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  06 June 2009
Secret Agent Entry: Joel Appugliese

Joel Appugliese is entered in the "Secret Agent" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Work In Progress: SecretAgent-HeadStart
  06 June 2009
Concept / pre-visualization: Taltos Concep-Viz Collage

New Concept On Page 2

A Collage of various assassin concepts.

Last edited by RageOfAges : 06 June 2009 at 05:13 PM.
  06 June 2009
Concept / pre-visualization: Loiosh Collage

A Collage of concepts for Loiosh
  06 June 2009

Hello CGTalkers.

Let me start off by saying good luck to all. I`ve already seen some cool concepts posted and I can't wait to see them develop.

That being said, onto the topic at hand.

About my Entry:

Vlad Taltos is my favorite protagonist from the many fantasy novels I've read. Together, with his best friend and familiar, Loiosh, a small dragon type creature, Vlad finds himself in countless impossible situations, where he uses the limited information available to complete his mission. The author is Steven Brust, and in my opinion, one of the wittiest novelists there is.

I will be conceptualizing the characters based on a blend of thorough analysis of the descriptions available and my own imaginative ideas. At this early stage, I'm leaning towards a movie poster type entry, or a digital maquette of Vlad and Loish posed in the middle of a battle scene.

Vlad Taltos' Profile (As taken from Wikipedia):

As an Easterner in species, Vlad's appearance corresponds with real-world humans, in contrast to the tall, elf-like Dragaerans that also inhabit his world. Though shorter and weaker than most Dragaerans, Vlad is very fit and agile. He has a hairy chest and usually sports a mustache in defiance of the Dragaerans' lack of facial hair. He typically wears fine nobleman's clothing in black and grey, the colors of House Jhereg. Earlier in the timeline of the series, he carries a magical chain called "Spellbreaker" wrapped around his left wrist, but this chain is later replaced by a Great Weapon called "Godslayer". In addition, he carries a rapier at his side and a number of small weapons hidden about his person.

Vlad is intelligent, headstrong, and witty, prone to wisecracking even in the most dangerous situations. Hotheaded and often reckless, Vlad speaks his mind bluntly to almost everyone, regardless of rank or species. Though he often displays a cavalier attitude, Vlad prefers to plan his actions and is very pragmatic about avoiding danger. His personality has largely rubbed off on Loiosh, who frequently banters with Vlad through their psychic link. Though Vlad has several Dragaeran friends, he hates Dragaerans as a species and feels no remorse for killing them. Conversely, Vlad takes pride in his Easterner heritage, but rarely associates with other Easterners and feels little sympathy for their plight.

Vlad grew up working in his father's restaurant in Adrilankha, the capital city of the Dragaeran Empire. As an Easterner, Vlad was a second-class citizen and frequently bullied by Orca youths. Vlad's father bought a baronetcy from House Jhereg in hopes of gaining acceptance from Dragaeran society, nearly bankrupting himself. He tried to teach Vlad to turn his back on his Eastern heritage and embrace Dragaeran culture, but Vlad despised the Dragaerans. Instead, he studied with his grandfather, whom he calls Noish-pa, to learn the Eastern arts of fencing and witchcraft. With his Noish-pa's help, Vlad acquired his familiar, a jhereg he named Loiosh, and raised him from a hatchling. Vlad's father fell ill and died after refusing treatment with witchcraft, and Vlad ran the restaurant for a short time before entering the criminal world of House Jhereg as a low-level enforcer.
Despite being an Easterner, Vlad worked his way up the Jhereg hierarchy. He graduated to performing assassinations and proved very talented at the task, using his witchcraft, fencing skill, and familiar as assets. He eventually earned his own territory and divided his time between overseeing his operations there and continuing to take freelance assassination jobs. Through the course of his adventures, Vlad acquired a powerful artifact he called Spellbreaker, which has the ability to disrupt any sorcery that it contacts. Vlad made several extremely powerful Dragaeran friends, including Duke Morrolan e'Drien, who hired Vlad as a security advisor, Aliera e'Kieron, a one-time Dragon heir to the throne, and Sethra Lavode, a legendary enchantress. Vlad also met and married a fellow Easterner assassin named Cawti.

Cheers to all and best of luck everyone.

  06 June 2009
Lookin forward to it Rages, good to see a fellow Hardcore Modeler stepping up to the big time
  06 June 2009
Likewise Rob. Looking forward to seeing your inspector gadget concept realized. I was actually toying with an inspector gadget idea until I saw you post on the HMC lol.

  06 June 2009
It's clear that you have a passion for what you're doing here, but I think you need to be wary of thinking too far outside the box. Perhaps if you can focus in on the Assassin/Thief side you can bring this in to line, but be careful of straying too far from the intended theme -- I just don't think the judges will want to see something that screams 80% high-fantasy and 20% Secret Agent.

Just my 2cents early on...

Last edited by MonteCristo-3DT : 06 June 2009 at 09:45 AM.
  06 June 2009
Thanks for the honest reply, Monte-Cristo. And this early on, it's very appreciated. I will definitely take your crit into consideration as I flesh out the concept.

  06 June 2009
Concept / pre-visualization: Camera Angles-Conceptualizing

I've got a setting brewing in my brain, and am looking at having an interesting camera angle. The jist of the story is that our Assassin, Vlad Taltos, is waiting in the rafters, about to eliminate his mark. I remembered something similar to what I was looking for in X2, so I busted out the DVD and took some screens. A more concrete story will come soon.

  06 June 2009
Concept/setting #1:

Infiltrating an impenetrable fortress is easy When your Demon Goddess helps you get in. Which is why I found myself High up above the king, in the rafters of his throne room, wishing for a way out. It seems escaping from an impenetrable fortress wouldn't be as simple, and Vera was ignoring me. That bitch! Presently, Loiosh spoke up inside my head.

LOIOSH: Boss, how much longer are we going to wait here. My neck is hurting, and you smell bad.
VLAD: Shut up, Loiosh
Loiosh: That fat bastard of a king hasn't moved in an hour. He must be asleep.
Vlad: I know, Loiosh
Loiosh: Then Why don't you just kill him so we can get out of here?
Vlad: Because there's 50 Guards between the king and the exit.
Loiosh: So what's the plan?
Vlad: Shut up, Loiosh. I'm working on it.
Loiosh: I think we should...
Vlad: Leave the thinking to those with opposable thumbs!
Loiosh: Can you fly?
Vlad: Shut up Loiosh.
Loiosh: I can. I could distract them.
Vlad: All 50?
Loiosh: I'm Charismatic.
Vlad: Do it Now!
Loiosh: Shut up, Boss.(Takes flight).
  06 June 2009
Concept / pre-visualization: Rapier

Ok, so this isn't EXACTLY wip, but I was trying to get into the mood of the character so I took an hour and modeled a loose version of Vlad's Rapier. Don't know if I'll keep it, but now the juices are flowing.

  06 June 2009
Very nice concepts you got there mate, looking forward to see what you come up with.

And a very stylized sword, keep up that work!
  06 June 2009
Thanks Andreas.

Fleshing out another concept. I find writing down the setting before sketching to be a huge asset for me. Sketches will come this week.

Concept #2:

*This scene is a simpler one. Front view of Vlad as he's walking towards the camera, Loiosh on his shoulder. Behind him are bodies laying dead on the ground, including the mark.

Loiosh: That was a close one, boss.
Vlad: My thoughts exactly. Another scar to add to the collection.
Loiosh: What are you going to do now?
Vlad: What I always do when I almost die. I'm going home, pouring myself a glass of brandy, then I'll shake uncontrolably until dawn.
Loiosh: Good. Let someone else clean up the mess
(They walk away).
  06 June 2009
Concept / pre-visualization: Concept#1-First sketch

Loose sketch of Vlad with Loiosh in the rafters, Trying to figure out how they are going to kill the king AND his 50 guards (of which only 1 are present in the sketch).
  06 June 2009
Alright everyone, it was time for a drastic rethinking of this challenge and my entry. After talking to some friends to get opinions, it seems that, even though Vlad Taltos, Master Assassin is a really awesome character, he's just not right for this challenge. So I got to some brainstorming, and came up with something totally different. It's still in the planning stages, but here's the beginning. Sketch will follow up on the next post.

The idea is to have a very wide canvas. In the center will be a man, one half (his left side) will be styled to look like a family man. Khaki shorts, glasses, balding, simple button up tee-shirt. To his left will be his wife and child(ren?) in a family photo style of image. To his right, he will have his arm extended, holding a gun he just fired. farther to the right will be a bad guy in mid flight, having just gotten shot. The guy may possibly be a ninja, but I'm not sure yet. Anyway, I write these descriptions because my sketches are poor at best.

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