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Sneak Peeks

For a sneak peek at the Hound from the 2012 ICE & FIRE calendar, check out John Picacio's blog at http://picacio.blogspot.com/2011/06/2012-asoiaf-calendar-hound-preview.html

John has other sneaks up there as well, and will be giving more peeks in the future.

The calendar will debut at the San Diego Comicon in July, and can be preordered right now from Amazon or your favorite local bookstore.

Oh, and Valyrian Steel has sent me pictures of the prototype of King Robert's warhammer, just received. Here, have a look:

Please note, this is a prototype. Further adjustments will be made before the hammer goes into production. For future details, or to weigh in with your own thoughts and suggestions, go to the Valyrian Steel website at http://www.valyriansteel.com/


Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
That's gorgeous. Though not, one suspects, made for the 5'6" among us...
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
King Robert was a beast. A big man, and in his prime, hugely strong. The books stress the size and weight of the hammer, which was made especially for him.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Guess I need a Needle :P
Jun. 4th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I'd go for a thicker shaft, with a head that big /straightface.
Jun. 5th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
I agree, it looks a bit flimsy for actually hitting stuff with.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Very fancy and very different from its earthly cousins. I'm not sure how you fight with something like that.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Something that heavy would, at least, render armour a bit redundant. They'd be peeling people out of their armour like a can of sardines. Trying to get momentum with it would be a pain, but presuming his arms were as big as some of our stronger earthly specimens, I could definitely see some large men using that warhammer to open a tin can or two. ;)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
I may be seeing things, but the design on the head of the hammer looks like a kracken. Wouldn't that make it a hammer of the Greyjoy's? :)
Jun. 6th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
I agree!!!
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Awesome but...
Jun. 3rd, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I've never quite worked this out -- perhaps I've missed something -- but did Robert wield a hammer with a shield, or was his hammer two-handed? That one looks two-handed, and although that is the way I've always envisioned it, by all accounts he was strong as an ox and could have just wielded a gigantic one-hander. It's one of those totally trivial things I'm still sorting in my head.

These are important questions, you know. :)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
OoooOoh. Me wants...
Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Y'know I've never been a huge Piccacio fan but that's a damned fine piece of a picture of a the Hound. I might actually have to buy a calendar this year...
Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
It's too bad...
We won't ever get to see it in use on the HBO series. I would be quite in awe to see the mechanics of effectively wielding this beast in combat.

OOOH. potential spoiler....

Maybe Gendry will get his hands on it in a later book?
Jun. 4th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: It's too bad...
I'm not sure if HBO intends to use these weapons but it's not impossible that the show does flashbacks of the war against the Targaryens in which you'd see a Robert and a Ned at their prime.
Paolo Paronetto
Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
yes, BIGGER!
Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)

"Honey, I need you to hang this new painting I bought."

"Great. I have a new hammer I'd like to try out..."
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
A+, Ser!
Jun. 5th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
See, to me the non-spiky end looks like a FABULOUS meat tenderizer. :D
Jun. 5th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
Your meat is bloody tough... =)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Hammer head
For being a "beast" of a weapon, why is there a little girl wearing a dress on it?
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
What are the dimensions? Or, alternatively, wanna pose next to it? ^_~
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
I hate to be the lone buzz kill here, but I'd send the hammer back to the drawing board.
It looks like a glorified meat mallet to me. I suppose it would be intimidating if you're waging war against dairy cattle but that's about it. Of course if King Robert was inspired by Chef Paul Prudhomme then rock on, it's perfect.
Jun. 4th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I hate to be the lone buzz kill here, but I'd send the hammer back to the drawing board.
It's a meat mallet alright. A human meat mallet :)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not a collector (bad geek, yes I know...) but even I'm tempted to drop some cash on that beauty.

Well done, sirs!
Mark Wasdfasdsa
Jun. 4th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Hammer time.
Ok, just how many of my children do I have to sell to afford that beast?
Jun. 4th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
If the final looks anything like that I might have to convince my wife I need some more valyrian steel. Long Claw is lonely.
Domen Prestor
Jun. 4th, 2011 06:57 am (UTC)
For those, who are not sure, how to fight with it; Well, if everything else fails, this hammer is designed to give the user an option of sticking the enemy with the pointy end. :D
Jun. 4th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
What a monster of a weapon! Good for mashing up the meat in the can of armor.
Sren Aske Hjorth
Jun. 4th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I want it.
This is the weapon I've been looking most forward to from Valyrian Steel. It'll go over well alongside my flamberge zweihander and danish axe.

And I'm pretty confindent in my own ability to murder melons with it. :-p
Jun. 4th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
A wee jest from a big fan...
That's adorable.I think I'll get one formy niece! Cheers!
Jun. 5th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)

We have a somewhat romanticized notion of the 'big block-headed hammer' from Norse superhero comics and such. My experience suggests that there is a relatively small difference between, say, "military pick" and the "military hammer" -- both possess sleek slender curved heads, crafted more for centrifugal force (accelerating as swung), closer to a golf club than a tent-stake mallet.

That said, a big block-headed bludgeon seems better suited to Robert Barratheon's personality. =)
Jun. 6th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Meat tenderizer of doom!
Jun. 7th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
oooooh *weapons*. I'm also a hopeless Sandor fan, and so this little preview makes my heart happy. And from one of my favorite scenes from that book, too! Green lighting, bwahahaha.

I'm also really curious to see more weapons reproductions. I'd have definitely expected a stag insignia on the hammer somewhere.
Jun. 10th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
That's pretty darn big for a war hammer. Like three times as heavy as real world war hammers


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