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Forty of the Fourth #11: The Robots of Death by Batced Forty of the Fourth #11: The Robots of Death by Batced
You can call this a boring entry if you see fit, I won't be upset at the accusation given the time and care towards other entries. But here me out first before making a judgment call.

I've talked about difficulties encountered in the past with set design and having the figures on hand for my Fourth Doctor series. And this is somewhat true with this entry, for 1977's "Robots of Death". Oh I had a pretty good set built that catered to the art deco sensibilities of the story.The problem, and it was somewhat of a larger one than the set, was not having enough of the actual robots on hand to establish a sense of doom and dread like I'd intended, not to mention missing the D84 that helps the Doctor and Leela solve the mystery.

So I had to go back and think how did I want to represent this story without compromising the intent. Its still a gothic horror story, but how could I reproduce that feeling? And the solution funny enough hit me while I was sleeping. The poster to the original version of "The Grudge" always terrified me, and as I thought about it more it was something that I could take some cues from, especially in terms of how to turn a simple image horrifying. So there's a large Japanese influence in the finished piece that I am actually proud of, much more than the scenes involving the art deco space station would have been.

Now, I did put up those test images to see how they would look elsewhere and I may post them here. They're not bad, but you could see why I chose this route than stay 100% true to the source of inspiration.
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Yami-Usagi Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:party: Congratulations! Your photo has been showcased! in :iconfigure-photography:'s April feature! You can admire it along with all of the other splendid works right here figure-photography.deviantart.…
Keep up the good work~ :clap:
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Awesome work
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Batced Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Photographer
Thanks!
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
This is fantastic. Very eerie. Lighting is magnificent as usual. It actually really feels like poster art. Very awesome.
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Batced Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you! I'm surprised myself with how well this has come out
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I love it when that happens
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death-tribble Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This is a good story and this is a good representation.
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Batced Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you.

I am honesty surprised and happy at the warm reaction this piece has gotten, as I worried that without much flash the substance would be seen as boring.
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, The Robots of Death. This was my first Fourth Doctor serial and I loved it.
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Batced Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Photographer
I'm happy to say that I got a chance to watch this in the last year or so. Since embarking on this project I've been taking a much more cursory look at the Fourth Doctor serials than I ever have. I like to call this story, "Talons of Weng-Chiang" and "Horror of Fang Rock" the Fourth Doctor Mystery Trilogy, as these three stories best showed the blending horror, mystery, and science-fiction within the confines of Doctor Who. And they are definitely chilling in hindsight, had I watched this story as a wee one I'd have scared for life at the robots and the way their eyes lit up.
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