A coworker of mine just asked, out of the blue, who my favorite Harry Potter character was, because someone asked her out of the blue. I had to think about it. There are SO many characters I love in Harry Potter. Even the bad guys, you just love them, because they are so well written. Bellatrix Lestrange is a fantastic villain, and her entire backstory, and her demise are just wonderfully written. I feel that way about MOST of the characters. But on further reflection, my absolute FAVORITE character is Professor Horace Slughorn.
Firstly, you’ve got to respect a Walrus mustache, I was terribly disappointed that they left it out of the movie. Secondly, who doesn’t love Jim Broadbent? But the real meat of the story is that Slughorn is the SOLE redemption of Slytherin house. He very clearly embodies the ideal of ambition that is most important to Slytherin, but at NO point does he use that to the detriment of others. He ABSOLUTELY uses it for his own advantage, but never AGAINST anyone else. He plays favorites, but no more so than Snape, or even McGonagall. He signs on with Dumbledore for protection, but stays when the Death Eaters take over the school. More importantly, when Slytherin is given the choice to stay and fight or cut and run, he is the ONLY member to stay and fight. And he ends up dueling Voldemorte. How freakin’ badass is that? Of course you expect all of the “good and brave” teachers to stay and fight, but did you expect Slughorn, a self-serving coward to fight the Dark Lord? That’s character development. That’s why he’s my favorite. Who’s your favorite Harry Potter character?
Me: Vengelet, who’s your favorite? Mommy or daddy?
Vengelet, thinking hard:……Vengelet.
Family, duty, honor. OR don’t use a tiny scale cutter, unless you want to be making tiny gum paste scales for the rest of your life. Trout have teeth, don’t they?
Ok, seriously. Coworkers? I am 2 weeks shy of 30. I have a 2 and a half year old daughter. I DO NOT want to hear about you how you were just trying to get laid on your first date with your fiancee. I am not going to flip back pages in a LIGHTING CATALOG so that you can ogle the model. Grow up. I’m too old for this crap.
Question. How important is realism when designing a Kraken for a Game of Thrones-themed cake? I got done with the main part of the Kraken yesterday. At first I REALLY liked the tentacles, but the more I looked, the less I liked it. I think it would look better if I put more tentacles going off to the sides, reaching out and up. TECHNICALLY, Krakens only have ten tentacles(according to the Greyjoy sigil anyway.) So, I still have to make the big flippery pair, but should I stop there for “realism” or make as many as I want, just to make it look cool and badass?
More tentacles? Or less tentacles?
Here’s an in progress shot. I just want to emphasize how far away from being done this cake is. Like weeks away, maybe a month. I wasn’t planning to post this picture by itself, but I’m interested in winning Coffee from Ralph, and this is the only thing I’ve got going on right now. I tried to get some of the figures done last night, so I’d have more to show for the competition, but when I start rushing, I get sloppy, and I can’t afford that on this cake(because fondant is DAMN expensive). So, this picture represents the cake to be. It’s a metaphor or something, for not rushing through things and appreciating what you have while its a work in progress and not a finished project. Deep. Not really. But hey, Game of Thrones Cake!
So this is a thing that happened. Over the last 6 months to a year, my family has gotten into board games to a ridiculous level. We play your Ticket to Ride, we play your King of Tokyo, we play your Libertalia, and Dominion and Carcassonne. But the game that has absolutely dominated our lives is Seven Wonders. Wifey asked for it on a whim for 2013 Christmas(she’s a history teacher), and it sat in our closet for about 6 months before we opened it last summer. Then we played it for a week solid. Then we showed it to Sisterling and Prince-in-Law, and they went out and bought it for themselves, and we played for ANOTHER week solid. After about a month, we decided we should make a scoreboard to keep track of stats and things, so Wifey and I worked together and came out with this. We are SUPER pleased with it. It feels like an accurate representation of just how into this game we are. The family now gets together at least once a week to play board games, and we ALWAYS play at least one round of Seven Wonders, no matter what time people have to get up for work in the morning. Seven Wonders sparked a huge renaissance for gaming for us, as lately we’d been reconciled to infrequent party games, and Seven Wonders opened a door to a whole new realm of gaming for us. It’s that good.
This has been my big project for the last month or so. It’s an homage to the Iron Throne made with Video game weapons. This was a hugely ambitious project on my part(too ambitious) and it involved me taking a day and a half off work. I started with a list of about 40 iconic weapons from video game. I shaved off the ones that were just too detailed, and then made about 20 sword blades. Then I freaked out about making hilts for 20 fondant sword blades, and ended up sticking about a dozen on my cake. The red shell is an 8 layer cake. The Thwomp is made of Rice Krispy treats. This cake weighs 26 pounds and requires a team-lift.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with how this turned out. Everything on there is from a video game, even some that I haven’t played. It doesn’t look exactly how I wanted in my head, but with the amount of time invested in it, I’m still pretty happy with it.
Things I don’t like:
The Red Shell was the first bit I did, and it’s too big and not terribly neat.
The swords. I should have spent more time on them, but I was freaking out at the scope of the project at that point.
Things I love:
The DK Barrel. It’s also the only part of the cake that did not end up in a dumpster.
There’s actual wood-grain on the Gutsy bat. Completely unintentional, but awesome.
There’s over 20 video games represented here, and it really was a labor of love. I hope you all like it.
Do you ever have an idea and then try to execute it and it just won’t come together the way you saw it in your mind and then someone comes along later and does exactly the idea you had in your head except they do it perfectly and it makes you feel bad because you thought of it first, but they did it so much better than you?
Siiiiiiiighhhh, that’s what today’s TheYetee shirt feels like today. Kudos to that artist for doing what I could not, at least in cake form. I did want to reblog this though, as I’m still proud of it, and it was my showpiece from last year, and I’m starting work on my show piece this year.
It’s cake show time, suckas! I’m starting early this year, so I don’t freak out like last year. These are 4 of the 5 tiers that will make up the piece. I’m very please with the marbling, especially on the black/blue one. I’m less pleased with the seams, but those will be covered anyway, so I’m not too fussed. I’ve got the biggest tier left to do, and then adding all the detail work. I feel this is a pretty auspicious beginning.