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Here it is folks the Sliver Sculpting Contest.

I've been fascinated by this race of creatures from Magic: The Gathering since they debuted in the Tempest set. A race of purely adaptive hive-mind creatures, very similar to the Xenomorphs from the Alien saga.

So let's get down to business, due date for all entries will be September 14th 11:59PM. All entries must be sculpted and painted by that date. WIP photos and tips/techniques are welcome, just be kind and make which photo is the finished version.

Guidelines: Sculpts must be close to the description below, that being said Slivers are a unique race and come in a variety of shapes and types, but do share some common characteristics.

Slivers are depicted with an armored vertebrate body, a long, bifurcated whip-like tail, one arm with a single talon for a hand, and a head with an armored crest. Variations on this appearance exist in accordance with the abilities each has to offer to the hive. Typically they are eyeless.

References:

 

http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Sliver

The "As Cards" section will have links to the images used to depict slivers. If you google search beware that their newer forms are very humanoid, and that should be avoided. Use the references between Tempest and Future Sight. You do NOT have to pick a particualar sliver and sculpt it. You can use these as a style guide and create your own. There is no penalty though if you do decide to scuplt an image. It's your show, I just gave you the script.

 

Have fun with this one folks! There is a lot of opportunity to be creative and embellish. There will most likely be sculpting related prizes at the end, I'll announce those later. Knowing your quality and talent don't be surprised if I also offer to buy the sculpts ;)

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Interesting subject, I'd never heard of them before. I can see it being a challenge to find a natural pose for something with just one arm.

 

How big are these things, relative to a human?

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Interesting subject, I'd never heard of them before. I can see it being a challenge to find a natural pose for something with just one arm.

 

How big are these things, relative to a human?

 

 

any size

 

from small as a dog to giant as a dragon

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ok, turning in quick concept art (had some free time this evening) What size do you want this?

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Agree with Pragma. Have to think of creative sternum plan.

I'm having issues with the tail in terms of making a balanced sculpt. I plan to cheat and treat it like legs, if that's ok. Is that too human?

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Man, if you weren't entered Goblyn I'd ask you to co-judge :). You are on point bud. Yeah, creative basing is going to be your best bet with the two tails bit. There was one, the Synapse Sliver I believe that is wrapped around a gobiln.

 

Corporea your initial sketch is outstanding. These should be relative to a standard reaper human. Medium base for you D&D folks, but like Goblyn pointed out, their size range varies greatly from type to type. Usually they are around human-size though, the largest ones are considered unique, such as the Sliver Queen and Sliver Legion.

 

This is going to be good. I can tell.

 

P.S. Told you it would be challenging :)

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Interesting, don't do a whole lot of monsters. This is going to be kind of new!

 

I think I'm going to stay away from searching for reference pics and instead try to conjure up a design based exclusively on the written description.

 

That's some awesome concept are by the way, Corporea. I especially like the claw, the praying mantis style makes the single talon seem much more practical.

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I like your moxy Ironhammer, best of luck. I will say this, if you are looking to push out a unique adaptaion or mutation within your sliver the references do show how they incorprate such things as wings or two claws etc. but I don't want to stife your creativity of your ideas and concept.

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