Guilty Or Innocent? Easter Craft Eggs into Quintessons…

Happy Easter: let’s catch up with a little modelling project that I’d planned to have finished for Easter, but sadly real life… and a Steam Sale… intervened.

I (AddAltModeB) picked up some “Easter Craft Eggs” from my local crafting shop a while back. AddAltModeR asked my what Earthly purpose I could have for acrylic plastic eggs, and I replied that she’d haev to wait and see. After only a moment’s thought, she said that I must be modelling the Quintesson Judges from Transformers: The Movie… she knows me so well.

"Quick stretch out your tentacles to look big, maybe we'll scare the Decepticon away!"

Galvatron meets some Quintessons, from The Transformers, episode 69.

Quintessons, for anyone unaware of the classic Transformers movie are xenophobic, isolationist 5-headed aliens who operate a “court” on a distant world, wherein they capture interlopers are try them for various real or imagined crimes before deciding whether to feed them to the Sharkticons, or torture them, then feed them to the Sharkticons.

Little known fact: Quintessons were the inventors of the concept of emoticons, but they only ever use 5 of them.

Little known fact: Quintessons were the inventors of  emoticons, but they only ever use 5 of them.

My starting point was these clear acrylic eggs:

Clear Acrylic Eggs I bought from The Range. I'm pretty sure you can get them from Homecrafts as well.

Clear Acrylic Eggs I bought from The Range. I’m pretty sure you can get them from Homecrafts as well.

I designed and 3d-printed two ring-like structure that wrap around the craft egg; one with holes for the tentacles to plug into, one with pegs for the heads to sit on. To stand the egg up, i drilled a small hole in the base of the egg. Not all the way through the plastic, just deep enough to mount a ball-tipped Games Workshop flying stand in the base to make the egg “hover”. The Quintessons in the ‘toon always hover above the ground on a beam of coloured energy. The flying stand is held in place with transparent hot-glue, which gives a slight bulge resembling the effect seen in the screen-capture below.

the slave-guards look bored.

Quintesson Judge Deliberata hovers on a beam of energy whilst escorting Autobot prisoners, from The Transformers ep. 67. Scalewise, it appears that the Quintesson is slightly taller than most Transformers.

Then, I digitally sculpted some faces for my Quintesson, and ordered some ready-made tentacles: the “Dreadacles” designed by Ariel Lemon/fakebusker83 at Shapeways. This is a digression (digressions? on AddAltMode? Never!), but fakebusker83’s store is the reason I got into shapeways in the first place: game-accurate weapon models from War for Cybertron, scaled for the WfC toys was more than reason enough for me to sing up for an account, and then it was only a matter of time ’til I had a go at doing some modelling for myself.

Screen-capture of the five heads in Blender. I'm most pleased with the three in the middle. I might rework the one on the far left at some point in the future, to improve its "hat".

Screen-capture of the five heads in Blender. I’m most pleased with the three in the middle. I might rework the one on the far left at some point in the future, to improve its “hat”.

Having sent all of this to shapeways for printing, I got back my results, which I’m pretty happy with. Here are some pictures of quintesson, all pegged together but not painted. I need to sand some of the pegs for a tighter fit, so that his heads stick out a tiny bit less, and obviously I need to paint all the parts, but then he’s ready.

Looks nothing like me, yes?

The Quintesson Judge in all his glory. Front and centre is the face of Death, not to be confused with Death’s Head. Theoretically, this face is reserved for ordering executions.

The face of "Doubt". this one is my favourite.

The face of “Doubt”. this one is my favourite.

The face of Wisdom, and the face of Rage.

The face of Wisdom, and the face of Rage.

The face of Laughter. I'm very pleased with his grin and moustache, but less so with his hat. I think mine looks to much like a spiked crown, and not enough like a jester's cap. I might re-do this one if he doesn't look good painted.

The face of Laughter. I’m very pleased with his grin and moustache, but less so with his hat. I think mine looks to much like a spiked crown, and not enough like a jester’s cap. I might re-do this one if he doesn’t look good painted.

Quintesson factoid: the face of laughter is not the only face that laughs. In the G1 cartoon, Quintessons have been seen to laugh with either this face or the face of Death… Quintessons are arseholes.

I had to use that line somewhere.

Hot Rod and Kup have nothing but contempt for this custom.

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5 thoughts on “Guilty Or Innocent? Easter Craft Eggs into Quintessons…

    • Well, the tentacles are entirely fakebusker83’s work, and I’ll leave it to him to publish if he wishes. I can activate the faces and the rings on my shapeways store if you wish. Of course, the eggs part you’ll have to find yourself. I’d recommend The Range or Homecrafts if you’re in the UK. I’m not sure where to get them if you’re abroad.

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