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@  Otaku : (23 October 2018 - 09:12 AM)

Now, I'm not saying that Cybertronians ought to have human life-spans, just that "millions of years" is too long.  Though I suppose it makes the "Oh, I suddenly remembered [plot point]!" moments credible because where do you store all the memories in an easily accessed form?  If you do remember even most things clearly... might that not be maddening?

@  Otaku : (23 October 2018 - 09:09 AM)

The "millions of years old" thing is probably the most alien aspect of Cybertronians.  It pushes my suspension of disbelief for anything remotely human to live that long and still be sane, or maybe even functional.  I think of how aging has affected my own view and sure, some of it is biological maturation, but a lot of it is experience.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2018 - 07:11 AM)

But they don't really have a childhood either. They go online and all maturation is literally job experience.

@  Shrug : (23 October 2018 - 06:47 AM)

Well, they're practically immortal. That kind of lifespan doesn't exactly push growing up.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 October 2018 - 04:00 AM)

They can't handle physical scale, did you think temporal scale would fare any better?

@  Pennpenn : (23 October 2018 - 03:44 AM)

Maybe it's that they're functionally intelligent, but don't ever really mature much psychologically. That and presumably the original writers gave as much of a shit about deep time as they did about space geometry.

@  Whirl Maximus : (23 October 2018 - 02:03 AM)

I'm mixed about the millions of years thing, it's somewhat at odds when transformers are humanized as they often are.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 October 2018 - 11:59 PM)

Are any of the Transformers terribly bright, really? This is a spacefaring civilization that's millions of years old that seem to be fighting a perpetual war for no particular reason. Transformers are stupider than humans

@  wonko the sane? : (22 October 2018 - 08:31 PM)

Depends on the machine. Are you recruiting them, or MAKING them?

@  Cybersnark : (22 October 2018 - 08:30 PM)

... And not terribly bright.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 October 2018 - 07:51 PM)

Makes sense for robot soldiers: you would want something fast, low profile, but lots of power.

@  Waspinator : (22 October 2018 - 06:31 PM)

If we go by the Prime cartoon, sports cars apparently ARE the expendable troop of choice.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 October 2018 - 04:29 PM)

Just fold 'em into a box and slap some wheels on it, they'll figure it out.

@  Pennpenn : (22 October 2018 - 01:57 AM)

Given that by the time we're up to in the story Functionalism had been dead for millions of years and many of the people around were made during and for the war, it's probably more likely that "sports car shaped thing" was an easy to make alt mode for expendable troops.

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 09:52 PM)

maybe there's underground demolition derbies too

@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 09:25 PM)

Every single sports car was one of those two jobs? Considering how many there seem to be....

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Athletic Entertainment

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2018 - 03:32 PM)

It's mentioned in one issue that Bumblebee was a courier. The only other fast cars I can remember seeing in Functionist times were Blur and a couple of Stunticons, as racers.

@  SG Roadbuster : (21 October 2018 - 12:14 PM)

i figured the sports cars were either racers or couriers.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 12:13 PM)

Upper Class. They're clearly not made for manual labor.

@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 12:09 PM)

Functionism only really makes sense for certain alternate modes like mining or construction equipment; where do things like sports cars fit in?

@  Xellos : (21 October 2018 - 11:51 AM)

At least in the movies they can switch to a (similar) alt mode at will, it seems. Especially if they want to sell more toys per movie.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2018 - 10:44 AM)

They are a race of adaptive machines. Maybe they were expected to change themselves to fit the role?

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 10:06 AM)

IDW-verse discrimination still made more sense than the backstory in TF: Exodus, where everyone's caste was assigned seemingly at random with no regard for their aptitudes (altmode or otherwise)

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:55 AM)

Lost Light is good too, so far.

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:54 AM)

I'm not terribly into Transformers in general, but I did mostly enjoy the More Than Meets The Eye series.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:11 AM)

Which has been in the state constitution since 1946, but was never actually executed according to documents, and is currently not in effect because the German federal constitution, which takes priority over state constitution, has banned the death penalty back in 1949.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:09 AM)

Huh. So next weekend, when the German state of Hesse will have its state election, there will also be a ballot about changing the state constitution... and one of the proposed changes will be abolishing the death penalty.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 03:44 AM)

I really need to read those comics

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:28 AM)

Up to and including the fact that certain alternate modes could end up being classified as "surplus to requirements" and systematically murdered.

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:26 AM)

And in IDW comics where it is/was literally a form of apartheid where your alternate mode pretty much dictated how you were treated by society, what jobs you could pursue, pretty much everything.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 02:24 AM)

We do get hints of that from time to time in Transformers, with stuff like some jets acting smug towards cars and whatnot.

@  RichardT1977 : (20 October 2018 - 08:10 PM)

"No shotgun of Mine is going to marry a rocket launcher" sounds like something that Targetmasters (or WFC Siege Micromasters) might say...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 08:06 PM)

The characters are actually kinda nice. Sure a bunch of them are from New Jersey, but you get a few aliens too.. But if you do that, you might want to go digital delux verisons.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:38 PM)

My only issue is that the aside from Fox, the looks of the characters are kinda bland. If anything, I'll at least get it on Black Friday, as they almost always have deals on the toys to life stuff.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 06:07 PM)

Well I can tell you, if you are going physical version because you want the toys. The Switch version has the best Ship mount as you just slide the joycons into it. The PS4 ship mount is wired. The game itself is very good in my opionion. In some ways it starts to turn into an RTS without being an RTS. You've got to start focus on keeping your planets from being taken back over. It has a LOT to do. It does have some repitive missions, because well, trying to let you level up all pilots and ships and such. The switch version -ALSO- has starfox only missions and the characters are incorporated into the story.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:03 PM)

How is Starlink anyways? Been thinking of getting the Switch version for StarFox, which is quite unusal for me, as I almost always pick the PS4 versions (favorite controller and I already have so many Trophys on it).

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:42 PM)

No shotgun of mine is going to marry a rocket launcher!

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 October 2018 - 05:22 PM)

Should they be allowed to marry outside of their own caliber?

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:18 PM)

I'm conflicted on the subject of marriage rights for shotguns.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:24 PM)

You say, "Damn it, what do you think this is, a shotgun wedding?"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:23 PM)

What do you do if someone wants to bring their concealed-carry to your American wedding?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 01:58 PM)

Benbot, I was streaming the PS4 version of Starlink

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:25 PM)

Ergo their reporting will have its own slant on the facts as they choose, not the most neutral way possible.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:24 PM)

I find it sad to realize that the prestigious New York Times which I trusted a lot as a kid in fact has its own editorial agenda.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:20 PM)

The end result is NOT that stupid bullshit gets equal coverage as reasonable arguments. That would be problematic in itself (the "false balance" bias), but the provlem is that the controversial stupid bullshit gets MORE coverage than the reasonable arguments.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

The media doesn't want to miss the opportunity to report on a controversy, and as a consequence makes sure that the controversial statements reach an audience.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

Because they realized that saying controversial shit is guaranteed to get coverage.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:16 PM)

It's the same here in Germany. Our right-wing moron party is still a political minority, yet they succeed in driving the topics the media keeps reporting.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

The main problem was that Trump was banking on controversy, and the media was reporting controversy because it gave them ratings.


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#1 Copper Bezel

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:20 PM

Well, TFGD has one; it's out of our hands; we must as well. So I'll start.

Finally got my arse to Target yesterday. Painting began immediately.

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WorkbenchManiac's extras, along with my own shoddy resculpt of Fluttershy's mane, some much-needed lipo on Rarity's bizarre mutant baby dinosaur cheeks that seem to have resulted from some intense laziness in Hasbro's rotation of the head, and

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one extra character, because I wanted somepony expendable to try painting first. The glasses, the collar, and the sea anemone that lives inside offered slightly greater irritation than I anticipated, and yes, I'm aware that the proportions are a bit off.

Party supplies? Never fear, primitive organic citizens of Ponyville! Wreck-Gar has third-party supplies for all!
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My real reason for liking the PVCs so much? Yeah. They're totally in scale with the Animated Autobots.

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And that's awesome.

Edited by Copper Bezel, 26 March 2017 - 02:45 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:51 PM

Great stuff all around!

I?m especially fond of the Mayor, is she a completely new sculpt of yours, or "only" a mod? Anyway, the mane and tail came out great on her.

And I approve of Wreck-Gar! So much so that I had to do this:


"You Sir, care about some apples?"

Edited by WorkbenchManiac, 04 September 2011 - 06:20 PM.


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Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:29 PM

I'm glad you liked the Mayor! Yeah, she's from scratch. It shows up close - the proportions are off from the other PVCs, smaller hooves and a broader snout and a back height a couple mm short and such, and there are a lot of little imperfections and texture problems I'll know how to avoid next time. I did her earlier on, before getting the PVC pack and basing the sculpt off the Fluttershy I got from BB Shockwave.

That said, chipping and sanding off Fluttershy's mane in turn to leave something that looked vaguely like a head was almost as time consuming and not nearly as fun as sculpting the pony "blank" for the Mayor in the first place, so I'm going to be starting fresh for anyone else I do.

And of course I'd love to hear any critique that comes to mind.

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"You Sir, care about some apples?"

Awesomely adorable! = D I don't think there's any other Transformer figure with the expression and hand posture to make that work. Nice.

Edited by Copper Bezel, 04 September 2011 - 06:58 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Sep 4 2011, 05:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"You Sir, care about some apples?"

Pardon me, I need to go buy insulin, because that just gave me diabetes. And I love it!

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 09:39 PM

Man, I need to get some of WorkbenchManiac's stuff eventually. Looks awesome with the official figures.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Sep 4 2011, 06:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm glad you liked the Mayor! Yeah, she's from scratch. It shows up close - the proportions are off from the other PVCs, smaller hooves and a broader snout and a back height a couple mm short and such, and there are a lot of little imperfections and texture problems I'll know how to avoid next time. I did her earlier on, before getting the PVC pack and basing the sculpt off the Fluttershy I got from BB Shockwave.

I don?t think that matching the PVCs? proportions is all that desirable. Their scale is nice, but the figures themselves are a bit "meh". Your mayor has more character in her facesculpt alone than those PVCs with their strangely formed heads combined.


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That said, chipping and sanding off Fluttershy's mane in turn to leave something that looked vaguely like a head was almost as time consuming and not nearly as fun as sculpting the pony "blank" for the Mayor in the first place, so I'm going to be starting fresh for anyone else I do.

For everyone else you do I expect to see a corresponding thread over at the Iacon Art Gallery. Or even better a WIP thread.


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And of course I'd love to hear any critique that comes to mind.

As I said, I like the major a lot. Very characterful face and pose. Some minor nitpicks about smooth surfaces aside, the only thing to stand out is the inward curvature of the front legs. Especially the right one, it seems to bend backwards at the wrist. Other than that it?s great work and I?m looking forward to seeing more.


QUOTE(RoboViking @ Sep 4 2011, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pardon me, I need to go buy insulin, because that just gave me diabetes. And I love it!

It?s all Wreck-Gar?s inherent cuteness. He?s an adorable little alien death robot.

Edited by WorkbenchManiac, 05 September 2011 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:23 PM

Wow, Mare the Mayor is awesome. Could you take more pics of her?

And I didn't even realize your Applebloom was ready, Workbenchmaniac! icon-hotrod.gif Btw, is Equestriadaily posting your customs? I cannot navigate that site for the life of me, I wish they had a button to filter out tons and tons of "news" about fanfiction...

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:24 PM

QUOTE(BB Shockwave @ Sep 5 2011, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I cannot navigate that site for the life of me, I wish they had a button to filter out tons and tons of "news" about fanfiction...

Like this one?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:21 PM

It's funny how the fans put more stock into the toys then the actual toy makers.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:31 PM

QUOTE(BB Shockwave @ Sep 5 2011, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And I didn't even realize your Applebloom was ready, Workbenchmaniac! icon-hotrod.gif Btw, is Equestriadaily posting your customs?



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And yes, Applebloom, Gummy, Opal and AJ?s hat were posted to Equestria Daily, I?ll have to look for the link myself, though. That blog moves so friggin?fast...

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:32 PM

So ... damned ... adorable ... cannot ... ship ... fast ... enough....

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As I said, I like the major a lot. Very characterful face and pose. Some minor nitpicks about smooth surfaces aside, the only thing to stand out is the inward curvature of the front legs. Especially the right one, it seems to bend backwards at the wrist. Other than that it?s great work and I?m looking forward to seeing more.


Yeah, thanks! I didn't realize that, but I see it now that you point it out - I guess I treated the leading edge of the foreleg as one arc, and there's no indication of the hoof.

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I don?t think that matching the PVCs? proportions is all that desirable. Their scale is nice, but the figures themselves are a bit "meh". Your mayor has more character in her facesculpt alone than those PVCs with their strangely formed heads combined.

Yeah, now that I have them in hand, particularly, the PVCs are fairly lifeless. They're designed to look like generic cute ponies and happen to share some design characteristics with the cartoon characters, and the "baby" aspects of the face sculpts are particularly distracting, while the only concessions to individual personalities seem to be in the number of eyelashes each gets. I wanted the Mayor to match, roughly - but I did use the cartoon eyes, anyway.

Another reason I'm looking forward to your Applebloom and Fluttershy. = )

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For everyone else you do I expect to see a corresponding thread over at the Iacon Art Gallery. Or even better a WIP thread.

Will do!

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Wow, Mare the Mayor is awesome. Could you take more pics of her?

She's kind of jankety up close. I do like how the expression turned out, though. = )


Edited by Copper Bezel, 05 September 2011 - 03:34 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:44 PM

You did a really nice job on her, Copper Bezel.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 04:34 PM

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She's kind of jankety up close. I do like how the expression turned out, though. = )

Now that is a successul politician?s smile. Awesome!


QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Sep 5 2011, 03:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, thanks! I didn't realize that, but I see it now that you point it out - I guess I treated the leading edge of the foreleg as one arc, and there's no indication of the hoof.

The arc itself is fine.

I meant this:

At that spot, and that spot alone, the curvature seems to be a bit sharper than on the rest of the leg, making it look a bit like the leg is bend at that point.

You know your figure is awesome if the only critique is "there is a tiny bend in the curvature of the leg" icon-fire.gif.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:35 PM

Tee-hee. Thanks. = )

And thanks for the clarification. I'll take note of that area with the next one.
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:34 PM

I have no clue who this guy is, so I have to assume he was sent from the future to protect Apple Bloom so she can grow up into the leader of a pony resistance group.



Found this image on a German message board and had to share it. I enjoy the juxtaposition of ponys and media that "traditionally" appeal to a male audience, like this grimdark cyberpunk whatshisface.



Seriously, who is that?

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:40 PM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Sep 8 2011, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have no clue who this guy is, so I have to assume he was sent from the future to protect Apple Bloom so she can grow up into the leader of a pony resistance group.



Found this image on a German message board and had to share it. I enjoy the juxtaposition of ponys and media that "traditionally" appeal to a male audience, like this grimdark cyberpunk whatshisface.



Seriously, who is that?

http://en.wikipedia....uman_Revolution

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 10:26 PM

Yeah, that's fun. I've had Prowl (Animated) posed cuddling your Opal for about a week or so. = )

Edited by Copper Bezel, 10 September 2011 - 10:27 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:59 PM

QUOTE(Matenshi @ Sep 8 2011, 10:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Oh, thanks.

I prefer my take on it, though icon-fire.gif


QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Sep 10 2011, 10:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, that's fun. I've had Prowl (Animated) posed cuddling your Opal for about a week or so. = )

Although Shockwave doesn?t approve of emotional affection for inconsequential equines.


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Posted 25 September 2011 - 08:25 AM

Hehe, the only thing that would improve that picture further is a smoldering Torso of Starscream.



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