Well well, you didn't expect me to miss this grand opportunity
Truth is I have a personal project that means a lot to me but never did I expect something like this to pop up on Polycount. You have to be mad not to at least have a go. So I'm putting it on hold while I make an attempt at this compo.
To start things simple I've gone for the easiest design for the moment. Basically I'll see how things progress as I lack skills in both Zbrush and hand painting so this will be amusing to say the least.
Rock is probably the hardest thing for me to make at the moment so I'm conquering my demons (and angels) by making a rock based weapon. The concept below consists of a handle made in 3DS Max and the rest is painted in Photoshop.
Not much progress today. I'm going to take my time with this so that I'm not overloaded with ideas. I made a minor change today and that's the grooves at the top. I first opened them up again and tried to make a hollow section that's crossed but after finishing it I noticed the middle section would be great with some sort of fire, like a lantern but since we can't do that I went for a crystal instead. Perhaps it can be a refined crystal or something. Regardless I may need to use more colours than just the green. Maybe purple
I also made a quick head and decided that my overall idea steered more towards a mace than a hammer so I'm changing it. I guess my next task is to sort out the edgeloops for the hollow section, mess around with the idea of a central crystal, make a proper rock and make a few unique crystal spikes. After that I'll probably take it into Zbrush and just damage it up. Then I'll experiment with using the projection tools to create a skull on the upper section. Since I've hardly used ZBrush this should be fun.
Remade the chains to fit in with the "Maker" theme based on images found online.
Changed the crystals to reflect original idea.
Remade face to look better although I'm struggling to keep within the Maker theme as so little is explained about it.
Shrunk upper section so mace head fit within green proxy area.
Overall I'm ready to start damaging it up and adding runes. Any feedback before I begin?
Finished on the 20th March 2012. - I went back and edited it slightly and I think it looks a whole lot better now. Check out the Mace Submission thread to see the final result.