Mini creature project. I've had the idea for these guys knocking around in my head for a while so I decided to sculpt them. Eventually I'll turn this into a game ready model, but for now I've posed them for a fun paint-over to test out lighting and coloration.
Reference! I didn't have this while sketching but it's useful for sculpting details. These creatures pull mostly from tortoises but there's some crab and squid in there too. The Scalloped Oxen as they are currently called are large reptilian omnivores distantly related to tortoises. They thrive in a variety of warm climates, surviving in lean times via fatty stores beneath their flexible external carapaces. They travel in herds with a social structure similar to that of wild horse bands, the lead males of these herds attempt to add females to their ranks through showy displays and by battering rivals with their armored necks.
Zbrush sculpts posed with Transpose Master and bpr rendered.