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Wizards Vs. Aliens The Nekross King by Kaduflyer Wizards Vs. Aliens The Nekross King by Kaduflyer
Wizards Vs. Aliens is a children’s TV show created for the BBC by the brilliant Russell T. Davis. It tells the story of a bunch of magic eating aliens who have scoffed all the magic in the universe and now have their hungry eyes focused on the last planet that has any left…Earth. As the Aliens attack, it is up to the Earth’s remaining wizards to defend the planet.

All the creatures and make up’s were created by Millennium FX and I was lucky enough to be in on it all right from the start.

All characters, concepts and designs are copyright of Millennium FX and the BBC.

The King.

The Nekross, as the aliens are called, are ruled by their bloated king who has feasted himself into immobility on the magic of the universe.


Left hand side top to bottom:

1. After an initial false start (see ‘Unused King designs' [link]) we went back to an earlier idea where the King is so big he fills his entire chamber with only part of him squishing through a portal. This allowed us to make him huge without having to show ALL of him.
2. Working from a very fast maquette by Neill Gorton I draw up the king to size to make sure we have his scale right at last…
3. ….and then sculpt him in water clay. He was sculpted in two parts; his head and tentacles as you see here. And then his body, which was basically a huge doughnut of fat rolls and spikey bitz!
4. Installing the King on the unfinished set. Here you can see the ‘doughnut body being fixed in place. Waiting behind it is his head, ready to be wheeled in through the doughnut’s hole.
5. I painted head and body separately back at Millennium’s workshop but left the final detailing till we had him together at the BBC studios in Cardiff. Here you can see the difference between the head and body colours that I need to tie together. He is also lacking his mechanical tentacles and lip horns/teeth.
6. The mechanics were designed and built by puppeteer and engineer Tim Rose, who also performed the big guy. Here you can see Tim in his driving seat behind the King’s face. His feet push forward and turn the huge foam head left and right, up and down, whilst his hands operate the complex lip mechanism. Two other puppeteers operate the king’s tentacles, standing either side of Tim with their backs to him and their arms through the huge body (you can just see one of the puppeteers video monitors on the right of the picture). Out on set is the final operator, Adrian Parish who built and operates the eyes, eyelids and brow via remote control.
7. (Big Pictures top to bottom) Almost finished…his tentacle still needs attaching…I photograph him during a video test (you can tell it’s me taking the pictures as my thumb is in most of them...I am truly the worst photographer ever to squint through a camera lens!!)
8. The King as he appears in the show.
9. Voiced by Brian Blessed the king gives one of his minions a somewhat skeptical look!
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ChaoticInsanity13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some seriously impressive stuff! I'm glad you uploaded the picture large enough to see the texture on his skin. I can't even imagine the amount of time that would go into something like this...
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you like him. He probably didn't take as long as you might imagine. TV schedules are very tight and unforgiving. I can't remember exactly how long this all took (I never keep track) but it was probably somewhere in the region of 6 weeks from sculpt to installation on set.
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drwhofreak Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
whoa that is massive
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He is a tad chubby!
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HobbyFX Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is brilliant to see, honestly i didnt even realise it was just his head in a window lol
glad to hear there's a 2nd series! with torchwood dead and sadly no elisabeth sladen anymore, was hoping Russell had something new coming soon, he's a seriously great writer! :)
good luck with it :)
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HobbyFX Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol, well it maybe a pain to do sometimes i bet, but your work is appreciated :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This show uses the time-slot and funds that would have gone into another Sarah Jane show.

He IS a great writer...though at the moment he's testing my patience as I design for the second series of this!
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peirrin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Man, I so wish I was out doing stuff like this. I get pretty dang bored sculpting/painting the same things for years. :noes:

If I could stop working so much, I'd love to expand my skill set so that I could convince someone to hire me for something more exciting! Doesn't look like it'll happen any time soon though.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think you've kinda nailed the catch 22 situation people find themselves in. If you are already working in a creative industry it is so hard to find the energy and enthusiasm to go home at the end of the day and do MORE creative work to improve your folio and get a better job....I know...I been there.
I spent 6 years as a sign writer and during that time, as my day job sucked the very artistic soul from me, I did the least amount of personal work I've ever done. Artistically I was a lesser artist by the time I quit that job that when I started it.

However just before I started in the FX industry I worked on a farm for 4 years...long days, hard graft and I freeking loved it! I actually enjoyed the work anyway, but sitting in my tractor I could day dream the day away and in the evening was all fired up to start some new project....and as a bonus I was fit as a butchers dog by the end of it all!
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing work, Looks a very fun project to work on... You have one cool job, The airbrushing on the skin is excellent. :D
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