The Guardians

Poser Science Fiction posted on Mar 30, 2014
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Each city on the planet was now 100% self sufficient, and classified as it's own Nation. Within the cities, peace had been achieved, but between cities ...conflict still remained. Each city leader, knowing that human weakness may some day become a threat.... The Guardians were created to prevent invading forces from breaching the city's boundaries. They were constructed to be indestructible, with a limitless power source. Although built of heavy metal alloy, they are quick and agile and of superior intelligence and weaponry. Their programming, hardcoded and encrypted so that it could never be tampered with. Their main directive, to defend the city boundary only.. so that they may not be used as an invading force against other cities. :) I picked this Mech dragon Up at DAZ this weekend and decided to create a render with it. This thing is a real beauty! and as you can see renders nice, only thing I ran into was that it's not very poseable... but given it's eyecandy appeal.... I'm glad I bought it :) I created a new height map for bump node and a specularity map. I also added a raytraced reflection node ( which really did not do anything but add to render time ) this took about 9 hours to render at 2093 x 2960 133 dpi using IDL and SunLight by Vince bagna. Normally it would have rendered faster, but with raytraced reflections and some extra 4096x4096 maps + all the transparency on the tree leaves, and IDL calculations, and 133 dpi instead of 72 dpi it took a long time, lol This has a lot of post-work tricks to enhance color and lighting + FX + DOF. I'm really happy with how it turned out, I hope you'll enjoy it as well :) Thanks to all who have been viewing, rating, commenting & favoriting me & my art.

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Comments (18)


Hinkypunk 5:15PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Wow love this Brett! He rendered really really nice! Was it worth the hours?? IMHO it was! :D

blbarrett 5:22PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Thanks :) yeah it was worth it.... it's been really fun working on it. I might see if I can improve the movement issues I ran into, re-do the JP's and Rigging if I can figure it out :) It's a complex model so what I ran into is understandable :)


3dtox 5:38PM | Sun, 30 March 2014


blbarrett 5:43PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Thanks :)


JohnDelaquiox 5:49PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Superb work on this!

blbarrett 7:10PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Thanks :)


mazzam 6:14PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Very impressive and dramatic.

blbarrett 7:10PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Thanks :)


GrandmaT 6:59PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Fantastic image! You've really made him pop off the screen and the added touches of dust and glowing tail make it a stand-out piece.

blbarrett 7:12PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

Many thanks :) Yeah the eye and tail glow were the last thing I added and after seeing it, I knew it was finished :)


lisalisette 9:37PM | Sun, 30 March 2014

WOW! this is very impressive work.. wonderful sci- fi image... you can be very proud of yourself :))

blbarrett 1:39AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Thanks Lisa, I feel good about how it turned out :)


Greywolf44 12:47AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

This would be better than a Doberman Pincer! Very dramatic and menacing pose on this "puppy". NICE!!!

blbarrett 1:38AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

LOL, they might occasionally need some oil, but you won't have to watch where you step in the yard :)


Mestophales 12:47AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Jaw dropping work....Yes the rigging got complicated - You can turn the Limits Off if you don't mind some poke through....The design is gorgeous, but also very hard to rig.

blbarrett 1:36AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Hey Thanks for commenting :) Trust me, I understand what you were up against, lol I'm glad you liked how the render turned out :)


tiff666 1:53AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Looks really cool!

blbarrett 6:47PM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Thanks Simon


saphira1998 1:54AM | Mon, 31 March 2014


blbarrett 6:48PM | Mon, 31 March 2014



pchef 2:31AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

exccellent scene and wonderful creature.

blbarrett 6:49PM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Thanks, glad you like it.


giulband 3:37AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Fantastic creature !

blbarrett 6:50PM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Yeah, it's a great character design, I had to have it, lol


ARD1 5:18AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Cool render

blbarrett 6:50PM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Thank You :)


uncollared 8:27AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Great details and POV. well done

blbarrett 6:51PM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Thanks, I'm constantly finding new approaches to DOF, and other postwork tricks.


sorensangbam 9:55AM | Mon, 31 March 2014

bada$$! nicely done.

blbarrett 6:48PM | Mon, 31 March 2014

Thanks for the comment :)


spiritmind 5:44AM | Wed, 02 April 2014


blbarrett 12:06PM | Wed, 02 April 2014

Glad to hear you enjoyed the art :)


Cyve 9:34AM | Sat, 05 April 2014

AMAZING... Fabulous image and marvelous creation/composition !!!


BellaDark 9:01AM | Sat, 03 May 2014

Stunning work on this, in all aspects, from the more "artistic" to the more "technical." Great composition and render too. The light accents are also just the perfect touch. Gorgeous! :)

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