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Ortha on stage at the EF23 Pawpet-Show by Tioh (critique requested)

Ortha on stage at the EF23 Pawpet-Show (critique requested)


This is Ortha from the Eurofurence 23 puppet show: "The Skies of Astar" (an almost 3-hour amateur live show with took place in the Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany, 19th August 2017). She is a giant 4-legged puppet with foldable wings, that is played by 2-6 puppeteers (depending on what features are used). She can be carried by one puppeteer, put on a rolling rig or be lifted by two ropes. It took almost every weekend from January to July 2017 to build her - with usually 2-4 people working on it. I mostly worked on the head - making a 3d-model, 3d-printing it, building all the Bowden cable animatronics. Ortha is about 2.6meters long, weighs 14.98kg.

Her features include:

  • 3d-printed head (PLA) Bowden-cable controlled animatronics (eyelids, ears, mouth, head-tilt front/back)
  • foldable wings (each wing has three segments - the feathers of the second segment tilt when the wing closes) with removable rods and magnetic connectors on the body (to keep them in place in the folded position)
  • control-rod for the head with 3d-printed levers, grips and battery holder
  • blue LED-lights in the eyes (with a switch on the control-rod)
  • movable eyelids
  • folding ears
  • movable lower-jaw
  • tiltable head
  • flexible neck and tail
  • fully articulated front-legs
  • movable back legs
  • front-paws with inbuild gloves for the puppeteer
  • back-paws with rods
  • inbuild connectors that can be used to hold the weight of the puppet from above or below (14.98 kg)
  • a hand sewed fake-fur cover that was painted with UV-paints (4 colors sprayed on, rubbed in with gloves and details drawn with UV-markers)

How Ortha was made (blog-post with many pictures ):

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    This is so impressive! I love the Making Of stuff too, it's always so cool to see the inner workings of things. It looks so huggable!