Although the demon engines i have planned will be nearly the same size as a defiler they will be much more slender and lithe. I also planned on making them hollow in any case to reduce the amount of material used to cast them (and therefore keep the price down) it'll still be a pricey project but it wouldn't be for another 3-4 years, i have too much to do in the meantime. i do know one thing that will sell you could do. a motorbike suitable for coversions with imperial guard. those would sell like hotcakes. also a jeep/humvee type wheeled vehicle would be a good bet.
Post by metalfingers on Oct 11, 2009 18:48:10 GMT -5
Whats the polycount on those scans? I had a friend that sculpted up space marine heads in Zbrush and used the printer at his school and they came out real gritty and, being fleshy areas they weren't exactly sand-able. Another question, what was the price differential in from keeping the pieces solid to making them hollow? The little tiny piece might end up being too fragile to really work with. Anways, the idea and concept is great, awesome stuff. Cheers.
Post by Technoscream on Oct 20, 2009 7:49:46 GMT -5
I thought I better updated this thread, just to show you guys I'm still working hard on these!
I'm now on my second version of this model:
When I first printed the original model, I was amazed that it could in fact be done! Since then I've been working t make the model better, which has involved many, many tiny changes! I'm sure you'd miss a lot of them on first glance, but I can assure you i've been working v.hard on making these just right.
As you can see the size of the model has been reduced compared to the original, so I'll be crossing my fingers once again that the technology is capable of printing detail at this level. Its easy to forget when working on these models on a large screen that many of the parts are in fact 2-3mm thick or less!
I've also been working on poses for a squad & some weapon options which you can probably just make out. These are all work in progress but you can see the large guns plus forearm mounted "power blades" and "crushing fists".
I hope you like my progress so far, once im finished, I'll get them printed in a different material to the first prototype which should give me a much smoother finish. *If* that all goes to plan then they would be ready for casting. If not, I'll continue tweaking them until they are!
Post by Troll Forged on Oct 21, 2009 9:29:06 GMT -5
I like both, could enlarge older ones for massive dreadnought robots and the others infantry. Why not use them both.
I like them but think if you played around with a sketch or two just deciding what you might try there is so much you can yet do with these. I'm not making much sence, pulled another all nighter here and need sleep. I'll comment later when I can type real sentances.
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This is just a wild thought off the top of my head, but what if you shrink the arms? the arms are as big as the legs, which, after a second look, looks kind of strange (not intended in a bad way... just strange).
Can you manage a shrinkage of the arms, without ruining the CG image, just to show how it would look like?
Now that you've added more curvy shapes to the armour, the square head seems more out of place to me... Also, I love the melée weapons, the wrist mounting is great, but then by the same token, the solid square guns are a strange contrast. I would suggest going all out with those smooth lines; smoother guns and a less square head.
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Post by Technoscream on Oct 21, 2009 12:51:31 GMT -5
Thanks for all the feedback everyone! Sounds like there are many varied opinions as to what people want.
The weapons are not finished yet, but please dont worry, I wont leave them as boxy as they are, and I will probably reduce them in size just a little but plan to keep them pretty large just because I think it looks cool.
ikim I'll take a side shot of the heavy weapon dude when I next get a chance to work on these. I could reduce the size of the arms, but to be honest its a moot point as at its current size there is no guarantee that the 3D printers will be able to cope with it and making any of it smaller would mean I'd lose the detail for sure. Fingers crossed they can print this size or I'll have to scale it all up somewhat.
@trollforged, i look forward to your suggestions!
bocks I see what your saying about the head shape, i will experiment to see how it looks, but i'm kind fond of these guys in their current state. ...that said I could *easily* create alternate replacement heads if needed ...hmm
You know you really should make a whole robotic army! I always loved the concept of robot armies, but more like a robotic army built by humans like in Star Wars rather than the 40k necrons.
Big boxy dreadnought like heavy dudes comes to mind, as well as a General Grievous rip-off as a character. Also smaller flying drones much like the tau and gigantic centipede tanks with robotic torsoes. Maybe even a troop transport tank with a storage of folded robots on it's back... and spider drones with big guns! Heck the posibilities are endless.
I figure a neat colour-scheme would be having all the armour parts pure white with the backsides and joints metallic.