Saturday, 18 October 2014

How to: Get rid of killer bees!

I am going to share with you how to effectively get rid of killer bee hives in Don't Starve. I'm doing this because initially when I encounter this problem and went on the internet to search for solutions, there wasn't much information and suggestions included more expensive options like having a pan flute (which only has 10 uses before you need to make a new one) to put them to sleep while you destroy the hive. That's not going to work in the long run too, because well, they will wake up and hence it's not a permanent solution.

When I come across the lureplant page on the wiki, I realised I have found my solution. Previously, I've seen people suggesting having lureplant farms for harvesting leafy meat and what not, but did not suggest that they could be used for clearing killer bee hives.

I thought about it, and tried it out - using lureplants to clear these annoying hives. It works and it's pretty easy to pull off. So as long as you know how to kite, even a new player can do this quite easily.

See, these things are pretty troublesome as these killer bee hives normally spawn really close together, and more often than not, they block off certain paths and you cannot explore further due to their presence. The moment you walk close, 6 killer bees will emerge from each hive and chase after you.

killer bee hives, spawned really close together.

What you need, is easy enough to obtain - Lureplants.

First of all, lureplants only grow on places where you have previously explored, so when you see lureplants, kill it, and the eyeplants if they have also spawned, to obtain a fleshy bulb.

a fleshy bulb
a planted fleshy bulb

eyeplant spawned around lureplant

Bring your fleshy bulb to where the killer bee hives are, and plant them as close to the killer bee hives as you can.

as seen on the minimap after planting a lureplant in the middle of 3 killer bee hives

Wait for 2 days for the lureplant to grow and spawn eyeplants around it. Proceed to walk by the killer bee hives, and kite them to where the eyeplants are. Remember to wear protective gear since there may still be a chance for you to get stung (though quite unlikely).

3 hives of killer bees on my tail

eyeplants eating up my problems, one by one.

Do take note that while you're kiting, do not stand right next to an eyeplant as they will attack you too.

Can't really tell you in exact detail how to run, where to stand, how to kite, etc. You'll have to experiment it yourself based on what I have shown you here.

Once the entire killer bee hive has been cleared, go back to the hive and destroy it to collect 3 honey and 1 honeycomb, similar to a normal bee hive. 

pick up the loot - honey which can be eaten, and honey comb which can be used for bee box construction

Do not wait too long to do this as every 30 seconds, a new killer bee will respawn from the hive, even while you're hitting it. This is why it is advisable to plant the lureplant close to the hive so you don't have to kite too far and waste too much time (also, bees will lose interest and stop chasing if you're out of a certain range).

A lureplant will dangle leafy meat as a 'bait' to attract nearby mobs. Killing a lureplant will allow you to harvest the leafy meat.

Sometimes a lureplant can also dangle meat that it has obtained from a previous kill. This one killed a turkey previously and hence, it's dangling a drumstick.

The cool thing about lureplants is that, once you're done with clearing the killer bee hives, you can kill the lureplant and obtain whatever loot was supposed to drop from what it has eaten previously, plus leafy meat and a fleshy bulb for your next use.

Each eyeplant takes only 1 hit from any weapon to retreat back to the ground, making it easy to clear a path to the center where you can destroy the lureplant.

And that's it! Simple as that. Hope this will help you not to starve. Hahahaha!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

How to: Ahoge

This is my first cosplay-related tutorial so please pardon my noobness. Hehe.

I'm going to show you how I make my ahoges for some of my wigs. There are actually plenty of different methods out there. This is a method that I tried and discovered myself so I'm not sure if it will be the best. Nonetheless, it has worked for me pretty well so, I'm gonna share how it's done.

Before I start, for those who don't know what ahoge is, it is essentially, 'foolish/stupid hair'; referred to as ‘呆毛’ in Chinese. It is an exaggerated, often single (certain characters have 2) lock of hair sticking out from the head of silly/carefree characters. In many animes/mangas, main characters normally have them.

One of the most common example: Konata Izumi from Lucky Star.

Most people grab a lock of hair from the top of the wig and tie it using a rubber band, which I don't really prefer since the rubber band can be clearly seen in a close-up photo. Also, this does not work very well with thinner wigs, since when you grab a lock of hair from the middle of the wig, you easily reveal the wig net underneath.

Normally when you buy your wigs, they come unstyled and you have to cut your own fringe and trim the ends to make it more accurate. I normally keep those cutouts and use them to make ahoges.

So, on to the tutorial.

#1: Grab a bunch of scrap wig hair, arrange and hold the ends together, and apply a blob of UHU glue. 

#2: Allow it to dry slightly, and using your fingers, sort of mould the glue so that it holds the entire bunch of hair in place, as such:

Then let it dry completely, until it hardens.

#3: Trim the other end to your desired length. Spray with hair spray to keep it standing and in place.

#4: Position it on your wig and sew it on using a thread with colour the same as or closest to your wig.

And it's done!

This method of mine has not given me any problem so far, though I may be lacking in experience so the problem has yet to arise. (Haha, I sure hope not...) I've washed wigs with ahoge done with this method and there doesn't seem to be any problem. Then again, I always handwash my wigs gently with hair shampoo so I'm not really sure how well they hold with other harsher washing methods.

I hope that this post is at least somewhat helpful to whoever out there looking for an easy way to make ahoge for their wigs. Feedback all welcomed, and thanks for reading! :D