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#469835 Game of Thrones: Chaos Is A Ramp

Posted by Horatius on 15 May 2016 - 09:02 AM

Was I the only one who didn't find last episode's fight scene ridiculous? Two swords or one sword didn't make much difference to me (although I would have liked to see Dawn), and the fighting style was fairly believable. Spinning the swords wasn't just showmanship, it's a defensive move to redirect blows from angles that he can't see. Every time he actually strikes aggressively, it's with a directed blow instead. Don't take my word for it, watch a HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) instructor review the fight. Certainly not a historically-based fight, but well within the realm of believability. 




(^Link being weird, feel free to watch the whole thing).

#420971 Poll: Next Short Story?

Posted by Horatius on 08 February 2014 - 07:41 PM

My choice would be "Wake Not the Sleeping Bear" since we haven't met Joergen yet, and the story's the most original (IMO). Human nature and the nature of war are always good topics, but not as often explored in Fantasy as I'd like. My next choice is "Potential Energy" which it sounds like you're starting anyway. Can't go wrong with a tale of ambition, magic, and devious plans! Whichever you choose, I'll be sure to read it.

#419323 Those Hobbit movies

Posted by Horatius on 04 January 2014 - 07:18 PM

I agree with a lot of the criticism going on, but after seeing the movie for a second time (this time without sneaking around like a burglar so I actually saw the first 20 minutes) I enjoyed it much more. The opening scene with Thorin and Gandalf was very well done, and explains why they went on this quest so woefully unprepared to slay the dragon. All they need is the Arkenstone; then they can unite the dwarf kingdoms and deal with Smaug. I wish they kept that tone the whole way through. My favorite scenes were all the intense, grave ones (spiders, Dol Guldur, and of course Smaug and Bilbo). I think Beth nails it when she says Jackson needed to pick one tone or the other, and stick to it. Gritty would have been fine with me. The barrell scene could have been great, and almost was, with a few ridiculous moments thrown in. The fighting as a whole got ridiculous at parts, which leads me to wonder how the final battle will unfold. If two elves (albeit two of the best) can take apart thirty orcs with no problem, how will armies even work? Besides that point, there's very little fear in the fights that anyone who's an actual character will die. Legolas and Tauriel were never in danger (her shooting the arrow out of the air to save Legolas was one of my all-time least favorite moments) until he brawled with Bolg. That also could have been great, but 1: why did it turn into a fistfight? These are two highly trained princes with their specific weapons, what are the chances both will be disarmed? 2: I don't care how agile Legolas is, Bolg would tear him apart in hand-to-hand. All he needs is to land one blow and Legolas would be finished, while Legolas' punches wouldn't do a thing.


In short, it should have been two movies not three, and with a darker tone to make it LotResque.

#418647 Those Hobbit movies

Posted by Horatius on 19 December 2013 - 09:23 PM

I just saw the movie, and have mixed feelings. I certainly enjoyed (most) of it at the time, but on reflection a number of scenes rubbed me the wrong way.



#417962 Those Hobbit movies

Posted by Horatius on 11 December 2013 - 07:15 PM

I have finals early Friday! I'm so mad! You don't know how badly I wanted to reply "AND MY AXE!"


Alright, Friday night then. I'm very excited for this one; it looks much more Lord of the Rings-ish than the first (which I very much enjoyed but had some major gripes with). Cumberpatch is gonna rock Smaug and the Necromancer. Bard's gonna be awesome (and the elves)! I'm also very curious where this one's going to end.

#414439 What would your occupation be?

Posted by Horatius on 25 October 2013 - 12:49 AM

Space baker. I'd have a bakery on Ogma Station and serve the finest pastries in the galaxy.

#411773 NR News (New Short Story)

Posted by Horatius on 08 September 2013 - 05:11 PM

Can't say I'm too terribly sad to see Jonas go, but I'll miss his weaselly ways. What a fun character! And, oh yea, Mordark's pretty much finished. It'll take some clever diplomacy to stave off Xarkon.

#408039 Road's End

Posted by Horatius on 21 June 2013 - 02:31 PM

So hey, Horatius, did you have anything in particular in mind with that Elven blade? Just wondering. :P


 Oh, yea, probably should have mentioned that. So quick backstory, Karrel was a young warrior in his tribe when orcs invaded and took him along with most of the tribesmen (and women) prisoner. His home was burned to the ground and he struggled to survive as a slave under the orcs. He started questioning the reason behind his defiance when it only cost him more pain and freedom was impossible. He only defied them on principle, but self-doubt made him likely to break like the others. Before he did break, the orcs were attacked by some unknown foe (he heard elves, or men, or goblins, but isn't sure). With a scavenged elven blade he found, he escaped during the attack and has hunted orcs ever since.


He lives to find the owner of the beautiful blade and pay them homage out of his life-debt. I haven't figured out just who the elf-sword-wielding invaders are, but I thought it'd be a nice place to start a conversation. I'll PM you to discuss it further (for surprise factor).

#407995 Road's End

Posted by Horatius on 21 June 2013 - 04:20 AM

So I just tried to put myself in the shoes of a suspicious, bloodthirsty, vengeance-seeking warrior who's faced two days of nonstop battles only to be awoken by another group of armed travelers demanding they be followed. Things are getting interesting! Can't wait to meet Sandor anyhow.

#405969 Star Trek 2

Posted by Horatius on 09 June 2013 - 12:01 AM

I really liked it. From the perspective of a sci-fi fan who's never seen any Star Trek but the new JJ Abrams ones (a mistake I must fix immediately), I thought it was great. 




All in all, great movie even with a less than satisfying ending (only really noticeable on reflection).

#401026 April Fools: NRHCOHVDC Results

Posted by Horatius on 01 April 2013 - 07:20 AM

Number three should have won, for this line alone:

"so when it tried to fly it just staid in the same spot"

The first picture had me terrified and in awe, but the ratings and responses clued me in. Happy April Fool's Day to you too!

#400854 Harmony vehicle contest entry: Gastyrian Support Shuttle

Posted by Horatius on 30 March 2013 - 01:37 PM

I really like the creativity of the backstory and the detail in the cross-sections. I'm not quite sure if the corridor and prisoner/conference room are side-by-side or up-and-down, but nonetheless it's quite a cool vessel.

#400851 Contest Entry: Achmer "Riptide" Swimmer

Posted by Horatius on 30 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

I decided to get a bit creative with the Achmer. As tanks are the basic land vehicles but Walkers rule the battlefield due to superior agility, so too are submarines the basic undersea vehicles and Swimmers their agile counterparts. With unmatched maneuverability, the Achmer Heavy Swimmer "Riptide" is the scourge of the oceans.

Here's a link to the first picture, and scroll on over til you get to the end. Captions are below, and...nevermind, you guys know how flickr works better than I do.


So I really cut it close to the deadline with this one. I had a long period of stagnation when I couldn't figure out how large to make the body, and another when the daunting task of plating the sides and using technic uppy-downy joints to outline the shell. My illusion of studlessness has been thoroughly shattered, but I'm still proud of the (not so) little bugger. Enjoy!

#399133 CONTEST: Harmony Vehicle Design (LEGO or drawings accepted!)

Posted by Horatius on 27 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

I'm taking quite a bit of artistic license on my vehicle, but I wanted to check with you on one aspect. I tried to give the Achmer a unique set of vehicle controls to set them apart from other races both in technology and style. I ended up creating a trans-green set of holographic controls, full of bright lights and devoid of levers and button-pads. Is this in line with the Achmer, or does this kind of inter-active hologram tech not really exist in Nova Refuge?

In the Forums certain random words are underlined and link to ads. Your Wrex quote's word "business" linked to a North Haven Work-at-Home ad, giving me a distinct mental image of Wrex sipping a cup of coffee in a bath robe at home, typing away to meet his boss's deadline. Just thought I'd share. :P

#398975 Game of Thrones: Chaos Is A Ramp

Posted by Horatius on 24 February 2013 - 01:28 PM

I really can't wait for this season. Ciaran Hinds looks like he'll make a great Mance Rayder. If he has the same commanding presence he had in Rome, he's gonna knock it out of the park. When the Lightning Lord ignites his sword, I don't know why, but it's way more epic than I imagined. Something about his hand motion that really brings it to life. As for Daenerys, I like the Romanesque hair and outfit to go with the Romanesque legions. Costume design is, as always, at the top of its game.