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A quick summary of some of the things we did this week.

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Welcome back folks, another week has passed and we're still working hard on finishing a few very important parts of the project.

The interior theatre continues to be worked on. It's reaching a state of actual usefulness, with a full set of tiles. It's still not quite there, but the development going on around it is still going strong and starting to look pretty good.


On to unit graphic news.

With Nod losing the Cyborg and the Cyborg Commando for story reasons, the Brotherhood required new units to fill the rolls of early and late game heavy infantry. Early game, Nod has been given the Hellspit. These flamethrower infantry can easily reduce any other soldier to a charred mess with the greatest of ease. Fire, it turns out, is the great equaliser. The downsides to this weapon are obviously its range, which is quite short, and its ineffectiveness against vehicles.

This week, I modeled and rigged the infantry, and rendered most of its frames. Here's a sneak peek at what he'll look like:


He's based on the unused Weedguy sprite but with a little bit more detail and texture. He's far from done, but in my opinion he's already looking great.

Late game, Nod needs something which can contend with most vehicles and infantry. This unit is the Elite Cadre. Armed with a highly advanced, highly secret, and highly dangerous lightning gun, the Elite Cadre is suited to both offensive and defensive rolls. He deals with infantry a little better than vehicles, but in either case his lightning gun shouldn't be trifled with. The energy it shoots can arc from unit to unit, doing incredible damage.

He's been modeled and rigged for a while, and I've had a lot of his frames all ready to use ingame too. This week I finished one of the larger tasks, painting the firing effects onto the shp by hand, since my attempts at doing it all in 3D failed miserably. Anyway, here's a teaser of him too:


From a lore perspective, the Elite Cadre is a bionically augmented soldier armed with a gauss weapon developed by a sect of Nod which is shrouded in secrecy. These energy weapons are rare within the ranks of Nod, the only other unit know to carry one is the massive Scarab tank.

That's not all we've done this week. We've also been mapping. I'm still working on DM: Night of the Mutants II (6), and Morpher is working on a rough and mountainous map called DM: Landslide (2).

Here's a quick shot of one of the other Forgotten roadblocks leading into the region where Night of the Mutants is set:


Before I sign off, I have a quick question for you all. I'm playing with the idea of livestreaming a few hours of me doing development-y things: probably a bunch of mapping and ingame testing, and doing a bit of live Q and A. Would anyone be interested in tuning in for something like that?

Anyway, that's what we did this week!

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StalinsThighs
StalinsThighs

Definitely do a livestream, that would be so awesome! Wait, darn, I don't have a Twitch account. Guess I'll have to make one. Also, sweet infantry.

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ghobot21
ghobot21

sweet looking infantry!

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SMxReaver
SMxReaver

I see my streaming idea is pickup up Steam. Juicy updates, surprised this stuff doesn't make it to PPM though.

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Orac| Author
Orac|

Yeah, streaming is a really cool idea and I think it can really help give some insight into the process. Plus it's a lot more straight forward than editing video, and I guess a bit more honest.

I dunno man, posting to PPM has kinda started to feel like a chore, I like criticism but maybe I don't like it quite that much :P

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Alex_06
Alex_06

Streaming? I say do it!

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Dutchygamer
Dutchygamer

+1 to streaming this. Would watch it I'm available.

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FekLeyrTarg
FekLeyrTarg

If I have the time, I'd love to see a livestream. :)

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Arcofshadow
Arcofshadow

hey nice work the underground looking nice. i really like the light in the last picture its very fitting for this map :)
i would watch a livestream with you

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usuarioH
usuarioH

There's something in the original Tiberian Sun hate! Are the craters that are made by the ion cannon, missile ICBM and artillery NOD.
I have to put the whole cement base that does not happen! I waste so much time and money! Can remove these craters cursed? Please! Thank you!
As always this is amazing!

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Guest
Guest

I was wondering what you guys were doing with the Hellspit... this blows my expectations out the water.

I honestly would have been happy with the recolored Ghost Stalker you were using before LOL

Loving the Cadre as well. Is Nod still going to have an elite Commando type unit? I remember a Mantis Commander with C4 and a laser in the past...

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