SpartanNerd Photos

Here are some recent photos.  I have recently purchased some “Vykron” barbarian armor.  But I have a few other pics to share as well.  And a little commentary.

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When I first got Battleground Teela, I thought right away that she fit in with Vikor.  I like putting Vikor’s cape on her.  Now that Vikor is wearing the Vykron armor, Teela will be wearing that a lot more often.

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Vykron’s armor is just two shin guards and a brown He-Man armor, with white fur on the back that is reminsicent of the the beloved “Ice Armor He-Man.”  there was also a helmet, that has straight black hair sculpted, and looks OK on Battleground Teela.  (Remember, I modded my BG Teela, removing her hair so that she could wear the snake armor.)  I don’t want to show you that pic of her wearing it because it doesn’t fit snuggly.  I will have to do some sanding on her head.  In fact, underneath the “wig,” is very unsightly, and looking at her wearing the Snake Armor from behind is a little disturbing.

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This picture says “Hey, look at me too!”  Vikor really just has too much of a peasant face.  That would really be my only complaint about the figure.  If I sold them all, I think I would keep him behind.  (Probably He-Man and Skeletor, Battlecat and Panthor too.)

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One of my original ideas when I bought the Griffin was that Vikor could ride on it.  I’m not willing to mod his loin cloth.

But…Teela looks even better on the Griffin!  check her out with the red axe and shield.  This could absolutely be a janky MTG card.

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Switching gears…I have really enjoyed the “Battle Ram” blog.  If you don’t read that, you need too, oh Hub City Geeks.  It was that awesome blog that inspired me to take a few more pics of my own Battle Ram.

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The pic below is a scene almost out of Mike Young’s cartoon.  Remember when Skeletor pretty much beat down Duncan?  But you can see, I have some story built in here.  Skeletor has the Havoc staff aimed at the back of his head.  There has clearly been a tough battle, armor pieces scattered all around.  But of course, Skeletor cheated, by bringing in Beast Man.  You can see, though, Man-At-Arms is reaching for his pistol…

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So there you go!  Keep reading, Hub City Geeks.  My next post will hopefully be the unboxing of the Japanese Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice deck.  I’ve decided I am going to get some transparent sleeves, and write the english text on them in Sharpy, to help me be able to play it.  That process will help me understand the cards a little better, I think, before I review.

SpartanNerd Blog…Blog Photos the way they Should Be!

I have a few really nice figures, and am always reviewing them on this blog….

But up until now, I have only used my kitchen table….Or maybe the “Protector of the Keep” playmate for Magic cards or comics.

But not anymore!

The SpartanWife got me an early Valentines present…And I was completely surprised and blown away by it.

A LIGHTBOX!

Now I can take really good pictures, and edit them like a pro!

Here is a sample!

D Arts MegaMan!

i switched out the armor on Snout Spout last week.
I like my elephant warriors to be more savage!

Teela has proven to be the hardest to photograph.
I think her face is a bit too shiny for the spotlight.  Here I gave here a cooler treatment,
with mystical blue lighting.

Here is Marvel Select Thor, with a black background and a filter.  I wanted an antique look.
I am especially fond of how the hammer turned out.

Skeletor is an interesting one to photograph.  So much detail!  This black and white filter really makes the trio of Panthor, Havoc Staff, and Skeletor feel like they came from a horror story.

A good pic of the details on Panthor’s face.  The Sepia filter makes it feel bronze, or clay even.

One thing, Skeletor’s eyes can hypnotize you if you stare too long at them.
There was masterful design and execution on the face sculpt and painting of Skeletor.

I think this is my favorite picture I have taken with the new equipment.  Nothing too fancy.  But it feels like the cover of a Conan the Barbarian comic book.  I tried to have Vikor hold Teela over his shoulder, but their facial expressions are too calm for that pose to work.  Still, Red is the perfect color to go behind Vikor.

I tried to get a “Catalogue” feel on He-Man and Battlecat here.  

And here he/they are.  Two Bad looks like he leapt off of the comic pages as well.

I have a lot to learn about taking pictures for reviews, and editing them as well with iPhoto or other software.  But I am off to a good start.  The lightbox is a 3X3X3 cube with two spotlights and four background colors.  I have found that sometimes the light reflects on faces a little too much, as in the case of Teela, Mega-Man, and Two-Bad above, but I was able to recover most of the time with editing.  I need to spend more time previewing before shooting, I think.  And also maybe moving the lights back or something.  I also took a few pics right before my iPhone battery died, and I believe that caused them to be a little blurrier. (I took some Pokemon pics that were unusable.)

There are also size limitations.  He-Man and Skeletor barely fit on their cats in the pics.  I cropped down what you see.  But the Griffin is way too big for the lightbox treatment.  And so is Megator, really.

Still, it is a great start and I am having a blast.  Comment on the photos!

(Also check out my recent blurb about Born of the Gods, where I also used the white reflecting material as the background for the cards.)

Oh yeah.  My rating.  The Polaroid Lightbox gets a 5/5!

It folds up for easy transport and storage into a little baggy with pouches for the lights.  It also came with a camera stand that I will have to try out when I use a real camera sometime instead of an iPhone.  I won’t fault it on it’s size.  Really it is perfect for most action figures, and I am a beginner.

Masters of the Universe Classics Unboxing and Review….Battleground Teela

I got Battleground Teela on the Cyber Monday sale for $10!  I had passed her up several times before, but the $10 price was Big Lots cheap enough for this SpartanNerd!
No question, I would rather have the redhead Teela.  But BG Teela isn’t so bad.  She doesn’t look much like Teela to me, because “my” Teela is the one from Filmation and virtually all other Masters of the Universe film.  But I had some of those comics in the early days that featured Teela as a blonde, and I enjoyed the modern story that had her blonde also.  (DC Comics Masters of the Universe mini-series)
This blonde Teela with metal bikini armor feels more generic, kind of like the Griffin and Vikor.  She could be any barbarian’s girlfriend!
Of course she came in a box like this.

Here is what she looks like in box.
Here’s the back.  Sorry about the blurry pic.  (I didn’t know how bad it was…and the card is trashed now)

She came with this gun, but It just isn’t my style for Teela.  I think I remember
Teela using a gun in the 1987 movie, and that is just about it.

But this sword is cool!

BG Teela makes a fine bride for Vikor!
Unfortunately, she always looks down when
her head is turned, because of her hair.

This is most unsightly.  If you waist twist her, she has this shelf.
This staff looks splendid in her hand!  It just feels right! 

I have some extra accessories for female figures.  They work nicely with BG Teela,
except for the snake mask. Oh how I wish that would fit  😦  (The hair again)
Here she is, properly armed.  I like this sword better than
the one that came with her.  I wish the shield were a different color.

Now for a classic pose!  BG Teela has the “2.0”
buck.  This means she can do this, but the redhead
wouldn’t be able to do it.  She fits nicely behind the saddle in
the “BEEP” seat.
Removing Battle Cat’s mask makes him look like a different character…
Give her both swords….Now this is fantasy!
What is my rating for Battleground Teela?  I’m afraid I can’t give more than a 3\5.  The hair looks good, but I wish it didn’t hinder her neck movement.  I also wish the snake mask would fit…Also, the whole love handle shelf thing when she twists her waist isn’t good.
On the other hand, I like her…She is beautifully sculpted, and fits almost any fantasy situation, including MOTU.  I like sitting her on the back of Battle Cat, and I like her holding that staff.  I am proudly displaying her in my nerd closet!

Groovy Dork List….Cyber Monday edition

Groovy…I picked up a Griffin, Battleground Teela, and Sky High with Jet Sled.  Reviews will be posted when I get them!

Dork…I missed my chance with Mosquitor.  I finally decided I didn’t really want Keldor just for his cape (not for $21), and decided against the Snake Warriors too.

Groovy…I was rewarded a gift certificate from Wulven Entertainment for my investment in their property when I purchased physical Shadow Era: The Call of the Crystals cards from them two summers ago.  (One of the best investments ever in nerd property!)

Dork…For some stupid reason I can’t seem to get the gift credit to redeem.  I am supposed to purchase  a booster box of the next Shadow Era set, “Dark Prophecies.”  But when I get to the billing screen the credit isn’t showing.  😦  (I would desperately like to review some of these physical cards…)

Groovy…My Macbook Pro has been doing fine….Then I started hearing clicking and whirring….Thinking it a dying hard drive, I replaced it and upgraded it.  Now it has a 1TB hybrid drive.  That is more storage space than all of my other computing devices combined!

Dork…The whirring and clicking continues…and my battery is draining faster.  I know now that it wasn’t the hard drive failing at all, but the fan.  (The battery probably is affected by the new Hard Drive as well.)  I have disassembled my machine and tried air spraying it out.  But that hasn’t worked.  I think the axle needs some grease…But I don’t have the required TORX screwdrivers to take the fan apart.

Groovy…I have been playing Batman:Arkham Asylum.  This is my second play through.  When I played it before, it was on Steam, and on the Windows partition of my (old) hard drive.  I went ahead and purchased the Mac version…It is every bit as good without the hassle of Steam and Windoze.

Dork…I am ditching a few comic subscriptions.  Aquaman has bored me to death.  And I am shucking Action Comics as well.  I love Superman.  But the comics lose me.  The writers insist that you buy into the whole eco-system in order to understand what is going on.  I subscribed to Action Comics, thinking that I wouldn’t have all of that “continuity misunderstanding” trouble.  I would have every issue.  Makes sense.  But Superman is continually being crossed over…And this complicates the story, as well as frustrates me because I feel a need to have a complete story, and so I have to go hunt the issues of other titles I am not subscribed to.  I have a longing to read “H’el On Earth,” which is mostly a Supergirl story…because of the Action Comics Annual #2.  Also, because I haven’t been reading Superman (the title) I have missed a lot of stuff about Brainiac, which was important to the last Action Comics story arc “Psi War.”  I am done.  Sorry Supes.  Maybe if they go back to writing you like they did back at the beginning of the New 52, I will return.

So what will I subscribe to in their places?  I am thinking maybe something Marvel..Maybe they will cure the whole Superior Spider-man complex.  Either that, or maybe I will just invest in the Ninja Turtle eco-system again.  I stopped buying those books only because my brain couldn’t take any more fantasy.  But lately I am missing something a little different.  The biggest problem here is you pretty much have to buy them in the store.  The Tangled Web keeps them in stock in general, but just the same, I feel I have to get them once I get started.  Then again, maybe I’ll just subscribe to the Justice League again.  I suppose I have a little time to consider it.  One thing is certain, I have been very satisfied with reading Batman stories!

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