As we see Max pulling a “Riddick on Crematoria” with the slimy mop bucket water, Madison is putting in his own heroic effort to keep the Strike Gate anchored to the extraction point. Because nothing in the tech world is ever as easy as the end user seems to think it should be. Plus he’s rightfully concerned about the contents of those tanks — he’d probably put up more argument if lives weren’t at stake and he didn’t have his hands full already!

And there’s a new Vote Incentive! Just a cute sketch of Kaitlyn, but it’s worth a click!

More below!



Getting Sloshed At Work


There’s actually a product we use in effects work called “Stunt Gel” which is basically slime you smear on actors to keep them from getting burned when doing scenes with brief fire effects. From what I can tell, it’s mostly water thickened with CMC gum and given a dash of witch hazel or tea tree oil for a cooling sensation. It may or may not also contain a topical anesthetic. It’s not a miracle save, but it does help against quick flashes of fire, because it holds a thicker layer of coolant than just wet skin. It is, however, notably slimy in sensation. So Max may have gotten lucky here with the mop bucket water.

Naturally, when it came to implementing the sloshing water of our hero drenching himself with the bucket, I insisted on trying to do that for realsies. I believe we can all take for granted that Max-the-artist could easily have done a water-slosh illustration all by himself, but I was intrigued by the challenge. God knows if it will ever be of any use in the future, but hey, if anyone ever needs an effect of someone drenching themselves with a bucket, I have one now. Did two takes, even.

First step was to dress head to toe in black. Now, it must be admitted that I actually have one of those professional black “Invisible Man” suits, a full-body head-to-toe suit of black spandex. I’ve never used it. I’m always afraid I’ll ruin it in the process, and then I won’t have it when I really need it, whenever that might be. So every time I need to do something like this I end up using black workout clothes, black disposable gloves, and a cheap black balaclava turned backward so it covers my face. Not as slick-looking, but I’m less worried about the components getting damaged.

Max-the-artist had given me the rough of the page to work from, so I set up the camera and attempted to match the shot as closely as possible. Another effects trick: in order to make water a little more visible on camera, add a splash of milk. Helps slime it up a bit, too, although I have CMC gum for that as well.

So camera on, black hood over face, and dump the bucket. With the hood, it is not unlike waterboarding yourself.


Throw it into After Effects and key the hell out of it to remove everything but the slosh.



And then send it off to Max-the-artist, who jokingly refers to it as a “money shot.” I have to admit that being drenched with vast amounts of milky slime all over my upturned face did make me feel a little like the demure target participant of a certain type of Asian adult video.



I knew I should have worn my Japanese schoolgirl uniform

Yes. Yes, that mental image your brain is trying frantically to avoid forming?  Here’s the cure!

— Bob out