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  1. Update! After a very long wait, finally got my latest shipment. Pretty happy with some, some need tweaked. Images up. And shapeways actually didn't even send me one of the masks I ordered, oopsie on them.
  2. The night I uploaded the Krodan, the website malfunctioned, and so I tried again and the same thing happened - there was a forum topic about it, everything anyone uploaded at that time was frozen in limbo. So I tried again the next day and the third attempt was the one that went up. The other old ones must finally be unfreezing is all, I'll edit it. I figured any Karzahni MOC would be big so I made the mask large, yeah. I suppose I could shrink a version down but that would mean a lot of tweaking to make the horns thicker for printing purposes.
  3. Wow, that's a lot of replies, thanks everyone. 1) Sorry to disappoint but, I'm one of those old purist curmudgeons, I really don't have much interest in Bionicle 2015. 2) It's a possibility for the future, it wouldn't be very hard, actually. 3) That is actually a really good idea, I hadn't considered that. You're right, of course, but you're also right that it's nitpicky I'll see what I can do but no promises. In order for that to happen completely, we'd have to rewrite and delete most of the fanon-canon masks of strange weirdness, I think some people would dig their heels in against that, sadly. I really don't think so, sorry. I can't think of any, really, aside from maybe the Noble Hau. Like mentioned above, someone already made an awesome Mask of Shadows, and I just noticed yesterday that the dude who made the movie edition Mask of Light finally put his up for sale, I just bought one in my latest batch. Hey, someone should contact both of them and have them collaborate to make that Mask of Light-and-Shadow.
  4. The Mask of Elemental Energy is out of Beta, and images of it and the Mask of Life, and the updated Blocko mask are up, along with a rendering of an improved version of the second Blocko mask. Thanks! I'd seen that Blocko set before, actually, but to me it just looked like a bad imitation of an Akaku... Not sure if I'll get to that one. I might be tweaking some of the ones already uploaded but I think that for now, I'll be stopping. There are definitely some more things I'd like to make but I think I need to practice and improve to do the things in my head any justice. Check the front post. Updated in what way? As for the Mask of Mechanics, like I said before: that's how I interpreted it looking, and I can only model what I see. It's my limitation. I'm the least artistic person on the planet - I don't have the ability to "make it swoopier" unless I can see it and copy it. I toootally cannot "envision the statue within the marble." So if you want to make a series of awesome sketches, I can copy them. But I can't just invent a wooshier version of it. And honestly, when I made it, (I think it was the third one I made,) I didn't have any idea I'd like the process so much and improve and do all the rest of these, I just did it because I thought it would be easy and fun. As for the Krodan, I'm copying a piece of plastic that already exists in the real world. I'm very happy with the accuracy of it, http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=6210755 especially, the bottom half that you're talking about. While we're on the subject, just because this issue's been brought up a dozen times, we've all seen the Pakari, yes? And Great Matatu, and Great Komau...? Plenty of masks are lacking in side-lower-face cover. And, as far as I know, I haven't had any "buyer" complaints, just vague criticisms from non-buyers.
  5. I'm glad that the masks are working out, and thanks for sharing the MOC picture! I'll keep working until I run out of options, or hit a brick wall as far as skill is concerned. Case in point: for anyone who was hoping for a Mask of Possibilities... well... I tried, but... it really looks horrid. So that one won't be happening, most likely. That really only leaves the Mask of Clairvoyance (which I'm working on but I'm having trouble with the forehead ridge) and possibly one other mask, then I'm pretty sure I'll be "done."
  6. Exactly, shapeways bases their price on volume total, volume of plastic, etc. So since my huuuge titan-sized Olisi cost $15 before markup... how do smaller masks cost $17-$27 before markup...? Your feedback isn't nearly detailed enough to be constructive. The MoL's shape is "off"... how? In what way? Where? To what degree? The Mask of Healing has "weird bends"... where? What makes you think they're weird? How would you have it differently? How do you feel about the Masks of Sensory Aptitude, or Weight Increase? How do you define a bad "hard edge"? How do you feel about the hard edges of the Kakama? About polycounts, as has been discussed before, your printed product is limited in detail by accuracy of the printer and polishing. The one several people have pointed to is the Olisi, saying they see the squares on the surface in the 3D preview. But at least to me, those are completely invisible in the actual finished product that I put up pictures of. I can't see any of those things on the one in my hands. So I stand by the fact that the models are just as detailed as they need to be. To me, working with smaller, more numerous polys is much more difficult, so I don't start out with a high-def object for simplicity's sake.
  7. Thanks for the kind comments. No one particular template, but I find it easiest by far to start off with some sort of geometric shape, usually a sphere or "capsule" and then modify from there. As for the connector, I found some measurements online for that. If I remember correctly, (I'm not home atm,) for the wide bit I use 4.85mm and the narrow bit 1.25mm. Like I said before, some come out quite snug, while others of the exact same starting size come out loose, I assume due to polishing. I would honestly love to see these people that are selling masks for cheaper on shapeways that you're talking about, because I can't seem ot find them. I'm going to have to disagree with you on your opinion that they lack in quality or look unprofessional as well, because I think these are pretty fantastic. I can't wait to see more work like this! You can simply search "Bionicle" on Shapeways and you get bunch of results. While some of the masks might not be cheaper than this, they're deffinitly not adding their own markup to them, and even if they would, it would make more sense because they're a lot better quality. While you might disagree about the quality all you want, they just aren't good. I don't mind so much that you don't think the masks are the best, but stop lying about pricing. Without naming names, the only other Kanohi I found on Shapeways by searching for "Kanohi" and "Binoicle" are roughly: $11.50, $16, $17, $25, and $27. The average price of my masks is $10.34. (If you take the deluxe-sized Olisi out of that, the average is just $9.39.) As you can tell, if you can count, is that $10.34 is less than $11.50. So... A) They are not overly expensive and B) I guarantee that most of those masks have a higher markup than I do - which is their prerogative. But don't sit there and tell me the $27 mask isn't marked up higher than mine... But while we're on the subject, for my personal growth, I'd like a point-by-point breakdown of what specifically is "a lot better quality" on which specific masks, etc.
  8. It's possible, maybe even probable, but honestly, the Krodan scares me... I don't think so, sorry, I do like having some ownership. No, like someone mentioned above, it takes up to two weeks for Shapeways to work through their backlog and ship something out. I'll update when I do. For designing, it all depends on complexity; a couple days at least, possibly quite a bit more. Your personal cannon is your business, of course, but I don't believe Great and Noble versions typically bear any similarity to each other. The only exception is the Hau, but that was either do to ignorance of the LoMN animators, or just their desire to keep things simple for the audience. (And of course there are the Makuta/Matoran Phantoa mask pairs, but that was a fan-to-Greg-approved-cannon thing, and a particularly illogical and stupid one, IMHO.) As we see from the Toa Metru's/Turaga's masks, the Great and Noble versions can be entirely unrelated. I also wouldn't say noble masks are smaller or simpler, the Noble Matatu and Hau in particular are pretty huge.
  9. Hey dude, I'm certain you read the last part of my original post, yes?
  10. Funny story actually; I'd just put this topic up, and I decided I wanted to re-read my Bionicle comics because I hadn't done that in forever. Then I came to this panel, which I'd completely forgotten about, and went "Oh *bleeep*!" I wish I could have reproduced those two spines in detail. Maybe someone with more artistic skill than myself could 3D print those two in the style of the legit Rahkshi spines.
  11. .... What? 1) It's not an "entirely different idea." You want maximum customization in a MMO because you're going to be staring at your character for 1000 hours and you want to be looking at something pretty. These sets are going to be on my shelf for the rest of eternity; why would I do anything less then make them as appealing as possible? You're not making sense... 2) But... I didn't take someone else's thing, paint it, and call it new... I put a lot of thought into picking the pieces I did while consciously staying within the Iruini/Norik guidelines. So again... not really making any sense. But then I wouldn't have the official Norik and Iruini on my shelf. They wouldn't be genuine. Why would I ruin the integrity of my collection like that? Seriously, we're speaking different languages here. I'm also a collector too, so don't be on a high horse about that, it doesn't make you anything special, and yes you are taking an existing thing since it's part of the actual Bionicle lore, which last time I checked you didn't create. I'm baffled that you think painting and gluing parts is superior to actual imagination and effort of building something. Ok, let's break this down one final time. 1) "Existing thing." When you first said that, you were talking about sets. You were referring to taking a set, painting it blue, then calling it "new." You can't just change what you were referring to in the middle of an argument. 2) "Imagination." If you'd bothered to read or study my topics in any detail, you'd have noticed that in my Rahkshi topic I talked about the spine design for the light blue one. See, for 10 years I always considered the notion of making the Rahkshi an impossible task, because they never made any different spines. Then one day I was INSPIRED by that spine design. There's nothing you can complain about in that particular design, because there is no cutting or painting involved in it. It's just a number of minifig weapons arranged cleverly in an alternating, interlocking manner. After ten years, realizing I could make my OWN spines, THAT way... It was an enormous inspiration that required a lot of imagination. So again... claiming that putting thought into customization lacks "imagination" doesn't make any sense. 3) "Effort." Do I really need to explain the effort of Bricklink buying from dozens of shops, comparing pieces, painting, and getting a hold of the Block parts? I don't enjoy nitpicking over vocabulary and semantics but, you opened the can of worms, which I am now closing. You have your opinion. We all now know what it is, congratulations. You'll never change my opinion. So, that's the end of it.
  12. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Maybe this is our problem: we're speaking two different languages. I'm not a MOCer who lives for tinkering with Lego. I'm a COLLECTOR who lives to display full and beautiful collections. My Rahkshi and Hagah are going to be on my shelf FOR LIFE. To do anything other than that would be.... unthinkable. What kind of monster are you, dismantling your perfectly pretty and displayable Lego sets?? What he said. What he said, too. It's ground my gears since 2000 that we couldn't actually make most of the old "Tohunga" Matoran. .... What? 1) It's not an "entirely different idea." You want maximum customization in a MMO because you're going to be staring at your character for 1000 hours and you want to be looking at something pretty. These sets are going to be on my shelf for the rest of eternity; why would I do anything less then make them as appealing as possible? You're not making sense... 2) But... I didn't take someone else's thing, paint it, and call it new... I put a lot of thought into picking the pieces I did while consciously staying within the Iruini/Norik guidelines. So again... not really making any sense. But then I wouldn't have the official Norik and Iruini on my shelf. They wouldn't be genuine. Why would I ruin the integrity of my collection like that? Seriously, we're speaking different languages here. Thanks very much
  13. To the last two sentences first, just describing things in those two different ways doesn't make that accurate. Some "I want this" things were canonized in the "good old days", and surely some thought is going into the new ones (not always the best thought though.. .Cordak...)... and more importantly, how do you know there's no substance behind them? Generally Greg will have reasons for accepting what he does... To the first questions, Greg's in charge, and it can vary depending on what's called for. Yeah, these recent decisions by Greg are brimming with substance and reason... Which is why he confused the Rode with the Olmak, and nearly contradicted himself on the Naho/Kakama thing. Bionicle hasn't been Greg's focus for years, so I highly doubt he's doing heavy soul-searching when approving these poll results.
  14. You know, I consider myself to be fairly smart, but you just made me feel like a complete idiot for overlooking the Pehkui in my Fanon Kanohi list there. Actually when I was deciding on the other shapes, this was the next one in line in my head, it's from the 2015 concept art.
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