Minor/Repaint: TFA Predacons

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  1. GizmoTracer

    GizmoTracer Well-Known Member

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    You might already be familiar with my Animated Axalon Crew. Obviously they needed somebody to fight, so...

    Blackarachnia was astonished to find that the world she and Waspinator were stranded on was inexplicably encircled by numerous stasis pods in a decaying orbit. Using a crashed pod, her technorganic experiments and data collected while on Dinobot Island, she created Terrorsaur. While much more intelligent that his Dinobot predecessor, Blackarachnia was chagrined to find Terrorsaur possessed an abrasive, scheming disposition. Nevertheless, he has formed a strong, if unconventional friendship with his fellow flier, Waspinator.


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    Taking a page from Starscream’s play book, Blackarachnia attempted to clone herself a new, fully robotic body using a trio of downed stasis pods. Her technorganic nature interfered with the process, however, resulting in a massive explosion. From the wreckage emerged the Arachnid Sisters: Scorponok and Tarantulas. Dim but enthusiastic, the former inherited the vicious nature of Blackarachnia’s beast mode, coupled with a love of wanton destruction. Tarantulas, on the other pedipalp, embodies the cold and calculating elements of Blackarachnia’s personality, distilled into a dangerous intellect and a perverse fascination with the suffering of others. Although disturbingly reminded of a fun house mirror, Blackarachnia welcomed the pair into her growing ranks, while keeping a very close eye on them indeed.

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    After the addition of the Arachnid Sisters, the neurotic Waspinator insisted that Blackarachnia’s next creation be an insect. Agreeing in order to shut him up, she used a stasis pod to damaged for her own uses. Surprisingly, the protoform was able to come online, but with a fractured mind dominated by his beast mode’s instincts. Inferno immediately identified Blackarachnia as ‘the Queen of the colony’, pledging his undying loyalty to her with a fervour outweighed only by his passion for arson.

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    While the Autobots prepared the Axalon mission, reports of Blackarachnia’s experiments reached the scattered Decepticon forces. Realising the substantial power boost granted to Wasp through his technorganic transformation, General Strika sent her best tracker, Quickstrike, to find the missing bots and deliver a mysterious package. Spastic and violent, he was easily convinced to join Blackarachnia’s forces in exchange for the opportunity to kick Autobot aft.

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    Alright, so let's address the technorganic elephant in the room: yes, my Scorponok and Tarantulas are ladies. They're easily the most radical reinterpretations for my Beast Wars Animated series, but hear me out. I really wanted them to be technorganics, but obviously that severely limited my mold choices. I mean, it's Blackarachnia, Waspinator, the Dinobots and that's it. Since Blackarachnia's mold is so feminine, I decided to just go with it and re-imagine them as clones, like the Animated Seekers. It's fun because, as messed up as Animated Starscream is, Animated Blackarachnia is totally coo-coo bananas, which which is reflected in her clones.

    In any case, I know this is going to throw some folks. Let's just assume there's an implied "OMGWTFBBQ" in everybody's replies, alright? No reason to belabour the point.

    Scorponok uses parts from the Bionicle character Zesk, cut to fit. Her claws are styrene, tape and putty all mixed together. The missile is one of Leader Bulkhead's, with the middle cut out. The original Scorponok's colour scheme was so dull, I decided to play up the dark red from the beast mode. The prehensile hair is a bit of a nod to Medusa of the Inhumans. I seriously love the ponytail of death. It's made from steel wire, and is totally awesome.

    I changed my mind on Tarantulas' colour scheme about a million times. There was originally more green and red, but the overall look became too busy. I toned them down to play up the purple with yellow highlights. There was more silver in there briefly, too. I think it ends up working, especially in beast mode. Her claws were originally the grappling hooks that come with Blackarachnia. I didn't give her an overt weapon, 'cause I figure this version of Tarantulas has better things to do than fight on the front lines. That's for suckers! She's got a double dose of sneaky, instead.

    Inferno is a repainted Waspinator with the wings removed. The jet of flame comes from another Bionicle set, Raanu, and is attached with magnets. I also added the flames from Raanu's mask to Inferno's back to give the sense of an internal furnace that's always about to overheat. I figure with Animated's vaguely superpower-feel, he'd probably be able to shoot fire right out of his hands. He loves fire so much, he's on fire all the time! Sadly, he can't fly, but he's okay with that. There's more stuff to burn on the ground anyway.

    Quickstrike is the only one of my Predacons with a vehicle mode, being made from Oil Slick. I needed somebody to bring a certain package to BA, and being a later addition to the cast, Quickstrike was the natural choice. I gave him a wacky two-bladed kusari-gama to invoke his Beast Wars snake arm. It's like fangs! He's very pumpkin/Hallowe'en coloured, which I'm oddly okay with.

    There are more details on Terrorsaur over on his own page. I didn't bother with posters for the unaltered Blackarachnia or Waspinator, but for the sake of argument, Blackarachnia "has a dangerous obsession", and Waspinator, of course, "has plans".

    Obviously somebody's gonna say it, so, "Where's Megatron?!" All in good time, folks. Gotta flow with the narrative, eh? Speaking of which, metaphorical cookie to anyone who can figure out which two characters are foreshadowed in the bios above. One's pretty easy, one's basically impossible. Balanced!

    Sadly, there won't be any additions to the cast for a while. The final year of my degree is rapidly approaching, and my free time will basically be a thing of the past for a while. Don't despair, however! I've already stocked up on all the base figures I need for the rest of this series, so I've pretty much committed myself to getting them done eventually!
     

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  2. dkrolickm

    dkrolickm Beast Wars Predacon

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    ...'nuff said.
     
  3. Bumblebee92

    Bumblebee92 Wheeljack Fan

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    Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Nemesis Predaking

    Nemesis Predaking Offical Enforcer WTF@TFW Veteran

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    I can't say I like these as much as your BW:A Maximals.
    I guess for me it boils down to a "over usage" of BA (to me).
    I do applaud your alt mode for Scorponok.
    I'll be waiting to see a BW:A Megatron from you,
    no matter how long I have to wait.
     
  5. Deceptigtar

    Deceptigtar Sworn Decepticon Assassin

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  6. Terrorcon_King

    Terrorcon_King Has Gone Transmetal

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    Very very nice, i like how you did Scorponok its different, i though you might have used Lugnut, Inferno i say i like alot! i have mine in the works at the moment.
    Tarantulas i like the head and the added "claw" out of the weapon.
    Quickstrike is a pureee WIN!!!! i have to get my hands on a new Oilslick my other one unfortantly got ruined during the painting progress into Quickstrike.
    And Terrosaur....well you know how i feel about him:D 
    AWSOMEE!!! but your quickstrike just really amazes me!! Outstanding!! now, ill be sending you my Address to ship Quickstrike :D  :lol 
     
  7. RodimusDawg

    RodimusDawg Well-Known Member

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    I just made boom boom......

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    I seriousness, the imagination, ingenuity, and execution is flawless. Wow just wow. You captured the BW counterparts but put that nice Animated spin on it as well. This is sheer fantastical kitbashing.
     
  8. Salmonjim

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    My fav of the bunch is Inferno. ^^
     
  9. soymonk

    soymonk Mathematical!

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    LOVE the use of Bionicle pieces here, they fit in well with the customs that you made. The Scorponok custom is pure genius and I dig the use of the Bionicle-based flames along Inferno's back. I adore your sculpting jobs!

    The only thing I'd note is that the mouth that you sculpted onto the Waspinator mold for Inferno looks a bit too separate from the figure's face.
     
  10. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    I really would like to see you shoot a full gallery for each individual custom man, they're too good not to get one!
     
  11. ssg4life

    ssg4life Well-Known Member

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    not a fan of making tarantulas and scorponok chicks, but they're all awesome customs
     
  12. mampy

    mampy Movie-Accurate Mampy

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    They all look awesome, just like your Maximals. I can't wait for Megs. :) 
     
  13. the (H)i(GH)con

    the (H)i(GH)con raver-in-diguise

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    I think the only thing I'm not really liking is the claws on Scorps. I would've tried to find some other claws to use. Other than that though, they all look great. Keep 'em coming
     
  14. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    i love terrorsaur the best dude! :thumb 
     
  15. primeone

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    since no one else has taken a guess as to the other two you have planned id say that since you mentioned a dinobot counter part to terrosaur dino bot and durring quick strikes bio you mentioned strika bringing her a package id be hard pressed to not guess that you are talking about X / rampage interesting interpertations same crits as others about the claws on scorps and the mouth on inferno other than that can't wait to see the rest esp megs and if you do X
     
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    aprim Well-Known Member

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    I love this! Amazing!
     
  17. deltaprime

    deltaprime The Christian Transfan

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    I'm gonna go with primeone and guess that the next two are gonna be Rampage and Depthcharge (maybe?)

    Also, great job! I do like your reinterpretations of Scorponok and Tarantulus.
     
  18. Shelfwarmercon

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    I like the backstory you've set up for your Beast Wars characters. Very creative way of reframing Blackarachnia and the stasis pods as the start of her own clone army.
     
  19. GizmoTracer

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    Thanks for the feedback, folks. Some more 'posters':
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    Oh, my goodness, that last one took some doing. Not so much to Photoshop work or even setting them up, but getting the lighting right, keeping them all in the frame and in focus and getting the POV angle right. Worth it though! It's an homage to (Uncanny) X-Men 100, if anyone isn't already familiar with that classic cover.

    In my defense, BW Blackarachnia and Tanantulas did share a mold, more or less. Their toys more than their animation models, obviously!

    Lugnut was definitely in the running, but I wanted to get as many technorganics as possible. Ultimately, all of the original Darksyde crew (minus Dinobot) will have Beast Modes, which is oddly gratifying for me.

    Glad you like Quickstrike so much! He took a totally disproportionate amount to time because I've been wrestling with some sort of cold/allergy tag-team. I could only work a bit at a time, which actually worked out pretty well since his orange parts needed a lot of coats.

    Working on it!

    Sorry, no non-cookie for you guys! You can expect X and his playmate eventually, but that's not who's being alluded to in the bios. There are actually a couple of hints about Rampage in the Axalon Crew bios, instead. The 'package' is one of the hints here, though! For the other one, look for a single word that doesn't seem to match up with the rest of the bio.
     
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    These......are......AWESOME!!!!
     

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