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3D printed Miru redesign

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Some of you old timers may remember me from a fan project that went on waaaaay back when to create 3D media for Bionicle called Bionicle: Next Generation, or as the guy who made the 3D model which was later turned into a solid bronze vahi (http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/17169-solid-bronze-mask-of-time-human-scale/) and 3D printed a voya nui online game style Ignika (http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/4354-kanohi-ignika-voya-nui-online-game-style-real-mask/).

 

A few months back I was with a friend who shares my love of Bionicle and he showed me a redesign of a Miru he drew. Since his birthday was coming up I suggested that I could model his design and get it printed. As you can imagine he jumped on the idea and after a month or so of on and off work I finally had a final model, and a couple weeks after that his present arrived in the mail from Shapeways. I unfortunately forgot to ask him to get some pictures of it before he painted it, but with that aside I really like what he did with the white paint and I feel it gives it a tribal feeling reminiscent of those early years.

 

Here is the Photobucket gallery: http://s1164.photobucket.com/user/00dude00/library/Miru%20redesign

inside it are also some progress pictures (that are pretty bad quality I must admit as at the time I was just using them for feedback from my friend) as well as some of the original drawings my friend did. I apologize for not having better quality images of the mask itself, I'm just using what I have.

 

After seeing the mask, me and my buddy were really happy with how it turned out, so we thought we might as well make it available to anyone else who wants one! I have a topic discussing the details of obtaining that along with my old Ignika model (which I am now also putting up for you guys on Shapeways) right here: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/17955-3d-printed-ignika-miru-redesign-for-sale/

 

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This looks amazing! I'd actually really love to see this on Lewa G2 instead of his current totally-not Cyberman head. Good to see you back active on the forums too! ^-^


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Thanks! That was actually one of the first things I wanted to see as well... thing is, it doesn't look very good XD The new Bionicle designs as you may have noticed use relatively small masks when compared to a lot of the metru and even mata ones. This mask is about as big as 08 Takanuva's and as a result putting it on G2 Lewa makes him look kinda like a bobble head. XD I was looking through my old messages though and actually found a (blurry) pic of the mask before it was painted on a Turaga Lewa MOC my friend made! he also provided me with a couple of size comparison pics, so I'll add those to the gallery! 

 

I'd also Like to add that I personally like the mask best on the Mata head, which you can see here: http://s1164.photobucket.com/user/00dude00/media/Miru%20redesign/download_20150318_213741_zpsieibe4c0.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

size comparison (08 avohkii): http://s1164.photobucket.com/user/00dude00/media/Miru%20redesign/download_20150318_211850_zps5a5h9ie7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

size comparison (original): http://s1164.photobucket.com/user/00dude00/media/Miru%20redesign/download_20150318_211854_zpsx6owayib.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

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Hey Maph! That's the detail plastic, although tbh I would have done the paint job differently to preserve its smoothness. The print lines were actually pretty much invisible XD

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Yeah. It's very solid. The strong and flexible seems somewhere in between the metru masks and the flexibility of the glatorian masks. The detail plastic forgoes that flexibility for a crisper print, but it still feels very strong. I can't see the piece being damaged without you actually trying to break it (or if your print was poorly designed and you have long thin unsupported walls, then it could snap off I imagine, but that would be more of a design issue than one with the material.

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That mask looks absolutely fantastic. Your friend did a really good job at designing a new mask that is instantly recognizable as a Miru and the model you made is pretty impressive too! I might order one for myself. :)


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Interesting. It's definitely very creative and has a nice tribal flair. However, Lewa's trickster-like grin isn't as readily apparent here as on the original (or the 2015 version). I wish you had a better picture of the painted one — the photo you have isn't lit too well so it's hard to make out its contours.

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Thanks guys! In response to Aanchir, I agree as well about the pictures and am sorry about that. I hold myself to a relatively high standard when it comes to painting and photographing my models (as you can see in my ignika topic), but in this situation I , unfortunately, wasn't able to do either. There's still the possibility that one of the people who ordered the mask might be nice enough to send more images though, and if they do, I'll update the topic immediately!

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This is a very well done model but it seems rather too big by comparison to the original Miru. It looks like it's actually even bigger than titan takanuva's mask which seems nuts. How does it look on the actual Lewa set? I can't help but think it will look very long. And the low chin seems likely to hang below the shoulders which is another thing you wouldn't really want from a mask of power I think :D

 

Very nice model though, and nice design too. Good job ;)



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