Heavy/Scratch: Shapeways: FOC Bruticus upgrade kit (more game-accurate)

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by echotransformer, Jan 26, 2013.

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What are your thoughts on how to release this kit?

Poll closed May 7, 2013.
  1. Get Shapeways done by Spring. Painting req'd, but it will be quickly available for all 5 FOC molds

    31 vote(s)
    17.6%
  2. Take up to 1 year to design & release via 3rd party. I can WAIT so I don't have to PAINT.

    81 vote(s)
    46.0%
  3. Do both Shapeways (release soon) and 3rd party. (KO's will likely happen but I want the original)

    61 vote(s)
    34.7%
  4. I just want SOMETHING to fix my Bruticus--a low-priced knockoff is all I need

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. echotransformer

    echotransformer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a bunch, I'm also really stoked to get some parts in hand...should be in a couple of weeks!

    That's a possibility...it would be the first Bruticus to do that AFAIK...

    No modding needed, but the arms need to be as shown, at least in the current design, in order to use the fist holes to secure the foot. I want it to be nice and sturdy!

    It's just a digimockup...


    Yes, the feet already have ankle tilt!
     
  2. Rexidus

    Rexidus Autobot

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    I know. :)  I was just trying to give you some constructive criticism. I meant no offense.
     
  3. Transformed

    Transformed 神戸 Member

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    That is awesome!:thumb 
     
  4. echotransformer

    echotransformer Well-Known Member

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    No worries, what I mean to say is 'I just place graphics over a picture and size them by eye, the actual part will look different'...hopefully better. This is only the first version and I do tend to tweak to get things right. :) 


    Oh and I should mention, the back cannons are 70mm tall in CAD, so they are likely slightly smaller than pictured...I think I eyed them wrong

    Continued feedback is welcome!
     
  5. GaussGunner

    GaussGunner Ukrainian Convoy

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    What price of this Ad-don kit?
     
  6. Whelpd

    Whelpd Well-Known Member

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    will you be using shapeways to sell this or will you be trying for official third party route?
     
  7. echotransformer

    echotransformer Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I don't know yet as the design isn't final...so far, the part volume is a bit lower than the "full Monty" Herc kit and that includes that huge trailer! I'm designing everything to use as little material as possible to keep prices low.

    I'll also offer a few different kits at different price points...as you can see from yesterday's picture, only the chest shield, hands, back guns and slippers are needed to make a huge difference!

    Right now I only have Shapeways as an option...I'd love to go third party, but my one contact from last year never got back to me, so at this time I don't really have anyone to work with. If you know someone trustworthy, I'm open to taking this to production. :) 
     
  8. ichnach

    ichnach Predacon

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    Wow! updated slipper looks awesome. Can't wait to see how this all turns out.
     
  9. maxlovesamber

    maxlovesamber TF Addict.

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    Can't wait to see the prototypes slipped on and hopefully this'll be rolling into my shapeways cart in no time! I cant wait to buy 3 sets and make all of my Bruticus figures look pretty and proper. So glad someone had the courage to attempt this and do it so well.
     
  10. Compewtrawn

    Compewtrawn Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious if you can fix his articulation problems with this kit (legs, arms, elbows

    This is absolutely outstanding!

    One suggestion:. If you can make the shield a 'wrap-around" piece that V's up to cover those awkward ugly connector ports and maybe attachments on the back for a backpack, that would be incredible. You would also need to make sure the heel spurs can stop the backward tilt.
     
  11. echotransformer

    echotransformer Well-Known Member

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    Major update -- prototype parts arrived!!!

    Hey guys,

    Great news, my parts showed up really early and I'm really happy to be testing them out. As with any first version I have issues to fix, but overall I was able to get them installed and get a feel for where I need to improve the sculpt.

    Most importantly, here are the pics!

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    The little tab in the middle of the chest wing is for a 5mm peg to install the wing in alt-mode...I may not keep it, it kinda gets in the way...maybe it will be better in black

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    I definitely want to improve the Brawl foot sculpt, and move to the new slipper design without the 'knee gun' and MUCH smaller gap. I want to make the foot a little thicker and shorter too...

    Note that Swindle's foot isn't pegged in, I need to paint it first...

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    FOR THE FIRST TIME MY BRUTICUS IS HOLDING HIS GUN IN HIS LEFT HAND...WOO HOO!!!! (Bye-bye karate-chop stupid-hand)

    No mods to Bruticus are needed

    Tomorrow I will be working on the trailer and the alt-mode which also arrived with the parts. Expect more pictures soon.

    All the best!

    --Echo
     
  12. Alloy Alchemist

    Alloy Alchemist Decepticon sympathizer

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    Looks fantastic so far . Much improvment on the figure .
     
  13. ichnach

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    looking great. my only critique is the waist piece. It may be just the angle but it seems a little large in the pics.
     
  14. robb0429

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    I personally wouldnt use the brawl knee piece; looks really weird with the already existing cannons there. I get what you were doing though. Also waistppiece looks a little...off? Idk. But looking great!!!! I will defs be buying this!
     
  15. echotransformer

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    Thanks. :) 

    Yeah, and it's also too flat.

    Here are some pictures to show it with fewer parts installed...

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    First, without the waist piece:

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    Next, without the shoulder pieces:

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    And last, without the sheild:

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    Here's where I'm aiming...slightly resculpted waist, better Brawl foot, no knee piece and those all-to-important back guns!!!! (photo-edited and digibashed)

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    --Echo
     
  16. CodeXCDM

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    That's definitely quite the improvement on the set... No doubt once these are for sale... we'll see some fantastic repaints of a far more proper-looking FoC Bruticus.
     
  17. titan

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    I can't wait to see these mock-ups painted to match. Those fists and feet make a world of difference. Good job and hope these become available soon.
     
  18. Rexidus

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    This is shaping up very nicely. I still think the chest shield is too large but just a little bit. I like the look of this guy without the shoulder things. The chest and crotch piece work well to help bulk him up.

    Please make those fingers articulated. Also I really hope you are designing these pieces to fill out Onslaught's vehicle mode. Now if only you could do something about Onslaught's awful arms...
     
  19. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody!

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    Please tel me you will be releasing these in the good materials


    That aside WOW! You dad a stellar job I love the nphands and feet, the waist piece I'd not care but not out of designs I just like what they did from the factory.

    And I think the chest shield could be a smidgen narrower, but my opinion might change after paints applied.

    But still this is top notch stuff
     
  20. SG hailstorm

    SG hailstorm JaAm aficionado

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    that seriously makes him look amazing