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Slammer (Robot Mode) by Trecathlus Slammer (Robot Mode) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 1 Hauler (Robot Mode) by Trecathlus Hauler (Robot Mode) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 2 1 The History of Alpha Trion (Chalkboard Version) by Trecathlus The History of Alpha Trion (Chalkboard Version) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 0 Scourge (Inert) by Trecathlus Scourge (Inert) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 0 0 Wildrider (Computer Schematic) by Trecathlus Wildrider (Computer Schematic) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 0 0 Motormaster (Computer Schematic) by Trecathlus Motormaster (Computer Schematic) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 0 0 Swerve (Optical Discolouration) by Trecathlus Swerve (Optical Discolouration) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 2 0 Broadside (Yellow Optics) by Trecathlus Broadside (Yellow Optics) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 0 0 Lancer by Trecathlus Lancer :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 2 0 Greenlight by Trecathlus Greenlight :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 2 0 Pre-Transformer (Guardian Prime) by Trecathlus Pre-Transformer (Guardian Prime) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 0 New Narrator (Zeta Prime) by Trecathlus New Narrator (Zeta Prime) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 0 Autobot Hero (Autobot Blue) by Trecathlus Autobot Hero (Autobot Blue) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 0 U-Haul Robot (Sentinel Prime) by Trecathlus U-Haul Robot (Sentinel Prime) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 0 It (Matrix Resident) by Trecathlus It (Matrix Resident) :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 1 0 It by Trecathlus It :icontrecathlus:Trecathlus 2 0

Favourites

Aerialbots teamshot boxart grid by Dan-the-artguy Aerialbots teamshot boxart grid :icondan-the-artguy:Dan-the-artguy 171 5 Somewhere Else by Pajunen Somewhere Else :iconpajunen:Pajunen 784 144 Encounters from another dimension by Ellysiumn Encounters from another dimension :iconellysiumn:Ellysiumn 1,033 175 Blueprint Omega Supreme (PD-26 DX9 D12 Gabriel) by archaznable30 Blueprint Omega Supreme (PD-26 DX9 D12 Gabriel) :iconarchaznable30:archaznable30 76 5 Optimus Prime Forever G1 by Stan Chou by ryuzo Optimus Prime Forever G1 by Stan Chou :iconryuzo:ryuzo 85 14 Decepticon Commanders by MattDrawsRobots Decepticon Commanders :iconmattdrawsrobots:MattDrawsRobots 107 16 MW Starscream [2] by MattDrawsRobots MW Starscream [2] :iconmattdrawsrobots:MattDrawsRobots 26 1 Young Kup by MIROSLAV-BLASTER Young Kup :iconmiroslav-blaster:MIROSLAV-BLASTER 51 7 Periodic table of transformers  by autoking Periodic table of transformers :iconautoking:autoking 10 1 Beachcomber at the North Pole by JP-V Beachcomber at the North Pole :iconjp-v:JP-V 32 14 G1 Cars by J-Rayner G1 Cars :iconj-rayner:J-Rayner 163 41 Taking a Moment by MGMags Taking a Moment :iconmgmags:MGMags 135 31 Prime in the reliquary by kaxblastard Prime in the reliquary :iconkaxblastard:kaxblastard 34 5 Come Trypticon! by kaxblastard Come Trypticon! :iconkaxblastard:kaxblastard 43 13 TRANSFORMERS: ONE SHALL FALL by reeves83 TRANSFORMERS: ONE SHALL FALL :iconreeves83:reeves83 41 7 Night Duty by J-Rayner Night Duty :iconj-rayner:J-Rayner 126 32

The Road Ahead

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 22, 2017, 2:24 PM
NO END IN SIGHT!

After previously thinking there should be some end date to my projects, I've finally realized there's not a real point in limiting myself to such a set time. Life winds and turns and leaves me more time to be here at some junctures and less to no time at others. Besides, where can you see the fun in never doing anything new here again? Right?

I had this idea that I'd finish updating all of the avatars by September 3 last year as that date would have made 20 years since the first-ever one I did just to try out a new piece of software. Nice enough thought, but I'm facin' it squarely by now: This thing is never going to be quite finished. I'm too much of a never-happy tinkerer for that.

As for THE ART OF CYBERTRON, that's a more finite project with content clearly defined, original artwork simply edited by myself. I'd love to do a book one day, but that would necessarily be an off-dA endeavour. I suppose we'll see. There'd be a lot to parse before I ever got to that. If I ever should. But it would be a lovely way to pay tribute.

So, those of you who think there's something to my (sometimes very) wee excursions can expect to see me work at it still for years to come. And thanks again for stopping by -- and commenting. You make a happy man very old!



  • Listening to: The Corrs 'White Light' album
  • Watching: DIRTY HARRY: THE DEAD POOL
  • Drinking: Pepsi Max

I'm about to rework my Slammer avatar (www.deviantart.com/trecathlus/…). Should I: 

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2 deviants said Basically keep him as he is, just make him bigger?
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2 deviants said Design a robot mode head for him, like I recently did for Hauler?

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Trecathlus
Rikard (Rik) Bakke
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Norway
I tend to call myself a "creative structurist" or a "structured creator," which is to say I'm neither adept at completely free-form art nor interested in overly mathematical visuals.

I try to be creative in as many ways as possible. The main thrust of my work here is pixel art, but I love writing as well, so stories and essays may occasionally pop up between the many heads I put up of those beloved TRANSFORMERS characters. I also enjoy photography, but have never dedicated myself to it in a way that gives me the skill to know exactly how to approximate what my eyes see in a camera capture. Some people seem to have that, either naturally or from a lot of experience. In the work of a really talented photographer, I always feel like I can see the exact thing that attracted their eyes. I feel the same way about great artists -- the ideas they have somehow escape that death on the way from mind to pen, pencil, and brush that many of us experience.

Being here since the summer of 2008 has afforded me a lot of pleasure -- this is in many ways the most worthwhile website I have ever been part of. May it never go away! :D

Current Residence: Oslo, Norway
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Small or Medium, depending on the cut
Favourite genre of music: Pop / Rock / Funk / Electronica
Favourite style of art: Soft pencils with shading
Operating System: Windows 8
Wallpaper of choice: Atmospheric backgrounds from the TRANSFORMERS series
Skin of choice: The one I was born in
Favourite cartoon character: Just one? Impossible!
Personal Quote: Quotable Quotations Quantify Quirky Quarks
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Slammer (Robot Mode)

DESIGNATION

Slammer

CONDITION
Robot Mode

SOURCE
None

CATEGORY
Reverse Design


Having recently decided to do a robot-mode version of HAULER, I thought it appropriate to do the same for SLAMMER. Oh, SLAMMER, we hardly knew ye, but at least you'll get someone's idea of what your face might have looked like. I tried to use what I knew of him -- or rather what I didn't know -- to make something representative. He had no lines and he was a tank, so I went for a tough, unemotional look without sacrificing some sense of visual "personality." He shouldn't be too simple a retread of other face-plated bots and I tried to ensure that he wouldn't be. Taste will vary, of course, but this is what I came up with.


CURRENT EDITION
Sunday, November 4, 2018

PREVIOUS REVISIONS
Logged iterations: None

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I'm about to rework my Slammer avatar (www.deviantart.com/trecathlus/…). Should I:
50%
2 deviants said Basically keep him as he is, just make him bigger?
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2 deviants said Design a robot mode head for him, like I recently did for Hauler?
Metroplex

DESIGNATION / CLASSIFICATION

Metroplex / Autobot

FUNCTION
Battle Station

LIFESPAN
SEASON THREE

BEGINNINGS 1998 - 2000


I started work on METROPLEX in late 1998, but for reasons I've long forgotten the original was replaced (after I'd finally made an icon for each featured Transformer). If we disregard his less than imposing look at that size, his gun-like antennae were the greatest hurdle. I was unable to make them look as if they were actually attached to his head; instead, they rather seemed to be hovering somewhere behind him. That aspect did improve a little with further efforts, which also managed to give a tiny hint of his size and power. His chin was, however, still a little too narrow.

SECOND WIND 2008 - 2012


Like almost all other icons I had done by the year 2000, the colours were too gauche, so in 2008, I fixed them while making him noticeably heftier. When I gave him a further once-over in 2009, it was mainly to refine his colour scheme, but I fattened his helmet a bit for added effect. Having at him again in 2012 cemented his position as one of the most difficult characters to capture in this format, mostly because his head was inconsistently depicted on the TV series (but not enough for me to classify him as having many differing designs). Two attempts were made; I gave up on the second when it was roughly 90% complete.

ULTIMATE WAVE 2014 - 2018


At the beginning of this phase, I took scale more carefully into consideration and METROPLEX became one of the largest icons ever to emerge from my many Microangelo™ stabs. But he still wasn't quite right. The screen capture was from THE ULTIMATE WEAPON, the episode that best showed him off, but though I liked the angle, it didn't tell the whole story of his proportions. I think I may finally have reached a happy medium with another significant dimension increase. It's difficult to observe scale properly in avatar form with someone as huge as this guy, but I keep inching my way there. I guess I'll see how long this one holds up!


CURRENT EDITION
Friday, October 19, 2018

PREVIOUS REVISIONS
Logged iterations: 9

MISSING
12.03.1998

Metroplex 1999 (A) by Trecathlus
03.02.1999

Metroplex 1999 (B) by Trecathlus
06.13.1999

Metroplex 2000 by Trecathlus
06.13.2000

Metroplex 2008 by Trecathlus
04.17.2008

Metroplex 2009 by Trecathlus
08.13.2009

Metroplex (2012) A by Trecathlus
02.20.2012

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09.18.2012

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04.06.2014

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creationstar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome.
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JP-V Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
You're welcome my friend! ^_^

Awesome to hear! Yes All Shall Be One!
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, John! :D

It was a quiet day, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Till All Are One indeed!
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Much obliged, legofanguy. :-)
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly, creationstar. :D
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creationstar Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday.
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legofanguy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Happy birthday!
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JP-V Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Hey Rik, Happy Birthday my friend! Best wishes and blessings! I hope you have a fun and memorable day! Til All Are One!
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autoking Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same to you as well! ❤️ ❤️
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. :D I wish you the very best of Christmases and a fantastic 2018Hug 
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autoking Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! ❤️ ❤️
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
And hello to you, wanying-chan! Thank you for stopping by. :-)
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wanying-chan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello!
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creationstar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome.
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autoking Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your most welcome, hope you had a great day!! 😁
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, thanks, auto! Me happy to hear from you. Woohooooo!
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunch, legofanguy! Very nice of you. :D
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, creationstar! I really appreciate your taking the time to stop by and send me this greeting. :-)
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autoking Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!! :D (Big Grin) Hug Heart Heart  
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legofanguy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017
Happy birthday!
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