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[OL - FB] Onward, to Seawatch!

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A dramatized depiction of the 'Trek to Seawatch', artist unknown.

Seawatch remains beleaguered by the Lotii savages! According to the latest news, its valiant defenders are down to the last rations and ammunition, due to the strict Lotii siege. A dire situation, for sure. A way through the blockade and fresh intelligence is needed in order to prevent Seawatch from falling, however with most of Oléon's men on El Oleonda already tied up in the theater of war and the lives of citizens being costly as they are, no commander is quick to send troops on such a dangerous task.

Such a fool's errand is a task tailored to the soldiers of the Légion Etrangère, Oléon's foreign volunteers. They yearn for adventure and a chance to prove their merits to the Crown once more. The job falls on the shoulders of 'les Audacieux', or 'the Bold Ones', elite mountain infantry of the Legion. These men are specialists suited to rough terrain and extreme conditions and are drawn from volunteers whose nations are known for its mountainous terrain, with many soldiers originating from Altonia, Pontilla, Varcoast, even Carno and others. While their uniforms are only a little less conspicuous on the battlefield than those of their brethren in the line infantry regiments, the red adornments are still very recognizable - together with the wide-brimmed hats.

'Les Audacieux', officially 'chasseurs de montagne', will trek over the central hills and mountains of El Oleonda preferring the less-trodden and more difficult paths of the interior over the easier to travel coastal sides. In this way, they hope to circumvent Lotii forces and find passages unknown to the enemy which might help top bring supplies to their beleaguered brethren. After all, there are still Oléonese "merchants" stuck in the city, which need the help of the motherland.

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Notes:

I saw Keymonus' mountain artillery and I loved them. Having members from nations such as Altonia pits the Legion's narrative perfectly, so I decided to try my hand at a variation with my own spin. Reading Keymonus' description made me think there were high mountains on El Oleonda, hence the snow. However, as I've found out right before posting this: apparently the mountains on El Oleonda aren't all that high :sadnew:. Hence the disclaimer of "artist's interpretation".

This is a very small freebuild, for story purposes mostly. The intent is to gather information on the siege and find a way to resupply.

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The first photo has been reworked greatly. I can feel the cold and the exertion of the legionnaires climbing the mountain top.

I like the second photo too. The mountain top is superbly built. With an eagle it would be perfect. I like the uniforms of the mountain troops with the white gloves.

Great story, even on low mountains it can have snow. In addition, the first photo would be an impressive notice to advertise for the mountain troops

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13 hours ago, NOD said:

The first photo has been reworked greatly. I can feel the cold and the exertion of the legionnaires climbing the mountain top.

I like the second photo too. The mountain top is superbly built. With an eagle it would be perfect. I like the uniforms of the mountain troops with the white gloves.

Great story, even on low mountains it can have snow. In addition, the first photo would be an impressive notice to advertise for the mountain troops

Thanks, NOD. Like I mentioned in other MOCs of mine before, I try to compensate a lack of pieces and the ability for 'grand builds' by Photoshopping effects in some images to up the presentation and make it more immersive.

An eagle would be nice, indeed! I'll have to expand my collection of LEGO animals.

5 hours ago, Spud The Viking said:

A nice wee build, I love the bird's nest. Superb presentation too!

Thanks!

2 hours ago, Professor Thaum said:

Gorgeous one @Khorne very nice angle for the rock work

I don't often build terrain and definitely not rockwork (for whatever reason), so I wanted to try my hand at is. I thought I had more dark grey slopes though, but sadly I haven't, so this is about as large as I could make the mountain. I chose to build it with an angle to make it more dramatic and for "practice".

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Great stuff. I had a good laugh as I assumed you planned on having it be an exercise in Victorian melodrama. Great unit idea and fortuitous timing! The terrain is really convincing, they are clearly summiting great heights.

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That first shot is fantastic, wonderful editing and really great angle and posing.  I love how much you got out of a pretty small MOC.  That's something I try to do often and you're inspiring me to up my game!

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This is exactly the type of little vignettes I love here in BoBS! The uniforms and the landscape are very nice, the shot is perfect, and the effects add a lot!

About the mountains… I admit it’s my fault! :pir-grin: There is a little brown colour in the middle of the map and I decided we needed mountain troops, regardless the real topography. Then we could still make good use of them on Maldria in case of need… I read that there are true mountains on that island! :pir_tong2:

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Les Alpinistes! :pir-love:

Beautiful vignette and extraordinary photo editing skills! Great to have you on board!

And don't worry about low mountains at El Oleonda. The painter surely exaggerated things to impress. Or there is at least one peak that high that we absolutely needed a flag placed! You know, for vanity reasons. 

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On 6/10/2022 at 7:20 PM, Kai NRG said:

That first shot is fantastic, wonderful editing and really great angle and posing.  I love how much you got out of a pretty small MOC.  That's something I try to do often and you're inspiring me to up my game!

Glad I could inspire you!

On 6/10/2022 at 10:12 PM, Keymonus said:

This is exactly the type of little vignettes I love here in BoBS! The uniforms and the landscape are very nice, the shot is perfect, and the effects add a lot!

About the mountains… I admit it’s my fault! :pir-grin: There is a little brown colour in the middle of the map and I decided we needed mountain troops, regardless the real topography. Then we could still make good use of them on Maldria in case of need… I read that there are true mountains on that island! :pir_tong2:

Great to hear. I'm pleased you like the build. You are right: there's bound to be some real mountains somewhere out there to full optimize the potential of mountain troops :grin:.

On 6/11/2022 at 11:37 AM, blackdeathgr said:

Les Alpinistes! :pir-love:

Beautiful vignette and extraordinary photo editing skills! Great to have you on board!

And don't worry about low mountains at El Oleonda. The painter surely exaggerated things to impress. Or there is at least one peak that high that we absolutely needed a flag placed! You know, for vanity reasons. 

Artists do love to exaggerate, don't they :laugh:

The photo editing is at its core rather "simple". It's mostly a background replacement and several layers of snow over the photo, some of which I motion blurred for some sweeping action. After that, some color and lightning corrections to set the tone and bring it all together. It's a bit of trial and error and seeing what fits and what doesn't until I get to a result I like.

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