Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Extreme Blockadeover: MaGnUs, Part Three

MaGnUs closes out his latest missive with:
I hope I did better this time, if one of them doesn't even fancy you at all, don't waste time commenting it, I'll take the hint. :P
Aw! Don't fret about it, MaGnUs! While you did send me a couple of plain 20th Century street clothes ensembles, I'm going to comment on all of your designs anyway, because your work is so much improved since last time. Also, as smooth 1970's balladeer Walter Egan sang,
With you I'm not shy to show the way I feel
With you I might try my secrets to reveal
For you are a MaGnUs and I am (a) steel (wall)
...Was that weird? Hey, where are you going?! Come back!

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Right out of the gate, this is scads better than anything you've sent me before.
Blockade X: This is you, if Cockrum had suffered a rejection on a costume, and reused it for the X-Men. It's inspired in Colossus'
costume, using long boots like you like to use sometimes in your designs. The headset is inspired on Colossal Boy's, and you're wearing some nice shades, plus a pimping goatee. It's all red leather, except for the insides of the shorts, of course, or that'd be very uncomfortable. For the gloves, instead of spikes, I went with some studs.
Nice. It's a solid, well-considered design. The studs on the gloves are a smart use of texture to dress up all that shiny red. I'm still passing on it, but only because I'm not fond of the detached cowl, and the feel of it is a little too masochistic for my tastes. What could have turned this into a "maybe" for me would be covered thighs (although my thighs are "magnificent", or so I've paid people to tell me) and no cowl.

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Heh. You should have put him in a Hawaiian shirt and called him "MaGnUs, P.I." *stirring electric guitar theme starts up out of nowhere* ...Hang on. Storm Boy! Cut that shit out! I'm tryin' to blog! ...Sorry.
Detective TJ Blockade: This started out as a suave spy outfit, but turned into a tough cop look, in case you ever need to go to the 70s.
Check the shades, and the police-issue tashe.
This one's automatically out of the running because it's street clothes (but then you probably guessed that) but I did want to say that's one sweet 'stache, and the mirrored shades are a nice touch. Hey, maybe you could combine those two elements with a proper costume, in kind of a superhero/cop mash-up. I remember on "The Ben Stiller Show" from the early days of FOX, they'd do "COPS" parodies set in other eras, like they'd be in Salem during the witch hunts, wearing Puritan costumes, but they'd still have the mirrored sunglasses and cop 'staches.

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Blockade Boy: Fashionable Lion Tamer!
Doc Blockade: Pulp time! You're ready to battle Nazi Gorilla Robot Zombie Ninjas in this outfit, complete with riding pants and boots. The purple shirt says "Blockade", and its sleeves are rolled in case you need to get your hands dirty with monkey zombie goo. The whip is a special touch for keeping Storm Boy in check, and the awesome handlebar is sure to draw attention. This is one of my favorites.
Again, this one's out for just putting me in a shirt. (And I only ever use the whip on Tusker.) But it looks great! You definitely took my advice about the use of neutrals.

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What-ho! No, seriously... what?
Monsieur Le Blockade: If you ever need to go swashbuckling around 18th Century France, this is the perfect option for you. Leather gloves past the elbow, and riding boots up to your hips, plus a dashing purple tunic with a touch-of-color in the orange sash, matching the band and feather on the hat. The Imperial (I think it's called that) beard and mustache adds overall musketeer cred, and the bare chest underneath the tunic is also a personal touch. I don't think the long, flowing locks are a favorite of yours, but they go with the rest of the outfit.
Once more, great balance of color and neutrals, and bravo for not cluttering up the bottom half with some kind of freaked-out Musketeer shoes. And my problem with the long hair on the last one is that it was that curly French court poodle hair. It was too fussy. I'm going to mull this one over. I'll have an answer for you... at the end of the post.

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Haw!
Muchacho Muro: Not much to say, but a straight-up Mexican Luchador outfit. Rough and mysterious, it says "Fiesta In The Ring!"
The goddamn beard is on the outside of the mask. You're a madman. A MADMAN! But in the good way. This is nuts, and I'm going to pass on it, but I admire your moxie, kid. And yet it's still a good design! I'm just knocked out by how much your stuff has improved, in so short a time.

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In Soviet Russia, costume wears you!
Komrade Blockadovsky: Another favorite of mine, this is perfect for gallivanting around Soviet-dominated timelines. The straight gray of Soviet clothing is accentuated here with some red, and I even used the gloves you liked a lot from a previous outfit. In propaganda style, you sport a sickle and hammer, plus the words Blockade Boy in cyrillic-like fonts. The beard just screams "Russia!", and the hairstyle is courtesy of Stalin.
Yeah, I'm not wearing a hammer-and-sickle. Game over just on that account. Also, for my tastes this vodka-soaked confection is way too dour, with all that gray. Still, it's not a bad design.

Now about that "Blockskateer" design of yours... my only issue with it is the hat. ...Although I do own a hat like that, for flourishing at people when I bow, like Tom Wilkinson's character in "Girl With a Pearl Earring." I've mentioned it before a few times, when thanking people in the comment boxes. Anyway, I figured I wouldn't have to wear the hat every waking hour, so I did a little sketch of myself without it.

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Hey, I like it! Check me out! *tiger growl* Congratulations, buddy, this one's a "maybe!" (Make Mine MaGnUs!)

7 comments:

MaGnUs said...

Blockade Boy said "I'm going to comment on all of your designs anyway, because your work is so much improved since last time."

Wow, I'm so happy... I've turned into a praise-whore...

Blockade Boy said "Nice. It's a solid, well-considered design. The studs on the gloves are a smart use of texture to dress up all that shiny red."

Wow, you make it sound as if I actually thought it through, and not did it on instinct. :P

Blockade Boy said "What could have turned this into a "maybe" for me would be covered thighs (although my thighs are "magnificent", or so I've paid people to tell me) and no cowl."

How about I get rid of the cowl and cover your entire legs; and I make the fabric seem less like leather?

Blockade Boy said "This one's automatically out of the running because it's street clothes (but then you probably guessed that) but I did want to say that's one sweet 'stache,"

Yeah, I just couldn't pass up on showing it to you. Plus, I'm like a little girl playing with those dress-up dolls, I have so much fun doing this.

Blockade Boy said "Hey, maybe you could combine those two elements with a proper costume, in kind of a superhero/cop mash-up."

Hmm....

Blockade Boy said "Yeah, I'm not wearing a hammer-and-sickle. Game over just on that account. Also, for my tastes this vodka-soaked confection is way too dour, with all that gray. Still, it's not a bad design."

I'll just use it for my communist villain, Iron Curtain (and his sidekick, Berlin Wahl).

Blockade Boy said "Now about that "Blockskateer" design of yours... my only issue with it is the hat."

How about we trade the hat for a head-scarf?

Blockade Boy said "Hey, I like it! Check me out! *tiger growl* Congratulations, buddy, this one's a "maybe!" (Make Mine MaGnUs!)"

Yay! (Don't let my wife find out.)

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I love the cop outfit. I can totally see you running up and down the streets of San Fransisco and dealing out two-fisted justice while the wailing guitar and blaring trumpet acompanies you.

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Anonymous said...

"I'll just use it for my communist villain, Iron Curtain"

I think that name was already used in Kingdom Come. All the good names are taken!

-Phil

Justin Garrett Blum said...

I sort of dig the lion tamer's outfit. I like these, Magnus. These are good designs for somebody...maybe not Blockade Boy, but somebody.

Blockade Boy said...

MaGnUs: If you want to send me a revised "Blockadeclops" design, that's cool. The only kind of head scarf I'd consider wearing for the "Blocksketeer" design would be one of those Zorro mask deals like I've already worn as a pirate -- and I don't want to wear the same thing twice in a row, so don't worry about adding anything at all. The outfit holds up just fine as it is. And I wouldn't mind wearing the hat; it's just that I wouldn't want to do it all the time.

Jon: Those would be fine new jobs for Storm Boy and Tusker! (My back-up musicians!)

captain koma: Yes, but how do you feel about the costumes?

MaGnUs said...

BB: Gotcha, and I did mean Zorroesque headscarf, but not covering your face.

Phil said "I think that name was already used in Kingdom Come. All the good names are taken!"

Was it? Feh!

Justin Garret Blum said"I sort of dig the lion tamer's outfit. I like these, Magnus. These are good designs for somebody...maybe not Blockade Boy, but somebody."

Thanks for the kind words... but lion tamer? It's a pulp hero outfit!!!!