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Offline Cyber Burn

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Re: 2017-08-26 - "Time's Up!" - Countdown
« Reply #60 on: August 27, 2017, 08:07:31 PM »
With Photobucket now charging a fortune, I went with http://imgur.com/.  So far, no issues to speak of.

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Re: 2017-08-26 - "Time's Up!" - Countdown
« Reply #61 on: August 27, 2017, 09:08:41 PM »


TAKE TWO (Thanks to folks who posted alternative image posting suggestions):

Lately I've been inspired to work on a set of characters that operate in and/or work for a what I call the Centauri Protectorate.  The Protectorate is the current government ruling over a distant, multi-racial, multi-species, galactic empire. Like many comic book galactic empires, the Protectorate is an authoritarian government with fascistic tendencies.  Also like many comic book galactic empires, the Protectorate has created a special team of superhuman to assist in the law enforcement process. My team is called the Order Battalion. One metatextual aspect to this galactic empires is that the humans who rule it subscribe to Jack Kirby-esque aesthetic; imagine if you will, the characters in the background scenery in the Inhumans' city of Attlin, or in Supertown of New Genesis. Therefore, I have tried to create all of the skins with an eye to making them seem like a character Jack Kirby might design as best as I can.

The above character is Countdown, an early member of the Order Battalion, retired in the present in my universe.  The character is inspired by one of the earliest superheroes in the history of the genre, the Clock.

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Clock

As you can see, my character bears little resemblance to the original Clock.  Metatextually, I am giving the Clock a makeover inspired by Kirby's redesign of DC's Golden Age Sandman, another hero which began with a suit, tie, and full face mask.  The shield, inspired by Kirby creations Captain America and Guardian, is designed to represent the type of clock used in the empire, which divides the day into twenty "hours", and the yellow and purple bands represent the periods of daylight and evening.

Thanks to Murs, Gryphon, Tomato, DarkJered, and Zed for bases. Grenadier for the mesh and Tommyboy, and Grenadier for the pieces.

Within my universe Countdown began as a heroic character on a popular program presented on state-sponsored media (imagine Storm Saxon, the show within a show from V for Vendetta).  Bran Obrin is the actor-stuntman who played the role of Countdown. In later seasons, Obrin's son Hocrin, takes on the role of Countdown's teen-aged assistant, Buzz (as in the sound a digital alarm clock makes). It is around this time that the Protectorate first organized the Order Battalion.  In response to mail from young fans of the show, the Ministry of Propaganda insisted on making the duo members of the team.  Though the appointment was met by existing members with skepticism at first, Obrin worked had to earn their respect.  Doing so, however, required the duo give up being media figures, a move that caused considerable frustration with Buzz, who enjoyed his fame within the empire.  The pair had a falling out, and when Countdown retired due age, Hocrin created a new identity for himself (to be shown later).

His catch phrase is: "Time's up."

One last thing to point out is the emblem on the belt buckle.  This is the emblem of the Centauri Party which rules the Protectorate. It is inspired by the emblem that Ming's followers, most notably Klytus, wore in the classic Flash Gordon film of the 1980s.

While it shouldn't be too hard to figure out, the order Battalion are inspired by three separate superhero teams, one from a major publisher, the other two from smaller independent publishers. Any guesses?

Comments and feedback welcome.

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Mighty Man:

Based on public domain character Mighty Man:

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Mighty_Man

Thanks to Murs, Gryphon, Tomato, DarkJered, and Zed for bases. Texas Jack for the mesh and Beyonder and Texas Jack for the pieces.

A non-com in the the Protectorate military, Oscir Jerek was wounded in the line of duty, and submitted to an experimental treatment for regenerating damaged tissue. While most of the subjects died as a result of the process, and the few that survived only experience mild accelerated healing at the expense of tremendous pain, Jerek garnered the superhuman ability to manipulate his body mass, so that he could grow to great heights, shrink to miniature size, or stretch his limbs significant lengths.  As of yet, Protectorate Bio-scientists have not been able to duplicate the results in anyone other that Jereck's brother Plymo.  Due to his military training, Oscir was picked to serve on the current iteration of the Order Battalion, while Plymo is on the Battalion's reserve roster, much to his chagrin.

While not exactly based on Kirby's design sense, the costume is modeled on my favorite iteration of Hank Pym, his Goliath phase, which was in use during Kirby's Silver Age tenure at Marvel. It is worth noting that the boots and gloves are holdovers from Kirby's Ant-Man design.

Comments and feedback welcome.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 10:04:48 PM by doctorchallenger »

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Plymo:

Based on public domain character Plymo the Rubber Man:

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Plymo_the_Rubber_Man

Thanks to Murs, Gryphon, Tomato, DarkJered, and Zed for bases. Texas Jack for the mesh

Plymo is Mighty Man's Ne'er-do-well brother.  While in the Protectorate's Apartheid-like caste system, the Jerek family could possibly be considered among the most privileged of humans which controlled the Empire. However, the Jerek family were among those that could not maintain the economic security to allow their sons to aspire to the fullest of privilege. The Jerek boys' father was a hustler and a gambler, constantly placing the family's meager holdings at risk in get-rich-quick schemes and fly-by-night business opportunities. As such the boys were forced to grow up at the furthest margins of the Empire's "polite society" often living in close proximity with various sub-citizens, human or otherwise.  Oscir went into the military to support his family after his father died, serving honorably, but not distinguishing himself particularly before his injuries.  Plymo, on the other hand, took after his father, hustling on the edges of the legal economy, and often crossing the line. Luckily, Plymo managed to avoid any serious criminal charges, but had acquired enough of a record that the government could force him to undergo the same experimental procedure that gave his brother superhuman powers.  Plymo, like Mighty Man, garnered control over his body mass, but his newfound powers put him in service of the state, and in the shadow of his goody-two-shoes brother.

Comments and feedback welcome.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 11:32:52 PM by doctorchallenger »

Offline Cyber Burn

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These are all really nice, and I like the fact that Malibu Characters (Well, one anyway), are getting some love.

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Hey, I've done those characters. These are a nice adaptation.

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These are all really nice, and I like the fact that Malibu Characters (Well, one anyway), are getting some love.

Cyber has got one of the team inspirations (or is hinting at it anyway).

Thanks for the kind words.



Airman

Based on public domain character Airman:

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Airman

Thanks to Murs, Gryphon, Tomato, Courtnal6, DarkJered, and Zed for bases. Vertex for the mesh and Vertex/Bobby69, Grenadier, Ink, Unfluffy Bunny, and 3dMaster for the pieces.

Engineer Dracon Schtevon wanted to revitalize the airborne division of the Imperial military, which in times past was a distinguished branch of the armed services, in which Schtevon's ancestors served, but with advanced technology had become little more that standard combat forces with a colorful history. Schtevon, therefore, developed the Airman flying combat suit.  The suit is designed to provide close quarters air support for small units of ground forces, as well as a low profile alternative to HALO infiltration forces, allowing for insertion, attack, and extraction to be handled by one system.  The body armor provides significant protection from small arms fire, particularly energy weapons, as it has an energy dampener system to channel such force into the suit's power system. Offensively it has compact energy blasters and anti-personnel projectiles attached to the gauntlets, and anti-vehicle munitions launched from the flight pack.  Schtevon petitioned to join the Order Battalion as a means to field test his design, and to demonstrate its effectiveness, to the Government in real-world scenarios.

Like the above designs, this is still somewhat in progress.  Many of the extras are currently kitbashed.  Like Mighty Man and Plymo, the design is not obviously Kirby-esque, given that the Classic Iron Man design on which it is modeled is not Kirby's work, but Ditko's. The Shoulder pads, and the stripes on the chest were my effort to give it a more Kirby-like look. I may tweak the gauntlets to as more of a Kirby touch to the look.

One thing I neglected to say about Might Man and Plymo: Thanks to Courtnal6 for his excellent Goliath (Blue) skin, as I cribbed all the line work, right down to the goggles on Plymo, for the line work on both skins.

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Some great designs here, man!  I LOVE that Airman design!  That's great work, and a really cool looking character.  I'm a sucker for the winged heroes anyway, but this is a particularly nice take.  I definitely see some Kirby influence with the design.
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Some really cool concepts here. Plus, I'm a sucker for the Protectors. Will you be filling out the whole team?

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Some really cool concepts here. Plus, I'm a sucker for the Protectors. Will you be filling out the whole team?

Sort of.  The bulk of the Protectors (Malibu's team) was re-imagined versions of characters in the Public domain, originally published by Centaur Comics in the Golden Age. Hence, Centuri Protectorate, as the name of the galactic empire.  But Malibu added a few original characters to the mix, notably Aura and Arc, because Centaur produce only a couple of female heroes.  I won't be doing those characters.

Next up: THE EYE.

Based on public domain character the Eye (AKA: the Detective Eye:

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Eye_(Centaur)

Thanks to Murs, Gryphon, Tomato, Courtnal6, DarkJered, and Zed for bases. Texas Jack for the mesh and Valander and Tommyboy for the pieces.




The Eye is on the Order Battalion Reserve, and has been since its creation,  The Eye's origin goes back to the origins of the Protectorate.  Before the defeat of the Empire in the First Great Imperial War, The Eye was a common solider, drafted into service.  He and two of his comrades were separated from their unit, and found themselves trapped in a vast, ancient outpost of a technologically advance alien civilization.  The experience gave each different superhuman abilities. The Eye can transform into a being of what appears to be flaming eye surrounded by swirling energy. In this form, the Eye can manifest various forms of energy (heat, electricity,
electromagnetic force), for a variety of effects. He prefers to maintain his energy form nearly all the time.  He does not crave action, content to remain behind the scenes as much of the time, keeping an eye on people and groups for in the interest of the ruling party, as well as for his own amusement.

The Image is a bit different, as I am using a couple screencaps from Nifskope, because the concept is FX intensive.  When in combate the Eye appears as a floting flaming eyeball; I used an image of the Eye of Sauron for the skin. the character on appears in human form when he is incapacitated. Nifskope allows you to see the FX in action, whereas the character viewer only allows you to see FX when they are against the backdrop of another mesh part.  The image at the top right was taken from the character viewer. You can just see a hint of the FX.

Keeping with the Kirby aesthetic I want for the broader concept, the Eye's human form is based on Kirby's design for Kanto of the New Gods.

Comments and feedback are welcome.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2017, 02:09:16 PM by doctorchallenger »

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Re: 2017-09-3 - The Eye
« Reply #71 on: September 03, 2017, 07:43:45 PM »
All of these skopes and skins are wonderfully done, Doc! Your designs of these various character are amazing!

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Re: 2017-09-3 - The Eye
« Reply #72 on: September 04, 2017, 01:03:32 AM »
You are definitely on a hot streak here. I'm really impressed with these re-designed/re-imagined versions of such old school Characters. I'm really hoping to see versions of the Ferret and Gravestone (I think they were considered open domain).

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Re: 2017-09-3 - The Eye
« Reply #73 on: September 06, 2017, 12:48:48 AM »
Agreed, these continue to be great!  I love the design on this guy as well, and you bring it to wonderful life.  Great work on the skope as well!
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Re: 2017-09-13 - Solarman
« Reply #74 on: September 17, 2017, 12:16:35 AM »
Thanks for the kudos.

Based on public domain character: Solarman:

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Solarman

Thanks to Murs, Gryphon, Tomato, Courtnal6, DarkJered, and Zed for bases, Grenadier for the mesh and Grenadier and Renegade for the pieces.



Solarman is not a member of the Centuri Protectorate Order Battalion, but a refugee from the Protectorate because of his cultural background and sexual orientation. Zolar Min was a semi-practicing member of the Solarian religion, a group which I created to be the Centuri Protectorate analog to Jewish folk during the Nazi regime.   
Solar Man is a character inspired as an homage to Doc Savage and to Marvel's early iteration of Mar-vell (Captain Marvel).  After coming to Earth, Solar man essential operates in a Doc Savage type mode. In the 1940s, he becomes more of costumed hero, as he is able to build for himself a wrist mounted multi-beam blaster (crude by Centuri standards), and areo-shoes for flying.  The costume is modeled on KJack Kirby's Ikaras, but also inspire from Doc Savage's Golden Age comic book appearences as "The Invincible" where he had super powers bestowed upon him by a mystic hood (see: http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/docsav2.htm)  The Jacket/hood design is also supposed to be a form of clothing commonly warn by males of the Solarian religion as part of their ritual clothing.  In this regard, I am undecided, does it work better  with the black leggings ans sleeves - essentially a fancy long-tailed vest - or as a jacket with blue sleeves. Both are pictured. What do people think?

Comments and feedback welcome.

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Re: 2017-09-13 - Solarman
« Reply #75 on: September 17, 2017, 12:24:38 AM »
That version of Doc Savage was one of the silliest, but that skin is excellent.

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Re: 2017-09-13 - Solarman
« Reply #76 on: September 17, 2017, 01:19:15 AM »
Im seeing alot of kool stuff here!!!! :thumbup:
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Re: 2017-09-13 - Solarman
« Reply #77 on: September 23, 2017, 08:51:56 PM »


Work in Progress. Still from the Centuri Protectorate concept.  Any guesses?

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Re: 2017-09-13 - Solarman
« Reply #78 on: September 23, 2017, 08:59:24 PM »
My guess is Amazing Man.

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Re: 2017-09-13 - Solarman
« Reply #79 on: September 23, 2017, 09:15:23 PM »
I'll go with that as well.  :D