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Contra by NES--still-the-best Contra by NES--still-the-best
The boss at the top of the Waterall Stage in the 8bit Nintendo game Contra.

Made with PixelHobby beads. Exactly 60,000 beads; a full screenshot, plus a little extra added to the bottom (NES native screenshots are 57,344 pixels). Not made with Perler, Hama, Nabbi, etc., beads. Here's the company's web site:
[link]

This has been completed for over a year now, but I started assembling it over three years ago. That's how freaking long this thing took to make. Thirty baseplates, two thousand individual beads per baseplate. Here's a closeup macro picture of a single baseplate, so you can see what one looks like up close:
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:iconvandal98:
vandal98 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  New Deviant
Epic!
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:iconwilldabeast-0305:
Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. That's some dedication! Nice!
(Such a good game)
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dbren7872 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I never thought that I would see this picture again in my life.  Thanks for putting it up!:D (Big Grin) Clap 
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delta7Xx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
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that is a TON of hard work you have there, and it finally paid off!
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:icongrandguignolbudapest:
excellent work!
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:iconn1nj4zero:
n1nj4zero Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
This is by FAR the greatest thing I have seen on this site. 3 years? 60,000 beads? Not only are you hardcore, but you're awesome and a TRUE fan of the NES! Hail!
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Erockbrox Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude! Do one of these from like the SNES like Street Fighter 2 or even better do a screen shot in pixel beads from a screen shot from Street Fighter 2 the Arcade version!!

Or do one of these from like a screen shot from Super Mario 64!!! That would be wicked!!!
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:iconkarma12gaming:
karma12gaming Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've never heard of pixel hobby beads but I sure wish I had some.
This is utterly amazing. Insta fav'd!
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:iconpixelosis:
Pixelosis Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is the most amazing thing ever! I can't even imagine the satisfaction one must feel after finishing something with so many tiny pieces! I've wanted to do wall art for a long time but weaving seed beads together would be way too time consuming for something that size! Thanks for giving the company website! I never knew something like this existed! I actually bought mini mosaic tiles a few months ago but they didn't fit together as tightly as I would have liked. I even considered 1x1 legos.. But these little things are perfect!! :squee: And so many colors to choose from! Do the beads easily pop out of place, or can you shake them around a bit without them falling out? How did you attach the plates to each other??
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Many thanks for the compliments. I really like the work you're doing with seed beads; I've actually been meaning to try out crafting sprites with those beads for some time, now.

The Pixelhobby beads will fully stay in place on their pegboards, unless they're subjected to something ridiculously out of the ordinary. They can take a decent knocking around, as each bead fits tightly on to each peg. I currently have the plates held together by gridding packing tape all across the back. The finished product is usually meant to be framed. I still need to create a lucite (plexiglass) enclosure for mine. Dust will quickly become very problematic with these things if they're not somehow covered or framed.

Thanks again for your comment, let me know it you have any more questions.
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:iconpixelosis:
Pixelosis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! If you ever decide to try it and you have questions let me know!

Well that's good to know. Now my only issue will be deciding what to make! I'm leaning towards Yoshi's Island..

Thanks again for your help!
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SuperEdco Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
my eyes.... my brain.... BRAVO man.
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NintendoUltraRuler Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
must of spend weeks doing that
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:iconazurerat:
AzureRat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very impressive.
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GrindCrusherCorps Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your super hardcore
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8Bit-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how does these beads stay together? they arent ironed, right? do they stay on the grid or what?

my interest in these things have peaked.
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
No ironing is involved.

The pegboards are very similar to perler pegboards (the only difference is PixelHobby pegboards are smaller in size - they have 10 pixels per inch), but imagine that each bead fits tightly onto each pin of the baseplate, and the beads are also tight against each other.

They do stay on the grid, so there's no reusing the baseplates unless you want to scrap what you've created to start something new.

This page on the PixelHobby website has some pictures that may help with visualizing how it works: [link]
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8Bit-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you need to frame it so the beads stay upright or can you kinda glue it to a thicker base like beads and hang it that way?
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I guess you could glue the baseplates to foam core, plywood, or other similar materials, I haven't personally tried that yet. The backs of the basplates are a very glossy type of plastic, so a really strong glue would need to be used, I imagine.

Right now, this beaded screenshot is just sitting underneath my coffee table, with cellophane wrapped over it to keep dust off it. It's held together by packing tape gridded all across the back. When I can get the money, I plan on buying a large enough sheet of lucite (basically it's clear plexiglass) and the thinnest sheet of wood I can find, and making my own enclosure to hang it on the wall & keep dust off it while hanging. You won't want any dust to get on these things, trust me. So in that sense, I'd recommend somehow framing it like I'm trying to do.
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8Bit-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think an ideal way to display would to find a coffee table with a top that is slightly rimmed and sunken in, then you can place it into that portion of the table and have glass over top of it to protect it.
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vmarita1992 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
my childhood!!!!

aaaah TwT that was ny epic childhood TwT
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:iconzoro-swordsman:
zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
That is freakin' CRAZY! I love it! :wow: :heart:
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:iconkypfox:
KypFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoah. Very nice!
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:iconsuperscroggz:
SuperScroggz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hall of Fame. Amazing!
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:icontaltala:
Taltala Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Photographer
outstanding ! used to play this when i was a litle kiddo.
hats off ! looks amazing !
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:iconbrentimous:
Brentimous Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Filling in the black areas must've been murder. Amazing work, as usual!
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I never played the game before is this guy hard or what.
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This boss isn't difficult, it just always left an indelible impression with me through all these years since I first battled it.
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I want to ask you a question, that program that you use to make your 3D art, Bryce 6. Can I use it?
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
[link]

Go to that website and click on the green download button. A free copy of Bryce 7 will download to your computer.
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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EternalBarrel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, mindblowing. I've never seen anybody do a full screenshot from a game in beads before. Your dedication is impressive.
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
A select few people have made full screenshot Perler bead creations, I remember a Dr. Mario one specifically. I couldn't tell you if this is the first PixelHobby creation this big, though. Thanks for liking this.
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:iconeternalbarrel:
EternalBarrel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm planning on making a full Perler screenshot myself; good to know that I can't claim being the first. Anyway, I really like your work.
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garsh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
"Gryzor" is the Europe/Oceania title of the game. I'm not sure if this boss really has an official name, but in the Contra episode of GameCenter CX they called it "Alien Gate," which might be official.
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Ah, thanks for the clarification. For some reason, the word Gryzor popped into my head when trying to think of if this guy's name.
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garsh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I wish his name was Gryzor. It suits him.

Just FYI, some of the other bosses have very specific names. The computer room thing at the end of the 1st base is called Garmakilma (Garumakiruma in the fan translation), the two faces at the end of the 2nd base are called Godumgar (Godomaga by fans). The armored giant at the end of the Energy Zone stage is called Demon-Helmet Giant Goldia, the UFO at the end of Snow Field is called The High-Speed Antigravity Hover Gultaf. And check out this magnificent name they gave the final alien heart that we just call "Red Falcon": The Heavenly Demon-Soul King Gomeramoth.
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CJF28 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
holy crap, man. When I saw the snapshot I thought "theres no way that is beaded!!"

looks great. Whats the actual size?

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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thanks. It is 25" x 24". Each PixelHobby bead is tiny, so this thing isn't as big as it would be with fuse beads (it'd be roughly 53" x 46" with Perler beads).
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LeftHandThreads Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That. Is. Epic. Love it!
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you. Glad you like this.
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LM-Ilustraciones Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really awesome !
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you. Happy that you like it.
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Nosidex Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Awesome! great work man.
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:iconnes--still-the-best:
NES--still-the-best Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you. Happy to hear you like it.
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