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Today I will be walking you through the wonderful world of modelling and compiling for half life 2. This tutorial is targeted at 3dsmax users and half life 2 owners. however any basic game can benefit from these tutorials

Posted by TKAzA on Aug 29th, 2006
Basic Weapons Modelling.


Today I will be walking you through the wonderful world of modelling and compiling for half life 2.
This tutorial is targeted at 3dsmax users and half life 2 owners. however any basic game can benefit from these tutorials

I will walk you through basic modelling and uving
then making a low poly weapon model and a getting it skinned compiled and ingame.

In these tuts I will only ever cover 3DSMax because that's all I know.
So please DO NOT ask me about any other 3D applications.



Source SDK (Steam -> Tools -> Source SDK)
(Need To have Purchased HL2)

Other Tools

The valve wiki

Cannonfodders Tools


This ships with the sdk if you cant find it with my explanation below
- right click .qc (open with -> studiomdl ( in your source sdk folder))
Read up about it here.


Please don't decompile others work and claim it as your own
modelling takes time and skill and doing that is just poor!

Cannon Fodders mdl Decompiler ( decompiles hl2 mdl files into smd format)

Importers and Exporters
These don't work on max 8 or 9 :(

MAX 6/7 SMD Importer (Imports smd format to 3dsmax)
Version 0.1.3

MAX 6/7 SMD Exporter (Exports meshes as smd format)
Version 2.03

Okay lets learn the basics.

In this tutorial i will cover making a set of draws from a simple box using poly and extrusion moddeling.

This tequnique is very easy and is the base to modeling.

Make a set of low poly draws.

NOTE: more mirrors will appear soon.

This video covers every step of getting a source model in game.

Source Files

The Tut @ 104mb
Sorry about the noise my PC is very loud.

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mirrored Sep 20 2006 says:

Nice tutorials!
As for the codecs - the TSCC (TechSmith Capture Codec) codec is required for the video. Here is download link:

Regards. :)

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The_6th_Monkey Sep 23 2006 says:

Hey man any predicitions when the final parts are going to be done?

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methy Sep 3 2006 says:

Great tutorials Aza!XD

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TKAzA Author
TKAzA Sep 5 2006 says:

Thanks mmate just waiting on INtense! to up-load them to moddb's servers.

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luch174 Sep 14 2006 says:

Wicked thanks alot really helped, lol made a gun but i gotta try getting it to work now

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quasipredator Sep 17 2006 says:

These are great. Keep it up!

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Wilhelm_III Sep 19 2006 says:

None of your tutorials have video for me... Is it not supposed to?

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Nat562 Sep 19 2006 says:

Are there codecs im missing? or is it just audio, all i have is sound Any Ideas?

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TKAzA Author
TKAzA Sep 22 2006 says:

thanks mirrored
ill be doing my best to encode them in divx infuture

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PowderNose Nov 25 2006 says:

Great tutorials! Keep working on them, they are very helpful!

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ForceFist Nov 8 2006 says:

Where am i supposed to click to make the box, all i do is hold left mouse and move it but the box dissapears when i let go

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ForceFist Nov 8 2006 says:

ok i know how now but how do you do more than one edge face?

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SinKing Dec 13 2006 says:

Nice TKAzA! The first time I tried dl them I got very bad dl speeds, so I dropped the issue. Now I've been watching you making drawers and its fun. An edge is an edge, right?!

Good stuff, I should have found them a long time before, though.

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jister Jan 27 2007 says:

hey TKAzA i did your skin_uv_export tutorial 3 times excactly as you do it and ever time i get a error loading model in HLMV and in hammer its invisible? any idea what goes wrong??

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TKAzA Jul 7 2007 says:

Crap the videos are down, ill fix asap

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looie123 Jul 10 2007 says:

You say how about three draws, then they appear - it isn't explained how you make these three draws. This tutorial is meant to be the basics and you do things that the viewer can't see and thus mirror. I'm just starting out and I found it a bit brisk and quick for the absolute learner.

Are you NZ or Aus?

Good effort but confusing for me.

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TKAzA Author
TKAzA Jul 11 2007 says:

I run through the modeling off them try watching the video again :)

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roynagel Sep 27 2007 says:

hallo droogklooteeee

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Supafanga Oct 7 2007 says:

Do you know of any tools that do work for 3ds max 9?

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deathparadeNL Jan 26 2009 says:

this must be in half-life 2 tuturiols if it is half-life 2 modelling.

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m82sniper Feb 19 2009 says:

Posted in the wrong section -_-

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m82sniper May 17 2009 says:

How do you make the cracks in the drawers? :(

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tymaxbeta Dec 29 2009 says:

just what i was looking for, this looks to cover compiling too...

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Anddos Nov 7 2010 says:

so you can only use mdl format?

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funnyguy11 Feb 8 2013 says:

Hey im giving away ideas if anyone doesnt have one for a mod message me

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