War of the Worlds Martian (custom design)

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Yarko

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Hello!

I'm currently working on somethign for my gf. She is studying journalism and has been told to record a fake news report for a subject. She chose to make a War of the Worlds special report about the arrival and opening of the Martian cylinders, and asked me to make the special effects. We are building a scale model of the terrain with the cylinder, and a puppet of the Martian, with cable-operated tentacles.

So, this topic will be about the Martian puppet. First of all, I had to come up with an interesting design, specially considering that I really love the book since I was a kid but hate all the movie designs for the creatures. I made 5 different sketches before I found what I wanted:

The first one was a classic approach to the H.G. Wells description:



My gf said it looked too cute, and I though I could do better. So I tried to make a more detailed and creppy version of the same idea, adding some kind of "shell" which would be some kind of Martian space suit:




I liked this one, but it wasn't what I was looking for. Looked too much like a sea creature. I made a third one without the shell but using the same idea for the face. She really wanted to use this one, but I hated the face (it reminded me of a snake... not the look I wanted)




So I made a fourth drawing changing the snake face for a more insect-like which felt way more alien and scary. I really liked this one... but somehow, it has a "meat ball" feel that didn't make it look like an intelligent creature, just some dirty bug.



I decided that in order to look intelligent and menacing, it would need to be upright, not squashed. So I made the fifth and final design, which I instantly loved. By the way, I drew the fifth Martian at the cinema while I was waiting for The Avengers to start!




Here you have photos of the tentacle mechanism. It's rather simple. I will record a video tutorial showing how to build one:





And now, the sculpt taking shape. I'm using chavant medium for this:







And this is a test of what the opening logo for the news report might look like (It's a video, click to watch)

 
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Yarko

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Re: War of the Worlds Martian puppet (custom design)

New pics of the sculpt. It may be finished yet unless I decide to change stuff. After I make a mould and a casting, I will add all the tentacles






 

BlueHarvest

Active Member
Re: War of the Worlds Martian (new pics, finished and painted!)

Looks awesome. How big is the finished/painted piece?
 

Yarko

Well-Known Member
Re: War of the Worlds Martian (new pics, finished and painted!)

About 30 cm long (That's 11 inches)
 

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Homicidal9

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Re: War of the Worlds Martian (new pics, finished and painted!)

I am a big War of the Worlds fan also. I absolutely love the fact that you put the design into his chest...

take care,
Tommy
 

Yarko

Well-Known Member
I made this a couple of months ago:



I'm going to the Jeff Wayne's 'The New Generation' live concert this saturday at London (O2 Arena)!!!

 

Wes R

Legendary Member
Looks great. I love the chest design too. I'm also glad to see that the WOW news report hasn't been forgotten by people outside the usual fandom. I wouldn't mind seeing the live concert. I have Wayne's original on cd and the newer remix.
 

Azufre

New Member
I study journalism on the university, and last year I had one subject in wich I have to do a simulate New Program . Because doing an "normal" program was very boring, we decided to do the War Of The Worlds News :popcorn

And this is our result. We are not actors, we aren't video editors and aren't profesionals (and the budget wasn't more that 50$) . But I get very proud of the result, and we got the best note of the class. The only drawback is that we made it in our primary languaje: spanish.

Informativo La Guerra de los Mundos - YouTube
 

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