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Today we let one of our 3D Artists, Mark Sneddon, take you through creating Contagion’s MP5K and Mossberg 590 – video tutorial included!

Posted by eswatca on Aug 30th, 2010

Hey folks. It's time for an update where we get to show you some of the hard work that goes into creating Contagion. As an indie studio with deep roots in modding, we wanted to strike a balance with our updates on the web so that we not only keep you informed on the game's progress and chat it up a bit, but also to show you how we work and perhaps help others become better at the craft of making games. Today we'll switch things up and focus on the latter.

The Monochrome Devblog has just been updated with another post, where one of our 3D artists, Mark Sneddon, will take you through his process in creating one of Contagion's many weapons, the MP5K submachine gun.

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Contagion MP5K


Hey I'm Mark, I'm a 3D Artist at Monochrome and I've been primarily responsible for making all of the weapons for Contagion. I also work on level props but that isn't what we're going to be going through today!

MP5K reference photos


So when I first start working on a weapon, the first thing I do is collect a large amount of reference images. Because Contagion is based in the real world, it is very important to be accurate when recreating things which already exist.

When I have all of the reference collated, I start work on the high-poly model. This is used to bake the normalmaps and usually takes the longest amount of time for each asset.

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As an added bonus, we've uploaded a lengthy video tutorial series of Mark doing some UV mapping for another one of our weapons, the Mossberg 590 shotgun. This tutorial is useful for not only beginners but those that know their stuff and wouldn't mind seeing another person's workflow - you might pick up a trick or two that makes UV mapping and unwrapping fun again!


As always, let us know what you think in the comments. Until next time.


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Uliseh
Uliseh Aug 30 2010, 7:38pm says:

wow awesome !! :)

those videos can be downloaded?? : o

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eswatca
eswatca Aug 30 2010, 9:33pm replied:

You’ll be able to, soon.

They are also available on our channel on YouTube.

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Newbez
Newbez Aug 31 2010, 9:57am replied:

i am sooo gonna check this out! :D

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx Aug 30 2010, 7:46pm says:

NO!!! I WANT THE REAL GUN!
You guys are really perfectionists, congratulations, you just got the photo of the MP5 and recreated it in the kewl program.

BTW, nice tutorials, as i'm a total noob in modelling, it can be really helpful if I want to start modelling, God, nice game.

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Maxivz
Maxivz Aug 30 2010, 8:05pm says:

Great tut! i remember you from poly count
Thanks for this tuts and good luck with the project ;)

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Aug 30 2010, 8:57pm says:

Great tutorial, really helpful to me.

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kazumo
kazumo Aug 31 2010, 2:41am says:

Yep, good job!

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freredarme
freredarme Aug 31 2010, 6:12am says:

Nice tutorial !

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r Aug 31 2010, 7:34am says:

1 to 1 recreation.
Really, this work is GODLIKE!

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Minuit
Minuit Aug 31 2010, 9:27am says:

Taught me some useful tips I didn't know about UV mapping, thanks pal.

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Darkbladecr
Darkbladecr Aug 31 2010, 10:04am says:

good stuff :)

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