a second crack at a 3D modeling job. still inspired by this deviation
still not perfect, but MUCH more like it. i learned how to give things different textures in wings3D - which, it turns out, fixes my texturing woes - added shiny reflectiveness, and played off more shiny reflectiveness in the GIMP. oh, and the eye stuff. loootsa fun, that. still didn't get it to turn out how i wanted it, but that's fine - i like the semi-maliciousness this gives the thing :3
okay, so this is no longer a straight duplication but a whole new beast. as per, i'm giving it a short, short description.
the orb device acted as the knowledge base of a long-lost, technologically-and-arcanically-inclined civilization, with data stored in the many, many blocks of its rings. each block has incredible processing power, even more so linked.
the orb is one and a half feet in diameter. it floats somewhere between two and nine feet off the ground, as the situation requires (or permits).
it's sensitive to magnetic fields, to such degrees as to even be affected by the magnetic fields of such things as weak electromagnets, planets, and various forms of fauna weiging more than a hundred pounds. sensitivity to planetary magnetic fields, in particular, is dangerous; if the orb finds itself floating below two feet over sea level, its data could be corrupted.
the orb is unarmed and has a basic artificial intelligence system with a basic personality, presumably to prevent an all-too-well-known "robot's gone nuts" syndrome.
while it has moderate shielding, it's meant to be kept well away from combat operations and is a fragile target.
while the data can be backed up doing so is uncommon, since it would require the same ridiculous processing power the orb itself contains.
obviously all that information is worth more than a little chinky-chink, so it's sought after constantly. it's a real wonder nothing's broken yet.
basic as hell, with good reason. this is a speculatory on what the orb could be, something inspired by the footnotes of the piece this is inspired by. whooole lotta inspiration goin on.
anyhoo, since it is 3D and i happen to have a set of 3D characters who play mercenaries *cough*aiko etc*cough* the orb may come into usage later. i'm sure spuggles, cultured thing he is, would enjoy getting his hands on it.
anyhoo, last but not least here - anybody else have any ideas on how the orb could be used? if so, leave a comment - i'd like to hear it :3
*modeled in Wings3D, rendered in DAZ|Studio
*background done in Apophysis
*flares added in The GIMP
~model and art by