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Jul. 2nd, 2013

03:23 am - [Transformers][Color Models] Roadblocking Rainmakers (2 of 2)

This is where you can read part one.
It only gets nerdier from here.

Below are (most of) the shots from the "roadblocking" sequence:

SHOT 1: Wheeljack approaches the roadblock. 5 Seekers are visible.
SHOT 2: What appears to be Skywarp, Starscream and Thundercracker react to their approach.
SHOT 3: Wheeljack grinds to a halt and Bumblebee gets out -- and is shot at from behind. He returns fire once before turning back to shoot at the Seekers manning the roadblock.
SHOT 4: The previously-discussed shot of Sunstorm, Nacelle, Hotlink and Bitstream. Nacelle is barely visible.
SHOT 5: Longshot of the seekers blocking the road as Wheeljack prepares to ram them. There are 5 Seekers visible.
SHOT 6: Wheeljack rams what appears to be Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp.
SHOT 7: What appears to be Skywarp and Thundercracker transform to pursue them.

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Jul. 1st, 2013

03:26 pm - Finally put a finger on it...

I think what bothers me about the whole "Snowden" thing is that Obama doesn't even seem conflicted about it. As if there was nothing worth being upset about and the people complaining were just babies with no real understanding of how the world works.

I thought that sort of "certainty of vision" was being left behind with the old guy.

Jun. 28th, 2013

01:33 pm - [Transformers][Color Models] Roadblocking Rainmakers (1 of 2)

Everyone in Transformers fandom knows who these guys are:

And thus, Sunstorm was born in the hearts of millions...

In the second scene of the first episode of Transformers, waaay back in 1984 the Autobots Wheeljack and Bumblebee run a roadblock guarded by 3 Seekers,or Decepticon jets. What's interesting is that these Seekers change their color schemes between shots, going from being Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker to being these 3 guys in one shot. An obvious animation error, the cartoon was full of them, right? ...not so fast.

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Jun. 21st, 2013

02:18 pm - [Transformers][Color Models] Unreleased Generation 2 Seekers

I've been doing up some Color Models again, so I decided to do the Generation 2 Seekers. (Decepticon Jets.)
There were 6 Seekers in the Generation 1 toyline, 3 classic-type and 3 "coneheads" that had different kinds of wings.

The Generation 2 toyline only released 2 Seeker toys; recolors of Starscream and Ramjet:

Garish Chick

Story over? ...not quite. We've seen 4 prototypes for unproduced G2 Seekers that seem to have been slated for G2's 4th year had it not been canceled. And unlike Starscream and Ramjet they're new characters.
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Jun. 4th, 2013

02:04 pm - [Transformers][Color Models] Blight of the Insecticons!

These sexy 'bots are the Insecticons:

Big Bad BeetleBots

Back in the mid-1980's these guys were the height of cool. The Insecticons are the first Decepticon sub-group, sorta-counterparts to the Dinobots. They had boss matching color schemes, a separate command structure, and a completely alien modus opperandi that made cartoon episodes feraturing them (and there were several) very memorable.

From left to right they are Kickback, Bombshell and Shrapnel.

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Current Mood: accomplished

May. 24th, 2013

05:17 am - [Fanfic][Transformers Legends] Cold Delivery (2,300 words)

There's a Transformers iPad/Android mobile game out currently called Transformers Legends. It's a digital CCG whose in-game mechanics, focusing on upgrading cards, are absolutely irreconcilable with any in-universe logic.
...so of course I felt a need to reconcile them.
Setting based on last week's in-game event (themed card giveaway) of the same title.
Here's the event "poster" from the game:

Anyway, read on if you find this of interest!

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Apr. 24th, 2013

10:42 pm - Who won the Space Race?

If we spotted a killer asteroid heading for Earth today... the race to intercept it would be led by Russia, not the U.S.


Oct. 31st, 2012

12:07 am - Corbis for President

This is a real picture of Mitt Romney. Look at it. look at it. Look at his head, the perfect lighting on his face, look at the size of it! That head is huge!

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time someone spoke up for the obvious truth we have been ignoring. Mitt Romney does not exist, he's just a stock photo model whose head is being photoshopped onto different photo ops. Badly.

Oct. 29th, 2012

09:15 pm - Transformers Tatakai

Transformers Tatakai is a truly terrible PS2 game published in 2003. I'ts set firmly in the continuity of the original Generation 1 Transformers cartoon between the second season but prior to the movie and features the original cast of Transformers meeting the movie-era cast via a timewarp. Not only that, but all of the game's dialog was recorded in English, ripe for sale in the US!

Unfortunately, as previously stated, it is a profoundly terrible game with horrible gameplay, bad graphics and the English voicework was terrible. So was the dialog. No one in their right mind would want to play this game. Even the Transformers Wiki just documented it by watching a partial playthrough on YouTube.

But, it also features appearances by some fairly obscure Transformers, bios and descriptions for them (some of them the first english-language bios ever!) and a plot which happens to tie into specific episodes of the original television show. So for a hardcore Transformers nerd there is something of value there that is being missed. Someone needs to play through it to document these things!

...but that person is not me. Instead I ripped the D_MESS.BIN file, the master English-language cache for the game. It has all the menu titles, all the commands, all the bios and all of the dialog all rammed together in a single file with no attribution as to who said what. (I suspect this was originally done with file pointers.) Also some sections appear to be repeated. It's a mess, but it's a readable, searchable mess! I've cleaned it up as best I can, and I present it below the fold.

I put it in a pastebin because apparently Livejournal doesn't like it when I try to put 174 pages of video game dialog in a single post.


Current Mood: blankblank

Sep. 28th, 2012

11:29 pm - [TF] Seven Sexy Soundwaves

Ah Soundwave! You remember Soundwave, right? The stalwart, stoic guy with the cool voice and all the mini-cassettes inside? Sure you do, he's Michiyamenotehi Funana's favorite obscure Transformer! The crowd goes nuts when he takes the stage and our cries and screams are music to his ears. Often imitated, never equaled, no one could forget his signature style.

This article is about various uses of Soundwave's character model, including Soundwave's various 'looks' and some generics/recolor characters who are not Soundwave but share his bodyframe.

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