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Mantegra
02-19-2012, 06:01 PM
I sort of wasn't getting into my original idea of the spider queen and felt there wasn't enough back story behind it so I came up with a new idea...

Backstory:
Mentally challenged mutant found begging on the street is discovered by a ruthless underground fight club promoter and promised salvation but instead tricked into participating in underground pitfighting tournaments for quick profits.
Sensing his mental handicap the promoter feels he can easily exploit his new prize fighter and keeps him in check by using his henchmen to regularly blast him with cattle prods.
All fighters are tagged and branded like cattle and housed in pig-like pens and given little luxuries. Only the best fighters are allowed more space.
When he was first taken in he was mistreated badly by his new owner and brutally whipped and beaten in order to toughen him up mentally and physically but due to his fragile mental condition he knew little of why his new master was treating him this way. The callouses healed hardening his skin into a thick porous leather and he was forcibly thrown into his first fight. The fight was so brutal that he lost his weaker right arm in a vicious scuffle and he just managed to win due to sheer determination and instinctual ferociousness. Knowing that he lost something physically valuable to him he kept the arm and eventually wrapped it in duck tape, rope and barbed wire and drove nails, iron rods and other sharp items into it to form a makeshift club. Eventually due to his fast self-healing properties the wound eventually formed a stump.
Over time and many vicious battles he has developed a unique fighting ability based on brawling and due to his intimidatingly savage nature he is slowly rising up the ranks and gaining more popularity to the point of the crowd literally throwing money at his feet after his brutal victories. The savage way he dismantles his opponents leaves very few now willing to challenge him or risking near fatality. His newfound bloodlust has injected a sense of ferocious adrenaline addiction amongst the crowd althewhile gaining constant popularity.
He is forcibly conditioned to accept his new lifestyle and eventually starts to like his status of underground fame through his brutal and unrelenting savage fighting style.
There is now a glimmer of hope for his promoter who sees the potential of this new rising star and eventually hopes to cash in big and leave this underworld cesspit and start anew.
Unfortunately for the slug this is now his home and he has lost all sense of reality of the outside world and all he knows now is the glorifying savagery of survival in... The PIT.

Weapon:
His own arm which was hacked off in his first fight. Arm is wrapped in rags and duct tape and is littered with rusty nails, iron rods, and barb wire wrapped around it. The arm still has the wrist cuff and chain hanging off of it that was used to chain him to his cell. The hand is covered by a welders glove wrapped in barb wire. He calls it 'Max' after his favourite film 'Mad Max'.

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/7933/theslugconcept01.jpg
Going to start working on blockout now.

Mantegra
03-02-2012, 11:25 AM
Did a rough paint over of a quick blockout I did. Haven't really decided on whether I should make his arm freshly ripped off like the first image or his arm having been torn off in a past fight and then wrapped in tape, rags and barb wire to be used as a more threatening weapon like in the second image. I'll just have to see how it goes.
Anyway, need to start retopologising now!

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5748/slugwip14.jpg
By mantegra (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/mantegra) at 2012-03-02

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6923/slugwip11.jpg
By mantegra (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/mantegra) at 2012-03-02

lukasvogl
03-02-2012, 12:08 PM
nice concept.
iŽll be watching this thread. good luck

Mantegra
03-12-2012, 12:20 AM
lukasvogl: Thanks

Update:
I managed to retopologise this dude. Started sculpting and playing around with colours at the moment. I decided to remove his glove and just wrap his hand in bandages instead cause I felt it suited his persona more and doesn't deviate from the theme of the original concept.
This is just a screen image taken in mudbox. I am thinking about giving him a more solid inorganic weapon like a blade or something rather than using his own arm wrapped in stuff cause I thought that a decomposing arm as a weapon is not really a believable option.
http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/6069/slugwip15.jpg

shennie
03-12-2012, 12:34 AM
...cause I thought that a decomposing arm as a weapon is not really a believable option.

if it's a arm that huge it is deffinitly an option! ;)

nice concept

maxloegler
03-12-2012, 06:56 AM
this is my favorite so far. :thumbsup:
and i like the idea of the arm as a weapon. maybe not wrapped in stuff but with metal attached to it.

have one crit: the 6th toe, on the right side of the big toe, looks some kind of wrong.

but again, really nice monster and awesome wrinkles on the trousers!

tswalk
03-12-2012, 07:00 AM
that is impressive.. i like the cloth wraps around the arms, so much done in so little time.. i wish i could work that fast :D

can you show how you sculpted the wraps.. that is really cool.

Mantegra
03-12-2012, 09:12 PM
shennie: Thanks. Well his other arm which is amputated is actually smaller and not affected by his mutation so even if he was to use it as a weapon I don't think it would realistically do that much damage but I am still brainstorming that idea at the moment. I have been thinking maybe his amputated arm could be hanging from his waist belt instead and maybe wrapped in a garbage bag and he is keeping it so he can win enough money from fighting to buy reattachment surgery. Just an idea.

maxloegler: Thank you. If I am to do the arm as a weapon could you elaborate when you say by having metal parts attached? He is not a cyborg but purely organic. I like the arm idea as a weapon too however I am thinking it may not look as convincing as I want it to be. I am currently exploring other ideas like a spiked club or something a brawler would use.
Oh, and as for the toe, it does look strange because his foot is obviously deformed :)
The idea is that he is suffering from a genetic mutation similar to acromegaly I guess which causes the body to rapidly and constantly mutate. However the mutation only affects his left side and the right side is more so unaffected. I initially did have a sixth finger too coming out of his wrist at the back but decided to remove it cause it would interfere with him holding his weapon.

tswalk: The bandages were pretty straightforward to be honest. I initially did a rough blockout in max and did some quick sculpting to get a good shape and then quickly retopologised and then went in and added fine details. The hand wraps are the most detailed so far and I have still yet to add fabric detail as well as roughen up the other bandages like on his face.
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/4610/slughanddetail.jpg


By the way I am using imageshack to upload images here but cgtalk seems to reduce the original size of the images I am linking so if anyone knows why this is then it would be good if someone could tell me how to embed larger images?

maxloegler
03-13-2012, 04:53 AM
hej mantegra. i like the idea with the left-side-only deformation. what i meant with strange is, that not the 6th toe is strange but rather the style and placement of it. :) i must work on my english :D.

the metal and the arm: like you attach spikes to a club, he could attach spikes, and all sort of trash metal, he finds on the street or from his opponents, to his arm.

Kcinnick
03-14-2012, 04:52 PM
Would love to see this character in a game.

Mantegra
03-19-2012, 01:09 AM
So after much thought I decided to go for the amputated arm as his weapon. I want to make it look like its a couple of days old so it would be at the start of decomposing. I wrapped it in a garbage bag with either rope or barbed wire (haven't decided yet) wrapped around it as well as nails driven through for extra damage. I also thought he could use his belt to act as a tourniquet.
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6200/armrender01.jpg

I also been playing around with some lighting passes and also changed his facial expression to make him look less like a dumb blundering oaf but more so a brutal pit fighter that has lost all sense of compassion for his opponents.
http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/7462/rendertest04.jpg

smallone3d
03-19-2012, 04:15 AM
This entry is looking real good. Great details and the paint job...nice.
Keep it coming!

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