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Photonovels and Movies / Re: RE #14 - SURVIVAL
« on: October 4, 2005, 05:40 AM »
Even though DD totally ripped off my idea of doing panel-by-panel analysis, here comes my belated detailed review:

The opening crawl is fine.  No real comments here...

Alyssa looks cool in the robe. Good composite, the crib is a great choice, looks like it belongs in the SW universe.  The window in this shot, however, almost looks more like a picture on the wall than a window...the background used isn't the greatest choice.

Ah, the controversial Alyssa nightie shot.  Still think thinks looks odd and a little creepy...The window effect is much better, but it looks like Alyssa's apartment is in the basement....I guess handmaidens don't make that much.  The sunlight effect, though, is very cool.  But why is she going to bed so early?  It looks like maybe 7:00 pm at the latest.

No real comment on the Dathomir shot.  Looks good, except that the text says "fleet of battleships" and there's only one visible.

Cool shot of the dead/decaying clone!  Creepy and gross!

Love the fleeing trooper and the rancor!  The rancor looks really life like in your shots.  Well done!

The close-up is GREAT.  Love the salivia!  The rancor attack sequence is really terrific.

Good choice of "real world" shot for the battle droids.  Very minor nitpick:  wouldn't the STAPs cause any kind of wake or displacement in the water they are hovering above?  I'm sure that would be nearly impossible to do, though.

I like Asajj and the clone.  However, in the panel where she confronts him, you should have moved at least one of her arms.  Unfortunately, the figure really looks like she should be holding her sabers given her stance and the way he hands are sculpted.  Some arm posing would have made her seem more, I dunno, "alive."  Still, it's a very cool scene and the combination of the various elements looks great.  Love the use of the foam rocks, as always.  I will definitely be getting a set of those!

Hey!  Great hologram!  The transparent effect works brilliantly!

Nice re-use of Owen's base as the separatist ship.

As for the modified Dooku...though the results here are mixed (there is the much-discussed cross-eyed effect), I think it's great that you're trying this very bold technique.  There's nothing worse than having immobile plastic mannequins as your main characters.  I applaud your efforts to make them more expressive and life like, even if the end results are not always perfect.  Keep trying, though!

Dooku's "just so happened to crash on" sentence doesn't feel quite in character, though.  Rest of the dialogue is good and it's nice to see Sora Bulq again.

The shot of Asajj and the battle droids is GORGEOUS!  The combination of all the elements is flawless and the reflection looks terrific!  Amazing job!

Love the binocular vision shot, too!

The dirty, weathered figures look friggin' fantastic!  Wow!  Amazing customizing job!!!!  Only one extremely minor nitpick and that's Rykrof's black "collar" is just slightly uneven looking, especially when compared with the real thing on the clone right next to him.  Would it be possible to sculpt a proper "collar" on him?  Like I said, very minor criticism...I could live to 150 and still never make a custom anywhere near this good.  fantastic, fantastic job!

LOVE the shot of Rykrof leading the men off.  The "ripple" effect is so beautiful I almost cried!  WOW.

The shot of the base, troops, rocks and mountains is AMAZING.  EXCELLENT compositing....how did you make the base in this picture??

Like DD, I was also reminded of "The Lost World".  Very, very cool stuff...

What did you use for the base itself?  Please post a picture of the toy that you used so we can see what it looks like.  I'd love to try to find one myself.

Agree with DD that their entry doesn't seem quite "military" enough...maybe one clone should be crouched down or something.  Try to do more to convey the sense of these guys working as a well-oiled machine.  Like the troops in "Clone Wars Vol I"....more militaristic formations and actions, etc.

The base itself looks great.  Love the Trigg Fudda image!  Nicely done.

Again, in the panel where Ryrkof says "set for stun"...try to do more with the troops...one crouching behind a box, one standing guard, etc...

I love Freelo!!!  Great character, great custom!  Fantastic!!  By the way, what is that big black cylinder next to him and where did it come from?  What is Freelo made from?  Just Meena and a pilot clone?  Or are there other elements.  He looks great.

The transition from the two-shot of Rykrof and the helmetless clone to the next shot of the clones cleaning up is a bit awkward.  You should have had Rykrof talking to Freelo first before the clones feel safe enough to go cleaning up.  The text and images create a bit of an awkward, abrupt transition.

By the way, it's funny that Rykrof is kicking back with a beverage while the clones work!

The shots with Ryrkof and Freelo are terrific.  I have a very minor problem with Freelo's backstory, though.  He was hired by the separatists to help with Rhen Var, a very, very important project for which they were going to pay him handsomely.  But wouldn't he at least try to contact them once he crashed and saw their troops?

Maybe he should have said something like, "Strangely, when I saw the troops, they fired on me and I was forced to retreat."  Seems odd that he's so willing to trust and cooperate with Republic troops (and admit he was going to work for their enemy!) so easily. 

Or maybe he should have been working for them on Rhen Var until he decided to quit or something, having grow disillusioned with their cause.  That would make him more apt to trust Rykrof (and for Ryrkrof to trust him.)

I really like the shots of the on-going war, especially the battle droids in the wrecked city.  I like how the futility and misery of the war are a recurring theme in the stories and keep coming up.  We really sense how this war has been affecting the galaxy and weighing on Rykrof's mind...

The final shot is extremely creepy and forebodding!  An excellent cliff hanger! 

All around, another great chapter!  I really love Freelo and look forward to seeing more of him in the next installment, despite my minor quibbles about his backstory.

You really made the planet come alive.  The rancor was awesome, the selection of shots for the forest and swamps were great and the compositing of all the different elements was the best yet!  You continue to top yourself with each successive chapter!  Stunning work all around.

I have a comment about the direction of the story itself.  Well, not the story so much, I suppose, but rather your use of certain characters.

Though you usually do a great job in writing for Count Dooku, who is one of my favorite prequel characters, I think you should re-think your use of the established villains like Grievious, Dooku, Ventress and Sidious.  I think having quick cameos every now and then is fine, but the problem that I have is that, given that these are Force using characters, it becomes a bit frustrating that they are so important in Rykrof's story.

We know that Rykrof's direct dealings with any of these characters will be extremely brief at best.  Dooku has been a major presence in the photonovels, but Rykrof only met him once and for a brief second.

We already know that Rykrof isn't going to face off against Asajj in a battle  - she'd kick his ass in a split second.  So it becomes a bit frustrating that she's so important in this chapter.  It's a foregone conclusion that certain things won't happen with her and I think you end up limiting yourself.

If, on the other hand, instead of Asajj, you had a different, original character, you could take the story theoretically in any direction and could preserve the elements of suspense and surprise better. 

I think you should pull back more with Dooku, Asajj and others and give Rykrof more enemies that are in his "league", like Trigg Fudda, who was a very cool character.  Trigg and Rykrof had a much more personal (and dramatic) relationship that Rykrof could ever have with Dooku.  Despite Rykrof's success, at the end of the day, he is really of little consequence to guys like Sidious and Dooku, who have to contend with far greater stakes and far more powerful adversaries. 

When Trigg Fudda met Sidious, for instance, he was immediately wiped out.  Such a thing would ever happen if Rykrof ever met Sidious or Dooku or even Asajj in a one on one fight. 

I think you should consider greating a new recurring adversary for Rykrof and reducing the appearances of the other characters.  Maybe another Separatist Commander or mercenary or Badoo Corba member who Dooku possibly assigns to take down Rykrof or who develops a personal animus towards him for some reason.  You could do whatever you want with such a character and not be hamstrung by any limitations.  We would never know what direction the story is going to take, whereas, in this particular instance, we know Rykrof won't kill Asajj, nor even that Asajj might get killed by the witch. 

In any event, as always, this is first rate work.  The amount of effort you put into these is staggering and I know everyone appreciates and enjoys the hell out of your hard work.

As always, bravo and thank you!






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Chewie,

Is that another all digital background?  It looks really cool.


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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: My Gonk Droid
« on: October 3, 2005, 10:59 PM »
Hey, this looks GREAT!   Well done!

I would love to have one of these babies just sitting back in my garage amongst a bunch of junk...as an odd conversation piece for the observant visitor who suddenly noticed I have a friggin' droid in my garage!

really terrific job.

Oh, wait....I don't have a garage.  Still, nice work!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: RE #14 - SURVIVAL
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:17 AM »
SUPERB, Chewie, SUPERB!

Detailed comments to follow.....love this chapter!  I LOVE the Mon Calamari guy.

Even after setting such an impeccable standard, you continue to dazzle and amaze!


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Photonovels and Movies / Re: Shadows of the Empire
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:12 AM »
Like Chewie said, good luck, take care and come home safe, man!


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Well, even more anticlimactic than I thought...didn't get the scene finished before the sabbatical.

However, the game will return at the very, very end of the month with an exciting leap forward!

(part of the problem with the update - and the reasons why the recent ones were so small - is that I'm creating a few more elaborate and hopefully more interesting locales for the next big scene...)

Stay tuned!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: Part II Preview
« on: September 15, 2005, 09:54 PM »
Cool!  Someone the preview pic escaped my notice.

This is a bit hypocritical coming from me, but hurry up and post a new story!!

 ;)

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Help! I need to remove stains!
« on: September 15, 2005, 04:19 PM »
If only they made Whisk in 3 3/4" scale....

Over the past few months, I've noticed a disturbing trend...strange reddish stains began appearing on my figures.  It was especially noticeable on white figures.  A precious VOTC stormtrooper now sports a big red gash on his helmet...and my stormtrooper belt accessory is now virtually a stylish pink color.

I eventually discovered the culprit - or so I thought...I figured that since the belt got stained while trying to put it on my maroon painted custom figure for the interactive photonovel that the maroon paint was somehow coming off, onto my fingers, then onto the toys.

But so many more toys seemed affected than just ones I handled after handling that maroon figure.

Over the week-end, I learned the REAL source of the stains.  I keep my figures stored in stackable plastic "christmas ornament" boxes.  One of these boxes has a green lid...the other, a red lid.

It was the red plastic LID that is staining the figures!  After touching the lid, then a figure - presto!  A pink, "blushing" figure.  I almost totally soiled poor Mon Mothma's dress while making this discovery.

So here's my problem:  the crap won't come off!  I tried soap and water, nail polish remover and alcohol!

Help!  I need some heavy duty stuff here to clean off these infected figures!  Any suggestions??

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Alderaanian babe
« on: September 14, 2005, 08:59 PM »
As long as you leave the link, I'll be fine....unfortunately, it'll be months before I could even try to attempt this, anyway.

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Unfortunately, I have only time for another small update, so, no...it'll be a big anticlimax!  ;)

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Alderaanian babe
« on: September 14, 2005, 07:11 PM »
Hmm....Celebration Leia for the torso maybe?  Or ANH Princess Leia "collection".  Or Slave Leia torso, as she needs to have a low neckline and bare shoulders.

As for the head?  Who knows?  She looks like Angelina Jolie.  Too bad they didn't make 3 3/4" Tomb Raider movie figures...


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Star Wars Action Figures / Alderaanian babe
« on: September 14, 2005, 02:08 PM »
Sorry to post a "tease" thread with no custom in it, but I need a little help.

Anyone remember the scene in ROTS when Organa returns to the Tantive?  He walks down the hall with Antilles and says something about making sure more Jedi don't "walk into this catastrophe."

With him are Antilles and a young woman in a kind of white dress who is never seen again.

Does anyone know if this character has a name?  Are there pictures of her on line?  I'd love to take a crack at customizing her.

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Sorry for the delay!  There will be an update this week for sure.

After that, though, I will be out of town, so there will be another hiatus.

Thanks again to everyone for the phenomenal participation!

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: CHEWIE's CUSTOMS - updated Sunday 9.11.05
« on: September 12, 2005, 08:59 PM »
A great new batch of customs, Chewie!!

Well done!

I really like the Ki Adi Mundi and think the hat looks great.  I remember seeing the comic book you referred to.  He did kinda have a hat that looked like that.  It looks very natural on him, not at all out of place.

The Chewie Jedi custom is great, too.  And it looks a lot like your picture!  Nice job.

I think the hands ARE a tad too big on the Aqualish, but the rest of the figure looks just fine.  That Palpatine body is a great fit for a Separatist leader.  Another imaginative use of parts.

Which brings us to Organa.  This is such a seamless integration of parts, it really looks like it could have been made by Hasbro.  Again, you have a terrific eye for this kind of thing - putting together new figures from existing parts with flair and ingenuity.

Always great to see your amazing designs! 

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: TSR #5 - The Mysteries of Trideeno
« on: September 12, 2005, 02:03 PM »
Okay, a few quick thoughts:

Definitely agree with Chewie about Han staying in the room. Frankly, everyone's reaction is way too restrained for what was obviously an assassination attack.  They should really have reacted more seriously, have taken greater precautions, have asked more questions....I also find it hard to believe that there aren't dozens of empty rooms in Dralco's massive mansion/palace.  I understand why you made your choices, for the sake of expediency, but it stretches plausibility just a bit.

Now, here's what I never want to see in another one of your scenes:  A big empty space like that hallway in the palace.

Granted, I have no idea how many Lego sets you own or what kind they are.  Granted, Legos are very expensive, so I'm not trying to advocate that you rush out and blow your money on buying new things.

However, they're LEGOS, man!  I want to see some furniture!  I want you to "dress your sets" more completely.  I want to see plants or chairs or statues or art or something....There are countless Lego sets in existence from all across the universe - from "Star Wars" to "Anytown USA", from "Harry Potter" to Pirates to whatever....and if you don't have stuff, just build your own from spare parts.  The hallway looked very sparse, even for a hallway. 

With my own photnovels, I have often struggled to find enough "stuff" (props and set dressing) to use.  SW hardly makes any large accessories or furniture.  I have a few cruddy doll house pieces (expensive), a few Playmobil pieces (expensive, too) and the usual stuff like the outlander furniture, jedi council chairs, etc. 

But legos are small and they're building blocks!  So throw some more stuff in that big empty room.

The Star Destroyer, by contrast, looks really great and you've clearly done a terrific job in creating that environment.  So try to flesh out the other areas, too. 

Anyway, keep up the great work, I eagerly await the next installment!

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