Inktober 2020 Part 2

5 Blade

October 5, 2020 – Blade

On Themis, swords come mainly in three varieties. The pirates have their blades, rumored to have originated in the Middle East before migrating to the Caribbean. The Vikings have their solid blades, crafted using a technique long forgotten and lost on Earth. The Knights Templar also have their own blades crafted to use the weight of the weapon as part of the attack’s momentum.

6 Rodent

October 6, 2020 – Rodent

There is one species of rodent that is of particular concern to most of the space force. While not yet classified by name, it is well known by sight. This creature looks like a small gray mouse with red eyes. Those who have witnessed the creature in action have seen it eat creatures the size of a dog using a method familiar to anyone who’s seen a python.

7 Fancy

October 7, 2020 – Fancy

Somewhere it must be written that senior officers must be a practically inept at anything that might seem as normalcy anywhere else. No matter where they go, where they might be, whatever they might be fighting, somehow they always have all the implements to host a formal dinner.

8 Teeth

October 8, 2020 – Teeth

Teeth are a common find anywhere. Teeth the size of artillery shells were not common a sight for the members of the US Space Force until their arrival on Themis. They are usually found after the passing of the purple full moon. Some of the senior officers are of the opinion that someone should go look for whatever loses these large teeth. Most of the enlisted are of the same opinion only if those someones are the senior officers.

9 Throw

October 9, 2020 – Throw

The local trolls are capable of throwing spears the same distance that a local elf can shoot an arrow. The size of the spear makes this a troublesome fact.

10 Hope

October 10, 2020 – Hope

There’s something about a sunrise that speaks to hope. Whether it is the sunrise on Earth or a sunrise on Themis, there’s something about watching the beginning of a new day that gives hope.

11 Disgusting

October 11, 2020 – Disgusting

Wet environments breed disgusting things. Whether it’s just the muck and mud, or the things that might occupy said muck and mud, or the things that mix with the muck and mud, always have an extra pair of boots.

Inktober 2020 Part 1

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October 1, 2020 – Fish

Being a pirate is easy. Being a pirate on Earth was easier. Being a pirate on Themis is really hard. Being a pirate on the losing end of an encounter with the ships of the Knights Templar, the Vikings, and the Elves is really bad. Surviving the encounter itself is not the bad part. Finding yourself in the Themis oceans with the fish is where things get really bad. On Earth, there were legends of something called angler fish that looked pretty scary. Here on Themis, the angler fish would be an improvement over the demonfish that occupy the oceans. Between the monstrous looks and the monstrous teeth and tentacles, the demonfish almost makes one miss the sharks of Earth.

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October 2, 2020 – Wisp

Willow trees on Themis are the gathering spot of the wisps. When an elf dies, their spirit leaves their body in the form of a wisp. That wisp then begins a journey to return to the willow trees of the elven lands. The wisp has until sunset to return to secure its spot in the line of returning to life. Those wisps who fail to return to the willows are lost forever as the banshees of legend.

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October 3, 2020 – Bulky

Trolls are bulky creatures. Being a magical mixture of stone and flesh makes one bulky by nature. The larger the troll, the bulkier it is. While trolls of Themis are known by other names on earth, from the largest to the smallest they are merely trolls on Themis.

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October 4, 2020 – Radio

Radio was once the primary form of contact for military operations. While the term is still used, radio now refers to anything involving military communications from satellites to computers. Orders once had to transfer over radio waves to get from the headquarters to the troops on the ground. Now headquarters can deliver orders directly to the individual soldiers.

MCS-289 Artemis Dropship – 39th Special Operations Squadron

This is a kitbash project I have been working on for quite a while now. The model, paint, and final touches are done for the model itself. A diorama is the next phase of this project and is currently in the planning phase.

For those who have followed the fictional entries here, this is the dropship that appears in a couple of my stories.

As always, the DeviantArt Gallery link.

My Policy on Work Requests

With the number of related posts and comments I’ve made in all other forums, I’m surprised I even need to post this. However, this applies to all OCD Words & Images Studio projects, including When Idiots Science (https://cwreynolds.home.blog/), and related DeviantArt (https://www.deviantart.com/cwreynolds22) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ocdwistudio) accounts.

While the work I do here is offered free for user reading and the usual fair use rights, I refuse to work for free or work for exposure elsewhere, neither of which pay bills, cover supplies, or cover labor costs. Anything used for fair use rights and/or shared, must include credit and link back to the OCD Studio source (blog, DeviantArt, or Facebook). This is the same policy I apply to the posts you find here which all include a site credit and linkback to ensure proper credit to the original creator.

All inquiries into guest-posting or artwork (whether its your use of mine or requesting my use of yours) must include links to other writing or art sample posts, outline of planned usage, and estimated payment offers. This blog is geared towards the mockery of bad science whatever its form, and highlighting  good science, positive improvements, and related personal interests. For any queries that do not comply with this blog’s mission, or do not include sample links, planned usage, and payment offers. the answer will be a hard no.

Specific permissions I’ve given to specific users is exempt from the above, although the proper credit and link-back would be appreciated.

Finally, before asking for a contribution to another source (be it from me or another creator), or requesting another source to host your work, consider the following:  would you request or provide free work to or from any other local business? When you ask a creative for free work or offer payment in exposure, that’s exactly what you are doing.

NaNoWriMo Update and Von Braun Wheel Hotel

My NaNoWriMo project is still behind, but as of this moment, I have committed 2171 words. I should probably stop revising and rewriting as I go to up the number count.

If you’ve followed and read posts here for any amount of time, you know that the Von Braun is a reoccurring theme in my writing and artwork. I personally think moving this from concept to reality is the key to exo-Earth-orbit space travel.

So, imagine my joy and surprise to find this article in my news feed this morning. Titled “Yes, the ‘Von Braun’ Space Hotel Idea Is Wild. But Could We Build It by 2025?” over on Space.com, the article discusses a company working on developing a hotel in Earth orbit using the von Braun wheel for its design.

Image stolen from the Space.com article.