Elostirion

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  1. Elostirion

    [ESL-FB] A letter to the Colonial Council

    It's this brick, apparently from the Batcave. I ordered it a while back via bricklink (not the cave, just some of those bricks) and never had a chance to really use it since. :-)
  2. Dear Eslandola, word has reached my ears, even here in Terraversa, about the most concerning recent financial reports. Be assured, my dear friends of the Colonial Council, that you do not stand alone in this struggle. The Fontonajo family is with you in these difficult times.  I am certain you all realise any taxation of wealth is not an option? After all, the freedom of choice is what has made our nation great, and most certainly you will not dispossess your citizens of this freedom! I have always been in favour of further taxation - port taxes, taxation of new investments (properties), even taxes for living in the most luxourious towns, taxations for larger fleets, for titles, for offices - just about for everything that leaves us with a choice to decide against it, and thus against the taxes. While taxes on regular income might be a grey area, taxing our possessions leaves us with no choice to take another path - which is essentially the demise of freedom and thus the doom of our Empire. To express my support with more than just words I hereby transfer some of my most valuable possessions. While I give the Cotton Island near Salida Este to the Merchants Colonial Trading Company, which should be netting the MCTC around 150 Dubloons in monthly revenue, the Colonial Council Hall in Montario is hereby transferred to our nation. I entrust you, my friends in the Colonial Council, to use the money wisely. Also as of today, all port taxes acquired by Nova Terreli shall go directly to the treasury of our great Colonial Eslandolan Empire. My utmost respect to the work all of you are dedicating to our nations in those hard times. My finest regards  Román Esteban Fontonajo, Colonial Grand Ambassador
  3. Dear Eslandola, word has reached my ears, even here in Terraversa, about the most concerning recent financial reports. Be assured, my dear friends of the Colonial Council, that you do not stand alone in this struggle. The Fontonajo family is with you in these difficult times. I am certain you all realise any taxation of wealth is not an option? After all, the freedom of choice is what has made our nation great, and most certainly you will not dispossess your citizens of this freedom! I have always been in favour of further taxation - port taxes, taxation of new investments (properties), even taxes for living in the most luxourious towns, taxations for larger fleets, for titles, for offices - just about for everything that leaves us with a choice to decide against it, and thus against the taxes. While taxes on regular income might be a grey area, taxing our possessions leaves us with no choice to take another path - which is essentially the demise of freedom and thus the doom of our Empire. To express my support with more than just words I hereby transfer some of my most valuable possessions. While I give the Cotton Island near Salida Este to the Merchants Colonial Trading Company, which should be netting the MCTC around 150 Dubloons in monthly revenue, the Colonial Council Hall in Montario is hereby transferred to our nation. I entrust you, my friends in the Colonial Council, to use the money wisely. Also as of today, all port taxes acquired by Nova Terreli shall go directly to the treasury of our great Colonial Eslandolan Empire. My utmost respect to the work all of you are dedicating to our nations in those hard times. My finest regards Román Esteban Fontonajo, Colonial Grand Ambassador I might license this as a small commerce in Kings Port, Terraversa. And some more detail-shots of the furniture:
  4. Elostirion

    [COR-Rebuild] Walking the Ruins

    This is definitely a great improvement. I am happy you took much of the feedback provided by me and others The plate under the house ruins seems to not be properly attached, but aside from that it seems really well executed. Now about the presentation. While yours is not bad for this MOC, there is always room for further improvement. You might look at Ayrlegos MOCs, he is quite amazing at doing the presentations, and we can all learn from him. Gideon always had fantastic presentation as well. I think your background and photo are ok. What I'd really suggest is to make the background plain white - this alone improves the perceived quality of your MOC by a lot. Adding some more contrast and saturation to the MOC itself may help, though it is not a neccessity for this one. Below is an example (before - after).
  5. Some initial suggestions: - clean the boat (remove dust with a brush, vacuum cleaner or water) - try tiles instaed of bricks for the rowing banks of the boat - the tiles on top of the house at the right side make little sense for me. If it's broken, then it's all broekn. - the diagonal light bluish grey 1x8 tile on front of the left house is a great idea, but shouldn't it be brown (wooden)? - the interior of the left side house needs a lot of work still. Try a wooden floor (brown tiles), or maybe some kind of tiled-floor pattern (e.g. a mix of dark grey and red tiles, or black and white). - the interior leaves a lot of room for very cool and creative furniture of your own (e.g. like in this tutorial - you might add a flag and some other things to the boat - some workers might be building a wooden rack already, or an entrance from the house to the water - turn the boat by about 5-10°, would seem more realistic - the lower parts of the house might show some dirt due to the water, e.g. sand green or olive green. At least they should be dark grey instead of light grey. - in the water a bird might be swimming (try to go for a brickbuilt one) - some plantish things might be floating atop the water - the facade of the house on the left especially could need more texture. Flat light bluish grey always looks a lot like concrete, why not add some 1x1 round plates inbetween to create more texture? - instead of a fully rectangular house you might try some offsets for the walls: e.g. have the corners of the house stand over a bit by using 2x2 bricks - if you increase the height of the house adding windows will do a lot I assume. If sth. is not understandable feel free to ask. I really like your idea to make sth. great of this bad event. The floating door is a fantastic detail, and the scene definitely has a lot of potential!
  6. @Mesabi: I am happy you are going for it. I have some feedback for you. I am looking forward to the next iteration of your MOC.
  7. Without reading any of the last pages' discussions, just three remarks: 1. As the player who gets hit the hardest by this (I own 2 royal properties currently) economically, I fully and 100% approve the changes. 2. The only thing I dislike is how you treated settlements: Either take all income away - so make them fully nation-controlled - or leave their autonomy and their natural income. (you may cut it by 80% or whatever, but leave sth. there. 3. The only long-term solution to fight inflation is to give us incentives to spend our money on. Like 1.500 DBs for a Royal Palace, or buying a title, or faring war, and so on. Anyway - glad that the first step has been taken. :-)
  8. A small plantation in the hinterlands of Salida Este:
  9. Wild Creek is a small river a little outside Salida Este. Its rather turbulent waters and at some parts rather flat and wide banks make for a fertile land around it. Most of that land is not used by large agricultural enterprises, like for example Fontonajo's Cotton Island, but by small individual farmers who plant maize here, carrots over there, oats on the left side and cabbage on the right side. Most of this farmland originates from the early settlement phase, where pioneers were attracted to the island, built a small hut, and while the men were trying to change the world, the women planted the fields. However while Salida Este has become a vivid town and center of commerce, the farmland was all that lasted from the pioneers' work. I played around a bit with editing and like the result. Here is a picture of the MOC in its full 32x32 fooprint without rain and clouds. I will license it as a small plantation in Salida Este. Thanks a lot to @Capt Wolf and @Kai NRG for your feedback regarding my WIPs - which helped a lot to fix all the small issues the early versions had. It is a pleasure to collaborate with you!
  10. Thank you so much for doing this one, Capt. :-) And such a wonderful job. The MOC is marvellous. And you nailed the relationship of the two. I am deeply impressed. Just wow. I hope I will be able to help again next turn.
  11. Elostirion

    Weelond 2nd Battalion ready for duty

    Very nice scene, like it! I love how you are staying true to the greyish Weelond-style. Nice. :-) May I hope that there is - or will be - a full version of Fort Weelond?
  12. I used powerpoint and then made a screenshot. If you don't need high resolution that works perfectly fine. :-)
  13. Seems like 2018 was my Corrish Explorer year... 15 MOCs on COR territory (8 of those from the first challenge, but still), 4 on ESL and 1 on TER. Oleon, oh Oleon - time to visit you in 2019. And you two, my dear Sea Rats. And it's about time I post my ship, finally...
  14. So maybe you should just have postponed posting THIS five days ago?
  15. When do you think you will be ready? The deadline is another 9 days, and I wouldn't mind if @Ayrlego extended the deadline by some days. Looking forward to your contribution! :-)