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Unused cylon concept by zeustoves Unused cylon concept by zeustoves
When making Blood and Chrome I thought I would have the lead in designing and animating the new (old) centurions. I was wrong. Design work had already begun by the small team which started on the project before I returned to the studio and that person had never designed a character before. My heart mostly sunk when the decision to go with his design prevailed over mine - which given the tastes of the producer reigning over the production is understandable. It became obvious only later in the production that all of his references in film or television came from the 70s - the era when he was a teenager and those films made the largest impression on him - films like Demon Seed, Where Eagles Dare and a few other notable films from that era. It was known as the era of the anti-hero in films - where the idealism and values of previous decades' films seemed trite.

By the time it became obvious they would be going with another design I was told by my supervisor that it would be alright if I wanted to spend the time finishing this design. I declined. There were too many shots in the pipeline to start tracking and animating and finishing this design would take time away from that. I had already been fiercely competing to try and get this design approved but ultimately lost.

To be honest, I don't why I put everything I had into this design - I didn't own it. My mantra for that year was Indie or DIE! but apparently I still thought I had a shot at creating something if not iconic at least additive to the lore of BSG.

I was heavily influenced by Ben Procter - one of the lead designers on the Transformers films - in fact I think he was the LEAD - period. I emailed Ben once on another matter - but it was decided of my design that it did look a little too "transformers-y" - which now I can understand but at the time I remember thinking that those films did truly set a new high mark for robotic design and execution in film. They garnered an academy nod for it after all and more VES nods afterward.

My only real comfort now is displaying them here and submitting them for another project which I hope to be a part of - and another I won't be able to talk about for at least three years compared to the two I had to wait to reveal this design.

Anyway - thanks for everyone who has fav'd commented, or reposted these somewhere - some people may hate them but at least they are out in the wild - where they were meant to be.
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UNOwenNYC Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Thank you, zeustoves, for sharing the story behind this.

It's an unfortunate fact of life that sometimes, the thing we feel in our hearts are the best, lose out to what're - and sometimes painfully obvious - poor, seconds.

What you did was create something here which IS beautiful, unique...original, but, most of all, pure Battlestar Galactica.

While I don't know you, and have very limited insight into you, I can tell you're someone who believes in themselves, and this - more than anything WILL serve you well.

Keep moving forward, zeustoves, but, always - learn from the past. 

All good wishes,

U.N. Owen

zeustoves Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
That has to be the most wonderful thing someone has said to me on this website. Wow.
I'm truly thankful it brought you some enjoyment. BSG was a project that I worked on after years of slogging through some really difficult work and times and I poured everything I had into it.

NYC eh? Hope those weather is getting better - I have some old buddies in NYC that have been slogging though the weather. Stay safe boss!
KasaiiKatashi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I really like the feeling that this Centurion has. It looks more suited to running around in the snowy environment more than the new old Centurions, and I was kinda disappointed we didnt get to see any of them too. 

Thank you for sharing all this wonderful concept work from Blood and Chrome :)
zeustoves Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for dropping by - it was definitely something I wish I could have finished - there are still a lot of textures and details I haven't finished.

I keep hoping they bring Blood and Chrome back as a series. :-)

Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
What are they called?
zeustoves Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
If I remember correctly the designation was something like U90 - a reference to Caprica's early model U87.
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Very cool!
zeustoves Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
viktor9ov Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I remember your work Blue Invaded [link] , intresting to compare now :)
zeustoves Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah that Blue Invaded piece was made right after production ended on Blodd and Chrome so I had some leftover ideas definitely :-)
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