Here’s the result of past two days of messing around. Abt 38k tris, no actual rigging yet (animations here are merely object moves on keyframes – I still have to find out how to do armatures and bone rigging). But, before rigging stuff etc, it should be time for texturing it. Which means, gotta start learning about texture baking etc. I suspect that will be “fun” >.>…
Alright. After a downright streak of misery in rendering crashes and misconfigurations, I’ve finally gone through compositing & made a”final” image. Thus, Project finished.
Right. Materials have been made and applied! Big party time.
Thoughts on the material editor: it is very powerful, and complicated as hell. Also, it seems that it is very very easy to get a material that’s a shiney metal with high glossiness. Any other type of materials, that are not flat one-shades but don’t turn into silver-untensil-material, those are hard to make. And, of course, sometimes things just fall flat.
I think the mesh is, on the whole, pretty much done. What’s next in line? Materials. I have to figure out what colours I want, then how to get them in blender, then the arduous task of mapping the materials to the spacecraft mesh. That may be… disturbingly timeconsuming. Not yet sure. First, however – must find some tutorials that actually explain material-working properly, so I have an idea what I’m doing. If we split the entire process of [nothing] -> [finished render], then there are three or four parts to it: Modelling, texturing/materialmapping, scene setup (camera angles, lighting, additional objects), and compositing (making stuff in the render look better. Basically, applying vfx). I’m done with stage 1 out of 4. YAY so far.
Purely on a whim, yesterday I decided to get back into making 3D stuff for fun. Up till now, I’ve made a few spaceship models for a mod (XTC mod for X3: Terran Conflict). They weren’t bad. They were also made in 3dsMax, which his a crazily expensive program for something that’s an extremely amateurish hobby for me. The student edition is not bad by any means, but if I’d ever plan to use those models in any meaningful way… I’d be screwed, to put it short.
Thus, enter blender. Fully open-source, allegedly a complete alternative to Autodesk’s products.
How bad could it be, right?