WIP: V-Wing by a newbie

Discussion in 'Scifi 3D Forum' started by RylorTaduri, Jun 17, 2003.

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  1. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    .... it's kinda good... [face_plain]

    I'm starting to impress myself... LOL

    I couldn't model a week ago...
  2. Dr. Jones Jedi Master

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    "I'm starting to impress myself"

    Yeah we already know that, but I must admit it's a good result after only one week
    keep working, do not stop after this one
  3. Golden-Y Force Ghost

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    There we go, looking a lot better now. Do you compare the latest image with the first one? ;) You've come a long way. Good job.
  4. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    Thanks guys. I'm gonna start mapping now.

    Here we go.
  5. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    Mapping, version 2. I thought the blue was cool.

    Might wanna try redoing the cockpit texture, it doesn't look as good as I wish it would...

    Enjoy! ;)
    http://www.geocities.com/alexgingras/mapping1.jpg
  6. The-Matt-Man Jedi Master

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    Still room for improvement, but I think you're catching on. I know a guy who just COULD NOT get a hold on starship modeling without proper ref. images, but he was trying to create an original ship. He tried for about two months before breaking down and buying some graph paper. Come to find out, graph paper is a pretty good idea for creating your own references. Especially if you're able to draw (I CAN :D). Anyway, I'm rambling. You're improving fast, I forsee very good things in the next year!

    -Matt
  7. Golden-Y Force Ghost

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    That's what bothers me a bit when using bump maps for line detailing on surfaces. Increase the size of your bump map, larger file, and make sure that the lines are solid without any edge feathering, etc. It will make the lines appear sharper on your model. :)

    Other than that, keep it up the good work.
  8. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    Hey Golden Y, what you said makes sense. It's cause I took the original map, increased its size by 200% and blurred it so that you couldn't see those ugly pixels.

    So you can see the lines better now:

    http://www.geocities.com/alexgingras/mapping2.jpg

    I haven'T done the cockpit yet.
  9. Dr. Jones Jedi Master

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    not wad but your bump map is definitly too strong, lines are very thick
  10. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    You think so?... I thought it looked cool...

    They're only 2 pixels thick... :S
  11. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    I'll shorten them to 0.5 pixel. Does that make sense?

    Final shot coming soon!
  12. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    I'm having a hard time with mapping...

    My textures look good, but not realistic.

    Anyone can give me tips about giving the ship a more metallistic mapping, like if it could refract the light more like real materials do?
  13. PapaFett Jedi Knight

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    The best place to discover the art of texturing (at least from what I've found) is the amazing and beautiful texturing goddess' texturing threads over at CGTalk.

    Check them out, and take you time, there is a lot there.
  14. ackza Jedi Knight

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    Jun 21, 2002
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    w007!!! GO dark Forces!!!!

    [image=http://agdb.net.ru/images/star_wars_dark_forces_1.jpg]

    I own3d that game, i had the official 200 page guide book
  15. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    Done.

    http://www.geocities.com/alexgingras/VWingfinal.jpg

    ;)





    Finally. Phew.
  16. SevenJedi Jedi Master

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    looks pretty good, but i think the lines on the wings are a little to thick...
    could just be me though
  17. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    Agreed. Gonna make the modifications right away.
  18. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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  19. SevenJedi Jedi Master

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    much better, helps give it some scale too
  20. George Mezori SCIFI 3D Scifi 3D Forum

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    I haven't really paid alot of attention to this thread but now the model is being sent to me so I better participate. First of all note that we try to stay away from non-cannon stuff.. mainly b/c the potential use in fan films is lower.. and b/c it kinda opens up a door to a whole world of stuff that we don't really want to cover. References are sketchy too.

    I think this is a decent model but the textures are a little too simple... needs some color and detail. There are so many maps available out there that you don't have to make one from scratch. Also.. the polygonal detail needs to be increased a bit too. Too many hard edges. Not enough beveling or something. Those gun turrets are too simple too. Those need to be beveled up, cut some shames out, detail some more, etc.

    Basically... learn to use more detailing techniques.. and continue what you are doing so far to improve your modelling skills. You are well on your way to being a great modeller.
  21. RylorTaduri Jedi Knight

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    Yeah, for the textures, you mean the cockpit and the ship body huh?

    I think the wings are ok, but for the rest, I agree, have to work on it.

    I'm really into polygon modelling, like take primitives and work them out. What other technique would you recommend?

    Like you said, there are not really many reference pictures, so it's a bit hard...!
  22. George Mezori SCIFI 3D Scifi 3D Forum

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    Yea. I think you picked something that is a bit harder for a beginner b/c there are no references. You can see some stuff Dr.Jones did like the Ewing? and he added alot of that detail on his own. But he's been doing this game for awhile.

    I don't know how to tell you how to do it? These other guys around here who are the real pros with the hands-on experience would have better advice than me. There are things out there. I had the Ron Thornton LW tapes many years ago so that was my first experience at how to model a craft and add detail. I'm sure there are other resources out there. It's mostly just cutting shapes out of existing pieces, taking primatives and making shapes out of them, beveling edges, etc.
  23. SevenJedi Jedi Master

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    try www.ap3d.com

    lightwave specific but great for ideas on how to add details
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