View Full Version : Whacked Lineup, Anticz (3D)

01-21-2003, 07:11 AM (

This is the character lineup for Presto Studios XBox title 'Whacked'. It released in october of last year so I figure it's safe to post this stuff now. I was responsible for modeling and rigging these characters and I animated 4 of the 8 in game characters. I also had a large part of apoximatly 52 minutes of high rez cinematic movies in the game. Comments welcome. I've got a couple of the model sheets as well if anyone is interested. Wheee!

01-21-2003, 08:00 AM
those characters look awesome!! a really twisted and freaky style, i love it! post more!!:) :thumbsup:

01-21-2003, 08:56 AM
That looks COOL!!
I love 'em, keep it going!! :applause:

01-21-2003, 09:34 AM
I'm always amazed with your work!!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

I guess we can't see any animation.... :annoyed:

Great Work!! Post more please!!!

01-21-2003, 10:09 AM
Very sweet characters, but I din't like this censoring dark rectangles... Nude cg women are nothing new to this forum, so why censor her?

01-21-2003, 10:11 AM
You worked with the guy called Synj, didn't you? He mentioned working on the cinematics some time ago...

Great stuff anyways... The cinematics I've seen are great :)

01-21-2003, 10:19 AM
Model sheets pleeease! :bounce:

01-21-2003, 10:27 AM
I played the demo of this game not too long ago and I really liked it (reminded me of the multiplayer games in Conker's Bad Fur Day) and the cinematics were very funny. Great Job!

01-21-2003, 10:28 AM
YA ROx!!!! I LOVE U MAN!! WOW:applause: :drool:

01-21-2003, 11:04 AM
Yeah, throw up those model sheets. Nice work, dude.

01-21-2003, 11:18 AM
plz 2 post ze modelsheets. kthx

awesome stuff you got there.. hehehe

01-21-2003, 12:35 PM
be cool to see some model sheets

very nice! :airguitar

01-21-2003, 12:49 PM
Coooool , I love this character design. Well done. :bounce:

01-21-2003, 12:56 PM
weeeeeeh I'm going to get this game :)

it's free with Xbox Live starters kit isn't it? :P

01-21-2003, 01:00 PM
Yeah!! post more sheets!!! i wanna see those chars. put us some close up of each characters. how may polygons have them?. The girl have an excellent body :drool: hehe

nice work man

Frank Dodd
01-21-2003, 01:26 PM
Great looking characters, very impressive modelling and 52min of FMV on your own!? wow.

01-21-2003, 01:40 PM
last year...

incredible !!!!!

we were staying at the booth with some colleagues and watching them again and again...

the character are great and the animation very funny...

01-21-2003, 01:50 PM
I've more to say than, everytime you post something IT ROCKS!!!!:bounce:

01-21-2003, 02:00 PM
Nice work, anticz! :cool:
Any comments about the platform you were working on? What about the time restrictions to develop this freaky gang? - Please post more about that model sheets! I'm always interested in knowing more about game production workflow :)

01-21-2003, 02:17 PM
sweet :applause:

01-21-2003, 02:47 PM
heh awesome stuff! they got some real attitude and style to them! :bounce:

01-21-2003, 03:12 PM
Great characters !!! :bounce: Well well done !!! :thumbsup:

01-21-2003, 03:12 PM
hahahaha, i like they way you present elvis!!!!:thumbsup:

01-21-2003, 03:35 PM
great work, as always!

definitely let us see some model sheets.

01-21-2003, 03:47 PM
Looks great man....and by the way... Loved the game. Hated to hear about the company folding and stuff. Are you still looking for work?

01-21-2003, 03:57 PM
MORE MORE!!! Please!! MORE!!! :drool: :drool: :drool:

01-21-2003, 04:04 PM

01-21-2003, 04:06 PM
uh hot baby in the middle :drool:
Wanna c some pics without censorship ;) :p

01-21-2003, 04:22 PM
really cool stuff :) :buttrock:

01-21-2003, 04:54 PM
Cool.... I like that game... Would love to see the model sheet as well... Please post it or at least email to me... thanks... =)

01-21-2003, 04:59 PM
I talked to Dan/synj a while back and he mentioned that he worked on this game, so I went out and got it. Great job, Its a blast to play with all my friends. I love the character design, and the sets also look very cool. The humor in the game is great, its totally on my top ten list.

Toxic Frog
01-21-2003, 05:03 PM
I haven't played the game yet, but I've been keeping an eye on it for a while. I LOVE the style - great characters. I just checked your website - very cool stuff! I'm a new fan of your work and I've been a fan of Synj's for a couple of years now - what a great art team! Every review I've read of Whacked comments on the cool look of the game. Congrats to you and the entire art team!

01-21-2003, 05:05 PM
Great stuff dude, I think I saw that second guy as some quizmaster in a very funny race shooter or something :] Great work.

01-21-2003, 06:21 PM
really great style and moddeling work :buttrock: , i definitely want to see more of the Chick ( uncensored :love: ;) )

greetz from Germany

olivier Defaye
01-21-2003, 06:27 PM
really nice character
it will be cool to see model sheet
:bounce: :beer: :eek:

01-21-2003, 06:41 PM
Holy cow! I just posted this last night and already so many posts. Thanks for the feedback and support everyone. OK, on to the questions.

The censor bars are actually part of the character design. Since we couldn't have nudity (Teen rated game) we thought it would be funny to have a naked girl anyway and just stick a couple censor bars on her.

Yep, Synj (aka Dan Paladin who's also on this forum) was my better half for this game. The two of us each did about half of the animation.

The demo is free. The full retail version is alot more fun.

Frank Dodd,
52 min between Dan and I in about 3 1/2 monthes and so far, everyone I know that's seen them, has enjoyed them.

The game is for Xbox and XboxLive. Developed in Max. Each in game character took about a month to build an animate, and the cinematic movies were done in 3-4 monthes.

Thanks for the support. Already found a job. Didn't take long. I'm doing well, how are you?

Like I said before, the censor bars are actually part of the character design. Can't stress that enough.

WhooHooo!!!! Glad you enjoyed it.

Toxic Frog,
Thanks, I'm sure they'll all appreciate hearing that. While I'm on the subject, did I mention Kelly Standard and James Rochelle textured these and all the other artists that worked on this game who kick butt as well.

Thanks again to everyone that posted here. Here's one of the model sheets. I'll post another one later.

01-21-2003, 06:51 PM
The censor bars are actually part of the character design. Since we couldn't have nudity (Teen rated game) we thought it would be funny to have a naked girl anyway and just stick a couple censor bars on her.

I like that way of solving problems :thumbsup:

01-21-2003, 07:05 PM
Anyone see the whacked ad that was on for about a day before it was taken off?

01-21-2003, 07:20 PM
Hi anticz, what an awesome characters u got there....
I'd be really happy if u can post a picture of every character close up ...thanks :)

01-21-2003, 07:21 PM
So that's where Game Developer Magazine got it's cover character for the 'Presto Studios shuts down' issue.

Great models! More sheets! (repetitive, i know, but well earned repetiveness!)

I was saddened to see Presto shut down. I remember getting "The Journeyman Project" with my first ever CD-Rom drive. God that game/series rocked. Put Myst to shame in my opinion (both visually and the audio). Almost scary to think that today's systems could run stuff like 'Journeyman' in realtime when back then it was amazing to just have such beautiful stills with overlayed video.

By time i get XBox Live (holding out til Halo 2) I'll have picked up Whacked! for certain.

Hope everyone at Presto's able to get new jobs in the game industry (or where-ever they roam) as they deserve them.

01-21-2003, 07:25 PM
What a bunch of freaks. Great characters. I love 'em.:applause:

01-21-2003, 07:49 PM
OMG I love that character all of em actually. I love the way you have the rabbits nubs all bandaged. Refers to how people like cutting off rabbit feet and keeping em for good luck right? Id love to see more character sheets. Heck put em all up if you have time :)

01-21-2003, 08:04 PM
Now this is what I'm talking about!!!!

No Stormtroopers or Gollum here, just straight up goodness gracious awesome characters. YAY

I'm gonna cry. I love the originality!!! Style is a 10!!! Color is a 10, and naked chics always are a plus

Okay now to post some pinups without the blurbs of that girl, Hey its art right!!!

You get the Flog

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: and an :applause:

01-21-2003, 08:06 PM
Would love to see more. Post the modelsheets if possible.

great work!

01-21-2003, 08:09 PM
those are some killer toons man! I wanna create a little web series with some cartoonish guys some day.

01-21-2003, 09:29 PM
show us more of her!!! :bounce:

01-21-2003, 09:32 PM
Here's the next model sheet.


01-21-2003, 09:37 PM
Wicked man!! :thumbsup: Yea I also wanna see more of that chick she looks hot
:wip: :p

01-21-2003, 09:42 PM

We want more chic
more chic more chic more chic more chic

Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic
Show the chic

01-21-2003, 10:12 PM
yeah very cool indeed. the character design is also great :thumbsup: love em!

Crazzy Legs
01-21-2003, 10:24 PM
Thats really cool. I don't see many people who are allowed to post stuff from work. So I'm glad to see that you took the time to since hopefully you are allowed. Thanks for posting the images. The texturing is really nice, the style goes really good with the models.

01-21-2003, 11:02 PM
Hey, a few Presto guys got jobs here at Sammy Studios, I'm just curious if you are working somewhere else now.

-Darrell Robinson
-Sammy Studios

01-21-2003, 11:48 PM
WoW, those textures are amazing aswell, Really brings out the models.

Great work :thumbsup:

01-22-2003, 12:00 AM
very cool.

01-22-2003, 01:59 AM
Want and see your animation
is good job!!!:thumbsup:

Hollis J Wood
01-22-2003, 02:15 AM
I agee show the chick, I am facinated by her...erm censor bars..he he :drool:

01-22-2003, 02:43 AM
lmao at the requests for the chick..hahaha

Excellent work dude..although I havent seen the actual game..

Very Nice characters....ok..ok...I agree..."show us the chick!!"

01-22-2003, 03:13 AM
Link to game official site! (

01-22-2003, 03:16 AM
Great models man!! :thumbsup:

01-22-2003, 05:27 AM
after i saw the caption about hell i looked at the characters again, then i realised there were seven and then i realised that maybe they each represent one of the 7 deadly sins???

maybe im way off

ah wells

show the chick :)

01-22-2003, 06:01 AM
Mike you never cease to amaze me :applause: love the characters, love the style...

You have received the CGtalk choice award . Please feel free to display this image anywhere you like! awesome talent!

BTW where's the 2nd installment of the Nyxies? :)

upon receiving this award, it guarantees you a spot in the cgtalk gallery hall of fame - when it becomes available

P.S. if you need a different background, please send me a PM with the RGB values.


01-22-2003, 07:34 AM


good work


01-22-2003, 08:16 AM
yea!! dude!! post more!! post more!! cool stuff!!

we want more..
we want more..
we want more..
we want more..
we want more..
we want more..
we want more..


Ed Lee
01-22-2003, 09:15 AM
Very nice character work....likable and charming...What more does one need?......


01-22-2003, 10:33 AM
Wow! Thanks again everyone!!

Hey, how've you been. Great to hear from you.

Very keen obsevation! ;) Now see if you can guess which one goes with which sin. :)

Wheeeeeee! Thanks

Hmmm, alot of you seem to want to see the girl. Sounds a little freaky to me but I guess whatever floats your boat. Here she is.

Thanks a million times over everyone!

01-22-2003, 10:46 AM
that was just cruel

Hollis J Wood
01-22-2003, 10:56 AM
ouch right between the

01-22-2003, 11:19 AM
The characters rock! Really good work!
Finally you've shown the sheet of the sexy girl ;) :surprised

Give us some more, this stuff is great! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

01-22-2003, 01:11 PM
i love your girl's teeth !!:buttrock:

01-22-2003, 01:41 PM
that crazy girl is nice but we want the naked one :bounce:

01-22-2003, 02:05 PM
congratulations with the award!

...darn... now I 've got to buy me an X-box...:beer:

01-22-2003, 02:51 PM
Love those character design (remember me day of the tentacle ;) )

Very Stylish, bravo !

01-22-2003, 03:53 PM
Wow I can allmost feel the inspiration flowing to my brain :bounce: :wip:

great modeling and texturing :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

01-22-2003, 04:22 PM
what about the other girl with the blanks over her naughty bits. Please show her!!! You can still include the censor blocks, lol, or put some clothes on her, some undies and a bra at least. and show us!!!

01-22-2003, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by Flog
what about the other girl with the blanks over her naughty bits. Please show her!!! You can still include the censor blocks, lol, or put some clothes on her, some undies and a bra at least. and show us!!!

ROFL i love it. Great work man.

01-22-2003, 05:03 PM
Excellent job Mike. I'd like to see some of the animations....(without dl'ing the game).

Jo B.
01-22-2003, 05:23 PM
this totally rocks man!
great to see how close the models are to the sketches. did you really do these sketches first? never the less, this is really inspiring work!
btw. i'd like to see the chick as well.

01-22-2003, 06:11 PM
very nice work !!!!

love the character design

01-22-2003, 07:58 PM
Damn! Those characters are sweet!! :drool:

01-22-2003, 08:39 PM
i love the game, it's hilarious...
MORE MORE!!!!!! hehe, u rock

01-22-2003, 10:33 PM
Damn its so cool you worked on that title.. i saw a review of it where it got 85 of 100

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

01-22-2003, 10:44 PM


01-22-2003, 10:58 PM

show that chick's sheet! :drumrock: :love:

01-22-2003, 11:04 PM
hehe, that game was fun to work on! I am glad some people enjoy the designs, as I proudly got to take part in some of that.

One thing I wish you guys could also see are the rigs for these characters (rigged up by Anticz/Mike as well). They were as solid and clean as his models. So non-intrusive to workflow, allowing for such speedy animation production.

show us the chick! :cool: haha

congrats on your award, man. You have successfully rocked the house.

01-22-2003, 11:45 PM
Synj, sweet to have you post here!!

01-23-2003, 04:07 AM
gand labore!

show the chick man!
I'm so serious...

01-23-2003, 04:32 AM
I'm VERY honored to have a professional artist on the boards. Would it be too much to ask what program you used?

01-23-2003, 06:03 AM
Cant wait to see the CG Talk Hall of Fame and this in it. Nice work!

01-23-2003, 06:11 AM
Wow, thanks more and more. Happy to hear some of you have enjoyed the game.

Jo B.
Yep, characters were designed by Ron Lemen, Phil Saunders and Synj (AKA Dan Paladin). Then it was my job to bring them into the third dimension.

YAY, you wouldn't happen to remeber where that review was would you?

Man, you are way to modest. Stand up and take a bow. For those of you that don't already know, SYNJ kicks ass!!

All done in Max 4.2

Ok, it seem that quite a few of you want to see the chick that is in the game (god only knows why). So here it is, enjoy.

01-23-2003, 06:17 AM
thanks, that chick ownz!:airguitar

01-23-2003, 06:52 AM
anticz.... anticz.... anticz....

As much as I'm getting a mega-chuckle out this...

You do realize that if you don't eventually deliver with the "real" images of "the chick," someone in this thread's gonna tear up every square block of San Diego until they hunt you down and turn you into their own personal "X-Box?" :D


01-23-2003, 06:59 AM
HAHAHA! :thumbsup:

That's so cool, a joke he couldn't resist...
anticz I knew you were going to do that, nice chick!

01-23-2003, 07:06 AM
Man! That chick is so freakin hot! Had some before I got online.. Mmmm... tastes like chicken. :-)

Kickass models there. I bet the black boxes will cover her up still in the game. lol

Should see about posting some animated Gif's or Mpeg's of the quite hilarious crew.

01-23-2003, 11:08 AM
NIce stuff. Such a hilarious game too!

01-23-2003, 12:36 PM
it's a great work, i love some characters, and nice low-poly solve, mabeyou can show us a wire frame (special the rabbit), and good sense of humor:D

01-23-2003, 04:22 PM
sa-weeeeee texturing.

however this thread makes me realize how saaaaaaaaaad people really are. somewhere there are guys sitting at home in front of their computer screen doing something... indescribable to themselves because of this thread. :shame: :shame:

just make sure you dont go blind from all the activity (and you thought it was just a myth).

01-23-2003, 05:10 PM
you speak the truth. However, seeing some more character sheets would be eye candy to me whether it be the censored girl or whatever. A gif an avi or two would also suffice.

01-23-2003, 05:28 PM
this really does kick ass... love it, fantastic, but like everyone here says, we wanna see the hottie, not the chicken, not the little girl, that hot momma with no clothes :)

haha, really great stuff, cant believe i missed this post for so long.


01-23-2003, 10:11 PM
Anticz is a tease. You're doing so well in keeping an audience. Keep it coming with your teasing anticz.

Love the characters as I said before. Keep em coming.

01-23-2003, 11:30 PM
I'm sure a chicken will also work fine for some people doing indescribable things... whatever that means. is it like poking your eye with a stick?

I love the textures so much.
I used to think crazy geometry was neat-o but i was so wrong.


01-24-2003, 07:38 AM
Wheee!!! 100 posts. that's so cool. THanks everyone. ok, here's what you've all been waiting for. Don't have the modelsheet so these will have to do.

Closeup detail

The realtime model (aprox 2000 triangles)

01-24-2003, 07:43 AM
An earlier iteration of the model and texture (we went through literaly hundreds of iterations of the characters in the design process).

And the final model before textures were applied

Don't bother asking for these without the sensor bars. Like I said before, it's part if the characters design. Hope everyone enjoys this!

01-24-2003, 07:43 AM
WOw! them dar are some serious curves! :D love them hips...

Hey Mike haven't played this game as such, but is she a payable character? I mean um like if she is, I think many a game freak would run to the store just to well... umm "play" with her if you know what I mean heh...

anyhoo great job man, you most def deserved top billing for this :thumbsup:


01-24-2003, 08:13 AM
HOLY CRAP!! :drool: it takes 7 pages before you show us the chick! hahaha!! awesome models! oh yah, i dig your chicks. both of dem... :D

Respect :buttrock:

01-24-2003, 09:44 AM
I like her I like her I like her.......:drool:

01-24-2003, 09:49 AM
nice chicken!

:beer: :thumbsup:

01-24-2003, 01:31 PM
is the game an X-Box exclusive?
cuz, damn... I hear so many good things about it here, that I wanna play it...

PC Version WANTED!

01-24-2003, 08:21 PM
characters looks really good now time to get me an x-box :beer:

01-24-2003, 09:41 PM
Why are those funny lines one her body? I'm sure those weren't part of the original model. :) Really good stuff inspiring!

01-24-2003, 10:03 PM
...just no pleasin' some folks :D

All of these models have been great, anticz... on many levels!

Shame about Presto, but I guess even talented folks get hard times too. I wish more designers weren't so tied down in NDAs and could show us this kind of behind the scenes detail.

Thanks again!


01-25-2003, 10:36 PM
so are you going to post the rest of the characters? I cant wait to see toofs character sheet.

01-25-2003, 11:21 PM
Even if he did take off the censor bars, there wouldn't be anything underneith. Why would they model it if it wouldn't be shown? :hmm:

01-26-2003, 05:10 AM
Could you post a wireframe of the girl's high-res head? I am trying to model an anime head and am getting desperate.

01-26-2003, 04:45 PM
That's it! :applause:

oh man she's very HOT ?:drool: , i love she :love:

01-27-2003, 03:28 PM
haha finally got it!!!

hehe, great stuff... think ill have to pick this game up, never heard of it before this thread, is that bad?? :)


01-29-2003, 07:46 AM
Thats what c.g. is all about. Nice girl!

06-12-2003, 03:05 AM
Nice work! Humour.:beer: :applause:

06-12-2003, 06:18 AM
Yo.....really nice and i like it much....all the character look nice!!! :eek:

Hmm, if can see the animation ....coolz :thumbsup:

06-28-2003, 03:08 AM
My kids love the game.....and so do I.

I always play as the chick.
I know thought I saw something under the blue bars when I had her back up to the screen once. :eek:
Just kidding!

Beautiful job on entire game to you and all your co-workers on this project.

Will there be a sequel??

06-28-2003, 04:27 AM
very nice...

very good character design!!!!

i want to see tat monster ... !!

:beer: :beer: :beer:

06-28-2003, 08:04 AM
:love: I like the style!So cute! Very nice!:rolleyes:
The girl is :drool:

06-28-2003, 08:23 AM
The models looks pretty cool

06-28-2003, 09:51 AM
very stylized and original stuff. like it a lot.

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