lørdag den 26. november 2016

Iplehouse Rex on Dollshe 28M L4 body (hybrid)

For a long time I have been considering changing Nathaniel's (IH Rex) body. I don't really like the Iplehouse bodies as they are very difficult for me to pose. They wont sit, they wont hold their arms, they fall over...
So some months ago I sold Nathaniel's body and thus forced myself to finally make a decision. I decided to buy a Dollshe 28M body for him instead. I ordered it to my sister's (Avi) place as she's babysitting my dolls while I am in China.

Yesterday the body arrived. From the pictures it looks like a fine hybrid, I think. The resin match looks very good, the size of the head/body looks fine. I think, the neck looks a bit long but maybe it will help when he is properly dressed. I'm very curious to see him dressed and styled, but his outfit/wig/etc are packed away, so it will take some time before my sister finds it all.

Here are the pictures:

tirsdag den 22. november 2016

ProBJDartists day

I've participated in this event for the past years. This year I also participated. I ended up using an old photo- I really wanted to use Phryne, but she is not with me in China.

I've always loved Elfdoll Vivien and I've had the her as four different characters, but none of them felt just right, until I came up with Phryne. The trouble with Phryne was that she should be a light tan, tall, feminine, and appear 'scary'.
I had settled for just making her as the human version (before all the trouble with scorpion poison fusing into her DNA), but still I had problems. I wanted a tan Vivien. That does not exist, so I eventually came up with the idea to blush Vivien tan and then hybrid her on a bigger (and already tan) body. I had not heard about Soom making a Vesuvia doll in tan resin, but I don't follow Soom dolls so much because I think their dolls all look the same (I do have a Soom boy though so perhaps I shouldn't complain :P). When I saw a Vesuvia for sale I had to have that body.
Finally, she could come together and she was perfect IMO. It was hard work and a lot of money, but waiting and trying and considering hybrids were time well spent.
To me Phryne proves that there is always a solution to doll-problems. There is no reason to turn to illegal copies and stealing. There really are no excuses to buy recasts. The End. It's not up for discussion.

Here is the picture of Phryne:

fredag den 18. november 2016

Nabarro dolls and the Gods of Freaksland

For me, Nabarro dolls were love at first sight. Unfortunately I only discovered them pretty late, but I've been able to get my hands on Sumner, Booth, and now Yakumo.
I have only one body here in Beijing, but Yakumo already stole it from my Cat's Doll Tove (it was not a good match for Tove anyway).

A few weeks ago I promised myself that I would only make the gods in my universe as dolls if I could get Nabarro dolls for them because I think that would be fantastic.
All my gods have tentative names because I have not had the time to work so much on them or their characters.

I have:
Sumner will by Sky Man
Booth will be Sky Woman
Yakumo will be Khaos.

And if I ever find them then:
Wally will be Balance
Har will be the Second
Cyril will be the First

I'll just quickly explain the gods and how they fit into my doll universe.

The Gods and the Divine Kingdoms:

The divine kingdoms are Sky Kingdom and Earth Kingdom (Earth is separate and not divine).

In the beginning there was nothing. Then from the nothingness came forth a deity. He was the First. He saw potential in the nothingness, but needed help. He ripped off his arm and from it created the Second deity. Together they created the Sky Kingdom, where they lived together.

The First sacrificed himself to make the Earth below the Sky Kingdom, this resulted in the creation of Khaos and Balance. Khaos seeks to create chaos on Earth and Balance seeks to create balance in the world. The Second created two more deities; Sky Man and Sky Woman.

Sky Man and Sky Woman sought to create mortals, but they could not agree on what traits were most important. Sky Man created the Elves to live in harmony with the world. Sky Woman created the Orcs to cultivate the earth and grow food. Together they made the Humans to live in balance with the world. Khaos and Balance laughed and behind Sky Man and Sky Woman’s backs they made a few changes. Balance looked at the humans and gave some the gift of magic (thus creating the Wizards) and Khaos looked at the peaceful Orcs and from them created the Trolls (I have not yet discovered what he did). So the world ended up with five sub-species of “humany-looks”: humans, wizards, trolls, elves, and orcs. These five sub-species are known as the Dudali species to the gods.

Sky Man and Woman then created a being to watch and help the Dudali species, Creator. They also created the Earth Kingdom for the Creator to live. Later on Sky Man and Sky Woman created the Bringer and the Collector to help the Creator (and thus the three Fates came to be). The Creator, Bringer and Collector lives in Earth Kingdom, where they can watch the mortal men and women on Earth and help them in their lives. They are not gods themselves, but have divine blood and are immortal.

Sky Woman saw the mortals they had made, and felt sorry for the outcasts. She then decided to help, and went to Earth, where she brought the outcasts together. She used a blood ritual to create a new species from these outcasts, the Unity.

Sky Kingdom:
Here lives all the gods like Second (supreme ruler of the universe), Chaos, Balance, Sky Man, and Sky Woman (before she descended to Earth).

The style of dress in Sky Kingdom is very Asian. It is old school Korean and Chinese, and Sky Woman brought this kind of fashion to Earth and Unity. So Unity's dress is inspired by old Asian dresses and costumes, but with a modern twist.

Earth Kingdom:
Here lives the Fates, so they are closer to the Earth, where the mortal humans live. Here also all Fates/souls live after their mortal life is over (the souls are like a specks of light).

There is no specific style of dress in Earth Kingdom as the Fates dress very differently from each other, but generally in a style that matches the mortals that they watch and help.

Here live all mortals, and they dress very differently from each other.

mandag den 14. november 2016

The Unity - Alva and Branimir (Iplehouse Soo and Fifth Motif Goohwa)

Nikki asked for an explanation about how Branimir fits into my Doll Universe. It takes some explanation, but here goes :D

You know how every story needs bad guys? Mine are called Unity (very tentative title but so far I have not been able to come up with a better name). Now, I'm not that good at making bad guys because I always wants to know what drives them, why they act as they do, and suddenly I start to feel for the bad guy and wants to give them a better story (Voodoo actually started as a bad guy, but now he's one of the heroes...).

Unity is a species/race of humans that lives in a big colony under the Great Mountain. A person from Unity is called a Unit (again very tentative).

Unity came to be when a divine being felt sorry for the lost and lonely individuals from the different "human-y" races (humans, wizards, trolls, elves, and orcs). This divine being settled on Earth and gathered the lost and lonely around her. Using a blood ritual she was able to bring these individuals together to form a new human species/race, Unity.
A human who went through this ritual would be part human and part Unit.

Over hundreds of years Unity evolved into a eusocial colony with a hive mind, where the queen (the divine being) was regarded as the supreme leader. The queen rules only in the best interest of Unity, of the colony as a whole. For a long time this structure worked very well.
The Units stayed in the colony and never left, so Unity was not really known in the rest of the world.

Over thusand of years the queen slowly lost her power (as any other divine being who stays on Earth she slowly turned mortal and grew weak). She slowly lost the control over the hive mind, and people started to have individual thoughts and to blok the hive mind. This meant multiple fractions were formed and political ideas started to spread.

A Unit can be made through the blood ritual, but only the queen can perform that ritual. Units can also be made of children of Units (just one Unit parent is enough), and any Unit can transform a Unit-child into a Unit.
The Unity population had decreased over the last many years, so certain fraction within Unity saw the only way for Unity to survive as to increase the population which meant Units had to have children with non-Units and then turn the children into Units. This meant that many individuals from different human races were kidnapped and raped in an attempt to save Unity. Some of the outsiders married their captors and live a happy life, but most of the outsiders lived the rest of their lives as prisoners and child-makers. Outside of Unity no one really knew what happened to these individuals, so it was assumed they were killed by a strange and magical force, which caused a widespread fear, and the humans races named their fear The Darkness. It was only some Unity fractions who believed this way of survival, but they were able to spread their ideas to large parts of the Unity population, so it was an accepted way of life.

Some of the fractions were against the idea of rape and kidnapping as a way for their people to survive. Some worked in magic and tried to find ways to make the blood ritual without the queen. Some sought new ways for the population to survive with ideas of opening the gates, and let Unity try to live in peace with the human races.

As the queen grew weaker and lost more and more control over Unity, the fraction grew stronger, but no Unit could or would go against their queen and directly take her power for him- or herself... most probably.

A Unit can always be recognize, but Unit children, who have not yet been transformed, cannot. It is because the blood ritual used to turn someone into a Unit and the spell used to transform Unit-children both work on making the blood stronger, thicker, and more connected to Unity. Because the blood is altered it means Units look practically blue because the blood flows closer to the skin and in more veins.

Characters of Unit descent:

Alva (Iplehouse Soo) is the child of a full human mother and a Unit father (Borka). Her parents fell in love after her father left Unity to seek other ways for Unity to survive. They settled down, and her father hoped to used his own family as an argument to open the Unity gates and let Unity live in peace with the other human races.
Unfortunately, shortly after Alva was born her father died. Alva's mother raised the child on her own.
When Alva was around 15 some Units succeeded in creating a way to track Unit children so that they could bring them to the Great Mountain and turn them into Units. Shortly thereafter Units came to find her, but her mother fought them off, which allowed Alva to run away. She has been running ever since.... and one day she ran straight into Zombie, and the Freaks decided to help her.

Branimir (Fifth Motif Goohwa) is a full-blood Unit. He is the son of Borka and a Unit-lady, who's name I do not yet know. Borka and his Unit-wife were never happy together, and when Branimir turned 13, Borka left Unity and found happiness with a human woman and they had a child together (Alva). Before Borka left Unity he was a high standing politician and Branimir inherited his seat when Borka left. Branimir belongs to a fraction of Unity, who believes in opening the gates and interacting with the other human races.
When the tracking-magic allowed Unity to track Unity children, he was able to discover Alva was his half sister, and his world changed. He could not and would not allow Unity to turn his sister (whom he did not even know) against her will, and he set out to find her to protect her. He found her and since his paternal grandfather, Bodin,  had been half wizard, he was able to perform a little magic. He could not hide her core, but he made it difficult to track Alva. A Unit would know she was near but could not pinpoint her location, so she was often able to run away from the Units chasing her. He was also able to create a spell that would alarm him if Alva was in great distress. Branimir checked up on her as often as he could, but he also often had to be in the Great Mountain to fight the political ideas.
One day when the alarm went off he dropped everything and went to Alva, she was together with other humans but was fighting a battle with Units. As Branimir recognized the Units as very powerful trackers, he decided to join the fight. After the battle he finally told Alva everything.

onsdag den 9. november 2016

Fifth Motif Goohwa and Dollshe Bermann

Way back in June I did a shopping list/wish list including a list of dolls that I really, really wanted but they seemed impossible for me to get. One of them was a Fifth Motif Goohwa and another was Dollshe Bermann
Then someone did some magic and Fifth Motif opened for a new ordering periode for Goohwa and Venitu and Dollshe is remaking Bermann... I bought Goohwa right then and there. Bermann might join my family later on. I'm not really convinced about the pictures of the NewBermann head. But let's see. Also I really shouldn't spend all my money on dolls because I want to travel more (I'm considering spending Christmas in Disneyland in Japan).

In the same shopping list I had a "Whispering Grass Thomas head on Dollstown 18y body" written down. I've put him on hold because I'm using Goohwa for that character.

I'm not good at drawing I never much liked drawing on paper but I did a quick drawing of Branimir (Goohwa) that I put up on my wall so I can work on his style. (I ordered Goohwa in Avatar Blue resin). 
I have ordered a custom wig from SophyMolly for him because I like her wigs and I was not comfortable to make him a wig on my own and I know exactly what I want. I have ideas for his outfit. It is supposed to be inspired by traditional Asian clothes but have a more modern feel to it.

lørdag den 5. november 2016

Finally an updated (including an updated doll-list)

Wow, long time since my last update! I'll try to be better...
Unfortunately, I have not been keeping up with your blogs either, so I'll just take a look now.

China is being good to me. I've had a lot of fun, done a lot of travel, been busy with homework, and everything else that comes with moving around the world.

I hardly know where to start this blog about my dolls, so I'll do an updated list of my dolls and incoming dolls. The list is alphabetic based on the maker of the head.

Next update, should that be about characters or about the universes (only Freaks Character/Universe as the Pirates have not been evolved lately)?

Cat's Doll Tove / Angelheim Elderheim  body WS:
Name: No name yet, as he didn't really fit the character I had in mind, and I'm now trying to see if he can be someone else. I'm considering turning him "evil" but then he needs to be blue and I would like to have a blue body for him and just blush the head to match.
I'm not a fan of the body he has as it seems too small for the head. So we'll see about him later on.

Eldoll Ruru / Volks SD16 EBONY
Name: Sparrow
Her character is semi-developed.

Elfdoll Vivien / Soom SG BRONZE
Name: Phryne
She is pretty much completed and I'm not working on her atm.

Fifth Motif Goohwa AVATAR BLUE
Name: Branimir
I'm waiting for him. I ordered him when Fifth Motif opened up for the latest preorder.
I have ordered a custom wig for him, and I have an idea about clothes. He should ship this month or the next. His character is semi-developed (I keep saying his name in my head as "Branimir, son of Borka, son of Bodin.")

Name: Jude (Voodoo)
He needs body blushing, perhaps better eyes, maybe more clothes, and a pair of shoes.

Iplehouse Rex head / Dollshe 28M body REAL SKIN/COPPER ORIENTAL
Name: Nathaniel
I'm waiting for the body, which is on shipping now to Avi (in Denmark where most of my dolls are). If the body matches then he is pretty complete and I will not work more on him atm.

Iplehouse Skull Crown head WS
Name: Marius (Fate/Dead Version)
So far he shares a body. I need an outfit for him when he is a Fate, but I can't seem to find the right outfit.

Iplehouse Soo head WS
Name: Alva
I'm considering a Dollstown 17y body for her. Her character is developed, but I'm not sure about what kind of outfit to get her. She also needs a wig, new faceup, and shoes.

Nabarro Booth head WS
Name: Sky Woman (more a title than a name)
I'm considering a Dollstown 17y body for her. Her character is semi-developed (need to figure out a proper name). I need to decide on her outfit, new faceup, wig, and everything.

Nabarro Sumner head WS
Name: Sky Man (more a title than a name)
I'm considering a Dollstown 18y body for him. His character is semi-developed (need to figure out a proper name). I've ordered his outfit because I found what I wanted for sale. He needs a faceup and wig.

Peakswoods Dlight GREY
Name: Elsa Maria
Her character is semi-developed so I need to work more on that, but I'm not currently working on her.

Popodoll Ramiel TAN
Name: Collector
He should have more clothes but for now he is good and I'm not currently looking for new things for him.

Ringdoll Zombie Sol GREY
Name: Zombie
He is pretty complete and I'm not working on him. I do need to find him a pair of shoes/boots at some point.

Soom Bix / Ringdoll RGM-4 NS
Name: Henry
He is pretty complete and I'm not working on him. He does need a new faceup at some point.

Twigling Ylisande / Iplehouse nYID LIGHT TAN
Name: Morgan
She is pretty complete and I'm not working on her atm. I would like to get her another body at some point.

Volks SD16 Ruby EBONY
Name: Marina
Her character is developed, but I still need to find the perfect outfit for her that matches Marius.

Volks Ruby / Ringdoll RGM-4 EBONY/TAN
Name: Marius (human version)
His character is developed, but I still need to find his outfit and it has to match Marina's.

Volks YoTenshi Yuh NS
Name: Elliot
Her character is semi-developed and I'm not currently working on her.

Apart from Cat's Doll Tove I have a character for the dolls, and next step is to buy bodies and outfits. Some characters need to be fully developed, but I know what drives the characters and how they fit into the Universe.