Obliteration CH2 Production report 2/Design log 11/01/2018

True Tail illustrator progression

TrueTail test 1TrueTail test 2TrueTail test 3TEST_Character_Illustration_v02_ZDR0011True tail illustration test 2 p1True tail illustration test 2 p2

While continuing my work with Obliteration as well as a few personal projects alongside it, I have finally received feedback regarding my second illustration test with True Tail:

“Your test is significantly more improved this time around! But the one thing that’s really holding us back from passing it is the proportional accuracy of all the character’s body parts. There are arms that are too short here, or heads that are too big there – and overall there’s a general sense of proportional inaccuracy. We really need our character illustrators to be able to draw our characters perfectly, since the drawings you do would be handed directly off to vector artists and/or animators who would literally trace right over your drawings to continue their work.” 

“You are really close though! We advise spending more time drawing our characters and practicing their proportions more. Once you feel more familiar with them, we’d love to have you take our test again.”

While trying my second attempt at the illustration test, I too felt that it was an improvement compared to the first test, but receiving feedback has given me much more useful insight to where room for improvement is still needed.

So having received this useful feedback, my current plans now are to follow their advice and do some additional practice of drawing their characters before I ask for a third illustration test.

 

Another illustration application: ‘Simpleshow’

Meanwhile, I made another application for a similar illustrator position for Simpleshow, an educational organization which provides illustrated videos. http://simpleshow.com/uk-en/

simpleshowscreen1

 

Here are the illustrations that I’ve provided for the test that they’ve sent, to which I’m currently awaiting feedback on:

Simpleshow test- Browser window smallSimpleshow test- FamilysmallSimpleshow test- NBC logoSimpleshow test- Programmer

Similar application processes apply in comparison to my application for True Tail. Although one piece of simple advice that stuck with me after reading the illustration guidelines for this test was:

“Match the existing style as closely as possible BUT: Don’t tense up too much. Breathe some life into the characters and draw confident lines.”

My personal take from that along with all that I’ve done so far with these illustration tests is to apply confidence in my work. While it’s likely that I unknowingly apply that in most of my drawings anyway, I think it’s an important trait that should be applied continuously. Because in some form or another it will show through your work, whether it’s through confident strokes of line art to unapologetic imagery that you are trying to convey to the viewers. By keeping this up I’d say it’s possible for even ‘less-than-perfect’ ideas to at least gain recognition, notorious or otherwise, because the creator at least believed in conveying their vision regardless. (Subjectively the case for ‘B-Movies’ and other forms of media that’s regarded as so bad that it’s entertaining.) And I intend to ensure that I keep applying confidence into my projects.

Obliteration CH2 Progress

Speaking of which, I will now share the progress of the second chapter of Obliteration:

CH2 P1

CH2 P2

Chapter 2 p2

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Obliteration CH2 Production report 2/Design log 15/12/2017

  • Obliteration CH2 Production report 2

 

CH2 P1CH2 P1 WIP

After a lengthy silence, I’m finally creating a new page to continue Obliteration. This work-in-progress is the start of chapter 2 and I’m thinking of keeping up a consistency of titling each new page as ‘CH1 P1, P2’, etc to make it easier to keep track of online.

Squad leader Claudia here is appearing to have difficulty remembering Riley’s name just before the story flashes back to a past event before she formed Warbeast Battlefront in Britain:

Chapter 2 p1Chapter 2 p2Chapter 2 p3

 

  • True Tail illustration test 2

 

Keeping me busy from continuing my graphic novel, I have completed my second attempt to complete True Tail’s illustration test:

TEST_Character_Illustration_v02_ZDR0011True tail illustration test 2 p1True tail illustration test 2 p2

Upon attempting this illustration test for a second time, their feedback for my first test has made more sense than before. The main drawback being that my drawings looked a bit ‘inexperienced’ but shows potential to imitate the art style with more practice.

Previous attempts:

TrueTail test 1TrueTail test 2

As much as I have enjoyed this, it is a challenging experience for the fact that I’m essentially trying to duplicate a different cartoon style as close as possible. As opposed to drawing something from scratch where I have the luxury of following my own ‘rules’ for each illustration, without the need to follow references for anatomy and character design.

I am currently awaiting feedback for my second test and I’m hoping that it will be more successful than my last one.

Obliteration CH2 Production report

Script:

April 2034, Blackthorn, Britain

In the base of Warbeast Battlefront, Riley is being escorted into a hanger by Van to show him their battle tank. Squad leader Claudia watches from a distance

Claudia: Van…That cat’s a mysterious yet more than worthy, unofficial addition to my new squad. Hopefully I will say the same for the new red panda guy in the near future…What was his name again? “Raymond?” “Ryan?” R-….*Pain develops in her head* Oow!

Claudia clenches onto the back of her head in pain for reasons she has yet to explain.

A past event unfolds in the form of a flashback, hinting at Van and Vanessa’s involvement in helping Claudia form Warbeast Battlefront.

December 2033, On a former nazi-occupied plain, France. Vanessa is under pressure to deliver some ammunition scavenged from a fallen German soldier in the middle of a loosing battle against the Xikaeda. In the distance is an abandoned nazi-bannered 5-storey about to be engulfed by a toxic cloud of black gas resembling a pyroclastic flow. Running away from it and making their way through the building is her brother Van carrying an injured Claudia, who Vanessa is preparing to provide cover for after they fell behind. Between Vanessa and the building are entrenched French soldiers, all preparing to delay the advancing Xikaeda infantry. 

Bright green energy beams and heat ray are being blind-fired by the Xikaeda through the cloud of gas, missing and impacting various points near Vanessa’s location. After tripping and inadvertently avoiding a beam, she is forced to stay down while a wave of heat ray swipes above her head, incinerating her tail and setting the back of her jacket on fire. Before Vanessa can recover, she looks up in horror as a winged Xikaeda creature swoops down on her like a bird of prey. It grabs her by her burning jacket and takes her for a brief flight, the creature has some sort of venomous abdomen with a stinger that’s emitting some sort of hazardous red energy. Before the creature tries to sting her, she loosens herself from her jacket and falls back down to the snow-covered land. Before the creature retrieves her prey, it is chased away by fighter planes, firing machinegun rounds which almost impact Vanessa as the creature dodges them and flies away. Without time to tend to her painfully incinerated tail, she picks up her dropped ammo box and makes her way to the machine gun nest. The German soldier guarding the empty machine gun is killed by stray Xikaeda energy beams shortly after she reloads the machinegun. To lessen their attacks, German mortars bombard the inside of the approaching gas, lighting up the smoke in fiery flashes indicating the destruction of the Xikaeda machines that were shooting in Vanessa’s direction. Shortly after Van makes it out of the abandoned building a swarm of injured and burning Xikaeda infantry emerge from the smoke. Every soldier emerges from the trench to charge the incoming Xikaeda to keep them away from Van and Claudia, assisted by Vanessa who fixes the MG and opens fire on the swarm.

Amid the running & gunning, bayonet charges, exploding bodies and tearing of throats, feral Xikaeda creatures spawn into the battle from what appears to be ball-lighting. Vanessa riddles one of them with her gunfire shortly after it spawns behind Van. After Vanessa saves them, the entire nazi-bannered building explodes into a fiery inferno, incinerating many remaining soldiers close by. Towering over the burning ruins, emerging from the black gas, a three-legged Xikaeda war machine reveals itself before them.

Van makes it closer to Vanessa’s MG nest, who notices a burning allied fighter plane about to crash into the building that she’s in after it lost a dogfight against a Xikaeda fighter. The Xikaeda fighter emits a deafening rumbling noise while flying and Van equips himself and Claudia with a gas mask upon hearing this. Vanessa abandons the overheating MG and dives to cover to avoid the fire and shrapnel of the plane crashing near her, followed by the Xikaeda fighter flying over her while emitting a trail of toxic black gas like a crop duster. Van reaches his sister just in time to to cover her face with another gas mask.

2010

The ‘Black Swan’ meteor incident sparked off the first Global Warfare of 2010, where the birth of the machine gun, the tank and the airplane would set an inhumane benchmark for modern warfare.

2025

Global Warfare 2: The Stage of the Apocalypse.

Mankind turned to science to further develop new devices of warfare, unleashing an unearthly capacity for carnage that mankind could be capable of.

2034

Now, combining all the terrible weapons that mankind once used against each other, the world unites against a new enemy that seemingly threatens to punish mankind for their history of carnage and destruction: The Xikaeda Plague.

Some time later, on the coast of France, thousands of British, German and French soldiers are boarding ships to be evacuated. Van, Vanessa and Claudia are among them.

Claudia has become well enough to walk on her own again but with her head wrapped in a bandage to hide some sort of head injury. Van and Vanessa appear to be escorting her on board.

Thumbnail sketches:

 

*Cut back to present day*

Van: The United Allied Federation don’t get paid as much but they’re over-equipped with the latest gadgets compared to us. That’s where I come in to balance that out.

Riley: So who are you if you’re not with the feds or formally part of Warbeast?

Van: Me? I’m just the grey thing that’s here to help out by…borrowing the latest hardware from the feds that you’ll need for whatever comes. Speaking of which…

Van shows Riley to the squad’s battle tank.

Riley: *Gazes in awe* Ho-holy shit! *climbs onto the tank* This has gotta be the most ugly but beautiful beast I’ve ever seen! Wow, and that ornament looks disgustingly realistic…*grabs onto the horn of a Hercules Beetle, which starts buzzing*

Riley:…AHHH!!!! JEEZUS FUCKING WANK-BISCUITS!!! *Bug flying away* Everybody stay calm! I’m gonna malice this flying demon from hell! *holding up his boot*

Van: No no no no! No…*bug lands on his arm* This is not a demon, this is Steven, my pet Hercules beetle and an unofficial mascot for Warbeast. He might be the largest bug you’ve ever touched but I can assure you he’s a gentle giant.

Riley: I-if you say so…

Riley looks back and sees Claudia looking back at him. He quickly puts his boot back on and regains his composure.

Riley: Er, I was just uh…admiring the tank you got here!

Claudia: You may as well fan-boy all over that Python tank while you can, because chances are that she won’t be of much use to us except for training exercises. But with its German ingenuity, American power, Russian reliability and even a built-in tea-maker by the Brits, it’s a fine piece of international engineering.

Riley: I feel like this beast has strong potential. With a mix of countries in it it’s like how the world is now, we’re all working together.

Design log 17/11/17

  • Potential illustration opportunity UPDATE
  • Storyboard project: Kim Madsen

During the past week I have been attempting to apply for an illustration opportunity for Skynamic Studios, an indie animation studio who are striving to create an animated TV series called ‘True Tail’.  https://www.skynamicstudios.com/

While they are unable to offer me a position yet, they have allowed me to continue the application for an illustrator, which involved taking up a test to see how well I can draw their characters from the show.

While my future with this studio is uncertain at this time, I have had an interesting journey with the test process so far because the challenging thing for me here is learning how to imitate a different drawing style. This is where I’ve learnt from my first test that my work could use improvement despite my noticeable talent in drawing overall. In comparison to drawing things from scratch, where I will typically draw in accordance to my own style, I am instead drawing already designed characters which have to be drawn as if the original creators drew them themselves. As I mentioned before- imitation of their art style is the key here.

True tail cast

Test:

TrueTail concepts

My illustrations:

TrueTail test 1TrueTail test 2TrueTail test 3

I think it’s appropriate to say that I have discovered a highly challenging territory in illustration during this application.

My given feedback for this test was as follows:

“Though your drawings were very creative, had great gesture, and solid linework – there were issues regarding anatomy and skeletal structure that held it back from passing. The proportions are innacurate (their facial features and arms, in particular), and this especially shows with your fourth drawing.

That said, we still believe that your test shows promise. Your drawings are not bad, they just felt a little inexperienced with regards to drawing our characters. If you were to take the test again, we feel that if you focused your energy on keeping the characters on-model, proportionally accurate, and spent some time drawing our characters a few dozen or so times beforehand – you would pass. The bar you should set for yourself is, when placing your drawings next to our turnarounds, they all look like they have been drawn by the same person.”

So with that said and done, I will be attempting a second test while making sure that I take all feedback into account. But before I start that, I will be finishing off a storyboard project that I’ve been working on:

TREATMENT NOTE FOR KIM MADSEN –

  • What’s the goalof this video? Why are we making the video in the first place?
  • The objective of the video is to showcase the journey of Kim Madsen in FL and his passion with charity helping African children.
  • Who is the audience of this video?

– African children such as Yahra and KM team Africa, KM FL under line

FBOs from all over the world will witness and will inspire to not just achieve to be successful in Forever Living but as well make a difference in using it as a tool in flourishing inner passion.

  • What’s our video topic?

Making a Difference / FL and My Inner Passion

  • What are the key takeawaysof the video? What should viewers learn from watching it?

 Aim to showcase an inspirational and motivational video that will allow you to make a difference and lock in what holds back in what could be a life-changing act.

  • What’s our call-to-action? What do we want viewers to do after they’ve finished watching the video?

Kim wishes FBOs to continue to strive for success and his advocacies as a sample in coming up with its individual passion.

 

The video script will be more of impromptu and nothing fancy. As we need to showcase the charity that Kim had been doing most of his fellow Forever Living team knows about.

An introduction will start highlighting Kim’s life when he was in his teens and making ends meet. Transition of the video will be when he achieved what Kim called the only education he passed the test (his driving license) and use it as a tool to beginning to aim higher and become a millionaire. A run through of his property, horses, businesses etc..

 

His failure and his coming back..

Mid part of the video will be focusing his life as FBO and how he becomes the highest earner in Forever Living. Here we will be shooting the oldest FL office.

A seated interview with Kim , video of his family . Video of Yahra , the urge for Kim to help the kind of children like Yahra ( video to show drugs and aids pill)

Short video of his humanitarian act in Uganda will be as well one of the focus in this video. Interview some of the children such as Yahra and his team

 

 Flourishing inner passion created to inspire and motivate..

My current progression of the storyboard:

Forever living concept 1Forever living concept 2

Starting off as thumbnail sketches, my next objective now is to neaten the drawings to make them more presentable.

On a side note during all this, I might also be learning to organise my time better in order to work on more than one project, as opposed to my usual habit of working on one project at a time. With this new trait that I’m developing, I’ll hopefully find more time to continue working on my own work at the same time:

Ammo kitty

Consider this image to be a teaser for the next chapter of my Obliteration project that I’m eager to get back to work on.

Design log 07/11/17

  • Potential illustration opportunity
  • Obliteration continuation: Storyboarding the second chapter

I may appear to have been quiet recently on the creative side, the reason for this is because I’ve been busy applying for a possible new illustration role for an indie animation studio and I’m currently awaiting the outcome of the application. More information about that will be shared once it’s finalised.

Meanwhile I’ll continue busying myself with additional work for EME Events in Dubai, where I’m currently working on a new logo design and I’m planning to develop these following concepts:

MOST concepts

Design-wise, I have been instructed to create the logo in accordance to my previous opinion that less is more. Alongside that, I have also made a start on storyboarding the next chapter of Obliteration:

Page 1

Van and Vanessa prologue SB1

I am currently storyboarding a past event that takes place before the formation of Warbeast Battlefront, in accordance to the script:

A past event unfolds in the form of a flashback, hinting at Van and Vanessa’s involvement in helping Claudia form Warbeast Battlefront.

December 2033. On a former nazi-occupied plain, Vanessa is under pressure to deliver ammunition to an MG nest from within a half-destroyed building. Behind her is an abandoned nazi-bannered 5-storey building about to be engulfed by a toxic cloud of black gas resembling a pyroclastic flow. Running away from it and making their way through the building is her brother Van carrying an injured Claudia, who Vanessa is preparing to provide cover for after they fell behind. The building she’s trying to reach is filled occupied with German MG nests with mortar teams on the roof top and in front of the building are entrenched French soldiers, all preparing to delay the advancing Xikaeda forces.

Page 2

Van and Vanessa prologue SB2

As usual, the visualisations are for me personally and the sketches only need to be good enough for me to understand them when I illustrate them properly. So by drawing them in this rough fashion, I can create the storyboards faster.

In addition I also plan to expand upon some weapon designs for Obliteration:

Weapons of Obliteration1

(Name changes: ‘TYPEWRITER SMG’ = ‘SUB-MACHINEGUN’  ‘STORM RIFLE’ = ‘ASSAULT RIFLE’)

It’s highly beneficial to illustrate models of unseen designs and/or characters before drawing them for real as they will become useful in serving as references, ensuring that important objects I draw, inanimate or not, is on-model. A new design habit that I’ve picked up during my illustration application.

 

Obliteration script: ‘United Allied Federation’

A past event unfolds in the form of a flashback, hinting at Van and Vanessa’s involvement in helping Claudia form Warbeast Battlefront.

On a former nazi-occupied plane, Vanessa is working under pressure to reassemble a mounted  heavy machine-gun from within a half-destroyed home. Far in front of her is an abandoned nazi-bannered 5-storey about to be engulfed by a toxic cloud of black gas resembling a pyroclastic flow. Running away from it and making their way through the building is her brother Van carrying an injured Claudia, who Vanessa is preparing to provide cover for after falling behind. Between Vanessa and the building are up to 100 entrenched French soldiers and above her are German mortar teams, all preparing to delay the advancing Xikaeda infantry. 

Plasma beams and heat ray are being blind-fired by the Xikaeda through the cloud of gas, missing and impacting various points near Vanessa’s location, burning and reducing unlucky soldiers into a bloody mess upon impact. Mortars bombard the inside of the approaching gas, lighting up the smoke in fiery flashes indicating the destruction of the Xikaeda machines that were shooting in Vanessa’s direction. Shortly after Van makes it out of the abandoned building a swarm of injured and burning Xikaeda infantry emerge from the smoke. Every soldier emerges from the trench to charge the incoming Xikaeda to keep them away from Van and Claudia, assisted by Vanessa who fixes the MG and opens fire on the swarm.

Amid the running & gunning, bayonet charges, exploding bodies and tearing of throats, feral Xikaeda creatures spawn into the battle from what appears to be ball-lighting. Vanessa riddles one of them with her gunfire shortly after it spawns behind Van. After Vanessa saves them, the entire nazi-bannered building explodes into a fiery inferno, incinerating many remaining soldiers close by. Towering over the burning ruins, emerging from the black gas, a three-legged Xikaeda war machine reveals itself before them.

Van makes it closer to Vanessa’s MG nest, who notices a burning allied fighter plane about to crash into the building that she’s in after it lost a dogfight against a Xikaeda fighter. The Xikaeda fighter emits a deafening rumbling noise while flying and Van equips himself and Claudia with a gas mask upon hearing this. Vanessa abandons the overheating MG and dives to cover to avoid the fire and shrapnel of the plane crashing near her, followed by the Xikaeda fighter flying over her while emitting a trail of toxic black gas like a crop duster. Van reaches his sister just in time to to cover her face with another gas mask.

Some time later, on the coast of France, thousands of British, German and French soldiers are boarding ships to be evacuated. Van, Vanessa and Claudia are among them.

Claudia has become well enough to walk on her own again but with her head wrapped in a bandage to hide some sort of head injury. Van and Vanessa appear to be escorting her onboard.

*Cut back to present day*

Van: The United Allied Federation don’t get paid as much but they’re over-equipped with the latest gadgets compared to us. That’s where I come in to balance that out.

Riley: So who are you if you’re not with the feds or formally part of Warbeast?

Van: Me? I’m just the grey thing that’s here to help out by…borrowing the latest hardware from the feds that you’ll need for whatever comes. Speaking of which…

Van shows Riley to the squad’s battle tank.

Riley: *Gazes in awe* Ho-holy shit! *climbs onto the tank* This has gotta be the most ugly but beautiful beast I’ve ever seen!

Riley looks back and sees Claudia looking back at him. He quickly jumps back down and regains his composure.

Riley: Er, sorry ma’am.

Claudia: You may as well fan-boy all over that Python tank while you can, because chances are that she won’t be of much use to us except for training exercises. But with its German ingenuity, American power, Russian reliability and even a built-in tea-maker by the Brits, it’s a fine piece of international engineering.

Riley: I feel like this beast has strong potential. With a mix of countries in it it’s like how the world is now, we’re all working together.

2010

The ‘Black Swan’ meteor incident sparked off the first Global Warfare of 2010, where the birth of the machine gun, the tank and the airplane would set an inhumane benchmark for modern warfare.

2025

Global Warfare 2: The Stage of the Apocalypse.

Mankind turned to science to further develop new devices of warfare, unleashing an unearthly capacity for carnage that mankind could be capable of.

2034

Now, combining all the terrible weapons that mankind once used against each other, the world unites against a new enemy that seemingly threatens to punish mankind for their history of carnage and destruction: The Xikaeda Plague.

Another month earlier, Riley along with countless other young men and women are going through inspection before being considered fit to become a soldier. Among them are two sibling sharks, a young rabbit and an aged, battle-hardened coyote. Two anonymous men from afar are discussing their decision to take in two shark recruits.

Examiner1: Are you sure it’s a good idea to be taking sharks on board?

Examiner2: Are you kidding? They’re typically notorious for their natural-born savagery, they’ll make excellent additions to the UAF. Because it’s times like this that we need every last able-bodied fighter, regardless of species.

Kat: (I swear I might just give them a piece of my mind if they keep talking about us…)

Examiner1: But still, I’m already feeling uneasy enough to be taking in ‘Fangs’ to serve alongside other animals for obvious reasons…

Examiner2: *sighs* Fine then, if it’ll make you feel better then why don’t we organise them into their own squad along with that red panda guy? And we’ll get that coyote and bunny to tag along too.

Examiner1: Are you sure?

Examiner2: Kat & Kyril are siblings, Terry is a war veteran and Chloe and Riley are war orphans. They should get along like a house on fire.

After Riley and the two sharks pass one of the examination stages, they settle onto a bench to await further instructions. Riley looks towards the sharks beside him.

Riley: So um, what are you guys in for?

Kyril: Ask my sister, I’m not even supposed to be here…

Riley: You didn’t volunteer?

Kat: No I did. But my brother, he’s umm, well kinda…How do I put this lightly?

Riley:…Dependant?

Kat: That’s it.

Kyril: *Mutters* You’re more than welcome to not share my personal information to strangers, you know…

Kat: Oh, grow a pair.

Examiner1: Hm, any particular reason why we’re also adding that bunny to the squad?

Examiner2: Use your eyes and senses, she clearly lied her way into the UAF. And I think it’s safe to assume that any form of refusal will mean nothing to her. So hopefully this squad will at least keep her out of trouble but if anything happens to her, it’ll be under her own responsibility for joining in the first place. Besides, it’s slightly late for her to be attending the academy anyway…

Riley: Name’s Riley by the way.

Kat: Call me Kat. And this  grumpy guts is my brother Kyril.

Riley: Oh my bad, I thought he was your boyfriend.

Kat: *Gags* Seriously?

Riley: I kinda suck at reading others, sorry.

Meanwhile Chloe is not too far away and getting approval for being fit to become a soldier. Her body language is relaxed but her eyes are darting left and right while she remains very tight-lipped. Terry is also about to get the same approval after having various body scars observed. Chloe looks towards Terry’s tired face. He briefly makes eye-contact with her but quickly ignores her. Other similar animals to Chloe (rabbits, mice etc) are getting anxious and nervous to be near a coyote but Chloe is showing little signs of fear towards him. Terry catches Riley looking at him.

Terry:…Is there something wrong with my face, red-tail?

Riley: Er, n-nope! Your face looks beautiful, it’s not as scarred as the rest of your body…(That didn’t come out right!)

Kat face-palms while Kyril chuckles a bit at his remark. Terry grudgingly dismisses Riley but not before being yelled at by a guard who has been monitoring him all this time. The guard aggressively instructs Terry to follow him and join up with Riley and the sharks as if he was a stubborn wild animal, yet Terry acts as if it’s normal treatment for him. And meanwhile Chloe is simply asked to join them without mistreatment.

Guard: Sorry to pair this hard-arse with you lot but if this coyote misbehaves in any shape or form, you inform me immediately, okay?

Riley: Um yeah, I’m sure he’ll be fine.

Guard: And don’t you dare do anything that would make us want to throw you straight into the dungeons. Do you comprehend?

Terry:…

The guard smacks him across the head and forces him to make eye contact.

Guard: DO YOU COMPREHEND?

Riley: What the-! Hey, that’s uncalled for!!

Riley stands to confront the guard, getting Kat’s attention.

Guard: Don’t worry sir, I’m ensuring your safety from any threats that a fang might pose.

Terry growls. Chloe is watching as if she’s about to say something in protest but she says nothing. Meanwhile Kyril is doing his best to remain as uninvolved as possible.

Riley: I’m beginning to think you’re an issue to our safety, beating down someone who hasn’t done shit to you.

Guard: I know it isn’t pretty but ensuring them who’s boss is the best way to guarantee that they’ll remain trustworthy and unfortunately the baton is the only thing that fangs understand better than anything else. Isn’t that right, coyote?

Terry:…

Guard:…I hope you realise how privileged you are for a fang in this day and age. Three decades ago you’d get a bullet for committing even the pettiest of crimes. Not a noose, not even a warning of death, a bullet.

Terry: I wish I still did. And I hope you remember that three centuries ago city faggots in uniforms like you would be the ones kissing my hairy ass and getting a slug for trespassing against us!

The guard frowns at his response and raises his baton to beat him.

Kat: Back off!!! *Kat takes a stand accompanied with a death glare towards the guard*

Kyril: Keep out of it, sis…

Kat: If you like hitting someone then why don’t you try hitting me?! *Kat says this with the most intimidating scowl she can muster.

Chloe is getting extremely anxious and feels as if she should do something.

Guard: Hm, another disobedient fang to add to the ever-growing list…

Kyril: For god’s sake Kat, just leave it!

The guard is suddenly distracted by a slap across the face from a bunny’s paw. Chloe stands against the guard glaring him in the eyes. Riley is caught unexpectedly by surprise by her actions.

Guard: *Shocked look in his face* Miss…what was that-?

In that moment Riley swiftly kicks the baton out of his hand, which he catches and throws aside to avoid further escalation. Chloe stands in front of Terry, refusing to let the guard anywhere near him while Riley and Kat continue standing against him.

Guard:…*throwns* Is this the thanks I’m getting for keeping fangs at bay? Have it your way, but if  he rips your throat out in the end then to hell with you…

The guard leaves the scene and Riley’s squad settles down.

Riley: Good job, kid. *Pats Chloe on the head* I gotta admit I almost had a heart attack!

Kat: That was an idiotic thing to do. *sits back down with her brother*

Chloe responds with a content smile on her face and goes over to Terry to observe the bruise on his face.

Kyril: Kat, you’re not going to be rewarded for playing hero, you’re going to get punished! Don’t do that again!

Kat is too busy gazing towards Riley in admiration to listen to her brother.

Riley: You okay there, big guy?

Terry: As I’ll ever be, I guess. *Chloe attends to the bruise on Terry* Heh, you’re either an incredibly brave or an incredibly dumb one, aren’t you?

Present day, Riley’s squad is spectating a typical UAF military parade to show off their newest soldiers and weapons. Riley is no longer present among them.

From empires, unions and fascist nations to a united, imperialistic, fascist-turned planet.

Hundreds of thousands of animal soldiers, formerly peaceful in nature, continue their daily militaristic ritual of war-marching; an impressive display of force that is certain to appeal to vulnerable individuals and weak-minded lost souls seeking a sense of belonging, duty and power.

Like an infectious disease, radical political ideologies and propaganda infect thousands of vulnerable minds, reducing them to a mentally enslaved zombie army. 

The few remaining strong-minded individuals will bear greater resistance to this brainwashing system, granted that they are not noticed and exposed by their superiors in response. 

 

Kyril returns to the rest of the squad after buying some ice cream.

Kyril: Here Kat, I got you an ice cream.

Kat: *Looks away* No thanks.

Kyril: C’mon, I thought you love it?

Kat: No I’m pretty sure that’s you…*Kat is clearly more worried about Riley*

Kyril: *Sighs* Alright. Hey Terry, you want one? Or maybe the bunny snipping your cigar…

Terry: Nah I’m good, thanks…?! *Notices his snipped cigar* Wha??! CHLOE!!!

Chloe escapes Terry’s wrath, dodging a lighter that Terry threw and landed just beneath the ice cream scoop of Kyril’s ice cream. Kyril fails to catch the falling ice cream and drops to his knees at the loss of his ‘friend’. Chloe retreats behind Kat.

Terry: Next time, it’ll be between the eyes!

Kat: Hey, leave her alone before I make you deal with me first. *Her moment is ruined by Kyril’s grovelling*…For god’s sake Kyril, grow up.

Terry: *Inhales* Oh come on, you know I was just playing-fighting with her! I love the little brat, really. Now c’mere, you little pest! (Before I break your fucking neck!)

Terry noogies her with a a fake smile while Chloe enjoys the fake affection, looking up at him with a smug look in her face knowing that Terry cannot hurt her even if he tried.

Kat observes the impressively organised parade: Masses of soldiers marching in perfect synchronisation followed by a mass of teens taking part in the academy to follow in their footsteps in the future.

Kat: Look at them, they’re all being raised to believe that blindly following orders will ensure their survival but they’re potentially just marching to an early death. This parade might as well be a graveyard…It’s too bad we’re not educated enough to pave a path to a safer career.

Kyril: I heard most of them are real nerds in the classroom anyway, yet they still pick the military over college. So I guess if they’re going to waltz to their deaths then that’s what they get for being stupid.

Terry: If you think violence isn’t the answer then I’d like to hear more about how not putting up a fight against the Plague is going to solve it.

Kyril: What are you talking about? Of course I wanna fight but not against the Xikaeda cause there’s no winning against them. I mean fighting for survival, by…I don’t know, retreating to the deepest safe spaces underground to build a new life! So with that in mind, you have to be pretty stupid to reject a cushy life in favour of death. You know what I’m saying?

Terry: Sure I do…Run away from your problems like a pussy. Kind of like how you’ve lived your whole life, I bet.

Kat observes but says nothing, knowing that it’s true.

Kyril:…Excuse you! Bombard my point of view, why don’t you?

Terry: Well do something about it then. Defend your opinion in the same way we have to defend Britain from the Xikaeda Plague. And while you’re at it, enlighten me and your sis to why cowardice is the answer.

Kat: Why don’t you both shut the hell up? Everyone’s staring at us!

Onlookers are listening in on Terry and Kyril. The majority of which seem to be siding with Terry and scoffing at Kyril. Kyril grudgingly drops the argument and retreats back to his sister.

Terry: I guess you’re going to walk away from this problem too, huh?

Kat: You’ve made your point Terry, now let it go. *Close to giving him a black eye*

Terry: *Backing off* There’s a solution to every problem Kyril, you should try solving them for once!

Chloe meanwhile picks up the ice cream cone to throw it away, but not before removing the lighter and throwing out into the path of marching soldiers. A soldier almost slips on the lighter, accidentally firing his rifle and shooting off the headgear of the marching soldier in front of him. Yet remarkably they both instantly regain their composure and continue marching.

Obliteration script WIP: Beginning of 2nd chapter

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*A past event unfolds in the form of a flashback, hinting at a little mystery regarding Van and Vanessa’s involvement in helping Claudia form Warbeast Battlefront.*

On a former nazi-occupied plane, Vanessa is working under pressure to reassemble a mounted MG-42 from within a half-destroyed home. Far in front of her is an abandoned nazi-bannered 5-storey building about to be engulfed by a toxic cloud of black gas resembling a pyroclastic flow. Running away from it and making their way through the building is her brother Van carrying an injured Claudia, who Vanessa is preparing to provide cover for after they fell behind. Between Vanessa and the building are up to 100 entrenched German soldiers and mortar teams above her, all preparing to delay the advancing Xikaeda infantry. 

Plasma beams and heat ray are being blind-fired by the Xikaeda through the cloud of gas, missing and impacting various points near Vanessa’s location, burning and reducing unlucky soldiers into a bloody mess upon impact. Mortars bombard the inside of the approaching gas, lighting up the smoke in fiery flashes indicating the destruction of the Xikaeda machines that were shooting in Vanessa’s direction. Shortly after Van makes it out of the abandoned building a swarm of injured and burning Xikaeda infantry emerge from the smoke. Every soldier emerges from the trench to charge the incoming Xikaeda to keep them away from Van and Claudia, assisted by Vanessa who fixes the MG-42 and opens fire on the swarm.

Amid the running & gunning, bayonet charges, exploding bodies and tearing of throats, feral Xikaeda creatures spawn into the battle from what appears to be ball-lighting. Vanessa riddles one of them with bullets shortly after it spawns behind Van. After Vanessa saves them, the entire nazi-bannered building explodes into a fiery inferno, incinerating many remaining soldiers close by. Towering over the burning ruins, emerging from the black gas, a three-legged Xikaeda war machine reveals itself before them.

Van makes it closer to Vanessa’s MG nest, who notices a burning allied fighter plane about to crash into the building that she’s in after losing a dogfight against a Xikaeda fighter. The Xikaeda fighter emits a deafening rumbling noise while flying and Van equips himself and Claudia with a gas mask upon hearing this. Vanessa abandons the overheating MG and dives to cover to avoid the fire and shrapnel of the plane crashing near her, followed by the Xikaeda fighter flying over her while emitting a trail of toxic black gas like a crop duster. Van reaches his sister just in time to to cover her face with another gas mask.

Some time later, on the coast of France, thousands of British, German and French soldiers are boarding ships to be evacuated. Van, Vanessa and Claudia are among them.

Claudia has become well enough to walk on her own again but with her head wrapped in a bandage to hide some sort of head injury. Van and Vanessa appear to be escorting her onboard.

*Cut back to present day*

(This piece of script writing may be subject to change)