Does Wulfgard have an afterlife? I.e. what happens after death? Or is that an unknown that you're not planning on revealing?
Every individual has a soul that lives on after the death of their body. The fate of that soul varies. Some might linger in the mortal world, due to a curse or some other powerful force. Most hope to pass to some afterlife or another, usually by proving themselves worthy to the gods they follow. The Achaeans believe they will go before a panel of judges in the Underworld, to end up in either Elysium, the Asphodel Fields, or Tartarus. Those in Kemhet believe that upon death, their heart will be weighed against a feather, and if their heart is heavy with sin, then it will be devoured by Ammit and destroyed forever - otherwise, they will pass into the immortal afterlife in the paradise of Aaru. Nordlings hope to die a heroic death so that the Valkyries may judge them worthy to pass to Valahalla, where they will feast and fight until the coming of Ragnarok and the end of all things. Otherwise, they will end up in Hel.
Those souls forsaken by all the gods and judges of the afterlife usually fall into the clutches of the Demon Lords, depending on their most prominent vice in life. A particularly greedy man, who hoarded wealth without compassion for the less fortunate, might fall under the dominion of Baal, while a traitor who betrayed the trust of his brethren might find himself in the realm of Orcus. The Demon Lords torture these souls for eternity, using their power to fuel their endless wars, for the demon who possesses more souls has greater power.
These are the generally accepted beliefs, though of course the exact nature of the afterlife and the soul remain mysterious, especially to most mortal beings in the world of the living... at least, until they die.
MFW when I saw the brightly colored sets that came with them:
For some reason that's the style Marvel seems to be going for with this Thor movie - lots of bright, clashing colors. Flip through some of these photos and look at the costumes/backgrounds: http://ew.com/movies...st-look-photos/
The whole movie looks more like Thor got dropped into a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel than a Thor movie akin to the previous two. I know Marvel wanted to make this a "soft Hulk movie" of sorts, mixing in elements of the "Planet Hulk" storyline from the comics, so maybe this is a byproduct of that. All the solo movies have to be Avengers quasi-sequels now... :\
In other Lego superhero news, I finally found the Wonder Woman set in a store yesterday:
For some reason, I see piles of the Spiderman Homecoming set everywhere - even though the movie's not even out - but this is the first time I've ever seen this one. And it was just one of them, stuffed in a corner. Weird. Set seems to be only loosely based on the movie too.
Well, that was... something. That was a 2 game? Wolfenstein... 2? Last time I played Wolfenstein 1, the whole story was "ride this elevator through a castle, shooting everyone on every floor, then kill Hitler". Would prefer something more like that ala the new DOOM, instead of... whatever the heck that was. Oh well.
Anyway this presentation was seriously lacking in The Todd. Where was Todd?? I wanted to hear some sweet little lies. Also no rumored sci-fi game. Disappointing.
Anthem looks pretty uninspiring. So this means BioWare and Bethesda are both doing a space thing. I wonder if either of them will be RPG's? Oh wait... BioWare and Bethesda. So these days, probably not.
Wonder if there's any possibility of seeing some Cyberpunk 2077 stuff from CDprojekt this year...
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Ah, there's what I was gonna post! Been looking forward to this one a long time now. Hope it's as cool as it sounds.
I hate the fact how every single thing that involves Greek Mythology has to take a crap on the source material like that. The God of War games do this the most, and it's why I will probably never play them unless I want to see how much they destroy the original source material. That sequel to that remake of the Clash of the Titans film does that too, but at least it's somewhat more interesting than an angry white man killing everything cool in Greek Mythology. At least Wonder Woman didn't have Hades as the main villain like in every single modern interpretation of Greek Mythology ever, or else I probably wouldn't even think of seeing it.
I know, right? I really hate this trend of killing off the gods. It seems really popular lately. I've noticed similar themes in a ton of the RPG video games I've played, like "the gods are dead" (WoW: Legion, Dragon Age: Inquisition), "the gods are leaving or losing power" (Titan Quest, Pillars of Eternity), etc. etc. It's getting pretty old.
I agree about Hades too - I thought the same thing. Making Ares the main villain makes more sense, since he was a much bigger asshole in the myths than Hades ever was. And at least Zeus and the other gods still seem to have been goodguys. Oh well, still enjoyed the movie.
^ That should be the title of the third movie, honestly. At this point, he pretty much has to.
So, I saw Wonder Woman. It was great! Certainly leagues (heh) better than Batman v. Superman, in which Wonder Woman was my favorite part anyway. Which brings me straight away to one of my biggest complaints about WW: Did they really have to include the little "frame story" type scenes at the beginning and end, showing her in Bruce Wayne's base, looking at the old photo from BvS and then emailing Bruce about it? I know we have to tie everything in with the "cinematic universe" these days, but I felt like those scenes detracted from this movie. Mainly because they served to remind the viewer how uggghhhh BvS was, and because they were just kind of jarring and out-of-place. They made the movie feel... cheaper somehow, I dunno. But then, I vastly prefer solo stories and don't care about the Justice League at all, so ymmv.
Anyway, everything else was really good. Gal Godot is gorgeous and does a fantastic job as the Amazon princess. Why did we doubt she could pull it off again? I can't even remember now. I enjoyed the angle of Diana being mostly naive about the world of mortal men, which makes her innately optimistic and hopeful and leads to some funny fish-out-of-water scenes. The part where she sees a baby for the first time was kind of adorable. Chris Pine did a great job in his role too. Like Wolfy said, he actually gets to do more Kirk things here than he's gotten to do in the entire Trek reboot trilogy, or at least the last 2 movies: he gets some romance and a shirtless fully buck-ass nekkid scene, lol.
The ending was the lowest point of the movie.
Mainly because, unfortunately, everything has to end with the requisite CGI cartoon super-power-fight. Ares looked pretty badass though (why didn't LEGO make a regular size minifig of him? he never turned huge...), and his identity did come as a surprise. Also, while I appreciate the emotional impact of having Chris Pine's character sacrifice himself to renew Diana's faith in mankind and the pooooower of love... it still kinda sucks that Wonder Woman failed to "save the girl guy" in her movie.
Then again, Wolfy tells me Chris Pine is signed on for several films, so unless that's just insurance for flashbacks or something... maybe they could bring him back? No, really, there's a kind of weird scene at the end where Chris hands Diana his old watch and says "if only we had more time..." I mean, yeah, it's probably just symbolic and stuff, but the comic-book-storylines part of my brain couldn't help but go "TIME TRAVEL!" Unintentional, red herring, or actual hint at a future plot? Hmm...
Overall, it's a good, classic superhero movie, which the DC movie universe has been sorely lacking. I recommend it. It does leave some questions unanswered though, mainly: What the heck was Wonder Woman doing in the time between World War I and the modern day? What did she do during WWII? Did she just leave that one to Captain America?
fake edit: Oh, I did hate it how they killed off the entire Ancient Greek pantheon of gods though. I fear Marvel is going to do the same thing with the Norse pantheon too. As a big mythology fan: bah. :|
You know, despite the relatively low number of entries, I think this was one of the hardest contests to judge that we've ever had here on SSLF. Wolfy and I agreed that we really liked pretty much all of the entries, so it was very hard to pick the standouts. This was reflected in the scores from each of the 3 judges (me, Wolfy, and Brickshipyard) - our ratings varied quite a lot from person to person, but all were pretty high, and the margin between the top 3 was VERY narrow. I was tempted to turn the scoring over to a forum poll and let the public decide. Maybe that's what I'll do for the next minifig contest.
Basically what I'm trying to say is: Thanks to all of you who entered; we really enjoyed all of your entries! And to show my appreciation for your participation, you are ALL entitled to a 5% shop discount if you want one (plus free decals for all Wulfgard entries, as mentioned before). Just send me an email, or a PM here on the forums, and ask. Thanks again!
Now, without further ado, the results! The commentary is mine.
#1: Dalton Westmoore - Mage-Emperor Ildrius and Lord Elric Murdstone - 9/10
After drawing his own awesome rendition of Mage-Emperor Ildrius, Dalton commissioned some stickers based on it from me, and used them to create a fantastic minifig! With a great beard and (custom-painted) hair combo, it all came together quite nicely. A dark and mysterious vampire necromancer character named Lord Elric Murdstone completes the scene, bowing to the Mage-Emperor. All in all, fantastic job.
#3: Nightstalker - Kagaz Urgol and Blood Lord Illaren Skorn - 8.7 and 8.8
The runaway pick for the expected winner, I feel like Nightstalker deserves a gold medal regardless of his final scores, just for all of the amazing fantasy minifigs & vignettes he has posted here on the forums, in his various threads and Fantasy Funnies comics. Perhaps an honorary Gold Lego Brick medal? Either way, both of these entries were great, with Blood Lord Illaren Skorn scoring just slightly higher than Kagaz Urgol. Perhaps due to the Blood Knight's moody look, awesome cape, and vampiric blood-red armor. Great stories and lore for both as well!
#2: Ambad - Ranger and Minotaur - 8.7
I get the feeling Ambad's entries might have swept to the lead in a public poll thanks to their amazing presentation. Excellent photography and use of filters really makes these entries jump out. My favorite is the Minotaur, with good choice of parts, and with hints of a background story in his mis-matched horns. Now if only there were names and stories to go with them! Either way, great purist 'figs.
Though he claims to have thrown it together at the last minute, Thrawnie's winged warrior was a hit with the judges! The dark colors and unique skin tone do make it stand out from the pack. You can tell she's from a truly ancient kingdom thanks to all the dust on her legs.
I really enjoyed this entry - the first one we got in the contest. The minifigs - made with Brickforge accessories - are relatively simple but super effective, especially combined with the rich Wulfgard backstory about a lost Imperial Legion. Great job!
Honestly, I feel like this entry should have scored higher! It was one of my personal favorites.The custom painting adds that extra personalized touch that I feel sets it apart from a lot of the other purist type entries. Plus I just think he looks really cool.
DragonJedi's Janus Casperius was another personal fav - I appreciate going the extra bit to add custom stickers. Though he was a member of the Hidden, he looks like he would make a great Silent Messenger. Sareth's demonic Aelyn Valkieren tied in the scores, with his rich backstory and custom red-orange accents really adding to the effect of the final product.