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Fic Masterlist

Okay, so apparently the fic-writing retirement wasn"t as official as I thought, so this list keeps growing. *g*Collapse )

May. 25th, 2016


Free Chapter Download Available for Hooded Man

Andrew Orton has revised and updated Hooded Man: Volume 2 to include a chapter on The Knights of the Apocalypse. Better still, this chapter is available as a free download!

Sadly, I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but, if it's anything like the rest of Hooded Man: Volume 2 (or Volume 1, for that matter), it will be well worth it! Oh, and if you've been wanting a copy of Hooded Man: Volume 2, you should be able to pre-order the revised edition, which is due to be published in late June/early July.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/148774.html


May. 18th, 2016


Some Additional Stalky Screencaps

I created a ton of screencaps from the Stalky & Co. DVD, many of which didn't make it into my review. I thought some of you might appreciate it if I shared the most flattering of the Robert Addie screencaps here. If you don't then you're an ass, a putrid ass. *g* Cough it up, ducky.Collapse )

May. 16th, 2016


Obscure & British Commentfest 2016

I found out about the Obscure & British Commentfest 2016 through wolfshead and thought I should share. I've only had a chance to read the one RoS fic, but I spotted at least one Sapphire & Steel and a Persuaders story that I'd like to check out. I'm hoping to find some Blake's 7 as well. There's a lot of prompts, fills and comments to sift through, but I think there could definitely be some hidden gems. :-)

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/148451.html

May. 9th, 2016


Stalky & Co. DVD Review

On January 31st, 1982, the BBC began broadcasting a six-part series based on Rudyard Kipling’s Stalky & Co., a collection of short stories set at an English boarding school and featuring the escapades of three highly intelligent, if morally dubious, boys named Corkran (Stalky), M’Turk (Turkey) and Beetle. The stories covered in these six half-hour episodes are “An Unsavoury Interlude,” “In Ambush,” “Slaves of the Lamp,” “The Moral Reformers,” “A Little Prep” and “The Last Term”. Certain scenes are modified and dialogue is left out, but, overall, I think these are faithful, if somewhat sanitized, adaptations that successfully focus on the crux of each story. I’ll admit that there’s dialogue I miss and a couple of changes that seem unnecessary, but I can’t complain about a series that is able to transport me so easily to the Coll and this world I fell in love with the first time I read Stalky & Co.. Contains giddy spoilers for both the stories and episodes, ducky.Collapse )

Apr. 22nd, 2016


Fic: Muninn (1/2)

Title: Muninn (1/2)
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Sir Guy of Gisburne, Marion of Leaford
Category: General, drama, post-eppy
Rating: PG
Word Count: 907
Summary: Gisburne runs into some interesting obstacles when he tries to arrest Marion at Halstead Priory.
Spoilers: Definite spoilers for “The Time of the Wolf”. More spoilers to come with the concluding installment.
Notes: This story is a birthday present for raven714, which is fitting because I was originally inspired by this piece of fanart that raven714 created:

I’ll freely admit that this fic doesn’t do raven714’s artwork justice, especially as I’m still working on it. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but those thousand words (or, in this case, 907) are not this story! *g* I hope raven714 manages to enjoy it all the same. I’ll try not to keep her waiting too long for the conclusion.

This takes place a couple of weeks after “The Time of the Wolf”.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team.

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Apr. 16th, 2016


Stalky & Co. DVD Review

No, it's not mine as I haven't received my copy yet. Apparently, April 19th wasn't just a conservative delivery estimate, but the absolute truth. *g* Fortunately, for those two or three of you who are actually interested, anitamaid has come through again and found a DVD review that includes screencaps and even an image of the DVD menu for Disc 1. Oh, and I'm happy to say that Stuart McLean gave Stalky & Co. an 8/10. :-)

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/146974.html

Apr. 13th, 2016


Exciting Discovery!

It's finally happened. Kongsberg Maritime has found the Loch Ness Monster! Well, actually, it's the 30 foot model of the Loch Ness Monster that was created for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, this first model sank in Loch Ness and a new model (the one that's actually seen in the film) had to be used in its place. Not surprisingly, Billy Wilder moved the Loch Ness shoot to a large water tank in the film studio. Anywaaaaaay, you can find an article about the discovery of this Loch Ness Monster model here if you're interested. Many, many thanks to pyrateanny for sending me a link to this article and for sharing the happy news with me in the first place. :-)

This is a very strange YouTube video that uses an image of the second Loch Ness model, but it might give you some idea of what the first model looked like:

And here's a cooler vid of the sonar sweep search of Loch Ness that resulted in the discovery of the first Loch Ness Monster model:

Yes, I'm a massive geek. Even worse, I'm a Sherlock Holmes geek. However, even if you don't think this is an exciting discovery, you should at least find the technology behind the discovery exciting.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/146862.html

Apr. 3rd, 2016


Toronto in April...

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/146603.html


Mar. 28th, 2016


Sharing Some Stalky Love in Celebration of the DVD Release

Yes, today is the day. It's the official release date of the Stalky & Co. DVD! :-D To celebrate, I thought I'd share some Stalky-related links.

For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of reading the original stories, or is trying to track them down, I'm happy to say that almost all of them (with the exception of "The Satisfaction of a Gentleman") can be found here at www.telelib.com. At LibriVox, you can download a free audiobook of most of the stories.

Of course, this wouldn't be a rusty_armour rec list without fic. There's only a handful of Stalky stories that I've come across, but the best ones have been written by fawatson and Ione:

Out of Bounds

The Impressionists - Part Two

How The Beetle Got His Name

King and the Maiden

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/146177.html

Mar. 23rd, 2016


Stalky & Co. Trailer!

There's now a trailer for the Stalky & Co. DVD! anitamaid was kind enough to share this on Facebook, so now I'm sharing it with you:

Less than a week to go before the DVD is released! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/146027.html

Mar. 19th, 2016


Some Holmesian Goodies

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. While indulging in my slightly massive David Mitchell crush one day, I managed to track down The Unbelievable Truth on this fantastic podcast site called Fourble. Fourble has an extensive archive of British comedy game panel shows, comedy sketch shows, various dramatizations, and old radio shows, which brings me to Sherlock Holmes. Herne almighty, when *doesn"t* something bring you to Sherlock Holmes?Collapse )

Mar. 14th, 2016


Jolanda's Artshire

Just a short post to plug Jolanda's Artshire. Jolanda is a friend and a big RoS/Robert Addie fan (who also happens to run the Robert Addie Fanpage). Jolanda has started selling some beautiful pieces of jewellery that are very reasonably priced. Besides the DaWanda site, Jolanda has an Etsy website with American prices. She will be adding more products in future, including jewellery with the Nottingham Castle guard shields (from RoS) incorporated into the design! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

If you like unique pieces of jewellery (as gifts for yourself or others) then I would recommend visiting Jolanda's Artshire at either the DaWanda or Etsy locations.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/145427.html

Feb. 23rd, 2016


Fic: Boscage

Title: Boscage
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Robert of Huntingdon, Sir Guy of Gisburne
Category: General, mystical, adventure
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2369
Summary: Robin and Gisburne find themselves in an unknown dungeon with no idea of who has captured them or why.
Spoilers: Slight spoilers for “The Swords of Wayland,” “The Prophecy,” “The Power of Albion” and “The Time of the Wolf” and more significant spoilers for “The Lord of the Trees,” “The Enchantment” and “The Greatest Enemy”.
Notes: I decided this year to share a little extra birthday love and give a some fic to both avictoriangirl and karen9 as they’re both RoS/Robert of Huntingdon fans and their birthdays fall so closely together. Many happy returns to you both and may Herne protect you!

This takes place some time after “The Time of the Wolf”.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team.

This story can also be found here on AO3.

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Feb. 18th, 2016


Mini Kitchen Reno

My kitchen had a bit of a face lift today. Last week, my kitchen faucets (which had been crap for ages) finally gave out. Well, the cold water faucet did. I couldn't shut it off completely, so it wouldn't stop dripping. As I hate the idea of wasted water, I did my best to collect it in a watering can to use on my plants, to rinse plates, etc. And, naturally, I filled out a work order. Anywaaaaaay, long story slightly shorter, the plumber and super agreed that not only did the pipe and faucets need to be replaced, but the counters as well. As there was a crack in the old counter near the base of the faucets, I wasn't surprised by that assessment. The majority of the work was done today. Thankfully, I was in the office and not working from home. Click to see the new shiny!Collapse )

Feb. 6th, 2016


Fids! Glorious Fids! It *IS* Your Uncle Stalky!

There's now a cover image for the Stalky & Co. DVD, my beloved 'earers, and it is our Uncle Stalky! The cover is not only beautiful, but it proves that it is the 1982 Robert Addie version that is being released! Okay, I had strongly suspected that it had to be the Robert Addie version because, as far as I know, there hasn't been any other TV or film productions of Stalky & Co. Still, it's wonderful to have it officially confirmed.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/144716.html

Jan. 26th, 2016


Tentative Callooh Callay

I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like Stalky & Co. may actually be released on UK DVD...EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! A member of a Robert Addie Facebook group shared the news that Simply Media will be releasing Stalky & Co. in March 2016. I had a hard time confirming the news until I found a link for Amazon.co.uk where Stalky & Co. (the DVD) is available for pre-order! There's no cover image and very few details, but the studio name and date tally with the information I've already received. It seems too good to be true considering that it's been impossible to get any copies (thanks to the BBC) up till now. I'm being cautiously optimistic (and trying to resist the urge to pre-order a copy)...Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

I've posted this vid before, but I need to do something to celebrate:

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/144456.html

Jan. 6th, 2016


Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes!

Yes, it's that time of year again! It's Sherlock Holmes's 162nd birthday! I had been hoping to include the classic SNL Sherlock Holmes Surprise Party skit as I was finally able to track it down in I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere's birthday post. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to copy the embed code or even track it down on YouTube. If anyone's interested, they can find it embedded in Help Sherlock Holmes Celebrate His 162nd Birthday.

Something I can share is Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjøstheim's HILARIOUS "Missing Shoulder" Sherlock parody. I only found out that they had posted a new parody the other day, even though the vid has been on YouTube for nine months. If you've seen Oklahomo and Mind Phallus, you'll have some idea what to expect. Otherwise, I can only say that they're kind of rude, extremely bizarre and incredibly funny (if you have a sick, twisted sense of humour like I do). Anywaaaaaaay, here's the vid:

Maybe Moffat and Gatiss should take some notes on how Victorian Sherlock should be done. *g*

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/144233.html

Jan. 2nd, 2016


The Abominable Bride: Was She Truly Abominable Or Just Misunderstood?

Contains massive spoilers. Don"t read this if you haven"t watched the special yet.Collapse )

Dec. 29th, 2015


Special Christmas Gift!

raven714 was kind enough to give me two pieces of RoS artwork for Christmas. One of those pieces is this beautiful cover art for Children of the Wheel:

I don't think anyone's ever created cover art for me before, so I'm thrilled to have this. I'm especially happy as it's for Children of the Wheel, one of the stories that is closest to my heart. :-)

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/143642.html

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Dec. 21st, 2015


Happy Holidays, Everyone! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/143510.html

Dec. 17th, 2015


Fic: The Feint (2/2)

Title: The Feint (2/2)
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Sir Guy of Gisburne, Robert of Huntingdon, Tuck, Little John
Category: General, adventure
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2943
Summary: Some plans are more foolproof than others.
Spoilers: Brief nods to “The Witch of Elsdon” and “The Greatest Enemy” and more significant spoilers for “Herne’s Son,” Parts 1 & 2 and “The Time of the Wolf”.
Notes: It only took a year, but I finally wrote a conclusion for this story, which was originally published in Addie Faction’s RA Magazine. Call it laziness if you will, but I wrote the first installment quickly and always planned for it to end on a cliffhanger. Not surprisingly, most readers weren’t happy about that, and at least a few people asked me to continue the story. I stubbornly refused, determined to stick with the cliffhanger ending. Of course, the main reason I refused was because I had no idea how to conclude the story. Then, one day, not that long ago, a possible solution to the cliffhanger dilemma came to me and I decided to run with it. I doubt it’s the best solution. I’m not even sure if it’s a good solution. However, it’s all I’ve got and it’s not like anyone else ever offered any suggestions. *g* Anywaaaaaaaay, I hope this long-awaited conclusion will suffice and not be too disappointing…

This takes place some time after “The Time of the Wolf”.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team.

Part 2 can also be found here on AO3.

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Dec. 16th, 2015


The Knights of the Apocalypse Has Finally Found Its Gisburne!

It wasn't easy, but Barnaby Eaton-Jones has finally managed to find an actor to play Gisburne in The Knights of the Apocalypse! Considering how many fans he was trying to please, I can understand why it was such a struggle. In the end, Barnaby asked Nickolas Grace who he would recommend to play Gisburne, and Nickolas Grace suggested Freddie Fox. I've seen Freddie Fox in a couple of things and I think he could be a really good fit. He's played nasty characters before, so I'm sure he could bring the right qualities to the role. Some Robert Addie fans think he'll sound too young compared to the other actors, who are all older than him. However, I've listened to enough Big Finish productions to know that actors can pitch their voices to sound older or younger than they need to be. Actually, unless I'm mistaken, Freddie Fox is the one actor in the production who is the right age as I believe the story takes place around the same time the series was set. Of course, no one could ever really replace Robert Addie in the role, but I'd rather have another actor play the part, and have Gisburne appear in this audio adventure, than have no Gisburne at all.

For anyone who isn't familiar with Freddie Fox, here's a quick YouTube clip:

I feel rather guilty about not mentioning this sooner, but I was really sad to learn about the passing of another RoS actor, Anthony Valentine, who played one of the most memorable guest villains of the show, the Baron de Belleme. I met Anthony Valentine at Silver Arrow 2000 and he was a very nice and incredibly charming man. funkyinfishnet wrote a wonderful tribute to Anthony Valentine, which is definitely worth reading.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/142987.html

Dec. 4th, 2015


The Truth About SPECTRE!

I just read an AWESOME fic that outlines everything that is wrong with SPECTRE (and then some) in the most HILARIOUS way possible. If you're a James Bond fan and you've already seen SPECTRE then I highly recommend Dramatic Arts.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/142761.html

Nov. 13th, 2015


Fic: The Peculiar Incident of the Rhinoceros on the Downs

Title: The Peculiar Incident of the Rhinoceros on the Downs
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - ACD
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mrs. Hudson (sort of)
Category: Comedy, parody
Rating: General
Word Count: 2942
Summary: On a visit to the Sussex Downs, Watson begins to question his friend’s sanity when, instead of eliminating the impossible, Sherlock Holmes seems to be embracing it.
Spoilers: Fairly big spoilers for “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and passing references to A Study in Scarlet and “The Adventure of the Dying Detective”.
Notes: Apologies in advance for this story. I was re-reading “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” when the parody muse decided to strike. It was Fitzroy McPherson’s dying words that did it and the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone after that. I don’t know if anyone will enjoy this silly little fic, but I couldn’t not write it and I certainly had fun in the process. I won’t apologize for that. *g*

I not only consulted the Canon for fact-checking purposes, but relied on William S. Baring-Gould’s Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World’s First Consulting Detective as well.

Disclaimer: With the exception of the rhinoceros and the two corpses on Holmes’s carpet, none of these characters are mine and I would never, ever, ever even consider claiming them as such. They belong entirely to a vastly superior writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This story can also be found here on AO3.

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