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    Hey all, I am still alive, just not really posting on this site, same as all of you I expect... I did find some interesting photos of some Korean merch from 2000 (in a collection of Blizzard-related merch in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY) that has some color and colorized versions of the original SC1 manual renders. Some of these are definitely just colorized, like, the original color render of the Scout in the manual was brown and pink, and in this version they've colored it all yellow. The dragoon definitely and also probably the high templar are also just colorized yellow with some accents. But for the terran and zerg units here, I think these might really be the real colors of those models:



    It's also possible that they're all just colorized from the black and white versions, and some of them are a better job than others. Like in this one, we know those goliath colors are not accurate, and a lot of the vulture still looks pretty grayscale... But it's possible that the difference is that they were recoloring the cinematic model ones to look like they had team color and colorschemes like the in game units. idk.



    But I think the Zergling is authentic because, as you can see from their attempt at colorizing the cinematic guardian model, the colorized ones don't look that good and have much more blocks of solid colors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robear View Post
    Hey all, I am still alive, just not really posting on this site, same as all of you I expect... I did find some interesting photos of some Korean merch from 2000 (in a collection of Blizzard-related merch in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY) that has some color and colorized versions of the original SC1 manual renders. Some of these are definitely just colorized, like, the original color render of the Scout in the manual was brown and pink, and in this version they've colored it all yellow. The dragoon definitely and also probably the high templar are also just colorized yellow with some accents. But for the terran and zerg units here, I think these might really be the real colors of those models:



    It's also possible that they're all just colorized from the black and white versions, and some of them are a better job than others. Like in this one, we know those goliath colors are not accurate, and a lot of the vulture still looks pretty grayscale... But it's possible that the difference is that they were recoloring the cinematic model ones to look like they had team color and colorschemes like the in game units. idk.



    But I think the Zergling is authentic because, as you can see from their attempt at colorizing the cinematic guardian model, the colorized ones don't look that good and have much more blocks of solid colors.

    interesting

  3. #1313

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    Found another thing I didn't know existed– the Toycom StarCraft action figure series (the one with the Firebat, Hydralisk, and Tassadar) was going to have a series 2 with a Ghost, Infested Kerrigan, and Zeratul, back in 2003/2004. They never went into production, but I found a picture of the prototype Infested Kerrigan. It looks really good! A midpoint between BW and the modern design that came out with the Queen of Blades book.

    I believe her wings are on the ground in front of her, I bet it couldn't balance well with them actually attached.


    Super curious to know what the others looked like, but I haven't had any luck finding them.

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    I always thought my eyes were deceiving me when I thought that Kerrigan looked like she was wearing a set of leather skinny pants with holes in it :P Maybe this is her ghost armor? Well at least there are no heals yet.

    But yea, I'm more a fan of the green Queen of Blades. Feels more organic to me.

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    I still find her design unbelievably sexist. The zerg donít value feminine beauty. Or at least the pre-Kerry pre-retcon zerg didnít. Now brood moms have cleavage and feminine gender identity, and their name equates women with reproduction.

    At least the Overmind was non-binary.

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    For sure– their artists wanted to make evil female characters with a fetishwear dominatrix vibe, and they did it in Diablo, WC3, and StarCraft.
    Heart of the Swarm makes it even worse- you could at least pretend that Kerrigan felt empowered and chose her own appearance, even though that would still be very suspect. But SC2 says that Abathur created the look of the Queen of Blades, complete with high heels.

    I do think this version makes a bit of thematic sense, with the zerg infestation overgrowing a ruined Ghost suit. That also fits with the BW portrait, which still shows her wearing her ghost armor. But the holes in the suit were clearly meant to be evocative of fishnets or latex or w/e. The figure is closest to this concept art– at least they didn't go with the way Samwise portrayed her.


    I am super curious to see what the Zeratul and ghost figure would have looked like. What design or concept would they follow? But I haven't been able to find them.

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