The Legend Of Hercules And The 12 Labors 3D Printing Model

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In this article, Nesso 3D modeling experts will give you a sneak peek at how we built some 3D models for the legend of Hercules

Our models are promised to be meticulously detailed and carefully crafted representations of Hercules and his legendary feats, offering an immersive and visually stunning way to experience this classic story. 

Let’s find out!

A Glance At The Legend Of Hercules And The 12 Labors

Hercules is a famous figure in Greek mythology who was known for his immense strength and courage. He was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, and his twelve labors were tasks assigned to him as punishment for killing his wife and children in a fit of madness. 

The twelve labors, also known as the “Twelve Labors of Hercules,” were:

  1. Slay the Nemean lion
  2. Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra
  3. Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis
  4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar
  5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day
  6. Slay the Stymphalian birds
  7. Capture the Cretan Bull
  8. Steal the Mares of Diomedes
  9. Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
  10. Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon
  11. Steal the apples of the Hesperides
  12. Capture and bring back Cerberus, the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to the underworld.

These labors showcase Hercules’s strength, bravery, and cunning, and are considered some of the most important events in Greek mythology.

How Nesso 3D Modelled The Legend Of Hercules 

#1. Idea

Out of the twelve labors through which Hercules has to conquer, there are five labors we’re especially impressed by and want to build 3D models on:

  1. The first labor: Hercules’s fierce battle with the Nemean lion
  2. The second labor: Hercules and Iolaus against the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra
  3. The fourth labor: Hercules hunted the Erymanthean Boar
  4. The eighth labor: Hercules stole the frightening mares of Diomedes
  5. The final labor: Hercules captured Cerberus – a terrifying three-headed dog

Let’s dive into more details of how we plan idea for the legend of Hercules 3D models!

Hercules’s fierce battle with the Nemean lion

For the legend of Hercules’ first labor, we want to fully depict Hercule’s mighty and impressive attacking position from the air.

  • Hercules is spinning 90 degrees as he bounces back from the cliff of the rock and concentrates all of his power on the strike he is aiming at the beast from above. Together with his focused eyes, and facial expressions, his strong arms, and hands are firmly grasping the club in order to deliver the club’s heaviest blow to the ferocious lion.
  • Nemean Lion: As a majestic monarch of Nemea who radiated dignity and supreme strength. The lion instantly attacked Hercules from behind, opening his jaws wide and baring his terrifying teeth as he charged the prey into a corner.
  • Background: rocky and sandy Nemean.
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The first labor of Hercules with the Nemean Lion

Hercules and Iolaus against the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra

For the second labor of Hercules, we want our 3D model to demonstrate the story of Hercules’ bravery and Iolaus’ agility in the face of supernatural powers.

  • Hercules: Exhausted with his sword slashing off the Hydra’s head. His body is covered in sweat, blood, and mud. His face and muscles tensed as if he was putting all the energy into the slash. The weapon is the sword featured.
  • Iolaus: Excited, thrilled to fight alongside Hercules, using a torch to burn the cut on the Hydra’s neck before it grew back a new head.
  • Hydra: the 9-headed monster was angry and threatening, but still very cautious after losing 3 heads.
  • Background: The gate of hell, surrounded by human and animal bones, next to a quagmire, where Hercules stood on the land, pulling Hydra out of the mud.
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Hercules and Iolaus in a fight against the deadly Lernaean Hydra

Hercules hunted the Erymanthian Boar

The third scene we want to bring to life with our 3D models is the smudged battle between Hercules and the wild bỏa Erymenthean.

  • Hercules’s weapons are spears and shields, cloaked in lion fur. He’s in a defensive stance, standing behind his shield, pointing his spear right at the charging boar’s chest with a confident, focused and cautious face.
  • Erymanthian Boar: The hairy, ugly, and fierce pig was rushing to attack Hercules with his body and head covered with scars.
  • Background: wet, muddy, and grassy.
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Hercules vs the giant, aggressive boar

Hercules stole the frightening mares of Diomedes

Our idea is to 3D model the herd of ghastly and gloomy cannibal horses, despite being tamed by Hercules.

  • Hercules carried a sword at his waist with one hand holding 4 horse bridles and the other holding a whip with the confident face of a true winner.
  • The Four Horses have terrible strength and deadly dark appearances with crimson eyes, black horsehair, carnivorous teeth, and menacing, thick manes. All of them were struggling hard from Hercules’ reins and hadn’t given up yet.
  • Background: dark, arid basalt soil surrounded by broken swords and shields with corpses and bones scattered all over the place.
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Hercules had complete control over the aggressive mares

Hercules captured Cerberus – a terrifying three-headed dog

And for the last labor of Hercules, we want to build a 3D model that can reflect the intense, nerve-wracking battle between Hercules and the ferocious Cerberus.

  • Hercules’s right hand clamped Ceberus’ left head, while his left hand was blocking the head in the middle to avoid the furious bite. Hercules clutched his body with his feet pinning so hard to the ground that it started cracking.
  • Cerberus is in a form of a gigantic three-headed dog with a muscular body and strong black hair. Each of its heads had a jagged metal collar, ferocious fangs, and splattered drool. Cerberus was struggling, with its front paws also hitting the ground to force the head out of Hercules’ hands.
  • Background: The dark, scary hell surrounded by stalactites and lava.
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The final labor of Hercules when he had to capture the three-headed dog guarding hell

#2. Concept art

With the ideas at hand, it took us three days to gather reference materials and five more days to sketch and design each of the five models.

#3. 3D modeling & 3D printing (upcoming)

We’re still working on 3D modeling and once we have the 3D models, we’re going back to update and show you the legend of Hercules 3D models coming to life.

And for such a complicated 3D project like this, we use the 3D printer Elegoo Jupiter 6K, one of the best 3d printers for fairly large projects requiring the highest level of detail.

Wrapping Up!

That’s it! Nesso experts just showed you our ideation and concept art for building 3D models for the legend of Hercules. Stay tuned for the upcoming 3D models and the printed result!


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