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Contest: Crazy Firepower

The two most modeled things in blender are shiny cars and awesome guns. Here we are going to expand a little and make any type of weapon. It can be anything, from a rugged battle axe, to a powerful scy-fi cannon. It can be an existing weapon, or something totally new. It only needs to look cool and be semi realistic

Objective: Create an artwork whose main subject is an awesome weapon.

You can use any method you want, as long as you use only Blender, but it must in some way resemble a weapon.

Rules:

  • Only new and original work
  • Blender only, non commercial add-ons are allowed
  • Keep it nice, nothing you wouldn't want to show to a five year old.
  • If any doubt is raised about the validity of your entree, you will be required to Include .blend file, so we can be sure it is yours (use Blend Exchange)
  • The competition runs for a week, you can edit/change your submission at anytime
  • Late entries will be disqualified

  • Only one entry per person

  • Downvotes will not be considered when picking the winner

Voting guide:

(Going beyond the simple visual appeal)

  1. Meets objective, not missing anything
  2. No rules were broken
  3. Artistically sound:
  4. Well Executed
    • Technically impressive
    • Quality of execution meets artistic goals.
  5. It is awesome!!!

Winning criteria: Submission with the most upvotes as of December 4th 2014. The submission must to be posted before the deadline.

Deadline: December 1st 2014 at UTC +0000

And most importantly, have fun!

Results:

Winner: NoviceInDisguise [6 votes]

All other entries were to late to qualify

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    $\begingroup$ This looks like fun! Good choice! $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 24, 2014 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ @X-27 Does it *have* to be some powerful weapon? $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2014 at 20:15
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    $\begingroup$ No, it just needs to look like something that could be used as a weapon. $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2014 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ Is it one vote per voter, or can you upvote several entrees? Upvoting all would, of course, be pointless, but upvoting, say, two out of four, may make a difference in the end. $\endgroup$
    – user7952
    Nov 26, 2014 at 8:57
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    $\begingroup$ Seeing as there is no way to regulate it effectively, I would say vote on as many as you want. Adding restrictive rules that can not be enforced is completely useless. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 26, 2014 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ @SixthOfFour you can definitely upvote as many entrees as you want. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 26, 2014 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ @SixthOfFour the only thing up voting all of them would do is essentially lower your entree by one vote, because you can't vote yourself up. $\endgroup$ Nov 27, 2014 at 14:56
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    $\begingroup$ @NoviceInDisguise Good points. $\endgroup$
    – user7952
    Nov 27, 2014 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ @David Thanks for the clarification. $\endgroup$
    – user7952
    Nov 27, 2014 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ How to submit yeah? i've got my model ready. $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Nov 27, 2014 at 19:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Vince Scalia You just add an answer with your artwork embedded as an image, a little description, and maybe even a caption. Hope that helps! $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 27, 2014 at 19:35

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Welcome to the forest! Here is my entry, that I have been working on over the past few days. The characters are fully rigged, everything is UV-unwrapped. I think in this piece I got much of my inspiration from the "crazy" in Crazy Firepower, but I hope you all can understand and appreciate the story behind this piece of art.

Created in Blender 2.72 and Cycles, with advanced compositing in the compositor, and some minor post processing in Paint.NET.

Tree Cannon - The Oak's Last Stand

(click for full size) Tree Cannon

Description:

War broke out in the forest, with a new species of tree making it's presence known. A hard, cruel species, hardly even a tree at all. The other citizens of the forest lack the ability to overcome their slow, methodical onslaught. They utilize those they vanquish to create machines of destruction, of terror.

This artwork is dedicated to all of those helping prevent invasive species from spreading.

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    $\begingroup$ Wow ! that is nice! mine is still rendering... $\endgroup$ Nov 27, 2014 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I'll keep my eyes peeled for when yours gets posted, should be good if your past work is any indicator! $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 27, 2014 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Why did you roll back my edit, then go back to it? I would never change the content of your entree. In the Edit Summary I wrote what I changed. I really like the story and message behind your image. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 28, 2014 at 23:56
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I didn't quite understand what you had changed. I was trying to find the original version for a comparison, and accidentally rolledback your edit. I hope it didn't get you any negative points? $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 29, 2014 at 0:21
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    $\begingroup$ no problem. No I would not and did not loose anything. You can always look at the edit history by clicking the link at the bottom of any edited post that says "edited X hours ago" $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 29, 2014 at 2:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the pointer! And I am glad I didn't mess you up. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 29, 2014 at 3:00
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    $\begingroup$ Quick critique: The image could have benefited from some more head room the rightmost oak's eye is too close to the top of the image. You could have either moved the camera up a bit or changed the aspect ratio. $\endgroup$ Dec 1, 2014 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ Good point!Thank you for the input, I'll keep an eye out for mistakes like that in the future. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Dec 1, 2014 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ @NoviceInDisguise When you're ready to post you're image, go through the voting guidelines. I put them their (I wrote the original template) not only to guide the voting, but as a reminder to artists on how to create better images. PD I really like the tone of your image. Good use of design! $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2014 at 0:50
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the input! I really appreciate it, and it really helps me progress faster! $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Dec 2, 2014 at 1:31
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X-27 Anti Material Pulse Beam Emitter

Made in Blender using cycles render engine.

(click for higher resolution) my entree
due to the .jpg artifacts you can't quite make out the caution label. it reads

CAUTION

X-27 ULTRA CANNON

EXTREMELY POWERFUL

DO NOT LOOK INTO BEAM

UNLESS YOU ARE WEARING

THE X-27 FORCEFIELD

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting! A very different approach from mine, I can't see what else will show up over the next few days! $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:02
  • $\begingroup$ Did it meet your expectations? $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2014 at 2:22
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    $\begingroup$ Pretty much ;-) Maybe work on the wall a little, the tiling of the texture is pretty obvious. Maybe spend the rest of the next few days trying to make it a little more photorealistic? $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:36
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking of adding some barbed wire on top, and maybe some cracks or damage marks on the concrete. $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2014 at 2:39
  • $\begingroup$ That would really add a lot to it! Any ideas of ways to improve mine? $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:53
  • $\begingroup$ not really, yours is great! the only thing i can think of is using the sunbeams node to make really cool light effects. $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2014 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ Good idea! I'll see what I can come up with . . . $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ Looking better! Doesn't quite match with the environment now, though . . . $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 29, 2014 at 0:52
  • $\begingroup$ It is early yet in the competition, got plenty of time to get more votes ;-) $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 29, 2014 at 1:53
  • $\begingroup$ Let us continue this discussion in chat. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Nov 29, 2014 at 1:53
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My entry for the Awesome Weapons contest.

A military testing zone where work is being done on a rail gun launched intercontinental missile.
click for full size Awesome Weapon

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    $\begingroup$ Awesome textures. could use more ammo and more detail. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2014 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah a little bare. you can edit though. $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Dec 1, 2014 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ What would make this scene more interesting is a hole clipped in the fence, and a sign of the weapon having been tampered with. Then it would tell a story. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Mentalist
    Nov 19, 2015 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Mentalist thank you for the suggestions. If I ever come back to this piece, I will add more of a story. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 19, 2015 at 22:53
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Though this contest is called "crazy firepower" there are clear provisions in the rules for any kind of weapon, including melee. So I present to you

BwadiBwa Kobold Mk. III

For hi-rez: http://i.stack.imgur.com/3OsaM.png

at 150 samples

This is a knife. I think you can probably see that. On the back i put my special 'Vince Scalia' symbol; the Kifwebe mask: http://i.stack.imgur.com/sfJux.png

(that pic was taken before i was finished btw.)

Generally if you couldn't reach your opponent with a weapon like this you'd just throw it at them, and even if it didn't hit blade first, it still weighs five pounds and would clunk them pretty good.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good concept, according to the rules, this does look cool and could certainly be considered a weapon. however you entered after the deadline so sadly this entree does not qualify to win. :-( $\endgroup$ Dec 3, 2014 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ o shucks. i thought it was dec 4 $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Dec 3, 2014 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ No, December 4th is the point when the voting ends and the winner is declared. the entrees had to be in by December 1st $\endgroup$ Dec 3, 2014 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ okay, sorry. that's a bummer though. You like the knife? $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Dec 3, 2014 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ Yah, I thought the topic awesome weapons would attract more participants, however this contest had a lower result than the last one.... $\endgroup$ Dec 3, 2014 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ Something I guess. Maybe a longer entry period?... just kidding. $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Dec 3, 2014 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ well, there is always next time. $\endgroup$ Dec 3, 2014 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ Heh Heh. yeah. It'll be fun, and I'll make sure I enter early. I did that on my black belt test too. $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Dec 3, 2014 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ I really like that one, and you have my vote even though it won't count. :) $\endgroup$
    – user7952
    Dec 4, 2014 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks......... $\endgroup$
    – Scalia
    Dec 4, 2014 at 15:32

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