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Vapore Macchina Insetto
by Polysoup from TX, United States
Challenge > Steampunk
Submitted on 26th Jul 2010
Comments : 123 comment(s)
Voted by : 259 People
Average Score: Vote to know the Score
Visits : 34136
About My Design
It is the year 1852. It has been 30 years since the start of the Great War. Already it feels like two lifetimes. At first there was hope that we would be able to stop the invasion. However our Flying steam fortresses are no match for their tanks and our defenses are falling quickly. I fear we don’t have much time. Our good Queen Victoria has been escorted to safety and is in hiding. I hope we have the means to keep her safe.

I have locked myself in my study in hopes of creating a new device that could turn the tides in this bloody war. Instead of military might I have come up with a small “information gathering device” that will benefit us all. If this little spy can sneak through the enemy’s defenses and relay back to use precious information we might still have a chance.

. . . Oh no, I heard the main gates of my house have smashed in. Am I too late with this? You will find the schematics for the “Vapore Mecchina Insetto” in this transmission. I pray that this information reaches my allies at PatchTogether and they can begin production before we lose all hope.

. . . . Oh heavens, I hear them coming up the stairs. The feeble lock on my door will not hold out for very long.

This is goodbye then. I must destroy my personal computing device lest the enemy forces discover my plans. Stay strong my friends, we could win this yet.

- FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!!!
   
123 Comments
devin125 commented on 1st May 2015 (Report Spam)

WoW! What an amazing design. I like it.

Artimis commented on 13th Jul 2012 (Report Spam)
very cool
BeautifulMonstr commented on 1st Feb 2012 (Report Spam)
Great story and beautiful design!
KingB commented on 10th Nov 2011 (Report Spam)

I wanted to let you know that I just purchased one of the Sideshow Collectible Versions and I can't wait to see it! I hope you are able to create other additional steampunk items such as this to create a steampunk utopia! You are a true master of your medium. Please keep up the amazing work. Thank you!

Ciaphas commented on 16th Oct 2011 (Report Spam)
Just ordered this. I hope to make a loved one who is into steampunk very happy on her birthday. I love this design and I know she will too.
MeloNeko commented on 12th Oct 2011 (Report Spam)
Okay this is just really awesome. The fact that you put a story to it is even better. Awesome work!
chenghaitoy commented on 14th Jul 2011 (Report Spam)
first time to see this kind of design, very nice, we make toys, hope to get more idea from here.thanks.
Flurry The Bear commented on 21st Jun 2011 (Report Spam)
Wow! That's really cool! :D
Ashed-Dreams commented on 25th Nov 2010 (Report Spam)
this will make an impressive desktop display.
Punchbuggy commented on 18th Nov 2010 (Report Spam)
This is exactly the aesthetic I adore! Great design, great colors, I want several of these toys in my room!
Polysoup commented on 15th Nov 2010 (Report Spam)

All I can say right now Kino is that you might want to start saving up ;)

Kino commented on 20th Oct 2010 (Report Spam)
If those copper color treatments make it to the final version I'll buy two. O_O
Polysoup commented on 16th Oct 2010 (Report Spam)

A big "thank you" to all the people who voted and made this possible. I'm super excited. There were a lot of great entries in the contest and hopefully we'll see them on shelves someday as well. Now begins the equally, if not more, daunting task of trying to get people to part with their money so it gets into production o.O

Zonkey commented on 15th Oct 2010 (Report Spam)

Congrats Poly :3

JAKAL commented on 11th Oct 2010 (Report Spam)
robotic insects are always interesting
Silvolf commented on 7th Oct 2010 (Report Spam)

Lovely work, this would make a great figure.

PurpleCow commented on 4th Oct 2010 (Report Spam)
Very Nice :) I look forward to more in other insect species
Mamstwo commented on 1st Oct 2010 (Report Spam)
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Polysoup commented on 27th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)

Here's a 3d turn-around of the character. If you want to scroll around and see the other sides just click and drag the image around. If you want it to rotate on its own just single click on the image

 

http://polysoup.com/index.php/vapore

Gelco commented on 25th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Congratulations, awesome design and model.
Arimermaid commented on 18th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
It's so impressive, cute and creative at the same time! :-D
pandabeah commented on 18th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
heyy!! ^^ it's a-panda-beah from dA!! How is u? ^^ design is awesome btw!! i'd love it as a toy :D
franpoo commented on 16th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
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a-j-mohacsy commented on 15th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
very cool
Bogart commented on 14th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
This is really amazing! I would love to see it as a toy and as a shirt! Great colors and idea!
LandOfKirk commented on 13th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Awesome!
awiakta commented on 13th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Fantastic! Steampunk bugs are some of my favorite and everything about this one is a delight to the senses. Would make an awesome toy!
Formaldehyde commented on 12th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Lovely lovely.
Beaudom commented on 11th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
I think this piece is beautiful. I love the colors and details.
Deadie commented on 11th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
I wish i had money to buy it, steam punk is amazing. Its beautifully done.
SnakeX commented on 11th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
awesome design
Naivascha commented on 9th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
just love the wings ^^
tanshin commented on 9th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Absolutely stunning. The wings are just awesome. Very Myst like.
UndeadKitty13 commented on 8th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
this would make an awsome toy love the colors of the wings and just to overall look of it
Artoveli commented on 8th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Excellent design, it would be wonderful to have this thing in tangible form!
Polysoup commented on 8th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)

Thanks everyone for the interest, comments, views and votes! Now it's my turn to experience the agonizing nailbiting time known as "The Great Waiting". I know you guys on the storybook contest had to go almost a month. Meep!
 

nesskafe commented on 5th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
I just love it ^^
Naomiwiflath commented on 5th Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
I love the technical designs for this model! Would love to see it made!
tHURSTy commented on 3rd Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Cool design and very appropriate for the contest. I think this would be EPIC forged out of scrap metal and stained glass for the wings. 5'in it!
blackbloodcell commented on 2nd Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
It's a very precisely made design. I'd love to see it as a toy. :)
Apsurette commented on 2nd Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
A toy of this would be AWESOME!!!
AGBBibag commented on 2nd Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
Awesome as design!
Kimia commented on 1st Sep 2010 (Report Spam)
I absolutely love this design.
SaffronTea commented on 31st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I LOVE this, and the Fantasy-Fellowship supports you!
droguido commented on 31st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Best possibe toy ever!!!!
droguido commented on 31st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)

Love it so much, id like to see it come true.

Crimmerz commented on 30th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I quite adore this. I think it's a beautiful design and would love to see it as a toy!
Mirhiel commented on 30th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
5.... grettings from DA
superwoman commented on 30th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Great design, I love it!
Sarumuffin commented on 29th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I love it! the design just stands out so much, the colours are well chosen to give it such an intense feel. So much went into designing it, the read up of it just gives it some interesting depth too! I do hope your design sparks an interest with everyone as it does with me because it's so beautiful! <3
dAkshEN3 commented on 29th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Simply awesome
Antok commented on 29th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Alot of effort and thought obviously went into this. I am drawn to the design as well as the graphic detail. Two thumbs up Polysoup.
Eimi commented on 28th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Beautifully designed and well thought out with the background story. I love the antique theme, and the wings stlye of stained glass. i would love this as a showcase toy :) 2 Thumbs up!
Zander0610 commented on 28th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Great design...lots of detail!
yoneyu commented on 28th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
This is a very detailed and original illustration! I simply love it! You get my vote <3
Dustwing commented on 27th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
pretty rockin'
badwarden commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
amg, do want, i'd go steampunk someone in a dark alley to get my hands on this!
baggie commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Amazing~! Just something about it makes me want it so badly as a toy<33
niemassacre commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Very cool - I love the wings!
Siobhan68 commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Absolutely awesome design and I would sure buy it as a unique toy. It looks awesome!!! I LOVE it!
Ultema commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I absolutely adore this design. The fact that it's an insect definitely gives way for those lovely, involved mechanics and I see the wings are meant to be as a sort of stained glass style, making it both intricate and delicate at the same time (and right along with what I had imagined for it). The little in-character description helps it right along, too :)
Loly commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Love the design and colors.
kuma-x commented on 25th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
The whole concept is amazing! The idea, the design, the colors, the story.. I simply love it! :)
ziko commented on 24th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Amazing! <3
JackDaniels commented on 23rd Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Just loved it!
TehCK commented on 21st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Both cute and beautiful design! I'd love this keeping me company pocket and or desk wise!
Stroggoii commented on 21st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I'd buy it twice :)
icymoonshadow commented on 21st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
This is amazing!
Nymonyrys commented on 21st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Beautiful, detailistic work :).
Polysoup commented on 20th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)

A BIG thanks to everyone who has kept this design going!.You don't have to take the time to vote and comment but you do anyway *hug*.

Josh - Those mecha bugs are awesome. Great find.

Oddling - That's incredible for you to say. I had a big ol' smile on my face and I'm honored. You sent an encouraging comment to me in my blog section here at PT when I just started after I gushed over your designs. You're a gentleman and a scholar  . .and a Steampunk professor too apparently :)

SuperSchtroumpf commented on 20th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I really love it!!!
aconite commented on 19th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
This is really neat
RaeleneAtwood commented on 19th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Love it!
Oddling commented on 19th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Okay, we all want our designs to win, but I can't deny that this is just plain awesome. I'd definitely get one. 5 from me. I'll be thrilled if it wins.
JoshAlves commented on 19th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)

If you love this design as much as I do - you might like this as well.

I just came across this artist that takes bugs and watch parts and combines them with amazing results: http://www.insectlabstudio.com

RBjmh commented on 18th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
This is just amazing. I love it! I love the details on it and the coloring job is fantastic.
VinceRaptor commented on 18th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
This is freaking amazing! Beautiful design and overall well thought out!
Twi commented on 18th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
AWESOME
Twi commented on 18th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)

Thats awesome.

Polysoup commented on 17th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)

Thank you for all the comments. votes and views. By far the best reception I've gotten. 2 weeks left in the contest and it's still anybody's game though :)

gaering commented on 16th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
a very interesting design...
gingerbreadgir1 commented on 16th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
DETAIL.
Dozer commented on 14th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Top notch! Well thought out and planned. Excellent design!
Kyata commented on 14th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Awesome!!
walruseater commented on 11th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
this is awesome! i want one on my desk at work
JadenKale commented on 10th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Wonderful attention to detail! The wings would certainly become the highlight of this piece. Please make this toy become a reality!
merms commented on 9th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I would love to see some shots of this guy in action.
Necrohound commented on 9th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
It's fantastic. What material would it be in real? I'de buy it if some metal and glass, not plastic.
DanielRCampbell commented on 9th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Very cool design. Steampunk insects for the win.
Engelus commented on 9th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I'd want one as a minion spy if I were an evil genious, alas I am merely a genious.
JoshAlves commented on 5th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Fantastic! I love it!
Acce commented on 5th Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
This would make an absolutely amazing toy or collectors' item! I can't wait for it to go on sale, as I'm sure it will!
Mattyboombatty commented on 3rd Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
this is the best I've ever seen ever.
Seel commented on 3rd Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
wow... i'm speechless to how amazing this is. two things i really love combined together. 5 from me, i would buy it in a heartbeat!
Polysoup commented on 3rd Aug 2010 (Report Spam)

Thank you for all the votes and comments! I'm glad people enjoy this concept. I can't stress enough that each vote is very important. We don't want this guy to loose steam! haha I said "steam" cause this is a steampunk design, that's pretty funny . . .right?  OK, I'll stick to drawing :)

 

~Cheers

Chestnut commented on 3rd Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
Very steampunky, great for a desk display type object!
Diddy commented on 3rd Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
I like the color scheme and energy of the design.
Potgut commented on 1st Aug 2010 (Report Spam)
awesome!
dogeatdoug commented on 31st Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Absolutely love it!
rainbowonfire commented on 30th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Indeed :>
Mique commented on 30th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
cool!
SuziDragonlady commented on 29th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Awesome job, I like the colours very much. Great design. 5
ouch commented on 29th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
awesome!
Corvid337 commented on 29th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

i LOVE this! awesome backstory as well. would definitely like to own this.

Woobs commented on 28th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Nice!
Polysoup commented on 28th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

Wow, that would be cool if people used this for roleplaying! IF (and it's a big "if") this is ever made I'd love to see a photo of him in action :)

Piia commented on 27th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
I think this is especially awesome because I've thought up a little mechanical bug similar to this one for steampunk roleplays.
Sookie commented on 27th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Dynamite!! I could use one of these.
Polysoup commented on 27th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

Rendered out an all white one. Maybe a DIY perhaps :) It also lets people check out the form without being distracted by my attempts at painting metal in photoshop ;)

DynaflashEight commented on 27th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Very cool, Polysoup. Would make a stylish brooch with cloisonne wings too, IMO. :)
Elfenn commented on 27th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

And I confirm, this direction is right and awesome ;) I can't stop myself from coming to see this design, it represents all I love. Unique, very beautiful and detailed.

Polysoup commented on 27th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

Thanks again to all the votes! I'd love to have the wings semi transparent and have them move. Though I suppose it all comes down to interest and cost (and the wing movement would require some minor re-designs). I'm guessing this will be a bit more than a regular two legged figurine, but at the same time he's pretty unique so hopefully people wouldn't mind :)

I'm thrilled that each time I submit something it's more well received than my previous works. It means I'm going in the right direction.

~Cheers

kittiegirl commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

I was also thinking this would be a great mechanical moving type of toy.

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kittiegirl commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
The wings are colorful, and the long piercing nails give it a threatening aspect. Very interesting.
Mego commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
....I think I love you D: and I really like how the wings look like stain glass
aardvark-scouts commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

Really cool concept! If this wins, it would be so badass if they made the wings transparent! I think it'd really set this toy apart from many others out there. I can just picture this on a shelf with light glowing through the colored wings :). I also love the extra concept pages. It shows you put a lot of thought into this and the 3-d modeling really paid off in terms of being able to visualize this at a variety of angles.

thunderball commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

The Fly... bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Polysoup commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

Thanks for all the love so far! It took many re-designs to get him to this point. Hah, if he gets a fair amount of attention I can post up the wips so people can see how he got to this point. It was a bumpy ride :)

Because he is originally 3d, if there's any angle people want to see I can render out an image.

~Cheers

Zonkey commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
It was worth the wait to see this :3
s1lverb0a commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
looks soooo cool :)
Shumi commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)
Amazing! I love everything about your design. The balance between mechanical and natural, the color the silhouette. Even your concept sketches are whimsical and a joy to look at. Very nice work. =D
Polysoup commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

Thank you :) I created this in 3d first to make sure that all the parts fit and that the insect would look good from all angles. Then i painted over it in 2d.

Congrats on the banner Elfenn. You got the perfect Steampunk vibe with that design!

Elfenn commented on 26th Jul 2010 (Report Spam)

That is just AMAZING ! Very beautiful design, and great presentation. I would love to see an illustrated book with steampunk creations and texts of yours... Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous... That's a very, very good start for this contest !

I d' buy it...
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