HCR Modeling #47: Warriors of the Zodiac


The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which in its turn comes from the Greek, meaning “circle of animals”. The name is motivated by the fact that half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).

The signs are:

  1. Aries The Ram
  2. Taurus The Bull
  3. Gemini The Twins
  4. Cancer The Crab
  5. Leo The Lion
  6. Virgo The Maiden
  7. Libra The Scales
  8. Scorpio The Scorpion
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn “Goat-horned” (The Sea-Goat)
  11. Aquarius The Water-Bearer
  12. Pisces The Fish[30]

The Chinese zodiac (Chinese: 生肖; pinyin: shēngxiào) is the classification scheme that assigns an animal to each year in a repeating twelve-year cycle. The 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac is an approximation to the 11.86-year cycle of Jupiter, the largest planet of the solar system.[

The signs are:

1.Rat –(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water)
2.Ox – (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water)
3.Tiger – (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
4.Rabbit – (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
5.Dragon –(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
6.Snake – (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
7.Horse – (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
8.Goat – (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
9.Monkey – (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
10.Rooster –(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
11.Dog – (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)

THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

Sculpt, in a period of 1 month and two weeks, one or more 3D representations of either the western or Chinese Zodiac, based on extensive research… For this challenge, attention to detail an imagination are essential.

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, what program they will be using, the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded/ rigged. But the model will have to be original creation based on EXTENSIVE research.

At the end of the challenge the final model will have to look like a scene that we might see in a cg movie or a commercial.


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
for these categories:

and the big one of course:◦BEST MODEL
The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

DATELINE! Monday, September 2 2015
YOU HAVE One MONTH & TWO WEEKS to do the challenge.

CHALLENGE SPECIFIC RULES:◦No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.
◦You may NOT use a pre exiting models. All models must be done from scratch.
◦An artist may change from an environment/building/vehicle , a diorama, or model series whenever he or she wishes.
◦WIP thread should be posted on the Hardcore Modeling Challenge forum and should follow the following naming convention: HCR MINI-Challenge #47 :WARRIOS OF THE ZODIAC<<TYPE OF ENTRY >>
◦For each image you should post:

Title of Model Completed[Model Images]

And should be posted on both the individual WIP thread on this master thread.
◦For each model 1 TEMPLATE RENDER [see Below] 3 Orthographic renders ARE REQUIRED. These renders are for TOP, SIDE, BOTTOM views and a BEAUTY RENDER.BEAUTY RENDER:
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.


Orthographic renderings ARE REQUIRED for EACH entry and should be rendered at least at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.

  • This means you need to submit renders of the from the Front, Sides (2), Back, Top and bottom.

  • 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 at least 600 x 400 OR 300 x 200. The render might be done as a Quickshade or Beauty Render.
    ◦Please add a brief text description about your piece.
    ◦The artist also has to post total length of time it took to do and program used.
    ◦Future topics for hardcore Challenges will be picked at random from the list on this >>thread << (The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
    ◦Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.
    ◦Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.
    ◦Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.

The Challenge:
Model either an character or series of character based on the Zodiac (or Chinese Zodiac)
You can model one the character(s) or if you wish you can model an environment for the character IF YOU WISH., the design can be based on original work of based on real life reference. If you are using concept art that is not your own, you must CREDIT the original artist. You can also find inspiration in unused concept art used for films/tv./anime.(But you need to provide credit)

You get the gist, now show it to us.

◦All Artist of original concept art must be given credit
◦If you decide to do an original interpretation of a character, please post ALL concept all art.

See list at the end of this post for inspiration.

There are FOUR ways to participate:

  • Imagine modeling a realistic fish representing the Pisces The Fish
    -or a ROBOT representing Leo The Lion

-Imagine modeling the Chinese Zodiac animals as superheroes

  • Imagine modeling the traditional symbols of the western zodiac as residents of the and of OZ,

You may model only the heads of the characters.

◦Character & Environment
Imagine doing an environment based on the topic


sounds good Zodiac, I would never have guessed.

I want to be there, when have enath time.
I’m curious follow maybe a week in fullspeed anatomimodeling - concepting.

I always wanted the Art of Hightech Animals “battle beasts toys”


Welcome back Rob. Ready to get cracking.


Had to get some work issues resolved but I hope to get started soon.


Hey Rob, since today is the first day anyone actually posted anything, any chance we can reset the clock?
Today would be the first day I started working.


I find myself between contracts. I might jump in on this one.



Hello, I’m not going to be able to take part in this challange - But I have some time off coming up in a couple of weeks. I know this challange isn’t over yet and I might be jumping the gun a bit, but I was wondering when you were thinking of running modeling challenge #48?


hi, I am new to the site, so there is no an actual deadline for this challenge isn’t? will I have just to complete the character in a month and 2 weeks?