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Old 07-27-2016, 12:36 PM
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Really cool! Love your tripod design. Reminiscent of the Classics Illustrated's more atom punk version, but definitely capturing the steampunk feel of the material. I agree, these feel more dynamic than the more stiff legged version by Mike Trim. I also think your ship choice of a light cruiser worked great for the shallow water were it takes place. Was the original design request thread any inspiration or help?
Thanks, Zubie.
The idea for this diorama came to life about two or three days before I coincidentally read the design request but it felt like I had chosen the right subject to work on... The search for the ship was quite a quest. I was really glad I stumbled upon the "Emden".
The tripod's design was almost fully intuitive, I think an insect has an estranging quality to it, something non-human, which, to me at least, is somewhat frightening. That was what I tried to capture in the design.
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Terrific diorama! I really like your conception of the tripods, very nicely done.
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Wonderful diorama.

Thunderchild was a torpedo ram according to Wells. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_ram
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Thanks!

And well, about 'my' Thunderchild and a Torpedo ram's waterline, I guess you'll have to call it poetic license. In most depictions Thunderchild is shown as a ship that lies a little less deep in the water anyway. It is fiction after all! (-:
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There are some other renditions of Martian War Machines in paper:

There are at least two 3D paper Tripod models on the internet.

1.
https://www.deviantart.com/rocketman...odel-374281276

2.
https://web.archive.org/web/20110206...pod/tripod.pdf
#2 is on the Way Back Machine.


This one appears to be a flying war machine.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:54 PM
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I had a similar complaint with the movie Pacific Rim (which I really liked).
The large robots fight in the water against massive Alien invaders,
but even out in the open Ocean,
they seem to be able to walk and stand only partially submerged.
I kept saying "what are they standing on?!"
...
Thanks, I will look into Sturgeon's novel, although I'm not sure its the type of Sci-Fi I prefer to read.
I read mostly Time Travel related stuff.
Thats how I came across Priest's novel...because of its connection to HG Wells (The Time Machine).
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And I must admit, I do enjoy older Science Fiction, like HG Wells stuff
...written before real science came along and corrected it
and made it more scientifically accurate
...and less adventurous, and less romantic!

LOL
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well, I'm off to read your "water" making tutorial now
even though I don't get much call for water themed dioramas.
You never know...one day, I might need it.
I'd say the Mechs were standing on the Continental Shelf in those scenes.
Those coastal sea plains go out pretty far.
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:41 AM
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@ Zakopious: Yes I was aware of all three. The last one is from the 1950's movie, which discarded the legs and made the war machines 'walk' on three invisible beams, as I was told once. Yeah, right. They just were too hard to animate and Ray Harryhausen wasn't available, I guess.

The other two are based on the Jeff Wayne version. Stiff and clumsy legs. Not the way Wells described them in his book. They were quick and nimble, like spiders. That's why I chose to make them my way.


And @ Rico: about the war machines in the water, they might have legs that can extend a bit further but this is still very close to the harbour. I just didn't make the river banks. Also, in most estuaries, there are deeper dug fairways for ships to get in and out the rest often is indeed quite shallow. Perhaps the war machines made use of that feature. Who knows? it's SF after all. (-;
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Amazing! great work as always and a great tripod design, as others have said much more in the classical style of earlier illustrations I hope the new BBC version is as good.
I liked the designs used in the History Channels The Great Martian War but I think yours are more Wells like.
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