Saturday, December 24, 2011

I heard you like pictures...

As the pinball design is becoming somewhat 100% (it will probably never be until it's printed) I thought you might like a little teaser image of the 2 GB large image file that is the playfield...

1) Lower left playfield.
This picture was taken at 7% zoom rate.
What we see here is a small piece of the left lower playfield with the in- and outlanes, slingshot, left ball lock etc. White areas will be cutout to create a little "boundary" of wood and allow for machinery and lights to protrude. It will also allow me to bolt down things without wrinkling the decal too much. The latter shouldn't be much of an issue as I intend to put a couple of layers lacquer on top of the playfield before assembling everything anyway.

The artwork's probably not as complete as I would like it to be, I'd like to have a little more small details that you see when your inspecting the playfield closely. I like that amount of detail in a game so presumably I'll try to get that into mine as well.

But I really think it's progressing nicely and feels kind of balanced. It might at the moment be a little un-orthodox compared to a classic pinball in terms of design, but it's my game. And my first at that - so I'll let it slide. ;)

But I'll probably at least try to color code the various parts that co-interact a bit more so it will be easier to distinguish various features from one another.

Next we have a picture of the main toy of the game - a big daddy, a.k.a Mr Bubbles!
He will if everything goes as planned have a rotating drill and a couple of Frankensteins monster-ish moves to go with that.

This piece was actually a lot large than I expected, so I had to do a little redesign in my design rather than chopping of his legs etc. But I like the size! It also allows me to insert machinery inside to make the drill rotate etc.

It has also got built in LED-lights which I intended to do, but this saves me the trouble. It will simply light green when he's active (i.e protecting a little sister), amber/yellow when searching (if a sister is targeted, or a shot is placed at big daddy directly) and finally red - hostile.

I hope to find more toys of equal quality - or maybe I'll attempt to do a couple of custom ones. I'd really like to have a splicer model as well - but they are almost just as large and I'm currently running out of room in the box!

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