Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Galvatron - Cinefex

An awesome Galvatron pose just came out in Cinefex! It was a great honor to model this guy and help redesign him (Megatron) for TF4. He originally had a much smoother, traditional knights armor which we later replaced with very angular, geometric, heavy and aggressively sharp armor. I did however take great care to retain the original armor, tuck it in and retain a kind of ancient chivalry about him.

It was tough to find a way for it all to armadillo in a seemingly realistic way. He's is essentially wearing two full suits of armor laced with cabling and a vortex-void instead of a heart:).

The smoother plate armor, which made the final model, needed something extra so I added very sparse but ornate repetitive linings that hearken back to regal armor - which could have been for simple decoration, strengthening or even to snag/deflect a jagged blade.

The cheek-bones and blade-like plate below them were finished to be extra sharp (laced with gold trim) and pronounced as far as a 'menacing look' would allow. The cheeks then acted as a perfect picture-frame to build out the tiny high-frequency intricacies of the face (Reminds me of SnoopyBabe the internet meme cat). When we nailed that feature along with his nestled horns I knew we had a very unique looking, devil-like character, (with massive goat-style hooves to match) something quite different from every prior transformer.

I could rant on about this for hours. Each piece its own microsculpture - such fun! A rare and exceptionally enjoyable challenge.  I just hope we get to see more of him soon! Chattles soon. - B

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