#113 – “Keeping an Eye on..”

Right, sunday again (weeks go crazy fast sometimes), so last week’s image is here. Lacking the time for good ideas, for this week I simply assembled a render of Te’len, which I hope people might like.

I’ve been having a rough idea (but no fixed script) for this page for some time, the central concepts being both the huge difference between Humans and Night elves, as well as how the spirit really didn’t give them anything but a name and a general direction. The age issue is one that often amused me with playing a Night elf, so I couldn’t really leave it untouched.

I ultimately ran into a bit of a trouble with the paladin Te’len meets – with the complexity of some of the poses she had to do, I ultimately decided that it’d be easier to just hijack one of the human female models I had around, make a quick and dirty edit and re-rig of it for this one page and then run with that. It’s nowhere near the quality of proper rigs, but for being jury-rigged in under an hour, I think she turned out fairly okay.


23 Responses to “#113 – “Keeping an Eye on..””

  1. May 24, 2009 at 15:52

    Hm. The paladin looks REEEALLY small on the big and on the last frame, beside that it’s looking awesome. =D

    – Lora

  2. 2 Udûn-Khadgar
    May 24, 2009 at 16:18

    Well, it surely made a mark about ages. Great part about the ‘being very old’ part. It surely is one of those things considered quite different by humans and night elves, since a 100-and… year old night elf can still get very much older, but the humans are already decaying under a nice patch of dirt by then(mostly marked by a memorial rock =P). The both races’ different looks on age are always worth to be notified, in my opinion.

  3. 3 Beoren-Doomhammer
    May 24, 2009 at 20:02

    u say ur modelling is not so good? i love this comic and read everyday (well you know…) an i have to say that because the story is just so awesome, the models come second and give it the interactive element

  4. 4 Bancduese
    May 24, 2009 at 21:57

    Hmm, sounds like a mission for the trio; one that the Stormwind hierarchy isn’t able to handle… Hope I am guessing rightly on this as I think it would be fun to see a long involved quest with lots of your traditional side-adventures.

    As far as your modeling goes, it looks great to me. LOL, far better than I would ever even think of doing, allowing I thought I could do such in the first place.

  5. 5 Messai
    May 24, 2009 at 23:39

    ahw, she called Te’len old :o you don’t tell a lady that she’s old, mostly gets you slapped ;p

    but it paved the way for another quest ;p though without a doubt, Hani’s in trouble again outside the cathedral.

  6. 7 Durg
    May 25, 2009 at 00:34

    Hrmm, something i noticed, It appears that Miss Nila has a dagger in that last frame, the middle one just appeared to be a scabbard, which i assumed she still had (after all she only handed the dagger to Hani) but i could have sworn she had been told to dissarm

    • 8 Nhani
      May 25, 2009 at 07:53

      …that’s a very good catch. You can chalk that one up me forgetting to put the dagger on hide – usually when I have fiddly details like that I re-use the same scene file for cumulative scenes so elements like that carry over – this time I didn’t and simply forgot I needed to hide the dagger mesh from rendering. It wouldn’t have been a problem if I’d included Te’len from the previous scene rather than her model reference, but yeah. Continuity places the dagger outside in Hani’s possession, so that there’s one visible now is completely an author goof on my part.

      Happens when I’m a little too distracted :|

  7. 11 Weertangel
    May 25, 2009 at 17:53

    once again, another great page! the paladin really looks cool! and this plot twist(had seen it coming a mile away but hey! who cares eh?) should give our trio something to aside from getting stuck in jail or something,(knowing Hani, thats always a strong possibilty) off to adventure! and cool new ppl.

    Also, something for u to consider Nhani, but should’t Te’len be a main cast character? couse i can’t see the 3 apart after all they have been trough in the last chapter. just a thought ;)

  8. May 25, 2009 at 20:43

    Well, that trip was totally not wasted…..To Ironforge and Da booze!

  9. May 25, 2009 at 21:58

    Let’s see… she’s wearing the Lightforge belt, breastplate, and gloves. The shoulders are the old Grand Marshall’s. Ah, the memories.

    Anyway, as a paladin player primarily, you have my approval to continue, because you’ve done your research. :p

  10. 14 Avari Lucien
    May 25, 2009 at 22:29

    A friend linked me to this and well crikey, if it isn’t my character!

    You did a fantastic job adapting everything as it is in game, even the Silver Hand guild tabard.

    Very honoured to have been used, though now I need to go back and read the whole thing! :D

    • 15 Nhani
      May 25, 2009 at 23:11

      Well, I had a screenshot from one of the old meetings to go by – made sure to get one so I had a reference after I first got the idea for the cameo! You provided quite an impression on a certain gnome in spite of her strange questions, so when I needed someone for Te’len to meet, it seemed like a good choice!

      I’ll admit I was curious whether anyone’d notice or not! (Noone seemed to respond when I snuck Coragon in as a frustrated city guard, for example)

  11. May 26, 2009 at 07:48

    Is she supposed to be an adult? Kal’dorei mature at either 110 or 300. Back when I played it was 300. Either way, she’s -young-!

    Ref: http://www.wowwiki.com/Life_spans#Races

    • 17 Nhani
      May 26, 2009 at 08:29

      Young adult, technically. As I recall, the 110 number is from the old Warcraft RPG sourcebook, while the 300 one is from the revised World of Warcraft the RPG sourcebook; 300 always struck me as such an absurdly large number to have without any kind of suggestion why it takes that long, so I always found the former more resonable.

      I personally pegged Tiny and Te’len (being childhood friends and all) at both being somewhere around 125 or so, with Hani being some 25 to 50 years older as she has had time for an albeit brief Sentinel career. Converted to a human life span, Tiny and Te’len are intended to be around 19-20, with Hani closer to 25. If you’re more comfortable with using 300 as base, you can pretty much just retcon what she says to match that – the actual numbers aren’t really as important as the overall age group they’re in.

      As far as our three Night elves are concerned, Beyond the Tree is very much a coming of age story.

  12. 18 saila
    May 26, 2009 at 12:32

    some one said that counting the Draenei is really hard as the fact that should be that for example one asaroth year is 365 days and one day is 24 hour.
    when it might be that one Draenei year on Draenor might be 200-300 days and one day maybe is 20 hours.
    this is what many missing when they are counting the year of Draenei.
    that might not effect the counting so mush but the problem is that Draenei lives for over 300 year whit out problem if i remember correct that will make effect when its recounted to asaroth year and the final number really inaccuracy.

  13. 19 Weertangel
    May 26, 2009 at 20:24

    Don’t know about the draenei age issues, but considering that the Prophet Velen is more then 10.000 years old, i gues they can become very old!! even if counted in the right time frame. Ofc, Velen could have cheated being a prophet and such(filled with holy light or something)

  14. 20 Kai
    May 27, 2009 at 02:36

    So from this being 100 something shed still be seen as a child to her people.

    Very nice, though I so wish you’d give us a tutorial on how to rid :P And how you changed the polys from triangular to… (whats it called when there square?)

    • 21 Nhani
      May 27, 2009 at 07:35

      Quads. I just manually remove the edges I don’t want (along with manually cut in new edges I do want)

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