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Old 12-27-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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Beast Wars Transformers: Tarantulas exact replica

Ok guys, this work started quite some time ago. After almost 3 years this is coming to an end. This is a thread I copied from another forum recently. It shows all my progress from the very beginning!

Comments and critics are welcome!
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(PS. first post over here - hopefully my effort as 3D artist can be welcomed! )

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After a very long time, I finally decided to get back on this.
Some recapitulation:

Content: Animal Transformer; A spider beast mode together with his robot mode.
Inspired by a TV series called Beast Wars, aired during 95-96.
Goal: This was one of the first full CGI series ever made, 15 years ago this was top quality and professional stuff. I wanted to know if I can reproduce that as an amateur at this time. So the goal is to re-create the Beast mode Spider, the robot mode, and eventually texture, rig and animate both (With the transformation being the center point, obviously).

This is what I had before I continued early 2012.
Spider model (Original):


Spider model (after rigging, I realised I needed to build to legs differently)


Rig:


Materials:


Textures:


Early this year, I finished the robot model. Completely UV mapped, Rigged...

Recent turntable renders:


In the meantime, I made the configuration of the transformation already. Next steps would be to pick some definate colour scheme, materials, and render setup.

This is the first time I'm doing something big, new-territory (never made a decent animation before), and taking the time to do it properly. I'm really proud on what I have so far
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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PREVIEW VIDEOS IN THIS POST!

Hard work on this during three years (on and off, obviously) finally starting to pay off!
Beast Wars Transformers - Secret behind the transformations - YouTube

What I want to show is how the transformation works. The green model is the spider, the blue one the robot. All red parts are being used to make a transition between Spider and Robot!

Tarantulas, TERRORIIIZEEE!

And a first material and turntable test!:
Beast Wars Transformers: Turntable Tarantulas Final model - YouTube

Ok guys, let's start the speculation! Might this just be the model that was used in the Original TV series?
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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Nicely done. You're deffinately on the rigth track. Spider mode looks almost spot on. I think the bottom of the robot head flares out to the sides a bit much, and maybe the upper arms are too big but you're doing a fantastic job.

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:14 PM   #4
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #5
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Early material and texture tests for the robot mode! The end is in sight!

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:26 AM   #6
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It most certainly is!

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:22 AM   #7
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Pretty good, I'd say. And spot on.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:48 AM   #8
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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Thank you guys!

Finally I got the transformation animation, materials and textures all setup. Below is a link to a YouTube video:

Beast Wars Transformers: Transformations - Tarantulas Final Model - YouTube

From now on, I could literally do whatever I want with it
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