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Lord_Klaus

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#488107 Art of a Wargear

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 07 December 2018 - 08:15 AM

Not sure, your lines and shading seem to have improved greatly!

 

His feet look rather tiny in proportion to his body, while his torso seems off, unless the surcoat is just hanging funnily.  So, maybe anatomy/proportions would be the thing to work on?  I'm hardly an expert, but those details are what stood out to me.  

 

The greathelm's angles and the way the knight's cloak hangs were my favorite parts.  He definitely looks ready to smash some infidels, if his brother on the pachy. is nice enough to leave any for him. XD  Well done! 




#488092 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 06 December 2018 - 08:32 AM

Oooh, so that's what those decals were for!  LOL, I wanted to ask, but wasn't sure how to describe the designs in question.  Maybe I'll just take a picture and add some circles in Paint or something next time.

 

The Hooded Man was a particularly excellent design, loved how the open jerkin and the scars turned out.  Well done!




#488067 Nightstalker's Guide to Army Building

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 17 November 2018 - 03:25 PM

Ah, looks like they're coming along nicely!

 

I appreciate how you start assembling the minifigs with their weapons and accessories before applying the decals.  I've been doing the same thing, since it makes sense for making sure you'll have the right parts in the desired numbers, and finalizing how I want them to look before sticking decals onto them.

 

Thanks for the update and valuable advice, you're doing excellent work here.




#488019 BrickForge Closing

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 02 November 2018 - 07:03 AM

Oh man, yes, the NECK ARMOR.  They have all these awesome pauldrons, but I have to cover up Scorp's decals or existing chest/back designs with their battle armor to use them?  I even asked them by contact form if the neck armor was coming back into stock, as I'd been looking for months, and they informed me that they had no plans to restock it.  As in, "ever," judging by the tone of the email.  Which, in hindsight, I should have taken as a hint that things weren't going well.




#488012 BrickForge Closing

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 31 October 2018 - 09:25 AM

A tragedy, to be sure, though now I realize there was precedent.  They seemed to be having trouble keeping products in stock, for reasons I can only guess at, and newer competitors like BrickWarriors seem to be quickly filling the gaps. 

 

We shall mourn their loss, and remember the impact they had on our creations.

 

Edit: Oddly enough, I'm subscribed to their email list, but didn't get this notification.  Ah well, I trust Nightstalker as a source.  I wonder if there'll be a big clearance sale soon...




#488000 Scorp's Art & Writing

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 25 October 2018 - 09:22 AM

You've seriously outdone yourself with these, especially Nightstalker's commission!  The fog effects in the background, the glow of his shortsword, the scrollwork on the armor, it's all so beautiful!

 

Not to mention the details on the Valkyrie and Magnhild, the tiny splashes of color are an excellent touch.  I didn't think Guntram's massive helmet would fit Magnhild, but she pulls off the look very well!  I suppose it'd be a different story if she grabbed his cloak or pants or something, but I always associated that monster of a man's head with the rest of him, lol.

 

 




#487998 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 25 October 2018 - 08:26 AM

I've only played the first hour or so of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it so far!  It's my first deck-building dungeon crawler, and as much as I enjoyed Gwent, I was initially skeptical as to how they could integrate that formula into a full-length campaign while still keeping things interesting.

 

As it turns out, the use of specialized decks and challenges, like in shorter themed events in Gwent or, say, Hearthstone, really lends itself well to minigame events, or "Puzzles," as Thronebreaker calls them.  Instead of relying on my pre-prepared deck, I had to come up with creative strategies to use different combinations of my cards to protect the Queen from an incoming rockslide, or quell an angry mob in a single AOE attack.  Of course, your deck is still an integral part of the game, as it's your army, the troops you upgrade and bring along with you into larger battles.  Managing those cards, along with the resources to upgrade them or buy new cards, looks like it will be a critical aspect of moving forward in the story.  Every choice you make may not have a huge impact on the story, but it will certainly impact your army and resources.  The first example is a log in the road, blocking your path.  You can spend gold to pay nearby woodcutters to clear it, gaining more wood in the process; or you can put your troops to work, saving gold but losing recruits, presumably as your troops grow fatigued from the extra work.

 

Gwent veterans/purists may object to the drastic reduction in the number of rows and the overhaul to the cards and leaders, but overall I'm having fun relearning a system I wasn't too entrenched in to begin with.  Speaking of which, Gwent is finally out of open beta, and the cosmetic changes in Thronebreaker are emulated, but not reflected in the new version.  You can even switch between the games from each others' menu, like going from single to multiplayer mode.  Oh, and achievements in Thronebreaker translate into rewards in Gwent, plus they give you goodies like avatars, titles, and premium card kegs as a bit of lagniappe, which I appreciated.

 

Graphically, the game, the menus, the cards, and even the maps are spectacular.  The art style isn't too cartoony for the Witcher universe, and the fully-voiced 2D characters have a surprising amount of movement and expression to them.  From a lore standpoint, Thronebreaker appears to be set around the time of book 3, Baptism of Fire, and since the first game is set 5 years after the last book, there shouldn't be any spoilers for neophytes to the Witcher saga, like me.  There'll probably be loads of easter eggs I'll miss, but I'll just have to accept it. 

 

Constructive criticism?  Moving Queen Meve across the map is a bit slow, but apparently I can upgrade that in my camp menu, so it's intentional.  There also seems to be some inconsistency between when I have to hold my mouse on a button or just click it, like the pass/end turn button, but that might just be me, not the game.  Both Thronebreaker and the new Gwent rely on a lot more mouse holding, presumably to help prevent accidental clicks on critical things like rewards, which is irritating but also appreciated.  I'll just have to get used to it, I suppose.  Haven't encountered any infuriating glitches or glaring errors as of yet, though I wish the teams animating the cards, game, and cutscenes would just PICK A SIDE for where Queen Meve hangs her scabbard.  I was streaming my first impressions (and my first, halting attempt at streaming) for a buddy, and that little nitpick drove us both nuts.

 

All in all, I have a very favorable first impression of Thronebreaker from the little bit of time I spent playing, and the rest of the time I spent derping looking around.  Queen Meve is a fascinating character, already surrounded by intriguing and amusing supporting NPCs, even without a fully-assembled party.  The game is fun and keeps me on my toes, and the story just keeps drawing me in.  I will certainly keep you informed if that changes, or if I find new reasons to sing the game's praises.




#487985 Scorp's Art & Writing

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 17 October 2018 - 12:27 PM

Splendid work!  The Inquisitor (is anyone surprised?) and the Hoplite are my favorites by far, but the gnome took me by surprise in how much I liked it.  You should see if Mav is willing to color that one like she did a few of your drawings.  He's so cute and tiny!




#487965 Favorite Video Game music themes

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 08 October 2018 - 08:16 AM

Got in a particularly nostalgic mood, and found these beauties from my childhood:
 

 




#487912 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 16 September 2018 - 08:37 PM

Ohoh, Whisper DOES like Daemonique! Or she just hates Hanan more.  Either way, I'll take it!

 

I'm curious as to what Hanan needs to placate the gods for, besides co-hosting this kind of operation in their very temple.  Ah well, I'm sure we'll find out eventually.

 

Anywho, another excellent page, especially the pained facial expressions!  Lots of good detail here.




#487908 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 15 September 2018 - 03:48 PM

Both were outstanding designs!  Frederik was a pleasant surprise, but I recognized him right away from the WG playing cards.   An excellent look for what I'm calling the Nordling battlemage.

 

The knight of Rimegard was also a recent favorite, the coat of arms goes really well with the custom Brickforge greathelm and your homemade cape.




#487881 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 27 August 2018 - 08:02 AM

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#487851 Elemental Contest #3: EARTH

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 15 August 2018 - 08:09 AM

I thought the poll judging was an intriguing idea, and definitely want to give it a try.

 

Should you go for that option, I'll do my best to share it on my various social media accounts.  Of course, I reserve the right (or privilege?) to ask for votes while doing so.  XD




#487847 Earth Contest Entry - Wulfgard: Rocks Fall, Raiders Die

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 14 August 2018 - 09:08 PM

Earth Contest Entry 

 

Wulfgard: Rocks Fall, Raiders Die

 

The chieftain sneered at the Achaeans huddling at the far end of the valley.  They clearly hoped to use the terrain to funnel his superior numbers, but it would not save them.  His golden banner was the terror of the Deshreti sands, and now even the Imperial Legions could not stand before him.  He would honor their bravery for a time, then sweep into their homes and lands like a merciless sandstorm.  The thunder of his charging troops grew even louder, and he savored his imminent victory.  Now, what was his fool of a vizier screaming and pointing at?

 

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Forces clash, and traps prepare to crash.

 

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"A present from the Emperor, ya filthy bandits!"

 

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I remember getting feedback that my entry for the Fire contest didn't have enough happening in it, so I thought for this one, "since the theme is also part of the setting, why not make both work for me?"

 

Thank you for your consideration, I hope you enjoyed this last-minute entry!




#487700 ZONE - Brookpasture ((A Dying Breed))

Posted by Lord_Klaus on 25 June 2018 - 01:15 PM

"Well, this trip is definitely giving my ego a beating."

 

This drew an undignified snort from Kate as she accepted the offered crutch.  “Oh, so you’re as fragile inside as ya look outside? You should see what I come up with for people I don’t like, Crestwell.”  She deliberately slowed her enunciation of his proper name, to make it clear she was at least trying to accommodate him.  Somewhat.

 

Cyrus managed to support Crestwell’s weight adequately, but helping him clamber over the fence was another matter.  Keva helped support one of his feet until he was halfway over and out of her reach. Kate did the same once Crestwell had shifted his weight around to try climbing down the beams instead of simply dropping.  Cyrus made it over on his own without incident while Keva gingerly picked up Bullseye for his own crossing.

 

Suddenly, Crestwell’s grip slipped, and his missing hand could do nothing to stop his plummet to the ground.  Kate still had a hold of his foot and yanked it across her body, hoping she would be able to break the Venator’s fall.  She did, and both of them ended up on their backs, with Crestwell sprawled perpendicularly over her chest, spine twinged but not permanently damaged; and Kate underneath, hysterically laughing with what air had not been knocked out of her lungs.

 

“Well, that’s just dandy for both our egos isn’t it, Crestwell?,” Meliora guffawed from her resting place.  She was still giggling as she helped the mangled Venator back to his feet and handed him his crutch.

 

Then, footsteps in the distance.  Rhythmic, measured, almost like a soldier’s march, or maybe twenty of them, somehow in perfect cadence.  Everyone made the same conclusion in short order: The giant was on patrol, and too close to clamber back over the fence to evade.

 

Moments later, he came into view, armor gleaming in the midday sun.  His dark iron plates radiated with more menace than sunlight, and the battleaxe he carried was easily twice as tall as anyone in the party.  The opening in his barbute revealed a full auburn beard, and a single, gigantic eye in his forehead...now focused on them. He scowled, then charged, roaring in anger and brandishing his axe above his head.

 

Kate had just caught Bullseye after Keva had shoved him over the fence.  “Holy turdballs!,” the Inquisitor exclaimed before unceremoniously dropping her dog and unslinging her crossbow.  Bullseye plopped into a heap and rolled to his left, then his right, struggling to remember how to get to his feet.  It took a few more moments of thrashing, but the bewildered little pointer figured it out. Eventually.

 

The cyclops was still out of bowshot when the Inquisitor had spanned and loaded her crossbow with well-drilled rapidity.  “Wait!,” Keva shouted. “We should get back over the fence and see if we can reason with him.”

 

Kate spat back, “He’ll be on us before we all climb up, and he doesn’t look interested in talking.”  She knelt to steady her aim and lined up her crossbow. “Just tell me where to loose to drop him fast.  The eye? His gob? His jambags? Someone speak up, or I’ll just start guessing and shooting!”