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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

I knew this hat would come in handy one day.   The Hod King is the third of a projected four-book series by self-published sensation Josiah Bancroft. I won’t bother with the setup because hey, it’s the third book. If you’re reading this you should know it already! This volume begins with Senlin taking on…

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Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

Swapped out the sword on my desk with a new antique.   In my review of Peter McLean’s first book in this series, Priest of Bones, I said I kind of hated Tomas Piety. I still do, and his “wife” even more so, but this time around I feel much more satisfied with how things…

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Model 1855 French Infantry Officer’s Sword

Model 1855 French Infantry Officer’s Sword

I ordered my second ever antique sword recently, and it finally arrived! It’s a French Model 1855 Infantry Officer’s Sword. Here’s an album: The hilt is of brass like all those of the period, and the grip is probably horn but possibly wood. There was likely a wire wrap around the grip ribs but it’s…

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Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

…wait, is that a spider? Arm of the Sphinx is the second, much more firmly steampunk installment in Josiah Bancroft’s brilliant Books of Babel series, and represents a kind of inflection point in Thomas Senlin’s journey. What began as a quest to find his lost wife Marya among the vast, labyrinthine Tower of Babel has wrought…

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Another Map of Greater Argovan

Another Map of Greater Argovan

So I decided I wasn’t satisfied with the maps I made with the free version of Inkarnate. After some research, I decided to buy Wonderdraft ($30), another map tool. Here’s my first attempt at drawing Argovan and Bergovny, and the greater world around it. I think it looks much better, but I’m sure I’ll tinker…

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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

  I put off writing my review of Josiah Bancroft’s Senlin Ascends, partly because no words would accurately describe how unique this book is. I suppose I will fall back on quantitative analysis: On day one I read to page 8. On day two I read to page 26. On day three I read to…

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Windlass Towton Sword Grip Rewrap

Windlass Towton Sword Grip Rewrap

This is my first attempt at making a custom grip wrap for a sword. I always wanted a dark blue grip like Glamdring from PJ’s LOTR, but not on a fantasy sword. For this project I picked a less expensive subject that I had really wanted a long time ago and saw back in stock…

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God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston

God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston

This beer’s got so much head I wonder if Walker’s warging into it…   I recently finished Cameron Johnston’s The Traitor God just in time for the second installment, God of Broken Things, to come out. I broke my personal rule not to pre-order things, though that’s mainly for games (looking at you Thi4f!) but…

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Dishonored Rune Construction

Dishonored Rune Construction

I previously posted my attempt at recreating the Addermire Solution mana potion from Dishonored. Here’s another little project I did awhile back making another prop. The Runes bearing the Mark of the Outsider granted powers that were useful in the game. They were supposedly made from whale bone. In reality, trading in whale bones is…

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The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

Had to pull back to get the whole bottle in the shot. Also bought new ale glasses to drink it from!   It’s easy to extol the virtues of a technically well-written book with a well-crafted story. A bit harder is to put into words one that’s all that and just plain, viscerally enjoyable to…

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