Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Baron's Hangar

The average visitor to the Aster Space Port and Hangar Facility on Koranna IV might never realize that it houses the private hangar of the famed star fighter pilot, nicknamed the Baron.

If one were to explore the sprawling complex of squat, round hangars and landing bays, semi-submerged in the sandy ground all around, they might chance upon an unassuming structure toward the south, where three ancient D-1 Space Superiority Fighters sit, relatively unattended. The three craft are all owned by the Baron, and were used by him and his flight team during their incredible combat missions against the Trisst Empire some fifty years ago.

Now, they are museum pieces, preserved by the Thrassi War Heroes Conservation Association, for future generations to appreciate.

The Baron who flew these fighters, whose real name was never released to the public, was reportedly killed by falling from a ladder in his home just three days after the war ended.


Blender 2.71, Cycles Renderer, post in GIMP.

Original Dimensions: 10,000x5000 px
Render Time: ~6 hours

Monday, July 14, 2014

D-1 Space Superiority Fighter

Finished the public version of the ship.  Now, onto the private version for the client.

It is available here.  If you know anyone who'd like a space fighter, give a shout out and direct them to my storefront on Turbo Squid.  I'd greatly appreciate any help anyone can give.

Product ID: 835427

Hope everyone is doing great.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Retro Space Fighter

Been working on a project for a client who has asked for a space fighter design based loosely off of old Soviet era combat aircraft.  Decided to do a little adjustments, but it's based off an old MiG and other planes.

Still have to add the landing gear and some appropriate space-y looking weapons.

Hope everyone is doing awesome.


Friday, July 4, 2014

On Laser Turrets... Part 2

Worked on getting the tutorial finished up.  Just have to review the manuscript and then record the action.

In the meantime, please enjoy this little preview of what can be accomplished with this system!

Hopefully everyone has a safe weekend.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On Laser Turrets

About a month ago, I received a request from to make a Blender tutorial.  So, after a bit of deliberation with Jonathan at Blender Cookie, we decided to make a tutorial on how to do laser beam cannons in Blender, using the Cycles render engine.

Today, I started work on the tutorial by building the model which will be used with the tute.  A working turret, fully set-up and rigged with empties so that it always points towards its target.

From here, the tutorial will start with how to make the laser beam effect, as seen in this video:

Obviously, this is an older video, so the technique will be improved.

Perhaps in the future, I hope to have another tutorial which will show how to design and build a turret and how to rig it properly for use in this fashion, but for now, hopefully everyone will enjoy the model.

The tutorial is still about a month away, however.  Still working on it.  Never thought I'd be tapped by CGCookie to do a tutorial for them, though.  It's really a cool deal.

Have a great day, everyone.

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