HCR MINI-Challenge #14: Heavy Metal


Sculpt a 3d model representation of an artificial being from popular culture.

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[color=darkorange]A robot [/color]is a mechanical or virtual, artificialagent. It is usually an electromechanicalsystem, which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own. The word robot can refer to both physical robots and virtual software agents, but the latter are usually referred to as bots to differentiate

An android is a robot designed to resemble a human, usually both in appearance and behavior.


Imagine you have been comissioned to a 3d model based on an robot or android from popular culture.

Now show it to us.

There are three ways to participate:

[li]Single Robot:You can pick whatever creature you wish from the attached list at the end of this post.[/li]

[li]Diorama: You may sculpt the Robot inside the appropriate environment.[/li]Some diorama examples:
[li]R2D2 On boardJaba’s barge[/li][li]The Iron Giant at the junkjard[/li][li]A sentinel Attacking the hull of the the [Nebuchadnezzar](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebuchadnezzar_(ship%29)[/li]
[li]Robot Series:This type of entry requires you will try to do as many creatures as you can from an individual film or cathegory (Animation, Star Trek etc)[/li]

Some diorama examples:
[li]a Collection of cartoon characters Bender,the Futurama Robots, Rosie etc[/li][li]All 12 of the cylon Models (hint the last one is Gaeta)[/li][/ul]
[li]Bust :This type of entry requires you will try to a bust of your favorite artifical being [/li]

(Note: Sorry no Transformers on this one)
[/list]THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

So lets recap…
Sculpt an model based on a artifical being from popular fiction.

The idea of this “mini-challenge” is to simulate an impossible deadline for a project. The artists will have at their discretion how detailed the models they will be working on, and the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded and or rigged.

The key is to sculpt good sculpting (good topology is a must)based on the provided list.

A big part of the challenge is to learn how to model with a sence of scale and detail.



The idea of these HARDCORE MINI CHALLENGES is to push the modeling skills participants while learning from the past. To get past preconceptions of the limits of digital art. To push digital artists into the world of sculptors & artisans. But we will have variety on these mini challenges. Sometimes we will sculpt a model based on a masterpiece, but on other times we might do Jet fighter or a landmark…

The only thing that will be consistent is the SHORT DEADLINES.

At the end of the challenge, the participant should have a finished collection of entries. Keep in mind contest of high difficulty you will have ONE MONTH to do the challenge, but the rewards, even if you don’t win, will be your improved skills in speed and accuracy.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:______________________

Detailed RESEARCH, and attention to detail are key for ALL entries. Please before doing an entry do your homework.

The best model will be selected by an open vote
[b]for these categories:
[li]Most Faithful Entry [font=Verdana]NEW! [/li][li]Best WIP thread[/li][/ul]And if we get enough entries:

[li]Best BustNEW![/li][li]Best Model Collection (2 or more)[/li][li]Best DioramaNEW![/li][/ul]and the big one of course:
[li]Best Model [/li][/ul]The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner

designed by me.

[color=darkorange]DEADLINE! June 2nd 12:00 PM[/color]

YOU HAVE ONE MONTH do the challenge.

[li]No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.[/li][li]You may NOT use a pre exiting models. All models must be done from scratch.[/li][li]An artist may change from a Single, Multiple whenever he or she wishes.[/li][li]You must start the model from scratch. No parametric models entries will be allowed(Poser). Also pre-made base meshes ARE NOT acceptable. The entries have to be done from scratch.[/li][li]WIP images are NOT only encouraged, but they are required.
[/li]So if you start modeling with the box modeling method, we want to see the different stages of the construction of the model, from the base box to the finished model.
NEW RULE!: At least 10 WIP entries are REQUIRED for each model. If desired and animated sequence , done with Camtasia or a gif animation program should be enough to cover this rule.
[li]WIP thread should be posted on the Hardcore Modeling Challenge forum and should follow the following naming convention: HARDCORE MODELING!: HEAVY METAL( Name of Selected Piece)[/li][li]The artist also has to post total length of time it took to do and program used.[/li][li]Future topics for hardcore Challenges will be picked at random from the list on
[/li]this >>thread << (The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
[li]Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.[/li][li]Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.[/li][li]Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.[/li][/ul]CHALLENGE SPECIFIC RULES:
[li]The artist whose artwork you are basing your entry will get CREDIT for the creation of the pic.[/li][li]ALL MODELS will be done from scratch. Parametric entries will not be allowed.[/li][li]Participants may do multiple entries.[/li][li]You can sculpt your character in a neutral pose, rig it, and pose it OR you can sculpt your character in the desired pose. Your call.[/li][li]High res sculpting and texturing is allowed[/li][/ul]REQUIRED RENDERINGS:


[li]Orthographic renderings ARE REQUIRED for EACH TYPE of entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.
[li]The Orthographic renderings should be rendered from TOP, SIDE, BOTTOM

[li]A 3/4 wireframe renderings is REQUIRED for your entry of entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.[/li][/ul]

[li]I recommend to aid the voters a turntable rendering of the model. It would have to be done in QuickTime or Windows Media at a resolution of 600 x 400 OR 300 x 200. The render might be done as a Quickshade or Beauty Render.[/li][/ul]

[li]For each image you should post:
Title of Model Completed[Model Images]
[li]And should be posted on both the individual WIP thread on this master thread.[/li][list]
[li]Final RENDERS should be rendered at 1600 X 1200 OR 1200 x 1600 in JPG format.(Post only as link) A smaller 800x 600 OR 600 x 800 image should be posted on the threads.Please add a brief text description about your piece.[/li][/ul]
[/b][/font]The models should be picked from the following list :

Here is the list I have compiled so far:
TV & Film

Battlestar Galactica
[li]Any of the 12 Cylon models -(Gaeta is the last one, trust me) Battlestar Galactica [/li][li]Cylon- Battlesstar Galactica (1978) [/li][li]Cylon Centurion -Battlestar Galactica (2003) [/li][/ul][b]British Sci-fi
[li]Kryten, Red Dwarf[/li][li]Marvin the Paranoid Android[color=#fffffe] in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [/li][/ul]Dr Who
[li]Robocop -Robocop[/li][li]ED-209 Robocop [/li][li]Robocop2 - Robocop 2 [/li][/ul]Star Trek
[li]Borg[/li][li]Data[/li][li]Locutus[/li][li]Borg Queen[/li][/ul]Star Wars
[li]R2-D2 -Star Wars [/li][li]C-3PO- Star Wars [/li][li]Any of the Star Wars Droids[/li][/ul]Stargate
[li]The Replicators[/li][/ul]Terminator
[li]T-101 [/li][li]T-1000[/li][li]Hunter Killer Tank[/li][li]Cameron (robot)[/li][li]T-888[/li][li]T-X[/li][/ul]Classic Sci fi
[li]Gort-[The Day the Earth Stood Still](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Earth_Stood_Still_(1951_film%29)[/li][li]Johnny 5, ‘Short Circuit’[/li][li][Maria](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_(film%29) - Metropolis [/li][li]Mechagodzilla -Godzilla [/li][li]Robby the Robot- Forbidden Planet, [/li][li]The Robot- Lost in Space [/li][/ul]Misc:
[li][color=darkorange]Fembots- Austin Powers NEW![/color][/li][li]Fix-its, Flotsam, Jetsam and Wheems *Batteries not included.[/li][li]Hector -Saturn3[/li][li]Huey, Duey, and Louie, in Silent Running[/li][li]KITTKnight Rider[/li][li]Marvin the Paranoid AndroidThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy[/li][li]Metal Gear Solid Robots- Metal Gear Solid NEW![/li][li]Police Force in THX 1138 [/li][li]Tik-Tok- Return to Oz[/li][li]Sentinel-The Matrix[/li][li][Sonny](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_(robot%29) I Robot [/li][li]Sentinels from the Matrix [/li][li]Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, [Gypsy](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_(MST3K%29) and Cambot,[/li][li]V.I.N.CENT., B.O.B, Maximillian -The Black Hole[/li][/ul]__________________

Human Looking Artificial Beings.

Blade Runner
[li]Dekard[/li][li]Pris [/li][li]Roy Batty [/li][/ul]Misc:
[li][Bishop](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_(android%29) in Aliens [/li][li][color=darkorange]Gunslinger -Westworld NEW![/color][/li][/ul]__________________
Comic Books
[li]Amazo[/li][li]ABC Warriors - 2000AD[/li][li]Brainiac[/li][li]Cyborg [/li][li]Hammerstein.- 2000AD[/li][li]Hourman III[/li][li]Machine Man[/li][li][Manhunters](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhunters_(comics%29)[/li][li]Metal Men[/li][li]L-Ron[/li][li]Red Tornado,[/li][li]The Sentinels[/li][li]Tomorrow Woman[/li][li]Ultron.[/li][/ul]__________________

[li]Alita, Battle Angel Alita [/li][li]Astroboy[/li][li][color=darkorange]Naomi Armitage, Armitage_III NEW![/color][/li][li]B.E.N. Treasure Planet [/li][li]Bender- Futurama[/li][li]Bot, Joey Mousepad, the Don Bot, Destructo ect - Futurama NEW![/li][li]The Cyborg - Treasure Planet NEW![/li][li]Gender Bender- Futurama[/li][li]Major -Ghost in the Shell[/li][li]Batou -Ghost in the Shell[/li][li]Tachikomas -Ghost in the Shell NEW![/li][li]Briareos Hecatonchires - [Appleseed ](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleseed_(film%29)[/li][li]The Iron Giant[/li][li]Rosie- The Jetsons[/li][li]WALL-E[/li][/ul]Books/Games
[li]Dorfl, Terry Pratchett’s Feet of Clay, [/li][li]Necron’s, Warhammer 40K[/li][/ul][/b][/color]


Robocop/ ED 209/ Cain:

B9 Robot:




Ok guys we are live!


Hey Roberto, that Nebuchadnezzar link is broken.


cool contest!
maybe you add the Transformes ? - film designs was greate and very difficult - its good opportunity to show modeling skillz!


what about the judge dread abc war robot

and the junkt tank rock robot resin collection

another idea
battries not included from spielberg

what is with the Mondoshawans from the film fifth element, i know they are organic beeings, but perhaps with cybernetic improvements, because they are coverd full with metal ? would this be ok?

tahnk you


Sorry no Transformers…
That will be the subject of a FUTURE challenge.



Damn, and I just finished watching Matrix Trilogy too!! speaking of which, no APU in the list? Can’t have sentinels without the APU!! If someone’s insane enough, he might do a diorama of the APU’s last stand, that alone is worth keeping track of.

Just one question…

Sculpt a 3d model representation of an artificial being from popular culture.
Are we only allowed to make a base mesh and sculpt it in Zbrush/Mudbox?


Just occured to me…you might want to add a spoiler warning on the 12 cylon models example? Not all of us are that up to speed with BSG…


Sorry no APU since it is NOT a robot or an artificial being.

And for this challenge ALL MODELS have to start from scratch. And you may model in any method you wish.


I hope that was a joke… NO spoilers with BSG!!!

anyway… cool challenge, I would like to participate, but I’m really busy (moving time).


Dont worry…
The last Cylon has not been revealed…Gaeta is just my guess.



Awwww…no Replicators from Stargate? That would have been cool…but good choice putting the Borg up there.


I know it has to be one of the main characters… otherwise there is no impact in that.

I think I’ll go Johnny 5 “Short circuit”, My favourite robot from my childhood!
(I’ll use my laptop since I have to send the computer)


You know…
they Replicators ARE IN!



AWESOME challenge!! Sound like it will be super fun! :bounce:


Not to sound offensive, but I was a bit confused by that.



we are can make some reconcept? for example, redesigne some parts of robocop armor, or we need to do like the original one?



Can we also include Cain/Robocop2 from RoboCop2?


He has been on the list from day one.

Sorry no, but we may do that fora future challenge.


Sorry, didn’t read the whole page b4 I posted.