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Old 24-03-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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DWIV - 3D - ciarand - Mantis

Hey all,

been inspired to re-register by all the great submissions here and want to fight with threedy in DW!! I really think praying mantis are cool, the way they move their head and how precise hunters they are, thats where this idea grew from. Its just a quick sketchl and may completely change but heres progress so far.

Im entering to test my skill, and hopefully learn a thing or five.

Please critique and throw any ideas / paintovers you might have! I have a lot of catching up to do, but hey im redundant so have plenty of time for this lol!

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There are two sets of mantis like front legs for grabbing / cutting up foes, and the top of the body is basically a hovering platform with the head and two large arms for guns. I am thinking of losing the bottom half and just having the arms coming from below the main body. Meh, il do some more sketching and see what i come up with!
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Old 24-03-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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Wow interesting shapes there. pretty cool design.
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Old 24-03-2009, 06:02 PM   #3
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Already liking this one! keep posting
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Old 24-03-2009, 07:58 PM   #4
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Old 24-03-2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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Yeh this is gonna be sweet!, like the update, looking forward to seeing where the design goes one this one!

liking the lights and the blue veins/glows, dont over do them though, its so tempting to put them everywhere lol



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Old 24-03-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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Cheers! Yeah i know its addictive!! mmmmm neon..

I think the glows i will keep mainly to the eyes, the thrusters/anti grav engines that will be built into the main body, and also to the mouth as that will be some sort of plasma cutter (ala sentinels in the matrix).... the idea being it grabs its enemy in its arms, then cuts it up with the jaws. just like a real mantis!!
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Old 24-03-2009, 08:25 PM   #7
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i like it a lot bro. kind of reminds me of that little transformer thing with the mini gun in transformers. got that creepy OMG KILL QUICK BEFORE IT EATS US feel about it.
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Old 24-03-2009, 09:13 PM   #8
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haha, cheers Freekybevis, just its a 20ft tall one of them!! Right I'm off to do a bit more reference searching....will post more soon!!
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I love praying mantis since I was a child and I had them in my own hands many times in my life and I have to told you that design doesn´t fit with a mantis in any way. Z shaped arms are over used, so you have to dig harder. They have a long and thin body, not a shell over the shoulders! Do u want a turtle mantis? Insects has perfect designs so let´s learn a bit from them. Mantis has a heavy and stable, 4 legged lower body while the upper body is light for fast attaks with only 2 arms.
Change the weights up to down of your actual design and I´m sure it will get better.
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Old 24-03-2009, 09:27 PM   #10
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very cool!!!! love the details and the crossed between mechanical and organic look.
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Old 24-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #11
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Hi RBL,
thanks for your input! I wasnt trying in any way to make a robot mantis (sorry the thread title might be a bit confusing) , just that i was inspired by a mantis, ie. the head and the arms, thats all. Clearly a mantis is a stealthy predator, I somehow doubt a 20ft tall war machine is ever going to be that stealthy!!

Anyways, its only a concept at the moment but i might try make something more mantis like.

Thanks redonix!

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I really like the proportions of the concept! Keep it up!
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