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WIP. Bio Helmet: Samurai Shinto Predator


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8 hours ago, MeanGene said:

Update.

Continuing texturing. Exploring what is possible. Trying to not restrict my imagination.

Looking for what people think.

Want to put some Predator glyphs on the helmet somewhere. Not sure where.

Where do you guys think?

Wherever they are, I am going to find a way to put them on in a caligraphy style. Blend the two somehow, both are very similar anyway so it should work.

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Honestly Gene, this is a beautiful sculpt. You took it from a concept on paper to reality by capturing the essence of what Rob draw on his sketch.

You mentioned that you wanted to add some predator glyphs on this, but to my opinion (since you are asking for one) is that Pred glyphs would be to simple, this is a bio that've seen stuff. It's a samurai inspired lid. The character probably was there in the battlefield against the Japanese and to honor them after death, made this helmet. I found this cool article a while back when looking for inspiration as well. It talks about how the Japanese writing started with the introduction of Kanji (China) but there are stories of another original characters used before Kanji. Even the ninjas used it in a way to encrypt their messages. Again, this might sound silly since we are talking of using this on a prop, but i think it adds depth to what you are making.

Here is the article.

  https://medium.com/@chrisgaul/spirit-scripts-japans-mysterious-outcast-alphabets-5b3ea905fc

Keep up the good work brotha!

 

-Chris

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Chris, that article was great. I love Japanese culture. Sat in a semester of Japanese language and flunked miserably, but loved it.

There is so much in the Japanese culture that could translate to some crazy creative Predator stuff.

As for the helmet. I am with you. Just regular predator Glyphs has been done before. I keep toying with the idea that maybe it is a mix of the predator glyphs with kanji.
Maybe incorporating these other lost script languages will give it an ancient feel. 
I am gonna print some stuff out and draw some things on paper. 

The dome of the helmet is blank at the moment. Maybe I put the kanji there?
I want to avoid doing what is already been done, so just simply lining them up straight up and down screams "Wolf".
 

Overall I keep trying to image a backstory to this thing. X Y Z happened, which means the helmet would be "this way or that". The story builds the character rigth? Gives it direction.

 

Thanks for that link

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Yeah definitely endless possibilities. Looking forward what you can come up with.

You can always give it a personal touch to it by adding Jigoro Kano's name in Kanji. In a way  he also followed the path of the Samurai (Jujutsu)  🙂

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On 3/1/2022 at 5:11 AM, MeanGene said:

Appreciate the kind words. Glad you see the Celtic influence here. Robs sketch had some of that element to it and I am glad it shines through on the sculpt.
Love your avatar by the way. Such a badass predator. As for the battle damage, I am going to work some of it in subtly. It was suggested by someone to do some samurai sword slashes across the face. I think I will save that for after a casting is made. Probably better to not put that in the master copy when it can be done later with a dremel tool in a custom way.

Call this sculpt the blank slate and castings made can be damaged up accordingly.

Anytime! oh yeah definitely. Oh yeah definitely see it call me crazy I almost thought you where Rob all this time just used different name thatever happened to him? He still around or active? But seriously keep up good work Gene!

 

Thanks! It's one favorites by narinstudios I'm working similar piece but it's neca fig I'm emulating a little bit of Narin and Rob's work I'll eventually get lot my neca re-tooled sculpts up soon. Oh no doubt it add nice touch battle damaged marks,I feel you on that I'm same way with 1/12 stuff it's tiny details that count.

 

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Making some serious progress. Lots of details to align and resculpted some asymmetrical areas.

Lots of detail work ahead.

 

Also need to make a decision on the Predator glyphs mixed with Japanese caligraphy. A blending of the two cultures.

 

Appreciate everyone's support. This has been challenging for a number of reasons.

Work in progress: Left side of the face is not complete.

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4 hours ago, MeanGene said:

Making some serious progress. Lots of details to align and resculpted some asymmetrical areas.

Lots of detail work ahead.

 

Also need to make a decision on the Predator glyphs mixed with Japanese caligraphy. A blending of the two cultures.

 

Appreciate everyone's support. This has been challenging for a number of reasons.

Work in progress: Left side of the face is not complete.

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Goddamn that's awesome

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Experimenting with the detail work. 

Maybe chance some of it. I've been making some big changes, sleep ok the decision and revisit it the next day with another perspective.

 

Getting ever closer. Somehow the line keeps moving. 😁

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Thanks boss.'

I've been hemming and hawing over molding it. Has been a LONG time since i molded in silicone. 
Worried about screwing it up. I am thinking the mold will be a fall project when my business slows down.

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Big update.

Finished the sculpture today.

Made a video talking about some of the design choice and ideas.

Appreciate any feedback. 👍

 

The Japanese kanji on the top says "death oni" or "death demon"

 

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☝️Death Demon. 

 

Next Steps:

Mold the helmet using mold max rebound 25.

Make resin casting.

Paint casting a deep red color. Think Japanese samurai armor.

 

 

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