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You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good. Wait, no, I don't. - Diary of a Necromancer
Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense, you're just not keeping up
robling_t
robling_t
You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good. Wait, no, I don't.
Project I'm Sure I had A Point I Was Trying To Make With This has been carried out, and the following visual materials have generously been declassified:



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...Oddly enough, this is actually the best picture of myself I've had taken in ages.

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"Very well, then, if you're all going to ignore me, I'll just sit in this bag."

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l_clausewitz From: l_clausewitz Date: March 18th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Maybe this is a couple of years too late, but I've just written an entry that touches upon the subject of fighting with two daggers. Who knows if you might find it useful? ;)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: March 18th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oo, yes, actually, and the linked bit RE two-handed spearfighting even more so, since there's another character who decided to stick me with exactly that as his weapon of choice and I'd been wondering if I should let him get away with it. So far as historical two-dagger styles being hard to document, in fantasy one could always come up with an argument for there having been other factors (ie magic and accomodations for/to it) to have dictated a divergent view of its utility. Not that most writers do seem to go beyond "...it looks cool" as their justification, but... ;) (My own character-in-question seems to have adopted the style because he's a lefty -- sort of a misdirection thing.)
l_clausewitz From: l_clausewitz Date: March 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
A left-handed knife-fighter can actually gain more advantage by using only one knife, mostly by starting with the knife in the right hand, fighting according to a pattern, and then shifting the knife to the left hand at the same time that he/she breaks the pattern to deliver a decisive attack by surprise. Not that right-handed fighters can't use the trick--a short trawl through the Internet will give you the names of many right-handed knife-fighters who like to start out with the knife in their left hand! In any case, most of the knife-fighting styles I know (although I'm not a knife-fighter myself) teach that it is important to be able to fight with the knife with either hand and to shift the knife from one hand to the other when there is an advantage that can be gained by doing so. I was actually suprised to see that Frank Herbert got this right in the knife-fight scenes in Dune.
atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: March 18th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
You should make that particular pic an icon. You look ever more the part of the insane writer. What did you use to bleach out the color, if I may ask? I bought something to try and get rid of some of the black a month or so ago and it really didn't work except for a spot on the underside of my hair on the right-hand side which turned bright orangey-blonde. The rest of it stayed put.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: March 19th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I used the bleach kit from Manic Panic -- my hair's light enough to begin with that it didn't take very long, but to get out black I imagine would be a chore.
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