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Quoting Brian peczyna
Hi mark! Would you know how to get a completely white backround with Paint.net?


I've not actually used that application but the general steps you would take should be similar to Photoshop, so I'll at least describe them. You've probably got a couple of options...

1) Most photo-editors allow you to cut out an image and paste it into another. If that's possible with paint.net, try outlining your MOC and removing it from the original image. After that try creating another image that's nothing but a blank white field. Then paste the cut MOC into that field.

2) The other option would be to simply take a tool that allows you to color over an image (referred to as a paint brush tool in Photoshop), and paint out the background around your MOC. One thing Photoshop offers is for you to outline your MOC first, and by doing so you can keep from accidentally painting over what you want to keep. That might be possible in other applications as well, so look to see if paint.net has that capacity.

Not much help, but there ya go, for what it's worth.

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| January 25, 2010, 2:16 pm
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Im thinking about purchasing 10 pounds of legos off of Ebay. It costs $100, so Im wondering if $10 per pound is a good deal.
Is it?


That's not bad if...IF...you're looking at the parts you feel you need, and those parts seem to be in reasonably good condition.

Ebay has been a fantastic resource for me in certain circumstances (that being when I'm not interested in specific parts, but just enhancing the general volume of my collection). But you have to look closely at the pics and decide if the parts you see look like what you can use. Also if there are figs in the mix, that can drive up the value of your purchase (although it can also drive up the final bid price). So just be careful about the lots you consider, looking hard at the pics provided, and noting the bidders rating.

Good luck.

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| January 25, 2010, 2:29 pm
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Oh supreme abuser of the sig figgy, will you let me in the SigFiggy Abusers Club?


I'm trying to think of the best way to put this that will REALLY express how I feel...hang on. Oh, wait! Wait! Okay I know...I got! I got it! Okay, here we go...ready?...

No.

(Of course, you're in. I've been swamped lately, but I'll jump over there and hook you up, pronto!)

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| January 25, 2010, 2:37 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Oh supreme abuser of the sig figgy, will you let me in the SigFiggy Abusers Club?


I'm trying to think of the best way to put this that will REALLY express how I feel...hang on. Oh, wait! Wait! Okay I know...I got! I got it! Okay, here we go...ready?...

No.


There's nothing like a dope slap from Kelso!

In other news, I'm as guilty as everybody using the wrong Kelso head (shut it, Bones and Hansi) ... I used a grey-bearded head in my "The Csek Is In The Mail" MOC (did I just shamelessly plugged my own creation?!?! amazing...)... XD
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| January 25, 2010, 2:50 pm
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J

There's nothing like a dope slap from Kelso!

In other news, I'm as guilty as everybody using the wrong Kelso head (shut it, Bones and Hansi) ... I used a grey-bearded head in my "The Csek Is In The Mail" MOC (did I just shamelessly plugged my own creation?!?! amazing...)... XD

He's not THAT old....sheesh, it's like he's Dennis Price's age or anything. Mr.Kelso, may I enter too? (Note how I kissed you know what before asking!)

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| January 25, 2010, 2:57 pm
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
I'm as guilty as everybody using the wrong Kelso head

Don't worry, as long as you show enthusiasm, any 'head' is good for Mark.~H
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| January 25, 2010, 4:17 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

That's not bad if...IF...you're looking at the parts you feel you need, and those parts seem to be in reasonably good condition.

Ebay has been a fantastic resource for me in certain circumstances (that being when I'm not interested in specific parts, but just enhancing the general volume of my collection). But you have to look closely at the pics and decide if the parts you see look like what you can use. Also if there are figs in the mix, that can drive up the value of your purchase (although it can also drive up the final bid price). So just be careful about the lots you consider, looking hard at the pics provided, and noting the bidders rating.

Good luck.


I always use the 'Buy it Now' option, as well as buying stuff from people with 95.5% + ratings.

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| January 25, 2010, 10:41 pm
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Quoting Brick Freak

I always use the 'Buy it Now' option, as well as buying stuff from people with 95.5% + ratings.


I'm such a greedy, tight-fisted slob. I can't seem to bring myself to buy anything over there unless I'm getting some kind of ridiculous deal. I once got 35 pounds of white lego for just under 50 bucks...been spoiled ever since! ;)

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| January 25, 2010, 10:56 pm
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Quoting Brick Freak

I always use the 'Buy it Now' option, as well as buying stuff from people with 95.5% + ratings.


I'm such a greedy, tight-fisted slob. I can't seem to bring myself to buy anything over there unless I'm getting some kind of ridiculous deal. I once got 35 pounds of white lego for just under 50 bucks...been spoiled ever since! ;)

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| January 25, 2010, 10:58 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'm such a greedy, tight-fisted slob. I can't seem to bring myself to buy anything over there unless I'm getting some kind of ridiculous deal. I once got 35 pounds of white lego for just under 50 bucks...been spoiled ever since! ;)
Hahaha. In a way, I'm spoiled when it comes to Ebay because my uncle buys the stuff for me. Just for christmas, I raked in 25 pounds of Lego =).

Oh, I have a question for ya: In the simplest way possible, can you tell me how to change the background on a moc? I have photoshop, but I can't seem to find the instruction manual.

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| January 25, 2010, 11:08 pm
Colts or Saints?
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| January 25, 2010, 11:16 pm
Quoting Dylan B
Colts or Saints?

Ice cream and cake or Ice cream cake?

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| January 25, 2010, 11:24 pm
Did Mark say something about being fisted again? Who dat, who dat, who dat think they gonna beat them Saints? The Colts, that's who.~H
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| January 25, 2010, 11:46 pm
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Quoting Brick Freak
In the simplest way possible, can you tell me how to change the background on a moc? I have photoshop, but I can't seem to find the instruction manual.


Online tutorials are MUCH better than any instruction manual, and if you want to get better with Photoshop, I highly recommend them. Meanwhile...

When you say change the background, do you mean painting out the background? Adding a new one? Or did you want to alter the one you've got?

Let me know more specifically what you'd like to do, and we can go from there.

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| January 26, 2010, 8:57 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Note how I kissed you know what before asking!


Oh, and don't think it didn't go unnoticed either, you sly dog, you!

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| January 26, 2010, 9:02 am
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Quoting Dylan B
Colts or Saints?


I don't watch basketball.

(Yes, folks. That's a JOKE! I'm from Indianapolis, who do you suppose I'm backing on this one?)

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| January 26, 2010, 9:06 am
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Quoting Hans Dendauw
Did Mark say something about being fisted again?


Are you channeling Phipson, or something?

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| January 26, 2010, 9:13 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Are you channeling Phipson, or something?

Sorry, Mark, I work in a kitchen, that's what we do. Trust me, I'm really having to hold back around here. Hahaha!~H
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| January 26, 2010, 9:28 am
Mark, do you listen to Bob and Tom? We love them out here on the left coast.~H
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| January 26, 2010, 9:31 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Online tutorials are MUCH better than any instruction manual, and if you want to get better with Photoshop, I highly recommend them. Meanwhile...

When you say change the background, do you mean painting out the background? Adding a new one? Or did you want to alter the one you've got?

Let me know more specifically what you'd like to do, and we can go from there.

I guess it would be adding a new background. Kinda like what you've done with the main photo on your 'CP-69' moc. I dont really need to know how to duplicate the image, but a different background would be nice.
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| January 26, 2010, 9:50 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yes, folks I'm from Indianapolis, who do you suppose I'm backing on this one?

I'm a Patriot fan. (too bad they lost) and I hope the Saints go marching in!
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| January 26, 2010, 10:04 am
Quoting Dylan B
Colts or Saints?

LAKERS! Oh, and Manchester United. The NFL bores me to tears.
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| January 26, 2010, 12:33 pm
Quoting Hans Dendauw
Did Mark say something about being fisted again? Who dat, who dat, who dat think they gonna beat them Saints? The Colts, that's who.~H

Actually, I do hope the Colts win since the Chargers forgot to show up for their game
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| January 26, 2010, 12:35 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Actually, I do hope the Colts win since the Chargers forgot to show up for their game

XD
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| January 26, 2010, 12:44 pm
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Quoting Hans Dendauw
Mark, do you listen to Bob and Tom? We love them out here on the left coast.~H


If I listened to radio, they'd be my choice...f-n hilarious!

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| January 26, 2010, 1:31 pm
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Quoting Hans Dendauw
Sorry, Mark, I work in a kitchen, that's what we do. Trust me, I'm really having to hold back around here. Hahaha!~H


Perhaps you should join us in a chat some day. Something tells me you could keep up with the rest of us without AAAAANY trouble whatsoever!

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| January 26, 2010, 1:32 pm
Mr.Kelso,
I need tips on how to improve this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/181603
It's my first Micro-space ship and I need an experienced ship builder to critique it.
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| January 26, 2010, 4:45 pm
By the time march roles around there will probably be a ask Kelso 50.0
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| January 26, 2010, 4:59 pm
Quoting J. V
By the time march roles around there will probably be a ask Kelso 50.0


At the rate this is going... it is a possibility...
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| January 26, 2010, 9:12 pm
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Quoting J. V
By the time march roles around there will probably be a ask Kelso 50.0


And we'll be down to questions like "If a duck eats and then goes in the water, does he get the cramps?" or "Did Ray Charles ever chip his tooth on the mic?"

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| January 27, 2010, 12:03 am
Quoting Tom R.
Hey Mark! I have another question, what's a good software that you don't have to download, that you can use to make comics.


Microsoft Paint.

It's what I use, and it works.
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| January 27, 2010, 12:34 am
Quoting Tom R.
Can't see where it would work, show me around would ya'?


http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/azazaza/Misc/untitled.jpg

then

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/170834 (if you have G.I.M.P.)

then/or

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/163620
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| January 27, 2010, 12:47 am
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Quoting Rusty S.
Mr.Kelso,
I need tips on how to improve this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/181603
It's my first Micro-space ship and I need an experienced ship builder to critique it.


Okay, Rusty. Now for a longer review...

As I mentioned on a comment, I like the color choices...somewhat unusual for the subject, and they have a very alien feel, which is cool.

You also did a fantastic job of making sure the entire surface area was crafted...no plate bottoms showing, and lots of detail. That's a huge plus!

On the down side, I think the color (meaning the green, basically) was a bit too scattered about. I've been talking with a lot of builders lately about what I call color "blocking," and how visually effective it can be. I might suggest playing around a bit with another MOC where you place your secondary colors in specific groups, vs. being quite so "sprinkled" around the MOC. That's not to say you can't add some small hits of color here and there, but when your MOC's colors get too spread out, the entire form starts to feel cluttered and the viewer's eye looses the sense of the form.

Also, with the details, I've been thinking more and more about some advice Brian Kescenovitz gave me with my mechs...He felt I was getting too much greeb work going on all over the place. Like the colors, I think greeb work in some areas is terrific, but not everywhere. I think a good MOC balances the detailed areas with some areas that are very plain. That way the greebling looks special when you see it. Otherwise, with it everywhere, you get the visual equivalent of looking at cole slaw: TOO much going on. In that case the eye can't focus on anything, and the viewer once again looses the sense of form.

So anyway, I have to say you really did an excellent job, particularly for a first attempt. Hopefully these nits will help you to take it even farther on your next creation.
Good luck.


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| January 27, 2010, 7:43 am
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Quoting Tom R.
Hey Mark! I have another question, what's a good software that you don't have to download, that you can use to make comics.


When you say "don't have to download," do you mean one that you can go out and buy? And if so, are you MAC or PC?

If you're talking about what already exists on your computer, then I can't say. Different computers come with different packages, and I don't know what you have or don't have. Although Areetsa's suggestion of Paint is a good one, since that app is pretty common on most PC's.

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| January 27, 2010, 7:48 am
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Quoting J. V
This could have a lot done to it....but for part 2 what do you think it really needs (others input would be great) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/180097


Nice lighting, but watch your focus, particularly with that main pic. You want that image to catch people's eye, and an out-of-focus picture won't help ya.

Have you thought about doing the floor with SNOT? The rest of the build is so clean, that the studs on the floor seem like too much texture to me. I suppose it could suggest carpeting, but everything else has a true rock-like feel, and that texture contrast was a little distracting, personally.

So do we get to see a lava hot tub? How about a "rock"ing chair? (ba-dum, bum) And what kind of vehicle will he drive? Oh wait, I know. A Chevy truck...like a rock.

Sorry. But that's the price you pay for asking! ;)



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| January 27, 2010, 8:07 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Okay, Rusty. Now for a longer review...

As I mentioned on a comment, I like the color choices...somewhat unusual for the subject, and they have a very alien feel, which is cool.

You also did a fantastic job of making sure the entire surface area was crafted...no plate bottoms showing, and lots of detail. That's a huge plus!

On the down side, I think the color (meaning the green, basically) was a bit too scattered about. I've been talking with a lot of builders lately about what I call color "blocking," and how visually effective it can be. I might suggest playing around a bit with another MOC where you place your secondary colors in specific groups, vs. being quite so "sprinkled" around the MOC. That's not to say you can't add some small hits of color here and there, but when your MOC's colors get too spread out, the entire form starts to feel cluttered and the viewer's eye looses the sense of the form.

Also, with the details, I've been thinking more and more about some advice Brian Kescenovitz gave me with my mechs...He felt I was getting too much greeb work going on all over the place. Like the colors, I think greeb work in some areas is terrific, but not everywhere. I think a good MOC balances the detailed areas with some areas that are very plain. That way the greebling looks special when you see it. Otherwise, with it everywhere, you get the visual equivalent of looking at cole slaw: TOO much going on. In that case the eye can't focus on anything, and the viewer once again looses the sense of form.

So anyway, I have to say you really did an excellent job, particularly for a first attempt. Hopefully these nits will help you to take it even farther on your next creation.
Good luck.


Ok, thanks for the tips. I'll try to use highlights more sparingly next time.
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| January 27, 2010, 8:31 am
Hey Mark, how do you get a good backround? I dont have any foamcore at the second, Im thinking about buying some this weekend, but is there anything common I can use instead? My new frigate has a box under it and a wall in the backround... :( It's all about presentation isnt it?
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| January 27, 2010, 10:14 am
Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Hey Mark, how do you get a good backround? I dont have any foamcore at the second, Im thinking about buying some this weekend, but is there anything common I can use instead? My new frigate has a box under it and a wall in the backround... :( It's all about presentation isnt it?

Well, I'm not Mark, but if you need a background, there are a couple of different options. First is a clean, non-wrinkled sheet, preferably white or some light color. This will enhance the lighting, reflecting back onto the MOC. If your MOC is particularly light, a darker back-drop will enhance the details, where lighter back-drop might create a kind of 'glare', making details harder to see. Another option, if available, is using a large, neutral painting. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/181433. It all depends on what you have available and how large your MOC is. Remember, the back-drop really only needs to fill the dead space in the picture your taking. That said, a towel tacked to the wall could work, as long as it fills the frame.~H
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| January 27, 2010, 10:27 am
Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Hey Mark, how do you get a good backround? I dont have any foamcore at the second, Im thinking about buying some this weekend, but is there anything common I can use instead? My new frigate has a box under it and a wall in the backround... :( It's all about presentation isnt it?

I am also not Mark, but I was once knew a guy named Mark, so....I started using some various paintings my fiance has made as backdrops as the colors in the paintings seemed to blend well with the sets. Just another idea.
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| January 27, 2010, 10:33 am
Quoting Mister Bones
I started using some various paintings my fiance has made as backdrops as the colors in the paintings seemed to blend well with the sets. Just another idea.

Great idea! You should check out the link I posted, I really think you'll like that guy's stuff.~H
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| January 27, 2010, 10:40 am
Quoting Hans Dendauw
Great idea! You should check out the link I posted, I really think you'll like that guy's stuff.~H

I will. I meant to answer your question that "yes" I use paintings as backdrops a lot as you noticed.
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| January 27, 2010, 10:42 am
Quoting Hans Dendauw
Great idea! You should check out the link I posted, I really think you'll like that guy's stuff.~H

HAHAHAHA, I am such an twit! You got me on that one.....
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| January 27, 2010, 10:43 am
Yeah, that was fun.~H
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| January 27, 2010, 10:48 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I've been talking with a lot of builders lately about what I call color "blocking," and how visually effective it can be.


So, having the secondary colours in specific 'blocks' instead of little tiny stripes everywhere?
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| January 27, 2010, 1:52 pm
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Hey Mark, how do you get a good backround? I dont have any foamcore at the second, Im thinking about buying some this weekend, but is there anything common I can use instead? My new frigate has a box under it and a wall in the backround... :( It's all about presentation isnt it?


Honestly, presentation is a HUUUUUGE factor! One thing you can try, if you have a white sheet is to set that up. The key to getting a common sheet to look presentable is to get ALL of the wrinkles out, so it's surface is smooth. And if you can, arrange your pictures so the MOC is in focus and the sheet is far enough back to be slightly out of focus. That will help to keep the viewer's eye on the MOC, and not the background.

In the long run, I recommend to anyone who's up for it, to use a photo editing application of some kind. It really can help immensely in presenting a MOC in the best way possible. And if you've put time into your creation, it's worth it to put a little effort into the presentation, so others will give it the attention it deserves.

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| January 27, 2010, 10:35 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Honestly, presentation is a HUUUUUGE factor! One thing you can try, if you have a white sheet is to set that up. The key to getting a common sheet to look presentable is to get ALL of the wrinkles out, so it's surface is smooth. And if you can, arrange your pictures so the MOC is in focus and the sheet is far enough back to be slightly out of focus. That will help to keep the viewer's eye on the MOC, and not the background.

In the long run, I recommend to anyone who's up for it, to use a photo editing application of some kind. It really can help immensely in presenting a MOC in the best way possible. And if you've put time into your creation, it's worth it to put a little effort into the presentation, so others will give it the attention it deserves.

Or, if you're lazy like me, maybe you can use plain white copy paper! (sorry for butting in :P)
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| January 27, 2010, 10:38 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C

So, having the secondary colours in specific 'blocks' instead of little tiny stripes everywhere?


Exactly. For whatever reason, you don't see it a lot here, but many of the builders I've marked as favs on Flickr use blocking as a rule of thumb, and to GREAT affect. Amidst the color blocking there still might be small hits of the same color spread throughout the MOC, but they're in very small doses; just enough to provide a sense of consistency without being to obtrusive.

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| January 27, 2010, 10:41 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Exactly. For whatever reason, you don't see it a lot here, but many of the builders I've marked as favs on Flickr use blocking as a rule of thumb, and to GREAT affect. Amidst the color blocking there still might be small hits of the same color spread throughout the MOC, but they're in very small doses; just enough to provide a sense of consistency without being to obtrusive.

Can you please post a link for an example? I'm not sure I understand...
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| January 27, 2010, 10:45 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Exactly. For whatever reason, you don't see it a lot here, but many of the builders I've marked as favs on Flickr use blocking as a rule of thumb, and to GREAT affect. Amidst the color blocking there still might be small hits of the same color spread throughout the MOC, but they're in very small doses; just enough to provide a sense of consistency without being to obtrusive.


I see.

Though the odd bit of striping has its uses, of course.
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| January 27, 2010, 10:46 pm
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Quoting Josh B.
Or, if you're lazy like me, maybe you can use plain white copy paper! (sorry for butting in :P)


Nah, that's cool. Whatever works! The main point is to get something...anything, really...that enhances the look of the presentation. A mediocre MOC that has a really clean presentation (which probably translates to a solid white or black background with nice lighting and focus), will always get my attention quicker than a good MOC that suffers from poor presentation.
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| January 27, 2010, 10:47 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C

I see.

Though the odd bit of striping has its uses, of course.


Definitely. Striping can be awesome...or making something a solid color...or making something really chaotic with it's colors on purpose...or whatever. I call the blocking thing a rule of thumb because a builder's free to do whatever they want, really. The catch is knowing what effect all of your different choices will have, and then making a decision based upon what best suits your goals.
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| January 27, 2010, 10:52 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Definitely. Striping can be awesome...or making something a solid color...or making something really chaotic with it's colors on purpose...or whatever. I call the blocking thing a rule of thumb because a builder's free to do whatever they want, really. The catch is knowing what effect all of your different choices will have, and then making a decision based upon what best suits your goals.


And it's really useful when you see that you'll run out of bits halfway up a wall.
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| January 27, 2010, 11:12 pm
Mark, in your Apocalypsis 2, what tool in Photoshop did you use to create the ghostly hooded figures and make them look like, well, ghostly hooded figures? I mean the fact that they looked like they were floating with the cloaks flowing behind them.
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| January 28, 2010, 11:21 am
You mentioned greebling... how much of it would you suggest? I feel as though I leave out that part out...
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| January 28, 2010, 1:28 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Mark, in your Apocalypsis 2, what tool in Photoshop did you use to create the ghostly hooded figures and make them look like, well, ghostly hooded figures? I mean the fact that they looked like they were floating with the cloaks flowing behind them.


It was actually a pretty complex approach. I used candle light to first photograph minifigs with hoods and cloaks. I then took them into photoshop and removed most of their body elements with the eraser tool. After that, they were inserted into the image, and I used the paint tool to add the shadow effects, the glowing eyes, etc. I then used the blending tool to pull out the bottom areas and the edges of their torsos, so they tapered off like ghosts. Once that was done I isolated certain figures (each one was a different layer) and made them somewhat transparent by adjusting the opacity of that layer. Yeah...it was a LOT of work. But I was REALLY happy with the outcome, so it was totally worth it. Glad you seemed to have liked them as well!


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| January 29, 2010, 9:18 am
Mark, how can you go from this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/147897 to this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/86587 ?
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| January 29, 2010, 9:20 am
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Quoting 000 000
You mentioned greebling... how much of it would you suggest? I feel as though I leave out that part out...


It depends completely on the look you want. Think about some sci-fi ships that you're familiar with...

Star Trek models in general would have almost NO greeb work on them. The millenium Falcon would be pretty heavy in greeb work. A Star Destroyer would have isolated areas of greebling (the sides and portions of the top). And the Nebuchadnezzar from the Matrix would be REALLY heavily loaded with what would translate in LEGO to greebling.

So it depends on the look you want. Just watch out, with whatever you do, that when you look at it, you can still get a strong sense of the ship's form...that it doesn't start to look like a jumbled grouping of non-specific shapes...or worse, a big pile of LEGO pieces, without any shape at all! ;) (I've seen a lot of MOC's that are so heavily greebed that at a glance, they just look like a haphazzard pile of parts...sad, but true.)

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| January 29, 2010, 9:25 am
Hey Mark, would you have any tips on what to do with my old grey pieces and new bley pieces (using them in the same moc) because I have some nice pieces in old grey, but a bunch of new pieces in bley... As in, what type of MOC could I use them in without it looking weird...?

If you understand at all what I'm saying, that is...
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| January 29, 2010, 9:37 am
Quoting Doctor Sushi
Hey Mark, would you have any tips on what to do with my old grey pieces and new bley pieces (using them in the same moc) because I have some nice pieces in old grey, but a bunch of new pieces in bley... As in, what type of MOC could I use them in without it looking weird...?

If you understand at all what I'm saying, that is...


Flush them down a toilet. At least thats fun.
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| January 29, 2010, 9:39 am
Quoting Commander Flare =D

Flush them down a toilet. At least thats fun.

FUN?!

It's LEGO!
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| January 29, 2010, 9:58 am
Quoting Doctor Sushi
FUN?!

It's LEGO!


I was kidding. BTW, I got music on my homepage. Woot!
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| January 29, 2010, 9:59 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

It was actually a pretty complex approach. I used candle light to first photograph minifigs with hoods and cloaks. I then took them into photoshop and removed most of their body elements with the eraser tool. After that, they were inserted into the image, and I used the paint tool to add the shadow effects, the glowing eyes, etc. I then used the blending tool to pull out the bottom areas and the edges of their torsos, so they tapered off like ghosts. Once that was done I isolated certain figures (each one was a different layer) and made them somewhat transparent by adjusting the opacity of that layer. Yeah...it was a LOT of work. But I was REALLY happy with the outcome, so it was totally worth it. Glad you seemed to have liked them as well!


Ah, that is kind of what I thought you did, but that is a LOAD of work. That must have taken forever, or a little less than forever. Yes, I love that shot and still use it as my wallpaper at work. It is quite the conversation piece. Thanks for explaining the process.
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| January 29, 2010, 11:10 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Ah, that is kind of what I thought you did, but that is a LOAD of work. That must have taken forever, or a little less than forever. Yes, I love that shot and still use it as my wallpaper at work. It is quite the conversation piece. Thanks for explaining the process.


That's awesome that you like it so well...nice of you to say. I'm actually looking forward to some effects that I have set up in the fifth installment. I don't have everything written yet, but there should be some pretty cool visuals if all goes as planned.

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| January 29, 2010, 11:52 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

That's awesome that you like it so well...nice of you to say. I'm actually looking forward to some effects that I have set up in the fifth installment. I don't have everything written yet, but there should be some pretty cool visuals if all goes as planned.

Oh I can't wait!
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| January 29, 2010, 11:55 am
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Quoting Doctor Sushi
Hey Mark, would you have any tips on what to do with my old grey pieces and new bley pieces (using them in the same moc) because I have some nice pieces in old grey, but a bunch of new pieces in bley... As in, what type of MOC could I use them in without it looking weird...?

If you understand at all what I'm saying, that is...


The mix of old and new greys is a fantastic effect on a lot of MOCs. That subtle variation provides a nice sense of realism in castle work, or stone or cement buildings. It's also a great opportunity for a bit of realism in ship work, both contemorary realistic models, as well as space themed MOCs. I even like to use it in rock facades for landscaping.

My best tip, however, would be to avoid just randomly using the two colors (old and new). Instead look at the old greys as a very seperate color, and place it very carefully (just as you would use any other accent color). You could even try "blocking" your colors, so the old greys are only in specific regions of your creation, and not scattered about.

Don't know if that's exactly what you were asking, but hopefully that'll help. Give me a shout if you do something using both greys, and I'll check it out.

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| January 29, 2010, 12:01 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

That's awesome that you like it so well...nice of you to say. I'm actually looking forward to some effects that I have set up in the fifth installment. I don't have everything written yet, but there should be some pretty cool visuals if all goes as planned.


Ooh, I can't wait either! :D
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| January 29, 2010, 12:05 pm
Quoting The Master of Mario
It's sometimes very hard to see the color difference. I am recreating an old 90's Knights Kingdom set, (still have the booklet) and I accidently used a new grey, instead of an old one. I still have the figs, weapons, and pieces, I just need to finish it. It'll be done very soon.


I think the biggest difference is the old bley and the new bley... the rest I sometimes mix up...
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| January 29, 2010, 12:09 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

That's awesome that you like it so well...nice of you to say. I'm actually looking forward to some effects that I have set up in the fifth installment. I don't have everything written yet, but there should be some pretty cool visuals if all goes as planned.


Question: I don't see the connection between episodes 1 and 2 of your apocolypse series..
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| January 29, 2010, 12:11 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

Question: I don't see the connection between episodes 1 and 2 of your apocolypse series..

Go read them again, it is there
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| January 29, 2010, 3:41 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Go read them again, it is there


He goes into a cave, then he comes out in a flaming ruins of a building?
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| January 29, 2010, 4:10 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

He goes into a cave, then he comes out in a flaming ruins of a building?

No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..
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| January 29, 2010, 4:12 pm
Quoting Doctor Sushi
No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..


I don't know... BTW like my buddy icon?
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| January 29, 2010, 4:38 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

He goes into a cave, then he comes out in a flaming ruins of a building?

Oh, ok, I see what you mean. The explanantion is lower down in the story when you read: His body gave a jerk as the memory faded. The torch he’d escaped with became the torch now burning before him; the recollection of screams vanished, and the temple’s blazing heat turned to cold damp air. He was standing atop a large boulder that sat in the midst of an underground stream. All about him, beyond the feeble torch light, were the distant sounds of waterfalls. Hollow echoes of swilling water poured forth from the black bowels of the cavern, and the thick smell of earth and mold permeated the dank, cool darkness. Into his mind came once again the familiar force of will speaking in ever greater desperation. “Hurry!”
He was haveing a flashback at the beginning, he is still in the cave from the first episode. At least that is how I read it.

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| January 29, 2010, 5:05 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

I don't know... BTW like my buddy icon?

What is it?
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| January 29, 2010, 5:08 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
What is it?


My next MECH, a warrior name Sledge B-26, the next MECH in the B-series. The first one was Rustiiko B-16, you might have seen him before.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:11 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

My next MECH, a warrior name Sledge B-26, the next MECH in the B-series. The first one was Rustiiko B-16, you might have seen him before.

his face looks awesome.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:11 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

My next MECH, a warrior name Sledge B-26, the next MECH in the B-series. The first one was Rustiiko B-16, you might have seen him before.

Oh yeah, I have. Cool.

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| January 29, 2010, 5:12 pm
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Quoting Commander Flare =D

He goes into a cave, then he comes out in a flaming ruins of a building?


Oh no, he's still IN the cave (technically). Go back and read it again.

Quoting Doctor Sushi
No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..


Nope, one dude.


How does Chris know this stuff you ask? Simple, Mark and I are two halves of the same gestalt entity. Some times it's not a good thing sharing the same brain let me tell you...

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| January 29, 2010, 5:16 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Oh no, he's still IN the cave (technically). Go back and read it again.

Quoting Doctor Sushi
No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..


Nope, one dude.


How does Chris know this stuff you ask? Simple, Mark and I are two halves of the same gestalt entity. Some times it's not a good thing sharing the same brain let me tell you...

Good, I was right, but my comment was moderated again.....sigh
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| January 29, 2010, 5:20 pm
Quoting Jake H.
his face looks awesome.


Thnx!
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| January 29, 2010, 5:23 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Oh yeah, I have. Cool.


:)
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| January 29, 2010, 5:23 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Oh no, he's still IN the cave (technically). Go back and read it again.

Quoting Doctor Sushi
No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..


Nope, one dude.


How does Chris know this stuff you ask? Simple, Mark and I are two halves of the same gestalt entity. Some times it's not a good thing sharing the same brain let me tell you...


OH.... ???
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| January 29, 2010, 5:24 pm
Quoting Commander Flare =D

Nope, one dude.


How does Chris know this stuff you ask? Simple, Mark and I are two halves of the same gestalt entity. Some times it's not a good thing sharing the same brain let me tell you...


OH.... ???

The part with all the fire and stuff was what he was remembering, as far as I can tell. It's kind of a confusing plot.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:29 pm
My explanation finally appeared up above, I quoted the part that explains it.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:41 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
My explanation finally appeared up above, I quoted the part that explains it.


Finally?... FINALLY? Hey, I'm busy here ya know! It's not like I can just go and let your comments through whenever you snap your fingers! And another thing...

Sorry, gotta go let some comments through. Be right back.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:44 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
My explanation finally appeared up above, I quoted the part that explains it.

Oooooh. Nice Icon. Uhhh. Any idea where you got the snow suit for your sig when he was in the tree? I want one of those for mine.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:46 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Finally?... FINALLY? Hey, I'm busy here ya know! It's not like I can just go and let your comments through whenever you snap your fingers! And another thing...

Sorry, gotta go let some comments through. Be right back.

HAHAHA, I knew you would get that remark! Where's Kelso, slacking again?
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| January 29, 2010, 5:46 pm
Quoting Lite .
Oooooh. Nice Icon. Uhhh. Any idea where you got the snow suit for your sig when he was in the tree? I want one of those for mine.

Yes Sir. Those are from the old Artic sets, town line I think. Here: http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=6569-1
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| January 29, 2010, 5:47 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
Yes Sir. Those are from the old Artic sets, town line I think. Here: http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=6569-1

Ok. Thanks.
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| January 29, 2010, 5:50 pm
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Quoting Commander Flare =D

He goes into a cave, then he comes out in a flaming ruins of a building?


Quoting Doctor Sushi
No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..


Quoting Ryan T.
The part with all the fire and stuff was what he was remembering, as far as I can tell. It's kind of a confusing plot.


Aaaaaalrighty, kids...Phipson was kind enough to chime in to help clarify things. Since now we've heard from the other end of the horse, let's get the scoop from the horses mouth! (Sorry Phippy, but I just couldn't resist that one!)

I've actually thought about posting a kind of episode like they do with shows such as "Lost," where the narrator takes you through what's happened so far, and explains all of the fun details, symbols, and extras. Maybe I will at some point, but here's the general plot as it stands with a few points of interest...

It opens with our hero panic stricken and driven by an unknown force on a mysterious journey into the unknown. Part two opens up with a flashback to help you understand a portion of what's driving him onward. (And more flashbacks will occur in future episodes, by the way.) Then we return to the present with him moving deeper into the cavern, and coming face to face with manifestations of his own fears.

Here are some things to remember as the story progresses...

1) A voice has spoken to him his entire life, and it's been growing in power and influence.

2) He was important enough for the temple priests to protect him, and in the end sacrifice not only themselves, but their families for his sake. He was also important enough for these assasins to take out anyone, man, woman, or child, in order to see that he was killed. Much more will be revealed about this in the next installment.

3) He's going towards his own death. But since he ran from death in the temple, it must be important that his death take place in a certain way, or a certain place.

That's enough for now. I'm working like crazy on the Eye of Chaos SHIP, but when that's done the next couple of episodes of Apocaylypsis will be on the table, and hopefully worth the wait. I'll do my best, anyway!

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| January 30, 2010, 5:35 pm
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Quoting The Master of Mario
It's sometimes very hard to see the color difference.


Yeah, it can be tough to tell the difference sometimes. Oddly enough, the camera seems to pick up on it more than the eye does, so in your pictures, the variation is more noticable.

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| January 30, 2010, 5:40 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Commander Flare =D

He goes into a cave, then he comes out in a flaming ruins of a building?


Quoting Doctor Sushi
No, I thought 2 different people.. (maybe the same in 2 bodies) found their way into the same cave..


Quoting Ryan T.
The part with all the fire and stuff was what he was remembering, as far as I can tell. It's kind of a confusing plot.


Aaaaaalrighty, kids...Phipson was kind enough to chime in to help clarify things. Since now we've heard from the other end of the horse, let's get the scoop from the horses mouth! (Sorry Phippy, but I just couldn't resist that one!)

I've actually thought about posting a kind of episode like they do with shows such as "Lost," where the narrator takes you through what's happened so far, and explains all of the fun details, symbols, and extras. Maybe I will at some point, but here's the general plot as it stands with a few points of interest...

It opens with our hero panic stricken and driven by an unknown force on a mysterious journey into the unknown. Part two opens up with a flashback to help you understand a portion of what's driving him onward. (And more flashbacks will occur in future episodes, by the way.) Then we return to the present with him moving deeper into the cavern, and coming face to face with manifestations of his own fears.

Here are some things to remember as the story progresses...

1) A voice has spoken to him his entire life, and it's been growing in power and influence.

2) He was important enough for the temple priests to protect him, and in the end sacrifice not only themselves, but their families for his sake. He was also important enough for these assasins to take out anyone, man, woman, or child, in order to see that he was killed. Much more will be revealed about this in the next installment.

3) He's going towards his own death. But since he ran from death in the temple, it must be important that his death take place in a certain way, or a certain place.

That's enough for now. I'm working like crazy on the Eye of Chaos SHIP, but when that's done the next couple of episodes of Apocaylypsis will be on the table, and hopefully worth the wait. I'll do my best, anyway!

AAAGGH!! Spoilers! Well, this isn't really a spoiler, more of a you-didn't-get-it?

Anyways, thanks for the clarification!
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| January 30, 2010, 5:41 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson
Some times it's not a good thing sharing the same brain let me tell you...


No words can describe the sheer horror!


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| January 30, 2010, 5:43 pm
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Quoting Doctor Sushi
AAAGGH!! Spoilers! Well, this isn't really a spoiler, more of a you-didn't-get-it?

Anyways, thanks for the clarification!


Ha. No prob. Always fun to dangle a carrot or two in front of would-be followers of the story! (Now let's see who's the first to associate the "dangling carrot" analogy with the carrot in Lee's last post!)

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| January 30, 2010, 5:46 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

No words can describe the sheer horror!



That was a Ba-a-a-a-a-a-d joke...
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| January 30, 2010, 5:50 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Ha. No prob. Always fun to dangle a carrot or two in front of would-be followers of the story! (Now let's see who's the first to associate the "dangling carrot" analogy with the carrot in Lee's last post!)

I instantly thought of a dangling brown carrot...Lee's scarred me for life.
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| January 30, 2010, 5:51 pm
Quoting The Master as he opened his mouth... ...And he talked a great deal ...
...and then he closed his mouth.

Dude - if your next post is a brilliantly light, well written, masterfully photographed and amazingly built. You'll have a whole mess of new worshipers bowing before your 'wowness'.

I, for one, LOVE your Apocalypse posts. I read and gander at them at *least* twice a month!
I must also say that I also was surprised and awed by the 'mind phantoms' in the cave sequence. So much so that I created my own picture based off of yours... Now that's fandom.
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| January 30, 2010, 6:05 pm
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