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Starcraft 2: Hybrid Viper by PhillGonzo Starcraft 2: Hybrid Viper by PhillGonzo
Starcraft 2: Hybrid Viper
Concepted by Samwise, modeled by Phill Gonzales and final textures by Ted Park!
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Animated by Jay Hathaway and Allen Dilling

Im really glad this made it into Starcraft 2! Wed initially planned for only 1 type of Hybrid in the storyline, but we had this badass concept Samwise did of a more Zerg influenced Hybrid that was too good to pass up! Although for a year or so, his concept for this monster was pinned to his Wall of the Dead, a place where all the discarded and scrapped concepts can still be viewed. When we started moving forward with Hybrid designs, the Hybrid-Destroyer seemed to be leaning more towards Protoss design elements. The suggestion to make a Zerg Hybrid was carried aloft on the wings of a dove to the powers that be, and the Zerg-Hybrid concept was resurrected! In the actual game, he has tentacles coming out of his back.

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:iconbrudonkaiju:
BrudonKaiju Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some reason, reminds me a bit of a predator, the face especially. Still a super-awesome collections of models here! You are very talented!
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I see the resemblance! 
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:iconalex-vulpix:
Alex-Vulpix Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
A Xel'Naga.
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:iconjuantomajok:
juantomajok Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
nice!!
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So nice! 
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:iconnucleard00d:
NuclearD00d Featured By Owner Edited Dec 3, 2014
This is pretty awesome. I did love the hybrids, probably the best part of the game. The second best part were the primal zerg. So awesome.

I also wish I could view the Wall of the Dead. I find myself looking at concept art of old games I play. It's a fun pastime.
Since I'm an amateur modeler, I tend to try and bring old concepts that were scrapped to life. It's an interesting hobby.

I then use the models for mods of games.
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The wall of the dead is very humbling, many good ideas that might be mothballed for many years until we make another opportunity to use them! 
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Koldraxon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Quite the Ultralisk, where the Destroyer is quite the High Templar.
Mixing both may create Amon, or another neutral character (an incomplete Xel'naga, with several 'cerebrates', or 'guardians')?
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Gurratheman Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! what size are the textures? :)
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HI! 1024 x 1024!
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:iconjhg99:
JHG99 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
This is still present in SC2 but it is known as the reaper
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:iconjhg99:
JHG99 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
REAVER*
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Alex05 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
To be honest, I always liked how this had a very "Kaiju" (tall, but humanoid monster) feel to it. Heck, look at some of the monster designs from Pacific Rim. Same type of coloring (dark organic colors with blue lights), even.

I'm curious though, what did the other, scrapped Hybrid designs tend more towards visually?
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The scrapped designs were very aquatic and graceful, intending to get an alien look that was more advanced than the Protoss and Zerg. 
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:iconkoldraxon:
Koldraxon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
They turned them into Hybrid Reavers...
An entire FACTION could be made, imagine the combination of EVERYTHING...
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:iconautarchfinwe:
AutarchFinwe Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
i am intriged by the wall of the dead you mentioned, how many things where scrappeds and ended up there?
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hundreds actually. The stronger ones get released, but the weaker offerings are usually stored and forgotten. Occasionally we scavenge ideas back out though!
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DragonTurtle2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Am I the only one who thinks this shares some features with the Sha from WoW's newest expansion?

...Or maybe the Gorlocs?
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They ripped me off.
not really.
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:iconmonk001:
monk001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
unique, menacing, and beautiful. one of the best models in the game
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is also one of my favorites!
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:iconsylkrode:
SylkRode Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The hybrids are fittingly scary, my hat goes off to Blizzard. Maar is especially frighting as he blinks around your units. I must admit, I didn't get the point of these guys until I read the description above. Good work.
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PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the thoughtful comment. I wish Blizzard could open up to the public with the abundance of Hybrid concepts we created. It was a struggle, a very tall order to deliver on. I think we reached the tip of that goal, but I wouldn't be surprised if Legacy of the Void presents a new opportunity to expand these designs one more time.
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HBrandr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional
Wishing the same, was just about to ask if there were any more concepts for Hybrids, apart from the two in HotS and Wings...have been brainstorming some of my own ideas as well, because the Hybrid story of SC has always been close to my heart, since the first time Zeratul met Duran on the Dark Moon! Great model and concept by the way...
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
With so much waiting to be discovered in LotV, it's a semi-safe assumption that we'll be seeing a bit more of the Hybrid explained!
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HBrandr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional
I'm betting on that and I'm not a betting man ;) I've enjoyed the Terran campaign, I loved the Zerg one...but my favorite race is Protoss - so I'm really, really looking forward to all the goodies in LotV!
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
.. WANT THAT AS THE 4TH PLAYABLE RACE ... FULLY PLAYABLE ...
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man! *wheeze*
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:iconmrtbsc:
MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
*rubbing them greedy hands* hihihihiiii :iconevilplz:
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RoboMonkey03 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wait... I thought this was called the "Hybrid Reaver"... and isn't it suppose to have tentacles on it's back?

Still, Reavers are 100% Badass.
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah.... good catch. I didn't even realize the name was changed to "Hybrid Reaver". That's how much things change during development I guess...

I took the tentacles off his back because I never liked them.
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RoboMonkey03 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Personally, I can't wait to play mission in Heart of The Swarm with Hybrid Battles.
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artistafrustrado Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
seeing all those hybrid & infested units i noticed something, there isn't a protoss/terran mix in the games (yeah i know about the gestalt zero but he wasnt in the games, i wanted to see it in starcraft 2: WoL )
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Story is focusing on the Protoss/Zerg hybrids mainly, there aren't any plans go to deep into Protoss/Terran tech.
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artistafrustrado Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's a shame i wanted to see Protoss/Terran tech :c

well story isn't fucused in the marine taurensd & theyre in the map edition don't they? xD so they could be in the map editor too :3
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Mikekillkill Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you play the prologue missions of legacy of the void...

Theres some stuff like this in there...

Not gonna spoil it.
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SageWolf009 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
these things are really annoying. but they r kewl
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hafu78 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
i luv the noise they make when attacking. its beautiful.
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nyra711 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ah yes, the Hybrid Reaver...
If I may ask, which modeling product do you use at Blizzard? I've been thinking of going into either game design or 3d animation as a career choice, and I've always wondered what programs big development companies use and how they are different than the ones that are out there for the public.
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The Starcraft 2 and WoW team use 3dsMax, while the Diablo 3 team uses Maya!
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nyra711 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ooooh, the expensive ones...I recently aquired Zbrush from a friend, but I don't think I'd ever get enough money to buy the kind of stuff the SCII team works with :XD:
Thanks for answering so quickly!
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Zbrush is good too! Practice x 10 with that program!
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:iconnyra711:
nyra711 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I need to...I really suck :XD: I was watching the tutorials and tried to work with it, but those just aren't very good...I think I might just have to work with it like I did Photoshop and discover things on my own.
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najmulosmani Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
omg u are the don mate! I remmebr these goons in the fina Zeratul mission, All or nothing or something! Was insane! I still think an ultralisk would kick this hybrid ass! or an omegalisk! :D
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mmodarres Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love it really badass,the shapes and form is just great
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
YES! This guy was awesome to build, cool creature!
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SesakaTH Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student General Artist
You surprised me that you are one of the people who made the 3D concepts for the new Starcraft. I wasn't looking up the crew yet, so that gave me a surprise. =D

Good work!
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:iconphillgonzo:
PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you were surprised!
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Zanng Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Sorry, what do you mean "FINAL textures"? Are textures made by different people (someone makes scrap texture and another makes final texture)? Do your modellers make textures as well or just models?
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PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
We have a texture artist who finalizes most of the showcased artwork for a consistant look. The modelers usually provide a texture as a starting point, which could be complete or simply a rough draft, it varies.
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