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This new challenge gave me an opportunity, to came up with two ideas, but after it was restricted, for only lego parts, I had to release the second idea, and go full with the first one. This time too, I want to show you, another dark part of Historica. The...

Crime and Punishment Collectible Mini Figures.

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As I saw other entries earlier, It was mostly, about simple residents, trades, professions, and sometimes heroes. I want to show you what crimes can be committed in Historica, and how justice will be served! Every Guild has its own ways, to inflict pain, so, let's get started:

---------------------------------Avalonia--------------------------------

- Mask of Shame

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 Punishment for various small crimes.

  Not every punishment requires blood to flow. Sometimes a little humiliating is good enough. It could be any, smaller disruption, like swearing, brawl, deception, etc. The person must wear a metal mask, with a little bell on the top of it. It will remind the nearby locals, who is coming, so they could greet with a nice word or some rotten food. The victim also has a sign, what was his or her crime. The time also differs, how long must they endure all of this.

- Poachers Fate 

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 Punishment for poaching.
  
  The elves could be cruel too. Especially, when they caught you, poaching and desecrating their forest. First, they catch you. Then, they tie your hands back. And the fun part here starts. They put a bee or wasp hive on your head. Then they release you. They will laugh at you, but you wouldn't hear anything both from your screaming and from the buzzing insects. It could end up in different scenarios: You could blindly run in the forest till you die, from the stings, or smash into a tree, hoping the hive cracked, and not your skull. If you are unlucky, a big brown mammal will join in the pursuit, of the honey.

- Witch Burning

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 Execution method.
  
Not everyone likes magic. The simple folks, sometimes couldn't handle it. They see magic as an evil tool, which must be eradicated. The villagers gather in big riots, dragging the suspect in front of the village elder. And he must consider, to save the girl and face the angry crowd, or just simply kill her, so the residents could calm down. Nothing extra, they gather up logs and sticks, tied the girl to a pole, and light the fire. In rare cases, they actually kill a witch, but in many cases, the trials are against girls, who are weird or someone who is envious of her, and this is the best way, to remove her.


--------------------------------Kaliphlin--------------------------------

- Hot Situation

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 Punishment for peculation.

  In Kaliphlin there is a lot of ways, to punish the wicked. For example, for peculation, the accused is dragged outside the desert, tied to a cactus, or buried to the neck. But they gave them hope. A flask of water is placed next to him. So, it will be ironic, die by dehydration, why the water was in arms reach. 

- Boiling Point

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 Punishment for recidivism.

   Get punished for a crime, is one thing. But if you keep committing crimes, and you won't learn anything from the punishment, is an error, which needs to be solved. The kind leaders of Kaliphlin came up with this method. With a hammer and chisel, they carve a little hole in your skull. The next step is to boil some water, when it's ready, they simply pour it into your skull. You will never have a sinful thought. Or any other thoughts.

- Artifact Compression

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 Punishment, most commonly, for cheating.
 
 Magic using isn't a common sight in the art of torturing. It's mostly causing pain, but sometimes there are business gaps. The target audience is the cheated wifes and women, thirst for revenge! The man is lured into a trap, and the paid sorcerer casts the spell on them. Removing moisture from their body, and Turning them into small statues. They won't die, but they not lose consciousness. They remember these times, like a never-ending dream. Oh, and don't forget the thirst. If you want them, to turn back, just simply toss the little statue into water. They will suck it up, like a sponge. Soon a dried and wrinkled raisin-like figure appears. He won't cheat you again. 

--------------------------------Varlyrio--------------------------------

- Sleep With the Fishes

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 Execution for piracy.
  
  Sometimes the executions don't need to be so fancy and expensive. Just grab a chain, some weight, and toss them out in the open sea. While sinking into the depths, with your last breath you can think about, "being a pirate is alright with me"...  

- The Last Laugh

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 Interrogating method.

  This time you will have the last laugh. Everyone has their weakness, which the torturer will gladly exploit. They will take off your pants, and put you in the stocks. Then the torturer brings in various equipment, to tickle you. Most commonly, they use feathers, but it could be a plant with irritating touch, long animal fur... even they dip the victim's feet into salted water, and brought in a goat, to lick it. Tickles can be really harmful, if they do it, for long, like vomiting, incontinence, losing consciousness, or die. 

- Belt of Virtue

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 Punishment for fornication.

  Not everyone is able to close their legs at the right time. Fortunately for them, this device will not let any intruder in and will remind you all the time during your punishment. It's important, to be clean it unless you want to wear a rusty iron belt around your private parts or stink like a sewer. Don't worry ladies of Historica, there are male compatible models too!

--------------------------------Mitgardia--------------------------------

- Freeze to Death

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 Execution method for desertion.

  No one likes deserters, this is a fact. And there are many ways, to punish them, for abandoning their duty. In Mitgardia, they knock them out, brought them into the northeast point of the country, and left them there. If they wake up, they could try to get back to the civilization, before they freeze to death. Not many could achieve this, and the many frozen statue in his region is a bad sign for them. But, if they still manage to return, they are branded for life. The frostbites on their body will remind them for the rest of their life, what they have done. 

- Breaking Wheel

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 Execution method.

  One of the gruesomest ways, to end someone's life. With this public execution, the viewers will think twice, before committing any crime. The victim was tied to a large wheel, and with a large hammer, the executioner started breaking the limbs. One by one. Why the wheel? It says, it was invented by a lazy executioner, who was too lazy, to go around the victim, to break all their limbs. He simply just turned the wheel, to strike down. When all of the limbs were broken, they killed the criminal, and erected the wheel, with the broken body, as a warning to all criminals.

- Punishment Shaves

 Dwarven humiliating method.

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  This method is most commonly used on dwarfs, but there are cases, when it was used, on other races. Dwarves' prestige is measured in their beards. It's a shame if a dwarf must shave it off. And bigger shame, if someone shaves it, for them. So the dwarf has to start growing their beard back again and earn his respect and prestige back again. And to endure the humiliation of others. 
 

--------------------------------Nocturnus--------------------------------

- Rat Torture

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 Interrogation method.

    The torturers are very keen-eyed persons. The best of them don't need expensive devices, just look around, grab a bucket, a torch, and a rat, like... the usual stuff in a dungeon. Put the animal in the bucket, then squeeze the bucket into the victim's stomach, and start heating it. The rat has only one way out, and if you won't start talking, you will be in the way, for the rat's freedom...

- Slow Slicing

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 Interrogation method.

  Every living creature can endure pain. And the torturer's job is to find out, what are their limits. This method is simple, you will need a really sharp knife. Steady hands aren't required. And you start slicing your victim, like a juicy ham, until they stop screaming in agony, and start telling the information, what you need.

- Ravaage's Stool

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 Interrogation method.
 
 Thanks to Lord Ravaage, many exotic torturing devices were used, during his reign. This four-legged stool, with a wooden pyramid on the top. They started lowering the nacked accused on the pointy edge of the pyramid, ensuring it, to cause pain... "Where the sun doesn't shine". The time for this torture differs, minutes, hours, days, some they hang weight on the accused's feet, to maximize the effectiveness. 

 

Torturer

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And there weren't be any torturing without the specialist. No one knows, what twisted thoughts are in their minds, and what history they had, to drive them in trade. Without pity or remorse, they do their jobs, inflict as much pain as they could, and make sure, the accused cough up the information that they needed. It's a thankless job, but somebody got to do it, or else they would find themself on the wrong end of their devices. 

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I hope everyone liked my Minifigs. C&C welcome, as always. And tell me down the comments, which one is your favorite? (So I would know how sick you are :devil_laugh:)

Edited by kahir88

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Wow!  Love it!  You've really brought a creative twist to the minis!  I like how you are tasteful but still bring in the realism of the period.  I remember seeing medieval torture devices precisely like these in museums.  I like how you have thrown in a few fantastical ones too like the shrinking.  I'm not sure if the tickle torture or Raavage's chair is my favorite.  I think the chair has some phenomenal posing.  The wheel is great too, with some nice angles on the legs.  One question: is the slicing guy supposed to be tied up?  It seems like he'd just fight if he could.  Nice use of the feathers to represent stinging insects.  I like how you have some from each guild, too.  Great work!

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Giving a theme to a figbarf that already has a a defined theme and suggested format, now that's out-of-the-box thinking! :excited: Some of them look a little less polished than others, but on the whole you have added loads of depth to the lore! I think my favourites are "Punisment Shaves" (just hilarious!), "Mask of Shame" (interesting concept) and "Witch Burning" (great execution, no pun intended :tongue:). "Boiling Point" stands out as the absolute sickest, to me. :enough:
Some general criticism: sometimes your builds are under-lit, and if you correct that with a photo-editor programme (I use Fastone Image Viewer), which is quite easy, I think that could make your builds come out better. And with the overview shot: try to space them out more. With figures/builds varying as wildly as these, I think it's important to make sure that the way of presentation is as orderly as possible. Overall, great work man! :thumbup:

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Though a bit gruesome - I do like that you have a theme.  Some of these are very creative.

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It's not so often that medieval MOCs are this...medieval *oh2*
I think you've done a great work in illustrating and describing some very plausible Historican punishments! :thumbup:

Great job with the nice clean background and crisp photos too. I do howeer agree with the comment about the lighting, maybe some additional diffuse light or reflectors to add more lighting on the front of the object would have made the presentation "pop" better. There are tons of good tutorials out there on (also budget-friendly) setups for product photography (which MOC photography essentially is).

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On 7/23/2021 at 11:32 PM, Grover said:

One question: is the slicing guy supposed to be tied up

Actually, yeah, he should be. But I didn't want to for selling, just for show. Imagine two torturer grabs you, and the third one starts cutting you to pieces. You try to free yourself, but you just wriggle there. This way, you can feel his pain, and see his facial expression. It would be great, to put a couple of torturers, next to each figure, and show, how they do the deeds, but maybe next time. When we don't need to show them separately. :)

 

On 7/26/2021 at 1:37 PM, Exetrius said:

"Boiling Point" stands out as the absolute sickest, to me.

Yeah, that came from a horror movie. I was shocked too when I saw it. :D

 

And thanks to the C&C so far. Yeah, My biggest weakness, is photographing. Every time when I start taking pictures, "That looks good enough for me" and later I find out, it was worse than a 10-year-old, using a potato as a camera. :D First, I should learn, to see the difference, but I can't. My fiancee tried so many times showing two pictures from the same thing, and I can't see the difference. 

The CMF-s were captured with sunlight only, cause at the moment, we don't have much space at home right now, and also want to show them as soon as I could.

Maybe it would help. I will try this program Exetrius, Maybe it would help.

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Haha this entry sure knows how to sell the setting.
My favorite is The Last Laugh :grin:
Great job Kahir.

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Good take on the theme. I both laughed and cringed. 

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As others have said, this is  a very clever theme for your entry. Details I like: the HP mandrake as the squashed head in the first entry; reviving the old witch head; perfect head choice for Boiling point; Belt of Virtue :poke:; the Dwarven humiliation - probably my favourite.

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A very dark but entertaining take on the CMF series :laugh: Loads of very unique punishments, I like the sleeping with fishes and poachers fate.

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