Wednesday, 28 January 2015

20 Diamine Ink Chromatograms

Here are 20 chromatograms of the Diamine inks I own (yes, too many). The process starts with a white coffee paper cut into an approximate rectangle, spotted with the ink of choice, and placed in a shot glass with water in the bottom:

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Here are the reds and oranges. Left to right is Amber, Sunset, Deep Dark Orange (Cult Pens), Ancient Copper, Deep Dark Red, Oxblood and Red Dragon. Interesting how close some of the inks are. Also note the pink part of the chromatogram (a pain to flush out of a pen) and by contrast how well the red moves with the solvent front.

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Here are some greys and blues. L-R it’s Graphite, Grey, Eclipse, Deep Dark Blue, Deep Dark Purple, and Imperial Blue (another pain to flush).

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Remaining colours are Hope Pink, China Blue, Meadow, Salamander, Evergreen, Deep Dark Green and Deep Dark Brown. Given how similar the dark greens are, it’s remarkable how different DDG is to Evergreen and Salamander.

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The whole lot in a scan:

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Top Row: DD Blue, Green, Brown, Purple, Red and Orange, plus Red Dragon, Oxblood, Ancient Copper and Sunset

Bottom Row: Grey, Graphite, Salamander, Evergreen, Meadow, China Blue, Eclipse (upside down), Imperial Blue, Hope Pink, Amber

Update — alternative scan:

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Beyond the Wall: Overthinking the Playbook Fiction

Sometimes there is an itch you must scratch.

In the process of working out my own playbooks for Death Comes To Wyverley I’ve done some deep analysis of the existing playbooks, reconsidered the role of the monomyth cycle, and generated a few flowsheets.

This is my original analysis of the playbook cycle:

Playbook Cycle

And this is my expanded playbook flow sheet:

Playbook Fiction Flow

I developed the flowsheet from some notes I wrote. These in turn were developed based on analysis of the existing playbooks. You can get them here:

Notes on Playbook Fiction
Playbook Analysis

For now I’ve password protected the pdfs. The password for both is the first word of the first paragraph on page 15 of the revised rulebook, lowercase (note — it’s the numbered page in the actual pdf, not what your pdf reader says is the page).