April12014
March302014

likeafieldmouse:

Edward Burtynsky - Rock of Ages and Quarries

Artist’s statement:

"The concept of the landscape as architecture has become, for me, an act of imagination. I remember looking at buildings made of stone, and thinking, there has to be an interesting landscape somewhere out there because these stones had to have been taken out of the quarry one block at a time. I had never seen a dimensional quarry, but I envisioned an inverted cubed architecture on the side of a hill. I went in search of it, and when I had it on my ground glass, I knew that I had arrived. I had found an organic architecture created by our pursuit of raw materials. Open-pit mines, funneling down, were to me like inverted pyramids. Photographing quarries was a deliberate act of going out to try to find something in the world that would match the kinds of forms in my imagination.

I was excited by the striking patinas on the walls of the abandoned quarries. The surface of the rock-face would simultaneously reveal the process of its own creation, as well as display the techniques of the quarrymen. I likened the tenacious trees and pools of water to nature’s sentinels awaiting the eventual retreat of man and machine - to begin the slow process of reclamation.

Often my approach, the compression of space through light and optics, also yields an ambiguity of scale. I think that people are always trying to put a human scale on things. We need to put our human perspective into these images, and our presence is dwarfed by the spaces we’ve created. It’s an interesting metaphor for how technology seems larger than life, larger than our own lives.”

(via thestonecuttersguild)

8PM

dustification:

I got the Hans painted up to satisfaction over the last week as well. I still need to do the basing, but it’s looking good! Him and the heavy laser grenadiers are ready for action. :)

8PM

dustification:

Spent part of this weekend working on a 4’x8’ table top for wargaming. I think it’ll be easier to store than getting a whole new table, and was certainly much cheaper. I got some 2’x2’ plywood sheets to go on top, and those will be what’s actually painted / textured to look like urban terrain, with craters on some, some roads, etc. That way I can rearrange the tiles freely and swap them out later on with grass, hills, and what not. Quite pleased with the project so far, and looking forward to playing Dust Warfare on a properly sized table!

March272014
11AM

dreamy-pantsless-glee:

uispeccoll:

Pleased to announce our newest book arts acquisition: 

The Deep by Kevin Steele.


From the artist’s website:  

"The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration… [It] is a circular accordion pop-up book which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The compass, arguably the sailor’s most valuable instrument, not only enables accurate navigation but brings good luck, ensuring safe passage home and protecting against a watery end in the Deep.”

Visit the artist’s website.

If you want to take a look in person just stop by the desk in our reading room and our librarians will  probably offer a bit of assistance.  I particularly recommend getting a group together and stopping by since it is a great one to gather around. 

That’s so cool!!

That’s awesome!

(via duessa)

March252014
bluepueblo:

Emerald Lake, Canada
photo via canada

Emerald Lake is incredible! I think I still have the patch on my adventure vest from when I was a kid (super cool I know :P ) I do so hope I’ll be able to go back up to Canada sometime in the next few years. It’s definitely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

bluepueblo:

Emerald Lake, Canada

photo via canada

Emerald Lake is incredible! I think I still have the patch on my adventure vest from when I was a kid (super cool I know :P ) I do so hope I’ll be able to go back up to Canada sometime in the next few years. It’s definitely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

(via dungeoninspiration)

12AM

dustification:

Finally got around to finishing off the Heavy Laser Grenadiers! I’m quite pleased with them. There’s definitely a lot I’d improve if I were able to devote more time to them, but as it is I’ve got to move on and keep chipping away at my painting backlog, knowing that I’ll do better on the next squad. (apologies for the bad photos, I’ll break out the real camera next time I swear)
My time breakdown for this squad:
5%   basing
10% painting
35% squinting at figures, grumbling
50% making laser noises

I painted some things! Not very well mind you, but I’m still learning. :)

March212014
gamedesigngraphically:

cartrunkent:

ghettogether:

The Landlords Game (1904), a game created to show the absurdity of land ownership. It became later known as Monopoly.

I really try not to reblog Monopoly stuff…but here this is.

The socialist granddaddy of them all.

gamedesigngraphically:

cartrunkent:

ghettogether:

The Landlords Game (1904), a game created to show the absurdity of land ownership. It became later known as Monopoly.

I really try not to reblog Monopoly stuff…but here this is.

The socialist granddaddy of them all.

(via charmbo)

March202014

shakypigment:

James Gurney

Oh Dinotopia! One of those books I loved as a kid that I only gained a full appreciation of years afterward. How wondrous it all is!

(Source: lark-a-doodle, via dungeoninspiration)