Overkill. When you just keep on killing after everything is already dead. That’s a good way to describe this bat from The Forge. It’s got razorblade stuck in it, barbed wire wrapped around it, the word “Baller” on it cause well…that must add some sort of extra power. The model itself is very nicely detailed even down to the lil barbs on the wire. The textures? They’re good, not the best I’ve ever seen, but still damn good. Just wish the woodgrain on the bat popped a bit more.
I absolutely LOVE the fact it comes with an “on shoulder” version, cause let’s be real..holding weapons on your shoulder is ALWAYS damn cool. That version of the bat is just a prop, the actual combat bat doesn’t have a stance animation. I’m not sure if any of The Forge weapons actually have stance animations which I think is a problem. Another store that makes weapons, Eldritch, has a stance HUD where you can choose between different kinds of poses. That is what every damn blacksmithy should have! The combat animations are hmm..standard..and also weird. There’s a few where you’re ninja flip spinning through the air..doing that with a baseball bat just doesn’t seem to fit very well. I’d rather just have..you know..a baseball swing? It’s the same with AOs, for some reason every single jump in any AO is like a triple flip with two corkscrews. Give us some realistic animations for pity’s sake!
In any case, the bat is a stellar addition to a grungy, rough looking post-apocalyptic outfit. It would be a fine thing to fight zombies with, that’s for sure. You can go pick it up at the We Love Roleplay event. I give it…8/10 seeded watermelon slices, not as easy to eat as seedless, but still delicious.
[ bat ] The Forge – Overkill Bat (@We ❤ RP)
[ shirt ] Apple May Designs – Plaid Unbuttoned Shirt
Let’s talk about the Aesthetic body by Niramyth shown above. This is exactly what I’ve always wanted in a male mesh body! Big, burly, detailed down to the fingers and toes. I love how you can make the stomach area and waist nicely thick. A big problem with other muscular mesh bodies is that the waist and stomach area on them look like you’re a linebacker that wears a corset and also injected saline into your muscles. Not a good look to say the least. There’s no editing done to the photo, it’s all in-game lighting. The detail of it simply speaks for itself. I took my own shape that I use and just tweaked it to fit better. I’m sure it might not look as good on a slimmer body type, for that I would suggest theShops male body. It’s definitely more of a “body builder” type look. It would be nice to have an option for less definition to be “bear mode” or to fit the slimmer types.
I always use Aeros skins and tinting the body texture to fit the Raul skin from them was INCREDIBLY easy. You should most likely buy the Enzo variant of the Aesthetic body because I think matching it to skins would be easier than the darker one. The body hair option is very nice, and it comes with clothing layers that can be Omega scripted to use a TON more appliers. The biggest problem I’ve had with the body so far..maybe actually the only problem is that a lot of rigged mesh clothing simply just doesn’t work. Some larger pants are okay but I haven’t found a top yet that really fits the chest, shoulders and arms, even while using the alpha HUD. The alpha HUD takes big chunks of the body away which can make it a pain to get the exact right fit, I hope to see it become a bit more precise in further updates. Editable prim clothing seems to fairly easy to adjust though.
If you’re a fan of being a huge bastard and don’t care much about wearing certain mesh tops, get this body immediately. It’s amazing and comes with a lot of different options that you can see on their marketplace. The AO that comes with it is great as well which I didn’t expect. At first I was very hesitant to buy the body because of the price (L$2799, yikes!) However, after getting it…I can say it’s well worth every linden. 10/10 all day. Shoutout to the ever lovely Vivette Emor, go check her flickr and give her some loooove right now.
Elendil. A name that makes Sauron quake in his little mail boots. A truly legendary weapon from a legendary tale that set the standard for all of fantasy. Did MAC Design make a weapon that lives up to that epic blade that rallied all of Middle Earth?
The sword comes in five different options for the pommel/guard metal. Gold, steel, silver, bronze, and “vampire” which is red. The other ones have gold detailing on the holes of the pommel and guard which I am not very fond of. On the gold version it looks fine, but I wish for the others there was an option to change it. It’s a minor detail so I can’t complain too much. The “vampire” version has white detailing which looks pretty damn cool with the vicious blood red.
The model is very well done, though I wish the texturing on the blade was more detailed. On many sky settings it just looks bright white like a plastic playtoy or something. Now, here’s the BIGGEST problem with this weapon. There is no sheathed version at all. There are Draw and Sheath gestures that come with it, oh yes! But, when you draw it out you kinda just…pull it out of thin air. There’s only one place where you could store a weapon without a sheath..or well..two if you’re a female. I don’t think Aragorn would approve of such a thing.
The standing animation is decent. I definitely approve of resting a big honkin’ sword across your shoulders like a boss. It comes with running, jumping, and walking animations too which is neat. Granted the walking animation does sort of look like you have to go to the bathroom real bad. The advertisement for the weapon says it has “Realistic Animations.” it doesn’t. The combat animations are super quick like you’re pretty much teleporting in the direction you attack in while slashing so fast you can barely tell what you’re arms are doing. If you’re an anime character I suppose this is realistic, but not even Legolas was THAT fast!
To sum it up, it’s a nice looking weapon with a major problem in having no sheathed version. For that alone I’d have to give it 5/10 lukewarm instant noodles. Edible, but not as delicious as it could be.
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[ skin ] Aeros – Julius (@TMD)
[ hair ] Taketomi – Kai
[ facial hair] RunAway – Drogo
[ eyes ] Dead Apples – Phantom
[ stomach belt ] Dark Prophet Design – Abdomen Belt