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    C.H.O.W# 406 Airborne Assassin

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    Character of the Week #406
    Airborne Assassin.
    Deadline - Sunday, July 31st 10PM GMT

    A great cataclysm has made all landmasses unliveable and turned the seas to deadly acid. Mankind’s only hope was to retreat to the skies and build giant flying cities, kept aloft by great steam driven propellers and other floatation devices.
    There are many hundreds of these cities amongst the clouds, each ruled by a feudal lord, and conflict is common between them as each struggles to gain power over the other. With all our war expensive for already dwindling resources a favoured tactic to gain the upper hand is that of assassination. Hit men of this new era have taken to wearing personalised flying devices so they can easily navigate between the heavy airship traffic and land unnoticed to carry out their contract.



    The Basic Requirements:


    • Male or female human.
    • Personal flying device built into their costume
    • Ninja style assassination equipment to take down their marks.
    • Genre is steampunk


    The Rules


    • Finals must be posted in the finals thread before the deadline is stated as CLOSED.
    • At least 3/4 of the character must be visible (minimum from the knees up). No back views are allowed without a front please.
    • Only ONE character please and no multiple submissions.
    • Sketches or rushed artwork will not be accepted into the poll. Character MUST be readable (A 3D modeler must be able to model the character by looking at your image). Polished line-art is acceptable.
    • No photograph paint overs, must be 100% original work. (See next rule for exception)
    • 3D is permitted and renders MAY be used as whole or in part of a painting, as long as YOU created the work. If 3D was used in your piece, then you must also submit a SCREENSHOT of the asset in the 3D program you used. Pre-made and/or purchased, online, assets are forbidden.
    • At least two wips posted with your final in the finals thread.
    • Design your character for the brief, not for your personal fetish. Keep the designs practical. Nude figures with no design elements will not be accepted as a design.
    • Please read through the thread for any posts made by the mod. They likely answered a question that was asked about the challenge!
    • Have fun!




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    Nice topic Moirae! Looking forward to see everyone's work!

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    Some quick sketches. Inspired by WW 2 pilots and jet pack.
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    This is my first post ever on a CHOW! I'm a total beginner lol

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    Sketches, still not sure if I've quite landed on the right concept but am going for a slight "plague doctor" using lots of tubes, glass and leather.

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    Funny how a bunch of us went in similar directions. Here's some early roughs. I thought I'd go with a heavily battle-scarred, brainwashed, re-engineered, soulless, efficient killing-machine vibe. Maybe someone that's been modified to use or rely on the deadly acid somehow. A weird post-human experiment by a cold, sadistic ruling lord. I might keep this, but might go in a different direction if I finish.

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    Good work so far people, but just as a quick note posted images are getting bigger and bigger. Standard for this site is 1000px max on the longest edge to fit nicely in the forum. The reason for this is, in my browser at least, I can't see you whole image, I can only see half at a time, having to scroll up and down to try to see the whole thing, when I want to see it all at once in its entirety. It's not part of the rules, no one is going to be disqualified for big posts, it just makes it easier for critiquing (it's hard to judge, say composition, when I'm viewing your images in sections!) and for viewers to get the most out of what your showing.

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    First scribbles:
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    Hey all!
    So I started sketching my ideas out, and I had couple cool ideas. I think Im going to go for a more Eastern feel to the design, a geisha/ninja character who uses fans as her flying device. I had a fun time trying to figure out the design of the fans and how they would turn into a flying machine. For example, I tried making a Davinci-esque spiral based helicopter device, that would spin around her, but I couldnt reconcile where she would go in the machine. How would she fight off pursuers if she needed to? So instead I settled on a set of butterfly wings mad out of paper fans.The next step is figuring how the device works and how to incorporate it into her costume.

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    The mask was inspired by those old-timey green eyeshade visors that banktellers would wear, only extended and sort of more aerodynamic to cover her whole face. Wings are made of similar stuff. Engineer overalls.
    Working with the idea that the weapons and flying are built using the same system.
    Different compressed gas canisters along her back, will be under wings, that feed tubes along her arms and legs.
    The arm ones feed into like a pneumatic airpistol, can be magazine fed or act like a cattle gun; for close near-silent executions.
    To fly the airgun plugs into the holsters combines with other gases to the leg boosters, wings deploy for gliding.
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    Here are my sketches, I take the best parts of the clothes and mixed it to a new one.
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    Hi guys here some feedback.

    @Pixelgrotte - nice sketches, I like the variation with the wings. Also i would number each variations so people can comment easier.

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    InfernoKing - nice sketches, I like the mechanical parts.


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    spearman247 - i like the idea with Leonardo da Vinci flying mechanism. Wold like to see more refined one.

    @Discorave - looking great, liking the belts and the mechanisms on the arm.

    @diamandis - your sketches looking great. Looking forward to see more progress.


    @someguy216 - liking the idea with the wings and plague doctor mask.

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    Here is some progress. Would like to hear your opinion on the concept.
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    @raganosis, she fits the assassin part, but the attire doesn't feel quite steampunk; I can't quite put my finger to it, the brief doesn't indicate when this apoc occurs, but to me she has more a modern industrial gothic aesthetic. I think it might be the latex-like shine.
    The flying part is close. Perhaps some bolts or rivets joining the pipe flanges, like you see in images of steam pistons?

    @spearman247, I like the exploration into Eastern steampunk, look forward to see where you go with it.

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