Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Major Project: Influence Maps for the Lair

Now that I've decided to move forward with the villain lair belonging to the Cambridge Five I'm deciding on the style the house will be set upon in between the 1950s and 70s. I want to incorporate a mixture of upper class British with a subtle underlining of Soviet design. The secret lair will be a customised house of the privileged Cambridge Five and won't adhere to 'normal' standards of houses from that age.
A big thanks to Phil as well for pointing me towards the Spy Vibe blog that has a good source of spy-esque images.

I will also be looking at art movements from those decades to further enrich the design of the lair.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Major Project: Spy Lair Influence

This home in the Stella Artois advert has a similar theme of what I want for my home with hidden compartments and equipment.

Major Project: Refining the Spy Hideout

Out of my five ideas (spy hideout, mage's home, crashed ship, parkour circuit, and the turret defense) the spy hideout seems to have received the most positive attention. My original plan for the hideout involved basing it in the 1960s to 70s with secret rotating panels for equipment however after speaking with Alan it was clear that if I did not create a context or 'hook' for the hideout then it would just simply become an 'area'.
So I went about researching further into historical spies and espionage stories and that led me to two of the most famous spy rings the Portland Ring and the Cambridge Five (I guess they were only famous because there were so few spies exposed). The Portland Ring was led by a ladies man Russian spy by the name of Konon Molody and were passing information on naval weaponry to the KGB. It was the Cambridge Five ( Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and possibly John Cairncross) that caught my interest however as they were five British graduates of Cambridge University who loved their country, hated Fascism but also preferred the ideals of Communism.

 My idea will be transferring from a spy hideout of  the main character to a villain lair of the Cambridge Five and since they were from a privileged upper class the lair can venture into the eccentric. A combination of British architecture of manor houses with the stark contrast of Soviet Communist style. However since the Cambridge Five existed well into the 70s before they were exposed the house could also incorporate retro furnishings.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Major Project: The Ideas

It's time to finally get a move on with the Major Project aka the big finale.

I've written up several rough ideas with the basis of creating a stand-alone video game environment; it will be created as a showcase piece and not playable however it still has to be video game minded.
I will keep narrowing down ideas then once I've made my decision on the final one I will do further research for it, select an art style and move on from there.