Heavy/Scratch: The Shield of Megatronus for TFP Voyager Megatron

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  1. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

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    I was gathering reference photos for another project when this killer shield showed up during a flashback scene. Because I had difficulty doing detail on a curved surface on my first 3D project, I thought that creating this shield would be a good opportunity to get a better understanding of how to do that.

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    It turns out that doing detail on curved surfaces isn't that difficult when you're doing it the right way. Unfortunately I had to redesign it four times in order to learn how to do it the right way and get all of the geometry to work like it does in the original design. The shield's bladed edge was the hardest part, but worth the time it took to get it right - though I doubt Magnus will agree.

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    I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, though I personally don't care for the inescapable ridged surface you get with 3D printing. I was able to sand the front pretty smooth with 220 grit sandpaper and about 90 minutes of work, but I couldn't figure out how to get the recessed surfaces in the design on the shield. I hope the layered printing process becomes less evident as the technology progresses.

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  2. Yaujta

    Yaujta Breadchildren. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I honestly think the ridges work here. It gives a nice texture as a contrast to the smooth high parts.
     
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  3. CodeXCDM

    CodeXCDM Well-Known Member

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    Needs the Dark Star Saber to go with it now. Sure, it'd be anachronistic, but badass nevertheless.

    Good stuff.
     
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  4. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

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  5. RobotKnight95

    RobotKnight95 Unamused and Insane

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    Beautiful. :thumb 
     
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    Stormvapor Well-Known Member

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    Very stunning :) 
     
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    Leopard5 Human in disguise

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    :eek: :rock 
     
  8. RazorclawX

    RazorclawX Campaign Oracle

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    That's a pretty inspiring 'gladiator' Megatron look there.

    Also, don't beat yourself up on the shield; it turned out fine.
     
  9. CodeXCDM

    CodeXCDM Well-Known Member

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    TFP Megatron being quite the bad ass.

    Take it they still haven't reintroduced him into the RID fray, right? (Course... that show looks and feels so different from TFP, it should have just been a new show.)
     
  10. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

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    Nope. They've mentioned him and his self-imposed exhile a few times, but no indication of his returning.

    I think we've seen the last of him for a while, and I'm happy with that. His story felt completed by TFP, and I felt like he finally found some redemption. I hope they leave him be for good, which would make sense with the aligned continuity between TFP & RID.

    I really miss the quality story arcs and heavier tone of TFP, but I'm 37 yrs old, I'm not really the target for RID - though I do like it a lot. It's always a personal joy seeing someone from TFP pop up in it.

    I really hope Hasbro keeps their aligned continuity going. It makes the series more enjoyable to follow and easier to get invested in since you don't expect it to just get rebooted when the toys start warming shelves. I think it's the best way to phase out Optimus & Megatron and pass the torch onto new leaders, as they've been setting the stage for in these two series'.

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. The shield is available in my Shapeways shop.
     
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  11. Super4Ever

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    Nice work on the shield. Where's that cannon from, that's not the standard one right?
     
  12. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

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    Thank you.

    The cannon, head, forearms and hands are from DMY's upgrade kit. It's a hard one to get ahold of, but there is an excellent cannon with sword on Shapeways that I had before the DMY kit.
     
  13. geekatron prime

    geekatron prime I came, I saw, I geeked out!!! TFW2005 Supporter

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    That is wicked sweet sir!:buttrock 
     
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  14. EradiconA113N

    EradiconA113N But what if I am a robot?

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    I love the shield head chop. Works perfectly with that Magnus figure because of the way his head moves. Cool shield!
     
  15. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

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    Thanks so much!
     
  16. CyberDragon10K

    CyberDragon10K Predacon Rising

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    "Ultra Magnus... you are no Optimus Prime!"

    It's nice that TFP still gets love. Great shield.
     

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