581 - A HALO Story from the 405th

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  1. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    I am exceedingly excited to announce a project that was over a year in the making!

    In our continuing effort to make this community easy to access and navigate, we have developed a "helper" to guide new members and old members alike through the site. His name is 581 and in order to better acquaint you with him, we have created a short backstory in the form of a 10 page comic. We will be releasing this comic, 2 pages at a time over the coming weeks and hope you enjoy it. We hope you enjoy 581's story and look forward to seeing him pop up around the site.

    To start us off,here is the cover and about page of the comic. Page 1 and 2 will be posted next week!

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - Cover.jpg

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - About.jpg

    EDIT: 2018.06.04 Page One and Two!

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - 01.jpg

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - 02.jpg

    EDIT: 2018.06.11 Page Three and Four!

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - 03.jpg

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - 04.jpg

    EDIT: 2018.06.18 Page Five and Six!

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    EDIT: 2018.06.26 Page Seven and Eight... we are almost to the end!

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - Page 7.jpg

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - Page 8.jpg

    EDIT: 2018.07.02 Pages Nine and Ten... Here are the final pages!

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - Page 9.jpg

    581 - A HALO Story from the 405th - Page 10.jpg
     
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  2. mblackwell1002

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    Loving the art for your monitor. Looks much more tankish than the original installation monitors. Very cool!
    I have to hand it to ya, this is a great way to include the community in fun events.

    When is 581 (the bot) going to become active on the site?

    Anyway, I look forward to reading the comic!
     
  3. arma358

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    Yay! :D
     
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  4. Art Andrews

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    I don't want to give too much away before the story is told but the 405th ancilla is certainly "up-armored."

    You MAY see 581 on the site in small ways over the next few weeks, but won't see a real hard push until the comic is done.
     
  5. Benton188

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    Well, I was already planning to make a Monitor prop before this, but now I feel I need to make a prop of our buddy 581 now lol.
    I wonder if I could get him to fly too, hmmm......
     
  6. TurboCharizard

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    I was thinking something similar to the Probius costume made by Punished Props for Blizzcon. EVA foam body supported by clear acrylic on top of a beefy RC car.
     
  7. FANGS

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you guys are already trying to come up with ideas to build 581!! Our little friend is going to be a fun addition to the 405th and something that we can call ours!
     
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  8. TurboCharizard

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    Is there more angles of 581? I'm okay with playing fill in the blanks but if the angles exist I'd be interested in seeing them before starting out a 3D model or a pattern.
     
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  9. FANGS

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    Patience, Grasshopper. All shall be revealed as the comic progresses. Once it's all released if you're still missing some angles, we'll make sure that you have those.
     
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  10. TurboCharizard

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    THE EXCITEMENT IS REAL AND THE WAIT IS KILLING ME. 581 IS GOING TO BE SO COOL.
     
  11. Art Andrews

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    Hahaha... I know that feeling all too well. We have already done a base model/render for the imagery you will see on the site, but are now working with the original modeler to create a printable version. Obviously this won't/shouldn't stop you from creating your own version, but just wanted to let you know, we have an official model in the works.
     
  12. Benton188

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    Woohoo! Will the 3D render be available in an .stl so I can unfold him in Pep designer? Or is someone already looking into a pep file for him as well?
     
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  13. Art Andrews

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    Not sure yet. We are just getting started with the more complex file.
     
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  14. TurboCharizard

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    If it's made ready to be printable I'm expecting .stl or .obj for ease of use for everyone which means pep unfolds for all!
     
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  15. Benton188

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    Ok, I will wait patiently, even if my crafting fingers are twitching lol :)
     
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  16. Crimmson

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    This is awesome. Any updates, going bug you like a mosquito at a barbecue.
     
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  17. Lieutenant Jaku

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    Screenshot 2018-05-31 at 11.22.33 AM.png very subtle ways indeed.
    though I am interested in what bigger ways you will push him, besides giving him a function.
     
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  18. SI3RRA 117

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    Just had my first introduction to 581. But 581’s little dialogue box doesn’t play well with mobile. You can’t scroll the box and all the text was cut off top bottom. All I got was the middle of the intro text. Sorry I should have taken a screen shot. It could just be safari as well I’m not sure.
     
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  19. mblackwell1002

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    There's a "dismiss" button. :)

    Yeah, smartphone screens are hard to see on at times. the button is on the top right corner.
     
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  20. PerniciousDuke

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    TurboCharizard - keep me in mind if you get a printable version of this little guy! I think he'd be a cool addition to the recruitment booth. Also a fine introduction to printing for me.
     
  21. Art Andrews

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    Thanks for letting us know. We will work on getting that corrected!
     
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  22. Art Andrews

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    His primary function will be to pass information and news as well as guide users through the site.
     
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  23. Art Andrews

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    For those who want to know more about the creation of 581, here is a little bit to tide you over until next weeks comic pages.

    The Making of 581 - Part 1

    581 started as us looking for a way to serve up notices and information to members in a more interesting and personalized way. Our forum software has a lot of opportunity to communicate with members in an automated way, but it can feel very impersonal. We originally intended to simply use a one color silhouette of an ancilla. We started with this image from Halo Waypoints:

    halo waypoints ancilla.jpeg

    In Jan of 2017, I asked Asgardianhammer to use this image as a starting point, but as we moved forward, it just didn't feel like enough and we decided to create something completely of our own. I love the idea of "up-armoring" and feel that if the 405th adopted an ancilla, surely they would "up-armor" it. We initially started with a Halo 3 ancilla as our base and with the help of CJ Franks, this was our first efforts.

    Erudite Watch - Concept 01.jpg Erudite Watch - Concept 02.jpg Erudite Watch - Concept 03.jpeg Erudite Watch - Concept 03a.jpg Erudite Watch - Concept 04, 05.jpg

    We also began working on a name. We started with 411 (you will see this number on some of the concept art) and thanks to a lot of effort on Asgardianhammer's part we went through a LONG list of names including: Resolute Spire, Attestation Recount, Evident Liaise, Recount Antecedent, Erudite Tidings, Considerate Biblioteca, just to name a few.

    This takes us through early March of 2017. I'll share more next week!
     
  24. SI3RRA 117

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    Ya I had found the dismiss up in the corner. I just wanted to read the whole message from 581, but I wasn’t able to. Plus sadly I’m always on mobile. I’m rarely on desktop, unless I’m downloading or working on files.
    Anyway look forward to seeing more of this 581.
     
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  25. Art Andrews

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    Give it another try.
     
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