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Hey! Hey Meteor! Less talking, more Derringer-covering!
(Interesting skin structure on Huldrekall. As it if his skin has an extra outer layer.)
Edit, about a day later: it -> if
12th Dec 2020, 9:34 PM
His skin is cracking and flakes are coming off in some places (especially around the eyes and upper face). It can be hard to see sometimes with the lighting.
13th Dec 2020, 12:01 AM
Put em’ up. Meteor and Huldrekall are going toe to toe.
Meteor’s landed the first blow. Who do you think is going to win?
What’s Derringer’s plan to neutralize Portal?
Why is Meteor kinda being a dick to Derringer all of a sudden?
Please, dear reader, you are encouraged to wildly speculate in the comments.
13th Dec 2020, 12:21 AM
Huldrekall vs. Meteor: Meteor, no doubt. And not just because that's the plot. *rubs hands* :) Im going to have fun :D So here's why, IMHO:
In the background "panel", both are in a fighting position, but there are clear differences:
- Hundrekall is in a dynamic stance, right fist back, ready to strike, his pose looks unbalanced but his center of gravity is right where he needs it, and he just successfully defended himself against whatever Meteor might have tried with his right arm (grab him?). It looks like Huldrekall has some knowledge of fist fighting/brawling.
- Meteor is very much out of balance, his left hand (just making a fist) back, his center of gravity is already in a very bad point and bringing his left fist forward would make it worse.
I'm mostly ignoring the little panel with Huldrekall's face. Maybe he lingered a bit there, but I'd say, at most 1 second. Because:
In the left bottom panel, Meteor is still out of balance but somehow managed to swing his right arm back to get a bit of weight behind his punching left fist. His whole pose doesn't look like he used his full strength - and yet, he hit Huldrekall so hard that it lifted him off the ground and sent him flying. It's obvious that Huldrekall is not in Meteor's weight class. (just imagine an MMA fighter or boxer hitting his opponent so hard that he flies back.)
And in the last panel we see that Huldrekall actually hit the ground in a tumble. So he didn't recover gracefully from the hit. It might be that Huldrekall is durable enough to take no damage from this hit and I have not seen him landing a hit himself but up to now it looks like he is clearly out-classed by Meteor. And now the element of surprise is gone, Meteor found his balance and Huldrekall is on the ground = the table has turned much to Meteor's favor.
And that's not even counting in Meteor's visor. This fight is over, Huldrekall just doesn't know it yet.
Kudos for the choreography of/on this page, by the way :)
About Derringer’s plan to neutralize Portal: I have no idea.
About Meteor kinda being a dick: What do you mean?
- Meteor doesn't immediately go back to his task of covering Derringer after he got distracted by Huldrekall?
- Or meteor stating that they didn't exactly make great time getting there? (That's IMHO a mere fact.)
Something else: Meteor saw the Blacksmith somewhere*, apparently outside of the building - which means, the Blacksmith isn't at the vault at the time where the vault is expected to be opened. But wouldn't the Blacksmith be the one who is most interested in the technologies hidden in the vault? I'm not sure about what to make off this. It could be that all this about opening the vault is a red herring, maybe to cause Unit-M to rush into action, to cut short their ability to dig deeper for info. But why, what's the hidden plan - I have no idea. If there is a hidden plan, it was probably not Huldrekall's plan, he doesn't strike me as a tactician who develops plans within plans, or as Meteor put it: "The high-tech mastermind shtick doesn't play". Then who, the Blacksmith? Or Derringer? The latter would be quite a hammer.
*: I didn't see him, only in the panel that shows Meteor's display.
13th Dec 2020, 10:25 AM
I think you may have put more thought into this than I put into constructing the fight.😁
It’s tough to create a dynamic, impactful fight in 3D. Unlike in 2D art, it’s really hard to exaggerate limbs or other body parts to convey action and motion.
For instance, in panel 3, I had in my script that Meteor and Huldrekall were grappling with each other, and Meteor was being pushed into the next panel. When I tried creating that scene, it just didn’t work.
In the final render I ended up going with action poses (with Meteor still overlapping with the next panel) rather than the more physical scene that I had originally envisioned, because it conveyed a better sense of an action-y fight.
I’m wondering if panel 5 isn’t dynamic enough. I might go back and tweak this panel (time permitting).
>> About Meteor kinda being a dick: What do you mean?
He’s been a little curt for the last few pages.
>> I didn't see him, only in the panel that shows Meteor's display.
15th Dec 2020, 3:11 PM
Sorry for being late, I saw your answer but got distracted and the it got buried under other stuff.
>> I think you may have put more thought into this than I put into constructing the fight.😁
Maybe :D - it's what I see :)
>> I’m wondering if panel 5 isn’t dynamic enough.
I'd say yes, it is. I wouldn't know what to improve. But the little panel with Huldrekall's face kinda interrupts the action a bit.
>> >> About Meteor kinda being a dick: What do you mean?
>> He’s been a little curt for the last few pages.
Hmm, I didn't notice.
>> >> I didn't see him, only in the panel that shows Meteor's display.
>> hmmm...interesting 😉
Indeed. I'm sure I didn't miss a little person standing somewhere in from of some wall with no window behind him. The simple/easy explanation is that we don't see the point where Meteor found the Blacksmith. There may be other explanations... But Meteor obviously assumes that Derringer can see the Blacksmith, which doesn't fit to any of the "other explanations" I can imagine.
And with this, I wish you happy holidays and a GOOD 2021! (I may be away from CF until somewhere in January.)
16th Dec 2020, 5:55 PM
>> And with this, I wish you happy holidays and a GOOD 2021! (I may be away from CF until somewhere in January.)
Have a safe and happy holiday!
>> Indeed. I'm sure I didn't miss a little person standing somewhere in from of some wall with no window behind him. The simple/easy explanation is that we don't see the point where Meteor found the Blacksmith. There may be other explanations... But Meteor obviously assumes that Derringer can see the Blacksmith, which doesn't fit to any of the "other explanations" I can imagine.
While next page answers a lot of questions (including about The Blacksmith), I have left clues about what’s going on. When I post that page, I’ll include a list of pages to re-read.
16th Dec 2020, 7:05 PM
Ha! I dare say, if I don't get the clues, nobody will. (If I have to brag about being observant, then so be it >:-) )
Anyone up to take the challenge?? (It's not that I'm infallible, there's a chance that you can find something I didn't. But I bet nobody does.)
16th Dec 2020, 8:28 PM
Maybe it's more accurate to say that I left hints/breadcrumbs that explain the narrative outcomes.
"Clues" suggests that this is a murder mystery.
17th Dec 2020, 10:44 AM
gonna guess derringers the bad guy here
17th Dec 2020, 7:16 PM
glad to see this is back
15th Dec 2020, 8:24 PM
Thanks 🙏🏽 for reading! Sorry it took so long to post new pages.
15th Dec 2020, 8:35 PM
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