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A rather long term project. :)

StarkillerStarkiller182 Posts: 67Member
edited March 8 in Work in Progress #1
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Been working on this, on and off, for quite awhile. It's the first monster ship I ever tried to build.
As you likely guessed, it's based on the Mercury class battlestar. In my Aurora 4x game, my empire
was finally able to build them, so this is a Terran Battlestar, hence the minor differences. The Imperium
is more advanced than the Colonies, so the weapons are slightly different. :)

Now, some advice from those who HAVE built monster ships like these, or the Star Destroyers of Star Wars fame.
How DO you color these massive ships? As you can see in the second pic, it took two UV maps just to map the
hammerhead armour plates. I really don't think textures will work with something so big. How do you color YOUR
own ships?

Eric
aka Starkiller
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  • Lizzy777Lizzy777195 PNWPosts: 364Member
    What program are you using for an unwrapper?
    I've got gas...
  • ViperViper367 Posts: 352Administrator
    First of all, that looks really nice :) Looks really clean.

    As for the textures, for starters, that UV is very loosely packed. You can definitely fit more pieces there. And then, how much detail you want out of those textures? If the texture is 2048x2048, you can't fit much more. But if you are working with 4096, you can make those pieces smaller and fit more in. At the same time, nothing wrong with multiple maps. Unless this is for a game engine. Then you need to do as few textures as possible.
    Current Projects: Constitution Class Refit
    Frequent updates at our Discord channel!
  • BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral235 Posts: 1,635Member
    VERY nice... some impressive detailing.
  • FlakmonkeyFlakmonkey68 Posts: 97Member
    Oh snap! This is awesome! No idea about the paneling thing myself, I'm level -1 in modeling currently! lol
  • maranmaran63 Posts: 27Member
    That looks pretty awesome!

    For the details, like Viper said, more and bigger textures with your UV islands closer together.
    If the engine you're using isn't fussy about mirrored UV's you could also map the right and left side the same (assuming the would also look the same)
    What I also do with large models for a game engine (I make cargo and navy ships for virtual training), is to add a 2nd or 3rd tiling texture on another UV set to give you that extra detail when going close in with the camera.
  • StarkillerStarkiller182 Posts: 67Member
    Firstly, Lizzy's question, Modo has built in UV tools and the main one used here was 'Project from View'.
    It's much neater than the unwrap tool, just need to make sure the camera is at 90 degrees from the piece
    you're mapping. :)

    It's not for a game engine, not at 980,000+ polys and counting. heh. My textures are usually 3000x3000 pixels.
    I need it for close in work, so a tiling tex is likely the way to go. ^_-

  • Lizzy777Lizzy777195 PNWPosts: 364Member
    edited March 8 #8
    Starkiller wrote: »
    Firstly, Lizzy's question, Modo has built in UV tools and the main one used here was 'Project from View'.
    It's much neater than the unwrap tool, just need to make sure the camera is at 90 degrees from the piece
    you're mapping. :)

    Ah, good to know. I'll check Modo out since I see a trial version is available. I've been using a simple and free version of UVMapper. Tiny pocket sized unwrapper with simple functionality in a 576kb exe file. Seems to do okay-ish. I understood it a lot better than Blender's native unwrapper, unfold3D, 3D-Coat, or some others I've tried.
    Post edited by Lizzy777 on
    I've got gas...
  • ViperViper367 Posts: 352Administrator
    Starkiller wrote: »
    It's not for a game engine, not at 980,000+ polys and counting. heh. My textures are usually 3000x3000 pixels.
    I need it for close in work, so a tiling tex is likely the way to go. ^_-

    For high resolution work, 3k is kinda small actually. I'm going to output the textures for my Constitution at 8k and downsize as needed. And just use as many as you need to get the result you want. Of course, you need more memory to render all those textures. Especially if you are doing PBR.

    Current Projects: Constitution Class Refit
    Frequent updates at our Discord channel!
  • maranmaran63 Posts: 27Member
    Also, always go for a power-of-2 texture size.
    Your videocard will upscale it internally to 4096x4096 anyway so it won't really matter for you renders, just gives you a little bit more detail to play with.
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