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#1 Exactobeast


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 11:26 AM

Well, as some of you know (I think nearly 30), Optimusdrizzt won my forever yes contest, thereby also winning a custom creation of his own.   I had thrown up some random details on his forever yes contest, but thought I'd put something up here as well to be a little more thorough. 


First step was ideas.  I threw a pile of parts to Optimus and asked it he had any thoughts of his own.

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First thing that popped into his mind, being a Star Wars fan, was...

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We decided to run with it a little so I started throwing the pig head on various body configurations.  Just checking here to see what felt like it worked together.

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Some torsos I was just holding over others to get a sense of what it might look like.  I usually don't cut things up until I have a basic idea of where I want to put them. 


At this point, Optimus put some of these up on his thread for opinions.  Some suggested 3 heads (you monsters).  Some suggested the penguin body (which was more original thought, but the proportions just felt wrong). 


After measuring everything out, I was leaning towards the Ox body.  It just felt right.  I even liked the Ox arms as they matched the concept the most, which is something I don't often find (same arms and torso! nooooooo!).  I asked Optimus his thoughts.  He agreed and then it was off to the races. 


First I gathered everything I thought I'd need.

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Then the rough head attachment.

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Then the adjusting to make the head fit properly.

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Then let's open that mouth and say hello.

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Then to work on the arms.  I liked the Ox arms best , but they still needed some adjustments.  I cut off the frog shoulder pads and sanded them to fit onto the ox arms.

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Then I put it together and worked on the head.  I removed the ears, which I hadn't yet thought to remove.  The horns were tough and you can see in my pig pile I wasn't really certain what would work.  I eventually used Bison horns for the head and the tips of some Russian horns for teeth (it was tough finding the right size and proportion).  I had a few ideas for the head piece as well.  I debated a horse head piece that would wrap around, but it felt like too much.  I tried a few others, but they mostly felt blunt and didn't imitate the look very well. I finally settled on the Tortoise head topper, which is only in the center of the head, but felt like it established the look and gave me the best angles.

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Then to painting.  Base coat black.

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Then the armor and skin.

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Then, I black washed everything and added the finishing details.

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I put it a quick shot of the back to point out the tail.  I just wanted to add a little curly cue tail.




All in all, I think it came out fairly well.  It's not the most fantastical idea, but I tried to counteract that with some more technically challenging elements such as opening the mouth, adding the shoulder pads, and adding the little details such as the tail. 




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#2 Trench


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 01:28 PM

Nice! You definitely know your way around these guys. As If the mass thread filled with marvelous creations wasn't proof enough. I have dreams of a pig custom army but getting a single pig is hard enough.
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#3 Spiritcrusher


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 05:07 PM

Nice, came out good
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#4 Draznar



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:25 PM

Hell yeah, buddy! As always, great work!

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