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Kye’s TES Mod Review-Corner: Episode 6 - Back 2 Da Hood

What’s up chumps, and chumpettes? Welcome to yet another exciting installment in the series where I tell you what is good, and what isn’t good. Since I’m obviously qualified for such a job. In today’s episode, I’ll be examining two mods today! The latter mod is, unfortunately, still in development. But it will be finished soon.

Hevno Dovah by gechbal

Sunhallowed Arrow/Bloodcursed Arrow/Auriel’s Quiver HD Retextures by Alana12.

The first mod up for review is Hevno Dovah. Hevno Dovah, which translates to Brutal Dragon in dov, is a high-quality, gameplay-immersive, standalone warhammer created by the ever-so-talented gechbal (you might remember him as the guy who made the Stormlord, and Emperor’s Will armors, in addition to Orgnum’s Dagger). I know a lot of you shirk at custom weapon mods, due to stat-line issues, and crafting/tempering requirements. BUT, I might add, that doesn’t apply to Hevno Dovah. It uses base ebony requirements, with some added frills, that Ebony Warhammers use for crafting/tempering, AND has the stat-lines of a Dragonbone Warhammer from the Dawnguard DLC. So it looks awesome (I mean, this is easily one of the nicest looking weapons on Nexus), fits into the game world seamlessly (it feels, and looks like something the Last Dragonborn would wield in battle if he were a zweihander), and can be crafted, tempered, and enchanted along the base-game’s capability.That’s pretty fucking cool, no matter which way you look at it.

And, as an added bonus, you can find a second version of Hevno Dovah, titled Hevno Yol Dovah, that’s resplendent with the most powerful fire enchantment that you can find on a leveled-loot item. To get this item you have to hunt down the Dragon Priest Hevnoraak in the vanilla quest “Evil In Waiting”. And, after you defeat said Dragon Priest, you’ll find Hevno Yol Dovah on his corpse. So, this mod has pretty much something for everyone. It appeases individuals such as myself, that like weapon mods fitting seamlessly into the base game, and it appeases those players that enjoy finding weapons/armors to use rather than crafting/tempering their own. To wrap this all-up:

1.) Amazing, high-quality textures.

2.) Completely standalone.

3.) Amazing design/mesh-work.

4.) Stats of the weapon(s) fit seamlessly in with base-game. Not OP (it’s meant for late-game playthroughs/Legendary playthroughs), and based on the Dragonbone Warhammer’s stats.

5.) It looks totally ballin’. Seriously, is there any two-handed weapon mod out there that looks cooler than this? Fuck no. There isn’t.

TL;DR - 10/10, I use Hevno Dovah in my current two-handed playthrough.

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The next mod, as you can see in the pictures above, up for review/recommendation today is a little project that Alana12 is currently working on. It’s a complete overhaul of the quiver(s) used to store the arrows for Sunhallowed/Bloodcursed Arrows colloquially titled as Auriel’s Quiver, and a complete overhaul of the textures for the Sunhallowed/Bloodcursed Arrows. As you can see in the pictures at the top of the post, the Sunhallowed Arrows are very, very high-quality indeed. In the pictures just above this section, you’ll see Alana’s early mesh-work for Auriel’s Quiver with a close-up shot of the blood on the tip of the Bloodcursed Arrows. If you enjoyed Alana12’s work with Auriel’s Bow/Shield, and the Harkon’s Sword HD retextures (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?). Then be sure to check out Alana12’s new mod when it’s released on Nexus. I’ll be posting update screens of the mod’s progress per usual.

That’s all there is for Episode 6 of Kye’s TES Mod Review-Corner! Be sure to check out the work of both these authors! Alana12, and gechbal are seriously talented modders. Take it easy, and stay metal. Toodles motherfuckers!

Hevno Dovah on Nexus Mods

gechbal’s List o’ Mods on Nexus

Alana12’s List o’ Mods on Nexus

If you like the Iron Masked Helmet seen in the shots above. Check out the mod here!

***Kye’s TES Mod Review-Corner Episode Guide***

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

DOWN SET FIGHT! Behind the Scenes (w/Scott Kowalchuk! Ow!)...
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So, as if you don’t already know, today marks the release of DOWN SET FIGHT!  Hurray!  Hazzuh!  And the like…!  Of all my work to date this is the one I am most fond of.  Having looked through the TPB I realized it was so packed full of story we weren’t able to include any of development work.  Oh, boy, chumps and chumpettes are you in for it now.

Here it comes, a post specially dedicated to some of the behind-the-scenes work I did leading up to the production of DSF.

The first time I was contact about the book was late 2010 – Editor-man Charlie Chu and I had been discussing about finding me a home at ONI (thanks again, Charlie, you’re the best!).  After batting a few pitches back and forth he sent me what was the initial pitch for DOWN SET FIGHT! from Chris Sims and Chad Bowers.  To ensure the union would be solid I was asked to develop some character sketches and tackle (pun! Boooo!) audition pages (which I’ve just discovered have been lost to the ravages of time).

Now, bear in mind, this was even prior to the release of my first book THE INTREPIDS so you’ll quickly notice the difference in refinement.  First up the original design for FEARLESS himself:

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Obviously, I’ve done some professional growing.  Still, bare-chested Chuck!  Ow! Then I took a run a Al Fairlane – gang all agreed he was WAY too Get Carter Michael Caine.  Still, I tried to keep some of that in the final design:
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With a quick revision, we landed on something everyone agreed on:
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Seriously, I cannot believe how much I’ve grown artistically since these. Then came, Molly.  I think the inspiration for her is pretty obvious.  At least, I think it is.
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So long ago.  I adored Molly.  I love books with a tough female lead – it was nice getting to include so much of her! Then came Crockett.  This one never really evolved.  We all liked the original design:
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Early on I had no clue how flippin’ hard it was going to be to have a regular sized fellah interacting with a bunch of giant-headed assholes.  I soon learned. Jumbo was our next big mascot reveal.  I initially tried the smaller head to try and draw some parallell to the Rhino in Spidey books (trying to attract some more of the mass reading audience).  Thankfully, Charlie suggested a larger head, which I think was a better move.
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Then along came Barclay the Bear.  Seriously, the whole team is so proud of that chapter.  Such a terrific fight!
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I don’t know why Jumbo was a midget in these drawings…? Now came who would become my fave character in the book, Dogpound & the Sudden Death Squad.  I played around with some seriously crappy designs to begin with:
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I don’t think I even sent these to the team for review.  I was toying around with the numbers on their faces counting down to “:01” – impossibly lame regardless. Then something happened:
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I learned how to draw.  *swish*  I loved the muzzled Dogpound, Charlie pointed out he looked an awful lot like Dark Knight Rises Bane.  He was of course right.  But, a quick revision:
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Boom!  Still my favourite character design to date.  Kept the muzzle and made him more dog-like.  Yeah, I’m a little proud of me.  Oh, and did I mention the evolution of his logo:
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Please accept my apologies world at large.  Ah, screw it.  You deserve it. This all led up to the big showdown of the final chapter.  Dozens of mascot, most of which I designed on page, but some required a little planning. But first, was Big Fight Chuck:
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For months I actually tried to contact someone at ADIDAS to try an get some corporate sponsorship for the book.  Sadly, I had to abandon the pursuit after getting no response.  The logo never appears, but, man, do I wish it did. Al needed a new suit for the fight too.  I dropped the long jacket and the gloves in the end, but still:
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Then came SuperBall.  I adore this jerk:
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And that’s pretty much all worth sharing.  I hope everyone tying into these has read and enjoyed the living hell out of the book.  Beginning to end, this was the most fun I’ve had drawing comics to date, and I cannot fully express how proud I am of Chris, Chad, Josh & Charlie.  Great team, great fun!  Thanks to everyone involved!  And to you for buying and reading… DOWN SET FIGHT!