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Insurgency Intro: Another Clever One
When I heard about the Insurgency i was excited because it meant that first, it gave me a chance to try out a different set of characters than in my LOM story, and second, it would give me a chance to try sci-fi building. That said, please don't laugh at the scene - I have much to learn yet.
About this creation
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Clambering down the side of one of a tenement in Yanomuri, Etrion's last "intact" city, I was halfway surprised to see a couple of the organization's enforcers waiting on a landing. On one hand, it was a strange spot for them to meet someone (which, judging by the shorter enforcer's impatient checking of his pod and both enforcers' light armament, was obviously what they were doing), but that was probably why they had chosen it.

"Brown, what are you doing here?" the taller asked. No, her date last night had not gone well... most likely interrupted when one of her children had to go to the hospital with an accident (the smell of multi-special illness cheap disinfectant was still present - she hadn't had time to shower in the morning, either).

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"I'm checking a ventilation unit. This area isn't off-limits, is it? If so, I suggest holding your arms deals in a more private location - voices travel very well through these thin walls, and there's always someone to hear."

Bismark shook her head as her partner looked up in surprise to see who knew the secret of their operation.

"Go ahead, but there's five credits in it for you if you can tell me where the Aurelians are. We were told to wait on the northeast corner of this building until they arrived at midnight to discuss a shipment, but they haven't showed."

They were around the corner - time differences here were exacerbated by Etrion's lunar orbit and confused by different terms that terrestrials didn't have to deal with. The rebels had arrived early and landed on the corner of the building, choosing the ledge below as the most defensible spot in this dangerous neighborhood. Now both parties were waiting, expecting the other to show up... or the Aurelians could have been intercepted.

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Due to the uncertainty of my deduction, I told Bismark that I had a suspicion and that I would take her up on her offer if it paid off (speaking of pay-offs, I do have to make a living somehow, even if it means taking five-credit jobs on the fly).

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As I turned the corner, I met the two terrified Aurelians as expected. One, the officer, was from a wealthy or upper-middle-class human family which may or may not have disowned him for his participation in the rebellion. His strict, overly-military appearance proved that he took his somewhat-junior position very seriously, marking him as a first-generation idealist rather than a challenger of authority by upbringing. His grip of his gun, his facial tension, the film of sweat on his face and the choked whisper in which he ordered me to halt told me that he was not at all comfortable in this lower-class environment.
The other was a neo-hipster with an LOTR-style beard that reached his waist. He was calmer in the face of danger, but he had also been taking some kind of pills at the rate of two an hour. Clearly, that one was not officer material.

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I reassured the pair that I was not a mugger (one of those would have struck through the windows at the soldiers' backs) and that their contacts were less than twenty feet away, around the corner and up a fire escape. They ran off and I climbed a service ladder to check my lead.

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A perfectly-functional ventilation element greeted me. My case was solved - the old assassin's "poisoning" was only a natural health problem, after all.



Fourth Wall:

This was a lot of fun with lighting and deduction-making. The tenement itself is less impressive in full light - I need some practice in this genre.

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Comments

 I like it 
  June 15, 2014
I think this is pretty good. The Aurellians' half-red costumes were already established in a previous build as plausible (because they're a rag-tag bunch of rebels and whatnot-they don't have "uniform" uniforms). I thought the set looks pretty good. Some people have a real aversion to exposed studs. They do not bother me; I admit that builds look sleeker with everything tiled off, but that's not the look that everyone goes for, nor is it feasible for some people who cannot afford to make large Bricklink orders. I think your build is great-but seriously, what faction are you?
  March 1, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens I liked the first draft of your critiques better, but thanks.
I thought it came down on this too hard. It IS a good build, and I do like the believability of the characters. My previous version of the comment was nitpicking every little detail, though. :P
 I made it 
  February 28, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Nice job overall! I do think the sidewalk could be a little more detailed, though, and the use of masonry and uncovered headlight bricks gives it too a medieval feel. I suggest grill bricks/plates in lieu.
I liked the first draft of your critiques better, but thanks.
 I like it 
  February 28, 2014
Nice job overall! I do think the sidewalk could be a little more detailed, though, and the use of masonry and uncovered headlight bricks gives it too a medieval feel. I suggest grill bricks/plates in lieu.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2014
the setting of this build is really cool
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
I find this MOC particularly good, especially since this is your first time. There's some pretty nice parts usage there. Also your character is really cool. I wish you luck in your SciFi exploits, though I must ask you a final question, What faction are you? I could look it up in the group, but I am too lazy...
 I made it 
  February 19, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab Nice start! Though I do have some critiques... I hope you don't mind. ;) So, first off, the uniforms of the Aurelii are a little strange, with only one half of their pants being red. Also, the t-bar as a weapon is a little simplistic, though it doesn't have a large effect. I would have made the pod that the orc is holding light bley or that shiny darker gray, but that, too, is only minor. What bothers me most is the holes so open from the meany headlight bricks. Filling those in with (for example) 1x1 round tiles would give the moc a more complete look. On the other hand, the lighting on this build is really nice, and does a great job of invoking the atmosphere of a city street at night. I can't wait to see more of the likes!
Thanks for the feedback. I like the Aurelians as they are, though, partly because I really have no better way to make them. I'll try to fill in the headlight bricks the next time I use them.
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Nice job! Much better than my insurgency build! :P
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Nice start! Though I do have some critiques... I hope you don't mind. ;) So, first off, the uniforms of the Aurelii are a little strange, with only one half of their pants being red. Also, the t-bar as a weapon is a little simplistic, though it doesn't have a large effect. I would have made the pod that the orc is holding light bley or that shiny darker gray, but that, too, is only minor. What bothers me most is the holes so open from the meany headlight bricks. Filling those in with (for example) 1x1 round tiles would give the moc a more complete look. On the other hand, the lighting on this build is really nice, and does a great job of invoking the atmosphere of a city street at night. I can't wait to see more of the likes!
  February 19, 2014
very good i love the lighting
 I made it 
  February 19, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ Guess I'm not the only one to use a female Insurgency character. ;P Nice work with your intro. The build isn't bad at all. And have fun with the Insurgency. That is, if you plan on proceeding past just an intro. It doesn't seem like too many people are making it that far these days. :P
I'll try to get another one up, but it is hard to do that and LOM.
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Guess I'm not the only one to use a female Insurgency character. ;P Nice work with your intro. The build isn't bad at all. And have fun with the Insurgency. That is, if you plan on proceeding past just an intro. It doesn't seem like too many people are making it that far these days. :P
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Nice job I wouldn't have thought that this is your first Sci-fi moc!
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  February 19, 2014
Nice work! The scene has potential, and the story's layers are well-written. Also, the lighting on the apartments is quite good. I look forward to seeing more!
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Neat walls! Nice use of the large square wall pieces as flooring.
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
This is so cool!
 
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