Specialist Technician. PC Gamer. Stargate and Star Wars Fan. Computer Geek. Military Enthusiast. Science Enthusiast (Nut). Mountain Biker. Photographer. Cinematographer. Audiophile. SketchUp Modeller. Video Editor. Audio Editor. (No, my name isn't really Shane M. Schofield...it's an inside joke.)

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2 comments by SCΛRECROW on Nov 15th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is your own."


It's the holidays now, so I went to a local video games store to buy a copy of Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. But they were sold out...what luck! I've also been digging through my old games library, I've restarted Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield and Half-Life 2, although I should finish EndWar first.

I've got some gaming, modelling of more ships and photography planned over the holidays. Right now I'm working to essentially overhaul one of my previous ship designs. You may see it in the coming weeks, depending on how I use my time.

On the photography front, I've been looking into getting some new lenses: Nikon 18-200mm "Super-Zoom", Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX and a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. These lenses may not mean much to most of you, but the "Super Zoom" will replace both of my existing lenses and the 35mm and 50mm lenses will allow me to take better photos in low light. I've also got a night shoot planned...might upload some stuff later.

While is it good to be on holidays, it can get a little boring...so I just browse the Internet for information, facts, etc. Recently, I stumbled across two interesting websites, GOOD magazine and Information Is Beautiful. These two sites present general or statistical using graphs, charts and diagrams...I just like looking at data represented visually, take a look, there are some intriguing facts there.

Relaxing. That's it for this blog.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse It's been a while...

10 comments by SCΛRECROW on Oct 19th, 2009

UPDATE 1: MW2 for PC is even more screwed than before. Was going to look into it, now, not a chance. 18 player max, no console commands, no kicking players, "extra" mouse control (because it's a console port) and apparently NO MODDING!!! all on top of NO DEDICATED SERVERS!!! How can you destroy a franchise like that...FPS belongs on PC, not console. Calling on the PC gaming community to unite and express RAGE. Not happy. Not buying. Read.

Quote of the blog.

"Well done is better than well said."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Can't even think about playing games right now...but Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising has been released and it looks so good. Damn exams! Which means I'll have to wait a month or so.

Windows 7 is coming out in 3 days! Not sure if I should attend a launch party or not... If the release is anything like the RC, then it should be much better than the O/S beginning with "V".

General Stuff.
Well, it's been a while since I've written a blog, probably because of two main factors. One, I've been busy as hell most of the time trying to get a stack of SQL, HTML, ASPX coding done. Two, nothing "interesting" has been happening lately. Anyway, I've got some spare time right now...so, I'll continue.

So, Stargate: Universe...what to say.... No need to state the obvious, but it's certainly different; but so far, SGU has not failed to impress with the different "dynamic"/fluid shooting style, different character dynamics and different location. I guess we'll have to wait for following episodes to flesh out some character back story. Overall, I'm enjoying it, but I will wait until I have finished the first season to make a judgement. Also, for some reason, all of the episodes have one word titles.

With the Sabre finished (download link in previous blog) I can work on the other models...after exams in the holidays. Also looking forward to doing more photography at night. In the mean time, I'll probably be less active around here (maybe not, priorities right?).

That's it for this blog.

Getting sick of work. Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse Introducing the Sabre - Class Battlecruiser

11 comments by SCΛRECROW on Sep 25th, 2009

UPDATE 3: I've now successfully uploaded the Sabre to Google's 3D Warehouse...I wasn't able to before due to the file size limit, which has been changed. Find the model here: Sketchup.google.com

Please rate the model as you see fit and spread the word!. Thanks!

UPDATE 2: Distribution of the release pack will be by email. If you want it PM me with your email address.

UPDATE: The release pack has not been authorised. I'll try to find another way to distribute it, PM if you really want it.

Over one and a half million edges. Nearly 600,000 faces. 450 hours of work. Ladies and gentlemen....

The Sabre - Class Battlecruiser has arrived!!!

Okay, enough of that. I've finally finished the model of the Sabre - Class Battlecruiser. Basically, I've taken the shape of the Imperial - Class Star Destroyer from Star Wars, made it about two and a half times bigger, fixed some design flaws (ripped the huge tower target off) and added more weapons.

The wedge shape allows all of the heavy assault turrets on the hull to point forward simultaneously, making the Sabre ideal for frontal assaults, while the the large amounts of strategically placed weaponry allow the Sabre to engage a large variety of targets without manoeuvring into a new position. The immense hangar space also allows any combination of fighter and bomber support craft to be carried into battle.

It has taken a quite a while to complete and since the last time you've seen it, I've made over 40 modifications and fixes to it.

A 3D tour video is available for viewing, a release pack has also been prepared, it contains:

  • The model of the Sabre - Class Battlecruiser.
  • 4 High Resolution Screen Shots.
  • 1 Six-view image.
  • Specifications document (PDF).

Note that you'll need Google SketchUp 7 or Google SketchUp Viewer to open the model. Download it from here: Sketchup.google.com

If you want to use the Sabre or any other model in a mod, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy!

Report abuse Busy, yet it doesn't feel busy. How is that possible?

8 comments by SCΛRECROW on Sep 17th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Murphy is always right."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

I managed to play a few co-operative missions of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 with one of my friends. It was hilarious, because he had forgotten all of the keys. There were a few incidents where he accidentally threw a grenade at a wall or at his feet. Run!!!

General Stuff.
It's been quite a slow week, the work is still there but, it seems less urgent.

I've uploaded the work in progress shots of the 2 ships I'm working on, not to mention the on going adjustments and fixes to the Sabre - Class Battlecruiser. I apologise if these shots make the ships look crappy, but as I have said, there is still a long way to go before completion. There is still much to do: hull detailing, addition of weaponry, the bridge and hangars and adding colours.

Secondly, I've bought Sanctuary Season 1 on DVD. Have watched the first few episodes. So far so good. It's truly amazing what can be done with green screen, sometimes you forget that they are on a virtual set or that there is a visual effect in the shot. Kudos to the actors and crew of Sanctuary.

Finally, has anyone wondered why things always seem to go wrong at the worst possible time? (Refer to quote of the blog.) Because it appears to happen to me when group assignments are due.

Experiencing crazy weather. Busy. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse I have no idea what to call this blog.

6 comments by SCΛRECROW on Sep 8th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"The one item you need is always in short supply."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

I decided to go old school and brush the dust off of the original Ghost Recon. Ah, the memories...running through the forest, getting shot at from a unseen enemies. It's surprising that a game published in 2001 is still appealing 8 years later (to me at least). But Ghost Recon 4 has been delayed if you haven't heard. It's scheduled for a late '09 or early 2010 release. It seems so far away.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is only a month away! The trailers and in-game footage look so good! I can't wait, but I have to make sure that my computer can handle it well on high settings...I may have to do a little upgrading of the CPU and graphics card, but it seems unlikely.

Windows 7 is about a month and a half away from release. I've been using the RC and it's been brilliant. No crashes or screw ups, but I have to say that it is weird transitioning from XP to W7 and even one of my friends said it was weird going from Vista to W7. Everything looks nice and runs well, but sometimes I can't find specific settings which were present in XP. It seems like they move the setting somewhere else or bury it under a tonne of other crap...oh well, I'll have to get used to it.

By the way, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition is sold out everywhere I looked. So it looks like I won't be getting those night vision goggles after all.

General Stuff.
Stargate Universe looks like a promising addition to the Stargate franchise. The trailers and promotional material look awesome, but I think I'll reserve final judgement until I see the finished product. However if the track record is anything to go by, it will be an excellent series.

I may upload a few shots of new ships I am (slowly) "building", depending on the time I have. One is going to be a cruiser, the other will be a carrier. The carrier is based off of the Lancer, which is based off of the BC-304 Daedalus Class, although it will look more like the Daedalus than the Lancer. (That sentence sounded weird). The Sabre should be finished soon and I'll upload a 3D video tour for that when it's done. But no promises.

Not as cold. But still busy. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse Damn, time goes fast...

1 comment by SCΛRECROW on Aug 31st, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Never mistake motion for action."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

I don't have to write anything here, do I? But there is hope! Mid semester holiday is coming up soon. Looking forward to playing some matches against friends. By the way, can anyone give their opinion about Fallout 3?

The Sci-Fi at War mod for Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption is coming along nicely. Looks good! Can't wait. If you haven't heard about it before, go and check it out.

General Stuff.
1 assignment down, 4 assignments to go! Why 4 are there 4 assignments still? Because another assignment was released on the day I submitted one. Another due in this week.

The weather has been cold, wet and windy, so no mountain biking or photography. I will probably have to wait until spring or summer and hope that the weather clears up. But wait, spring starts tomorrow! September...there is not enough time!

Cold. Busy. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse Assignments spotted! Run!!!

11 comments by SCΛRECROW on Aug 25th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Success occurs when no one is looking, failure occurs when many are watching."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

None. Zip. Nada.

General Stuff.
Busy with 4 huge assignments so I'll make this short.

I think some drivers need to learn how to count or to get glasses. I'm doing 59 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, then some driver in a sports car starts using his horn over zealously, then overtakes me and drives at about 70 km/h. Idiot. But I think I got the last laugh, I caught up with him at the next set of traffic lights.

So, I've finished ripping 24. Not going to get much chance to watch it...maybe on the train.

Busy, busy and more busy. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse Another week...week 34 in fact.

10 comments by SCΛRECROW on Aug 18th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"There are no stupid questions, just stupid people "

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

I wish I had time, but sadly another week without too much gaming. Just a quick co-op game of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 with a couple of friends on Friday...had to blow up a tank with C-4! That was fun!

General Stuff.
I'm more or less broke now after spending all that money on many life's expenses, pushes back my plans for getting new photographic (a couple of lenses, lens filters, a new tripod, more memory cards and possibly an external flash) and computer (upgrade the CPU to a better quad core) hardware back a little.

University...I hate group assignments. Lazy <-insert expletive-> people! They don't do anything! Hoping for a free ride, not with me! No work, no credit, no mark! (Sorry about that...rage problems, can't accept injustice or inequity.)

Currently in the process of ripping my whole "24" (the TV series, not the number) DVD collection, it's mostly automated so I don't have to supervise the thing and it's going to be about 85 GB for 168 episodes and a movie in total when finished.

That's it from me this week.

Busy, busy. Broke. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse Just another blog.

5 comments by SCΛRECROW on Aug 11th, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Just the usual...no time for much gaming, just waiting around for the new releases.

General Stuff.
I've just spent around $300 on textbooks...they seem way over priced for the content, but what other option do I have? I've said it once, I'll say it again: Education is expensive and time consuming, but ultimately necessary. It certainly is more expensive at the tertiary (university) level. For some reason, I'm getting sick of computers and I.T., probably because I'm spending so much time around them...I need to get out more!

Good news! I've completed my Stargate DVD collection with Stargate Atlantis Season 5 and Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods Final Cut. SGA Season 5 was awesome. Children of the Gods Final Cut was excellent; visual effects are better, new footage, Teal'c sounds the way he should, the new score by Joel Goldsmith is better than the original and Brad Wright's and RDA's commentary is worth every dollar. However, even though the Final Cut benefits from the added footage, I felt that some worthy scenes were cut, I'm not talking about the nude scenes just in case you were wondering, Stargate is finally family friendly!

That's it from me this week.

Busy, busy. Headache. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

Report abuse A short blog that isn't that short anymore.

4 comments by SCΛRECROW on Jul 31st, 2009

Quote of the blog.

"People only see what they want to see."

Gaming, Modding and Computing Stuff.

Um, I got nothing. Soon perhaps.

Although, I have been looking at Modern Warfare 2's Prestige Edition, it comes with night vision goggles...well they work but they work more like the toy ones. Basically they have a cheap webcam or similar, rip out the low-pass infra-red filter and stick a few infra-red LEDs for illumination and then display the image on a little cheap screen. They have a range of about 15m in pitch black, so I guess $200 AUD for a game and some cool looking NVGs is not bad.

So much for nothing.

General Stuff.
Busy because of "you know what". A few assignments and other tasks have already been handed out, so there's no time to waste! I have to say that the textbooks are damn expensive, considering that I'll only be using them for about 3 months, they seem so wasteful (if that's the right word).

On to photography! Well Nikon announced 2 new Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and 2 new lenses. The new D300s, which is an improved version of the D300. They also have the D3000 which is an entry-level DSLR. They both look really good. But the thing I'm really looking out for is the 18-200mm AF-S f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens, it's the second version of the lens I want to get, which basically puts my plans to get a new lens on hold for a while.

I'll stop boring you now. Tired, again. Talk later.

Good Gaming and Good Modding.

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