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Baldwin IV. 'The Leper', King of Jerusalem

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mischajay
Level 56 : Grandmaster Guard
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Baldwin IV. of Jerusalem - A brief Chronicle



The year is 1161 anno Domini - the heir to King Amalric I. of Jerusalem is born. His parents name him after his uncle, Baldwin.

A few years later - Baldwin, a strong and handsome boy, injures himself at his arm while playing with his friends. Oddly he does not feel any pain, even though the wound is deep and heavily bleeding. His teacher, the famous historian William of Tyre is the first to understand the circumstances - Baldwin has leprosy, an uncurable desease back then.

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Young Baldwin, his disease has not yet broken out

1174 A.D. - Amalric I. falls ill from dysentery. None of his doctors is able to save him and so he dies of fever, leaving his son Baldwin the new King of Jerusalem, at the young age of 13.

At this time, Baldwin's leprosy has already broken out at it's worst and Baldwin suffers a lot of pain from the effects of it. He begins to wear a mask and covers his whole body to hide his deformed and maimed body and face. For Baldwin is only 13, he is advocated by his fathers cousin, Raymond III. of Tripoli.

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Despite his leprousy, Baldwin IV. was a good military leader and won many battles.

1179 A.D. - Baldwin comes of age and takes the rule over Jerusalem. The leader of the Saracens, Saladin, a big threat to the Jerusalem Kingdom, is preoccupied with other problems, so Baldwin has a rather peaceful reign. Nevertheless he struggles with inner enemies who try to expand their powers through intrigues and betrayal - for example his sister Sibylla.

1185 A.D. - Baldwin becomes weaker and weaker and eventually dies of his leprosy - at the age of 23.


This skin is loosely (emphasis!) based on his appearance in the motion picture "Kingdom of Heaven", directed by Ridley Scott.
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Sources:


Websites:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1670312/posts
http://www.hektoeninternational.org/The_remarkable_baldwin.html
http://king-baldwin.livejournal.com/
http://historymedren.about.com/od/bentries/a/11_baldwiniv.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_IV_of_Jerusalem
http://www.imdb.de/title/tt0320661/

Movie: Kingdom of Heavens, 2005, Director: Ridley Scott, Scott Free Productions

Picture Credits:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9HXFUoVCXVg/ThqJtJIQyAI/AAAAAAAAE98/A_FWZ4C__Hg/s1600/baldwin4jerusalem_cl.jpg
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/susan_of_mejis/10312979/28848/28848_600.jpg
http://www.slowairzeczy.pl/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/kingbaldwinivinjerusalem.jpg
Progress: 100% Complete
Gender:Male
Format:Universal Skin 64x32
Model:Steve (4 pixel arms)
Tags:Baldwin, Jerusalem, King, Leper, Leprosy, Leprous, Medieval, Kingdom, Heaven, Saladin, Saracen, Mask, Crusades, Crusader, Crusade, Holy, Land, Contest, Famous People

Update No. 2 : 02/14/2013 9:25:19 am2/14/13

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Changed mask back to bronze/copper-look, simply because I think it's more unique and gives the skin an overall better feel.

Here's the earlier version, if you liked that better: pWsfllpng

Also, minor twitches at the mask, played around wit the 2nd hat-layer. Change is hard to notice though.

Major Update No. 1 : 02/10/2013 10:06:09 am2/10/13

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As you can see in the picture above, I tried to work over my skin over and over again, making different changes. I wasn't very satisfied with the colors and several other things, so I tried to chnge those, making them more similar to the reference color. I asked for some feedback and tried to put together the best aspects of each version into the V. 2.0.

Summary of changes:
  • changed mask from bronze colors to more silvery look, increased contrast to make it more shiny
  • slightly changed shading of white veil
  • changed coloring/shading of the torso
  • minor changes at the crest
  • changed leg and foot design, updated shading and colors
  • slightly changed color, design and shading at the arms


Now, I'm still not completely satisfied with everything. Luckily, I still have quite some time to update this skin again. Please consider helping me to make this sin as good as possible. Do this by simply looking at the different versions above and telling me what aspects (mask, basic layout, colors, shading, details, etc.) you like and dislike about which version. Also, feel free to suggest additional ideas to improve this skin.

I was also thinking about reducing colors and giving him a completely white cloak - what do you think about that?

Thanks for your help!

Older Versions here:

Original: qWDgumApng Version 1.1: ZQZRbobpngVersion 1.2: XnVExOpng

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  • The_Yakattack
  • Level 24
  • Expert Taco
  • September 20, 2014, 10:28 am
This is still my favorite skin!
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  • babbajagga
  • Level 42
  • Master Architect
  • May 29, 2014, 5:02 am
just... woaw!
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  • SethintheFlesh
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • November 17, 2013, 2:12 pm
Reminds me of a dragon priest from Skyrim.
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  • AGN pro
  • Level 20
  • Expert Cowboy
  • July 28, 2013, 1:02 am
How do you make the skin preview?
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  • IceKreem
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Dragonborn
  • July 4, 2013, 4:55 am
Saladin was actually not the enemy of Jerusalem at the time, it was King Richard :P but awesome skin! :D
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • July 4, 2013, 5:11 am
Ah, I see. I'm not very familiar with all the historic facts, but I think in all the time of the crusades and religious wars regarding the city of Jerusalem, it is very, very complicated to say who was the enemy of whom. Furthermore it's simply impossible and pointless to say who was 'good' and who was 'evil'. I now changed 'biggest enemy' to 'big threat', and his actions weren't against Jerusalem per se, but against the rulers of it at that time. Thanks for an opinion that isn't influenced by the western culture.
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  • Mitchamaya
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • June 10, 2013, 6:36 pm
Are the bold words on the key vocabulary list?
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  • fighterbunny
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Goblin
  • June 8, 2013, 5:02 am
what does "the leper" mean?
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • June 8, 2013, 5:40 am
A leper is someone who suffers from leprosy, a commen and deadly disease in the Middle Ages. Read the description for more info. And thanks for subscribing! ;)
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  • fighterbunny
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Goblin
  • June 8, 2013, 5:55 am
okay, thnx i read the desc. but it doesnt mention what leper means, although i thought it had something to do with leprosy :)
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  • fighterbunny
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Goblin
  • June 7, 2013, 4:22 am
meh a diamond sounds pathetic now...!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • June 7, 2013, 4:45 am
hmm... then how about a favorite? ;)
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  • fighterbunny
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Goblin
  • June 8, 2013, 5:00 am
okay.. still wont do this guy justice! *subscribes*
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  • 123caloy
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • May 27, 2013, 5:40 am
Kingdom of Heaven!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • May 27, 2013, 9:17 am
yup :)
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  • Nunuxx
  • Level 25
  • Expert Artist
  • April 22, 2013, 8:29 pm
102th Diamond X]
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  • Agent1366
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 17, 2013, 1:25 pm
101th Diamond ;D
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  • Sequax
  • Level 25
  • Expert Robot
  • April 16, 2013, 3:36 pm
100th diamond!
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  • Arty
  • Level 41
  • Master Grump
  • March 22, 2013, 7:12 pm
We're watching Kingdom of Heaven in class... This is great ;-;
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  • Dapi
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 21, 2013, 7:53 am
should of won it
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  • CreeperBlown
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • June 3, 2013, 12:10 pm
I agree :)
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  • Retro Maniac
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • March 13, 2013, 1:55 pm
A very well done skin, bravo! You have an new subscriber and a diamond. :D
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  • Miner1999er
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • March 9, 2013, 6:50 pm
How can this be 2nd place and only 70 diamonds?! You deserve more, bro!
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  • Miru
  • Level 48
  • Master Pyro
  • March 6, 2013, 10:46 am
[size=10pt]I love the film [/size]Kingdom of Heaven, even though it's very brutal.. This skin is also amazing! Great work :)
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  • Miru
  • Level 48
  • Master Pyro
  • March 6, 2013, 12:29 pm
Als ich den Kommentar geschrieben hab, wusste ich noch gar nicht das du deutsch bist :P
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  • DerpyZ
  • Level 1
  • New Lava Rider
  • March 5, 2013, 9:49 am
I don't like the eyes, I like everything else though! They just seem overly complex I guess :3
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Should have won. Not that shit easy to do Brazen Bull skin.
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • March 5, 2013, 2:40 am
Ah well, I never expected to become 2nd in the first place so why bother? Anyway, I really liked Kefkas skin. It's much more creative than mine :)
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  • saske118
  • Level 23
  • Expert Ranger
  • March 1, 2013, 10:55 pm
I haven't seen a noised skin winning in a long time. Good job.
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • March 2, 2013, 12:06 am
I wouldn't consider it "noisy" depends on your definition of noise though. It's simply not as super regular and gradient as a lot of skins these days on PMC. I try to make it look a bit more interesting. Thanks for the feedback though! :) In my opinion there are ways of using noise that are way better than just the standard shading that I've seen a lot lately.
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  • saske118
  • Level 23
  • Expert Ranger
  • March 2, 2013, 2:48 pm
True, but some people just don't understand it :(
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  • TechGirl
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • March 1, 2013, 9:14 pm
Diamond to you well done
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  • Derpinston
  • Level 28
  • Expert Pixel Painter
  • March 1, 2013, 8:52 pm
Do the unmasked version... ._. And await dat face.
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  • Derpynerpy
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Zombie
  • March 1, 2013, 7:16 pm
AWESOME!DIAMOND+SUB!XD
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  • jloop8
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • March 1, 2013, 12:57 pm
Stunning! O__O
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  • ABC123DCE
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 1, 2013, 12:04 pm
This is so awesome!
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if you make friend whit jurulasalem in long time ago you gonna have a bad dayyy lol,but [size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]Congratulations![/color][/size]
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  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • February 25, 2013, 10:49 am
Congratulations!
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  • Unnatural
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Pig
  • February 25, 2013, 9:37 am
Really Amazing!
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  • juirox
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 25, 2013, 8:51 am
Gratulation zum 2. Platz
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  • Kefka
  • Contest Judge
  • Level 77
  • Legendary War Lord
  • February 23, 2013, 8:33 pm
That face is just amazing, I might have to use that technique.
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  • loxas99
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Artist
  • February 23, 2013, 9:40 am
hope you win :D
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  • Tapirus
  • Level 22
  • Expert Skinner
  • February 22, 2013, 7:55 am
Favorite, great job on the historic info-part.
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  • Draeren
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • February 20, 2013, 5:49 pm
Fantastic job. One of my favourites in the contest.
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  • Geppetto
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Cake
  • February 10, 2013, 7:39 am
Top 20.
Mindestens.
Groà artige Arbeit, ich mag die Schatten...
Sie haben zwar relativ groà e Kontraste, sehen aber trotzdem weich aus.
Well done!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 10, 2013, 8:55 am
Hoffen wir mal dass deine Prognose zutrifft ;) Danke fürs Feedback und viel Erfolg mit deiner Skin!
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  • Geppetto
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Cake
  • February 26, 2013, 3:21 am
Ich hatte dir ja die Top 20 prophezeit, aber das hier... :)
Congratz!
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  • Maxfang1
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • February 10, 2013, 7:05 am
Holy sh*t. Now that, my friends, is not only historically accurate, but a great skin. Diamonds to you!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 10, 2013, 7:07 am
Thank you very much! :) Looking at the Update log, can you tell me which version is your favourite?
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  • Maxfang1
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • February 10, 2013, 7:15 am
V.2.0 looks the best and most accurate to your reference picture in my opinion. So I must say V.2.0 is my favorite.
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  • KnobleKnives
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Geek
  • February 9, 2013, 7:57 am
Haha! I was gonna do him before I did my Leper peasant. Nice job. :)
Kingdom of Heaven is a good movie.
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  • JaydenCrow
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Ranger
  • February 8, 2013, 3:46 pm
Cool, was just learning about him in my history class!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 9, 2013, 12:14 am
wow, awesome! feel free to correct any mistakes I made in the description, and add something interesting that I haven't mentioned! :)
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  • lewihs
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Miner
  • February 8, 2013, 2:23 pm
what can I say, Its amazing.
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 9, 2013, 12:15 am
Thanks! you makin one too? ;)
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  • lentebriesje
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Architect
  • February 8, 2013, 2:10 pm
A very nice choice for historical figure in my opinion, and well executed aswell. The head looks totally awesome.

You have my upvote! :)
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  • Wabbius
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Blacksmith
  • February 8, 2013, 1:38 pm
Awesome skin! I love the mask.
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  • VoV
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • February 8, 2013, 12:48 pm
Looks awesome man!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 12:51 pm
Thanks a lot! :)
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  • xwx977
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • February 8, 2013, 12:01 pm
Dude,
Assassin's Creed, Westeros, and now Kingdom of Heaven?
Do you do everything I do? :D
I like it a lot!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 12:05 pm
haha :D the movie was not the best, but it sure was impressive and the character of Baldwin was pretty cool. Thanks for your feedback, see you sometimes on Westeroscraft!
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  • Duckins_
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • February 8, 2013, 11:54 am
Can't imagine how much it would've sucked to have leprosy. Really nice skin though, a very neat and organized description also helps :D

Buona fortuna!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 12:07 pm
sucked a lot. I've read a little bit about it and believe me, you don't wanna live knowing every single moment your balls could fall off (ok, maybe that's a bit exaggerated). Thanks for your feedback :D
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  • _DioM_
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • February 8, 2013, 9:46 am
Diamond just for the research.
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 9:51 am
It's nothing that you couldn't find :) I put some time into it, that's all. But thanks, and I hope you liked the skin itself aswell!
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  • _DioM_
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • February 8, 2013, 10:12 am
Quite true, but it's more about the principal.

You care enough about your skins to add in such. You're proud of your work. This is a good, and much too uncommon, thing.
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 10:27 am
True! But this shouldn't be special, imo anybody who creates stuff should do so :)
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  • _DioM_
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • February 8, 2013, 10:35 am
Agreed, although it ends up being so.
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  • Arenten564
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • February 8, 2013, 9:18 am
This is absolutely amazing! I love the skin, you did astonishing research, and this is just all around beautiful! Diamond, favorite, and subscribe to you good sir!
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 9:40 am
Thanks! :)
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  • Devil_in_Person
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pyro
  • February 8, 2013, 9:16 am
First! Awesome as always.
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  • mischajay
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • February 8, 2013, 9:41 am
Danke und viel Erfolg dir im Contest! ;)
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