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Freedom Force Mod: Secret Origins

Freedom Force: Secret Origins

Freedom Force: Secret Origins

My newest modding project for Irrational Games’ Freedom Force.

10 Years of Afghan Ant (AfghanAnt)

The Internet History of Afghan Ant (AfghanAnt)

“telepathy is an unusual power for a computer to develop”

AfghanAnt Circa 2000

AfghanAnt Circa 2000

This been my personal tag line since forever actually. Why am I telling you this? Because I recently imported all of my old Livejournal post that date back to 2001. That’s right – my blog now has 10 years of my history.

I find it hard to believe I’ve been writing about myself and things I enjoy for ten years but here we are. It actually makes me feel old as hell but I guess I did start blogging when I was 17. Before that I would just troll in AOL chat rooms pretending to be older to see dick shot from middle age men (true story).

Gay Red Ranger Scandal

I’m not sure why I started a Livejournal account (strangevisitor) but I updated it faithful until 2008.  Most of the post were either about a boy I was dating, a boy I liked, or a boy who I recently broke up with and I wanted to kill him. Amidst of these emo post, I was also a member of a notoriously bitch group of posters on the OHNOTHEYDIDNT. Even though I submitted hundreds of stories during my run, none of them can compare to my 2006 post, the notorious “Go, Go Porno Ranger” article.  This story made everyone and their mom shit bricks. Here was the story of a teenage children show star turned desperate “gay-for-pay” performer.  Needless to say, the story eventually went viral and the likes of Perez Hilton and Snopes.com stole reposted my original story. However, I spawned a new urban dictionary term, “red ranger“, and even had a YTMND videos created.

Go Go Porno Ranger

Go Go Porno Ranger

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HeroForce: Ink’s Freedom Force Meshes Available

New HeroForce Team

New HeroForce Team

When Ink and I created HeroForce back in 2004, I had no clue five years later we want still be around nor one of the largest and most active Freedom Force skins, meshes, and add-on content sites. I’m extremely glad to have Ink back (even if its just his old content) because it makes me feel like the site has come full circle. For a while, HeroForce was just a skin site but it is rapidly evolving into more. Hopefully with the Freedom Force series being on Steam and loyal gamers always looking for new content – Freedom Force and HeroForce will continue to grow.

HeroForce - Freedom Force Skins, Meshes, and Add-ons

HeroForce - Freedom Force Skins, Meshes, and Add-ons

The Secret History of an Avatar – AfghanAnt

Like many Freedom Force skinners, I’ve designed and redesign my avatar more times than I’ve skinned any other character. In fact, I realized that after I completed my latest reskin of AfghanAnt I should do a blog post about the evolution of the character. So without further ado I present the secret history of AfghanAnt.

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Originally designed for a weekly comic strip – Hyperion, the Hyper-Man was the proto-AfghanAnt. He was an alien superhero who was stranded in Japan and being chased by an being known only as the Cosmic Dual Spoon Witch – insane. Created on 03/08/03,  Lord Ehmsidy modeled the original mesh and I provided the skin for the character. Even though his name was “Hyperion”, many people on the pre-Freedom Reborn referred to him as AfghanAnt which was my username and it just stuck.

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In 2004 during the height of the “Similar-6’s” era, this version of my avatar was created by Ink for the opening of our new site – HeroForce.

V2 had a few changes, he became more adult looking and his cape switched locations over all he was the same. It wasn’t until his reimagined history for Dr Mike’ mod, Tales of the Navigator did he become something new. Instead of an Japanese Superman, AfghanAnt became Afkarr N’nant, a warrior/diplomat of the Z’zen people and member of the H.I.V.E.

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Created in late 2005, V3 of AfghanAnt became the focal point of a whole universe of original know as HIVEworld. Now AfghanAnt had an nemesis in Nox Blatta, a sidekick in Pupae, and a sister in Halal Hornet.

This version of AfghanAnt received the most attention from the Freedom Force community and this generated numerous other characters to fill out his universe and backstory. V3 was the longest used of my AfghanAnt avatars and was  redesigned by The Ultimate Evil, Courtnall 6, and Tomato.

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V4 of AfghanAnt was created on a whim back in late 2008. I wanted to return AfghanAnt to his “Hyper-man” roots and decided to update Lord Ehmsidy’s original mesh to match my original drawing. I severely depowered AfghanAnt V4, his hyper-bands no longer gave him Superman-like powers and he relied on a pistol known as “Killer Sting”. This version of AfghanAnt appears in the Freedom Reborn avatar mod, in the HF promo by The Ultimate Evil, and in my blog’s banner – look up.

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Inspired by Tap43’s redesign, I decided to update my avatar once again but this time I wanted something that would last. So I combine my Photoshop skill with my design knowhow to not only make AfghanAnt look more alien but militant. I decided to make him golden hued as well as change his eyebrows and hair color to reflect his departure from the previous versions. I think sub-consciously I was channeling Ed Mcguinness in the look. Overall with this redesign I just wanted something super clean and well executed. After all these years, I think I got him right.

So there you have it – seven years of my avatar AfghanAnt. If you want to see more of my work, stop by HeroForce and feel free to comment about the change.

Freedom Force Skins, Meshes, and Add-ons @ HeroForce

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The New HeroForce

As some of you may know I create add-on content for Irrational Games’ Freedom Force and its sequal Freedom Force vs The Third Reich (FFVTR). What you may not know is that I’m 1/4 of a content site called HeroForce.

While its mostly Freedom Force skins and skopes/meshes, HeroForce is increasing its content to also include more add-ons, such as fxs and maps, to enhance gameplay. To do this we had to recruit a new member – Unkoman.

For about two years now, Pod, TUE and I have mostly created owned content for the game but with Unkoman being a part of the team not only do we get a mapper and fxer, we get a sleuth of originals and Irrational skins for Freedom Force. I am personally excited to have his content on the site because it shows that Freedom Force is just as much of a Superman vs Wolverine game as it is an Originals game (I should have taken been notes from House Quake and Carravaggio for a long time).

Even a Marvel and DC Comics junkie like me has his own universe with my HIVEworld. Based on idea by Dr Mike’s Tales of the Navigator, HIVEworld is a sci-fi universe where insect-like superhumans exist – I personally think it is pretty intense. I also have a couple of original characters from an abandoned mod with Unkoman called Weird World. So you can see HeroForce becoming a more rounded and better content add-on site for Freedom Force and FFVTR which is good thing creatively and for our fans. And now that you can buy the Freedom Force Bundle on Steam, expect some really amazing original Freedom Force content from me (and maybe the other guys too) soon.

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Skrull Invasion

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Digital Art – New X-Men

New X-Men

New X-Men

If you are looking at the image to the left, you are probably wondering what you are looking at. It’s an image I did with low-poly game models, Photoshop CS3, and stock imagery.

I really enjoyed doing this piece a lot. I did others but this one really came out just as I had imagined it would. I want something very X-Men but also very movie Watchmen. I actually extremely fond of how Emma came out and the lighting. I really thought that was going to get lost with the darkness of the background but I think it is a very balance composition.

I’ve done a few more of these but unfortunately (because I like small canvas areas) they are all this size. I think I’m going to take a crack at something rather large today (there I go adding yet another fragging thing to do. I can feel the energy being drained for one project and pushed to another as I type this…no Counter-Earth Young Avengers from me anytime soon).

Freedom Force – Young Avengers Wiccan and Hulkling

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Here are two of my favorite characters right now. It is weird but they have pretty much replace Apollo and Midnighter as my favorite gay comic couple.

Hulkling Preview

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So I’m almost done with Hulkling. Even though the previous version had wings, I don’t think this one will because they wont be animated. I’m going to try a few keyframe tricks but I’m probably not going to get the effect I want. 😦

Freedom Force – Young Avenger Wiccan

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I completed Wiccan last night actually but I just got around to posting him now. I’m moving on to Hulkling before I finish up the Asgardian look. I am flirting with skinning all of the Young Avengers with the rest of the HeroForce guys but I am probably going to be focusing my energies towards my full-time job and freelancing soon.