I realise that it is probably far too early to be thinking about the hard-surface model but I had some ideas. Firstly, I think that I would like a make a steampunk style vehicle for the following reasons:
- The aesthetic is interesting
- It would be a hard surface model (due to the materials used)
- I could make interesting moveable parts
- It would allow me to do some really interesting texturing
A (mostly) hard-surface vehicle I find particularly interesting is the cutter (ship), probably the most basically designed pirate ship. I like the idea of a flying, mechanical cutter. I think this be very interesting and fun to create.
Sourced from: http://www.modelships.de/Kutter_Sharke/fg34.jpg
However, this might be very complicated and/or not fit the requirements for the assignment. Therefore, my second choice would be a dirigible.
With a dirigible I could (hopefully) create something like this:
Steampunk dirigible design. Sourced from: https://overland.org.au/2012/06/mad-scientists-airships-and-class-the-politics-of-steampunk/
However, at the moment my priority is of course the treasure chest model.