29
Jan
09

#81 – “Your Mission (Should You Choose to Accept It)”

 



So, #81! Took me long enough. Can’t promise it was worth the wait, being more exposition to go around. We’ll get going before long, though – provided I take enough time for it rather than just blaming tiredness or other things that also need doing.

Bringing in Feero Ironhand amused me – where escort quests are normally plagued by annoying encounters, inept escort NPCs and all manner of bother.. twisting it around so the usually escort NPC got the actual escort mission was something I found interesting. We won’t be saddled with him long, don’t worry.

Looking it over, this page is a little dark in places. I’m not sure which is the worst thing to fall upon – too bright tor too dark. The way specular works, slightly too bright causes loads of brightness, so it might actually be worse, but I’ll likely make a new lighting environment for #82 so it should be better. I hope.

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16 Responses to “#81 – “Your Mission (Should You Choose to Accept It)””


  1. 1 Moltrazahn
    January 29, 2009 at 15:52

    Tiny allmost scared me on that imagde 4 :P. And it was worth the wait, funny to see how she suddenly just takes control, not that im supprised that its her doing it. But still, its great to see ^^

    Keep em comming i say, keep em comming :D (or going, since they are heading elsewere ^^)

  2. 2 TC
    January 29, 2009 at 16:08

    awhhh just proves that Tiny actually can order the men around *snickers* keep up the good work, ill head back to packing stuff.. new apartment here i come!

  3. 3 Weertangel
    January 29, 2009 at 22:09

    For a comic that uses ingame graphics u should’t beat yourself up so much! it looks great, and i’m still amazed how u are able to do the facial expressions so good :) so don’t be such a perfectionist and simply enjoy it :)

    btw, are we going to see some of the other allaince races in the future? like dranei? couse they rock! or an undead rogue stalking our heroes just for the kill ;)

  4. 4 Elveswarrior
    January 30, 2009 at 07:36

    great comic idd been reading it for quite awhile :) just a little side note here.

    in the last picture tiny says: “why’re you all looking at ME for? lets go allready!”

    can be my english thats weak but shouldnt it say “what are you all looking ME for? lets go allready!” or “Why’re you all looking at ME? lets go allready!”

    again could very well be mere XD

  5. 5 AY
    January 30, 2009 at 08:33

    *gently pats Tiny* There, there.

    And what are you talking about it being dark, I can’t see it. O.o’

  6. 6 Nhani
    January 30, 2009 at 10:19

    Hm, I think both why’re and what’re work really – the former sounded right in my head, but now thinking about it either works just sa easilly so I don’t know if there’s a right choice or not. I tend to pass both scripts and finished pages by someone for a final corrective which usually catches most issues, but sometimes things slip. In this case though, I think both options are equally valid!

    With the idea being that we’re headed across the ocean (though the characters might not intend so yet), we’ll see more of the Alliance, in the least. While I prefer not to let too many things slip – especially in the event that they end up changed – we’re going to pick up a female (another one I know.. – there’s a reason for it, I’ll likely explain those bits when we meet her) gnome on the other continent, as well as meet another support character. Not sure what to do with Draenei, yet.

    And for those of you who’ve been reading comments regularely for a long time – the gnome is replacing the dwarf, explaining my point earlier about things changing! In the end, the dwarf didn’t have nearly as much reason to join up (nor was nowhere near the same level of character depth), hence the change. It’s a pity, but it also saves me from having to figure out how dwarves speak!

    And for darkness, I think the bottom left corner with Tiny could’ve been brighter – it’s really dim which seems odd for middle day in a clearing. The rest isn’t nearly as dark, so it seems a tad odd to me in hindsight.

  7. 7 Arafor
    January 30, 2009 at 10:33

    I’d say dark is better then bright. But that opinion might come from me working with shadows (I work with normal pencils).

    I like this page, but not for the reasons previously mentioned. I like it as it gives Delgren (what that how it was spelled?) a huge heap of character depth.

    (On a side-note (yes, I love side-notes), this page would logically be more bright then most previous pages as the area they are in is rather open in compare to the darker forest.)

  8. 8 Nhani
    January 30, 2009 at 10:55

    My point exactly with the lighting – the odd thing being that I’m actually re-using exactly the same lighting environment as I had for the two pages earlier – I just think I placed and rotated the characters a bit differently and ended up more in the shade due to that. I might figure out the whole stage lighting sometime yet, but I certainly have a loooong way to go!

    As for Delgren, I do maintain that he’s nowhere near as inept as Tiny claims – she’s just very good at pointing fingers and being unreasonable. I definitely like his interactions with the duo being a developing thing – things evolve rather than just retaining status quo.

    I think this page says alot about both Tiny and Delgren.

  9. 9 sundanze
    January 31, 2009 at 00:49

    pretty horrible comic its all about one person killing like 1000 enemies thats just stupid

  10. 10 Yerdiss
    January 31, 2009 at 01:48

    Yep, Elveswarrior is right. Either “What for” or “Why” works. But “Why for” is incorrect. So “Why are you looking at ME for” should either scratch the “for” or change the “Why” into “What”. But then again, it’s only a minor detail ;)

    On a different topic: Female Gnomes! Yay!

  11. 11 Nhani
    January 31, 2009 at 09:19

    Huh, well you learn something new every day. I can conveniently blame Tiny for not knowing grammar! (besides, they tned to butcher sentences and leave words out for spoken language anyhow!)

  12. 12 Arafor
    January 31, 2009 at 10:50

    It has been stated many times that this is not a comic for everyone, Sundanze. If you want a more “quest for power” kind of comic I’d suggest reading dragonball X (lots of action, horrible character development) or something of the like.

  13. 13 Yerdiss
    January 31, 2009 at 15:31

    Heh, that is absolutely true, Nhani ;) In a way, it suits her and the situation

  14. 14 thisblog4u2013
    February 1, 2009 at 10:35

    wow this is different

  15. 15 Lurch
    November 21, 2009 at 22:34

    my turn to weigh in…

    the correct phrase / relationship is:

    If you think that, you have another think coming

    just being pedantic

  16. 16 Starsprite
    April 8, 2010 at 19:34

    No, it’s “another thing coming”, geez!


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