Welcome everyone to the 11th annual Mod of the Year awards, a celebration of the best mods released in 2012 as well as the up and coming whom we hope edge towards release in 2013. For the next 30 days, it's time to recognize the dedication and creativty of so many hobbyist game developers who have given everything to their craft (which, in many cases amounts to years of development). 2012 was a massive year with horror mods like Cry of Fear and the hotly anticipated Black Mesa pushing our servers to their absolute limits with over 300,000 people in one day, all trying to play.

We expect the 2012 Mod of the Year to be our biggest yet - so make yourself count by finding your favorite mods and voting for them! Who will join our first ever MOTY winner Natural Selection, who in 2002 took out the awards and 11 years later released a critially acclaimed best-selling sequel? Up until Jan 1st 2013 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. Welcome to the 11th Annual Mod of the Year Awards (also check out our Indie of the Year awards and App of the Year awards).

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Welcome to something physical, or what i would like to call, concept to reality, the process of bringing the 2012 awards to life.

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Welcome to something physical, or what i would like to call, concept to reality, the process of bringing the 2012 awards to life.

As with 2011 this years awards were brought to life by a talented bunch, henley the event director and premier pro, connely the master of the pen, and myself roped in to bring the characters of the awards to InRealLife.
Being the first project of its kind for desuraNet and myself didn't come with out its challenges, and i would like to take you through some of the more interesting developments in the production of the trophies.

How are they made?

Well, after much research a suitable company that could print objects in the quality and colour, had to be found with results that would deliver.The models are made out of a fine mineral powder. Where 0.1mm layers are constructed one-at-a-time. Where each grain is dyed and held in place with a heat activated resin.
The trophies sit about 15 cm high and they feel like porcelain, they are sturdy but delicate, The surface has a grainy, sanded appearance due to the layering of the grains, similar to sandstone.

The technical details and models evolution!

As with all artwork, there are different stages of development, with each character having their own personality, the first step was translating this into a 3d space, in this article i explain the technical aspects of how each character was made, however a few parts i would like to highlight.

First and most important of which is, will they stand, and hold there place overtime, the answer lay in how they were to stand and hold themselves, the challenge was not having experience with the material and its strength, would the models hold together, whilst partially helped by sculpteos, fantastic import and testing tools, the end result had to come down to was it true to the posters and artwork featured in the awards.

This proved difficult with smaller parts of the models, things like fingers and legs would break during printing, with chances the models wouldn't print at all, every detail had to be considered, when being modeled for strength, stability and overall sturdiness.

Proven in point with issues printing connie, the weight of her body, caused her to break during printing, solved by adding a push modifier to her legs and making them thicker.

3D models don't always print as you would expect, even when in theory it should work.

Besides these minor issues and with the direction from dave, the models were completed and are awaiting their proud new owners, it makes us all proud for you to receive these unique trophies as recognition for your hard work and dedication to the community you partake in.

Change the Game!

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Damn they're looking nice :) Well done guys! Kudos!

Question, the winners of the MOTY will get these right? Or editors choice? :)

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Agreed, they look fantastic. Kudos to all the winners. They deserve it.

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Lol, I forgot to login.

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Thank u they look so cool and I would like to see the printing process in video! Maybe the next time eh?

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TKAzA Author

Sadly we never got the process of them being printed, it was planned, so indeed next time if they plan to do this again.

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Wow, I'm shamed to say I didn't know there were trophies...

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TKAzA Author

Fixed images, thanks all, we are glad you like these unique awards.

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*Throwing money at the screen*

"C'mon! I want those awards D:"

Great work TKAzA!

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Look good! Wish I could of won one ;)

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