#127 – “Crowd Control”

This is one of those pages that simply came out of asking myself (and the people I continously bug for input) “okay, what can I do about this that is interesting to see?”. We’ve seen the group in a crowd before – albeit not with Areen along – but we know that neither Hani nor Te’len are all that comfortable among that amounts of people, so I kept thinking about what else I could do with it. Eventually I just got the idea of “Y’know, what if Hani has an outburst right there?” and it pretty much came out of that.

The one thing that took by far the longest time with this page was the actual outburst – the pose, the camera angle.. I went through something like three different basic ideas (with several minor tweaks back and forth for each) before I ended up at the result here. I found it just really being a difficult shot, trying to leverage expression and intensity.


30 Responses to “#127 – “Crowd Control””

  1. 1 Legion Jim
    July 19, 2009 at 17:48

    haha,,, really nice one,,
    but aint there any female´s in stormwind? oh wait,, there was one,, and one more,, 4 in all?
    or is it just me?

    Døden 80dk

    • 2 Nhani
      July 19, 2009 at 17:55

      There’s a few dotted about randomly in the crowd – I’ve been largely reusing the models and textures I exported for the crowd scenes over by the docks, and haven’t really taken the time to invent more random appearances to dot around just for the sake of.

      You can chalk it down to author complacency; for me it wasn’t half as important what the crowd consisted of so long as it looked sufficiently thick. If I’d taken more time for it I’d probably littered in dwarven women really as they are awesome, but with the limited time I just went for the straight visuals and didn’t even really think about what the crowd contained until in hindsight.

  2. 3 deathchiller
    July 19, 2009 at 18:47

    you know this comic keeps on amezing me it is the one that is laying about on first place with lfgcomic and i mean serious it is like i feel its real thank you for posting this amezing comic, oh and btw i really think hani is pretty funny in this one :D

  3. 4 A
    July 19, 2009 at 18:53

    I have ALWAYS hated how in WoW the major cities aren’t full of inhabitants (other from that poor ol’ Topper McNabb in Stormwind), where as this comic captures it pretty nicely, as in the same way I see it.

    But yeah, another nice comic Nhani, can’t wait until Capt. Cravenrest comes up to say his opinion about Hani & co – again ;)

  4. 5 Razah
    July 19, 2009 at 18:58

    did the guy in blue do anything in perticular?
    Well since he’s the closest to Hani and the only one who really got pushed down.
    Lovely page as always btw.

  5. 7 Razah
    July 19, 2009 at 19:01

    Also,love the voting page again :D

  6. 8 TheNic
    July 19, 2009 at 19:35

    well, people who wanted to see Hani snap…you got it :P wonderful as usual, my regards to the autor

  7. 9 Lahis
    July 19, 2009 at 20:24

    In before the Friendly Neighbourhood Captain Complain and his squad!

  8. 10 Weertangel
    July 19, 2009 at 20:51

    How come Hani has such a fear for crowds anyway? or is it just a night elf thingy?
    Anyway, great page again! just hope she does’t go beserk now :( last thing we need is a mad night elf doing a Bladestorm to clear some room…(would look cool though) or a shoutstorm in this case.

    • 11 Aries
      July 20, 2009 at 14:25

      She comes from a people who spend most their time quiet and spread out. You would likely get the same reaction out of a human who spent most their life living in the wilds. Its loud, its close, it probably stinks, when they are used to quiet forest sounds, nothing closer than the press of the trees, and the smells of the earth.

      Basically if you aren’t used to them, crowds are scary, lol.

  9. July 19, 2009 at 21:25

    Well,.. if Hani says (or shouts,..) “Back off !”,.. you better do it and fast.
    but i guess everyone there already got the memo on that :P

    very nicely done,..
    another supurpe page,..

  10. 13 Masterflak
    July 19, 2009 at 21:34

    I see two pairs of twins in the crowd, and a quadruplet group >:O

    Ponytailed Dwarves in red, Black overalls with white undershirt humans, and four humans with blue overalls and blonde hair, must be a fertile city!

    Anyway, great comic, I’ve only come along it recently

  11. 14 Kaldo
    July 19, 2009 at 22:28

    Yep that seemed to work to clear the crowd(^^)The man in blue must be really confuced;)

  12. 15 Monh
    July 19, 2009 at 22:28

    I can see four dwarves with the same animations ;) It must be pretty hard work to make a crowd.

    Maybe you should think about going through the city very early and put less people there? That would justify it and give you less work.

    Great title ;)

    • 16 Nhani
      July 19, 2009 at 23:44

      It’s not so much that it’s hard as it is time consuming – characters need to have a working outfit and then be exported, imported into a scene, have the textures assigned and then placed out in the scene at random intervals. Making a whole crowd of unique individuals would be hours of work for mere extras you barely even notice, so I just go with a few. I tend to try to scatter them out a bit so it’s less obvious how few individuals it actually is, but I think I got a little too lazy this time around.

      Crowd shots are pretty rare so far, so I don’t have a reliable array of extras to use. I’ve long been thinking of making a set of very simple poseable models that I can use as extras when needed, but I’ve simply never had/taken the time for it. (Plus, that’d make crowds take quite a bit longer still, but would make talking extras more expressive)

  13. 17 Elveswarrior
    July 20, 2009 at 00:25

    hani needs some of that whooosha therapy XD

  14. 18 Zeliek
    July 20, 2009 at 00:45

    In the panel where Hani is yelling, the way her hand is. It kind of looks like she is going to swing Rei like a weapon.

  15. 19 Keyra
    July 20, 2009 at 01:45

    “Excuse me, pardon me, um…Fezzik?”
    “Thank you.”

  16. 22 Boremin
    July 20, 2009 at 05:15

    would have been funny if there was a dwarf walking by Hani, and when she yells he just takes a look up and replies: Bugger off, hippie.

  17. 23 Bancduese
    July 20, 2009 at 09:19

    Believe it or not, that works really well in reality, making this particular comic page very true to life…

  18. 24 saila aka wester
    July 20, 2009 at 13:21

    ah this reminds me of an epic moment in Guaken Alice when the school is having a festival, and Natsume entrance mikans RPG event and he steers, silence at the crowd and they move like 10 feet away in less then 1 second.
    one of the few episodes i saw and i needed an bit of help from my sister that could point out all the name and that.

  19. 25 Moltrazahn
    July 21, 2009 at 19:13

    *Hani goes enraged*
    *Youve obtained aggro from Hani*
    *Use bubble now!*


  20. July 21, 2009 at 20:14

    Hmmm,It’s kinda stupid but I know it needs alot to work to fix it,in the crowd as you can see at pane 6,some people look exactly the same and most of them are near each other to those who looks exactly like them,can you fix that NHani?

    • 27 Nhani
      July 21, 2009 at 20:43

      I’m not likely to go back and fix it in retrospect, especially not with the overall ‘rush’ already over. With #128 I probably will, but this page will probably remain as-is until it starts bothering me too much, and for now it really hasn’t. In fact, the shadows actually bother me more than the duplicates in the crowd.

      • 28 Yerdiss
        July 21, 2009 at 22:29

        If you wish to fix it, copy past a sign “Twin convention thattaway” into the pane, hee hee!

        *dashes away*

  21. July 22, 2009 at 11:35

    So,since Hani is on Stormwind it’s a great chance to buy a new weapon :p,Something unusual

  22. 30 Xelios
    July 23, 2009 at 13:26

    *laughs* Perfect! ^^
    Need moar! We can has moar? Pleese? *puppy eyes*

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