Ok there is a trade-off point in the development of the Equius Cage level. I need someone with deciding power to tell me which route to take.
I finally got a good design going, and the key "interesting" thing on the stage is the robots in the background. They're going to be numerous, difficult to animate, and difficult to break up in such a way that they can be animated. Or at least I think they will be. I'm assuming very simple motion right now, like a bobbing of the arms/head/torso to make a kind of idle stance.
Anyways. Here's the trade off:
I can make 8 or so very nice, detailed robots complete with levels of shine, rivets, and textured materials. Then duplicate them, mirror them, etc, until I have about 15-20.
Or I can make 15-20 unique robots, but they won't be quite as classy. Simpler shading, less detail, but each obviously made from scratch.
I think both would work fine. The lacking detail fits with the "background things get less defined" style of the comic. The duplicates will look nicer, and the repeats may actually give it a more old school game vibe?
Or we could have 15-20 unique and beautiful robots if you raid an art class and capture some slaves.