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Ortha

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Tioh, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Tioh

    Tioh Active Member

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    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 did most of the work 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 inbuilt gloves for the puppeteer
    • back-paws with rods
    • inbuilt 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): https://tioh.livejournal.com/131664.html

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  2. Tioh

    Tioh Active Member

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  3. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    What kind of animal is Ortha?
     
  4. Tioh

    Tioh Active Member

    Orthas species was invented for the story. She's some kind of winged fantasy creature.
     
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  5. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Oh. Okay.
     

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