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#484514 Fantasy Minifig Contest: RESULTS!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on Today, 02:07 PM

On another note, please tell me we'll have another one of these contests?


I'm hoping to start the next one (possibly Sci-Fi minifigs?) really soon. Want to see if it will get more entries during the summer.

#484508 Fantasy Minifig Contest: RESULTS!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on Yesterday, 05:13 PM


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!  :D 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!  :P Either way, great purist 'figs.


#4: Thrawnie - Aithwenn Warrior - 8.3

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.  :P


#5: Maximus Corellio - Gemini - 8.2

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!


#6: Sephsekla - Garandros, the Fallen Venator - 7.7

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.


#7 (tied): DragonJedi's Janus Casperius and Sareth's Aelyn Valkieren - 7

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.


#8: Lynaia Argentis, by Sareth - 5.5

A simple one but a good one with a lot of character. I'll have to read that story some time!


#9: Kane Groyland, by DragonJedi - 5

Although he came in last, I do like this guy's unique, simple armor design and color choices.


Thanks again to all the participants! Hope you'll join in again next time!

#484399 Mass Effect: Andromeda

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 18 May 2017 - 09:04 PM

Think everyone saw this coming sooner or later waaaay back when EA first assimilated BioWare.


They better hope their mystery new IP does well or it's off to the farm with Westwood and Pandemic.


Time to dust off this oldie again, I guess:




Wait, are they actually working on another Dragon Age? Does this mean that... we might end up living in a world with more Dragon Age games than Mass Effect games? :negative:

#484386 Destiny 2: Coming to PC via Blizzard of all people

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 18 May 2017 - 01:56 PM

As someone who uses Battle.net Blizzard's platform more than Steam, and likes to see healthy competition for Steam on PC, and would kinda like to play Destiny 2 when I feel like shooting dudes, but doesn't want to pay the console fee for online gaming... this is all pretty good news to me! :P


(the graphics and gameplay in this "sequel" sure do look exactly the same as the first game tho, lol)

#484376 Movie/Television/Disney Entertainment Conglomerate News

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 18 May 2017 - 06:23 AM

So I guess Netflix is making a live-action Witcher series. <- I chose this particular article about it as my link because it is negative, and I agree with most of what he said. Yeah, I have a bad feeling about this. I know there was a really old, kinda hilariously cruddy Polish TV series about the Witcher already, made before the games (I think it was called The Hexer), but I could safely ignore that one. This one's different. If it's successful, then people are gonna think of it when they hear "Witcher". I... don't have much confidence in Netflix. I unsubbed from them late last year when I realized I wasn't watching anything on there and kinda hated most of their original programming. And now they will be adapting what is pretty much my current favorite thing. I hate to see them get their grubby hands on Geralt, Ciri, Yen, Triss, etc., when IMO the Witcher 3 version of these characters, and the ending(s) to their story, was pretty much perfect. I actually appreciated that CD Projekt was going to end the series there and make no more games about Geralt. And now... this. Blech. Here's hoping it gets cancelled before release for some reason.



vvv Yes, that would definitely be preferable. vvv

#484333 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 15 May 2017 - 08:43 PM

Been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn.


I'm enjoying it so far, though I keep comparing it to Witcher 3 because I'm also re-playing the latter at the same time, and boy do Horizon's side-quests fall short. Of course, the side-quests in Witcher 3 are a super high bar to reach, so I guess it's not a fair comparison. The main quest in Horizon is pretty nice though. I probably haven't gotten very far, but it's interesting and seems well-written, aside from the occasional dumb dialogue option (Thanks, BioWare, for cursing us with the vague dialogue wheel forever more). One of my favorite little bits so far is when the hotel guy from John Wick the all-knowing holographic guy assumes that Aloy is such a dumb primitive that she thinks the world is flat, but Aloy is like "Of course it's round, it casts a round shadow on the moon." A nice allusion to how even "primitive" cultures figured out the world was round, going all the way back to ancient times. Another thing I appreciate is that Aloy's native tribe - the matriarchal Nora - are not at all perfect. The game has a pretty strong feminist streak, obviously, so I was half expecting the tribe run by women to be 100% awesome and right about everything. But they are jerks just as much as the other tribes, and Aloy is not the least bit hesitant to say this, since they treated her like dirt most of her life up until she became useful.


One gameplay element I have to complain about is the climbing. You can only - ONLY - climb up surfaces that have "climb on me!" painted on them in bright yellow. That ledge that looks like Aloy should absolutely be able to jump up and grab it? You're outta luck, buddy - no one painted it yellow! You'll just have to find another way around. Jeez, even bulky old Geralt can pull himself up on a wider variety of ledges than Aloy. Another thing that seems really silly is how Aloy can somehow knock over giant machine-monsters by whacking them with her spear. I really think that fighting the machines in melee should be a last resort measure that's practically suicide, and traps and weapons like the rope gun should be the only sensible option for taking down something that powerful. Because c'mon, those things must way TONS, and no human should be able to knock them off their feet by whacking them with a stick. Trip them? Sure. Stab them in a sensitive area? Okay. But just knock them right over with a whack? Maybe the little bipedal Watchers, but no way on anything bigger than that. Fortunately, playing on the hardest difficulty DOES make tangling with the machines in melee only an option for the smaller models, but this still includes the Scrappers and the like.


Otherwise the gameplay is pretty coo - lots of ways to approach most fights, and decently challenging most of the time, except when I'm able to find a really secure sniper position and just peck at things until they die. :P (I often buy every scrap of Wire in each shop to make sure I don't run out of sniper arrows, lol).


Oh, and I also tried the Gwent standalone card game beta for a bit, and it's really cool. Amazing art, great effects & sound/voices. Easily a match for Hearthstone, which I'm still kinda addicted to playing in spare time. I'd like to start playing Gwent in place of Hearthstone, but silly CDPR seems disinclined take it out of beta, like, ever. Ugh, I really hate games that stay in eternal beta, and it happens a lot these days. Just push it out the door already, so I can start collecting cards! :P

#484298 Fantasy Minifig Contest: RESULTS!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 13 May 2017 - 09:25 AM

Wasn't originally going to enter but then I remembered it's a custom minfig contest and one could put an entry together in literally ten minutes, so...all y'all who aren't entering got no excuse.


I know, right? I tried telling so many people this - I mean, why NOT enter? - but still got so few entries. :P But thanks for putting one together!

#484248 Dalton's Assorted Artwork and Random Stuff

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 08 May 2017 - 01:54 PM

I don't know anything about Mega Bloks Dragons (is that an old line?), but I love the drawings, especially the ships.

#484211 Movie/Television/Disney Entertainment Conglomerate News

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 03 May 2017 - 09:36 AM

They used the pocket watch theme from For a Few Dollars More in their silly looking trailer! The audacity! :angryfist:


I know almost nothing about The Dark Tower, but I always imagined it as being... different than this looks, based on what little I've heard. I had it pegged as darker, grittier, more mysterious and serious... not just a Little Normal Kid Stumbles Into Supernatural Fantasy World and has to Save Earth from Darkness story. Looks pretty by-the-numbers from here. Hm. :\

#484202 Fantasy Minifig Contest: RESULTS!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 30 April 2017 - 03:52 PM

Late notice, I know, but my decals printed funky. Any chance of an extension?


Welp, that makes two requests for an extension, so an extension it is!


I have extended the deadline until May 10th, and I'll see if I can attract some more entries in the meantime.

#484137 Minifig Showcase!

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 23 April 2017 - 05:51 PM

For some reason, this guy reminds me of my Arch-Vampire Drawings.


I was thinking similarly of Dracula's armor in the historical scenes of Bram Stoker's Dracula:


though Dracula doesn't have that sweet cape. :P

Awesome minifig!

#484125 Games of Middle Earth

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 23 April 2017 - 08:28 AM

I remember seeing that game in stores, but I don't think I ever played it.
My opinions on LotR games I've played (mostly the movie based ones):
Two Towers and Return of the King: The quick movie-tie-in hack-n-slashes that came out around the same time as the films. They're actually not bad little games. Very fun to play couch co-op together.
The Third Age: For some bizarre reason, EA decided that the best type of RPG for the LotR license was... a JRPG. Why? I guess because those are popular on consoles, and who cares about stodgy PC gamers and their nerdy CRPG's, right? :P The Third Age story follows the adventures of The B-Team Fellowship, consisting of knock-offs of every major character, who follow right behind the real Fellowship and fight all their battles over again after they've already fought them. Seriously. Remember that part in the movies where a band of second-rate adventurers came out of nowhere to help Gandalf fight the Balrog? I don't either, but this game includes this mistakenly cut scene. :lol: There's even a bonus level where the entire party fights the Eye of Sauron itself on top of his Tower in Mordor. :blink:
It's not entirely unenjoyable though - my sis and I had a good time co-op'ing through it together, whacking goblins in FF-style turn-based combat and laughing at the silly storyline. But I'm still sad that the Western style RPG that EA was planning (The White Council) got canned... even though chances are it wouldn't have been great either.
Battle for Middle-Earth 1 & 2: EA decided they wanted a strategy game, so they made a copy of their most recent one, Command & Conquer: Generals, and called it Battle for Middle-Earth. The first one is okay, but not that great - there are only two factions, and buildings can only be constructed on pre-determined locations. The sequel, however, fixes all of this and then some. BFME2 has lots of factions, heroes, and fun fast-paced gameplay. I wasn't a huge fan of the expansion pack or its Angmar faction though, so I usually preferred not to install it. Otherwise, however, I would say BFME2 is one of the best games in EA's LotR lineup. Probably THE best.
Conquest: Most of EA's LotR games are basically re-skins of other titles. Conquest is Star Wars: Battlefront. Except that, from what I've heard, Battlefront doesn't totally suck. Conquest does. It feels like a rush job that EA ordered Pandemic to push out the door in like a week, just for one last cash-in on the LotR license before they lost the rights to Warner Brothers. It's cheap and clunky, with recycled graphics elements, and I bet 50% of the budget went toward hiring Hugo Weaving to do the voiceover as Elrond at the beginning. Terrible game.
War in the North: A surprisingly good one, in my opinion. Snowblind Studios (RIP) were always the kings of the console Hack-n-Slash, and this was their very last game. It might get boring if you play it solo, but it's very fun co-op. The story isn't anything to write home about, but if you're into the lore, it pays good attention to it, with lots of optional conversations to explore. I liked it. Shame it flopped.
The LEGO games: If you've ever played a Traveller's Tales LEGO game, you know what you're in for. That said, I think TT does a pretty good job of improving the graphics and gameplay of their LEGO games a little bit each time. LOTR introduces a huge overworld map in which you can freely explore nearly all of Middle-Earth in LEGO form, which is really quite awesome. I never finished the Hobbit one, but LEGO LotR is possibly the best TT LEGO game in my book.
Lord of the Rings Online: The requisite MMORPG. I've heard good things about LOTRO, but personally I couldn't get into it. Didn't care for the art style. Maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance though.
I think that's all the ones I've played. Now here are the ones I think they should make:
A Party-Based Western RPG: Lord of the Rings is the godfather of all fantasy RPG's, such as D&D, so it's a crying shame that no one has made a D&D style LOTR CRPG. Ideally, in my mind, it would be a mostly combat-oriented game - Icewind Dale style - with tactical battles using all of your party's various abilities to take down foes as you go through your adventure. I would probably make it a new story about new characters, with an option to simply create your whole party manually from scratch... but heck, even a game where you simply control the Fellowship in this manner through the main LOTR story would be wesome.
An Elder Scrolls Style Open World RPG: I've always had mixed feelings about the Elder Scrolls series and its approach to the RPG genre, but if there is one world I would love to freely explore from a first-person (preferably with optional third person featuring a better camera than TES) perspective, it's the world of Middle-Earth. Particularly with the movies' art style, which IMO is very hard to beat. Imagine riding along the towering walls of Minas Tirith, all the way to that big pointed cliff at the top, and then gazing out over the Pelennor Fields at the shadow of Mordor beyond... and then riding right back down and heading there yourself to fight some orcs and collect some cool-looking elven armor from a cave full of spiders. Of course, if someone ever made a game like that, I would probably lose months of my life to it, so it's probably well enough that they don't. :P

#484124 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 23 April 2017 - 08:05 AM

"We haven't filled our AAA Bingo Card yet; get the intern to write some junk we can hide away in nooks and crannies."


I guess I don't usually play enough AAA games to realize how widespread this stuff is, but yeah, I'm really starting to notice this Bingo Card now. I got a bunch of games over the holidays last year and since, and I think every single one of them has featured open world exploration stuff, with RPG elements, collectible resources, a crafting system, and audio logs.


I got Horizon yesterday :), and so far the only audio logs I've encountered were the dead dudes in that first cave, but they were already better than ROTR for 2 reasons: they were found in a logical location, and they had a reason to exist (one of them mentions that the company or whomever they work for ordered them to record the logs for posterity). So that's an improvement over ROTR's set of logs from a spy recording the fact that he's a spy in 5-6 handheld tape recorders and then spreading them all over a valley.


The sad thing is that a few of the Tomb Raider audio logs were fairly interesting, like the ones building up some of the important characters, but I felt like their contents were never reflected at all in the game's main story. It was just meaningless fluff. Imagine if, like, Lara could have collected all the logs of the badguys and then used that information in a conversation to convince them to change their course of action or something, I dunno. But I'm sure that's way too much to ask, so... :P

#484114 The Video Game News/Looming Shadow of E3 Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 21 April 2017 - 09:09 AM

(If anyone's 'watered down Lara Croft' it's Nu Lara from the new Tomb Raider games, btw. "*PANT PANT* I'VE GOT TO_____!")


I thought about posting exactly the same thing, so I'm glad someone said it. :P

#484055 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 17 April 2017 - 09:31 PM

Finally finished Rise of the Tomb Raider, which my brother gave me for Christmas. I actually haven't played the first reboot game - my bro thought RoTR was the first one by mistake. :P


It was okay I guess. I'm still not crazy about young little doe-eyed Katniss-Lara. I miss sexy/badass Old Lara. But oh well. The gameplay's fun though, so it's pretty enjoyable just to run around and explore tombs. But I never felt the least bit invested in the story. Never really cared about any of the characters, and every plot revelation was completely predictable. "This lady will be a badguy" "Oh, she's coughing - she must have a terminal disease" "This bearded Jesus looking guy is the Prophet, who has been alive all this time"... but hey, the old games never had super enthralling plots either.


I played the whole thing on Survivor difficulty, because holy crud most video games are easy these days if you don't crank up that difficulty right away. I still only got stuck for a bit one time, when I had used up all my healing items and didn't have a checkpoint from before this one fight started. The final boss fight could have been hard, considering it starts with the boss taking away all your equipment (even though the cutscene just shows him grab your bow)... buuuuut I sort of ruined the scariness as soon as it started, because the first thing I tried was just wailing away at him in melee with my picks... and I don't think the developers considered you might try that. Because I was knocking him around the whole map, staggering him with each hit, to no effect at all. Turns out I was supposed to run away from him all scared and distract him and stuff. lol. :P


You know what's annoying about like 50% of Tomb Raider games? They don't do the Croft Manor right! This game had to make it a zombie-survival story mode thing... Guys, all we want is to run around the manor, relax, find secrets, and lock the butler in the fridge, like in the good old days! Anything else and it just ain't the manor.


Still think Legend is probably the best Tomb Raider. Wish that sort-of-reboot series had stuck around longer...