I am an artist, a dancer, an amateur animator, and I enjoy the sciences as well. My hobbies are video games and right now my interest is Team Fortress 2.

-This blog is occasionally NSFW. I usually stick to artistic nudity.
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Tomoe Gozen  巴御前- onna bugeisha

Tomoe Gozen was a female samurai during the Genpei War of 1180–1185 CE. Though female warriors were not uncommon in Japan at the time, Tomoe is one of very few female samurai, highly trained and skilled in horseback riding, archery, sword fighting and she was also greatly skilled in the use of the naginata, which is a long staff with a curved blade at one end. Tomoe Gozen beheaded many enemies with naginata, because she didn’t believe in staying behind in battles, she was always at the fore front of any battle line.
She was a senior captain under general Minamoto no Yoshinaka, and either his attendant or consort as well, depending on the source. Her surname is not known, as Gozen is simply a title, somewhat like “Lady.”

The earliest written source regarding Tomoe Gozen is from the 14th century Japanese classic, The Tale of the Heike, which in turn is derived from oral tradition. This source describes her as almost supernaturally strong, very beautiful, and surpassing her male colleagues in skill and bravery.

The Heike Monogatari goes on to say that Tomoe was one of the last five of Yoshinaka’s warriors standing at the tail end of the Battle of Awazu, and that Yoshinaka, knowing that death was near, urged her to flee. Though reluctant, she rushed a Minamoto warrior named Onda no Hachirô Moroshige, cut his head off, and then fled for the eastern provinces.

Some have written that Tomoe in fact died in battle with her husband, while others assert that she survived and became a nun.

She is among the most popular and widely known female figures in Japanese history/legend, and appears as the lead in at least one kabuki play, Onna Shibaraku

It was this bit of history that I used as the inspiration for the female warrior in “Shogun Demo” (also seen in the 5k milestone vid). Courageous and strong but with a soft heart. 

My puppy playing with my feet. And kamikaze doesn’t like him much…

Got a new husky puppy for our new house! Name suggestions for him?

It snowed today, wtf Ohio… I was put last night in a relatively warm April rain bit it turned to this overnight. Typical sudden temperature change of the Midwest. April 15 2014

It snowed today, wtf Ohio… I was put last night in a relatively warm April rain bit it turned to this overnight. Typical sudden temperature change of the Midwest. April 15 2014

Download here http://tf2.gamebanana.com/maps/180091

lol, I can’t rocket jump, sue me XD

So, after people watched the demonstration of the map’s first rendition, they suggested a few things be fixed and so, when I got a break, I made some changes.

Blue/red sides are now easier to identify. The lighting has been improved, there have been alternative exits added to the spawn rooms, and a whole new lower dungeon room was added. There are spiral staircases on both sides and additional decor and fog was added to prevent snipers from targeting people coming out of spawn, as well as for aesthetics.

The lava/spike traps remain unchanged.

In this recording, I hadn’t built cubemaps yet. Also some of the static items like the stairs aren’t receiving light? I don’t know why but it shouldn’t affect game play apart from being an eye-sore.

Artwork by:
Luis Royo
Frank Frazetta
Boris Vallejo
Gerald Brom

Old demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YwhTUYL1Hk

Also I’m moving to my new house today.

My map “Unholy Haven”, a small TF2 map ideal for trading and having fun. Be careful of the spike traps/lava, it’s instant death to fall in it. It also has artwork from various artists. 

I whipped this up in like 5 hours :D

download link http://tf2.gamebanana.com/maps/180091

I saw some posts featuring more practical female warrior costumes, so I am sharing my Ottoman style archer costume from Ohio Renfest 2012. Although it may not be historically accurate :)

I saw some posts featuring more practical female warrior costumes, so I am sharing my Ottoman style archer costume from Ohio Renfest 2012. Although it may not be historically accurate :)