Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review: Ultramarines the Movie


So on Sunday, I got to see the Ultramarines movie made by Codex Pictures at their Glendale fan screening.  I also won a T-shirt and was able to bring home enough collector's pins and DVD coupons for everyone in my club.  So yeah, it was a great day.  Anyways, on to the review.

I'm reviewing this movie by four categories:  Plot, Fluff-Accuracy, Animation, and Msc.  This miscellaneous category is everything I feel should be covered but isn't.

Now, first off, SPOILER ALERT
Plotline: 3/5
The story starts out with a new Tactical Squad investigating a distress beacon, eventually finding that they will be entering the figurative meat grinder, yet pressing on to find an answer.  The battles in there are all well done, along with the character development of one of the main characters, Proteus.  However, some of the things non-40kers/inexperienced 40kers may not understand.  There are plenty of examples, so I won't list them.

Fluff-Accuracy: 5/5
The movie isn't correct according to today's SM fluff, but Dan Abnett is a more classic person, so the movie is fairly accurate by my book.  The apothecary is drawing the gene-seed of the marines from their chest, there is a rivalry/distrust between the chapters, even the better-off ones, and the weapons work as described (especially that slow motion bolter round).  However, what I don't get is how a Captain and an Apothecary are only leading one tactical squad.  I understand that SM are elite, but I'd figure at least another Combat squad would be more reasonable.  I don't exactly know what the Chaplain was doing when he did that "Turn Heretic" thing though.  Was it Litanies of Hate?

Animation: 4/5
My expectations for the animation work was not that high, considering I've seen Codex Pictures' work before (Lego Bionicle movie), but they did pretty good for a movie on an extremely low budget of 14 million (Compare that to Toy Story 3's budget of 200 million).  There are spots where the animation shows, and others where I think it's close to the real deal.  I also would like to say that they did what I think is an excellent job on the Chaos, especially the Greater Demon/Demon Prince.

Msc: 4/5
Action Scenes:  All of the battles are in the second half, which makes it all the more action-y.  My favorite one would be the final one inside the Battle barge, and a close second would be the 'extraction' one.
Voiceovers:  The new recruits sound nice, fresh, and young, just like they should, while the Apothecary's voice is old and ancient.  The Captain's falls in between, and it sounds fairly reasonable
Music:  There isn't much music, but when there is, it's fitting for the scenes, and sounds alright.
Concept:  Personally, I would have favored an actual full-scale battle like the Battle of Macragge (I finally know how to pronounce it!).  However, it's alright, and it falls into the not bad but not good either category for me.
Camera Shots:  One of the worst parts of the movie, other than the animation.  Certain transitions made my eyes (they're sensitive) hurt by going from extreme bright to pitch black, and I feel that some more aerial shots of the battles should have been included.  Also, the Space Marine's perspective shots weren't that amazing either.  To be frank, the opening one reminded me of Call of Duty.

Overall 4/5
It definitely was a great film for the fans of 40k, but it may have some trouble approaching more general audiences.  Also, being rated R doesn't exactly help it get more views (they weren't checking for age at the screening, thank god).  Anyhow, I also got a coupon code at the end of the film, and for reading through that review (which I'm sure was crappy), I'm going to save you $8 on the film by giving you the code.  It's TRU11 and it expires in July this year.  Enjoy!

Oh, and another thing, I'll post up the pics of me in my Ultramarines T-shirt and the pin at a later date.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another quick update

So my dad is still sticking around, but he's leaving the country on Saturday for almost a month.  In the meanwhile, I've purchased some items in preparation for him.

  • A few Liquitex paints to make into washes, from Michael Kan's site.  I've had success with the Paynes Gray in the past, so I thought it would be nice to give the rest of them a shot.
  • My art teacher agreed to help me get some real 'quality' brushes, Raphael 8404 series, sizes 0 and 1, along with me getting this brush soap/preserver a la From The Warp
  • Finally, an acrylic box frame to use as a painting station/tray from the now non-existent WeeToySoldiers site.
I told my dad that the paints and the box frame were for a project, he'll never know =).

Another thing, I'll post some pics later on, when I get everything together, Saturday maybe?  Also, on Sunday, I'll be down in Glendale for the Free Ultramarines Movie screening.  Is anyone else going to be there?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FTW

As most of you know, From the Warp has now been put into stasis until further notice.  I've followed the blog for almost the last two years of the hobby, and it's sad to see such a great site grind to a halt like this.  On the plus side, Ron will now get to spend more time with his family, friends, and the real world.  At the very least, his commission work will still continue via his minor blog, Black Dot Studios, so I can't wait to see what he churns out.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Some updates on the home front

Well, just thought I'd post up some news.

One member of the online 40k community has offered me a safe box to store some models in, and my father is leaving on a business trip next week.  Also, I recently sold some of my old stuff off on ebay, so I'll have some cash to spend.  I'm probably going to get some paints, brushes, and a few models to work with.

Also, I'm going to be posting sometime every weekend, with irregular updates on the weekdays (If there are any).

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Two New Army Lists: Salamanders and Deathwing (Salamanders 1st. Co.)

As promised, two lists are going up today:

1)  The Salamanders list:

Captain Terminator Armor w. Combi-Melta and Thunder Hammer 160 160
Librarian Powers:  Null Zone, The Avenger 100 260
Tactical Squad 10 Man Unit with Meltagun, Multimelta, and Sgt. Power Fist in Rhino 235 495
Tactical Squad 10 Man Unit with Flamer, Multimelta, and Sgt. Combi-Flamer in Rhino 205 700
Tactical Squad 10 Man Unit with Plasma Gun, Plasma Cannon, and Sgt. Power Weapon in Razorback 240 940 Dreadnought Heavy Flamer DCCW 115 1055
Terminator Squad Heavy Flamer 205 1260
Land Raider Redeemer None 240 1500

2)  Salamander's 1st Co. Deathwing:

Chapter Master Tu'shan (Belial) Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield 130 130
Terminator Command Squad Apothecary with Chainfist, Standard Bearer with Chainfist, 2 Thunder Hammers/Storm Shields, Assault Cannon 310 440
Terminator Squad 2 Thunder Hammers/Storm Shields, 2 Chainfists, 1 Cyclone Missile Launcher 245 685 Terminator Squad 2 Thunder Hammers/Storm Shields, 2 Chainfists, 1 Cyclone Missile Launcher 245 930 Terminator Squad 1 Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield, 3 Chainfists, Assault Cannon 260 1190
Terminator Squad 1 Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield, 2 Chainfists, Heavy Flamer, 1 Pair of Lightning Claws 230 1420
Land Speeder Typhoon 80 1500

So both lists are 1.5k points each, they're meant for casual gaming, but should be strong enough to hold out to rank in the upper 1/4 of a tournament.  What do you think?

Oh, and I'm feeling much better, now there's only coughing.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sick

I know I promised to post up some army lists for the Deathwing and Salamander lists, but I've been sick again.  Hopefully, it'll be up by the weekend.