Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:55 AM
(1)Overall shot. - (2)A view of the Pirate Cannon Shooter and Imperial Cannon Shooter.
(3)A view of a Pirate gal with her hands up in excitement, and another Pirate yelling in disgust at the exploding bird. - (4)A view of an Imperial guard, looking in jealousy as the Pirates score the winning point.
(5)A view of the Imperial Captain paying the Pirate Captain. - (6)A better shot of the Pirate receiving his payment.
Here's a link to the set, with additional images: PTVII: A Common Enemy
Please let me know ASAP of any suggestions you may have. Thanks!
Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:00 AM
Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:35 AM
That's a proper idea for a sport though - and it's just what I'd actually expect seadogs to start practicing, unlike Tereglith here who's pretty sure they can put those times of bloodshed and slaughter behind them and start putting away So there's a nice combination of originality and realism - likey!
Another advange to this MOC is the usage of the best possible expressions - you didn't need to explain anything, from the sheer violent joy in the pirate lass' expression to the dissatisfied look in that Imperial soldier's face - it's all spot on and even though this might seem like an easy job given the current pattern of minifig face expressions, I still think it's often overlooked. I like how you've handled it here!
As to the seagulls - you've made quite an accurate representation using clips and hands there - kudos for that, I myself enjoy seeing these pieces utilised in an innovative manner. Tereglith's suggestion about using tooth pieces is nice, but I'm not really sure you can actually find a way of connecting those without making the neck look too bulgy - and even if you did, seagulls don't generally have too long beaks, so I think you should keep the current design. Not that you have time to change it anyway...
One thing I'm not certain about is the exploding bird. While I get the blood bursting out of it (and I admit, I'm not overjoyed by the sight... because I actually like seagulls quite a bit), I don't really see the cannonball that hit it. Where is it, has it vanished in thin air / blood? It should be pretty much the size of 2/3 the bird here, but I can't find it anywhere - have you perhaps forgotten to include it? And as to the smoke coming out of the cannon - it's a fine depiction, although I think that using the ice cream cone technique (i.e. piling ice cream cones on top of each other so that they look like smoke) would have looked better here. Another thing you could have used is the interconnecting skeleton arms technique - that way you could have shown the projectile of the cannonball hitting that poor, defenseless, innocent bird (gotcha there, didn't I :P).
To sum it all up - a nice MOC with some very cool touches and a good (albeit bloody) idea. Good luck in the contest!
Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:22 AM
So to address those suggestions:
Tereglith: I have to say I'm gonna go with TheOtters about the seagulls, although I did try your suggestion, and must admit I don't like the look as much.
TheOtters: I didn't really consider this to be violent (at least not for pirates anyways) and believe that it isn't too gory. As for the cannonball, someone already mentioned that on Flickr. There are two reasons (or perhaps excuses ) that I have for why there is not a cannonball shown. First of all, I believe that it would to too crowded near the bird, and may end up looking sorta messy. And second I had figured that the cannonball would have shot through the seagull and would be "off set" if you know what I mean. And as for the smoke, I don't have any ice cream and think that the skeleton arms technique (which I have used before) wouldn't fit well, as it would also make the scene too crowded.
And BTW I'm ain't no vegetarian and enjoy my chicken(ya, it's a bird) at dinner (and maybe I'll just have to try seagull someday ).
Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:37 AM
I get your point regarding the cannonball and it sounds quite logical. A cannonball among all that blood and feathers might really look a bit too much. As to the smoke - this solution works just fine, I was merely suggesting something you could try out in the future, when those pirates start hunting griffins for example!
And hey, don't take my comment about the gory details here too seriously - I like to think that I still have some twisted sense of humour, so I see this entry as a fun MOC, which is just what it is. I'm not going to start ranting about condoning hunting & animal violence, don't worry :)
Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:08 PM
This is Enemy number one!!
Destroy them all
Very nice idea and lovely implementation.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:31 AM
not too big but simple and awesome....
Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:00 PM
Edited by badboytje88, 02 December 2009 - 03:00 PM.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 08:47 PM
It is at such times, after having pulled off and while cleaning the birds' excrements from my helmet, that I think to myself: "Bless them, it definitely ain't that bad... thank God that cows can't fly!!!"
Sorry for the off-topic, DarthNick, but I guess you'll appreciate this as a proper excuse for this sport of yours :)
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