Street Fighter – Vega (Balrog) Claws Free Papercraft
Posted on Aug 14 2012 at 11:56:06 PM in Artists
This papercraft is Vega‘s Claws, based on the fighting game series Street Fighter. Vega wears murrey and yellow ceremonial trousers, a red sash, loafers, and white leggings of a matador, suggesting his involvement with bullfighting. This decorative garb also offers matadors ease of movement, and is ideal for Vega’s acrobatic maneuvers. Vega also has a purple snake tattoo on his chest, which also circles his arm. This shows him to be a villain to a Japanese audience, where body tattoos are usually worn by Yakuza members. In Capcom vs. SNK 2, as a win pose, Vega will hold his arm out, with the tattoo coming to life and hissing at the opponent. Vega’s fighting style is a blend of Ninjutsu and bullfighting, thus earning him the nickname “Spanish Ninja.”
Early sketches suggest that Vega was going to resemble a medieval knight wearing a full suit of armor. This idea was scrapped because Street Fighter was about fighters from all over the world, not time. Remnants of this concept are apparent in Vega’s final design including a mask and a sharp metal claw.
This claw is useful for both stabbing and slashing attacks, and gives him a very long range compared to most characters. It is the same type of weapon worn by Geki in the original Street Fighter.
Vega does not wear his expressionless mask to conceal his identity; he removes it after fights, during his win poses, as well as in certain character select images in various games he appears in. The mask is purely to protect his face from scarring or bruising during battle, since he believes himself to be impossibly beautiful. This mask is not particularly sturdy; it is smashed in during Vega’s lose portrait in Street Fighter II, and Vega himself will crush it to dust with one hand if he loses due to a time over in Street Fighter Alpha 3.
In the Street Fighter II series, he was depicted as having light brown hair, although his endings in the first two updates of the original Street Fighter II and many other games in the series state that he has blond hair; his endings in Super Street Fighter II and Super Street Fighter II Turbo shows him with blond hair. In the Street Fighter II V anime, his hair is a golden blond and he has blue eyes. Since Street Fighter Alpha 3, however, he officially had blond hair until Street Fighter IV, where in gameplay, he has brown hair, and in the ending, he is blond.
Much like Sagat’s eyepatch in earlier games, Vega’s claw will always appear on whatever arm matches the direction he is facing due to sprite mirroring. In the Street Fighter EX series, it will always be on his right arm. In Street Fighter IV, however, he changes his claw every time he switches sides, without mirroring; this can be seen in his tattoo, his accessories, and in the mark on his mask. Curiously enough, during the versus screen, his portrait won’t be mirroring all the accesories either, with the unique exception of his claws.
Vega has a character that is very familiar in Japanese anime, the Narcissist, often depicted as a long-haired, effeminate self-lover. He is arrogant and convinced of his own abilities and invulnerability almost to the point of megalomania, though this is perhaps justified as he is shown to be a highly skilled fighter. He can be incredibly sadistic – sometimes nearly to the point of being a psychopathic, bloodthirsty monster – and takes great pleasure in seeing the ugly murdered through his own doing. Vega’s unbridled and solipsistic ego is shown even in his taste in interior decor, as his mansion is decorated with portraits all of him. Despite his vain personality, Vega’s mannerisms will at times show to be elegant and gentlemanly, likely because of his noble background. Additionally, he is also attracted to and impressed by the beauty and strength of young women, notably Chun-li.
Yet, he also harbors a tragic side. The family trauma he experienced molded his fragile mind to percieve physical unattractivness as not only replusive, but also as a threat. With his beloved mother murdered at the hands of an ugly man, ugliness came to represent evil and cowardice, while beauty represented heroism and strength.
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