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Lockwood Swords SL1009 Type XVIIIb Longsword

Lockwood Swords SL1009 Type XVIIIb Longsword

I received my order from Lockwood Swords recently. It’s a Type XVIIIb longsword, modified from the standard model 1009 by replacing the crossguard with that of the model 1006. I’ve wanted a blue sword ever since I first saw Gandalf’s Glamdring in LOTR, and I finally have one! This sword is an absolute work of…

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As It Seems: A Short Story Collection

As It Seems: A Short Story Collection

As It Seems: A Short Story Collection.  I recently took stock of all the short stories and flash fiction I had recovered the rights to after first publication, and having become exhausted with trying again and again to resell them to pro markets, I decided heck, why not just bundle them all up into one…

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18th Century Court Smallsword

18th Century Court Smallsword

This is getting ridiculous. I can’t stop myself from buying antique swords! When it comes to expensive habits smokers ain’t got nothing on me. This one is an 18th-century court smallsword, probably from the continent and estimated to be from about 1730 but nothing else is sure. I got it on Ebay but it passed…

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Model 1784 French Dragoon Sword

Model 1784 French Dragoon Sword

Well here’s my latest vastly overpriced sharp and pointy purchase! It’s either my third or fourth antique sword, depending on whether you count my bayonet. This is a Model 1784 French Dragoon Sword made in 1831 in Klingenthal. This is pretty long for a single-handed saber, with a lot of reach from horseback. It has…

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Some characters from The Heron Kings created in Hero Forge

Some characters from The Heron Kings created in Hero Forge

Thanks to the crappy weather yesterday I pretty much stayed inside enjoying thick-cut bacon sandwiches, rye & Benedictine cocktails, and messing around on Hero Forge. This is a tool for D&D gamers and other like fans to design and order their own semi-custom character models as game pieces or whatever. I’ve never played board RPGs…

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We Men of Ash and Shadow by HL Tinsley

We Men of Ash and Shadow by HL Tinsley

Am I starting to go overboard with the props? Maybe, but it’s too much fun… We Men of Ash and Shadow is the debut novel from HL Tinsley, and is a grimdark industrial fantasy that grips you hard from the beginning and tosses aside all notions of hope or redemption, until it doesn’t. John Vanguard…

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Spotted in the Wild

Spotted in the Wild

This is just a quick post that no one will read but is important to me. One of my goals in my Cyclopean quest to get The Heron Kings published was to see it on a real, honest to gods bookshelf, in a real store somewhere. Call me a whore for validation, whatever. Today I…

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