Ok, I hope I'm not being too abusive, but I made this other trhead to comment on Firebrand's latest works, since the other trheads were just getting in a big confusion.
First, about the latest DS: all the ones I've seen were great! The Stalker specially was very good, the poor thing really looks like he got his ass kicked pretty badly. The Mage's one is also good, simple and direct. I don't remeber many others, but I'll look for them and then say something.
New weapons "review":
-Cross-Bow: the mod from the Heretic?s one to the new ?ordinary? version was done successfully. The sprite looks good, and there are no visible flaws. Yet, there are 3 little mistakes I found on it. 1st: the sprites are, in the WAD, attached to the right side of the screen, and not in the botton.; 2nd: in the arrow, you should be able to see the Botton face of the arrow?s metal point. If you don?t put the botton of the metal point, it will appear to be seen from the font, and not in perspective, as it should be; 3rd: the rope is attached to the metal rings in both middle sides of the bow. I think it should be placed in the exact both ends. It?s how it is done normally, to get maximun tension on the shot.
Overall, it?s looking great, and it?s good to see another weapon set for SE!
PS: I don?t remember well, but, in the second fire frame, you should draw the arrow mid way through the cross bow, and only in the third/last frame, it would ?disappear? (not shown in the cross-bow sprite itself) and be replaced by it?s own sprite image.
-Sword: The new decorations are great, very original. The new metal parts makes it really feel like a different weapon, but as a suggestion, I would use a little less ?hot? colors, and trade them for cold ones, tending more to gray palettes, because that?s the way people see swords. The orange/cooper color of the blade either should completely replace the black one beneath, or be more visible, by adding original flashes or reflexes, or something. The original blade colors were supposed to make up a black metal, and the replacement of colors should be total, or else people will easily see the moddification...
What I'm trying to say is: Select the whole original black blade, invert the colors, and it will be almost entirely white - now you can really work on a "new" blade color without much trouble. That's only a suggestion, though.
The Books and Maps are also great, very well done. Sicerely, I couldn't have done them so well. Congratulations!
Hope this helps. Great job. by the way.