Loki and the Dwarves

Ten Types of Goblins

Goblins

Tengu: Japanese Goblins

Gnomes 

More on Gnomes

Pooka: an Irish phantom

  • Creatures with wings (except dragons)

Fairies

All sorts of Cultural Fairies

Fairies in Old French Mythology 

A Fairy List

Bendith Y Mamau (Welsh fairies)

Welsh Fairies

Peri (Persian fairies)

Yü Nü (Chinese fairies)

The Celtic Pixie

Angels in Judaism

Angels in Christianity

Hierarchy of Angels

Angels in Islam

Irish Sylph

Garuda (Bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist myths)

Bean Nighe (a Scottish fairy; the equivalent of a banshee in Celtic mythology)

Harpies

  • Spirited Creatures

Druids

Jinn (Genies in Arabic folklore)

Types of Djinns

Aisha Qandisha and Djinn in Moroccan Folklore

Oni (demons in Japanese folklore)

Nymphs

Spirits in Asturian Mythology

Valkyries

Lesovik

Boggarts: The British Poltergeist

Phantom black dogs (the Grim)

Demons in Babylonian and Assyrian Mythology (list)

Demons in the Americas (list)

European Demons (list)

Middle-East and Asia Demons (list)

Judeo-Christian Demons (list)

Nephilim, more on Nephilim

Mahaha (a demon in Inuit mythology)

Flying Head (a demon in Iroquois mythology)

  • Ghosts

Toyol (a dead baby ghost in Malay folklore)

Malay Ghosts

Yuki-onna (a ghost in Japanese folklore)

The Pontianak (a ghost in Malay mythology)

Funayurei (a ghost in Japanese folklore)

Zagaz (ghosts in Moroccan folklore)

Japanese Ghosts

Mexican Ghosts

  • Horse-like mythical creatures

Chinese Unicorns

Unicorns

The Kelpie (Could have also fitted in the sea creatures category)

The Centaur

The Female Centaur

Hippocamps (sea horses in Greek mythology)

Horse-like creatures (a list)

Karkadann, more on the Karkadann (a persian unicorn)

Ceffyl Dwfr (fairy-like water horse creatures in Cymric mythology)

  • Undead creatures

The Melanesian Vampire 

The Ewe Myth : Vampires

The Germanic Alp

The Indonesian Vampire

Asanbosam and Sasabonsam (Vampires from West Africa)

The Aswang: The Filipino Vampire

Folklore Vampires Versus Literary Vampires

Callicantzaros: The Greek Vampire

Vampires in Malaysia

Loogaroo/Socouyant: The Haitian Vampire

Incubi and Sucubi Across Cultures

Varacolaci: The Romanian Vampire

Brahmaparusha: The Indian Vampire

Genesis of the Word “Vampire”

The Ghoul in Middle East Mythology

Slavic Vampires

Vampires A-Z

The Medical Truth Behind the Vampire Myths

Zombies in Haitian Culture

  • Shape-shifters and half-human creatures (except mermaids) 

Satyrs (half-man, half-goat)

Sirens in Greek Mythology (half-woman and half-bird creatures)

The Original Werewolf in Greek Mythology

Werewolves Across Cultures

Werewolf Syndrome: A Medical Explanation to the Myth

Nagas Across Cultures

The Kumiho (half fox and half woman creatures)

The Sphinx

Criosphinx

Scorpion Men (warriors from Babylonian mythology)

Pooka: an Irish changelings

Domovoi (a shape-shifter in Russian folklore)

Aatxe (Basque mythology; red bull that can shift in a human)

Yech (Native American folklore)

Ijiraat (shapeshifters in Inuit mythology)

  • Sea creatures

Selkies (Norse mermaids)

Mermaids in many cultures

More about mermaids

Mermen

The Kraken (a sea monster)

Nuckelavee (a Scottish elf who mainly lives in the sea)

Lamiak (sea nymphs in Basque mythology)

Bunyip (sea monster in Aboriginal mythology)

Apkallu/abgal (Sumerian mermen)

An assemblage of myths and legends on water and water creatures

Slavic Water Creatures

The Encantado (water spirits in Ancient Amazon River mythology)

Zin (water spirit in Nigerian folklore)

Qallupilluk (sea creatures in Inuit mythology)

  • Monsters That Don’t Fit in Any Other Category

Aigamuxa, more details on Aigamuxa

Amphisabaena

Abere

Bonnacon

Myrmidons (ant warriors)

TrollMore on Trolls

Golems 

Golems in Judaism

Giants: The Mystery and the Myth (50 min long documentary)

Inupasugjuk (giants in Inuit mythology)

Fomorians (an Irish divine race of giants)

The Minotaur

The ManticoreThe Manticore and The Leucrouta

The Ogre

The Orthus (two-headed serpent-tailed dog)

The Windigo

The Windigo Psychosis

Rakshasa (humanoids in Hindu and Buddhist mythology)

Yakshas (warriors in Hindu mythology)

Taqriaqsuit (“Shadow people” in Inuit mythology)

  • References on Folklore and Mythology Across the Globe

Creatures of Irish Folklore 

Folklore and Fairytales

An Overview of Persian Folklore

Filipino Folklore

Myths, Creatures and Folklore

Alaska Folklore

Spanish (Spain) Mythology

Mythical Archive

Mythology Dictionary

List of Medieval and Ancient Monsters

Native American Animals of Myth and Legends

Native American Myths

Bestiary of Ancient Greek Mythology

Mythology, Legend, Folklore and Ghosts

Angels and Demons

List of Sea Creatures

Yoruba Mythology

Ghosts Around the World, Ghosts From A to Z

Strange (Fantastic) Animals of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Mythology

Creatures from West Africa

On the Legendary Creatures of Africa

Myths, Creatures and Folklore

  • References on writing a myth or mythical creatures

Writing a MYTHology in your novel?

How to Write a Myth

10 Steps to Creating Realistic Fantasy Creatures

Creating Fantasy Creatures or Alien Species

Legendary Creature Generator

Book Recommendations With Underrated Mythical Creatures

(I have stumbled upon web sites that believed some of these mythical creatures exist today… Especially dragons, in fact. I just had to share the love and scepticism.)

good

  #reference    #writing reference    #creatures    #q  
abbydraws:

Amethyst
just keeping up with the previous theme.
[Garnet]

abbydraws:

Amethyst

just keeping up with the previous theme.

[Garnet]

  #awesome art    #steven universe    #q  
abbydraws:

Garnet
a mash up of Garnet’s pilot and current design since I couldn’t decide which I like best

abbydraws:

Garnet

a mash up of Garnet’s pilot and current design since I couldn’t decide which I like best

  #awesome art    #Steven universe    #q  
abbydraws:

Pearl
not really last of the series, hopefully adding steven/rose quartz too.
[Garnet] [Amethyst]

abbydraws:

Pearl

not really last of the series, hopefully adding steven/rose quartz too.

[Garnet] [Amethyst]

  #awesome art    #steven universe    #q  
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by night

"When the night comes, the starry sky reflects on its surface like in a mirror, and you have the feeling of being in space."

  #inspiration    #shiny    #q  

schmendrick-the-magician:

endless list of favorite films: The Last Unicorn (1982)
”She will remember your heart when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits. Of all unicorns, she is the only one who knows what regret is - and love.

  #i need to rewatch this    #the boob tree is always so unsettling though    #q