This is part of the weekly Blogging Challenge over at Long and Short Reviews. If you'd like to participate, you can find the prompts here. They also put up a post every Wednesday where you go and link your response -- and see everyone else's. Check out their homepage to find it.
This week's challenge is "things I collect".
Which is, for me, an interesting topic — I mean, anything I collect, I'm going to be interested in, right? So let's see...
- Melee weapons, mostly swords, but also staves and polearms. The two I'm most proud of are a custom sword that's sort of a cross between a viking sword and a jian ("Tai Chi sword") and a nagamaki, which is... picture a samurai sword, but with the handle every bit as long as the blade. It's an odd, in-between weapon, not a sword but not quite a full polearm either. I stopped collecting weapons about the time our kids came along, so it's been a few years now, but I'm still well-prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Ceramic mugs. This was kind of what replaced the weapon purchases, honestly. There's a particular potter who does very distinctive work, and I've been buying things from him at the local renfest, once a year, for an embarrassingly long time. Those aren't the whole of the collection, but they're a good third of it.
- DnD miniatures, both the unpainted metal ones — that collection goes back to my childhood — and the pre-painted plastic ones they have available now. They're basically little fantasy statues, usually about an inch high, and they're just fun to look at. Not to mention the sheer joy of pulling out exactly the right model in the middle of a game and watching the players gape when they realize just how much trouble they're in.
So, what do you collect?