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Post  hauke on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:11 pm

This is my first animation with a character I created last year. It is basically about whales in giant mecha suits defending humans against evil aliens. There is quite a bit of text to read in the beginning but it gets quite action heavy in the end. Or at least as action heavy as my humble animation skills allow me to do. :-) This is also the first time I tried toonshading my characters. So I hope you will enjoy it.

http://www.mechawhales.com/

Here are some screenshots from the animation:





I also plan to release a PVC figure with limited articulation of that character. Here is a picture of the painted figure prototype. The final figure is about 11cm (4.3 inch) high. While that may see small at first it is still quite impressiv since the figure is so bulky.




Thanks for checking this out, Hauke
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Post  edstuff on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:42 pm

I remember reading about this last year on kr(i think). I dig the figure. nice detail
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Post  hauke on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:44 pm

edstuff wrote:I remember reading about this last year on kr(i think). I dig the figure. nice detail
Thank you!
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Post  chiprender on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:06 pm

Really cool! What app did you animate in?
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Post  hauke on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:12 pm

chiprender wrote:Really cool! What app did you animate in?

Thanks! I used Softimage for the 3D animation and After Effect and Premiere for editing and post production.
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Post  darkghost973 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:05 pm

pretty cool, great work hauke
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Post  itsa_mia on Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:04 am

nice work, fun clap
excellent detail in your proto, best of luck!
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Post  edstuff on Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:56 am

Do you have a price point for the figure?
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Post  hauke on Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:31 pm

itsa_mia wrote:nice work, fun clap
excellent detail in your proto, best of luck!

Thank you!

edstuff wrote:Do you have a price point for the figure?

The price will be something between $50-$60. The figure is quite massive despite only being 11cm tall. Unfortunately that makes production expensive.
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Post  Gatiio on Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:50 pm

nice video. the figure looks like a lot of work. cant wait to see more pics of it.
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Post  edstuff on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:34 pm

hauke wrote:
itsa_mia wrote:nice work, fun clap
excellent detail in your proto, best of luck!

Thank you!

edstuff wrote:Do you have a price point for the figure?

The price will be something between $50-$60. The figure is quite massive despite only being 11cm tall. Unfortunately that makes production expensive.

That's a good price actually. I've run into a bit of penny pinching times myself but if I have the extra money when the figure comes out I'll take one. Like I said before I liked this figure a year ago. If you want you can pm me when it is for sale. No promises, but if I can I'll buy one.
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Post  hauke on Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:24 pm

edstuff wrote:
That's a good price actually. I've run into a bit of penny pinching times myself but if I have the extra money when the figure comes out I'll take one. Like I said before I liked this figure a year ago. If you want you can pm me when it is for sale. No promises, but if I can I'll buy one.

This figure would actually be sold at retail in the U.S. So at least you would not have to pay for shipping from Europe and for customs.
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Post  edstuff on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:42 pm

hauke wrote:
edstuff wrote:
That's a good price actually. I've run into a bit of penny pinching times myself but if I have the extra money when the figure comes out I'll take one. Like I said before I liked this figure a year ago. If you want you can pm me when it is for sale. No promises, but if I can I'll buy one.

This figure would actually be sold at retail in the U.S. So at least you would not have to pay for shipping from Europe and for customs.

So would this figure actually be made in the US? That would be super cool if it is. Do you know when it will come up for sale?
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Post  hauke on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:48 pm

edstuff wrote:
hauke wrote:
edstuff wrote:
That's a good price actually. I've run into a bit of penny pinching times myself but if I have the extra money when the figure comes out I'll take one. Like I said before I liked this figure a year ago. If you want you can pm me when it is for sale. No promises, but if I can I'll buy one.

This figure would actually be sold at retail in the U.S. So at least you would not have to pay for shipping from Europe and for customs.

So would this figure actually be made in the US? That would be super cool if it is. Do you know when it will come up for sale?

It is made in China. But it will ship to a US wholesaler and be distributed through him. Production will start soon and I hope to have them out by late summer early fall. That is the plan at least. Wink
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Post  manny on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:30 pm

I love this... Reminds me of early 90's cartoons like street sharks
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Post  edstuff on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:56 pm

I was actually going to ask if he was going to make a mecha-shark. I love ocean animals so that's why I like this project. Sperm whale was a good choice too.
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Post  hauke on Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:51 pm

edstuff wrote:I was actually going to ask if he was going to make a mecha-shark. I love ocean animals so that's why I like this project. Sperm whale was a good choice too.

I think I will stick to whales at the moment. However I might branch out to different kinds of whales. Here is a rough concept for an orca whale:



These would be close combat commando units.
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Post  edstuff on Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:18 pm

They would be smaller than the sperm whales right? Looks awesome man. I don't usually get too excited for projects like this, but I really like this one.
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Post  hauke on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:06 pm

edstuff wrote:They would be smaller than the sperm whales right? Looks awesome man. I don't usually get too excited for projects like this, but I really like this one.

Yes this one would be a smaller comando unit. I might make a bigger bluewhale as well. The emphasis will be on the sperm whales though. I think they look the coolest.
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Post  edstuff on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:13 pm

hauke wrote:
edstuff wrote:They would be smaller than the sperm whales right? Looks awesome man. I don't usually get too excited for projects like this, but I really like this one.

Yes this one would be a smaller comando unit. I might make a bigger bluewhale as well. The emphasis will be on the sperm whales though. I think they look the coolest.

They're also the most vicious. Killer whales are supreme hunters but sperm whales are one ocean mammal you don't want to piss off
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Post  hauke on Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:49 am

edstuff wrote:
hauke wrote:
edstuff wrote:They would be smaller than the sperm whales right? Looks awesome man. I don't usually get too excited for projects like this, but I really like this one.

Yes this one would be a smaller comando unit. I might make a bigger bluewhale as well. The emphasis will be on the sperm whales though. I think they look the coolest.

They're also the most vicious. Killer whales are supreme hunters but sperm whales are one ocean mammal you don't want to piss off

Seems like I made a good choice then. :-)
Here is the Blue Whale by the way:

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Post  edstuff on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:50 am

Blue whale looks awesome. I wonder what a narwhale would be like. The long horn could be like a jousting tool or something. I like where you're going with these man. I know I can't possibly be the only one who likes them as much as I do.
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Post  hauke on Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:28 am

edstuff wrote:Blue whale looks awesome. I wonder what a narwhale would be like. The long horn could be like a jousting tool or something. I like where you're going with these man. I know I can't possibly be the only one who likes them as much as I do.

I have to admit I did not know what a narwhale is until I looked it up on Wikipedia. Those are cool. Maybe some day I will add them to the cast. :-) Oh and donšt worry. This whole project seems to be quite popular. Especially the animation. So I hope to be able to work on it for quite some time...
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Post  edstuff on Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:35 am

Either way you've gotta pm me when these things go up for po
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Post  Gatiio on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:19 am

edstuff wrote:Either way you've gotta pm me when these things go up for po

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