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Robina 25 by Tasastock Robina 25 by Tasastock
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Unfortunately.. I can't have it... But I did get to play with it on Thursday. Rob was teaching me how to use it and i got to shoot it, and I was so proud of myself, I hit the target, twice!! I also hit the shed a couple of times but enough about that..
I borrowed the bow for a different shoot, but I don't know whether or not I'll definately have it when that one comes around, so to make up for it, I cobbled this costume together. my self timer remote and the spare battery conspired against me though, one by breaking the other by hiding itself, so i didn't get as many pictures with the different weapons. I got the bow and a couple of sword ones. and then the trap was sprung.

Also. Those shoes yes, they are attached to my feet via string. I am in the process of making them for the elf shoot. I just havent attached them to the base (which are a pair of knackered old work shoes. :P)
Anyway. Enjoy!
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syccas-stock Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
quick tip from an archer: if you're worried about letting the arrow go and damaging something (or someone) then simply hold it without "plugging" the end into the bow string. doesn't really make a difference in photo but if you happen to let go it will just fall down :)

oh, and try not to hold the arrow tip with your fingers at that stage of the draw - instead hold the arrow a bit more horizontal (just a bit) so that the arrow doesn't slip away.

to avoide the string hitting your forearm you should hold it a wee bit differently - make sure to "twist out" your elbow. the elbow tip shouldn't point downwards but to the outer side (if that makes sense)
all in all you're doing well as an archer, though, and I hope you don't mind my being a smartass here ;)
Tasastock Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
no no i like the tips. :)
i do want to learn archery, but when I'd done this I'd only had like, a half hour lesson from Rob. who trains all the new recruits in their re-enactment group. he's meant to be making me a bow like this. i hope.

saying that though, i also want to get back into horse-riding. and learn kick-boxing or something of the sort like that.
syccas-stock Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you have a full to-do-list, don't you? ;)
Tasastock Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
little bit... :P

at least with the horse-riding I know how to do that one already. just might need a refresher lesson to get my confidence back.
did work experience at a riding stables for 2 weeks when i was 15, and they treat me like shit. my self-confidence was zero back then as it was.. and basically after two weeks of doing all their dirty work (including cleaning the kitchen on the friday from when the little brats had had their riding lessons on the saturday before, made a huge mess and left food EVERYWHERE to go mouldy, and basically being patronising, bitchy, twofaced and horrific to me) i asked if it was possible for me to have a ride on one of the horses, as I hadn't rode for years and i missed it.
after bitching and umming and arring they gave me a 6 year old mare with teething problems and an attitude. then continued to take the mick out of me and be seriously patronising, completely shattering my confidence. would this mare do what you wanted? would she fuck.
then of course, to ground what was left of my confidence into the muck, her owner insisted on riding her herself, showing me "how to do it properly" then telling me "you need to know where her buttons are" ... basically after a fortnight of being made to feel like a pile of shit, i haven't ridden since.

i used to be alright at it. I was the only one allowed to ride Cherry. who was a bitch of a mare who when she didn't want to play, she REALLY didn't want to play. spent an hour trying to buck me off one time.
the only time I fell off Cherry was when i was daydreaming and not paying attention. and it was my own fault because I timed the jump wrong because of it.

i am starting to ramble and I apologise.
long story short.. yeah i do have a long to-do list. >.<
syccas-stock Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. rambling... yes... I think that's the very definiton of this post (not that I'd mind, though ;))

place sounds like a fucking amusement park -.- in my opinion it's stables like these that give horseback-riding a bad name, making it seem snobbish, elitist and condescending.
Tasastock Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i do like my rambles..

exactly.. the people there were horrific.
i stopped going to my old riding stables when i started high school because one of my friends who I used to go with moved away.. and to be honest, at that time Daisy and Jess were only tolerable when they were together. 0-o
plus at that time all the horses and owners were changing, and the snobs were coming in and i didn't like them. (i used to go riding at a livery stables, not a learning one. my grandma's friend's daughter owned it.)
one thing I regret though, is Jane (one of the nice original gals who owned a horse there) wanted me to help look after and exercise her horse because she didnt have enough time to look after him anymore. and Arkle (the horse) was lovely. but i was an idiot and i said no. didnt want to go to the stables on my own because i was a wuss back then. (i used to be really shy and quiet and basically had zero-self confidence... completely different to now. :P)

its mainly why i want to get back into it now, because i dont care what people think now, and i wouldnt care about the snobby ones.
syccas-stock Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well, than you should go and get on that horse ;)
I sometimes wish I could get back into it, as well, but I don't have the time nor money and I'd need a pretty big horse to carry me since I've gained a few pounds (to put it mildly) - most stables in my area have iceland horses and the like so that's not an option.
ah well, the passion's not that big, so it's not really on top of my to do list anyway. just... one day it would be nice to gallop through the fields again
Tasastock Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
the bigger the horse aswell, the more gentle they are. i tried explaining that to a person who was petrified of horses.
the smaller ones are always the little shits. :P
though i love them because they have such character. bloody brilliant.

yeah money is an issue aswell. 0-o i want to do alot of things but they all cost money. which is srsly inconsiderate
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Psybernaut Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Dang. Where was this a couple of months ago. Could've really used it for reference. Now I'm gonna have to revisit my archer project. :p lol Will link you when it is finished.
Tasastock Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i didnt have the bow a couple of months ago :evillaugh: its all a conspiracy
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