I've been going around as a writer, but started getting drawn into Concept Art and 3D modeling. I'm currently finishing my studies as a 3D artist and will then be let loose on the world. Beware!
Winter is the best looking setting and works great with your trees. The blue versions all look horribly wrong; go for 10% saturation of what you have now and pray. I wonder if in winter the lakes will freeze up so you can take shortcuts and go ice-fishing, provided you have the equipment.
1:33 Min - how are rifles rigged? To the chin? it looks like that AK goes over the shoulder and through the body.
You like your colors saturated, don't you? Some of it looks good, some of it looks too strong. The blue (night?) setting looks like an alien planet or some gasclouds, instead of atmosphere. Looks overpowerd
I like most of the winter and swampland settings. Looks great when it works. I'd just pick the 10 or so LUTs that work the best for you and go with that. Some stuff is too extreme to work with the more "normal" looking environment lighting.
You are sticking with UDK? It would probably be annoying to migrate to Unreal 4?
Looking nice, I like the look of those skeletons.
Kuhl, das hat ja alles gut geklappt für dich. Nice game, next one on Unreal 4? :)
They are different size UVs, because I didn't get to arrange a single layout for the whole gun yet. However, Retopology and Unwrapping for an entire rifle in one day seems rapid to me; even though I could salvage a lot of geometry from my blockout.
I'm enjoying this project, in the end it was faster than I thought, and I'm on a good polycount and detail level for the basemesh now. I might make some more attachments, like light or laser, later. My first worry is the texture and the baking now.
Nice! There are so many good shapes. And I like how you keep to a theme, like big blocky batteries for the Rail and Plasmaguns. I can recognize which rifle class it is, because of them durn good shapes! Heheh
And good luck with that Update. Would that be in Unreal 4 or still UDK? U4 is quite worth it, I can tell you. I like the new materials in U4. IT's especially good for metal and such now.
Pretty clever concept. Maybe 10% painted and the rest kitbashed. Looks awesome, but maybe with another scope (or slightly smaller?)
Just in case nobody made this pun yet.
Hmm, you should be able to get a job as "case designer". These are all lovely! Keep it up.
Heh yeah, there is a "bit of everything" on that rifle. Like I said, I wanted to keep open to all kinds of influences. It's very hard for me to do any 3D detailing without visualising what I want to do.
A District 9-ish look is definitely the goal though, so I'm gonna keep some of that. I made a new grip in the meantime and must model a new magazine, too. The Lowpoly is 60% done, all of it unwrapped. Couple more days and the first texture should be in. I agree it should get a clean version, too. So, hopefully I'll make one funky, one "regular" looking texture.
All I know is that Max users have been complaining about Maya getting all the attention from Autodesk lately. I've used versions 2013-1015 and 2014 was the best of the lot. 2015 is not yet as stable, but has a few features, such as a new peltwrap algorythm, which I needed.
The cool thing about Maya is, I don't have to do stuff elsewhere. I always hated saving everything multiple times to bake, backup and view in other programs (such as XNormal). So after getting used to it, it's pretty good software; as long as you save often.
What do you mean? This model is in Maya.
Thanks. I tweaked these iron sights a bit in the meantime, so they can actually swing down or to the side, when you're using an optical scope. I need to model some optics, or at least a laser aiming system.
If you have any ideas to what kind of scope would look cool on this, I'd be happy to hear about them. I can tweak a modern scope design to look more sci-fi, but I need something that already looks pretty badass or sleek. Nothing too powerful, but a reddot or laser would probably look cool.
Ah btw, I switched from Softimage to Maya about a year ago, and I get along with Maya very well. You need a bit of time to get used to it and create a custom toolshell with your main tools. Once you know where to find everything, it's mostly fun working with.
Gee, another great idea, thanks! I must admit I don't know much about guns. And I just add more detail gradually.You rattle that handle when a bullet is stuck or what's it for? Seen it on the SCAR and that may be a great idea, I can make one and see how it looks. I really need to get a basics course in weapon de´sign, it seems.
Yep, Dipo sure was an inspiration. That looks awesome, kinda wish I had made that rifle instead, now.
I'm working on a movie with him, but I was tasked with making a rifle and really liked the bullpup design. So I made my own version with these features.
Lots and lots and lots left to do. starting with scaling that ironsight and putting it on another (longer) rail in the middle part; I haven't modeled the front ironsight yet. It's funny how much stuff I still think can be done with it. Good call about those switches. I thought about something like that, looked at some SCAR rifles. They are the masters of switches.
Also thanks for the concept from Dipo. I am actually working on a film project with him, so this gun was inspired by one of his pimpmygun designs. Not the one you linked though, a simpler one.
The goal here was making something my own, and I consider this my own. Dipo will be named for his work on the movie, accordingly. His concept there is awesome though, I kinda wish I had gone with that. I'm gonna keep working on this gun. It's fun and a lot of tweaks and changes come along the way.
The one on the picture reminds me more of a Steyr than anything. Perhaps its the bullpup type weapon with magazine on the back that has this effect.
I'm thinking of using another scope or ironsights for the time being. This current one will need some work and I want to concentrate on the rifle.
Good point, I really dug the shape when I was starting to concept, but you're definitely right, some stuff is out of bounds. On this concept the grip looks kinda tiny too.
I'm kinda improving it as I model now. I uploaded the blockout pick of the rifle. Working on it now.
Interesting, thanks! I actually watched Making of Elysium and District 9 for research for another project, when I made the sketch of this rifle. And I watched the making of "Oblivion", which also ties in; I was dealing with environments though. Didn't concentrate on weapons and gear then.
I never thought about it that way, but clearly what I was doing otherwise affected this design and style a lot. Interesting, how we subconsciously work on design ideas, just because we are consciously dealing with these things in research. I never planned for a weapon though. That's the part that inspiration provides. Important thing to remember is: without research = no inner development.
Valid critique, though it is just looking cool and I've seen far more impractical rifles. I figured this rifle would be gas powered, so the round thing on the back would be the pressure container.
I'm fixing these things that stand out. The gun is quite bulky, but it is also small, more of a bullpop than regular assault rifle.
Only thing now is to talk about some general aesthetics. These trees would look better if the branches were split in middle and bent, for example. I suppose you used some textured triangles there. It doesn't look bad, but they look a bit abstract that way. The game is somehow between realism and Mindcraft at the moment. Needs some design to make it perfect.
Well it also is for a good cause, so I appreciate the drive to try out something different.
Awesome art and style, but it all becomes a blur when everything is in motion. I do like toon textures, but I think in fast paced games they are much harder to read than more realistic textures. So artistically this is awesome, but it seems confusing as a game. Looks great on the stills, though!
Does your water have a color depthmap to make it look so milky or how does that effect come to pass?
Those ripples are too large, btw. Did you shrink the character down for the game? It always seems like they are tiny in comparison to the rest of the world (even to water ripples). This looks really cool sometimes, as they seem lost among giant trees and empty lands. But sometimes it looks just like the scaling is off ^^
One question - is there any kind of lightmap baking involved for static meshes, such as in Unreal Engine? I recently used Unity, CrySDK and Unreal 4 and U4 needs different assets (convex/closed meshes are best), while Cry and Unity don't and light everything in realtime; or so it seems.
If the first is the case, would it be possible to bake lightmaps for the levels in Maya and use them in your editor? I've always found it annoying how you are forced to bake these lightmaps with UDK's crappy baking. I would always prefer to bake it in my 3D program, because then I can have some control.
I made up for it, call me the Equalizer. You will be known as the Nullifier from here on, Keen.
It's hard to rig hands, but you need to work on the weights on the fingers some more. They don't look right and if you want something right in a game like this, it is the arms and hands.
But the character looks awesome! Smart move with the cool helmet,saves you the face modeling and looks cooler. Nice textures too!
Wasn't it Plato who stated that, only because we throw up a stone 1000 times and see it drop, it doesn't mean the stone will always drop. Of course that is rubbish, but I feel like a lot of original game ideas are founded in philosophical questions, like these.