As I said in my Hybrid Stalker mod thread, I've been pondering on how to create more species from the Hybrid figs, and in particular versions of aliens from certain well-known games...
My Genethief conversions worked out pretty well, as shown in that thread, so I decided to get a bit more ambitious and attempt a heavier conversion. First up are leaping critters with big scythe claws. I've combined elements from the Stalker and Buzzer sets, as well as a couple of bits from the Acessories download, and quite heavily modified most of them. No pics just yet, but I've just printed out a b/w test model to see how it goes together. Once I know that works, I'll tweak the feet (the claws aren't quite right yet), beef up the outlines and it'll be ready for colouring.
I'll post a pic of the test shot when it's done.
<EDIT> I've done a test build, and I must admit I'm fairly happy with it for the most part, even though it's a fairly slipshod rushed job (I couldn't be doing with waiting for glue to dry between parts ). It's way past my bedtime now, so I'll use that time to let the glue set properly and post pics tomorrow.
Last Edit: Apr 8, 2009 18:48:56 GMT -9 by Aestelon
I agree very cool stuff. Its great how us hybrid lovers think alike. I have a set of arms as well that have the talons photoshoped onto them. They are how ever meant to be attached to the standard stalker. Your conversion to make them appear like they are leaping is just awesome. Cant wait till we get to see one in all of its colored glory.
@ Nate: Obviously these arms could be added to a normal Stalker if you were that way inclined (you could use them with the standard clawed arms to make the mutant Genethief with the extra attack).
I considered just using the normal Stalker bodies, but realised if I wanted a good leaping look, it'd be a nightmare to attach it to the base using the feet, so that's why I spliced the front halves of the Buzzers with the rear of the Stalkers.
I also considered shrinking them down by a small amount to show they're closer to the little scuttlers, but I've decided to keep the actual models the same size so anybody else who wants to can keep them consistent. I can easily reduce them to 90-95% or so when I print them to bring them down to scuttler size.
I'm gonna get onto flatting in a little bit - I've almost finished adding the extra thick back outlines.
The lines should be suitably cleaned up now, and I've started flatting and such, but since I'm RPing for a good deal of tomorrow (playing in one of the No Dice preview games), then promptly going away for a few days (going down to Essex so the missus can spend Easter at home and catch up with some friends), I'm not gonna get the chance to come back to them till next Thursday. Hopefully I'll still be able to sketch out some new figs in my downtime, though.
Meantime I thought I'd stick up the linework so anybody who wants to play with the colours can do so.
These two pages include enough parts for four Springers (minus bases).
Torsos and legs:
Main arm carapaces, lower arms (to tab into the rear slots on the carapaces, right arms are at the top, left arms below) and leaping stand cross-braces:
Assembly's pretty self-explanatory, especially if you're already familiar with Hybrids.
That'd be awesome, ta. Should I use the e-mail in your profile (the Yahoo one)? And are you referring to SVG format? I'm not sure I've found a single vector editing program yet that handles EPS properly, but SVG I can easily use in Inkscape.
Post by squirmydad on Apr 10, 2009 19:03:25 GMT -9
Turns out to be easier than thought, I just need to save the vector parts to PDF and you can open them in Inkscape and they will be in full vector format, ready to edit. Here is a link to download the file ,in case anyone else wants it as well.
There are some colored examples, and I'm not sure how the gradients will turn out, PDFing gradients usually breaks them into a hundred different circles. This PDF has all the parts I've ever used. JIM
Nice. I'll download that on Thursday (I'll be getting home on Wednesday, but it'll be so late I'll probably going straight to bed).
That thing of saving vector files as PDFs and re-opening them in Inkscape sounds potentially handy, though. I wonder if I can open PDFs from OpenOffice Draw in IS too? Something else to try when I get back.
I've finally been able to get back to the Springers, and I'm on the colouring now. I've just finished colouring and highlighting the torsos and legs. I'm actually doing it the old-fashioned way (for me), by flatting the base colours on one layer and using a soft airbrush to add white highlights to a layer on top. It seems to be having the desired effect, though. It also makes it dead easy to change the colours; use the 'select by colour' tool in GIMP, selct the colour you want to change, and drag the new colour from the swatch into the window. Bosh. I've just done this to make the purple and blue versions in about a minute.
And they're finished. If I've got time tomorrow I'll make up a demo brood and then I'll post the sheets (six in all; two sheets makes four Springers, and I've got them in the three standard Hybrid colourschemes).
Heh. Yah, well, I haven't a lot of free time today, so I'm having to do bits when I can. That said, the test brood is assembled, and they seem to work pretty well. I'll get a few snaps later tonight, when I've got a bit more time and the glue's dried clear.
Thanks! To be honest, they're not really any darker than the official Hybrid figures, although it's possible there are a few areas that aren't highlighted quite as brightly. I'll have to have a quick look at that and maybe touch a couple of bits up before I post the full files.
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