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#51 CopMike

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 10:05 AM

As usuall you comics are super - wake up now and start on that next setting!!!! ;) Do our heroes have a towel with them? Will they meet a totally negative robot? Is the game of cricket involved? So many questions - so few answers!

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#52 ApophisV

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 11:31 AM

Dude, that book's title is the very best!!!  :oD  |-D  |-D  |-D

And I'm impressed how nicely the laser beams are fitting into the images, they are looking very good!

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 12:46 PM

ApophisV, on Jan 25 2005, 10:31 AM, said:

And I'm impressed how nicely the laser beams are fitting into the images, they are looking very good!
Well, actually I'm not too happy about the laser beams. Since I made the scenes dark, the beams would have been better off with some red outer glow to them. As you might see, I used a red thread that I put up between the bricks. At first I thought it'd be easier to just draw the lines in Photoshop, but I didn't want to bother figuring out where the lines should cross each other and what angles they'd have and so on. So I put the thread up instead. My cat walked into the set and made a little mess, so in one of the shots you can see that the thread isn't as tightly stretched as it should be. I couldn't fix it in Photoshop. I wanted to give them an outher glow effect, but it'd take me a week to draw all those lines by hand and try to make it look good. So I guess I'll have to be happy about this, and make it better the next time. But I'm happy to see that you're satisfied with them :)

Copmike: I've actually already got the main set built for the next episode. At first I thought I'd just show then heading for the ISD, and then show what happened at the scene. But then I found a way to make an episode out of the preparations as well, and here we are now.

Jipay: Yes, since Harrison Ford is in both Indiana Jones and Star Wars I thought it'd be good to include that reference here. I've done that before, as you might have seen. It's easy to spot the reference to Entrapment in this one I guess, and a little one to Ocean's Twelve. There are lots of references to movies in my earlier episodes, and maybe some of them are a bit far-fetched. But it doesn't matter if people get them or not. But if they do, I think it's a nice little bonus :)

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you liked it.

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 01:28 PM

Great job as always MisterMattias!  :-D  I can't wait to see the next episode.  *satis*
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Posted 25 January 2005 - 05:18 PM

Another nice comic! I also can't wait for the next one. :) Keep up the great work!

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 06:33 PM

That was red thread??? Wow.... I really thought you photoshoped those laser beams in.... :oo

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 09:51 PM

I haven´t found the time to look clooser to your homepage and your comics.
But you sure are a great photografer.
VERY nice pics of Malmö and some rusty stuff lol...
I promise I will now get the time to see the rest of your comics as well.
It would be fun to get in contact with you.

Me and Copmike has a lot of things togheter.
It is fun to talk and change experiances in person or over the phone.

Going to swedish, sorry folks:

Jag bor i Halmstad och Copmike bor i Göteborg.
Det hade varit kul att snackas vid lite om du har lust?
Om du vill kan du maila mig på: rickard.r74@spray.se

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 10:34 PM

I hadn't seen this until about episode XXX, so I've been working my way through it. I love how off the wall some of the stuff is. The photography is really good. What photo editing program do you use?

Also, what is with this guys hands?
Yellow Gloves?  ;)

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 12:42 AM

Athos, on Jan 25 2005, 09:34 PM, said:

Also, what is with this guys hands?
Yellow Gloves?  ;)

Steve
Well, in the world of Lego, everything is possible. Michael Jackson wears white gloves, and this guy wears yellow ones. Okay, thanks... now I'll have something to take care of. Maybe it was you who pointed that out to me in another episode as well, and I had to change it. I don't have any brown hands, but I guess black hands are better. I'll see what I can do. You can do anything in Photoshop :) Actually, the guy on the far left was holding the walkie talkie in the first shot (in this image you see that the guys on the left hold their hands in the exact same position, since I stole one of the hands and put the walkie in the black man's hand) http://www.pbase.com.../image/33855548. Then I realized that the black guy could act as Vader's (Bush's) right hand (Powell), and that he was going to be the one to inform Vader about the new situation. But how should he know about it if he didn't have a walkie talkie? So I cloned it from the guy on the left. Did I make myself clear? If not, it doesn't matter :)

Thanks for the kind words, Rickard (Ras 74). Take a look at the rest of the episodes, and I'll drop you a note later. Always fun to get to know new people :)

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 04:03 AM

Okay, no duel with Luke this time either, but I'm sure this one is more interesting anyway. Maybe I'll just forget about Luke, I don't want to do anything more on him actually :)

If you haven't read episode 30 yet, you might want to do so to understand why Leia and two other rebels are in an Imperial shuttle and why they're on their way to a Star Destroyer. But you'll get most of the story anyway, without reading that episode first.

I'm not too satisfied with how the Tie Fighters turned out when I shrunk the image to fit on the screen. There are a lot of them in the first image, I just wanted to tell you that since they'll probably not even be noticeable.

Okay, I've bored you enough with this talk I guess. Here's the episode: http://www.pbase.com.../image/39480287

By the way, I've only got one of those Imperial shuttles. And one copy of Photoshop  ;)  

Enjoy, or don't  :)

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 05:29 AM

Despotism for dummies  |-D *can't stop laughing* My only disappointment is that I figured out the end at the second pic. You just have to find the worst thing a real bastard could do and you got it  :D

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 06:43 AM

ROFL!  Nice! :D

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 09:30 AM

jipay, on Feb 7 2005, 04:29 AM, said:

Despotism for dummies  |-D *can't stop laughing* My only disappointment is that I figured out the end at the second pic. You just have to find the worst thing a real bastard could do and you got it  :D
Haha, well, sorry for disappointing you then. I'll try to be more surprising in the future. I had an alternative ending for this one, but it'd mean I'd have to take seven more photos and fix them all up. And I wanted to get the episode up before the end of the week, because now I'm leaving town again. But thanks for taking a look, and I'm glad you liked the title of the second book :)

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 10:02 AM

I love the shadowshot of Leia rapelling down with the drilling machine!!!

Keep it up *satis*

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 03:39 PM

Nice ending there! I was really impressed with the comic, one of the best!  :)  
I loved what the pilot said to the imperial officers! The shadow of Leia was cool too.. and how the hell did you use 1 shuttle for all of that!  :oo

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 04:52 PM

jonfett, on Feb 7 2005, 02:39 PM, said:

and how the hell did you use 1 shuttle for all of that!  :oo

Jon.
It's all very simple actually, and I wish I'd thought of using this method before. I thought it was trickier than it was. I think all of you could create a photo that gave the impression that you had a whole bunch of vehicles or minifigs or whatever if you wanted to. All you need is a copy of Photoshop, and a little time and patience :) A tripod is useful as well, so that you can take several shots from the exact same angle. Like in the seven first photos of this gallery http://www.pbase.com...hind_the_scenes You can see that I somehow managed to move the camera just a little in the two last photos of the shuttle. In this case it didn't matter, since I used the background from the first photo only.

Joining two or more images like this in Photoshop isn't difficult at all. All you have to do is to open the two images and then drag one of the on top of the other. The shortcut key to get the move tool is V, and if you hold down SHIFT when you drop the image it'll be centered. Then you'll get two layers, obviously. Now adjust the opacity of the layer, so that you see what's underneath it, in the background image. Pressing 6 is all you need to do actually, that'll give you 60% opacity. Make sure the layer that you dragged on top of the other is selected, and then use the eraser tool (shortcut key E) where i.e. the shuttle that you want to copy into the new image is located in the background image. You can use my shuttle photos to try it out if you want to, it's not as complicated as I might have made it sound here. If there's something you need explained more in detail, I'll do my best to help you.

If one of you has got a 100 stormies, you can easily make it look like you've got 200 just by moving the base plate they're standing on a little to the left and then do a little magic with Photoshop :)

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:02 PM

MisterMattias, on Feb 7 2005, 03:52 PM, said:

If one of you has got a 100 stormies, you can easily make it look like you've got 200 just by moving the base plate they're standing on a little to the left and then do a little magic with Photoshop :)
Ah! So is that how managed to did things like this? Or do you actually have hundreds of stormies??

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:05 PM

I think he actually has all ther stormies on this pics. I red a topic about this on fbtb  :) But in the US it is quite easy to build a stormi army  :)

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:32 PM

jipay, on Feb 7 2005, 10:05 PM, said:

I think he actually has all ther stormies on this pics. I red a topic about this on fbtb  :) But in the US it is quite easy to build a stormi army  :)
Yes, I've got about a 120 stormies and as many officers. Making scenes like these ones, http://www.pbase.com.../image/20380641 and http://www.pbase.com.../image/17461503 would require hours of setting up and Photoshop tricking. And that wouldn't be worth it just for one shot :) I don't live in the US, though, so I've ordered stuff from Bricklink and sold a whole bunch of Lukes from Final Duel II. I'm still on the plus side when it comes to my Imperial minifigs collection (I got more money for the Lukes than I paid for Final Duel II sets), but if I look at how much I spent on the ISD, I guess I'm on the minus side ;-) But then again, it was worth it. Without it, I couldn't be able to build sets for my comics.

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:38 PM

Well i discovered ebay recently aznd I will definitly continue to buy from ebay.com and ebay.ca while in France. this is so cheap comparred to the european market. i only have about 40 stormies, but I should place a new order soon.
I  have the biggest tie pilot collection I know though  :-D (and biggest tie collection aswell)
I also wish i could have bought many other imperial shuttle (as you I only have one). they were so great... Not to mention the unique guards. I never have enough of imperial troops :$

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:55 PM

Jeez, you all have obsessive tendencies with those soldiers!

Just wait till you see my Viking army, though... :D

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:57 PM

Well you must remember that we all grew up with star wars and lego. Who never tried to create a stormi with white futuron minifigs ? So now because of privation, we just can't get enough of those  *devil*

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 04:41 AM

Umm, to be honest, i dont have one stormie  :$  , but i have the lagest unitron army i know. 76 to be exact. quite good for such rare figs! where can I get stormies in the US? i cant find any sets, does anyone know a good bricklink store?
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 04:57 AM

use ebay ! Type "lego stormtroopers" and you should see many stormies auctions going on. the average price is 2,5 dollars each.  :)

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 11:53 PM

that much for each one! :oo  i think ill save for the new sets, including the nuw imperial shuttle w/ four. ya, thats what ill do.
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