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  1. Ailhbe

    Book III - Challenge I: A Time to Rebuild

    Cool builds, everyone! Mine didn't get finished due to other responsibilities, but I'll be using it as part of my Avalonia Tasks, so it'll still show up.
  2. Ailhbe

    Book III - Avalonia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    I haven't checked in in a while. Been busy building Task 5 and seeing if I can get something together for the first challenge. I'm really liking the story builds people are doing, though.
  3. Ailhbe

    Book III - Avalonia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    @Zilmrud That's a really cool idea. Can I steal/borrow it?
  4. Ailhbe

    Book III - Avalonia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    I think it looks like a good medieval helmet. Of course, I'm using aviator's helmets as spangenhelms, so maybe I'm not the best judge.
  5. Ailhbe

    Avalonia Tasks 1, 2, and 3

    Yeah, I'm working on Task 5 right now, since it seemed more focused and I had some inspiration for it. I've got the buildings I want to build picked out for Task 4, I just need to make it happen.
  6. Ailhbe

    Guard House

    That's a neat lantern. I recognize most of the pieces, but is the bottom a steering wheel? Also, that roof design is super cool.
  7. I definitely thought Arizona as opposed to the Sahara. Maybe some olive-green bushes or trees would help with that impression (for Palo Verde trees or something similar). It's a really cool build, though. I especially love how busy it is inside.
  8. Ailhbe

    Avalonia Tasks 1, 2, and 3

    Thanks. I think they turned out the best too.
  9. Ailhbe

    Avalonia Tasks 1, 2, and 3

    A mixture of Irish and Welsh, actually, but yes. I figured I could play with a couple of different influences and take what I wanted. Thanks.
  10. The art seems to be from a card game called Arcana. Specifically, a sepia version was used for a card called "Canals". Here's a link to the card. Unfortunately, I don't see a credited artist, but the product page does credit a bunch.
  11. Ailhbe

    Avalonia Tasks 1, 2, and 3

    Thanks. I found a video for a pretty affordable DIY light box, so I'll try that for the lighting. My usual computer is in for repairs, and my backup's editing software is pretty minimal. I'm going to play around with different settings and stuff with my camera and see what works best.
  12. Ailhbe

    Avalonia Tasks 1, 2, and 3

    Thanks! I'm working on the photography and lighting. I need to figure out a light box and stuff.
  13. Ailhbe

    Book III - Avalonia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Thanks for the links. I decided to put my Tasks 1, 2, and 3 in a separate thread, since they got kind of big together.
  14. Task One: The Army of Lesser Burren Following Raavage's War, Ailhbe and her advisors began rebuilding Lesser Burren's army. Chief among their goals was to rebuild the Teulu, the professional soldiers sword to House d'Carraig. Teulu Pikemen by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Heavily armed and armored, pikemen deploy as a shield wall to screen against cavalry charges. Teulu Light Infantry by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Light infantry make up the bulk of Lesser Burren's melee. They're easy to deploy and good for flanking and pursuit. Teulu Cavalry by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Men-at-arms and knights are rare in Lesser Burren, but there are enough of them to provide some much-needed offense to the Teulu. Light cavalry is usually equipped with bow and light lance to harass enemy forces. Teulu Archers by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Archers and longbowmen are deployed in front of the pike wall for maximum ranged harassment of enemy formations, then move back when battle nears. They carry spears, just in case. Lesser Burren Fyrdsmen by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr On rare occasions, a militia known as a Fyrd will be conscripted. The Fyrd consists of rangers from the shepherds and Frevlen clans, spearmen to strengthen the pike line, and crossbowmen for extra ranged support. Task 2: Ailhbe's Companions Shortly after taking up her title, Ailhbe took a trip west of Baile Oiliean to see some of the clachan villages. There, she was accompanied by her two advisors, as well as a bodyguard. Ailhbe and her Entourage by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Accompanying her was Master Caolan, the elderly leader of the barony's army. Though old, he still carried his warhammer with him. Drystan Blackstaff of the Frevlen was with her was well. Though coarse and rough-spoken, the man was well-respected by his people, and to rule the barony she'd need him on her side. Captain Niall, her bodyguard, brought up the rear. The paranoid young soldier insisted on checking each detail of the path in case of an attack. Task 3: The People and Lands of Lesser Burren In the southern half of Lesser Burren are numerous hillocks, separated from each other by wide, flat valleys. The south, leeward sides of these hillocks tend to be forested, while the windward sides are stoney with little growing on them. The valley floors are a patchwork of meadows, farmland, and great expanses of dirt where nothing grows. This flat terrain is broken up in places by limestone rocks, most of which lie naturally on the ground. A few, however, stand upright in straight lines that sometimes stretch twenty or thirty rocks long; the locals call these Bryn's Tears in honor of a Frevlen deity. Most Burreners live in small hamlets clustered on the sheltered sides of the hillocks. There, they farm wheat, barley, and root vegetables like carrots. Each hamlet, known as a clachan, consists of the dwellings of between five and ten families, a stone sheepfold or pen for chickens, and a storehouse. Occasionally, one of these clachans will have a horse, or even a cart; those who do take great pride in their wealth, and greater care not to overwork the horse or overload the cart. Clachan Farmers by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr] Few communities in Lesser Burren grow above the size of these clachans, for the land won't support large, centralized populations. The largest exception is Baile, Oiliean. Astride an isolated hillock called Oiliean, the town overlooks both the hills and valleys to the south and the limestone karats of the thuaidh burren to the north. As the only large community, many services are offered in Baile Oiliean that can't be found elsewhere in Lesser Burren. These include masonry, a wool fulling mill, and a wainwright. Most businesses are placed along a central road winding up from the town's gatehouse to Baroness d'Carraig's tower house at the top of Oiliean. Baile Oiliean Townsfolk 1 by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Baile Oiliean Townsfolk 2 by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr Baile Oiliean Townsfolk 3 by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr On the karst of the thuaidh burren north of Baile Oiliean, farming is all but impossible. However, the semi-nomadic Frevlen people make a living herding sheep across the land. Each group of Frevlen follows circling routes through the karst, never staying still long enough to overgraze the limited vegetation and never leaving anywhere untouched long enough for predators to forget to fear men. Only recently, with the drow raids in Lesser Burren having hurt the Frevlen more than the rest of the barony, have they left their homes in the karst to move south. Frevlen Clan Shepherds by Chris Huisjen, on Flickr
  15. Ailhbe

    Book III - Avalonia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    I'm going to give this Bricklink order one more day to see if my torsos arrive, then I'll be posting tasks 1, 2, and 3. @Henjin_Quilones For Task 4, How big does a settlement need to be to get on the map? I'm planning on stopping mine when it hits Town size, since that's as big as I imagine the area really supporting. @de Gothia Is there a place I can find everything your character has done?