For Azeroth! What You Need To Know About The Warcraft Movie

Ever since Blizzard Entertainment’s RTS game “Warcraft: Orcs & Humans” debuted on November 23rd, 1994, followed by two expansions and the wildly successful MMORPG “World of Warcraft,” millions of gamers worldwide have been swept up by the epic clash of civilizations between the Alliance and Horde as they fight for domination of the planet Azeroth. Now Blizzard has teamed up with Legendary Pictures to bring the heroes and villains of Azeroth to life in the movie “Warcraft,” due in 2016.

 

WoW game designer Chris Metzen has said that Blizzard wanted to do a Warcraft movie for a long time, but the right script and the right director never came along until recently. It was important to have a script that not only captured the sweeping conflict between Alliance and Horde, but was accessible to the casual moviegoer and made them care about characters WoW players already know and love — or love to hate. Finding the right director was crucial. It was not enough to hire a director who knew how to blow things up and film massive battles. It wasn’t even enough to get a director who loved fantasy; they wanted a director who knew and loved the source material, who understood the conflict not only between the Alliance and Horde but between the individuals within those factions. The director had to be a fan, and after their first meeting with Duncan Jones, currently best known for his brilliant 2009 film “Moon,” Blizzard knew Azeroth would be in good hands.

 

Jones — the son of musician David Bowie, who has dipped his toe into the waters of fantasy a time or three himself — is a long time WoW gamer with a true affection for the story and characters. His overall vision was to embrace the fantasy while grounding it in gritty realism. Everything, from the soaring magical spires of Dalaran to the rivulets of blood and sweat trickling down a warrior’s dirtied face, had to feel real. Most of all, the actors had to bring multi-dimensional characters to life. Jones understood what other directors might not: a vast part of WoW’s appeal is that it turns old fantasy tropes on their head. The orcs of the Horde are not Tolkien’s inherently malevolent monsters. They are shamanistic clans struggling to survive on a dying world. Some are noble and honorable, others are savage and cruel, but in the end they all seek the survival of their people, and the conflict within the Horde is whether that survival comes by conquering the natives of Azeroth, or learning to live with them.

 

“Warcraft” the movie is an origin story, hearkening back to the first meeting of orcs and humans and laying the foundation for sequels. Jones has an exceptional cast at his disposal, featuring Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar and Toby Kebbel as Durotan. In 2015 the movie trailer, featured here at https://www.youtube.com/watch v RhFMIRuHAL4, debuted at BlizzCon to roaring fan approval. Only time will tell if the “Warcraft” movie can enthrall non-gamers and casual moviegoers, but for fans of WoW, June 10, 2016 cannot come fast enough.

See you in Azeroth!

How to Repair Chipped Wood Furniture

One broken corner or a missing piece of wood can ruin the beautiful look of wood furniture. A simple technique can restore furniture to its original condition. With some basic supplies, such as polyester resin and sandpaper, damaged wood furniture can look like new again in about an hour.

 

Step One: Replacing the Missing Wood

Replacing the missing wood is begun with the use of polyester resin, or wood filler, which can be easily molded to the shape of the missing wood. This material is similar to wood putty and hardens when dry.

Before the wood filler is applied, the furniture should be placed in a convenient position with drop cloths used to catch any spills. If the repair is to be done on an outside corner, a piece of thin board or wood cut to the shape of the corner or missing wood chip can be used as an outline. A line drawn on the wood is helpful in marking the exact place where the resin is to be filled in. Applying a light layer of WD-40 helps to keep the putty from sticking to it. The wood can then be clamped to the furniture.

The polyester resin wood filler comes with a hardener which should be mixed in before use. The hardener transforms the putty into a rock-hardening material. The more hardener that is used, the quicker the putty will set up.

Woodworking Tip: Finishing – How to Repair Wood Cracks

 

At this point, the polyester resin can be applied with a putty knife onto the damaged area where the wood was chipped off the furniture. It is important to get the material in place before it hardens. It doesn’t have to look neat at this point, as it will be shaped when it hardens. The material should be about the same thickness as the chipped piece of wood.

The next step involves shaping the resin before it becomes too hard to cut. While the resin is still tacky and pliable, the excess should be removed with a utility knife. The knife should be cut in a straight angle along the piece of wood that supported the resin, following the markings that were made to designate the shape of the corner or chipped area. A cut slightly larger than the damaged area is best, as it can be shaved down to size later. The clamps and piece of wood can be removed once the putty is firm enough.

 

Step Two: Shaping and Smoothing

The resin can be filed down, using a sharp microplane or files and rasps in back and forth motions until it is shaped, paying close attention to edges. Next, the surface should be smoothed with sandpaper. For curves, sanding paper wrapped around various size dowels can be used for the best outcome.

 

Restoring the Color and Finish

Since resin material does not accept stain, artist acrylic paint can be used. Various shades of acrylic paint similar to the furniture’s color can be mixed together with water in order to achieve a similar shade and applied with light, even strokes. If the color doesn’t match, more coats can be applied, using various shades. The last step is to apply several light coats of lacquer gloss spray for a beautiful finish.

For more tips like this, you should seek advice from Ethnicraft’s wood furniture experts.

 

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Decorating Ideas for Old Wooden Chairs

Old wooden chairs get to the point where they earn respect because of the length of time they have held up and been in use. Vintage chairs develop a character as they experience normal wear and tear. It makes sense to keep a wooden chair that has been passed down through the family, or is a good sturdy seat, but if a chair gets to the point that it appears tired or downright ugly, it may need a facelift. To repurpose a chair or give it a new look is a great way to make the old and worn, beautiful and decorative again.

 

 

 

 

Find a New Purpose for an Old Wooden Chair

Wonderful and affordable wooden chairs with potential are found in secondhand shops and yard sales, and there are all sorts of ways to give them new functionality. A chair that’s finish is worn, or perhaps the structure is weak, or the seat is split can serve well as a potted plant table or an end table that holds treasured books, stuffed animals, or a vase of cut flowers. Many charming things look perfectly at home sitting on an old wooden chair, and this décor helps create a shabby chic style in a room.

The great outdoors is another perfect place for old worn chairs. Use them on a front porch or in the garden for character and a pretty spot to sit a spell, or use several around a patio table because even mismatched chairs can be well suited to each other. The more weathering an old wooden chair receives, the more character it develops, but chairs can also be water sealed to keep them from further deterioration.

 

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SEE ALSO: How to Protect Wooden Chair Legs From Scratching The Floor

 

Find a New Guise for an Old Wooden Chair

Painting wooden chairs is one way to give them a big decorative makeover. Hand painting with a brush or sponge applicator provides a more thorough coverage and may take fewer coats than a spray-painted chair, but both methods are easy to achieve and should be applied in thin coats.

To prepare an already painted wooden chair to receive a new finish:
✿ Use medium to fine grades of sandpaper to smooth the rough spots.
✿ If paint is peeling, it may require scrubbing with a wire brush and then fine sand paper to best prepare the surface.
✿ If the paint is thick, getting down to bare wood may require paint removing products made specifically for use on wood.
✿ Next, wipe the chair down with a tack cloth to remove any residue.
✿ Once the wood is bare, or at least smooth, a primer coat is next before painting the chair.

There are many more ideas here with regard to decorative painting techniques that can contribute to the repurposing of an old wooden chair. Some great methods exist that create a look that is quite easy to achieve like splatter painting or using multiple bright colors to enhance a chair that will be used in a family room or out on the front porch.