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  10 October 2004
Grand Space Opera 3D Entry: Robert Briscoe

Robert Briscoe has entered the Grand Space Opera 3D.
  10 October 2004
Well guys, im a noob here as far as competitions go, but just cant resist this challenge. As soon as I read the details of the comptetion I suddenly had this vivid image in my mind of what I could do. Im a huge sci-fi fan anyway and I always have these strange ideas for things like this which I have wanted to bring into the visual world for a long time.

Im really going to but my back into this, and I have to say I havent been this excited about creating something in 3D for a long time!

Anyway, when I get hoe this evening im going to try and sketch down this image of mine and try to create a story from it. I think I already have some sort of title but I think I may need to come up with something a little more original as I think there will be alot of entries with similar titles. Its something along the lines of "life's last stand"

I'll post up more details later. Cant wait to get started!
  10 October 2004
Ok here is my inital story behind the image Im going to create.

Life's Last Stand/Thoromius: Destroyer of planets
For hundreds of thousands of years, unbeknown to us, human life has existed throughout the universe. Most humanoid life originated from a Centaurus Chain of galaxies containing many thousands of peaceful and highly advanced different colonies/races of life. Many describe this place as the 'Valhalla' of the universe, as living in the most advanced societies has all but eliminated illness, crime and even mortality through advanced anti aging-life sustaining techniques.

No one here has ever had to ponder there own mortaility, and although stories of the afterlife still linger like smoke in the breeze, many have become to believe that they are the Gods of this universe with the power to give and take away life as they please and to shape the destiny of the universe at their own will.

But over the years a tension has risen as around the edge of the Centaurus Chain civilisations, planets and even stars have began to just dissapear. Soon rumours spread of people who witnessed the dissapearences describing a "unimagineable giagantic monstrosity capable of consuming entire planets at a time"

Many tried to remain skeptical in the early years as the thought of there own mortality was too much to bear, but soon the truth was undeniable.

All of the colonies in thi 'eden' are concetrated around one solar system within the Centaurus Chain nearst to a planet called Tropothia which is where the central core of there power and technology is held and produced using the unique and powerful minerals created by the planets atmosphere. Without this most of there technology would become useless.

In there own arrogance of delcaring there own god like status they failed to comprehend a threat as unbelievable as this, which is quickly devouring its way through the Centaurus Chain, and to there horror, it seems as though the object, now named as "Thoromius, Destroyer of planets" after one of there ancient gods, is heading straight for there lifeforce, Tropothia.

Many hundreds of colonies, cultures and civilisation have tried to fight off the all devouring machine on the outer Centaurus Chain but like the others have either been left in ruin or consumed along with their home planets.

One last grand meeting is organised consisting of the civilisations that remain throughout the Centaurus Chain and all argee that there efforts alone will not defeat the beast, and so, they agree to combine in there millions for one last final showdown is planned for what could be a new beginning or an end to humanoid life forever....

Feel free to crit! The image will be of the pinnacle of the showdown battle with the Planet destroyer and the Centaurus Chain Civilisation as it engages Tropothia
  10 October 2004
Concept Sketch: Planet destroyer

Just sketching some rough ideas for the main focs f the image, the Planet Destroyer, please let me know what you think!
  10 October 2004
Concept Sketch: Destroyer of planets

Just sketching some rough ideas for the main focs f the image, the Planet Destroyer, please let me know what you think!
  10 October 2004
Concept Sketch: More Planet destoryer sketches

some other rough ideas on shapes, structures etc for the planet destroyer
  10 October 2004
Concept Sketch: Planet destroyer Concepts

More concept drawings of the Plant Destroyer, as you can see, these designs are slightly more organic looking
  10 October 2004
Concept Sketch: concepts for planet destroyer

This sketch turned out very 'stingray-like', but I kind of like this. Its very organic looking, but will be composed of metal in the final render. Might make it look very old and damaged to emphasize the non-organic elements of it.

Last edited by brisck1 : 10 October 2004 at 11:43 AM.
  10 October 2004
Concept Sketch: concepts for planet destroyer

... and here are just a couple more sketches for the planet destroyer.

Im going to be picking one of these later tonight for refinement and finalising the design so that I can move on to the rest of the scene. So your input is greatly needed! Tell me which one you think works best.
  10 October 2004
Hello and welcome to the competition.
Im very much liking your concept overall, it has a ncie ring and weight of story and icon to it, and if you can pull it off should be very spectacular. I cant wait to see your concept for the final image as a whole; if it is anything like your concepts for Thoromius i shall be very impressed.
At any rate good luck with competition.
  10 October 2004

Hmmm, not getting a lot of feedback here :( ah well I'll just make an educated guess. At the moment im torn between the "pincer 1 & 2" designs and the stingray/squid style designs
  10 October 2004
love the style, you're going into an entirely diffrent direction than the most others (mechanical machines on organical-based?), giving you quite an edge on origonality (however you spell it :P).
keep it up

Btw don't feel down because you're not getting any feedback, it won't help you win the prize any more or less
My B-Movie entry!
  10 October 2004
Definetely Stingray or Squid Design

I think all of your concepts have potential, but I definetely think that the squid or stingray designs would provide the most dramatic imagery. Even if you chose something of the Cephalopod form you could still go either way regarding whether it's organic or synthetic. The only design that I simply didn't care for at all was the giant bulbous insect concept. Other than that I think you might have some winning concepts to work with.

Good Luck,

I really, really, really wish I could enter this contest but I'm busy working on a Mod and I don't want to back out on my friends. I hope they do a second version of this contest in the future.
  10 October 2004
Thanks PreatORiAn, I wanted some of the more organic designs to be actually machines made in an organic design, like how The stingray design uses those 'wings' on its rear to give itself propulsion and its tail for manouverability.

Thanks EngineeredVision thats the type of feedback I need as im so torn right now!

Last edited by brisck1 : 10 October 2004 at 03:30 PM.
  10 October 2004
It's an interesting idea but personally I think it's absolutely too massive. It would require dozens of planets to even build anything like this and it will be difficult to move that kind of thing around. Like even though it is many times the size of planet it will most likely crash into the planet and break apart (because of inertia). Anyway the squid design is maybe the best
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