I watched the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans, as well as the 2010 "remake", just recently and it has been impossible to get out of the mood. I began construction of this guy a week, or so, ago and have been leisurely finishing him up since then. I'm actually surprisingly happy with the finished product!
Menacing, deadly, and very black, this is not something you would want to bump into at the end of a dark ally! (Or anywhere else for that matter... heh...)
One thing I learned while building this guy was that it's easy to forget that a Scorpion has eight legs, as well as two claws. Iím glad I was able to fit all that in on this model!
A close up on the eyes and something of an idea of the head's construction. It was the finishing touch for this guy, actually.
And a close-up on the armor construction. I must have attempted a fist-full of ideas before going with upside-down plates. I rather like the way they tuned out, though.
Sorry if you get a glimpse or two of the walls behind my poster boards. With the table I photograph my models on littered with literally hundreds of failed projects, simple WIPs, or larger more involved works in progress, it's hard to get a good angle to take a picture from. I could clean up the table... but laziness forbids!
Clash of the Titans... love those movies, actually. The 1981 film by that title had some great ideas, amazing special affects for its time, and it remains a charming mythological film, in my opinion. The 2010 film by the same title sucked as a "remake". They changed everything that didn't need to be changed, reduced characters to cameo roles or pathetic weaklings that had nearly no role, brought new characters to take said characters places, and filled the screen with more computer generated imagery than reality. Seriously!
A Perseus with a full head of hair and a deep, but hearty voice, is replaced with a half-terminator/half-human with a modern military haircut and a deep, but raspy voice. He kicks major heiny, but acts more like a spoiled child than a hero, and doesn't even get given a helmet that turns him invisible or a shiny shield. He does get a blessed light-saber-sword-thing, but he doesn't use it until all his pals are no longer alive to see him. And that's just Perseus... donít even get me started about Bubo! They frikkin' eliminated the poor guy from the entire story! Oh... 'scuse me, he gets chuckled at and tossed away in a two-second cameo. This is Bubo we're talking about! BUBO!
Yes, my Scorpion can move his legs, open and close his claws, stab about with his tail, and even clamp shut his mandibles! Play features were a big deal to me in the construction of this guy.
If it isn't obvious, I'm one of the people who actually like the mechanical owl in Clash of the Titans. Sure, he was stupid and silly, but he brought such utter charm to the film!
But even with all that ranting, I actually enjoyed the 2010 Clash of the Titans film, despite myself. All I have to do is look at it as a different attempt at the story, not a remake, and I can enjoy it fully. Besides - it had Gemma Arterton in it, what am I complaining about? Anyway - two quickly rendered versions of Perseus. (The Sam Worthington version on the right and the Harry Hamlin version on the left.)
Harry Perseus: "Whoa! These things were tan and not quite as large in my experiences!"
Sam Perseus: "You may have done well against Ray Haryhausen's stop-motion horrors, but you ain't even close to prepared for this beastie!"
Harry Perseus: "Seriously, quit messing around and give me a hand!"
Sam Perseus: "Use your wits, man! We're demigods after all."
I rather liked that scene where Gemma Arterton, Or Lo, as her character supposedly was named in the film, showed up out of nowhere and used that rope-weapon-thingy to take off that one Scorpioch's tail... that was pretty neat-o.
Tamina/Lo: "Dastan, what in blazes are you doing here?"
Dastan: "Heck - those two buffoons don't stand a chance against a monster that size without my help! 'Sides... you're supposed to be stealing a dagger from me..."
Dastan: Aaaah! *stabbity-stab*
Perseus: Aaaah! *stabbity-stab*
Sam Perseus: Aaaah! *stabbity-stab*
Tamina/Lo: "Use the dagger, Dastan!"
Right... heh... No, none of that happened in the film, obviously. But I thought it all appropriate, since Gemma Arterton starred in both Prince of Persia and the Clash of the Titans ďremakeĒ. I still like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time better than both of the Clash of The Titans films though...
Did I mention that I really liked how this Scorpy turned out? 'Cause I do!
A shot of his heiny - because someone would have asked...
And yes, it can reach over itself and stab any prey it might get a hold of. Just like the real thing!
Like a duck! With its rear-end in the air, ready to impale its prey! Okay... not like a duck, but whatever.
And finally - a terrible desktop background for those who'd like it. Kinda' small, I know... but I love how my new camera can take such nice macro shots!
I wanted to make a Scorpion that was accurate to the real creature and the beasties brought to the screen in both the Clash of the Titans films. Since my last attempt at building an organic model was something of a failure, I was interested in another try. I think I succeeded far better this time.
Well, that's about it... go take down some Titans! OH! And my Brother will be posting a MOC featuring my Scorpion in it, so keep your eyes pealed for it!
A giant scorpion? How could I resist rating this 5 stars? Looks like an Emperor Scorpion... Also, I totally agree with everything you said in the captions! Although I would probably give the 2010 movie an even worse bashing than you did - I didn't like it, remake or not. But anyway, awesome scorpion! Scorpions are always awesome, but this one particularly so. You even got the number of legs right! A lot of people miss that. ;)