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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: January 17, 2016, 05:21:20 AM »
Just saw it last weekend and again this past week. I'm not sure if spoiler tags are even necessary at this point since I'm probably one of the last people to see it, but I'll do it anyway just in case.

I thought the characters were engaging, especially Finn, who I found the most relatable. As far as why Finn revolted my question is why haven't more storm troopers done the same already? They seem to be living in such a restrictive system where people are being treated like they're machines. No way that's sustainable. Even though the First Order's been brain washing them from a young age, some are bound to rebell. I think it would be cool if in the next movies Finn's rebellion and escape has inspired at least a few other storm troopers, fermenting aid of the fall of the First Order from within.

I thought the acting was very good and I liked the casting choices. Daisy Ridley came off as a bit wooden to me at times, but maybe that was supposed to be grit or awkwardness or a mix of both, a result of Rey's character having to tough it out on her own for such a long time. I think Ridley resembles Natalie Portman as Padme, which I thought was neat since Rey is most likely her granddaughter. I couldn't disagree more with the opinion that the actor who played Kylo Ren is unattractive. I think Adam Driver is pretty cute and don't even get me started on that gorgeous hair which resists all crushing by the helmet.  :ganishka: General Hux looks like a particularly obnoxious micro-manager I once had the misfortune to work with, which is how Hux's character comes off to me anyway. It made Hux extra irritating to me. :mozgus:

There were some good funny moments. I think my favorite was after Rey escaped from Kylo Ren and he sees that she's gone and goes into a temper tantrum. The two storm troopers are walking down the hall toward where he's throwing his fit and rampaging with his light saber and they just turn back around and head the other way, like “Oh hell no!”. :magni: I like it when a movie doesn't try to take itself too seriously.

I know the idea is that Rey's naturally strong ability with the force allows her to utilize it's power better as a newbie than would be normal, but it seemed a bit much at times. It didn't bother me overly, though, and I'm sure the subsequent movie will feature her training with Luke to hone her talents into something that will be really badass.

Anyway, I thought it was an enjoyable movie and overall I really liked it! :guts: I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen in the next installment.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 71
« on: January 08, 2016, 02:44:46 AM »
Great podcast, guys! I really enjoyed it. Thanks! :ubik:

I liked how Aazealh made the comparison between Guts and Farnese and how they both were in denial of the truth. They both became monsters of sorts in an attempt to escape their pain and fear. Both of them had to be confronted in order to begin to move beyond that. I hadn't thought about these two having that in common before. With Guts, Puck started the process when he would call Guts out on how he was acting during their travels together. That got Guts to begin thinking about what he was doing and then Godot just drives it on home when he and Guts have their talk. For Farnese Guts is the one who is the catalyst for her change by forcing her to see the truth of her own weakness and hypocrisy.

I also liked how Griffith highlighted Guts' thoughts when he sees what Rickert's done on the hill of swords. Rickert always looked up to Guts in the past, but here Guts is admiring Rickert. I love that Guts and Rickert are so different, but both possess such strong wills and that they can appreciate each other for their different skills and strengths. :guts: :rickert:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 04, 2016, 06:21:36 PM »
I'm thinking of starting The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Got the first book. Anyone read that?
Yeah, I read them all except for the last two, which are on my list of stuff I want to read. It's a good series. The first one as I recall, was a bit rough around the edges compared to the rest. It's still a fun read, though, for sure, but the books keep getting better as you go. At least that was my opinion. You won't want to put them down once the story gets going as the author keeps the action pretty intense. I would usually feel a bit exhausted by the end of one. :ganishka: Enjoy!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: I'm late, and it's yours.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:13:13 PM »
Happy birthday to you, Aazealh! I hope you had a great one! :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Rage's Berserk artwork
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:06:33 PM »
That Zodd looks great! :zodd:

Creation Station / Re: Mogen's sculptures and repaints
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:00:28 PM »
Very cool, Mogen! I like the egg apostle in particular.

Creation Station / Re: Exclusive Episode Previews
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:42:09 PM »
This is hilarious! Great job to all involved and thanks for the laugh!  :ganishka:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:35:30 PM »
Happy New Year, everyone! :badbone: Looking forward to hanging with you here at for more Berserky goodness this year! :guts:

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 29, 2015, 02:50:13 AM »
...... :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 29, 2015, 02:37:21 AM »
That is a badass pic of Void, Jackolyn!!!  :ubik: Did you use charcoal?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:42:27 PM »
Wow! Well, thanks very much, y'all. I remembered making stamps in art class when I was in high school, so that gave me the confidence to give it a go. It's really not too difficult, especially when you're working on a fairly simple design. The linoleum is cool because you can draw a picture in pencil on paper and then put it over the linoleum and rub and it'll transfer. Then it's just a matter of carving out around the design. It was a fun project!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 27, 2015, 06:13:48 PM »
How'd you make it?
I made a stamp by carving a piece of linoleum. I had to do it twice because the first time I got a little overzealous with my carving tool and cut off one of the little pointed prongy things on the top of the brand as well as messing up the border. But I just couldn't give up on the Berserk wrapping paper! :puck: The second time I took it slower and was more patient and things went much better. (Go figure, right?)

I also had another present come from my Schnoz yesterday. It hadn't made it into the original box, so he mailed it to me separately.

It's an adorable Japanese cloth print of cats. I hung it up on my wall and it looks really cute!  :guts: You were much too generous to me, IncantatioN! Thank you so much once again!!!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 25, 2015, 11:31:46 PM »
Hey there, I hope everyone is enjoying a happy Holiday season this year!  :serpico:

Thank you JMP! I love my presents!
I'm so glad you like them and had fun opening them.  :guts: I had a blast making the wrapping paper and putting your gift together.

I woke up this morning excited to find out what was in the box I had received, when what to my wondering eyes did appear but a treasure trove of awesome from my secret Schnoz!  :ubik: I am bowled over by your generosity. I love everything you sent me, especially that sweet beherit necklace and miniature Dragon Slayer set. So freaking cool!!! Thank you SO much, IncantatioN!!!  :guts:

Here are some pics of my presents:

I got some cute cat socks, some neat postcards you can color, a super nice set of colored pencils with which to proceed with said coloring, a book I wanted about Japanese ghosts, and the Berserk set I mentioned. Here are some closer pics of it :

Front of the box.

Back of the box.

The beherit and mini Dragon Slayer.

This was so much fun! Thank you for organizing it, Grail and IncantaioN!  :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 09, 2015, 01:50:32 AM »
Schnoz gift en route!  :schnoz:  :guts:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 69
« on: November 19, 2015, 03:10:04 PM »
Yup, that got it!  :void:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 69
« on: November 18, 2015, 06:29:12 PM »
I can't see your last pic, Griffith.  :???:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 69
« on: November 16, 2015, 11:23:57 PM »
Also, is it just me or does his outfit look like Gore-Tex? :carcus:

Great stuff! :ganishka:

Creation Station / Re: Guts Pop Art
« on: November 16, 2015, 11:17:07 PM »
I like it, very cool!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Breathtaking Watercolor Art of Schierke
« on: November 16, 2015, 11:11:58 PM »
Very nice!  :ubik: I like how they put so much detail into her surroundings, too.

News & Not News / Re: Paris Attack
« on: November 14, 2015, 09:45:57 PM »
My heart goes out to all involved in these terrible attacks, those whose lives were taken and who have suffered injuries as well as those who have lost loved ones and will be dealing with the aftermath and grief. Strength to the people of France in the wake of these tragedies.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What hobbies do you have?
« on: November 11, 2015, 09:32:28 PM »
-I love nature. I like going for walks, hiking (just a longer version of a walk in a more wilderness setting?), and camping.
-Collecting rocks and minerals
-I also like poking around looking at antiques.
-I love to read, too. Fantasy is my favorite genre.
-Watching anime

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 69
« on: November 11, 2015, 09:02:10 PM »
"Seinhell"  :ganishka: That just made my day!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Sign ups until Nov 15th!!
« on: November 10, 2015, 09:34:18 PM »
Sounds like fun! :ubik: Love the Schnoz banners, Grail! :schnoz:

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