Archive for ‘Chapter 3: Shades Of Red’
BBW, gearin’ up.
Note: Although you can’t see Dorothy in this pic (She is hidden by the BBW and Alice is off-screen), you can juuuust make out a bit of the Scarecrow at bottom left of the BBW. Don’t worry. You’ll see him real good verrrry soon.
So happy to have this one done! It took a while to plot out and it turned into two separate strips. Here is the first part.
Note: One of the things TB wanted me to do during this fight is to show that the BBW does not use the same attack twice. He doesn’t need to. Got such an arsenal of gear and assets, he just lets it all out… eventually. Haven’t gotten to the stuff on his back yet. I’m sure that’s next, given that our heroes are showing their strength now.
Also, I want to amend the Magic Mirror I previously linked to. I will be adding three more shards soon and have place holders for them at present but may I present the corrected Magic Mirror:
Corrections: Dorothy’s shard actually wasn’t in the last one and should have been. I had the 4-Spades shard up instead of her 4-Hearts shard. I sometimes get spades, hearts, and clubs confused… Eh. It’s fixed now! Also, I mixed up Dr. Muffet’s 10-Clubs shard with Mr. T-ore’s 10-Spades shard. Ignoring that some heroes are off somewhere, this is what it will look like when everyone is back at HQ. This final version will appear on an Extras page soon where I plan to put up a table of who has what shard, if you’d like that sort of thing.
The plot and storyline of Shards is so big that we need to know exactly who has which shard at every given time throughout the story so having the Magic Mirror visually at different stages will be both an asset and a great visual for everyone who reads the comic:) I also keep very good notes on where each shard is at present, who has it, and when the heroes and other factions encounter most if not all of them. With this much detail, there’s little room for error, like picking a shard belonging to a different character later on in the plot based on where it sits in the Mirror and what it attaches to and if that has an impact on the characters it influences later on in the story;)
Looks like the BBW is actually going to have to work for this win.
Repeatedly adjusting his left ruby optics to recover from the blasted zealot’s light beam assault, the Big Bad Wolf again caught sight of his prey… and paused.
The scent of blood was gone, replaced by an electrifying ozone taste that curled his lips into a deeper sneer. The permeating song sung by the innocent hugged his battlefield like thick flower-scent, cloying, distracting. The prey had healed, and multiplied. Amongst the thief, zealot, innocent, and valiant stood a man of straw, a man of tin, and a lion. The spider, whom he still had not decided to be prey or predator, prepared to attack with her cybernetic legs — an ineffectual assault but perhaps she was not aware of her own abilities due to being still a pup. No matter. The three new players held his attention for he did not know them from their scent; only their stories.
Very aware how shards allowed one to adapt and change, he growled low in his throat and took a step to the rear to ready a guardant stance. His cybernetic tail reacted to the new threat, revealing three wicked blades. The prey and the spider came at him and he found himself driven back a step further. They were more formidable than anticipated. He would have to use more than his usual weaponry…
Happy New Year! This was a complex one to work out how to do but I think it looks how I wanted it to:) Yay, color Dorothy! More surprises in store in the next few strips! Can’t wait to show you!
As stated yesterday, we will be having a cute little poster detailing the trip I will be on next week and featuring Velvy! We hope you don’t mind the delay in the regular storyline. The next strip will take too long for me to finish before our vacation but I’ll be back into it soon.
Sorry for the late post — life issues.
Hope the action was clear in the strip but if not, here’s a run-down: In the previous strip with Dorothy, she was able to gain the arms, legs, and weapon of Tin Dorothy. That swap just ran out, resulting in the return of her usual conglomerate parts. The running start she had was eaten up by the shock from the switch back, and now Dorothy’s eating dust.