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Postby Gizmo_Tracer » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:04 pm

You might already be familiar with my Animated Axalon Crew. Obviously they needed somebody to fight, so...

Blackarachnia was astonished to find that the world she and Waspinator were stranded on was inexplicably encircled by numerous stasis pods in a decaying orbit. Using a crashed pod, her technorganic experiments and data collected while on Dinobot Island, she created Terrorsaur. While much more intelligent that his Dinobot predecessor, Blackarachnia was chagrined to find Terrorsaur possessed an abrasive, scheming disposition. Nevertheless, he has formed a strong, if unconventional friendship with his fellow flier, Waspinator.


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Taking a page from Starscream’s play book, Blackarachnia attempted to clone herself a new, fully robotic body using a trio of downed stasis pods. Her technorganic nature interfered with the process, however, resulting in a massive explosion. From the wreckage emerged the Arachnid Sisters: Scorponok and Tarantulas. Dim but enthusiastic, the former inherited the vicious nature of Blackarachnia’s beast mode, coupled with a love of wanton destruction. Tarantulas, on the other pedipalp, embodies the cold and calculating elements of Blackarachnia’s personality, distilled into a dangerous intellect and a perverse fascination with the suffering of others. Although disturbingly reminded of a fun house mirror, Blackarachnia welcomed the pair into her growing ranks, while keeping a very close eye on them indeed.

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After the addition of the Arachnid Sisters, the neurotic Waspinator insisted that Blackarachnia’s next creation be an insect. Agreeing in order to shut him up, she used a stasis pod too damaged for her own uses. Surprisingly, the protoform was able to come online, but with a fractured mind dominated by his beast mode’s instincts. Inferno immediately identified Blackarachnia as ‘the Queen of the colony’, pledging his undying loyalty to her with a fervour outweighed only by his passion for arson.

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While the Autobots prepared the Axalon mission, reports of Blackarachnia’s experiments reached the scattered Decepticon forces. Realising the substantial power boost granted to Wasp through his technorganic transformation, General Strika sent her best tracker, Quickstrike, to find the missing bots and deliver a mysterious package. Spastic and violent, he was easily convinced to join Blackarachnia’s forces in exchange for the opportunity to kick Autobot aft.

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Group picture! (Larger version here.)

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Alright, so let's address the technorganic elephant in the room: yes, my Scorponok and Tarantulas are ladies. They're easily the most radical reinterpretations for my Beast Wars Animated series, but hear me out. I really wanted them to be technorganics, but obviously that severely limited my mold choices. I mean, it's Blackarachnia, Waspinator, the Dinobots and that's it. Since Blackarachnia's mold is so feminine, I decided to just go with it and re-imagine them as clones, like the Animated Seekers. It's fun because, as messed up as Animated Starscream is, Animated Blackarachnia is totally coo-coo bananas, which which is reflected in her clones.

In any case, I know this is going to throw some folks. Let's just assume there's an implied "OMGWTFBBQ" in everybody's replies, alright? No reason to belabour the point.

Scorponok uses parts from the Bionicle character Zesk, cut to fit. Her claws are styrene, tape and putty all mixed together. The missile is one of Leader Bulkhead's, with the middle cut out. The original Scorponok's colour scheme was so dull, I decided to play up the dark red from the beast mode. The prehensile hair is a bit of a nod to Medusa of the Inhumans. I seriously love the ponytail of death. It's made from steel wire, and is totally awesome.

I changed my mind on Tarantulas' colour scheme about a million times. There was originally more green and red, but the overall look became too busy. I toned them down to play up the purple with yellow highlights. There was more silver in there briefly, too. I think it ends up working, especially in beast mode. Her claws were originally the grappling hooks that come with Blackarachnia. I didn't give her an overt weapon, 'cause I figure this version of Tarantulas has better things to do than fight on the front lines. That's for suckers! She's got a double dose of sneaky, instead.

Obviously Terrorsaur's a repaint of TFA Swoop. The only modification is his energon cutlass. I thought since Animated's version of Waspinator was a lot more feral than his Beast Wars counterpart, it made sense for Terrorsaur to be a little more in-your-face with his fighting style. The pirate motif seemed to fit. I know it's hard to tell from these pictures, but I did pick out the circuit board pattern on his wings in a drab green to match the speckles on his original character model.

Inferno is a repainted Waspinator with the wings removed. The jet of flame comes from another Bionicle set, Raanu, and is attached with magnets. I also added the flames from Raanu's mask to Inferno's back to give the sense of an internal furnace that's always about to overheat. I figure with Animated's vaguely superpower-feel, he'd probably be able to shoot fire right out of his hands. He loves fire so much, he's on fire all the time! Sadly, he can't fly, but he's okay with that. There's more stuff to burn on the ground anyway.

Quickstrike is the only one of my Predacons with a vehicle mode, being made from Oil Slick. I needed somebody to bring a certain package to BA, and being a later addition to the cast, Quickstrike was the natural choice. I gave him a wacky two-bladed kusari-gama to invoke his Beast Wars snake arm. It's like fangs! He's very pumpkin/Hallowe'en coloured, which I'm oddly okay with.

I didn't bother with posters for the unaltered Blackarachnia or Waspinator, but for the sake of argument, Blackarachnia "has a dangerous obsession", and Waspinator, of course, "has plans".

Obviously somebody's gonna say it, so, "Where's Megatron?!" All in good time, folks. Gotta flow with the narrative, eh? Speaking of which, metaphorical cookie to anyone who can figure out which two characters are foreshadowed in the bios above. One's pretty easy, one's basically impossible. Balanced!

Sadly, there won't be any additions to the cast for a while. The final year of my degree is rapidly approaching, and my free time will basically be a thing of the past for a while. Don't despair, however! I've already stocked up on all the base figures I need for the rest of this series, so I've pretty much committed myself to getting them done eventually!

EDIT:More 'posters'! Yay!

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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby shonenfan4 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:05 am

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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Jacob P. Galvatron » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:57 am

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That poor Zesk. :sad:

This are awesome, though.
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Doubledealer93 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:14 am

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two words: BAD ASS! i love that you are making beastwars from animated! i never thought of it. awesome work again!
have you thought about making the BW megatron? that would be awesome!
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Convotron » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:01 pm

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Once again, great work!

I really enjoy the narration behind the pictures, and I really like the personal twist put upon the familiar BW character concepts.

The TFA line of figures really lend themselves for adoption into custom work. I've seen so many custom figures and digibashes that turn a TFA figure into an impressive homage to another character. There's just something about the TFA overall art direction that resulted great and malleable character designs. Also, with the more "animated" or "cartoon" like stylings, they're much more expressive. Another great attribute for base figures for customizing.

These are all great but my top two are Scorponok and Inferno. Simply great use of the base figures.

Thanks for sharing photos of your work and I eagerly await the next chapter of your custom BW characters! :APPLAUSE: :grin:
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby trans-fanatic » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:08 pm

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Yay! Now I can draw a battle! Oh and they are masterpieces! they look exactly like they would in the show!... probably! I love TFA, I love BW, and now you've brought them together! :x :x :x
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Name_Violation » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:26 pm

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i love the reimagining. the hardest part to choke down was a spider and scorpion being sisters :P seriously, great stuff. hope you do some more customs.
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Anonymous. » Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:10 pm

Good stuff man. Are you hinting at Animated Depthcharge and Rampage?
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby ThunderThruster » Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:20 am

Love how you incorperated scorponok and tarantulas in this as clones of blackaracnia, that sir was a stroke of genius!
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Dclone Soundwave » Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:34 am

Inferno is PURE WIN. I love your BW Animated work.
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Indee2025 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:25 pm

Man, I love that Inferno. Good Job.

He was a seriously under appreciated Beast Wars character.

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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby scout185090002 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:16 pm

Okay... So obviously you worked extremely hard on this and if i didn' comment I'd be a freee loader. VERY GOOD! :APPLAUSE: How long did this take you?
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby scout185090002 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:35 pm

So Megatron will probably be a modifeid TFA Grimlock?
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Gizmo_Tracer » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:47 pm

I've posted several comic book cover homages using my Beast Wars Animated figures elsewhere, but this is the first one that stars the Predacons, so I decided to add it here as well.

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What's that, you say? By my own micro-continuity, Quickstrike isn't actually technorganic? Well that may be the case, but consider: shut up shut up shut up. C'mon! Inferno as the Human Torch? Sold.
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby Mythos » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:58 pm

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Gizmo_Tracer wrote:What's that, you say? By my own micro-continuity, Quickstrike isn't actually technorganic? Well that may be the case, but consider: shut up shut up shut up. C'mon! Inferno as the Human Torch? Sold.


That is the BEST response ever. I nearly died laughing! :APPLAUSE:
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Re: TFA Predacons

Postby felks22us » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:37 pm

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wow i like how you remade some of the TFA in to the beast wars animated nice work i like the sisters very nice and the maximales as well . dude good work .
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