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AC III - ''We move on...'' by RBF-productions-NL AC III - ''We move on...'' by RBF-productions-NL
Picture by Merdahn photography [link]
Thanks, Cynth!

This one is for all the people that have given us their support and input in the sensitive matter that I have insticated. And I mean to ALL who have given their input.

We have read all messages and cannot begin to describe the feelings we got when we saw all the incredible support and reactions to our work.

Removing the deviations was, to the best of our judgement, the best option.

I will explain why. I am currently reading "history of the modern world" by Palmer e.o. To be blunt, our history is a long, sad and messy one. Wherever Europeans went (Europeans of all kinds of color I might add), indiginious cultures of the "new world" were butcherd and indoctrinated.

Racial issues still exist within our world because our modern world was founded by and within racial issues. (If anything, the reactions to me doing a make-up job on my face is a clear example of that).

I have no desire to continue treading down a path, that in anyway can be traced back by anyone, to that long, sad and messy history.

That by itself, I must say as I am believed to have a right to an opinion, is imo part of the problem. As long as people will trace back something as stupid, useless and harmless as cosplay to the horrors of the Spanish inquisition, Vasco de Gama, the East-Indian Trading Company... slavery and discrimination in general (my God, what a comparison)... The issue will persist.

We are not out there to haress anyone, or to discriminate anyone. And to all whom I might have offended I have allready apologized, but again: I am sorry.

I didn't want to make this personal, but I allready saw someone posting a doubtful message about my apology... and that person "didn't get the thing about my wife" . To you I can only say this: Take your thumb... and sit on it. Might give you a purpose in life. Sorry 'bout that... but any other words I have said or will say don't seem to land anyways, so either read the messages I seriously ment or make do with these.... I don't give a shit really.

NOW FOR THIS DEVIATION:
As far as I can tell... I can't go wrong with this one... Unless my ass isn't the right shape, form, color or smell....


I WILL CHANGE the Connor make-up job, to stop it from being racially insensitive. This is my choice, because I think it is important. This will involve a foundation closer to my own skin color.

Anyways....

THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR SUPPORT AND INPUT IN THIS MATTER!!!!!
I... we, really appreciate it!!
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Seraphoid Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
mind you i intend to find or recreate a green dress that aveline wore (sorry for all the sporadic comments) like her other personas wore
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:iconrbf-productions-nl:
RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool!! Looking forward to it! Please let me know when you've got it done!!
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Seraphoid Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'll try if i find a good dress out there that fits a victorian style
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful
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:iconrbf-productions-nl:
RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Dude, I feel you pain on so many levels. I've been called out for cosplay as light skinned characters even though I'm black. It's really sad when you can't even enjoy your hobby anymore because of some racial BS. There was even a time when I just stopped cosplaying as light skinned characters and just did tanned/black characters. Even then I got called out because some felt like I only cosplayed black characters because I didn't like to cosplay light skinned characters. It's not that i didn't like to, but it was to avoid the hateful racial comments. So it was like a no win situation until I just said f*ck all you haters! I'll cosplay who I want and if you don't like it, you can eat a d*ck lol Our ancestors fought too long and hard to let future generations suffer like they did. It's on a smaller scale today but its still there and alive. There will always be two sides; one that supports you and one that's against you and it's up to use to decided what side to listen too. There's nothing wrong with being detailed even with the skin tone because it just complete the costume. Honestly if other people can't see the amazing work you are doing then they just don't understand you on a professional level. Even with light skinned Korra Cosplays it's the same thing about them being "black faced". I think with cosplaying becoming more mainstream, the closed minded people are coming into it with closed eyes. Sorry for rambling but DO NOT feel bad for your amazing work! and everyone else that don't like it can GTFO! :D
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am white but my mother and her identical twin sister is the only one in the family for generations that has a slight olive skin tone and i get so annoyed that she could pull of a MK Jade cosplay and I couldn't cos i wouldn't want to offend by playing a epic charter with out the skin colour for it don't want people to get the wrong impression
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for these words... I can't add anything else...
Please keep up your work!! :) And like you aid, enjoy it!!
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Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I sure will! I have too much awesome sewing skills to not use them! Keep doing what you're doing and if others don't like it tell them Connor will make a house call. ;)
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queenlucyofnarnia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I think the cosplay you do is amazing. And they're worried about the make-up? Really? You're just trying to look as much like the characters as possible, and I don't see anything wrong with that. Keep up the good work, the ones who are being racially sensitive about your cosplay are just trying to find something to complain about because you did it all so perfectly. Great job, and keep up the good work.
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cyndergirlXP Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damn this looks soo awesome :love:
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BleuMune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. The costumes are amazing.
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elyison Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Amen to that description! (also to this picture-it's quite lovely. :) )
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! :D
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Mudarresah Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those people of racial sensitivity are like children. So I like to think. I am of full, various, Native background. I know I may have some other background but I'm complete sure. Your costumes and make-up are just FINE by me. I have no problem with it. I love the details and accuracy and I LOVE the AC franchise. I've been in love with it when I first saw Altair in a gaming magazine, I think in '06-'07.

Bickering children will always be bickering children.
Keep those costumes coming! More and more people will love it! :P
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!!! :D
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RVicious Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I'm unconnected from the internet for a few weeks, this amazing individual does an amazing cosplay for AC3, and it somehow blows up into a huge racial issue for some reason. I wish I got to see the original pictures that you posted, I really wish that I did! Having Native in my background I truly don't understand who would've been offended by your amazing work. Even this little picture here has me just.. truly impressed. If it was me I would've left the pictures up, just for the hell of it. Screw the people raising issues, because this is what cosplay is! Portraying characters that we love! Isn't it?

Aside from the disgust from other people staring at your pictures and thinking anything other than; "Damn this is fucking impressive!" I love your photos.
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I appreciate it!! We'll get some new nice shots soon!!
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
both of your asses hold just the right amount of bad-ass-ness. ;) Cool shot.

I look forward to more Connor and Aveline, and if I were in Europe, I would LOVE love love to so a photo and video shoot with you two. :heart:
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!!!! :D
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TouteLeSagesse Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone on the AC wiki posted a forum discussion about your pictures. He supports you guys' work all the way, and so do I. Your costumes are amazingly detailed and accurate. I had NO problem with the make-up; I'm Native American and Creole myself, but I actually thought it made you 2 look authentic.
Now, I'd be offended if it were like the cover of a Vogue magazine a few years back where the model was obviously in black face. I didn't sense any ill will on you and your wife's part. If you hadn't used the makeup that you did, then people would have complained about you being too light and trying to change the main protagonists to suit your preferences, when we know that's not the case. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is: there will always be a group of people who are extra-sensitive and just want to troll and start trouble. I'm not one of those people. You did a heck of a lot better job than I could ever dream of when it comes to making cosplay outfits. Keep up the AWESOME work!
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the kind words! They mean alot!
I'll be doing a new make-up job,but I will still go for an accurate Connor worthy face. Don't worry... Next time it'll still be cool and no-one ever has te stop shouting at me again.... I hope.... Anyways... I've taken drastic steps for me to prevent hurting anyone. I have however reached the line on that front. I will adjust. But the line has to be drawn here.

Thanks!! :D
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AuroraCelsius Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really can't believe people made a big issue about something so minor. Well I see it as minor because there was no intent to be offensive or anything of the sort. Some people... seriously.

But in good news, I'm glad to see you continue and not let the haters get you down.
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We'll be out there:)
Thanks!
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twistedtraceur Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
de hoeveelste gaan jullie naar facts?
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:iconrbf-productions-nl:
RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Het hele weekend :)
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twistedtraceur Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
cool, ik zal rondkijken voor een ongeloofelijke realistische conner en aveline

ik zal als the pyro gaan van TF 2

C U there :3
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
C U there!!! :D :D
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twistedtraceur Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
:3
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RoseEnriquez Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Awesome job, as always!

And the asses are perfect. Oop.
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:iconrbf-productions-nl:
RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha ha ha ha!!
Thanks!
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Sanek94ccol Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist
This is the best Assassin cosplay ever!!!
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:iconrbf-productions-nl:
RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!!! I appreciate it!!
Your ARC looks impressive!!!
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Sanek94ccol Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks)
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zololuveru23 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Such a wonderful image, and a bit of a 'screw you' to those fools saying you were being racially insensitive, which I do so enjoy. Hopefully you have kept originals of the photos saved to a data stick or drive where you can look at them for your own pleasure. Because, really, they were all awesome and showcased the costumes and characters of both Aveline and Connor extremely well.
Best wishes to you and your wife! :)
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Merdahn Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
There is always a backup here :)
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HeavyMetalMelee Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
The deviation itself, beautiful! the costumes are epic and the scenery is perfect.

For the message in the description.
It sucks that while our history is stained in the blood of conqured lands, this is the modern world, 2012, everything isn't...well..."Black and White" there are grey areas (in my opinion) I don't condone any type of Racism or Sexims or any type of discrimination.
Some groups of people have the mentality that "It was illigal back then, thats why it's wrong"
My reply is "So was Homosexuality, but look at the modern world now"

My view may be seen as ignorant, and "Part of the problem" (I put my case across on tumblr and hoo boy did i get loads of hate) But people of these groups need to realise about intent.

It sucks you and your wife took so much hate, but to do this, and the "Unless my Ass..." comment, Genious, i look forward to seeing more deviations of you and your wife :)
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thans for the compliments!! :)

More deviations will follow! :D
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AndiSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Rick,
I feel credit should be given when credit is due. Your wonderful caption says it all ' we move on'. I think you have handled this situation with a maturity and tolerance well beyond your years (I can say that because I'm older than you!) A lot of individuals should follow your example of tolerance. It's not the easy road by any means.

I look forward to seeing your new photos.

~ Andrea
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
I appreciate the kind words!!
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Sirius1234 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconbravoplz:

*WATCH* I LOVE IT! I want to start playing the games but I don't have a console for my own >:D there's always my brother hehe

Anyways /EPIC/ cosplay
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!!!
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Sirius1234 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem =D
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pinrose66 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Exactly dont give into the haters they just say things out of jealousy sometimes if they cant find anything wrong they pick on the smallest things. Anyway this picture is gorgeous I really like the landscape setting
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ShortEthan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thatas right! dont let those arse holes tell you what right and wrong!:iconyooyayplz: your work is amazing and DESERVES to be kept up!
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TheStrayLiger Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's it! Don't let the haters bring you down! Keep being amazing :iconclapplz:!
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ThePrincessZelda Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
"Unless my ass isn't the right shape, form, color or smell...."

Ah Deviantart! The scratch n' sniff of the internet :)

Excellent photo, though I had hoped you would repost the one's you took down. Still, I understand the pressure of trying to avoid such confrontations from people. It's very frustrating to deal with and more importantly to even think that you're offending someone unknowingly. All I can say is the best thing for you and others to do is move on. There will be other cosplays and more photos of your Connor and Aveline. Let's not take away from those pleasant thoughts :)
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, in more ways then I can openly say to you... But I think exactly the same as you do. Without saying much more, please know that.
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Elvenwarrior90 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Yay picture! Pfft! You both look amazing! There is still much templar hunting to do but I'm glad you've elected to continue. I understand your reasons for changing and I can agree with them. All the respect to you for doing the research. I hope to see more pictures of you up in the future!
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You will :D Soon!!
Thank you :)
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