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Finally after many long hours of hard work, the base mesh to the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer is complete!

Posted by Brand-X on Jul 10th, 2008

A year and a half or so ago, I stumbled across the then-named "Star Wars Conversion" on Hard Light's forums, and found they were looking for a modeler. Having not touched a 3D modeling app in years, I decided to try my hand. My first project was the Imperial Star Destroyer, a daunting task.

Now after 3 restarts and thousands of hours of work put in, I have finally completed this model. I almost want to apologize for the wait, but at the same time, I look over the mesh and think to myself, it was worth it. All that's left to do is fix a couple smoothing errors and then UV and texture it! I myself can't wait to see it when it's done.

This thing's a poly monster for sure. The basic hull itself has about 3000 triangles, with another 16000 in the details. "My god, how will that run in game?" you ask me. Detail boxes are the answer. Luckily for us the FreeSpace Open engine has a very intuitive feature called Detail boxes, which is a sort of Level-of-Detail system but used for specific parts of a mesh, rather than the whole thing. Each set of greebles in this model is enclosed within one of these boxes, meaning that your computer won't be chugging along trying to render the whole model, it'll only be rendering certain parts at certain times, dropping the effective polycount significantly.

But enough of the technical side of things, let's see this baby...





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HolmstN
HolmstN Jul 10 2008, 9:23pm says:

That's really amazing, looks better than any Star Destroyer I've seen in any game.

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TakedaKeni
TakedaKeni Jul 10 2008, 9:41pm says:

._.
Watch'd.

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tnathan475
tnathan475 Jul 11 2008, 12:29am says:

great work man, how big is the model in game?

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey Jul 11 2008, 1:01am says:

This is really impressive! The detail is great and spot on! ^_^

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Brand-X Author
Brand-X Jul 11 2008, 1:10am says:

Thanks a lot for the positive comments!

And in game it's the same size as it's supposed to be, 1600 meters long (or roughly 1 mile for you Americans.)

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tnathan475
tnathan475 Jul 11 2008, 2:11pm replied:

hey some of us Americans know metric! lol

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Jul 11 2008, 1:36am says:

Looks great and will look even more amazing once textured... just keep the texture, scale dependant to keep the look correct.... excellent work...

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Husayn-al-Musayyab
Husayn-al-Musayyab Jul 11 2008, 10:16am says:

Beauty Destroyer!

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Silverfisk
Silverfisk Jul 11 2008, 12:05pm says:

That must be the most impressive model I have seen in a loong time, if not ever.

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