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Hey folks, what's up, Blacky checking into the forum with some character promotion posts here!
Contributions in any way are warmly
welcome, I believe in order to improve criticism is needed
Since I found myself writing a lot of lore inside the app I decided to shift this over to the forum as well.
So a bit about myself:
I believe in order to design a character it
takes more than throwing in parts at random. A character is the combination of a
name, a certain kind of behaviour, a personality and a story.
decided from my first creation on to make up a story who my character
really is. For all of my fans and people who are interested in
what my mind thought while creating those currently 25 characters,
giving me a total of 560 creative karma here
you go and thank you so much! We're half way there!
When I entered the ranks of Furry VNE 1 year ago I was completely new with 3d modelling or any sort of this content, being a silent watcher over the years with a big dream of creating my own animations one day, but little to no time to learn all that. I watched odes' work since his lugia-app-project and was on board of yiffalicious, but I wanted more: make my own characters. And it seems he heard my silent wish...
What they call a fantasy
It's nothing but a key
To the world that now you're in
That they call a wicked dream
No, those lines aren't from myself but from a song called “The Seven Angels”. I really like it and so I decided to name my dragon project after said song.
It started nine months ago (holy shit, time passes by...) after the release of Furry VNE's dragon update. I really love dragons and so I simply had to create some myself. While that process went on I came across the idea of creating one dragon for each "classic” element like fire, water, wind and earth. I declared Cyrill as a dragon of the wind and started to work on a female something that turned out to be known as "Aurelia the Light”! Ok, so let's also do one for darkness and Kyra was born. Now that would make six in total. Pretty balanced. Yeah let's make seven with one special dragon that I don't know yet but who cares, MORE DRAGONS!
The Seven Angels: a organisation of elemental dragons who work together in order to keep the world in balance...That's what they say about themself. In reality they are a bunch of troublemakers, fighting personal vendettas against each other. Beneath the sheets or on the streets, it really doesn't matter.
Now they are all here and I'd like to show those seven to you starting with the leader of the pack:
Hoshi is based on a Asian type of dragon, so she has no wings but lot's of wild and colorful fur on her back, tail and extremity due to the color-T and color-offset functions in the fur authoring tab!
I learned a bit about the PBR-Layer inside furry VNE and UV-Maps inside blender in general to make this dress and kimono textures happen. Quite happy how it turned out if I dare say that. I also made some new meshes like the horns and her "beard". Her tip of the tail however consists out of multiple “tuft” meshes from FurryVNE joined together in blender to create one piece to save some draw calls.
I chose the pinkish palette this time in order to show some connections to Japan (cherry blossom).
So I investigated a bit on weaponry and I have a concept for the next character that will also use quite a lot of the stuff you can already see here so this was the enhanced practice session for the next character release.
To turn her into a real traditional styled Japanese lady (ok the heels might be a bit off or to modern) I decided to work on that dress from the old version of her. I grabbed the base mesh I did back then with Simply Cloth Pro and extruded the edges of the sleeves. With every step of extrusion I did a bit of scaling and proportional editing to get that trumpet shape. Also after I reached her wrists I did a bit of sculpting with the brushes inside Simply Cloth (mainly the drag brush) to get that wrinkles going.
Now comes the wrapping part:
I cut the final shape in half and separated the objects with "P" -> selection. Now I grabbed the bust part of the left hand side and with proportional editing I dragged it around to her right side. After that was done I rejoined both parts and made the belt with the curve path/circle technique I mentioned a few times already.
The katana was a mixture of fun and nuisance to do. It is really nice when you get the hang of it and everything start's to work but until you reach that point it can get on your nerves. I had to restart once because I didn't like the outcome and the topology of the blade. I followed some tutorials on Youtube though to get this to work.
Oh and just in case you wonder: Yes, Hoshi is left-handed
So a lot of work went into those two items!
Hoshi is a ancient dragoness, old as time itself. She is the leader of the "Seven Angels", trying to coordinate the other six members across the globe in order to prevent natural disaster or "evil activities" with more or less success.
Time doesn't affect her body at all after she matured and no foe could harm her in combat ever since. So we can pretty safely assume that she is immortal. However she has a heavy burden on her shoulders:
Ever since the world started to turn Hoshi always tried to keep all of her dragon companions safe but since that time she saw many of them pass away.
When a elemental dragon lord dies a new one - mostly their children - will carry his legacy on and Hoshi made it her duty to instruct those incarnations of their great responsibility to the world. So she could be called the mother of all or...the sole survivor, cursed to witness every child raised buy her die some day until the end of time.
Hoshi is a caring yet strict person and very protective towards her comrades. She seems to be stressed almost all the time but hates to show weakness in the presence of anyone.
She has the ability to channel all the element her comrades posses but not in such a powerful way. Still she can be seen as an incredible strong spell caster and she has mastered her own element to the full potential enabling her to levitate and fly or call cosmic thunderstorms upon her enemies. If however it is necessary to engage in close combat she is always armed with her blade "Starblind", a magical weapon made out of a material not from this world.
Hoshi build the headquarter of the seven angels somewhere in Japan, rumors tend to say on Mount Fuji, but due to the eruptions that's most likely not the case. Fact is that no one except the members of the Seven Angels know the location of those sacred walls.
She is very close to Kaiga and Thelonious, the two oldest members of the organization beside herself and she has always to resist the approaches of Cyrill towards her even if she secretly plays with the thought to simply give in.
Hoshi is a Japanese female name meaning just "Star" referring to the celestial body. I gave her that name to show her special position inside my dragon roster.
Her title "the celestial" refers to the fact that she is basically not from this earth but came from the cosmos and her second title "Archangel of the seven" shows her position among all the other dragons. Basically she is the ruler of all but even a king is no king without kingdom and she was alona for a extreme long period of time until she decided to found a organization with the goal to bring peace and balance to the world.
This symbol can be found on her left chest where the heart is. It's the Crest of Riegan or the Star Dragon Sign from "Fire Emblem : Three Houses". So again we have a reference to the stars here.
Also all members of the Seven Angels bear on of those signs somewhere on their bodys to show a bit of a unique trait to them.
Could you believe that Aurelia once was such a bad character that she was left unnoticed by everyone? Yeah, her first version was indeed pretty bad and She has quite the journey behind her but now she really shines!
- Added a ton of rings!"
That update was so crucial! After those rings were on board Aurelia started to climb up the ladder to the top ten of 2021. Big thanks to you guys!
After two more months it was again time for a big update since @iDog brought the old Ilinir parts from yiffalicious to blender. I grabbed Ilinir's wings and improved the ruffle to the state it is now.
Now, with a lot more knowledge in terms of making clothes, normal maps, textures and weapons I came back to turn those dragons into characters that everyone will remember!
Aurelia has quite similar body shapes to Hoshi, so giving her a dress was the simplest and most effective way to wrap her up I thought. I made a new set of lingerie for her and after trying a few different colors I finally decided to stick with red. I really like this one on her, especially because it works with the rings around her hips so well! I also took Hoshi's heel model and adjusted a few things to make them fit.
After throwing together a little unique ring for her I finally came to the bow. In my mind she is a archer for many months but I never really considered to turn this very thought into reality until the latest improvements of mine with blender. The Idea of making a bow in combination with the element of light is nothing new of course. Most common example for that would be princess Zelda from BotW. Anyway, I decided to create a pretty unique model for that bow and arrow but with no real concept at all. I made the basic shape of the bow and started to extrude alongside this shape and ended up with this one. I felt like it was the right thing so everything went pretty fast.
Aurelia is the first commander of the Seven Angels, forming a powerful team with Thelonious and Eilidh on her side. She serves alongside her sister Kyra their common leader Hoshi. Aurelia is very loyal towards Hoshi and they became extremely close friends over the centuries. She has a calm and just nature and is easy to get along with. She's almost always smiling and takes life as easy as possible in her position. She has a very strong affinity towards her teammates but cares about everyone in general so you can cal her simply a nice person.
Aurelia can move at the speed of light causing the flow of time to stop for her surroundings completely while she uses this ability. That's also the reason why she states in her text that “time flows way different” and why she feels lonely. She lived way longer than she actually did and that gets to her head from time to time.
Back in the old days she had a fierce fight against her sister Kyra ultimately resulting in a defeat, granting the darkness the power over the world it currently has. For better or worse has jet to be decided, however Hoshi believes true balance can only be achieved by working together. Could it be that this fight was secretly initiated by Hoshi herself to unite the two sisters under one flag, namely her own?
Aurelia wields the legendary bow "Lightbringer", passed
down in her family from one Lord of Light to the next and only she
can make use out of this weapon. By channeling her magic abilities
she's able to shoot arrows at the speed of light and even change the direction
of the them while they travels making her an extremely powerful member of the seven.
The name Aurelia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "the golden one”. For this one I didn't even have to google. While creating her I already knew that she was "the golden one" and since I learned a bit Latin in my life I knew that this would be the perfect name for her.
“The Light” and "Ambassador of the Sun” are both titles resembling her power. Her element is the light itself and the Sun is her source of power.
This symbol is known as the Crest of Cethleann or the Light Dragon Sign from "Fire Emblem : Three Houses" and can be found on her back.
It's finally time for the legendary right hand of Hoshi to return to the public!
I'm not gonna lie, every time I bring him up it is a pure struggle. Starting with his shape to the coloring and now the equipment.
Thelonious has always been the hardest part to make out of the Seven Angels. I can't quite describe why but it seems that a earth or nature based dragon is something that really kept me clueless for quite a while. I googled some references but I couldn't find anything that would suit my and FVNE's style despite being capable of doing custom offsets and mesh.
What brought me to this point was actually more the background lore I made up for him. I figured he might be some kind of aged dragon, maybe not in the best shape but he has been a passionate warrior once and he is the right hand of Hoshi who lives in Japan.
A loyal warrior to the throne.
Maybe a samurai?
It turned out pretty nice and I went on to add in those shoulder plates as well. As you notice by now I took a bunch of colors from that armor as well. Having a lot of brown and green tones in there helped out a lot to nail his color scheme and after adding a bit of metalness and playing around with the some shaders and masks I found what I was looking for.
Now garment update kicked in and I wanted to design the rest of this armor for him. I already trained for that with Kyra's chest-plate buuut in the end I decided to scrap the Idea. In order to make it I would have to invest a horrendous amount of time and would probably end up with something that looks ok-ish but not what I would like to have on him. Also triangles could make a problem and it's simply not worth it for now.
So instead I decided to do it more simple, took a kimono top with pants, grabbed a nice texture and invested time on making weapons. That was indeed more interesting than hammering armor pieces together
Thelonious is wielding a classic katana named Hikari meaning "light" and a more fancy looking sickle-ax named Yami meaning "darkness" in Japanese language:
Inspiration for this specific design comes from "Richter Abend", a character from the "Tales of..." franchise:
Yes, I really give this one a own headline because there are a lot of references to show the deep connection between those two. Not only because I created them simultaneously.
They are a bit like ying and yang, while Hoshi resembles heaven Thelonious is of course the earth.
They both have pretty much the same body measurements and wear traditional Japanese kimono while wielding katana swords. I gave Thelonious purple colored eyes, the main color of Hoshi while she has green eyes, one of Thelonious' main colors. They both have their dragon crest on their chests. While Hoshi's crest is placed on her left hand side, Thelonious' crest is located on the right.
Thelonious has seen many wars in his long life and emerged from a simple warrior to the general loyal to the throne and finally became head strategist of the old regime of Japan. After he found out that his strength and sharp mind comes from a source known as the "Earth Dragon Sign" he got invited by his regent for a audience. That was the day he met with the most beautiful woman in his life: Hoshi. He swore eternal loyalty to her and agreed to her plan to find all the other elemental dragons across the world and unite them under her flag.
Thelonious is a calm and quiet person in general, always keeping a cool head even if a situation is starting to run out of control. He is considered introverted and even a bit cold towards people he don't know but he is a extremely good at listening to the problems of his fellow teammates Aurelia and Eilidh and he cares about everyone in the whole organization like his family.
He is hopelessly in love with Hoshi but would never even dare to think about confessing his true feelings towards her. As a samurai he has a codex of honor which includes loyalty towards his lord...or better lady but he secretly hopes that one day somehow this would change.
He is always keeping an eye on Cyrill because of his approaches towards Hoshi and the two don't come along so well in general because of their opposite elements and lifestyles. Thelonious calls him a man without honor with a reprehensible personality. Cyrill on the other hand thinks of Thelonious only as Hoshi's puppy and that he has no balls at all.
Eilidh has no fancy meshes like other girls of mine but she has color masks beyond everything I made to date and that is why she is showered with love from you, so big thanks and let's dive in on the Lord of Fire!
I had -like almost always- concepts for her on my table for quit a while. I worked on one, but scrapped it entirely. It felt way to mainstream and not "Blacky-like". A few months later I came back with a new idea after reading @iDog 's tutorial (big props to you!) on how to create some textures inside blender which opened the path for many garments and meshes I did since then, but I never used this knowledge on a character.
So I started of with a few ideas, played around with some shapes and generated some basic layers.
If you use the fill tool with black color inside blenders image editor (Shift F10) on a already existing white painted plane you automatically get the contour of that layer. I used this technique to create all those fine lines on her whole body between the light and dark areas to break it up a little. This had an horrendous effect on her look and I'm very happy how she turned out.
I went from blender to FVNE, filled all my layers and went on with detail work. I used yellowish capsule gradients on the red parts of her body to achieve the blurry orange color you see here. I wanted to imitate some kind of radiance or sun burst like look.
Now, making clothes for her was kind of a
experiment once again. I really had a hard time to invent something that
would suit her as a character. The thing is that she is definetly no
girl who would wear any kind of skirt or something like that. So pants
and leather jacket would be sufficiant, but that is also something I
tend to do like A LOT and inside the Seven Angels the dresscode is a bit
more traditional...most of the time at least.
So I once again took the risk doing a loincloth and it worked way better than the last time (for Tallulah). I must say that the textures make this loadout so colorfull that I''m actually not sure if it can stay like that. I wanted to implement some fire-style textures for her, but since her body coloring is also already super vibrant this might look a bit overloaded.
Tell me what you think about that.
Eilidh is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "sun, radiant one". Seemed perfect for me, since the color of her face and extremity resemble pretty much a radiant look. Also Scotland has a few myths or legends around dragons although they are more about seas serpents. Talkin' “Nessie” from Loch Ness, you know?
Starting with Cyrill I gave every dragon of mine a title of the element that they are resembling so, of course, Eilidh is the Lord of Fire.
There are two major things going on:
Now, I realized after I finished painting her, that I saw this color scheme somewhere before....well It's -partially- Typhlosion's. Oh well it's hard to make something new I guess...
Now to that sign/tattoo that can be found on her left shoulder: That's the so called “Crest of Daphne” or “Flame Dragon Sign“ from the game “Fire Emblem : Three Houses”. It increases your Characters “Might” Stat. Yeah pretty self explaining, also the reason why I made her a martial arts expert in her description.
The Lord of Fire comes from Scotland, she is a women with lot's of temperament and strong will. A born fighter. At a young age Eilidh was found by Hoshi and travelled far across the ocean to learn several fighting styles like Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu and Karate on order to join the ranks of the seven angels.
She can't give up control easy and needs some time to let people get close to her.
Eilidh is the elemental rival of Tallulah and in search for Cyrill who left her heartbroken after a longer lasting relationship. Also as the Lord of Fire she has a strong friendship towards Aurelia the Light.
She hates to be asked about her age because she's reminded how old she really is. No one knows her real age except Hoshi but she won't tell any secrets, not even to me.
Character number ten has to be something different I thought and I was already in a rush for dragons since I finished Aurelia not to long ago. Now, let's create her counterpart, the incarnation of darkness...but how?
From the first second on I struggled with Kyra alias “Fierce” back than. I had the Idea to bring a certain someone over to Furry VNE but it never felt easy to accomplish. Until the very end I was unsure about the gender and I changed the look of her eyes since the first version of her was blind to create a certain look.
What I'm talking about is this bad boy:
The fierce deity from "The legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask".
Kyra is full of little things from different games so let me show you all the secrets behind her appearance:
Starting with what you can see on the first glimpse: The hair style, the ears with earrings, the face marks and the armor resemble the look of the Fierce Deity Link. In the original Japanese version he can also be called "Oni Link" which means "demon Link". So yes, Kyra looks indeed more like a demon than a dragon. I gave her a rather slender yet athletic body since Link is no muscled beast either.
That armor took a little while to create and I wanted to make way more than you can see but despite cutting down things like crazy there is no way to stuff more on her...for now. I even had the cloth part of the armor that sits underneath the metal plates finished but scrapped it entirely for several reasons. It didn't look that good on her and it created a lot of distance to her body. I like the look of that tight locked chest plate way more than to have some cloth wobbling around on her.
The twisted horns on her head resemble the weapon Link is wielding while in his deity form: the Helix Sword. Back then I wasn't able to recreate that sword and since it doesn't add much sex appeal if you wield a sword almost as big as yourself I left it out, but now I thought why not throw it in for fun's sake.
Moving on to that tiara of hers:
Yeah, I really had some fun implementing "Majoras Mask" on her. That's the infamous final boss of the game. If you challenge him in the form of the fierce deity he feels a bit like a joke though since you literally crush him.
Because of that I let Kyra wear him in her armor. Evil is always watching you... >:D
Next is the Crest of Timotheos or Dark Dragon Sign on
her Chest and armor as well as the moon on her armor.
There are several reasons for placing those things where they are: of course since she is a member of my Seven Angels she has to wear a crest somewhere but since Kyra is the counterpart of Aurelia who wears her crest on her back I decided to place Kyra's on her front.
Also check out the armor of Fierce Deity Link once again. There you can see a moon resembling his dark element and a piece of the Triforce, the ultimate source of power in the Zelda Universe. I replaced the triforce symbol with the Dark Dragon Crest as symbol for power and you might know someone who has a moon tattoo like this...
Little tribute to my first creation.
Last one is a tribute to @Dogson 's Fraenir from good old Yiffalicious. Seems like the two share quite a similar color scheme:
I must admit that the boots are probably the weakest part of the setup and maybe I scrap or rework them in the future but we'll see.
I should also rework her neck frills but I wanted to finish her for now and do the next character instead of working on her for another week.
Kyra originates from the Greek word “kyra” meaning “lady” (a feminine take of the male Cyrus, from the Greek “kyrios” meaning “lord”). It’s also considered a variant of Kira which itself is a variant of the Irish feminine name Ciara, from the Irish Gaelic “Ciarán” meaning ‘little dark one’. What a perfect fit for the Lord of Darkness.
Kyra is the second commander of the Seven forming the second squad together with Cyrill and Tallulah. She serves reluctantly alongside her Sister Aurelia their common leader Hoshi. Kyra is the older one of the two sisters but inhabits the aspect of darkness for a shorter period of time. After she obtained said power she marched to the doors of her sisters temple of piece and declared war to her. It lasted way to long involving many different party's with major losses on both sides but Kyra never thought about giving in.
However, Aurelia did.
She knew it was a personal thing by now and finally decided to surrender in order to save her Banner-man and Kyra took what she desired: land, goods and equality between the two.
Darkness can't exist without light and the two managed to get along with each other over the centuries and reunited under the flag of Hoshi.
Kyra is not the evil in person, but has traits some might call corrupt. She has desires for everything she can't have, searches for greater power, acts selfish and hates the idea of serving under someone. A fierce dragoness almost unnameable...almost.
There are a few individuals she comes along quite well though. Cyrill and Kaiga might be under those individuals since their lifestyle is quite similar to Kyra's. Also Tallulah caught her eye. The small Lord of Water acts all cheeky and provocative around her, waking her deepest desires.
Hoshi is the evil she has to bear since Kyra knows she wouldn't stand a chance against the rest of the world if she would leave the Seven Angels
Cyrill is the first dragon I ever made and he is one of my most beloved characters, even if he's not that sucessfull like others. Probably because I see a lot of depth in him that no one else has seen...till now:
I made Cyrill out of the body mesh of Fabienne which I scaled up
in a ridiculous way. I replaced all her special traits with similar
dragon features like the head, different antler and so on. I kept the
textures though to show some similarity between father and daughter.
In my first concept Cyrills base colors also were brown:
Since I was very bad at making custom textures back then I used the eyebrow texture inside the app as decal group and started to place some to create that face-pattern. It was however quite the fun piecing those patterns together to create on whole face mark.
The Lord of the Wind is roaming the land never staying in one place for a long time. He moves the air and flows with it to any place he gets carried. So it's no wonder that he has at least one girl in every town.
He is a Casanova, a scoundrel and a jerk, not caring about anything at all. His way is paved with broken hearts and he swore to himself to live life to the fullest, having as many girls as possible.
But that hasn't always been so. Back in the old days when he lived in Greek with his love Anastasia he was a very kind and gentle person but duty called him away and he had to leave his wife and unborn daughter. As he finally returned both were gone and he realised that he was longer than a century away from them.
Filled with grief he turned his back on the world, assuming Anastasia was already dead and Fabienne left because he wasn't coming back.
After a few weeks he was found by Hoshi, encouraging him to join forces with her to make the world a better place. He accepted and started to roam the lands again.
He got to know Eilidh the Fire on one of his missions for Hoshi, leading to a intense and pretty longer lasting relationship. But when things started to get serious and Eilidh suggested to stay together for the rest of their lives Cyrill left her without a word, fearing that he would lose yet another family.
Whenever he meets with Hoshi he tries to get closer to her but it seems like she is the only female that can resist his charm...for now. To get between her legs is one of his big goals for now which brought him lot of trouble with his elemental rival Thelonious who tries to defend Hoshi against him.
He is also interested in Tallulah the Water and has a strong
affinity towards his commander Kyra.
Cyrill is a name originating from Greek meaning “Lord”. That makes kind of a pun translating his name: “Lord the Wind” which made me call him “Wind-Lord”. Also ancient Greek is full of mythology so it's kind of nice to pick a name from that language.
The title “Flying Heart” Refers to his Casanova-like attitude.
I placed the Crest of Macuil/ Wind Dragon Sign from the game “Fire Emblem : Three Houses” on his forehead as an Easter-egg.
Macuil is the “Windcaller” a dragon that can be encountered and since I like that design I got a bit influenced by that concept artwork:
Later on I decided that all element related dragons that I'll make should have one of those symbols.
Tallulah is a special one, no one would doubt that. It seems you folks love her so much that she is till today alongside with her fellow companions Aurelia, Kyra and Hoshi still on the front page of the best characters in 2021 which makes me feel really proud!
She can be seen as a milestone in my "career" since she is the first character featuring tons of custom meshes and I really learned how to use skin splatter effectively to make her skin look realistic. Now, with running garment system I once again tried to go all out and create a nice and fancy outfit for the little angel:
Oh well, I had quite the fight with all those fins, ruffles and webbing of hers but also wanted to improve her further as well as my skills in shaping things in blender. Tallulah also marks the turning point on how I do shading.
The initial concept was without any concept at all >.< I just wanted to use the shark head for the first time and played around a bit, mainly focusing on gray colors (real live shark style). What came out was something pretty wierd with the look of a mole or something. I saved it as a template that later down the road ended up being Michelle and changed the color scheme entirely to the blue side. That went nice and later on I decided to throw all those fins and stuff on her turning her into a real unique being. I decided to call her a half-dragon for those reasons, an gave her the place along the ranks of my Seven Angels.
She was the first character featuring skin-splatter and
transparency in such a manner like no other character of mine did
before and got showered with love from you folks for the realistic
skin shading. Thanks a lot!
Lately I experimented with some pieces of loincloth but the
results were pretty poor. I do believe I have to wait until new tech
comes over if I want her to wear such things but now I changed her style
over to a more classic fantasy cloth and leather dexterity character.
Tallulah is the oldest daughter of Kaiga O'Brien, former Lord of Water and Sea-King of England and she has two half siblings: Stiofán and Niamh since her father married again after Tallulah's mother died in war. There is a huge age gap between the three but they come along pretty good and look after each other.
Tallulah has no wings but with the help of her fins she is such a fast swimmer that you might call that flying too. She is a happy, cheerful, playful maybe even cheeky and naive young woman and the ocean is her daily playground.
She loves Irish music, beer and whiskey and she can drink practically any non dragon being under the table with ease.
Her father taught her everything he knows about his magical ability, his swordplay and and gave his best to raise her properly so she can one day become his successor as Lord of Water. This day however came way earlier than Kaiga imagined after he got severely injured in battle, causing him to loose a huge portion of his skilled swordsmanship.
However he found a way to seal his power into his necklace and after giving it to Tallulah she has been able to control water like her father making her the new Lord of Water.
Tallulah is the elemental rival to Eilidh and the two woman don't come along in any way so Tallulah tries to be the reasonable one or avoid Eilidh as much as possible. She is teaming up with Cyrill and Kyra while they are on missions for Hoshi and she has developed quite the interest on both her teammates. She takes her role as member of the Seven Angels serious but acts most of the time pretty over confidential.
So first of all -yes- I can't help myself but to create yet another dragon. As you might noticed I recently worked on Hoshi and that, as well as my updates on Stevie and Niamh and writing a lot of background lore lately all lead to him. Of course I had a lot of inspiration from several things but for now let's talk a bit about the basics:
His body model is made out of Tallulah's just up-scaled and some parts replaced to get me started. The last time I did something similar was when I decided to do my very first dragon Cyrill and back then I used Fabienne as a template. That worked pretty well so why not do it again. After I had the dragon head on his neck I went over to blender to do some funny head shapes. I dragged out his forehead in the same way as I did with Niamh (since she also is his daughter) and did a few adjustments to the eye region and the muzzle to give him a really long, sharp snout.
Now the second mayor thing I did to him was literally crushing his right shoulder. He is a veteran of war and had a mayor injury handicapping him now. In order to show this I used the draw sharp sculpt tool and cut across his whole body. The scar reached from his right shoulder across his chest to almost down the left waist and was...way to extreme (especially with textures on). To keep his sex-appeal but to also show this feature I scaled the brush a lot down and did sort of a wiggle back and forth in a way smaller area. That worked certainly well better and is now what you see. It's subtle but it's there and that was the goal.
Next one was hair antler beard and flipper so in short the body features: The hair and the beard are made once again with “Curve → Circle + Path” technique in blender, for the antler I took Tallulah's head-spikes and extruded some areas with the subdivision surface modifier added to the mesh. The flippers are old meshes I have for a year now and it seems they still serve their purpose well. Just some scaling and there you go!
Clothes are the basic shapes of the pullover and pants inside simply cloth pro blender addon, all I did was some scaling to make it look wider on him as well as wrapping the kimono in the same way I did with Hoshi. The belt is also “Curve → Circle + Path” mesh.
As I also mentioned earlier I went a bit into creating weapons and I really had a lot of fun doing this mad katana!
Coloring was a bit difficult in the beginning but after a bit of testing I made a gradient base color and worked everything around that with the metal/smoothness style I already used on Thelonious (yes, I know his section is gone for now but I'll bring him back after his rework )
To get all of that going I had a good bunch of inspiration for all those shapes, colors, his name and all the stuff that's going on so let's go check them out:
It all started with the idea that Tallulah lost her father and now joined the ranks of the Seven Angles on his behalf but the more I started to think about this background story the more "sad" I felt that I would never be able to create him because I buried him a long time ago.
Meanwhile I created pretty much the whole O'Brien family and over the time I started to think about how he looked like and what kind of person he must have been. The idea to revive him by simply re-writing lore felt like the right step and on this point it simply doesn't matter at all. Maybe it only matters to me, tying lore on that large scale to my characters even at this point of FVNE but that's how I work and how I keep making up those characters you get to see.
His certain death changed to a sever injury causing him to call it quits and I have permission to swing the hammer:
With this MTG-card for starters:
You can tell that I adapted a good bunch of this head shape and antler as well as the Chinese beard and the color. However initially I went for the name (yes, it is spelled “Keiga” but I used “Kaiga” for a good reason)!
So, this time I went a bit over board (maybe?) but let me show you a few funny little geeky things:
In Japanese, there is a culture of Kanji which is a set of
characters that originated from Chinese characters, and the meaning
of the name changes according to the choice of Kanji characters.
The greater number of kanji variations, the more common name is in Japan. On the other hand, a name with a few variations of kanji is unique and not very familiar to Japanese people.
“Kaiga” has a total of 17 variations.
Sounds like a lot?
Not really. Just to set things into perspective “Kousei” (you might even heard this one if you're a bit into that stuff) has 264 variations and “Kouki” has even more, like 417 variations. So you can assume that Kaiga is not that familiar to Japanese people. So why all this ruckus? Well, the first thing is that that he is a mixture between a European and an Asian dragon, and his parents chose this name because it was so unique. The second thing is that those variations of “Kaiga” describe his person simply perfect: we have a lot combinations starting with “ocean” and adding things like “refinement”, “elegance”, “grace”, “sprout” and my favorite: “fang”. Come on, “ocean fang” is a super nice name for a water dragon, don't you think?
Title section over here and hell he has a lot. As a former member of the “Seven Angels” Kaiga held the title “Lord of Water”, in England he is known and often referred to as the “Sea-King” and due to his personal favorite magic abilities he is also known as “The Rainmaker”. Maybe that's why the english weather is so bad all the time...
Inspiration and references of all kind
Color and further inspiration comes from this bad boy that all Monster Hunter gamer among us recognize as a Lagiacrus:
The shape and style of the katana was sort of a major variation of “Yoru”, Mihawk's black sword from “One Piece” manga/anime series:
It gave me a bit of a direction but as you can tell by now it looks way different (just to show you from where I get my ideas).
Last ones are once again the Crest of Indech or Water Dragon Sign from "Fire Emblem : Three Houses” that can be found on the back of his right hand:
And the pendant with the shape of the Zora Sapphire that he gave to Tallulah after retiring from his duties:
Kaiga is one of the oldest members of the Seven Angels along with Thelonious. His Father was a Dragon from the northern Europe region while his mother had her origins in old Japan. Kaiga was raised in Ireland but after his father passed away making him the new Lord of Water he decided to explore his Asian roots and left the Island for a long period of time.
He met with Hoshi, became her disciple and should soon be known as the best swordsman of his generation surpassing even his mentor.
Kaiga came way closer to Hoshi than any of the other members of the Seven Angels and the two have a few secrets to keep but in the end after accepting Hoshi's offer to join her ranks he returned to Ireland, restored peace and established the union of his homeland.
He married his first wive, Rosie and had his first daughter with her, Tallulah. After the tragic death of Rosie during a rebellion his bond to Tallulah became extremely strong and it took Kaiga over a century to marry again. With his second wive, Shannon he has now two children, Stiován and Niamh. The family is pretty open minded about the way of live and as Kaiga states himself but they all hold together despite the patchwork.
He is a calm and gentle person but there is more than the eyes can see on the surfaces. Despite being a gentleman Kaiga likes the rough play-style between the sheets.
Cyrill had become his best friend and those two formed sort of a unstoppable dream team back in the good old days with Kyra as their squad leader. However it took Kaiga and Cyrill just a few weeks to force their leader into quite the submissive role after any complete mission and this trio discovered a great way to relax.
One thing Kaiga had to learn the hard way however was that overconfidence is the greatest enemy.
He massively underestimated the pure strength of his enemies attack causing his guard to break and he got severely injured. Even though the wound got treated well the damage done to his shoulder joint couldn't be undone. After this battle he never had been able to fight like he was used to. Still being a formidable swordsman and spell-caster Kaiga carried on for a few years but after he found a way to transfer his water magic into his pendant he told Hoshi to resign from his post and that his daughter Tallulah will carry on as the new Lord of Water.
Nowadays Kaiga has still a big amount if influence on Hoshi and the rest of her council but he focuses on his administrative duties towards his country.
I must say I never thought that one day I would come this far. It is really a big thing for me sitting here and looking at those characters that I made up out of my imagination calling them Seven Angels and getting such a resonance from you guys. If you check out the dragon tag inside the app you'll find most of these characters here on the very top of 2021 and that means a lot to me. I'm looking forward to add in all these guys in one picture with some cringy poses and I will HD-print that out and hang it on my wall for sure! With Thelonious "finished" all members of the Seven Angels are fully equipped and ready...for now. It has been a hell of a journey and I have learned so so many things about 3d modeling in general and doing clothes and coloring in many different ways. I would never imagined that.
All that is left to say is: Drop me a line of what you think and thank you for all your support!