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Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:13 am

Been wanting to do this for a while. It's just me putting down all her various forms. So I'll probably add to it later & so on but in no way is this intended to become a full on story.

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  • -Shade (primary/central version) bot | alt

    This version of Shade is the overall one. Her origins are a complete mystery. All anyone is aware is that she has always existed outside of time, space, etc. She has a few times been "torn" from where/when she exists so that others could destroy her but they're usually unsuccessful. She actually has been destroyed a number of times but, due to her initially existing outside of everything, it's futile as she just returns to whence she came from.

    Her purpose is actually not to interact or interfere with others but to maintain the "stability" of all other forms of her. She is the center... If she were to truly be destroyed then all other versions of her would cease to exist. The only reason she ever has to come into time & matter is if a version of her is doing something which is compromising the rest of her. Other versions of her have been pulled from their own realities/time frames in order to help fix things with the problematic one. Thus why her other forms are actually quite upset at her. They don't much like being disturbed in such ways against their will - & a few don't even like knowing that there's more than 1 of them. Her other forms have actually teamed up against her but, due to her being the center of them all, she knows very well how to defeat them all.

  • -Shade (G1/Autobot) bot | alt1 | alt2

    This is actually one of the few masculine versions of Shade. He is an Autobot & a rather fanatical one at that. He follows Optimus Prime with a blind faith never questioning any order he's given. He strives to be the ideal Autobot. He wants to be commended & recognized for all he's done. Usually, though, he gets razzed by his fellow Autobots. He actually has a raging temper boiling deep down beneath his surface... One which gets unleashed upon whoever is currently bothering him. This has lead to him attacking fellow Autobots & creating fear towards him amongst many of them...

  • -Shatter Star (G1/Unicronian Decepticon) alt
    I never finished the robot mode pic.

    Eventually Autobot Shade was killed in a conflict in space. His body drifted to who knows where, becoming space debris. It was actually never found. This conflict, however, occurred around the time Unicron showed up. Unicron was well aware of Shade's demise but had no time to get to his body before his spark extinguished. He did, however, set aside materials as to create a new minion which he would imprint with a personality based upon Shade's. Once all was completed & Unicron was able to plant a life force within the body, Shatter Star was brought into existence. Unlike Shade, Shatter Star was made female. She was also made into a Decepticon... Though she was never brought to Galvatron's attention.

    Being a purely Unicron created minion, Shatter Star is loyal to Unicron. She was sent on a separate mission far & away from the conflict on Cybertron. She was to take precautions in case of the "unlikely scenario" that Unicron dies. She did not like this thought but obeyed her master regardless. After Unicron died Shatter Star was well aware of it. She felt it within her very being... As such she returned to Cybertron only to find Unicron reduced to floating debris. She then immediately set out to resurrecting Unicron, though, due to her acting alone & fighting both Autobot & Decepticon alike, this task was very difficult & never through her entire existence did not once accomplish it.

    Shatter Star has at times worked with the Decepticons but can not stand Galvatron's insanities for long. Her own conflict with his - especially as she always sees herself as the same rank as Galvatron. She even has physical stats equivalent to that of Galvatron though she strangely falls easier when fighting Decepticons... This is thought to be due to the fact her personality is based on Shade & that Shatter Star thus still retains some of Shade's Autobot loyalty.

    The Autobots think that Shatter Star is the dead Autobot Shade "finally as (s)he should be" & are more than glad to attack her. They figure this due to the personality quirks & Shatter Star's alt mode looking like a stylized version of Shade's flight mode.

  • -Shadow (BW/Maximal) bot
    (for alt mode just think of a crow)

    In an alternate reality to Autobot Shade's & Decepticon Shatter Star's these events occurred...

    Shadow actually quite literally "showed up out of nowhere." Little did anyone realize that he was actually Shade back from the dead... In the Transformers' afterlife Shade got restless. Somehow Shatter Star's existence seeped into Shade & he took on some of her traits... & suddenly wanted to live again. He forced to make Vector Sigma his way out so that he "wouldn't end up like Starscream." He wanted a body... Vector Sigma was forced to pull whatever resources were immediately around it into a body - this included some parts of Cybertron though they cause no special effects to Shadow's body. He's just known to sometimes say that he is "part of Cybertron." Those around him, though, think he's just making things up.

    While a Maximal, Shadow isn't much of one. He mostly goes off on his own & does his own thing, usually avoiding conflict of any kind. It's not that he doesn't want to fight he just doesn't care... To him neither side is very good at ruling - though he does hold a desire to see the Predacons gain power over Cybertron. At least then, to him, all of the deceit & so forth would be out in the open. There would no longer be that false sense of freedom. He does enjoy his freedom on prehistoric Earth, though.

    In battle, Shadow is often thought of as more of an asset to the Predacons as what he does usually results in more damage for his fellow Maximals than not. The scoldings he get only fuel his going off on his own even more.

  • -Shadow (BW TM/Predacon?) bot | alt

    When the Transmetalling happened Shadow got shafted. He was given a vehicular form but lost his animal form. As such, while he has wings, they're only useful in robot mode. In vehicular mode they're just decoration. He also no longer has any separate weapons. His weapons are his bare hands or whatever he finds/can pick up.

    Shadow was also so disliked by his fellow Maximals by this point that he no longer considered himself a Maximal. He'd disabled all faction symbols on his form before the Transmetal wave came. As such his new form carries no "faction symbol screens." He's completely clean of any insignias... So it's no longer known to whom he is loyal, though Megatron often tries to recruit him for his Maximal secrets & he has actually helped the Predacons a number of times. His help to the Maximals is practically non-existent... Eventually he just stopped bothering with the Maximals at all. After one particular battle the Maximals were going to tell him he was no longer welcome but he stopped them before they could finish - by shooting Rattrap right in the face with a gun that had been lying around.

    At an even later point, when alone with Optimus, Shadow was asked why he had joined the Predacons. He smirked & replied with "I haven't." This confused & worried Optimus who thought that Shadow might be working with the aliens. Shadow noticed the look upon Optimus' face & quickly dismissed it with 1 word: Unicron... You see, the influence from Shatter Star on Shade was greater than he first realized. It wasn't until the Transmetalling that Shadow realized just why he was never quite the "team player." He had become a minion of Unicron - even though Unicron was nowhere around. Though, due to being Shade initially, Shadow was free from Shatter Star's obedience to Unicron. He was a completely free willed Unicron minion... This frightened Optimus even more though now he understood why Shadow would help the Predacons at times: He was using them.

    Optimus couldn't do anything to Shadow & had no reason to. Shadow's help didn't really make much of a difference for the Predacons. He was actually more competent now than when he was with the Maximals but, due to his own agenda of getting off planet, all of his "help" for the Predacons was actually him gathering materials for himself. The various devices of the Predacons that were destroyed contained unnecessary parts which Shadow would gather after battles & accumulate some place "safe & hidden." All of this he revealed to Optimus on the condition that Optimus would not tell the other Maximals... Optimus agreed just so he could get the information.

  • -Grim Shadow (BW TM2/Maximal?) bot
    (again i never got around to finishing pics)

    By the time both the Maximals & the Predacons had both lost their bases & the Ark was discovered Shadow was actually dead... Though his spark had been recovered by the Vok. With no other spark for it to "merge" with the Vok went to the only place that there were inactive sparks: The Ark.
    [Side note: In this reality Shockwave was actually on the Ark with his fellow Decepticons... Megatron had left someone else to guard Cybertron as he felt Shockwave was more needed on the attack on the Ark.]
    The Vok determined that Shockwave's spark was the best choice to "merge" Shadow's with. It was intended for Shockwave's logical mind to counteract Shadow's erratic behavior. As such Grim Shadow, a basic "female version" of Shadow, was brought into existence. The Vok also allowed Grim Shadow to have 3 modes instead of 2 like her "originators."

    Grim Shadow was intended to more assist the Maximals the same as the later coming Tigerhawk was. The reason Tigerhawk was still needed, though, is because the Unicron influence from Shadow was still very high in Grim Shadow. As such she would actually "break free" from the Vok's control at times & end up assisting the Predacons. This also resulted in a massive drop in reasoning & logic in her mind... As though by "breaking free" she was also negating the Shockwave influence within her.

    The breaks occurred more frequently over time with increased lengths in the amount of time she was free - until, eventually, she was completely free. Though, by then, her insanity had actually reduced... She was better able to maintain a reasonable mind, though logic was still not as present. While this made her a great asset to the Predacon cause she still fell along with Megatron. Not dead, either, she was also strapped to the hull of the escape ship to be brought back to Cybertron for trial.

  • -Jaded Shade (BM/Vehicon) bot
    (still no alt mode pic)

    Having been strapped to the hull of the Autobot escape ship along with Megatron, Grim Shadow also gained freedom & was thrown into the time stream along with Megatron. Her thoughts still set on following Megatron (at least for the time being) she helped him to take over Cybertron. However, once he had total control of Cybertron, that's when Grim Shadow decided to betray him... Over the time she & Megatron had worked together Unicron's influence had gradually taken over her till it finally had full control of her. But she had actually underestimated Megatron & he easily subdued Grim Shadow. She was actually the first "general" Megatron had made to his army... Though she was given no drones to control. Being more of an experiment in the technology Grim Shadow was kept locked away for a very long time.

    When Obsidian & Strika were released after Megatron's first 3 generals proved useless he also decided to release Jaded Shade as more of a "background player." Megatron decided to use her as more of a means to watch over Tankor. Even though he could easily do it on his own it just meant that little bit less he had to worry about. That & he figured, if it came down to it, the 2 would either help his plans to progress faster or destroy each other - especially as they both shared tank based bodies.

    In the end neither of those scenarios occurred... Tankor discovered Jaded Shade spying on him & she battled Tankor in the name of Megatron. When Tankor realized that Jaded Shade actually had more firepower than him, though, Tankor swiftly confused her with tank drones & made his escape. Jaded Shade then was left on her own. Having some of her original self dampened but not all, though, Jaded Shade was able to make more informed decisions for herself - unlike how Tankor initially was when he was released. As such she went to assist in the destruction of the Maximals. & just as she broke free from Megatron's control (she had an earlier version of the control program in her, not the final version Thrust, Jetstorm & Tankor had) she was destroyed in battle. Her spark actually extinguished which all Maximals present saw & felt & were then inspired to do better - at least for that battle... The rest of the time in this reality carried out as the more well known version of this reality did. Shade had ceased to be in this reality...

  • -Blood Shade (RiD/Decepticon) bot | alt
    (robot mode with Autobot insignia)
    ("Sapphire" variant)

    Blood Shade was actually barely present in the main portion of this reality...

    An Autobot traitor, Blood Shade was brought to Earth in order for Megatron to recruit her. He wanted to test her loyalty... She performed admirably & gained a victory for the Predacons, was inducted into the Decepticon sub-group & was sent to another post somewhere else where the Predacons were suffering great losses. There she managed a number of victories against the Autobots.

    Blood Shade's fate after that is unknown. She mysteriously disappeared as she was being overwhelmed by an Autobot attack. However a Decepticon has been spotted with an identical body to Blood Shade but with an entirely different color scheme & name. She calls herself "Sapphire." This "variant" drifts about, surviving by doing odd jobs about the universe. Many Autobots have seen this "variant" & not been fooled by it. They've confronted Sapphire & she's honestly told them that she's actually pleased with her new lifestyle. She's never been the type to rush back to any cause as noted by her leaving the Autobots in the first place. They end up not harming her since she's no longer harming anyone... That & it's hard to find good, reliable delivery service. :O_^
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Re: Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:48 am

    -Shade & Dark Shadow (alternate BM reality/Vehicons)
    (these are custom figures i never took pics of & wanna rework anyways; they're both made from Alt Sideswipes)

  • This reality vastly varies from the well known version. In this reality, when Megatron got back to Cybertron, he had to deal with more resistance. He also had to face pre-Beast Wars versions of everyone he had just escaped since he landed that far in the past. Even after Megatron took over Cybertron he was not able to capture everyone. Scourge from the Great War lead a resistance team against Megatron. However their numbers were slowly reduced until it was only Scourge & Tarantulas left...

    Deep down in Cybertron, Megatron also faced heavy resistance when he went to the Oracle in the form of the original Grimlock - who actually had not been put into a newer body. It was only thanks to Megatron's might & deceitful ways that he was able to fell what for him was a giant. The fight also turned out to be a waste when he found that the Oracle was not there...

    When the Autobot shuttle came crashing down to Cybertron all of the Maximals inside were swiftly captured. All except for Cheetor who was somehow not taken out by the virus they had been hit with. He was only barely able to maintain consciousness, however, &, while he managed to make it out of the shuttle, did not make it far. He made it far enough, though, to collapse where the Vehicon drones could not see him. That is where Tarantulas found him... & took him back to base. There he & Scourge rebuilt Cheetor's body - which had reverted back to only the Transmetal state instead of going fully back.

    Once awoken, Cheetor of course had several questions... His most immediate being why a Predacon was helping him. After it was explained that Scourge & Tarantulas were all that was left of Cybertron's population Cheetor reluctantly agreed to help them. As time went on with many battles against radically different physical versions of Thrust & Jetstorm (no Tankor - this Megatron only needed 2 generals to keep the resistance from gaining any ground) the small 3 Cybertronian resistance eventually found the fallen body of Grimlock - which miraculously still had its spark within. It seems that Megatron had forgotten all about his large adversary, though in reality it's that Grimlock's spark was too much for Megatron to handle without some heavy duty protection. &, since Cybertron was organic all the way down there, it was taking him a long time to get suitable technology down there.

    Scourge & Tarantulas worked up some plans to rebuild Grimlock's body as they had Cheetor's, though this time they didn't need to give their patient a permanent mobile stabilization unit. (The virus within Cheetor was just in a dormant state & needed something to always be near by to keep it from activating again - especially as it had actually mutated in a way which would destroy Cheetor completely if it became active again thanks to Tarantulas' lack of technology making him unable to properly analyze said virus. He wasn't aware it had that kind of safety mechanism within it...) Since Megatron still had construction going on in this area it wasn't long before he was alerted that the resistance had moved base to Grimlock. He sent a rather large attack force to get them out... Only Scourge & Cheetor went to face them while Tarantulas continued working on Grimlock.

    Scourge & Cheetor were lucky as they managed to keep the battle going on for approximately 30 solar cycles... Managing to use the power sources of fallen adversaries to fuel themselves. The battle had slowed down in favor of the resistance. Megatron was having to regroup his units. His generals had to literally be dragged back to base since they weren't as innovative as the resistance. (Thus why the battle had slowed down.) Scourge & Cheetor went back down to see how Tarantulas was fairing & to get a good recharge instead of the temporary stuff they had been running on.

    Tarantulas was about midway done having used the machines Megatron was building down there to speed the process up. (As in he had taken them apart & used them for parts in Grimlock's body, though he also reprogrammed some to assist him in the building process.) Scourge & Cheetor recharged & helped Tarantulas for as long as they could until Megatron decided to attack again. Given the amount of drones they had taken down & damages the Vehicon generals had suffered this time was around 10 solar cycles. It was enough for Grimlock's new body to be nearly complete & Tarantulas could finish on his own.

    Scourge & Cheetor fought Megatron's forces into what was turning into another long & engrossing battle but everyone was suddenly surprised as the surface beneath them shook. Bursting from the tunnel Scourge & Cheetor were guarding was a massive vehicle which Tarantulas was riding... It roared as it drove over the Vehicon drones like they were nothing yelling & demanding for Megatron to show himself. Scourge & Cheetor grabbed onto what was obviously Grimlock & rode him all the way to Megatron's base with the generals & remaining drones chasing after them.

    Once there Megatron did show himself... To which Grimlock gladly transformed to his massive robot form. He was tall enough to put his face right in front of Megatron who was taken aback a bit at how such height was maintained in a body smaller than Grimlock's original. But it was only for a brief moment as Megatron quickly went back to releasing his new general: Silver Convoy. From out of his base a streaking, silver "death truck" shot forth, transforming & quickly firing shots at each of the smaller resistance members. Grimlock went to take a swipe at this new general who dodged easily by jumping out of the way... Megatron held his hand up to halt his new general so he could make further announcements. From behind the old generals & drones came 2 more generals: Shade & Dark Shadow... (This universe's "replacements" for Strika & Obsidian.)

    As this battle raged on with the resistance now able to make actual ground thanks to the sheer might of Grimlock, it was revealed that Silver Convoy was the Optimus Primal who had returned to Cybertron. Like Tankor in the known version of this reality, Silver Convoy did not want to return to who he was. He enjoyed being free of his morals & such. But he remained loyal to Megatron after being "released," giving Megatron even more of an upper hand - 1 which he had not planned on but was glad to have.

    The resistance, however, had also managed to free the Optimus Primal that Megatron had encountered before the shuttle returned. He managed to find the Oracle & became more gung ho instead of such a peace lover as the more known version of him became. the virus within Cheetor was also eventually remedied thanks to the Oracle though he still kept his mobile unit since it gave him an added advantage in battle.

    Eventually Megatron did fall... Shade, Dark Shadow, Silver Convoy, Thrust & Jetstorm were all confused as to what to do at this point. Thrust & Jetstorm, having been revealed to be Rattrap & Silverbolt (Megatron didn't "reclaim" Waspinator in this reality) ended up joining the resistance & returned to their original selves, though the only "reformatting" they received was having all of Megatron's control over their bodies removed in case he came back. The other 3 generals were more looking for any remains of Megatron & would do battle with the resistance whenever they absolutely had to.

    As there was no "Noble" event here Megatron just ended up as a wandering, chaotic spark which kept trying to take any body without a spark in it already causing some small skirmishes with Vehicons & resistance alike. The bodies would always eventually explode due to not being able to handle a spark in that state. Once his spark finally stabilized again, however, Megatron did rise again... Though he was unable to take down any of the resistance. They had done their work to damage Megatron's base, they weren't about to be unprepared for his return. (The resistance has G1 Scourge who knows all too well Megatron always comes back...)

    The final battle actually ended up with the entire resistance facing off against Megatron as a machine he had made prepared to destroy Cybertron. (He thought "If I can't have it then no one will!!") With all of the remaining drones having been destroyed (the resistance kept hitting the factories where they were produced. Even if they had lost a battle in them they managed to make the battle destroy the factory at the same time) some time ago there were only the 3 generals to assist Megatron against the 7 resistance members. Though they focused on Grimlock as he was the most powerful... Once he fell everyone managed to take everyone else out - except for Megatron & Optimus Primal. The 2 of them were that last ones standing... Neither of them with enough energy to fight any more. So Optimus did what he had to... He threw himself at Megatron, knocking the both of them into the pit that lead right to Cybertron's core. The machine Megatron had made fired... & the energy somehow changed as it hit both Optimus & Megatron. As it blasted through them & hit the core an energy wave was emitted which blasted forth, spreading across Cybertron... & reformatted it into a purely mechanical state. The wave freed the captured sparks & gave them all their old, mechanical bodies back... Well, the last mechanical bodies they had anyways. (So no one has any G1 bodies. Ravage is as we saw him in Beast Wars, Grimlock is in the one Tarantulas, Scourge & Cheetor built him, Scourge is in his last one, etc., etc.)

    It's to be noted that the wave also put Cybertron back to its golden age - again. Life on Cybertron, however, continued on as it had. Though they now had 2 of a few Cybertronians (thanks to the Maximals who came from the Autobot shuttle) & a few others (Silver Convoy, Shade & Dark Shadow) who needed to be jailed. (They were fanatics for Megatron's ways.) These small things, though, did not effect their normal ways of doing things. The Maximals who came from the Autobot shuttle took new names & lived their lives anew thanks to all the changes, personal growths & such they had gained while in the Beast Wars.
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Re: Shade

Postby Transypoo » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:48 pm

Interesting. I've been wondering what the deal was with Shade.

I like the alternate version of Beast Machines. I like that Grimlock (who I imagined as the Masterpiece) got a vehicle form (that I imagine with a dinosaur mouth on the front for some reason.) and not a new beast form. Also, Silver Convoy was a cool idea. (I imagined him looking like the Silver Alternity Prime! ^_^)

It kinda reminds me how in my BM story Soundwave managed to get to... uhh... I never had a name for that planet... well, it was the former moon. And was turned into Black (or Dark?) Convoy.
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Re: Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:47 pm

Yeah, she's been all over. lol I just never got around to finishing the Unicron Trilogy versions & no longer care to. For whatever unknown thought process they're just not important to cover to me any more.

& uuhh... I actually have custom figures for every character in that alternate BM. o.o; A few extras, too, as it was originally more broad than that... This is sort of a refined version. & I can tell you right now that they don't look like you imagined, at all. lol Silver Convoy actually uses a mixture of parts from Energon Landmine & Energon Prime. Thus the mention of a truck form. He's just this beast of a truck that's so outta the 2nd Mad Max film... (If not the 3rd.) Except with a purely silver color scheme (save for red optics). & Grimlock is a mixture of various parts. The robot mode actually has the capability of turning into a T-rex style mode but it's not expressly designed to be a beast. It kinda just forms it. He's also got this massive gun & a massive tank cannon. Many of his parts are actually from GI Joe vehicles so, when I say massive, I mean massive. P; His original body from earlier in that timeline would no doubt look like MP. But he's got a body that so looks like it was made from what was available.

I actually have to rework several of the figures, though. Most are from an earlier time when I was still just starting into kitbashing, resulting in some actually flimsily put together figures. I also wanna redo Tarantulas from scratch since what I started making is such crap... I can do WAY better now. But I can't work on any customs right now anyways. All of my stuff is packed up for when they tell me they're gonna move me up stairs. I've known about this for some time as it's a building-wide issue & everyone's being moved around. Thus why I lost a lot of my desire to do anything in general. Having to pack my stuff up into the middle of my apartment every few months is annoying when your main hobby involves leaving a bunch of plastic parts & all lying around. & now it's more frequent as they're doing renovations on upper floors, forcing the bedbugs down. Every 2 months now my apartment gets fumigated.

Anywho... This is actually still a ways from being done. lol I still have Shade's "unusual" form, the 1 that's being made along with the Mutate & Skids figures I've got planned (though that 1 I'll probably have you guys help me with since it involves your characters. lol ), the other Dark Shadow & Shade sibling duo I started making (1 of them is being made from 1 of the G1 Headmaster Nightbeats I got some time back), the "dark" version of the primary Shade there (though far less God-moddy. lol She also won't be just a direct recoloring but be a visually upgraded version with an alt mode that makes sense for her to turn into) & the WFC version. Though I'm unsure if I'll make a figure of that 1 or just draw her...

There's also this version: http://s126.photobucket.com/albums/p81/ArtOfRikku/kitbashes/WiP/new%20Shade/ But I might not reveal much - if anything - about her since she's for a fanfic I want to do. Then again so was that alternate BM. lol But that's part of why I wanna write things... I wanna get that talent back since it's the 1 I've worked on the least. I kinda got good then stopped doing it. Visual & audio based arts took over my desires more... Especially audio based as I found I was actually able to complete songs rather fast. So we'll see. (This is also why I want help in writing. The feedback, story ideas & all... I want that talent back to where it was when I left it - if not better than.)
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Re: Shade

Postby Transypoo » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:51 pm

Funnily enough, I really didn't start writing until I started doing RPs on the AUG. Perhapts we should do something like that around here... we use to, but as BB and Matrix3 don't seem the type so much, and the only ones who did left the board back in ver.1 we got out of the habit.

Oh right, I think you posted that before, it's cool.
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Re: Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:56 am

Yeah, I did post that before. She had a head added since those pics were taken ala a movie Target Arcee (the blue Energon Arcee repaint) which I also mentioned before. Also had a sword added that she can hold... But nothing past that. Still gotta put pegs, holes there for & such on her to make the alt mode stay together on its own, a place to put the sword, etc... They're actually minor details but there seems to be more of them than what I did in those pics. lol & WOW those pics are tiny now that I use a higher screen resolution... O_o: (I used to use 1024x768 but I now use 1280x1024.) Eh, not much I can ask for given the available resolutions of the cheap cams I buy... Can't afford anything more. If I could, though, I'd definitely go for something far less grainy.

Anyways, I used to RP which is what first brought my attention to my poor writing ability. I used to be able to write so amazingly... Then I started compressing it for character bios (you can see that style in everything I posted above about the various versions of Shade) & either somehow that lead to harming my story writing capabilities or I just lost that in general. Back in grade school, though (as in grade 5), I actually wrote some amazing stories. I got commended on them often. Though, iirc, they did often end up longer than what I needed to do & I often had to struggle to make an ending sooner than I wanted to. lol Now it's all reversed: My writing's poor but I'm better at making/customizing 3D/real things. O_o:

Back on the topic of RP: I actually lost my desire for it in general. I find I much prefer having my own stories where I can control all of the characters instead of relying on others to make things happen - especially as I always end up playing as myself. I'm not very good at pretending to not be me... Which makes sense given how I live. & I refuse to "turn it off" cause it can easily lead to me faltering & returning to lies. :=.=: I'd gladly read any RP you put up around here but wouldn't join in. I'm good at hanging out but, unless it's a video game ( :glanceright: ), I suck at playing with others. Over at this place they know all too well how I can't handle RP. (Especially when waiting for people to post. I wanna do things NOW, not when their life/job/etc. gives them free time. ;x: )
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Re: Shade

Postby Transypoo » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:15 pm

Yeah, the problem with RPs is the somewhat chaotic nature of the plot (if any) as anyone can throw a monkey wrench into the works. I remember JW getting upset with us for making the RLD cruse ship go well on past six pages. And he introduced a villain to try to speed up the process. To me, it's rather obvious that a villain slows things down rather than speeds them up.

Yeah, I like to have my own stories, but then again, it's fun to work with someone even if its just having characters chat and not do to much. Also, that Classics story is pretty much an RP except we do it in person instead of online.
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Re: Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:51 pm

Transypoo wrote:Yeah, I like to have my own stories, but then again, it's fun to work with someone even if its just having characters chat and not do to much. Also, that Classics story is pretty much an RP except we do it in person instead of online.

Yeah, I got that feeling off of it... &, as I basically pointed out: I don't mind so much working with people in regards to getting feedback, ideas & all. But I still need that ultimate say over what happens... Even though I'll likely incorporate all ideas anyways. lol I especially love it when things can be pieced together better by someone else... Cause I'm not always the best at that.

Unlisted Syndicate is basically my start into doing this. Sure, it started on a whim with a dream I had... But I think it's a great 1 to start from - especially for how involved it really is. I do know, though, I'm gonna need a lot of help on the whole Government end of it... Which is something I've noticed Skids has a lot of knowledge in. No idea about you, Mutate, as you've never shown such yourself. lol

This is all also partly to get me over lashing out at people unnecessarily... Like how I was with TFDoc way back when & how I've been with you at times. I do, of course, have the desire to control. Many humans have that desire... Seems it stems from our fear of the unknown. But, yeah. There's 1 project where I was working with someone &, while they had the ultimate say on the final product, I got to be the 1 who did the majority of the work. It was a drawing I was doing for someone which actually never got finished. Things between him & I got dramatic because of me &, so, it stopped. (It was balineseterror from that TF RPG I linked to above there. For his character "Pheonix": 1st ver | 2nd ver )

As much as I've never really liked him & whatever feelings he's had toward me... (Probably some sense of dislike or seeing me as a child/troll.) I enjoyed working with him on that drawing. But I do need to be the primary creative mind... It's just how I am. I love getting feedback, ideas & all & working with the people who came up with them to make them work into the project.
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Re: Shade

Postby Transypoo » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:11 pm

I use to work a lot with a guy where I'd do all the drawings and he'd give me feed back, and sometimes drawings, and was frequently upset on how I would frequently go the untraditional rout with some ideas, but then most of his 'original ideas' were from movies and games. But what're you going to do?
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Re: Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:42 pm

Constructive stuff & bossing around are 2 very different things... Bal never told me to change my style or anything. Just to adjust this, that, etc. (Note how, between those 2 pics, her helmet & sword changed. I forget what else he wanted changed further...) He seemed ok with my style - especially as no one else was offering to do it. He's actually managed to peev off his own share of people amongst the fandom. I think it has to do with his clique mentality & seeming to not want to befriend people online.

    An additional to that alternate BM reality. (Partly because I barely talked about DS&S.)
  • Dark Shadow & Shade aren't tacticians like Obsidian & Strika were. They're intended to be "a 1 bot army." Each. They're stand alone soldiers to the core... This actually resulted in them not being very good at positioning the drones they controlled when in battle. Instead they used the drones more like shields to protect themselves, usually leaving the drones to run on their limited AI as to what to do for the rest of the battle. This often created much chaos during battle, however, which lead to a lot of nonsensical wins for Dark Shadow & Shade. They're very good at taking advantage of cluster messes like that. Even before Megatron took over Cybertron this was a tactic they often used... Even on each other.

    Add into this all the fact that they're siblings & you have an immediate bad mix when paired together. However they actually somehow function well together despite their bickering. It's when they manage to agree that things go awry for them. Soon as they're calm towards each other their skills oddly drop notably. It actually took a bit for the resistance to realize this since they're so used to bickering correlating to not working well together. Once they did, however, it's not like it was easy to get Dark Shadow & Shade to agree. (Or at least admit that they were agreeing. It's not uncommon for them to be in violent agreement.)

    It's to be noted that this is part of how the resistance defeated them at the final battle. Dark Shadow & Shade realized that they were being beaten & agreed with one another. They somehow managed to deal enough final damage to a few resistance members to take down with them. It's only thanks to Silver Convoy that the other resistance members went down.
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Re: Shade

Postby ShadeC4 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:10 am

I wanna start this by saying that I actually rewrote the ending to the bit about Blood Shade. So read it to see what was changed. Now that that's said... This is about the "unusual" form Shade.

  • Shade Zxero (unknown/dual faction) bot | alt1 | alt2
    (bot mode without jetpack)

    The origins of this version of Shade are highly unknown especially as she is a multiverse traveler. All that is known from various scans of her is that she comes from a universe similar to that of the "Movieverse." Her body, however, no longer transforms in a way that works. From her robot mode to her space shuttle mode one can see some semblance of parts able to turn into others. The arms on the shuttle become her robot arms, the large parts which stick up on the back end become her legs, & the lower parts with large boosters/jets inside of them end up on her back somehow. However there is obvious heavy alteration of where everything ends up... To the extent that there are major aesthetic differences between the 2 modes. Her car mode adds more difficulty in understanding as there is nothing to indicate what goes where. There are also major size differences between all 3 modes: Her shuttle mode is the largest able to accommodate Ultra Magnus-esque Transformers comfortably, her robot mode is only about 18 feet tall & her car mode is only big enough to fit Earth humans inside. Each mode has obvious advantages to the various sizes: The car mode allows her to easily hide on such planets especially with its curvature enabling it to blend in well in non-Earth based environments. The only oddity there is the wheels. The shuttle mode allows her to transport someone she may be allied with, who she's transporting in order to make currency, etc... She could also transport several beings depending on their size. & her robot mode affords her some notable height to small beings while still being small enough to hide in places on planets where such sizes are more common.

    But as to how each mode fits together... Only the coloration remains the same. She maintains curvy, sleek, sharp design elements throughout all 3 but they don't functionally fit together. One would think a clue would be had in her transformation... But all anyone has witnessed that as being is a unforming into a gray, gelatinous blob & reforming into whatever mode she desired to change into. Others of her species have described it as "she turns into a protoform & back out."

    This form of Shade is known to get along best with the primary version. It's as though the fact she is a multiverse traveller & has seen so many alternate realities she's able to, in some way, relate to her center. When around each other it does seem as though the 2 Shades are more intimate than they actually are. & it is kept a secret between the 2 of them that they wouldn't mind giving it a try... But knowing how each other is personality-wise a well as essentially being siblings if not parent-child keeps them from ever getting that close. Which is made sad & tragic by the fact this version of Shade doesn't much care for her other selves. Yet they strangely like her... Despite disliking their center. Irony is the life of this Shade.

    As for her weaponry it gets laughed at quite a lot - until others realize how effective it is at keeping them away from her. This version of Shade actually has no offensive weaponry. All of her weapons are designed for defensive purposes.
    -In robot mode the pads on her outer thighs hold grenades which produce a nigh impenetrable force field from either side. So, while it's up, nothing's getting in OR out. But the size of it renders that rather irrelevant... The assault rifle on the small of her back actually shoots stun rounds which, given some slight modifications, can heal as well. So a target can be stunned & healing from any damage rendered at the same time making it confusing to many about how they feel regarding Shade.
    -In her shuttle mode she can use the arms at her front as well as erect a force field around her of the same design that comes from her robot mode grenades. She also has a laser which pushes things out of the way. Its impact causes no damage but damage has been known to occur when what it pushes hits something else. It's mostly used for traveling through asteroid belts & so forth.
    -In car mode Shade has next to weapons. Her lights can shine brighter than any Earth-based car lights (to the extent of blinding) & her horn is actually a very average Earth car horn but still a handy device. She can tuck her wheels away & switch to a more hover based mobile design but usually prefers feeling her wheels roll along the ground at high speeds... Her chassis in this mode is also a lot stronger than the others. It's almost as though, because its her smallest mode, all of the extra strength & whatnot that's otherwise not needed in this mode increases the strength of her chassis to the extent that she can drive straight through the most intense of battle fire - laser or physical rounds. Of course she still wouldn't be able to last long in a sun but this has almost been tested... Shade managed to escape that situation barely.

    This version of Shade also actually gets watched over by her center. She can't count how many times her primary self has come & saved her. But she is getting better at not upsetting others so she doesn't end up in those situations as much...
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