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I liked the old ax better

The new ax you designed does look cooler (though if you look at the middle one, it is missing an angle that the other 2 have on the back part of the main blade), but honestly, the simple ax design from before fit the character better. He is presented as a no nonsense kind of orc, and I felt like the simple strait forward ax design fit him. Also, considering he is just wearing plain black pants and nothing else, it feels like having a fancy ax doesnt match. I think the old ax worked because it suited his personality to have a simple woodcutter's ax. It sorta of said, "I use what works".

If you wanted to make the ax more intimidating, adding a simple back spike would be practical addition to the ax and increase its balance. I think there is no real reason to have a smaller, less useful, ax on the back of the bigger ax, so it just decorative, while a spike on the back would allow for a devestating pickax style stabbing attack for heavily armored foes. If you wanted to make him look scarier as a character, that would work. 

Another option would be 2 identical ax heads (like the typical war ax, so a bit boring), which works because then you have 2 sides you can use equally well if one side gets dull or chipped, and is balanced for easier swinging, plus you can do a back swing and still expect to do damage. As this would be the most common war ax, it might work to highlight how strait forward he is, and would say "I use an ordinary war ax like a sensible warrior".

The difference would be that the 2 headed war ax is a weapon of war, while the simple wood cutters ax is something you might start using if you come from a more humble background and didn't think switching to a more balanced war axe was necessary, and the back spiked ax would be something you use if you are an experienced adventurer who has faced heavily armored foes and wanted the best tool for the job. The personality of your character is tied up to the weapon he uses, and the new ax simply doesn't feel right to me.

But its up to you obviously, thats just my 2 cents. 
Post edited by zenopath on
Ax Types
  1. Which ax would you like to see?3 votes
    1. Old axe (one sided)
        0.00%
    2. New ax (small back ax)
      33.33%
    3. War ax (two headed)
        0.00%
    4. Spiked War ax (spike on back)
      66.67%

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  • I like the new One, to be honest it looks more akin to Orrig's profession as a Mercenary? the old one, while practical looks like he just got it off the wood-pile before going on for Mercenary jobs (The Wifey yelling after him to come back and get his proper axe dangnabbit!)

  • zenopathzenopath Member
    edited December 1 Vote Up0Vote Down
    I think the ax itself is cooler looking, I just dont know that it fits his personality. I guess its a pretty minor detail, but I actually thought there was some sort of backstory behind why he was using a plain old woodcutters ax. Seeing him with this new axe kinda just feels like generic stylized fantasy ax that isnt very practical or historically accurate. Ah well, like i said originally, that was just my 2 cents on the topic, not like it really matters much. FYI i voted for the spiked ax on my own poll, lol,
         

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