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I take it you are satisfied with the bussards portion of the tutorial? LOL!
Now do it with lights instead of textures. :devil:
Eric, I have to make a confession here...
I started the whole Bussards thing as a bit of a lark after the roasting you gave me over mine in the WIP section. Then when the whole thing kinda exploded into a running gag, (and you stayed such a good sport) I went along with because quite frankly, it was fun:devil: .
But now that you've finally come through, I have to applaud. It really is a masterful (and deceptivly obvious -who would have though of using textures for lights?) use of the system. My hat is off to you, and I bow to you expertease.
Now, about the hanger...?:devil:
I thought only Jedilaw was interested in the hanger area? LOL!
I wasn't talking about using or not using ray tracing. I'm talking about using a hollowed out sphere so there's a surface to reflect the light back and use raycasting, not ray tracing.
So, now that we have a bussards tutorial, is the new catch-word going to be...FANTAIL?
Um Guys, but why do I feel just a bit slighted here?
Excuse me Eric, I don't mean to pirate, but I just did one and the freakin' thing took me two days. Oh, and then there's the work Koi put into his.
So I don't think that fantails *sniff should be the new word. Personally, I think it should be HANGER
Ooohh, I'm so going to get it.
Ah, I understand. (I must have been a tad tired!)
Different versions of TrueSpace from 4 on have different tools including radiosity to try and up the realism at a serious cost in time. The best two tools I've seen are both in TS7: VRay and LightWorks. I'm a particular fan of LightWorks. It seems people like those renders and they're a heck of a lot faster than VRay.
Although, for the people following along and not skipping ahead because this isn't their first dance, probably the appropriate word would be FINISH THE FRACKIN' SAUCER!! Just a thought.
I thought that VRay and LightWorks sounded fun. (It's all they talk about at caligari's website.) :devil: Yeah, that radiosity crap takes too long.
I can post pics in my lightsaber thread, if anybody cares.
I mean, wow.
That is awesome, Eric! On the surface, it seems really simple. I, like you, have tried using practical lights, and it just doesn't seem to work. I'm beginning to realize that a light in 3D is not really a light, at least so far as light physics is concerned.
Now I'm gonna have to re-do mine, too...however, I might suggest an alternative to your outer dome animation. If trueSpace allows, you might consider using a solid color and a radial gradient alpha channel on your outer dome texture. One less thing to have to animate. Same for the blades...just a thought.
Yeah, I'll be finishing the saucer. I never learn. Even though I've done this before (building Enterprise) I keep thinking "Oh, it'll be easy this time! LOL!
I'd rather have VRay and LightWorks with TS 4 or 5 since 7 takes FOREVER to load! I need to get at least 3 Gigs of RAM to get 7 to work the way I want.
You better post those images! I wanna see!