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Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 9:41 am
by Jona
Here's a commission I just finished, for three monstrous larvae. They will be used as Tyranid Pyrovores for Warhammer 40k. Together with the commissioner, I tried to combine his idea of larvae with the typical Tyranid soft unbelly-hard back carapace theme, while finding a way to add the required 'cannons' in a more or less organic way. As I was asked to do a series of three, I quite liked the idea of a rather harmless looking base shape, progressively opening the mouth to reveal the acid-cannon in the other two models. As always, I'd really appreciate criticism, preferably of the harsh kind. :)

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More images of the separate models in this album.

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 10:24 am
by Bergil
Jona wrote:I'd really appreciate criticism, preferably of the harsh kind. :)


You won't get any from me as I think they look great! Is there any chance of getting my hands on a set of these? :froth:

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 10:38 am
by Jona
Thanks, that's not exactly the kind of criticism I'm after, but equally much appreciated. :D
I didn't really consider having them cast. Would other people be interested as well? It was a private commission, but if there is interest, I could discuss it with the client, I guess.
I've never had any model cast before though, so maybe a question for more experienced sculptors like yourself: I guess I'd have to cut up the ones with their mouth open, and have their mouths cast front-back, and their bodies left-right? Or would that still pose problems for the mouth part? Or is there an easier solution?
By the way, maybe it isn't particularly clear from the pictures, but they're rather large: that's a 60mm base they're on.
Thanks again for the encouraging words!

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:14 am
by freakinacage
Brilliant! only criticism I have is I would make the armour slightly more raised from the soft parts

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:23 am
by Clayface
maybe a tiny bit longer or lower? From the wrong angle the last one could be mistaken for a turd? :D Harsh enough? :D :D

I like them - inspired by the Maggots in that old Doctor Who Ep I assume?

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:43 am
by Jona
freakinacage - Thanks! I aimed for a gradual shift from soft tissue to the hard carapace, with only the 'head' part having defined horizontal edges, but maybe I should have gone for a more defined split.
I understand your point though; especially on the first one, the colour shift from green to brown putty really sets them apart, and kills the idea of a smooth connection; hopefully it will come across better once painted.

Sane Max - Haha, excellent! I never looked at them like that, but now I probably always will... I'm affraid I haven't seen a single Doctor Who episode yet, so it must be coincidence. :)

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:55 am
by geronimo
Jona wrote:Thanks, that's not exactly the kind of criticism I'm after, but equally much appreciated. :D
I didn't really consider having them cast. Would other people be interested as well? It was a private commission, but if there is interest, I could discuss it with the client, I guess.
I've never had any model cast before though, so maybe a question for more experienced sculptors like yourself: I guess I'd have to cut up the ones with their mouth open, and have their mouths cast front-back, and their bodies left-right? Or would that still pose problems for the mouth part? Or is there an easier solution?
By the way, maybe it isn't particularly clear from the pictures, but they're rather large: that's a 60mm base they're on.
Thanks again for the encouraging words!


Cast in resin? They'll be fine as they are... Nice grubs 8|

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 12:57 pm
by Badger Loving Fluffster
Jona wrote:freakinacage - Thanks! I aimed for a gradual shift from soft tissue to the hard carapace, with only the 'head' part having defined horizontal edges, but maybe I should have gone for a more defined split.


If you want it to fit with Tyranid design? Yes. There needs to be a well defined distinction between the soft(er) tissues and the carapace. The five plates is good genre knowledge ;)

On the under belly it is unclear on the texture you are going for. It looks like you are caught between making it a hard leathery type of tube and a caterpillar like segmentation. (The shape might also better suit a soft mucous covered slug like belly, but that's another thought) Either way I think there needs to be some more definition to the segments, or slightly less definition of the non segmented creasy bits (technical term)

Having said all that, I think they are bloody lovely and if they ever go up for production then yes please

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 1:01 pm
by Duff
Ben makes some good points but I think they are good to go as is to be honest. I'd certainly like to get my grubby mitts on a set.

Re: Monstrous larvae

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 1:16 pm
by Clayface
Jona wrote:I'm afraid I haven't seen a single Doctor Who episode yet, so it must be coincidence. :)


You're dead to me. Dead.