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This week we show off a concept for a key building and discuss a bit about why our concepts look the way they do as a result of our pipeline.

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It occurred to me that I never really explained the pipeline we use to get from concept to textured asset and how that effects the way I create concepts. Because I do both bookends of the asset creation process I tend to not put a great amount of texture information into concepts. I am essentially just giving Ryan distilled information about the form of objects.

Barracks Concept With Related Props

You can see in this set of concepts for the Barracks that for the most part I gave him form information with a touch of texture information for myself for when I get to the texturing stage. This actually works well for me as I get a sort of fresh look at an asset before I texture and can then iterate relatively quickly on the texture sheet.

The following image is an example of the two stages together (with the engine redesign omitted as it was just a line drawing).

Press Pipeline Example
You can see that our props don’t have a lot of detail because of their normal size on the screen and the amount of texture sheet space we allot them. But it does keep the style rather clean and helps to avoid visual overload.

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SinKing
SinKing - - 3,119 comments

That sounds good, if Ryan and you can work like this.

One thing I noticed on the prop example is that the proportions are different. That can often happen when you put models into grid spaces to make them tileable. However in this case I think the assets is just a bit too tall. It looks better balanced in the concept.

Add an extra edge to silhouette objects. The pipes looks squashed with the sudden 90° change. And normal maps would do wonders for all the bolts and bevels.

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Kelso
Kelso - - 50 comments

We've actually decided against normal maps throughout the entire game. We tried them and they just muddied the look we were going for. Not to mention that the amount of screen space these props occupy wouldn't warrant normal maps anyway. :)

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