Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#HoldtheDoor! and other #GameOfThrones Spoilers (in #LEGO)

Spoiler alert! I'm pretty sure this blog entry will spoil not only the first half of Game of Thrones Season Five, but also details from the current season of the show (Season Six). We might as well get most of it out of the way:

Jon Snow lives!

Hodor held the door.

The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers.

Bran can time travel.

There are only two Stark direwolves (the CGI-enhanced animals) left: Ghost (who's with Jon) and Nymeria (who has been missing in the Riverlands since Season One).

RIP Tonks, err, Osha. Not to be confused with Asha, who was renamed Yara. Speaking of renaming characters, Hodor's real name in the show is Wyllis, but in the books, his name is Walder.

Daenerys is fireproof.

Arya quit the Faceless Men.

Uncle Benjen is essentially a White Walker, but he's helping Bran.

No one dies in the sixth episode of the sixth season, except perhaps Dany must have fed her horse to Drogon off-screen.

Et cetera, et cetera. Let's spoil the first half of the fifth season now.

In "The Wars to Come," Mance Rayder is burned at the stake, but Jon Snow shoots an arrow to ease his suffering.

In "The House of Black and White," Jaqen H'ghar returns to the show, and begins Arya's training to become a Faceless (Wo-)Man.

In "The High Sparrow," Jorah Mormont abducts Tyrion Lannister.

It is Ser Barristan Selmy's last stand in the episode "Sons of the Harpy."

In "Kill the Boy," Viserion and Rhaegal share a Meereenese noble for dinner.

That's all the blogging I'll do in the month of May. I'll be sure to blog about the second half of Season Five (in LEGO) in June. I'll probably photograph LEGO scenes for Season Six after that! All this will first be on my Instagram, of course.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

#LEGOPhotography of #KateMonth, Days 29 and 30 #KateDog

We finish Kate Month with the final two days in April, the 29th and 30th. I must say that it has been an enjoyable experience "documenting" all the adventures -- real and imagined -- of my dog Kate and yours truly (et al.) for an entire month on Instagram. With my dog as a character, situations as surreal as my imagination allows, a good amount of LEGO, and a decent camera -- it's virtually impossible to have the photographer's version of writer's block.

On the 29th, plastic Kate and my sigfig traveled back to sword and sorcery times, to meet a wizard with a really cool cape. There was a pile of bones. We (they? we?) were on horses. My sigfig had a shield with the Mercedes-Benz logo. It was all ... fantastic. The story could go in several directions. I was thinking that the wizard was a necromancer, and the skeletons became animated. Kate and I would then have to battle the skeletons.

On the 30th, we finish the month with a hypercube flashback. I'm not in the flashback photo, but both Kate and my drum machine are. Both my dog and my drum machine are anthropomorphized as LEGO minifigures. The month of April was also "favorite three minifigures" month in some LEGO community circles. It's hard for me to choose my three specific favorites, but I like the characters of my dog, my drum machine, and yours truly in whatever costume.

As a bonus, I posted a similar photo of three minifigures on another Instagram profile, A Terrible Realm. I've also named the minifigure characters -- Memo the Drum Machine, Forge the Sigfig, and Katenine "K89" Farluna from the Far Side of the Moon. This particular Instagram will be more story-oriented, as it involves a cast of characters and a strange fantasy world -- A Terrible Realm.

In the above photo, the three minifigures pose as the three archetypal classes in role-playing games: Memo is a shooter of missiles, Forge is a melee fighter, and K89 is a user of magic and/or technology. I don't think the story will keep the characters pigeonholed as such, but we'll see what happens.

Tomorrow is the start of May, and at the very least I should have a Game of Thrones blog post sometime in the month. Cheers, and Happy Birthday once again to Kate Dog!