How to take care of LARP weapons

Your LARP latex weapons will need regular maintenance and care in order to remain in good shape.  All latex weapons must be coated with a thin layer of silicone at all times. This prevents the surfaces from drying out and helps the weapon resist wear and tear. A maintenance silicone spray will help you extend the life of your favorite LARP weapon.

This flaming sword needs maintenance.

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After a little  silicone spray it’s as good as new.

I use and recommends the  Epic Armoury Maintenance Silicone .


Make sure the weapon is cleaned with a damp cloth before you put silicone on. Applying this silicone must be done outdoors and away from open fire. Shake before use and spray the silicone directly on your latex weapon. Dont spray on leather handles, and other non-latex surfaces.

 

Some other tips that applys to all latex coated weapons: Store them in a dark and dry place, free of moisture and mold. Never rest a weapon “point down”. The point or tip of any weapon is the weakest point and you may end up with a distort weapon.

Keep your weapons dry. If your weapon gets wet, use a cloth and dry it off at the first opportunity. Remember that the ground outside is often damp, so you should avoid storing it directly on the ground.

Always chek your latex equipment before and after each use.

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The Botanical Garden

Me and Boyfriend visited the Botanical Garden (Botanisk Hage) in Oslo yeserday.  The  Botanical Garden includes over 8500 species of plants from Norway and other parts of the world. The Garden was founded in 1814 and is a wonderful place.

I recommend everyone to visit the  Botanical Garden now that the flowers are in full bloom.

Opening hours

The Museums and Greenhouses:
Mondays closed
All other days 11.00-16.00

The Garden:
April 1 – Sept. 30:
Weekdays 07.00-21.00
Sat., Sun., Holidays 10.00-21.00

Oct. 1 – March 31:
Weekdays 07.00-17.00
Sat., Sun., Holidays 10.00-17.00

Free entrance to the Botanical Garden

Admission prices (the museums):

Adults NOK 50.00
Children, age 4-16 NOK 25.00
Children, age 0-4 free
Family (2 adults + 2 children) NOK 100.00
Students NOK 25.00

Getting there

  • Metro to Tøyen station (all lines)
  • Tram no. 17 to “Lakkegata skole”
  • Bus no. 20 to “Munch-museet”
  • Bus no. 31 to “Lakkegata skole”
  • Bus no. 60 to “Tøyen kirke” or “Tøyen skole”
  • Parking between the Munch museum and the Botanical Garden

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LEGO Minifigures – Series 7

 

A few days ago we got new LEGO minifigures at work. This is series 7 (as time flies. It’s not long since series 6 came). The box has the color of bright red so it’s pretty easy to spot it. There are so many cool characters, and I’m very happy with the set.

I’m not that good at touching and feeling the packets to find the minifigures I want, but with the help of good colleagues, I have become much better. Thank you AM for your help.

My favorites (in no particular order) are:
Viking Woman – “Now that the fight is over, it is time to sing!”
Bagpiper- “And here’s a little ditty my ol’ granddad taught me!”
Bunny Suit Guy- “What kind of noise does a bunny make, anyway?”
Computer Programmer- “Hello, World.”
Hippie- “Make LEGO® models, not war!”

All quotes are from 8831 LEGO Minifigures

 

 

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

“Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh – erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can’t you just see it? Don’t dream it, be it.” ~ Frank N Furter

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my all time favorite films. Shown for the first time in 1975 it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Some cinemas have shown the film decades at a time. The film is  a adaptation of The Rocky Show written by Richard O’Brien (How plays Riff Raff in the film) and directed by Jim Sharman.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is mad, sexy, glitzy, funny, naughty, with fantastic music and a brilliant cast. And the film doesn’t take itself too seriously either. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a parody/tribute to B-movies, horror films and sciece fiction.

The story is narrated by a criminologist and tells the story of newly engaged Brad Majors and Janet Weiss  (Barry Bostwick & Susan Sarandon).  One night the young couple get lost, with a flat tire, and decide to stop off at a nearby castle to get som help.  This is the residents of  Dr. Frank N Furter (Tim Curry), his servants Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and bunch of fellow Transylvanians holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. Dr. Frank N Furter claims to have discovered the “secret to life itself” and soon Brad and Janet are swept into this crazy world ( like Meatloaf as an ex-delivery boy and brain donor. ).

“And crawling, on the planet’s face, some insects, called the human race. Lost in time, and lost in space… and meaning.” ~ The Criminologist

The film also has a large fan base that has fixed things they do on certain parts of the film. (They dance, throw rice, splashing water, singing along and generally having fun). This cult following did not start until the film began its midnight run in 1976.

I said hey listen to me. Stay sane inside insanity, but he locked the door and threw away the key” ~ Colombia

 

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De fortapte pikers øy/ The island of lost girl’s

{This larp was held from July 21th- 28th 2012. See photos and read more here}

Me and Therese is  going to arrange a big historical LARP (live action role-playing game ) next summer. It’s going to be over 30 players and it will last a whole week. The story for the larp is set to the year 1945 and World War II is over. There is finally peace and tolerance, but at the State’s Detention Camp for Women on Hovedøya in Oslo, the case is quite different.

…  This island goes under the name The Island of lost girl’s among people. Here, hundreds of women have been collected – women who have had dealings with German soldiers. So-called “tyskertøser”  ( ‘Jerry-bags’ ) . They have been placed there under the pretext that they must be protected from the mob, but the truth is that the detention camp has been established to punish the women who have committed the biggest betrayal of all: to go to bed with the enemy.

 “Ja, tøs du var den verste av dem alle.
Et hakekors skal brennes på din skalle.“

“Yes, you whore was the worst of them all.
A swastika to be written on your forehead. “

We want a historic LARP that focuses on the treatment of the girls after the war ended in 1945. How was it to be a Jerry-bag? What was it like to be harassed, hated and punished for having a crush? And how was life in the internment camp? And how was it for the soldiers who worked at such a place…..

Unfortunately, there is not much information about the girls and their tragic fate. This is because the Norwegian government has consciously chosen to cover up what happened to them, but it is also because the vast majority of women who were branded as tyskertøs/ jery-bags never dared to come forward later in the fear of what would happen to them. Fortunately, there are a select few how have been willing to tell their story, and it is these stories and the few documents that exist about the State’s Detention Camp for Women on Hovedøya that we will we base our LARP on .

Photographer unknown (Give me a message if you know who owns the rights to this image)

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1940s snood and victory rolls

The victory roll combined with a snood is a classic hairstyle from the late 1940s and today I’ll show you how to achieve this look yourself. After a brief history lesson I’ve made ​​a tutorial. Enjoy

The term “victory roll”  comes from the roll-maneuver an aircraft made to celebrate the shooting down of a  enemy plane during World War II.  The name was then adopted for the hairstyl as way to to honor victorious soldiers. During the 40s everything was being rationed and clothing was scarce.  At this time many women had to go to work to support the war effort, so  everything had to be practical as wel. Luckily headgear was not rationed, so women turned to their hair as a way to still look feminine.  Snoods and headscarves were, in addition to being extremely practical, a way to express themselves and thus became popular.

The victory roll and snood was popular during the 1940′s and it continued so throughout the 50s as wel

These color photos are from The Library of Congress’ photostream on flickr and are a great inspiration. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944. They are truly lovely.

A woman wearing victory rolls are  drilling a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant.

 

This girl, wearing a read snood, is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif.

 

Oyida Peaks riveting as part of her NYA training to become a mechanic at the Naval Air Base, in the Assembly and Repair Department.

Now I’ll show you how you can make the victory roll combined with a snood- look for yourself.

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