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« on: June 06, 2016 11:02:50 AM »



I "fake-swapped" (i.e., worked on a themed project without actually exchanging it with anyone) this figure for Craftster's Monster Swap Round 6. The object of said challenge was to make some creature-themed artwork, which is pretty much all that I churn out 90% of the time anyway.  I purposely chose this monster because I felt that it's relatively simple physiology would translate into a 1-point project, time-wise, but things didn't work out that way, and it took well over two hours to make.  Anyhoo, 3 points down, 1 more to go!

This is a "Two-Headed Grave Pot", which are mobile, carnivorous flora that can be encountered in From Software's 1996 King's Field III video game (said title was re-numbered as King's Field II in North America, because the first Japanese game wasn't localized and released here, thus, the real King's Field II was treated as King's Field I when it was published in this region of the world, screwing up the numbering system).

Grave Pots slowly creep about, using their three stubby roots as legs, and, when they sense something edible nearby (typically birds or mammals, including humans), they will begin to emit small clouds of poison, from their circular mouths, in the direction of their intended prey. These toxic vapors are easily absorbed through the skin and physical contact with this floating miasma will result in immediate and severe sickness--in only a minute or two, the victim will rapidly weaken, and, in most cases, succumb to the poison and collapse, allowing the approaching Grave Pot to easily feed upon the dying and helpless target. The "normal" Grave Pot species only has one head stalk, but this more dangerous variation sports two, allowing it to produce twice as much poison, with the pair typically alternating, and coordinating, their emissions to more efficiently bring down prey. Two-Headed Grave Pots also have an additional 50 hit points (350 to the Grave Pot's 300) and are worth a bit more experience (35 points, compared to the basic model's 28). Fortunately, these plants are relatively slow and easy to outmaneuver, or evade altogether, so, provided that you're careful to avoid contact with their poisonous exhalations (and you had better have some medicinal herbs in your pack, or know how to cast an antidote spell, in the event that you don't), they're not terribly difficult to dispatch or escape. Grave Pots are also quite flammable, but, it's generally wiser to save your precious magic points for more dangerous foes, and/or healing, instead of using that spiritual energy to torch these critters with fire spells.


In-game description of a Two-Headed Grave Pot when analyzed with the Truth Glass item.


Screenshot of a Two-Headed Grave Pot in the wild.
Several fungi "Stool" monsters, which are also quite toxic, can also be seen in the background.
Alas, Stools and Grave Pots don't perceive each other as threats or prey, so they won't fight one another instead of you.



For comparison purposes, here's a screenshot of a pair of normal, single-stalked Grave Pots (the pink vapor suspended in the air is one of their poisonous emissions).
And, yes, King's Field III's polygonal graphics are pretty terrible by today's standards, but, hey, it was twenty years ago, that was amazing stuff back then! Well, not amazing exactly, but kind of impressive . . . maybe.


Here's the starting wire armature, covered with a single layer of newsprint (additional paper strips stick much better to that than naked wire). While I could have made this figure without that internal metal support, it would have been rather unwise to do so, as the stems could snap in half on me during handling, and they'd probably also wilt over time under the weight of the heads. The wire also made tweaking the positioning of the stems/roots much easier.



Pictured is the root and stem structure more fully developed, along with the separate heads, which I modeled around a metal cylinder to make the mouths hollow. The six added leaf supports also have wire running through them, again, primarily to prevent me from accidentally snapping said structures off. The teeth, on the other hand, do not, as they're short enough that they're far less likely to get snagged on anything and suffer damage.



And this is what the finished model looked like, just prior to beginning painting. The brown "stains" are actually scorch marks from my woodburner, which I used to smooth/harden the figure and do some detailing.



Here's the final result. While it didn't come out terrible or anything, I have to say that I'm not overly impressed with the outcome either. I think part of my ambivalence is that the Two-Headed Grave Pot is a silly-looking, low-polygon monster to begin with--I like the upper design of the creature, but I dislike the simple "Y" arrangement of the root legs. At one point, I did try making those structures more complex and realistic, with many more branching roots, but, then they weren't on-model anymore, which also didn't sit well with me (I'm impossible to please like that), so, I ripped my alterations off.













Materials:
Newsprint, wire twist ties, white glue, and acrylic paint.

Dimensions:
3.4 cm (1.3") wide x 3.0 cm (1.2") long x 3.7 cm (1.5") high.

Time:
Two days; June 4th and 5th, 2016.





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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2016 12:00:02 PM »

I'm amazed that you can make such a tiny detailed thing in 2+ hours.  I think it would take me a day...

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2016 12:05:50 PM »

I'd say it took around six hours altogether.  I modeled everything before I went to bed, and then made a few tweaks, woodburned, painted, and sealed it, the following morning.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2016 02:16:29 PM »

Eek!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2016 04:52:30 PM »

i like it, it reminds me of audrey 2 from little shop of horrors
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2016 09:16:23 PM »

Ahahaha! Rainbow Dash's face is priceless! I really am wishing you compile all of your Craftster posts into a book so I can buy it. Best coffee table book ever.
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2016 01:23:43 AM »

Very cool! I really admire your work because I have no patience for small detail crafting! These remind me of a educational computer game I used to play when I was little (but a scary hardcore version not intended for 10 year olds haha!)
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2016 09:19:25 AM »

Thanks again for the comments, fellow Craftsters!

@pottermouth:  I spent a ridiculous amount of time photoshopping, er, gimping (I use GIMP), Rainbow Dash's sick face to look like that.  I think I should have made it greener though, but, then, I didn't want to overdo the effect and make her look like a Martian pony either.   I'm glad you enjoy them, but I could probably never make a book of my silly photo comics because they're full of copyrighted characters, and it'd be a logistical nightmare to acquire the rights to use them all.

@audio:  I have very little patience and am easily frustrated, and I'm still able to work small (although there are many times when I feel like tossing what I'm making at the wall), so, you might surprise yourself if you tried.

Some educational video games can be pretty fun--when I was a teen, I used to like playing that Mavis Beacon typing one where you had to type words in order to drive your car down the road (and you had to maintain a minimum wpm rate to keep going if I'm remembering right).
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016 08:57:01 AM »

This is completely awesome! I love your stuff, Patraw! Fabulous.
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