17
Jun
10

#201 – “I Spy, You Spy”



I was suggested that we should atleast have one stop by Delgren before jumping back to the mines, so thus this page. I generally resent making a page entirely out of a dialogue between two nonposeables since their ability to act and emote is significantly reduced compared to poseable models, but occasionally the situation demands.

I’m hoping to have the time to construct enough of the mines by sunday so we can get back on track; still have a bit left before they’re done, and I’d love to get them over with.

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17 Responses to “#201 – “I Spy, You Spy””


  1. 1 Yerdiss
    June 17, 2010 at 23:37

    After much consideration, I proclaim: “First”. Oh, I feel all giddy now!

    • 2 Yerdiss
      June 17, 2010 at 23:47

      I may add that this page is worth it. Regardless the fact that the models are non-poseable, the page does them well. The dialog delves both into their respective personalities, as well as promising an avenue of exposure for the story background. I can ‘feel’ that the ears of this kind night elf will end up picking up some interesting facts!

      Storywise, the interval feels solid and the return to the Deadmines now would be nicely timed. Artist-wise, I hope your extraction-problems of the boat aren’t too much of a problem. Though then again, even if any view on the boat would be a grand one, the story itself should not be harmed if it is skipped or altered. The only reason we readers know of it in the first place, is because we’ve seen it elsewhere :P

  2. 3 Ilyara
    June 18, 2010 at 01:39

    However you slice it, Delgren’s expression in panel 3 three is utter win xD

    It’s an interesting contrast between the two characters: I like Delgren personally. Teronis and Raene eh? ;o Curious she would mention Foonmall. *holds her chin and glances off to the side*

  3. 4 Synchronizor
    June 18, 2010 at 02:21

    Despite their limited poseability, you did a great job getting convincing “acting” out of these two, Nhani. I only wish a few more details of Hani’s past were included, but I suppose you’ll get to that eventually.

    Also, /cheer for a new voter incentive!

    • June 18, 2010 at 18:28

      Actually, she has exported the models into a 3D program, giving them a lot more flexibility and able to be posed how she wants them instead of using WoW Model Viewer :-)

      • 6 Synchronizor
        June 19, 2010 at 01:00

        I’m aware of that, but the unaltered imported models still do not feature the advanced morph points and skeletons that the core character models do. That’s what I was referring to.

  4. 7 LolDrood
    June 18, 2010 at 05:08

    Hmmmm, why would Delgren need the services of Chester Arthur, the 21st President?

    Interesting plot thickery that I wasn’t expecting. I’m hoping for a Genuine Murloc Infiltration Suit appearance. Ahh-RULULULULULU!!!

    No? Aw. :(

  5. 8 Frostsaben
    June 18, 2010 at 08:44

    To be honest the first timed I looked at this page wanted to ask you if you made a new model for the human face, only after reading under I realised you didn’t, but still for what you had it looks quite good.
    And Bathule(that’s his name right?) has a mustache, in general people with beards and mustaches have not so pronounced expressions.

  6. June 18, 2010 at 13:30

    It’s nice to see Raene’s reaction to Hani’s disappearance and the responsibility she feels for losing that sentinel you find who was killed by those Murlocs, forgot his name…

    Makes you wonder what Hani did to be kicked out of the Sentinels and even more, why does Raene care so much about this maverick warrior..?

    • 10 Nhani
      June 20, 2010 at 11:14

      If you mean Teronis, as far as I know he wasn’t a Sentinel; rather he was a close and longtime friend of Raene who wanted to help the Sentinels (and likely, by extension, Raene) out. Unfortunately, he didn’t survive the attempt – neither in Beyond the Tree nor in World of Warcraft proper.

  7. June 18, 2010 at 18:29

    He keeps his ears open. (snicker) How many directions can you take that comment? Hehehehe!

  8. 12 Fokker
    June 18, 2010 at 23:36

    To keep your ears open… I know you can keep your eyes open… but ears… well… Sounds kinda weird…
    Why do I keep putting three dots after each sentence…

  9. 13 Shadda
    June 20, 2010 at 05:52

    Hmm… I believe the saying our Kaldorei friend was looking for is “keep an ear to the ground,” but then I suppose Common isn’t his first language. :D
    They are uncommonly large ears, so he should be able to hear a fair amount.

  10. June 20, 2010 at 10:49

    Despite the limited options you had, it looks great :D I love Delgren’s expression in the third panel.
    Oh, by the by, in ‘i spy, you spy’, the letter i should be written in capitals: ‘I spy, you spy’.
    Anyhow, love the comic, can’t wait to see the next one :D

    Kind regards,

    ThreePipeProblems

    • 15 Nhani
      June 20, 2010 at 11:00

      It actually already is; if you look at the latest updates list (or in the image itself), the I is capitalized (as is the Y, actually, for reasons of symmetry). The reason it appears in lower case on the very top is because the theme I’m using forces lower case on post titles for the post header.

      It’s a little bit of a bother sometimes because some titles tend to look better with the intended capitalization, but no other theme had enough space for a full page while still allowing an image header and not being utterly blinding with bright colours, so I’ll live with it.


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