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#1 kyphur

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 02:36 PM

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I was already thinking about giving General Grievous the CubeDude Treatment when this contest was announced so I decided the make him the start of the Vignette!

Since Grevious is known for his unique attack angles I thought "What better than to have him offing a couple of clones by catching them off guard coming from above?" What we have is Grievous hanging from the ceiling with a decapitated (and dismembered) Clonetrooper dead on the floor as grevious turns to stop the Clone Jetpack Trooper from escaping.

The design of Grievous' head is based on the head of his UCS Statue. I just trimmed it down as much as I could without losing any important details.

His body was inspired by Larry Lar's design, okay the legs are a direct copy but they work so well. His torso is original.

Here are some renderings of the design. Note that the tan walls & ceiling are still in the design stage but I'm pretty sure I like the positioning of the 3 CubeDudes. I might rotate Grievous so that he's killing the Jetpack Trooper behind his back (more ninja-like and bad-megablocks) as it will also make his head/face more visible.

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Here is the link to the gallery once it becomes public: http://www.brickshel...des/CD-Vignette

Finally, here is the star of the show: General Grievous rendered as a CubeDude!

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 04:27 PM

Nice work Kyphur.
The shoulder joint on Grievous is really well done.
That should eliminate his arms from coming off unintentionally :laugh:
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 01:16 AM

At first I wasn't able to recognize the GG in your first batch of pics, but after seeing the last one (should've been the intro pic IMO), you really made a very good representation of Grievous in CubeDude form. Very nice use of slopes for the head, as well as the distinct contrast of the 'eyes' that stand out from the white body. Even the red jet trooper is well-built! Great job kyphur! :thumbup:

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 02:21 AM

The only thing I'd ask for would be better legs for GG but other than that it looks great! :thumbup:
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:56 AM

Here are new legs for Grievous:

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 05:30 AM

The legs look much better now, the double clips works perfectly for the clawed feet of Grievous! Posted Image

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:28 AM

Looks really good- I'm just not sure if Grievous looks CubeDude-ish enough, if you know what I mean. Maybe it's because you didn't orient his head diagonally.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:37 AM

This is great - nice job ! Looks better to me than some of Angus Maclane's efforts, to be honest - excellent ! Do you have building instructions for him ?

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 01:29 PM

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:12 PM

View PostBrickdoctor, on 06 October 2010 - 07:28 AM, said:

Looks really good- I'm just not sure if Grievous looks CubeDude-ish enough, if you know what I mean. Maybe it's because you didn't orient his head diagonally.

I'm still trying to see if I can get a good enough head with the diagonal orientation. Still have 25 days to perfect it!

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This is great - nice job ! Looks better to me than some of Angus Maclane's efforts, to be honest - excellent ! Do you have building instructions for him?
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 05:52 PM

Some good ideas incorporated here. I would like to see it as a real CubeDude though.
In my mind the diagonal placement of the head is the single most important aspect when making CubeDudes.

I would advise those taking part in that contest to really study the CubeDudes from MacLane and others.
They are really fun to make, but the success of the format is based on the limitations and the basic idea MacLane developed when making his first hundred CubeDudes.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:55 PM

This is my 4th Head design!

The original head was design #1...

Designs 2 & 3 never were completed...

Design #4 looks more menacing in my opinion and (best of all) it is offset by 90 degrees!

Compare the two heads:

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I'm trying to decide if I should add a couple of slopes above his eyes (on the new head), here is the before & after shot:

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Here is my favorite on the body:

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:46 AM

It looks much better now. Good job!

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:59 AM

Love the improvements.
You've got the cube dude angle now so that's good.
The one on the left in the first pic I was going to comment looked a little narrow and so was gladly surprised to scroll down and find you bulked it up.
Nice job can't wait to see the real thing.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 04:07 PM

A few minor tweaks and here is CubeDude General Grievous "In The Brick"!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:05 PM

Nice! Can't wait to see the final vig!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:25 PM

Wow great I love Grievous head it just looks amazing :classic:
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:05 AM

Here is the 3rd set of legs I designed for him, what do you guys think?

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 04:19 AM

I think the previous legs look better, this one is kinda blocky IMO. But still, this GG cubedude looks great in real brickbuild! Posted Image

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 01:26 PM

Looks great!  I think the legs are a bit blocky but I think they're supposed to be like that. :classic:
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 02:54 PM

Yeah, I'm trying to find the right balance between the Blockiness of CudeDude and the slimness of Grievous.

I think both sets of legs work, the question is which work better. One thing I like is how this set of legs lets me mix the colors better with the tiles on the 1x1 headlight bricks.

All other things being equal I think this set of legs fits the CubeDude format better than the original set.

BTW, for those interested I will post instructions for Grievous once I'm settled on the final design. Hard to believe I'm almost 2 weeks into building this little guy!

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 03:31 AM

I really like GG! :wub:
The latest version is by far the best, you've really captured him well in Cube form. :thumbup:
Could you get some pics of the red clone by any chance? He looks really good aswell, I'd just like to see him from the front. :sweet:
Thanks and keep up what your doing, and good luck!

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 02:15 AM

Okay, received the latest BL order today so I could finish the scenery...

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 07:10 AM

Great to finally see it in real bricks! The only problem I have with the landscape is that the top of the formation GG is hanging off of is standard bricks. I'd like to see more slopes and texture, or better yet, SNOT landscaping. It's already quite good though, and I know you've spent time and money on the landscape you have now.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:44 PM

I really like what you've got going here!
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