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Makara Custom Miniature / Figurine

 
 
Custom #:56437  
Name:Makara
Custom Type:Miniature / Figurine
Toy Series:Megami Tensei
Creator:Patraw  
Date Added:December 14, 2013
Base Figure:Modeled from scratch
Height:2.30 inches
Completion Time:8.00 hours
In the Hindu religion, Makara is the living Vahana (vehicle) of the goddess of the Ganges River, Ganga, and, sometimes, the god of the sea, Varuna. Makara, which means "sea dragon" or "water monster" in Sanskrit, is usually depicted as being half fish and half some other animal, although exactly which organism can vary considerably. These combinations include, but are not limited to, elephant, crocodile, and stag (which is obviously what we have here). Several experts have hypothesized that the myth of Makara is based on sightings of various real-world animals that are, or were, native to India, like the South Asian River Dolphin (once numerous, but now endangered) or even the prehistoric mammal Ambulocetus.

After some consideration I narrowed down my character choices for this Mythic Might contest to either Makara or Odin's 8-legged horse, Sleipnir (who, strangely enough, is actually one of Loki's monstrous offspring--Sleipnir is the direct by-product of Loki getting raped by a stallion while he was in the form of a mare, a shape that he assumed to distract said horse from its job of helping the guy that was building the fortifications around Valhalla. You see, if said laborer finished the job late, just like pizza delivery, the gods didn't have to pay--so, yeah, the Norse deities are a bunch of no-good cheapskates. If you've never understood why Loki hates the other Aesir/Vanir so much, that little episode is reason enough for you right there). Anyway, I modeled Makara completely from scratch, painted it with acrylics, and did it all in one day (on lucky Friday the 13th at that--well, luckier than Loki's sore posterior at any rate). In particular, my figurine is based on Kazuma "Kaz" Kaneko's artwork of the monster from Atlus' 1997 Sony Playstation/Sega Saturn RPG Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers.


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MaxxieJamesCreates - Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This is really cool and also kinda cute. Great work
Patraw - Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thanks! Yeah, I agree that this particular incarnation of Makara is cute, but some others depictions are truly monstrous. Regardless, it's a benevolent servant of the Hindu pantheon, so, I doubt it'd ever hurt anybody that didn't deserve it.
scorpio13 - Monday, December 23, 2013
pretty cool custom. I can appreciate the originality and all the effort u put in making this character from scratch. as for the fin on the back it looks very fish like and it would lay down somewhat flat on the back of the creature,kind of like when u catch a fish with a fin on its back and u run ur hand from front to back to lay the fin down and avoid being stabbed in the hand.
Patraw - Thursday, December 26, 2013
Thanks for the praise, but I can't accept any credit for originality, as I was just reproducing another artist's (Kazuma Kaneko) design.

I suppose a rider might be able to bend or flatten the fin, but I still think it'd be an unpleasant thing to sit upon. Of course, deities are generally tougher than mortals, so they probably have supernaturally resilient posteriors as well.
Voting ends for the Mythic Might Custom Contest (customizer revealed). - Monday, December 23, 2013
Patraw - Saturday, December 21, 2013
This just occured to me: how the hell is Ganga supposed to sit on his back with that huge fin in the way? That'd be an uncomfortable ride to say the least.
mr. vader - Friday, December 20, 2013
wow, nice work!
fastfreddie - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Well, Patraw, you did again with this little wicked wonder! Always amazed at the level of detail you pack into these mini crazy creations. 5
Banner/HULK Inc. - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This is really impressive! It's also educational about an aspect of Hinduism.
VicVeinz - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Truly a piece of art!
En-Ryu-Oh!2061 - Monday, December 16, 2013
He looks Amazing , love Mythological creatures , and the fact you made him from scratch , DUDE! Great Work WOW!!
NeCrollector - Monday, December 16, 2013
This is a BEAUTY!
Voting begins for the Mythic Might Custom Contest (pictures revealed). - Monday, December 16, 2013
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