Got a degree in games design, aiming to improve in 3d modelling and game design. Using mainly Blender, Gimp and Unreal Engine 4. Hoping to make many different types of games.

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It's that time again for a new update. So basically I game a lot but I am trying to improve my game design related skills. Anyway I've been working hard on trying to study modular maps for my Doomsday survival horror project but that's going slowly for now since I'm trying to make it suitable re-use.

Anyway here's what I have for now:



As for my Sonic project...I've been experimenting with a new feature that I haven't tried before under UE4 called splines, I used this feature to help replicate a Sonic 2 style level, I've added a new feature into the Sonic project and that other feature is the ring system. What this means is Sonic can now collect as many rings as he want's but the only problem is I haven't put in a injury system yet or death. Also I'm still looking into a particle system for all my projects but I need to study that feature further to understand what I can do with it. Anyway here's what I have so far:



Also I've already fixed the lighting issue on the video above so here's a render to show the improvement:


UI is pretty basic at moment but I will try to look into that a later date since still looking into it, the menu system too since I'm still working on it.

1 more thing I need to look into wall running so that's another thing on my lists of things to do. Once I have all that done I may have to look at my Shadow the Hedgehog blueprint and see if I can implement the features for him too, I'm considering re-doing all the animations for Sonic/Shadow.


Edit 12/08/2017: Improved lighting, adding dangerous obstactles, I still have to work on the death/injury animation system but for now Sonic just loses rings when hitting certain objects. I may relook into the particle system again next. Anyway here's what I have so far:


Sonic 2 special stage stone UE4 (Prototyping) - Mod DB

Update 13/08/2017: (Related to all my projects)

I'm going to look into video referencing for all my projects from Sonic animation and my survival horror game so they look more naturally animated.


Human 3d modelling

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Time for another update:

This month has been a bit slow on being productive but this week I started getting back into human 3d modelling. Here's something I've been working on so far:



For now I'm trying to get the hang of face modelling so I can learn how to make unique designs, then I want to create some for my projects like my survival horror project. After I've got better at head modelling then I'll try looking into better ways to make textures for clothes, hopefully a fully animated rig with face animations, etc...

Also my modular designs are still being looked into since want to find new ways to make them look unique, thinking of drafting out new level redesigns for my Doomsday project.

Update: 4/8/17
Kinect = Motion Capture

Today been thinking about animation, rigging and a friend got me wondering about motion capture for better animation because manually making animations can be time consuming.

Anyway it's early stages for now but I may consider it at later date because I want my games like survival horror game to have decent animation.

This week thought just have a look at my Sonic project again, added some changes to the Materials to include material instances because I was trying to get some kind of shine effect that I see in a lot of Sonic games.

After that I started to fix the jump animations for both Sonic, Shadow then I started experimenting with making asteroids, eventually put some into a level but the problem is the asteroids became too demanding on my pc so I'm thinking of rethinking of ways to make them low poly while looking fairly detailed.

Anyway posted 2 different video's relating to it:





Also got Hyper Sonic working under UE4 while able to change naturally between Super/Hyper/Normal forms of Sonic.




Hoping that the many techniques that I learn will help be understand how to make better games in the future.

Thinking about working on my main character design/model for my survival horror game, that I might set them in the same universe so I can make 2 different projects, just experiment.

Been a while since made any updates. Anyway thought give an update.
Started continuing my work on my survival horror game again, currently working on my level design and rebuilding my modular building parts. Hoping to improve them, making many variety of modular parts that I can re-use.

Currently building everything slowly, trying to get everything looking right, will be using my own custom character model eventually. (when I make one)

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Here's a rough look at my current build: (Currently in the progress of changing things, adding more textures)

MapSurv

Mainly hoping to make something open world but for now I'm keeping it small, building the game, expanding whenever I feel the need to. The project Doomsday project has been revived.

Once I have a basic design of the map done then I will be looking into building the classic survival horror camera system that is seen in many old PS1 games like Resident Evil 1/2/3, Dino Crisis 1, Men In Black.

My previous article showed that I had put up a new build for the Sonic UE4 project. Currently imported Shadow the Hedgehog now too. I rebuilt him with new rig/animations, will put up a new build eventually but currently going to focus on getting it ready to be able to choose players from the start. (Still haven't figured out how to make eyes blink, will be looking into particle effects for when there in Super form)

Here's a teaser of things to come: (May improve animations over time, include more variety's to what animations are played...depending on what the character is doing)



Still currently prototyping my survival horror game, it's slowly coming along and it's actively being worked on. Once I get some type of prototype done then I might show something off on my personal profile.

1 more project that I'm wanting to work is an FPS, for now I'm calling it "Shadow of Incursion", it will be heavily inspired by games like Halo/Doom universe and Future Cop Lapd, will try to make big environments like in Battlefield but with big battles against several different types of vehicles, monsters.

I'm mainly setting up projects so I can learn how to make each type of game as I learning experience. Which means I can see what works, experiment.

Edit - 9/05/17
Here's some game-play that I'm working on for the Super forms:


Sonic/Shadow UE4 project (Super forms) - Mod DB

I know it's been a while, felt once again it was time to post something new. Basically I've been working on my Sonic work again, even wondering about my survival horror game. For now I'm considering focusing mostly on environment work so I can make assets that can be used in any of my future games that I'm trying to work.

Anyway the reason why I'm posting today is because I finally got a new build, thought share the basic test demo that I've worked on. So far I've reworked the animations, rig so it's easier to use. I'm still not sure how to get blink animation working for eyes but for now thought try do the best I could for now.

Currently I've got the test demo working standard keyboard, mouse and even included controller support.
Transform into Super/Normal Sonic: F on keyboard, Controller Y (Tested on X1 controller)

Flight up/down = Keyboard - Q/E, controller - LT/RT or L2/R2.

Movement = WASD controls with mouse, thumbs sticks for controlers.

Moddb.com download here.

8/4/17 update: Survival horror 'Doomsday' is being worked on again. I have the draft map design for an area done, currently in the middle of building the map. (Still heavily inspired by games like Re2, Dino Crisis 1)

10/4/17 update: Still making changes to the Sonic project. Already improving my Super Sonic material, experimenting with UE4. Watching a lot of tutorials that can help me with my development in both the survival horror game, the Sonic game.

Anyway here's a new image:


Edit 26/4/2017 Update: Taken demo down for now so I can work on better build.

Currently been re-working on my Sonic 3d model with a new rig to include Quill's, an improved UVW mapping, this is so I can easily make quick colour changes so I can re-use them to make new designs like Super Sonic, Dark Super Sonic, because of this I'm considering in-game transformations but for now I'm focused on working on re-doing all the animations with the new rig since found my animations to look a bit odd in the old rig. (Having to look into the Rig since the Rig below was a bit of a mess, didn't work as intended)



I've also included facial expressions but had problems so re-looking into the Rig set-up. The reason for this is due to the fact that Sonic only seems to have 1 eye-lid shared across both his eyes, this can create strange effects. I'm looking into possible alternates like maybe 2d eye-lids that blink like this:
Benjones.us

If I get time I'll post a working prototype with my normal Sonic form but I think it's going take me a fair bit longer to work out how before I start working on the Super form transformations, anyway here's a teaser of things to come:



1 more thing is once Sonic is done I will consider rebuilding the Shadow the Hedgehog model, using the techniques that I've learnt from making the Sonic model, maybe learn a few more techniques since I'm looking into techniques to make my UVW maps more clean.

This is what my previous build looks like:



For my animations transformations I'm looking into mainly Dragon-ball Z style transformations like when Gohan first turned Super Saiyen 2 or when Goku first became a Super Saiyen:

So after learning to make my custom Sonic 3d model work in UE4 I decided to try improve my uvw mapping:



I've made changes since I posted the image above, have been experimenting with a new technique that I'm hoping to implement into UE4.

The new technique will allow me to move my eyes on a 2d material which is separate from my main colour scheme.

This means I can create other forms like Dark Super Sonic, Super Sonic transformations but at moment I'm looking into rigging the face so I can start animating with the new rig, once that is done then I'll be looking into making my full rig, new material techniques to work & be playable under UE4 with iconic things like in-game transformations.

Hoping to take some inspiration from Dragonball Xenoverse for things like flight, transformations, I've been experimenting with making a level design similar to 'Station Square' from Sonic Adventure DX as a show-case.

This is an example of my Dark Super Sonic texture that I made:

So I finally got my Sonic model into Unreal Engine 4 again but this time I actually used my model to help create animations and later created a player control system for my Modern Sonic character to be playable.

Recorded the game-play via Windows 10 DVR:



I'll consider making a download at a later time but for now I think my focus for now with the Sonic model is on experimenting with making some interesting levels for my hedgehog then maybe obstacles. I may consider doing something with the Tails, Shadow model too eventually but not sure what yet.

Even tested it on Android phone/tablet which seemed to work fine too.

Over the last couple of months I've been bringing out some fairly decent Sonic 3d models. Like the one I finished today:



So it's got me thinking about if I should make a Sonic style game on the UE4, I'm thinking maybe something similar to Sonic Adventure 1/2. Anyway it's too early to tell at the moment since just getting the hang of 3d modelling Sonic related Sonic characters. It's been a while since I joined the site and one of my original things I wanted to do was make a Sonic game so I'm tempted to give this a go at some point.

Project Doomsday:

I'm also working on trying to make a unique demon based on Satan at moment but at moment I'm mainly taking it slow with that model till I feel it's good enough to show. I've not figured out what I'm doing about a major character yet but my inspiration for a possible character seems mostly inspired by Jill valentime from Resident Evil 3 and . I do have a rough design of my map that I've drawn so I think I'll try to model something with the environment eventually.