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#487036 Official Wulfgard Q&A Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on Today, 01:57 PM

Question time!

 

1. Do Mind-flayers exist in Wulfgard, or would that just be an Octopus Beast-Man?

2. How exactly do Demon-Summoning Circles work?

3. Is it possible to create Portals between different dimensions? Say, for instance, would it be possible to create a gateway between the main world of Wulfgard into the Underworld? Or would that be an impossible feat of magic?

 

1) Nope, they don't exist. In fact, we have not delved into psionics (psychic powers/magic) at all in Wulfgard, and may never do so. Spirit magic is usually used for mind tricks instead, like delving into a person's thoughts and dreams.

 

But yes, the Octopians are probably the closest to a humanoid Cthulhu looking race... that we know about. :ninja:

 

2) A mage carefully draws a circle (using runes, salt, candles, or some other precise combination of artifacts and enchantments) according to the prescribed method. The purpose of this circle is to contain whatever otherworldly power the mage is about to summon. So long as there are no flaws in the circle, the outsider (demon, elemental, etc.) cannot cross it to attack the summoner or escape.

 

Note that a summoning circle is usually NOT itself a portal - it's more like a cage, to trap whatever the mage summons.

 

3) It's possible but extremely difficult, and portals between realms are frequently unstable and deteriorate quickly.

 

Creating a portal usually involves the mage traveling to both the entry and exit points and carving the necessary enchanted runes, etc. For example, Imperial magi once created a portal inside a triumphal arch in the Imperial city and then linked it to an arch on the Northern border, to transport armies. Results were mixed (one army simply disappeared to gods know where), so the portal was disabled, especially after the death of the Mage-Emperor and outlawing of magic. The point is, they had to travel to both ends of the portal before activating it.

 

Opening a portal without knowing its exact exit point is risky, especially when that exit point is in another realm of existence. It probably would not stay open for long, and there's no telling what could come out of there before it closed.




#487033 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on Yesterday, 05:15 PM

Fleshtone debates aside, they're still quite shnazzy, as always.

 

Besides, as long as we have the option to keep buying in original yellow, I'll raise no objections.

 

Padme carrying the wrong blaster, though, I will object to.  But only slightly.  >.>  I don't know if anyone even makes the E-5 blaster for minifigs, anyway.

 

Dalton may also have been referring to the fact that I was, uh, never the biggest fan of the SW prequels. :lol:

 

Yeah, I didn't have a battle droid blaster for Padme. I also wanted to use a gun that I sell in my shop. :P  :10coinz:  :10coinz:  :10coinz:




#487026 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 18 April 2018 - 05:06 PM

Awesome Minifigs!

 

Though I'm sure the younger Scorp is like:

 

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It's true... I know it to be true.

 

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#487024 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 18 April 2018 - 12:39 PM

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LEGO Attack of the Clones: Padmé, Anakin, and Obi-Wan by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr

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Dark Anakin Skywalker by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr




#487007 Scorp's Art & Writing

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 13 April 2018 - 03:40 PM

...Can you teach me? 

 

Hah, I wouldn't be a very good teacher. I'm still trying to learn. There are some pretty good tutorials on YouTube... not great, but good. I wish they explained things more clearly. Half the time, they just draw and say vague stuff. :P

 

Anyway, the Gwent art contest voting has started, so go VOTE FOR ME!

 

Aaaargh, seeing my art next to the other entries really drives home how oversaturated it is I KNEW i should have desaturated it aaaarrrrghhhh  :brickwall:




#486986 Scorp's Art & Writing

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 08 April 2018 - 06:48 PM

Wow! I can tell your shading is getting a lot better Scorp! Did you draw all the shadows from the leaves by hand? Or create some sort of "shadow texture" layer and overlay it? Either way the effects really works.

 

Thanks! Yeah, I drew all the leaves & shadows by hand. The only texture brush was the dirt on the ground.




#486983 Scorp's Art & Writing

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 08 April 2018 - 06:42 AM

Here she is!

 

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This is fan art of a character from The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. I drew it for CD Projekt’s Gwent Art Contest. I love Gwent, the Witcher card game, almost as much as the actual Witcher trilogy. Well, okay, maybe not that much, but I do play it all the time. I doubt I stand a chance in the contest, since my sub-par digital painting skills pale in comparison to the amazing art of Gwent, but I figured it would be fun to try anyway.
 
Scoia’tael is my favorite faction in Gwent, so I thought I’d draw an elf character. You meet Vernossiel in The Witcher 3 during the quest “Contract: Woodland Beast”, in which the Redanian army hires you to kill whatever monster has been attacking their supply caravans. Turns out it wasn’t a monster at all, but a group of rebel elves led by Vernossiel. You can either fight them, leave them alone but tell the Redanians about them (in which case Vernossiel later attacks you for your betrayal), or wash your hands of the whole business and tell the Redanians you found nothing. I always take the last option, since a good Witcher should remain neutral in the wars of men and elves. Also because Vernossiel is pretty. Wish I could have done her more justice with my art, but the deadline sneaked up on me, and I ran out of time to tweak the picture. Oh well.
 
I admit there’s one thing I resent about this character though: Her brief inclusion in The Witcher 3 was a replacement for one of the coolest Witcher 2 characters, the murderous elf commando leader Iorveth. He was supposed to play a major role in Witcher 3, at least as big as the role his enemy Roche played, but CD Projekt was pressed for time and wrote him out of the game. So, the quest that would have introduced Iorveth becomes a minor contract involving Vernossiel instead. A tragedy, if you ask me.
 
Anyway, I’ll let you guys know when the fan voting stage of the Gwent contest is open, so hopefully you can toss me a few votes! :P



#486964 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 05 April 2018 - 05:33 PM

That's pretty awesome. Spyro the Dragon is easily my favorite platformer game. I played tons of 'em as a kid, but none came close to Spyro for me. I don't even know how many times I've played the first game all the way to 100%. I know it like the back of my hand - its every enemy, every secret is as familiar to me as... well, something very familiar. :P

 

The second game also has a special place in my heart. It didn't have quite the same level of pure appeal, but it came awfully close. I still remember wandering around the seasonal-themed zone hubs after reaching 100% complete, standing and listening to the music, and thinking "gosh, I wish there was more to do here; I could keep exploring this game forever".

 

The third game sucked though. I felt nothing for it at all. I think it was the idiotic Space Monkey character that killed it for me. I liked the secondary characters in Spyro 2 (Alora, Hunter, and the Professor), but I only ever want to play a Spyro game as Spyro. At least for an extended period. And I certainly don't want to play as a monkey from outer space. Like, the first game had Gnorcs with machine guns and grenades in the final maps, but those were kind of awesome. A space monkey? That's just "lol cheese underpants!" humor that never felt like it belonged in the fantasy world of Spyro.

 

As for the remake, I have my complaints about some of the new designs (I don't remember the adult dragons looking that silly), and I still think the old games with their original graphics are way more appealing, but I'm an old man, so maybe that's just me. :P I'll probably stick to my dusty PS1 CD's, but I'm glad kids will get to experience the greatness of the original Spyro again, and not just the crappy reboots and spinoffs (like the ugly Warp Stalker version of Spyro in Skylanders... ugh).




#486942 Fantasy Funnies

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 31 March 2018 - 03:49 PM

 

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Ever romanced Aerie in Baldur's Gate II? This happens in Throne of Bhaal. :P




#486941 The Random Video Game Stuff Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 31 March 2018 - 01:01 PM




#486911 Scorp's Art & Writing

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 29 March 2018 - 06:02 AM

So I've been working on an entry for the Gwent Art Contest... I had selected a character not yet represented in Gwent and started drawing her. I was trying to feel confident about my not-exactly-amazing skills at digital painting, and it was going mostly okay. Then I did an image search for another reference pic of the character, and I saw a new result: another person's entry for the contest, of the same character, painted way better than I could ever hope to do. Feels bad man. :P I guess I'll still finish mine, but there goes that confidence, lol.

 

Anyway! Guess what? A new, revised version of my first novel, G4M3: Shattered Reality, is now available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle ebook! Please have a look! I've always liked the story of G4M3, so I didn't make any significant changes to that, but a lot of my old writing made me cringe to read today, so I edited the dialogue and other writing quite a bit. I've wanted to put G4M3 on Amazon for a long time now, but I just didn't feel comfortable putting the old version up there. I think this one's better.




#486904 Set Review: ENLIGHTEN War of Glory "Dwarf Secret Weapon"!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 28 March 2018 - 02:55 PM

I still suspect the lack of an original castle theme is due to the underwhelming nature of the last line. I personally liked the figs even if the sets were kind of 'meh.'

 

Yeah, the last LEGO Castle line felt really uninspired. It was like "K, guess we're doing a Castle theme again, so let's make some blue lion knights and red dragon knights and generic castles and call it a day".

 

I jumped at the chance to get the Medieval Market Village set for my medieval fantasy wants needs

 

One of the best sets ever. I think I bought 2 of them. One is still unopened.

 

Yeah, there are so many Castle-era buildings and things they could make besides just "Castle/Tower with Siege Engine™". They started venturing into "Castle City" territory once, with the village, the blacksmith, and that Kingdoms farm set. Great stuff, but there's still more they could do. Docks and ships! A fortified bridge! A medieval university! Really just do an image search for "Lego Age of Empires" and soak it all in. :lol:

 

Also a cathedral or monastery, but they probably wouldn't want to do something religious, sadly. :\




#486899 Brickfair Virginia 2018: A Day at the Arena

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 28 March 2018 - 08:01 AM

At the current moment for Scorp, I was thinking of using a variant of King Scorp (from SYWBAA) and an entourage of Scorpion Guard. For Mav, well, I have my Wolf Queen Mav fig and an entourage of werewolf guards that will be supplied. If these sound good, just let me know, if not, just tell me what you want!

 

Works for me! Feel free to spice him up a bit with some accessories, if you like. Whatever you think looks cool. :P And if you don't want him to wear the crown, honestly the new Han Solo hair is pretty spot-on for my usual hair. :lol: I'm thinking of painting one dark brown for a new sigfig...




#486897 Set Review: ENLIGHTEN War of Glory "Dwarf Secret Weapon"!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 28 March 2018 - 07:14 AM

Yeah, exactly - I just want another Fantasy Era Castle line. There was so much more they could have done with that! LotR & the Hobbit sort of replaced it for a while, but then they ended the LotR line early (I honestly feel like they had another wave planned, with Gondor stuff) and now we have nothing...

 

I'd be happy with any ancient and/or medieval line, fantasy or not. What I'd really like is an Ancient Greek and/or Roman line, but I guess that'll never happen.

 

Heck, make a little faction of monster hunters within the line up. Have many factions... I want a coven of witches, a kingdom of elves, a horde of orcs and goblins, a mountain fortress of dwarves... Although, speaking of, I get all my moving dwarf leg needs met by Brick Fortress. Super reasonable prices for awesome little legs that actually come really, really close to LEGO quality, IMO.

 

Ah, there they are. I remember you mentioned those and I looked for them when making my post but couldn't find them. I should probably get some sometime. Honestly, I didn't even know the Enlighten set had moving dwarf legs until I opened it.




#486892 Set Review: ENLIGHTEN War of Glory "Dwarf Secret Weapon"!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 27 March 2018 - 06:20 PM

Hey, when was the last time I did one of these? It's a LEGO ENLIGHTEN set review!

 

LEGO has been saving me a lot of money lately, you see... by NOT MAKING ANY CASTLE SETS! I'm sorry, but I don't count Nexo Knights - they're sci-fi, with accessories better suited to Warhammer 40,000 than Castle. The closest thing LEGO has to a fantasy Castle line these days is actually Elves, which is why I've bought a LOT of Elves sets. But they use the mini-dolls instead of minifigs, so...

 

So that's why I'm reviewing a Chinese LEGO knockoff brand called Enlighten! I wanted to test them out, because they have some neat minifig accessories, so I ordered the Enlighten Castle War of Glory Dwarven Chariot 3 Figures 243pcs Educational Bricks Toy Boy Gift - Without Original Box (which the actual instruction booklet calls "The War of Glory: Dwarf Secret Weapon")

 

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Instructions and bags. Even the bags are LEGO ripoffs!

These "The War of Glory" sets are very clearly inspired by World of Warcraft, by the way. Some other sets include airships and gryphon-riders.

 

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A closeup of some of the parts spilled out. All of the minifig hands are loose to start, and each 'fig comes with an extra hand, probably because the things are kinda flimsy. Note the odd-shaped Technic-style pins and the JOINTED DWARF LEGS (another pic of them later)!

 

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The minifigures aren't quite up to LEGO standards, as expected. Note the huge gap between the legs and hips, and the nicked wrists on the arms (they're almost all like that, strangely). The arms and legs come apart pretty easily too. I would never consider one of these a substitute for a real LEGO fig (I only use real LEGO 'figs in my shop). But the shoulders look pretty nice!

 

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Another look at the 'figs. Interesting that the elf is flesh-tone but the human and dwarf are yellow. The elf clearly has some inspiration from the LEGO Elves line (one of the other sets has a pretty direct copy of a LEGO Elves boat), with a LotR style tiara. Also interesting that the set features a copy of a LEGO spear except smaller and with sharper edges on the spear-head. The horn/wings on the dwarf helmet do NOT detach, by the way. Pretty cool helmet otherwise.

 

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MOVING DWARF LEGS! The beard looks a lot like Gimli's from the LotR sets. And yes, he also comes with a gun, in case you weren't 100% sure this is World of Warcraft.

 

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It's Tyrande on her saber cat! The cat mount is one of the main things I wanted from the set. It looks pretty awesome.

 

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It's also surprisingly articulate, with a hinged tail and opening/closing mouth! Which is more movement than LEGO animals usually offer.

 

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Unfortunately, because of how he's made, his head tends to split down the middle when the jaw is moved, and you have to push the two halves back together again. Not top quality.

 

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Let's get building! The instructions are quite good, although I noticed one error where a piece in the build didn't render, so it looked like one part was missing from a step. The parts fit together pretty well, though some are a bit too lose or too tight.

 

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Details of some odd parts. Note the 2-plates-tall brick. Colors seem to be a very close match for LEGO colors. Studs are imprinted with the letters "ENLI" for Enlighten.

 

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World of Warcraft! I really want a set that includes that elf hood/hair piece. A perfect fit for several WoW characters, like Sylvanas, Alleria, and Valeera.

 

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The completed set. I didn't apply any of the stickers.

 

Overall, I'd say it's a pretty good quality for a Chinese knockoff! Was it worth the price? Ehhhhh, I'm not sure. It was only slightly cheaper than a comparable LEGO set, and since I really only wanted the figure accessories (hair, armor, etc.), it's not a great value for me. I would never use the actual minifigs; the quality is just not up to par. But will I get another set? Honestly, I probably will. I'm looking at this one, if I can scrounge up enough free dollars to blow on it, haha.