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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » January 14th, 2016, 8:42 pm

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ImageThis is Bakenbacon! Baken's Engie is dawning an awesome Unusual Industrial Festivizer hat. It's a string of yellow, green, purple and team-colored Christmas lights wrapped around the Engineer's hard hat and powered by a battery attached to the back. The Industrial Festivizer was added to the game December 17, 2010 during the Australian Christmas update.
ImageBakenbacon's specific hat is showing off the Cloud 9 Unusual Effect with tiny hearts constantly floating up from his head. This effect is one of 7 possible effects that have a slim chance to be obtained from any Series #59 crate and higher. These 7 Unusual Effects were added to the game June 19, 2013.
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You can see Baken is holding a Rescue Ranger weapon in his hand. It resembles the normal Shotgun, but has a small, permanently turned on monitor mounted on its top in the location a scope is typically found which shows a moving sine wave.
ImageThe amplitude of the sine wave in the monitor is based on the user's Metal count: having full Metal causes the wave to be at maximum height. Lacking enough Metal to long-range haul a building will make it significantly flatter and having no Metal renders the wave almost completely flat. The monitor is connected to a yellow box at the end of the barrel with a team-colored light on its end.

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@ Fires a special bolt that can repair friendly buildings.
@ Alt-Fire: Use 100 metal to pick up buildings from long range.
@ -34% clip size.
@ -50% max primary ammo on wearer.
@ Self mark for death on building pick up.

The Rescue Ranger is possible to craft. One way to craft this weapon for sure is: 3 Eureka Effects wrenches + Reclaimed Metal. A second way to possibly craft this weapon is: 1 Engie Class Token + 1 Primary Slot Token + Scrap Metal. But with this second blueprint, there are 5 possible weapons that will be crafted... one of them is the Rescue Ranger. The Rescue Ranger was added to the game December 20, 2012 during the Mecha Update.
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » January 15th, 2016, 2:25 pm

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This is Valka! Valka is on the run in his Old Guadalajara hat. It's a large straw sombrero with orange and team-colored designs. This hat is paintable. I believe Valka has painted it Australium Gold which changes the color of the mid strap and the color around the rim of the hat. This Hat was added to the game September 30, 2010 during the Mann-Conomy Update.

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The Old Guadalajara is named after Guadalajara City in western Mexico. This city is culturally associated with Mariachi singers who are known for wearing large sombreros. The description for this item reads... "This hat adds spice to any occasion". The Old Guadalajara hat is also worn by Giant Flare Pyros in Mann Vs. Machine. Check out his hat the next time you face off with a Giant Pyro!
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Valka's on the run with his Backburner weapon ready to go! The Backburner is an unlockable primary weapon for the Pyro. It's automatically given to any player who obtains 16 Pyro achievements. It's the default Flame Thrower, with a team-colored, metal addition to the nozzle, shaped like a dragon's head. The festive variant resembles Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Pros and Cons:
@ Guarantees Critical hits when attacking from behind.
@ Airblasts cost 150% more ammo to fire (50 instead of 20).
@ Does not get random Critical hits.
@ On hit: ignites enemy.
@ Secondary fire blasts compressed air which knocks back enemies, redirects enemy projectiles, and extinguishes flames on teammates, using 50 ammo per blast.
@ All deflected projectiles will inflict Mini-Crit damage.
@ Extinguishing allies will heal you +20 HP.
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » January 18th, 2016, 3:36 am

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This is Rebite! You'll notice Rebite's hair style. The One-Man Army is a sloppy looking hairdo, similar to a mullet, tied back by a team-colored knotted bandana. This hat is paintable and changes the color of the bandana to match the paint color. The One-Man Army and it's description are a reference to the movie First Blood. "You send that many men against a bandanna like this, don't forget one thing: A good supply of body bags". This description is a line spoken by Rambo's commanding officer to the chief of police, with the word "man" replaced by "bandanna". The One-Man Army was added to the game on October 13, 2011 during the Manniversary Update and Sale.

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Rebite is wearing The Combat Slacks apparel for the Heavy. It adds a set of utility gear over the Heavy's default attire; a pair of knee pads, straps clipped to his belt and a blast pad over his left shoulder. This item is paintable. It changes the color of the knee pads and the blast pad over the Heavy's left shoulder. The Combat Slacks were added to the game on February 7, 2014 during the Strongbox Pack addition and there's a chance to uncrate it from Crate #81.
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In his hand, you'll see Rebite's Sandvich. The Russian word for sandwich (сэндвич) if phonetically written as sendvich. It's half of a sandwich made with two triangular slices of bread. Between the slices of bread are lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and a few slices of both ham and bologna, as noted by the Heavy. It's topped with a green pimento-stuffed olive pinned to the Sandvich by a toothpick. The Sandvich, known in full as the Sandvich Edible Device, is an unlockable secondary weapon for the Heavy. The Sandvich is automatically awarded to any player who obtains 10 Heavy achievements.

Pros and Cons:
@ With primary fire or taunt key, restores 300 health over about 4 seconds.
@ With secondary fire, throws it for another player to restore 50% health.
@ When thrown and then picked up, restores recharge bar.
@ If injured, after use it must recharge (over about 25.7 seconds or with any health pickup when at full health) to be used again.

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On a rare occasion, I was able to get a snapshot of Rebite with a 20 Killstreak Effect (considered god-like level) showing for his Strange Killstreak Mercenary Grade King of the Jungle Minigun with Factory New paint job. Man, that's a mouthful for a weapon name! :P The King of the Jungle Minigun is a reskin of the traditional Minigun but it has the camouflage design on it. This is one of the weapon designs from the Concealed Killer Collection. Rebite's specific Minigun has a Strange Stat Module attached that keeps track of total kills while this weapon is used.
Image He also has a Professional Killstreak Kit active. This Kit does 3 things. It keeps a kill counter (It keeps track of all kills till death and resets each time you die per round. In a round it keeps track of your highest number of kills before death.), adds a colored sheen (Rebite has the one called Team Shine which is a red color (or blue color if on the BLU team) pulsing down the barrel of his hands and gun. The more kills he gets the faster the color pulses down the barrel.), and causes the weapon to add a particle effect to the user's eyes. When Rebite reaches certain kill milestones without dying (like 5, 10, 15 or 20 kills) the Fire Horns display on his eyes. The more the kills the Bigger the Fire Horns are that project from his eyes.

Strange Killstreak Mercenary Grade King of the Jungle Minigun with:
Kills: 5147

Killstreaker: Fire Horns
Sheen: Team Shine
Killstreaks Active
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » February 5th, 2016, 1:07 am

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This is JustAHopeful's Heavy! On his head is The Full Head Of Steam hat! It's a top hat that has three steam pipes and a steam pressure gauge protruding from the brim, which wobble as the player moves. The name of this hat references the practice of preparing a steam engine for operation. It was necessary to exceed a certain threshold of pressure in the boiler before the engine could be operated. This procedure was referred to as building a "full head of steam." The phrase has also come to describe any significant amount of driving force or momentum.
This all-class hat is an achievement hat with a description that reads... "You never took a break from cp_foundry, and now you can prove it with the actual steam whistle used to call the breaks you never took!". It is awarded to players who have earned seven of the eleven map-specific achievements (not counting the Milestone earned for doing so) for the Foundry map. According to Team Fortress 2 legend history, a prototype of the Full Head Of Steam was first introduced in 1921 at the Paris World Fashion Expo by Bilious Hale in effort to reinvigorate the nation's waning interest in all things that are powered by coal.

On JustAHopeful's shoulder you'll notice The Bone-Cut Belt. It's an armored, spiked plate covering the top part of Heavy's left arm, alongside a spiked shoulder plate. You'll also notice the orange Heavy Emblem just below the shoulder. This item can only be worn around Halloween or during a Full Moon. At other times of the year it doesn't appear in gameplay unless the server has Halloween mode enabled. However, it can be equipped at any time and can still be viewed on the loadout screen even when it is not visible during games. This armor is paintable but it only changes the color of the spikes.
The Bone-Cut Belt is one part of The Minsk Beast set which includes the Minsk Beef horns and nose ring and the Bull Locks beard.
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Lastly you'll notice JustAHopeful's little floating friend. The Boo Balloon is an orange balloon reminiscent of a Jack-o'-lantern that floats behind the player's shoulder. The Balloon is paintable. This item is also a Halloween/Full Moon item. When players equipped with this item kill an enemy unassisted by another player, the killfeed shows everyone in Pyroland that it (the Balloon) gets the assist, with its custom name if it has one. The Boo Balloon comes with four styles that change the design on the balloon.
ImageThe "Haunting" style appears as a design similar to a modern pumpkin carving
Image"Please Help" showcases a face that appears shocked or scared
Image"Hey Guys, What's Going On?" displays a silly, cross-eyed face with a triangular nose
Image"Bone Party" displays a skull and cross bones placed in a diagonal pattern around the balloon
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » July 30th, 2016, 11:20 pm

I haven't done one of these Snapshots in while. A lot of new cosmetics have been added and some weapons have changed with different Steam updates, but I love seeing individual people's loadouts! Each loadout shows interesting facts about the player's gameplay (with weapons of choice) and personal likes (with choices of cosmetics). So, I may try to still do one of these once and a while. :biggrin:

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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by Good Ole Bill » July 31st, 2016, 9:05 am

These write-ups were awesome and you should totally do more if you have time. It seems like our players are a lot more hatted these days I agree.
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » July 31st, 2016, 5:35 pm

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This is Pancakeman152! Pancakeman is maxin' and relaxin' with his Rancho Relaxo Taunt. This Taunt can only be used by the Engineer. The Engineer will put down a Team Colored toolbox, which unfolds into a lawn chair, complete with several bottles and a small Team Colored umbrella. The Rancho Relaxo umbrella texture is a modified version of the Hard Counter's hat texture, a cosmetic item only for the Heavy.
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The Engie then sits on the chair and proceeds to relax by sipping a drink, belching and saying the occasional voice line. The taunt continues until it's canceled by the player or by an outside force (like being hit by an enemy bullet). The Engineer will rise from his chair while it collapses back into a toolbox and he's ready to go. This Taunt item was released on June 18, 2014 during the Love & War Update.

This Taunt can be obtained by:
@ A random drop
@ A purchase through the TF2 Store or Steam Marketplace
@ Opening an Audition Reel with a Key
@ Opening a Director's Cut with a Key
@ Uncrating an Unusual version
@ or Trading with another Player

Believe it or not, the name of this item is a reference to a spa of the same name from the animated sitcom The Simpsons. Who knew?

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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » August 7th, 2016, 7:07 pm

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This is Hudbus! :biggrin: Hudbus is wearing the Southie Shinobi attire. The Southie Shinobi is a community-created cosmetic item only for the Scout. "Southie" is a term used to describe people who live in the South Boston neighborhood. This is used as a reference to the Scout's hometown of Boston. The word "shinobi" (忍) is another name for "Ninja". This item was originally added to the Steam Workshop under the name "Ninja Vest". This garment item gives Hudbus a team-colored Uwagi which is a traditional Japanese jacket with darker colored seams. Included is a black Obi belt that is tied at his right side. The ends of the belt flap around with the Scout as he runs.

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The Southie Shinobi is one of 3 items in The Wicked Good Ninja set that was added June 18, 2014 in the Love & War Update. All three of these items can be obtained through Crafting, through a Purchase on the TF2 Store and the Steam Marketplace, through opening a Stockpile Crate, through Trading or through a random Drop.

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Hudbus has accompanied his Southie Shinobi with the Federal Casemaker hat and Professor Speks sunglasses to complete his cool look! :biggrin:

Lastly, you can see Hudbus is standing in a waiting pose to do a the Flippin' Awesome Taunt. This joining taunt can be used by all classes. When initiated, the player will crouch and form their hands into a cup, while saying a voice line. This pose will continue until another player taunts in front of the initiator. The initiator will then allow the other player to jump into their cupped hands and hoist them into the air to perform a backflip. When a Heavy is flipped, he will land on his head and then sit pouting on the ground. If the Heavy is the initiator of the taunt, he will use only one finger to flip the other player rather than both his hands... because he's so strong.

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There are 2 Achievements that can be obtained by using this Taunt. The First is the Showboat Achievement. Do 10 partner taunts with a teammate while capturing a control point. The Second is called the Flip-Kabob. Ignite a player that is being flipped by someone using the Flippin' Awesome taunt.
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by PeekABoo » August 13th, 2016, 8:41 pm

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This is McCoy! McCoy's Medic is wearing the Vintage Tyrolean hat. It's a cosmetic item only for the Medic. This hat is a dark team-colored felt Tyrolean hat with a braided cord band around the crown and a formal-looking crest and feather added as trim, both of which are also team-colored. When on RED the feather is only colored on its tip, while on BLU the entire top half is colored. The narrow brim slopes downward towards the front, and is folded flat against the crown in the back.

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Tyrolean is the name for the particular style of hats made in the former County of Tyrol in the Austrian Alps. The Tyrolean hat is also known as the "Tyrol" or the "Bavarian cap". It is one of the signature articles of clothing worn during Oktoberfest. McCoy has painted his hat "An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge" which is a white color. The Vintage Tyrolean is awarded in Genuine quality to players who purchase the BLU Medic Action Figure.

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Speaking of Octoberfest, you'll notice the Medic has his weapon, the Kritzcrieg, held in hand with the barrel pointing up. This is a Taunt Action for the Medic with this weapon enabled. Oktoberfest is one of the Medic's Special taunts. Upon taunting with the Kritzkrieg equipped, the Medic takes a brief whiff out of the barrel of his weapon, laughing and proclaiming "OKTOBERFEST!", before returning to aid his teammates. Performing the taunt will heal the Medic for +11 health. This doesn't contribute to the ÜberCharge meter but will count towards the total healing displayed on the scoreboard. The taunt is really helpful when the player is taking passive damage such as fire or bleeding, or when natural health regeneration is too slow.

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Covering McCoy's Medic face is the Physician's Procedure Mask. This item is a community-created cosmetic item only for the Medic. It's a team-colored surgeon's mask, and displays the Medic's class emblem on the front. The Mask was added to the game March 18, 2010 during the First Community Contribution Update. The description reads... "Scrub in... things are about to get messy."

Lastly, you'll notice McCoy's Medic has a friend floating close by. The RoBro 3000 is a community-created cosmetic item for all classes. It's a saucer-shaped, team-colored robot that floats behind the player's left shoulder. The center eye and tail light changes colors depending on the team that the player equipping this item is on. Using paint changes the colors of the glowing eye, tail light, stripe decal, glowing jet flame, and tubes. When players equipped with this item kill an enemy unassisted by another player, the killfeed shows everyone in Pyroland that the Robot gets the assist, with its custom name if it has one. Despite the RoBro 3000's description claiming it has no off-switch, a power toggle button can clearly be seen on the back of the RoBro, just above the jet. McCoy's Medic loves his little Buddy!
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Re: Snapshot of the Week!

Post by Hudbus » August 14th, 2016, 9:35 pm

Oh. I hadn't realized you did my Scout. Glad to see it here!

Just a quick Heads-Up, that hat is actually the Federal Casemaker, which was made all-class a month or two before that shot was taken.

I might consider calling this game "Fedora Fortress 2" if we get enough people wearing hats like that...
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