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  1. Basiliscus

    Varlyrian Family Intrigue Thread

    Here are the main members of the Conzaga family and their biographies. The family has a strange trait whereby all the children are born with white hair due to some genetic anomaly. *** Besil Conzaga (retired) In his prime Besil kept the Conzaga family going during the troubles between the de Fioris, Amancios, Chiaros and Baiamontes. A deft hand was required to prevent being crushed in the civil wars and assassinations that took place during the worst of those years. A quiet unassuming man Besil largely kept the family out of sight and never flaunted his wealth, gently expanding the family business and buying up local competitors. Now in his twilight years, Besil has handed the Conzaga family affairs over to his eldest son Staffen to manage, looking forward to a quiet life. Staffen has asked that his father have his likeness immortalised in the Conzaga family crypts, something the modest Besil does with reluctance. *** Staffen Conzaga (family head) Staffen is the current head of the family and a shrewd and ambitious man. Having lived through a period of Varlyrian stability, with three generations of Amancios as Rego, he can afford to expand more aggressively than his father and take more risks for the family business. Whereas his father preferred bribes and marriages, Staffen isn't shy in carrying out the occasional abduction or assassination to further his goals. After his second wife died in childbirth, he turned all his energy into the family vinyards and is posed to take every advantage he can. Whilst his more underhand tactics have had some successes, it has also created him many enemies, and he insists that him and all his children are assigned a bodyguard for their protection. For his own bodyguard he has picked a Minotaur named Minos, chosen because only he can speak the Minotaur tongue and no-one can turn the beast against its master. *** Nestur Conzaga Nestur is the second son of Besil and whereas his brother Staffen got all the business acumen, Nestur is the warrior of the family. Sent off to the mainland to learn his craft, he fought in many of the civil wars that plagued Historica and his mercenary company earned many riches for the Conzaga family coffers. In addition to gold, his time at war brought back a lot of information on the other Historican factions which will be invaluable for expanding the family trade links. Having never married, he has no children, and is much more likely to be found in taverns with low company than at the family vinyards. *** Bernaldo Conzaga As Staffen's oldest son, Bernaldo should be heir to the family business, but being brought up on tales of his uncle's adventures on the mainland meant he often skipped his lessons and he desired more than anything to become a warrior and travel to distance lands vanquishing foes. Unfortunately, the period of peace brought in by the death of Ravaage and the coronation of Queen Ylspeth has robbed him of this opportunity, so instead he spends his time drinking and womanising along with his uncle and his men. Having been brought up in relative luxury, he spends gold like it's going out of fashion, and thinks nothing of bedding any woman he can get his hands on. In the most embarrassing case, Bernaldo was found in the bed of the Duc D'Elancon. After the Duc demanded his head, Nestur cut off the Duc's hand and only intervention from the Rego and Staffen's agreement to pay a large sum of gold prevented a full blown vendetta. Bernaldo refuses his father's offer of a bodyguard, scorning it as "babysitting". The real reason is that he doesn't want his father to know what he gets up to... *** Gisela Conzaga Gisela is Staffen's second child, and oldest daughter. Fierce and independent, she rarely listens to her father although her relationship with him is considerably better than Bernaldo's. Rather than spinning and needlework, Gisela prefers to get involved in the family business and handles political turmoil with ease. Her father begrudgingly accepts her advice even if some of his advisers find it distasteful to debate with a woman. As her bodyguard, she has been assigned the lionel Mohatu. With his keen sense of smell and lightning quick reactions, he is ready to keep Gisela safe from anyone who might do her harm. *** Mychel Conzaga (secondary character) Mychel is Staffen's second son to his first wife, who was born shortly before his parent's divorce. Unlike Bernaldo, who takes after the hard drinking uncle Nestur, Mychel has his gandfather's quiet and unassuming nature. He lacks his sister's political ruthlessness, but he did get some of his father's intelligence. He is considered a master of the vine, and the Conzaga vintage has never tasted better under his direction, a fact his father rarely admits in company. He enjoys the simple things in life and rarely troubles others. His bodyguard is the avian-sapien Meiyo - a master of the sword her keen eyesight keeps Mychel out of harms way. *** Poppa Conzaga Poppa is Staffen's second daughter, and his only child to his second wife. After her mother died birthing her, she is painfully aware of her failures and is hard on herself for every mistake she makes, whether it be improper etiquette or a stitch in the wrong place. She tries to overcompensate by fitting in as a perfect daughter amongst her more unruly siblings, but her tender age and fragile constitution mean she mostly misses out on the fun. She is protected by the Kaliphlin champion Tsiri. He left the isle of Gorr under rather dubious circumstances, and only narrowly avoided being taken by pirates on his journey to Varlyrio. Despite his past the giant Sudite dotes on Poppa and is more of a father to her than Staffen, who is often too busy running the family business to spend much time with his daughter. *** That's them all! At some point I will do a family tree to help you keep track of them. *** So I've posted my family members above as requested in the first post in this thread. Happy to link to the original post to save it being in two separate threads, up to you @Garmadon My family members and their bodyguards are expendable, with two exceptions: Meiyo (my player character, seen above as the bodyguard to Mychel) and Poppa (since she's modelled on my daughter ). They can be abducted, blackmailed or whatever but I would object to them being assassinated, blinded, losing limbs, etc. The rest are fair game, so fire away! Looking forward to seeing how this plays out!
  2. That was literally the best character introduction ever. I actually laughed out loud!
  3. Basiliscus

    Conzaga Family (Varlyrio)

    Thank you! Bernaldo is certainly going to cause a lot of internal struggles for the Conzaga family, I made him a bit naughty to allow me to drive the story forward without requiring external enemies. Many thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you've come round to the body guards now Thanks man. I think my favourite is also the window on Gisela's one, that was one of those occasions where the parts were on the table and they were shouting out to go together. Also thanks for the guild welcome, despite the family animosity I'm hoping we can still give a good account of ourselves in challenges and so on!
  4. Basiliscus

    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Finally got round to posting my Conzaga family vignettes, really enjoyed doing these actually:
  5. Basiliscus

    Conzaga Family (Varlyrio)

    Here are the main members of the Conzaga family and their biographies. The family has a strange trait whereby all the children are born with white hair due to some genetic anomaly. *** Besil Conzaga (retired) In his prime Besil kept the Conzaga family going during the troubles between the de Fioris, Amancios, Chiaros and Baiamontes. A deft hand was required to prevent being crushed in the civil wars and assassinations that took place during the worst of those years. A quiet unassuming man Besil largely kept the family out of sight and never flaunted his wealth, gently expanding the family business and buying up local competitors. Now in his twilight years, Besil has handed the Conzaga family affairs over to his eldest son Staffen to manage, looking forward to a quiet life. Staffen has asked that his father have his likeness immortalised in the Conzaga family crypts, something the modest Besil does with reluctance. *** Staffen Conzaga (family head) Staffen is the current head of the family and a shrewd and ambitious man. Having lived through a period of Varlyrian stability, with three generations of Amancios as Rego, he can afford to expand more aggressively than his father and take more risks for the family business. Whereas his father preferred bribes and marriages, Staffen isn't shy in carrying out the occasional abduction or assassination to further his goals. After his second wife died in childbirth, he turned all his energy into the family vinyards and is posed to take every advantage he can. Whilst his more underhand tactics have had some successes, it has also created him many enemies, and he insists that him and all his children are assigned a bodyguard for their protection. For his own bodyguard he has picked a Minotaur named Minos, chosen because only he can speak the Minotaur tongue and no-one can turn the beast against its master. *** Nestur Conzaga Nestur is the second son of Besil and whereas his brother Staffen got all the business acumen, Nestur is the warrior of the family. Sent off to the mainland to learn his craft, he fought in many of the civil wars that plagued Historica and his mercenary company earned many riches for the Conzaga family coffers. In addition to gold, his time at war brought back a lot of information on the other Historican factions which will be invaluable for expanding the family trade links. Having never married, he has no children, and is much more likely to be found in taverns with low company than at the family vinyards. *** Bernaldo Conzaga As Staffen's oldest son, Bernaldo should be heir to the family business, but being brought up on tales of his uncle's adventures on the mainland meant he often skipped his lessons and he desired more than anything to become a warrior and travel to distance lands vanquishing foes. Unfortunately, the period of peace brought in by the death of Ravaage and the coronation of Queen Ylspeth has robbed him of this opportunity, so instead he spends his time drinking and womanising along with his uncle and his men. Having been brought up in relative luxury, he spends gold like it's going out of fashion, and thinks nothing of bedding any woman he can get his hands on. In the most embarrassing case, Bernaldo was found in the bed of the Duc D'Elancon. After the Duc demanded his head, Nestur cut off the Duc's hand and only intervention from the Rego and Staffen's agreement to pay a large sum of gold prevented a full blown vendetta. Bernaldo refuses his father's offer of a bodyguard, scorning it as "babysitting". The real reason is that he doesn't want his father to know what he gets up to... *** Gisela Conzaga Gisela is Staffen's second child, and oldest daughter. Fierce and independent, she rarely listens to her father although her relationship with him is considerably better than Bernaldo's. Rather than spinning and needlework, Gisela prefers to get involved in the family business and handles political turmoil with ease. Her father begrudgingly accepts her advice even if some of his advisers find it distasteful to debate with a woman. As her bodyguard, she has been assigned the lionel Mohatu. With his keen sense of smell and lightning quick reactions, he is ready to keep Gisela safe from anyone who might do her harm. *** Mychel Conzaga (secondary character) Mychel is Staffen's second son to his first wife, who was born shortly before his parent's divorce. Unlike Bernaldo, who takes after the hard drinking uncle Nestur, Mychel has his gandfather's quiet and unassuming nature. He lacks his sister's political ruthlessness, but he did get some of his father's intelligence. He is considered a master of the vine, and the Conzaga vintage has never tasted better under his direction, a fact his father rarely admits in company. He enjoys the simple things in life and rarely troubles others. His bodyguard is the avian-sapien Meiyo - a master of the sword her keen eyesight keeps Mychel out of harms way. *** Poppa Conzaga Poppa is Staffen's second daughter, and his only child to his second wife. After her mother died birthing her, she is painfully aware of her failures and is hard on herself for every mistake she makes, whether it be improper etiquette or a stitch in the wrong place. She tries to overcompensate by fitting in as a perfect daughter amongst her more unruly siblings, but her tender age and fragile constitution mean she mostly misses out on the fun. She is protected by the Kaliphlin champion Tsiri. He left the isle of Gorr under rather dubious circumstances, and only narrowly avoided being taken by pirates on his journey to Varlyrio. Despite his past the giant Sudite dotes on Poppa and is more of a father to her than Staffen, who is often too busy running the family business to spend much time with his daughter. *** That's them all! At some point I will do a family tree to help you keep track of them.
  6. Basiliscus

    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Thanks for the tentative schedule, if it changes a bit then that's fine but now I know I have about 8 weeks to concentrate on free-builds, of which I hope to get out at least one but ideally two.
  7. Basiliscus

    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Thank you for those kind words Great update to the first post, helps to find things when we need it. I don't mind occasionally compiling lists to help out if need be, shouldn't be too onerous with so few builders. I left out a couple of people who pledged allegiance but didn't submit a picture because I wasn't sure if they were going to come back and tidy up their post. I've got all my family vignettes built, and I will photograph them later tonight and post them. I've got a few ideas for the Varlyrio challenges that I will work on in the next few weeks. I know Challenge I is just finished, but when do you think Challenge II might be commencing (even approximately, before or after Xmas, etc)? It would help me plan ahead as if I start building something big for the Varlyrio challenge and then a new global challenge is announced it's hard to keep going with two MOCs at once.
  8. Basiliscus

    Book III - Challenge I: A Time to Rebuild

    Nice build summary! Looks like Avalonia is once again showing it has a lot of active players. Varlyrio will need to keep the few members it has active if it wants to compete with the others.
  9. Basiliscus

    Challenge I: Conzaga Manor

    Thank you! I'm trying to introduce the Conzaga family gently, but I've got more planned for them over the next few weeks. Thanks for the kind words. I've not had as much time as I would have liked over the last few years for building, but I'm making a big effort to put that right now! Cheers, I was going to share the part I used but I can't find it on Bricklink, I saw them and thought they looked like good pillars so I bought a load of them for this purpose! I've been meaning to do a grey building for a bit now, most of the time I go for exotic colours.
  10. Basiliscus

    HELP! ! !

    Is there a way to resize an image posted from an external site? I have tried a few attempts at BBCode such as: [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/29025875@N06][img width="200" height="109"]http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/rogueang/Varlyrio/saputa_valencia.jpg[/img][/url] and also: [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/29025875@N06][img=200x109]http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/rogueang/Varlyrio/saputa_valencia.jpg[/img][/url] but neither seem to work. I am proficient with both BBCode and HTML so I assume I am either doing something stupid (most likely) or the board doesn't accept code. Any help appreciated.
  11. Basiliscus

    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Hey @Rogue Angel, I had been looking for a list of Varlyrio members and I notice there isn't one in the first post of this thread. I hope you don't mind but I have compiled a list below, I hope no-one objects to this. Would you mind adding this to the first post of this thread please? Edit: eek, we only have 7 members, quality over quantity it is then! Members Supano Amancio = @Rogue Angel [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/29025875@N06][img width="200" height="109"]http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/rogueang/Varlyrio/saputa_valencia.jpg[/img][/url] (I've asked for the correct way to resize images, see link below, and will edit once I know how to make this work properly) Bjarke De Fiori = @Garmadon Bran of Khaor = @narbilu Luca di Carlo = @ZlatanXVIGustaf Fel D'Gatto = @mccoyed Vismund de Rabianací = @x105Black Meiyo = @Basiliscus Shields I also noticed that we do not have Varlyrio shields to hand out as tags, a few members still seem to be sporting their old tags from previous books. Again, I had a stab at these, files below (I can send originals if you PM me your email address):
  12. That's fair enough! Photography isn't that difficult to master for LEGO, since as long as you use a tripod you can take as long an exposure as you want as the subject won't move. I have used GIMP briefly (I prefer Photoshop Elements myself) but to be fair if you take good photos the amount of post processing should be significantly reduced. You've done a good job with the second batch of photos, they're much sharper than the first lot, it looks like you've put the camera on a tripod (or something stable). Looking at the EXIF information on Flickr (see image below) shows that the camera chose a high f-stop (f/14.0 will give a wide depth of field) but the photos would lose their graininess if you reduced the ISO from 6400 to 100 and increased the exposure time accordingly. To do this it is imperative you put the camera on a tripod or some other surface. It's also worth checking if your camera can delay the shutter by a second or two because even the motion of the camera when you click the shutter can affect the picture quality. If you want any more help feel free to shoot me a PM and I will try and help.
  13. Basiliscus

    Challenge I: Conzaga Manor

    Yeah, I agree the windows are too low, they wouldn't be much use to defend with! I put them there and only realised they looked strange when I started placing minifigs, and I was too lazy to fix it. The same goes for the gaps in the arch above the entrance, in an ideal world I'd have liked to find a better solution but I needed to meet the deadline. Thanks, I had a load of the dark red slopes and hadn't found a use for them until now! I like that because then you don't feel it was a waste of money! Thanks Thank you, a few of the ideas were inspired by other AFOLs, you can see some links on this photo. Thanks! Varlyrio is quite exciting as there aren't as many previous builds, so it's nice to get a chance to flesh it out a bit.
  14. Basiliscus

    CHALLENGE I: Rebuilding the City Wall

    Lots of nice little details to find here, love the cart transporting the stone and the ladder made of 4L bars. Your minifig posing is excellent and there's a real sense of activity in the MOC. I also really enjoyed reading about the construction process too, you've clearly done your homework. There's a few things I don't like however: I find the "A Time To Build..." text on the base a little overwhelming and distracting, although you have done a good job of the letter sculpting. I also think the crane looks oversized, it's bigger than the castle walls and seems a little cartoonish.