37 - Arrival at the Darkstar Manor

Poser SteamPunk posted on Sep 07, 2022
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After a brisk ride beyond the city limits of New Babbage, Sonja braked the steam carriage at the front of the Darkstar estate. She noted the staff had gathered with the Guardian on the front steps. "Ehm! Best o' teh day ter yer all!" Fat Bob cheerily waved. "Where be 'er ladyship? Be she ready ter finish 'er tour o' teh manufactories?" As he returned the wave, the clank butler called back, "About that: I'm afraid there's been something of a development regarding Mistress Darkstar!" Sonja engaged the hand brake, listening to this exchange. As she observed the manor staff her eyes narrowed. "There's something wrong with the head maid!" she muttered. Molly's art notes: Set up and rendered with Poser 12.0.1029 and tweaked a bit in Photoshop. Fat Bob is by Simon-3D, Sonja Steelsinger is based on La Femme with modifications by Afrodite-Ohki. The butler and head maid are based on the CSI dummy figure by Cybertenko; the maid dolls are based on the BJ Doll by Studio Maya. The Steam carriage is by ADH3D. The setting is by RPublishing and Flink. The smoke is a prop taken from one of Michael C's products.

Comments (9)


JoeJarrah 5:13PM | Wed, 07 September 2022

Great looking scene and looking forward to seeing what happens next.

I'm convinced Fat Bob is the long-lost cousin of Skytown's CabinBot!

MollyFootman 8:32AM | Thu, 08 September 2022

Heh. Thanks, Joe. Fat Bob may indeed be a distant relative of the CabinBot as Clanks are definitely the ancestors of 'bots! XD



Radar_rad-dude 5:39PM | Wed, 07 September 2022

Magnificent image, Molly! Love all the fine details! Especially like having the steampunk robots working it! Very well staged and delivered!

MollyFootman 8:34AM | Thu, 08 September 2022

Thanks, Rad. I've always loved Steampunk and the Darkstar story is my most sustained attempt at Steampunk story-telling up to this point. The Clanks are a lot of fun, aren't they? =)



mifdesign 5:58PM | Wed, 07 September 2022

This steamy composition has lots of punk.
Outstanding gorgeous environment, amazing atmosphere and lighting, brilliant awesome render.
Magnificent Masterpiece of Finest Arts. I love it!

MollyFootman 8:35AM | Thu, 08 September 2022

Thanks, Marius. Steampunk is a fun genre to work in, for sure!



mazzam 6:57PM | Wed, 07 September 2022

Nicely done scene.

MollyFootman 8:37AM | Thu, 08 September 2022

Thank you, Mazzam. I wasn't entirely pleased with the sunlight which I thought looked better in the previous scene but there comes a time to shrug, render and post. ;-P I always enjoy hearing from you! =)


RodS 2:48PM | Thu, 08 September 2022

Quite the interesting group of staff here... And a great image, Molly! Fun story.

MollyFootman 2:38PM | Fri, 09 September 2022

I had fun making them up and introducing them in previous picrtures in the series and enjoy returning them. =)



UteBigSmile 2:29PM | Sat, 10 September 2022

This is a great graphic (new interpretation of Alice in Wonderland), just the way I like it, have a nice Sunday and a good start into the coming week!

MollyFootman 10:55AM | Sun, 11 September 2022

Thank you for the comment, Ute. How interesting that the picture reminded you of "Alice in Wonderland". =)



perpetualrevision 7:56PM | Tue, 13 September 2022

Hmm, wonder what Sonja sees as "wrong" with the head maid? Is it that she's a clank of a similar kind to the butler or that she's not clasping her hands? or something else? Fat Bob looks so friendly waving his giant hand!! :-) (And the Guardian looks pretty friendly too, waving back!)

MollyFootman 9:03AM | Wed, 14 September 2022

Thanks, Amy. Sonja is a spark and can "see" that there's no aetheric fluid movement in the head maid because of the clankseed that compelled her to serve the air pirates before they cancelled her. Mechanics only see the surface of clanks (sometimes the mechanics are called "clankertons") but a spark can see deeply into clanks and their animating aetheric flows in a mystic way. I've hinted at all this but hated to be too explicit. Where's the fun in that? XD

I imagine Fat Bob and the Guardian to be friends as they are among the oldest of the original clanks fabricated by Ebeneezer Darkstar, Lilja's missing uncle and former "Guvner" of Darkstar holdings. In fact, Fat Bob was Ebeneezer's first clank creation. I had the butler waving as well, but tried to make him look more restrained; quite proper, you know, unlike commoners like Bob and the Guardian. ;-P



donnena 9:40PM | Wed, 14 September 2022

Super image and story!!

MollyFootman 8:19AM | Thu, 15 September 2022

Thank you! I am so pleased that you are enjoying this series.



Annerose 11:02AM | Mon, 26 September 2022

Dear Molly, I think they substituted the head maid by a robot?

MollyFootman 3:23PM | Tue, 27 September 2022

The head maid, like the butler has always been a clank. The entire household staff is mechanical. You can review that here: https://www.renderosity.com/gallery/items/3012896/20-meeting-the-staff-of-darkstar-manor You have sharp eyes, Anne! =)


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