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.
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.
My starting point was these clear acrylic eggs:
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.
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.
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.
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.