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New PC
May 7th, 2021 by PrimeOp

Back in late April, I finally finished the new system I’ve been buying parts for since mid-2020.

The old to the new

Trusty old system on the left, sparkly new system on the right.

This is the first PC I ever built from start to finish. Thankfully I bought my CPU, a Ryzen 5 3400G, last year, because you know how prices on anything graphics-related went and stayed through the roof. Still need another 8GB of RAM, but I’ve already got old program and games running at speeds and visual settings higher than I’ve ever seen.

I re-rendered a sprite display clip (Iron Man in the Hall of Armor background) in Blender on the new system in minutes instead of the hour+ it took back in January on my older system. Still need to install Vegas on the new system, but I expect video renders to pop off at similar ludicrous speeds. Still have to find my installation disc for Anime Studio 10 Pro and check into whether or not that program works in Windows 10, because the only update that’ll work for that programs permanently locks it to that computer (change of ownership, long story). I hope this means I can make more videos once I get all this straightened out.

Posted on other sites, forgot to post it here on “National Superhero Day”

Someone commented that I should make a print like this. If you agree, let me know, because this version was super-rushed after work (forgot to put Thor and some others in there).

My drawing hand feels better, but not great. I did a little pixel work last week to ease back into the groove.

she's drivin' me out of my mind

she’s drivin’ me out of my mind

heads-up: BigBadToyStore has some Storm Collectables back in stock, including those Golden Axe 2 skeletons: Page right here. Shout out to Preternia for the alert on Twitter!

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Alien (vs. Predator) Day 2021
April 26th, 2021 by PrimeOp

It’s Alien day (named after mission LV-426 from the original Alien film) and here are some small additions to the Alien vs. Predator parts of the site:
Sprites: I finally went back and got idle sprites for all the weapons (that I know about), including the pipe found on the elevator, added some enemies and enemy palettes.
Game Index: fixed up some things and added the Round titles.
Character Profiles: Major Dutch Schaefer, Lt. Linn Kurosawa, Predator Hunter, Predator Warrior.

Also, I’ve still got that print in the shop:

Alien vs. Predator pixel art print

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April Fool’s Day 2021
April 1st, 2021 by PrimeOp

New River City Ransom/Kunio-Kun NES custom sprites of Dottie and Pee-Wee Herman (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure), Dante (Clerks), Cheap Pete (Chris Rock), Alucard and Simon Belmont (Castlevania series), and Kiryu Kazuya (Yakuza series) have been added to that gallery and to the Shop generator, which also has two new shops: the Quick Stop from Clerks (and other fine View Askew products) and Chuck’s Bike-o-Rama (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure)!

edit: also (finally) added the scratch-made Lionel Ritchie sprite that appears in the upside down versions of the main index page and one of the April Fools main menu headers to the Music gallery.

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ToyBoss – 2021 mini-update 1
March 31st, 2021 by PrimeOp

I promised a ToyBoss/Toybox section update a while back, so here it isn’t. It’s here, but not everything I’d planned to do yet. I’ve added a few new photos, the beginning of section for how much of a game’s roster I have right now, and links to the toy-related custom sprite galleries. I also added links to toy sellers and/or makers I’ve ordered from and have seen that they won’t try to swindle you (unless you specifically order that Combaticon, then they’ll actually sell him to you).

One of those makers sells a dream-come-true item, the Articulated Icons line. the 1:12 scale (think Marvel Legends, DC Universe classics, most Storm Collectables figures) martial arts line, now famous for their Godfrey Ho-esque array of ninjas in various colors. I mentioned these figures a while back when I ordered my first ninja, a gray one that I will eventually customize into Sega’s Joe Musashi in his Genesis-era Shinobi gear. Now I’ve got 3 Brown ninja, Shokan in White ninja outfit, and a bare arms accessory pack (and I’ll be getting more).

They’re built for customization, so you can pop out the arms at the shoulder and switch ’em. They’re also super-poseable, so they’re good for drawing reference, too. They’ve got a sale going on for many of their figures, so jump on it while the jumping’s good!

Now that I’m kinda on break right now, I’ll be taking and posting more figure pics. I’ve been rebuilding after the loss of most of my Marvel Legends collection last June, and so I’m taking way more photos now instead of waiting for every roster to be 100%, being able to put together a really good set-up, or having a good camera. More toy section updates are on the way!

April Fools Day is tomorrow, and I’ll be adding some things to the image generators so you can make your own screenshots (along with the one-day return of the April Fools Day index pic on the start page).

“But I’m not even supposed to be here today!”

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ScrollBoss Showcade March 2021: Iron Man and Batman
March 27th, 2021 by PrimeOp

The first ever Superhero Sprite Showcade is up on ScrollBoss YouTube channel:

A huge thanks to AVPboy for letting me include that excellent CPS-2 sound remake of the Genesis/Mega Drive Batman’s first stage BGM! It sounds so good that I went back and sprited two thugs from that level that you saw in the first Batman clip.

The last two Superhero Sprite Showcases that people voted for last year are finally here in the same video, making it a Sprite Showcade, along with some bonus material at the end. I’m still locked out of my Anime Studio Pro 10 install, so the new clips were done with Blender, Magix Vegas, and combinations of both (like that quick panning shot with Iron Man, Hawkeye and Cap). The “pixel cover” format that made its debut in last month’s video are in this one, including tributes to some real comic covers. You’ll also see some sprites you haven’t seen before that aren’t in the sprite galleries or generators just yet.

DC Comics: Batman,Joker
Marvel: Iron Man and Whirlwind
EDIT 2020-03-27: Titanium Man added to the Marvel Gallery

All new sprites have been added to the GFX Generators! Whirlwind and Titanium Man are in the “Marvel Villains” character slot.

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