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03 March 2004, 01:34 AM
Jeff Brown has entered the Machineflesh 3D Challenge.

...and with any luck will actually finish this time.

03 March 2004, 02:25 AM
saw this (semi) well known photograph on a poster, and started thinking of the possibilities.

03 March 2004, 03:05 AM
Good beginning ;) update...update

03 March 2004, 03:31 AM
an update? ok... heres a detail of a hind limb.

so far i am thinking of little vicious crab soldiers, technologically enhanced (of course).

03 March 2004, 04:44 AM
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03 March 2004, 04:46 AM
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03 March 2004, 02:54 AM (

the modeling begins

03 March 2004, 04:52 AM
cool concept!

03 March 2004, 05:14 PM
Finally, someone do some crab... :bounce: Nice concept!!!

03 March 2004, 09:45 PM (

quickie update.

thanks for the responses! any input would be greatly appreciated.

i am trying to retain the inherent "cuteness" of the crab, but to also have the 'industrial twist' at the same time. kinda like a fluffy bunny with an assault rifle.

idea: using a shellac based material for the back of the shell to have a etched circuit board look under the gloosy wet finish. noting too in-your-face, just subtle pronouncement.

04 April 2004, 12:50 AM (

i was thinking of redesigning the face and the claw a bit, something a bit more 'chunky'. im not sure if these will make it into production just yet.

04 April 2004, 12:54 AM (

considering the setting that such a creature would be in.
crabs (as anyone that has lived near the ocean can tell you) are not too bright. even if they are hyped up on bioelectronic engineering, they still will challenge most anything and everything.

so far im am thinking of a boot or a barbie doll, set in a bedroom at night, with maybe some moonlight and a nightlite illuminating the scene.

04 April 2004, 01:50 AM
Cybernetic crab!! Why hasn't someone done something like this before?? Great idea.

A lot of marine themes in this one. Well.. more than usual anyway...

Good work, keep it up =)

04 April 2004, 08:25 AM (

finally! tax season is over!

heres a quickie update with what i did yesterday. not too much in the way of development, but i decided to model 'in pose' in order to keep from adding detail to areas that wont be seen. im still trying to finalize a concept for the final scene, but have yet to haev any luck....

so i keep adding detail.

06 June 2004, 03:00 PM
Hey, just came across this thread via the Harry Potter review topic...

So, yes tax season is over... where are all of your updates! :P

so your crab kicks ass! You have got to finish him! I'd better see some updates!



06 June 2004, 03:44 PM
mmmmh..simple but good idea! now u need a good set to put ur crab in!:bounce:

06 June 2004, 06:39 PM
gah... the competition for this challenge is overwhelming!

i continually try to better my ideas.. but its pretty daunting.

time for me to get back to work on this i suppose.. now that there is 2 weeks left :eek:

06 June 2004, 06:06 AM (

texturing satge 1

06 June 2004, 05:38 AM (

quickie composite test. the crab is mental ray and the bear is scanline.

currently trying to ge the feeling across that teh crab is trying to sneak up on the bear.

i really dont think i will be able to finish on time. i had a bit of file corruption, and now my meshes are all collapsed to the smoothed state. im trying to texture at exceedingly high polycount, utilizing multires and optimize where i can. last night my machine tried to lynch me.

we shall see

06 June 2004, 09:31 PM
great so far
maybe more depth to the whole picture
i don t know
good luck

06 June 2004, 06:55 PM (

the lighing tests begin.

06 June 2004, 04:28 AM (

what the hell are you supposed to put for a compositing wip image?

06 June 2004, 08:58 PM (

final image. whee.

i dont think going with the bear was teh right choice, as a fluffy object is hard to lend any sort of dynamicism to.

oh well.

gotta give props to the guys involved in the ornatrix project, see thread is the max forum here (

06 June 2004, 12:01 AM
oooo crap

lookin good :D

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