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3DStar Wars Gladiator Star Destroyer environment/animation

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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    Had some delays over the weekend, but finally finished the Zeta shuttle! In these renders I accidentally had the head turrets hidden. One of my best yet but the level of detail/accuracy in the texture took much longer than I had originally planned.

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  • wibblewibble516 GermanyPosts: 293Member
    Simply beautiful. It sure was worth the wait.
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    Thank you very much! Here are some more renders, comparing it with the lambda.

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  • ashleytingerashleytinger986 Central OhioPosts: 898Member
    I love that the shuttle looks like a sea turtle with it's wings down. Really nice job with it!
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    edited June 17 #36
    Okay, rare mid-week update time: I'm also making a Z-95 Headhunter.

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    The Z95 was a Legends ship originally billed as the precursor to the X-wing by the same manufacturer, and now there are multiple very different-looking official designs. I'm basing mine on the slightly ugly one from the 3D Clone Wars show, but as if it was now 10-20 years old retrofitted by pirates, so I can change some of the things I didn't like about that version, and include a few nods to the Legends design (which was also kind of ugly). I'm also going to try to do some asymmetrical panel damage and try to give it a bit of that used original trilogy look. Maybe its inclusion will appeal to prequel/Clone Wars fans.

    For this current animation its role will just be to drop out of hyperspace, see that there's a star destroyer in orbit, and then turn around and leave. But if I do a followup space battle, this will be a good model to have that could be used by any non-Empire faction.
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  • wibblewibble516 GermanyPosts: 293Member
    Never was a fan of the Z95. But I am curious what you will do with it.
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    edited June 29 #38
    Bit busy IRL, sorry for temporarily slower updates!

    For now I just have a little hull plate baking test. I'm not sure if I want to detail the star destroyer hull with a low poly parts library that have baked textures, or use trim sheet textures. I might try to do a turret with a trim sheet approach and see how it looks.

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    (In this test, the left modeled one is 2400 tris, the middle is 2 tris, the right is 40 tris. And then I will use the modeled level of detail for any closeups near windows or railings or whatever.)
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  • wibblewibble516 GermanyPosts: 293Member
    edited July 2 #39
    xiaorobear wrote: »
    Bit busy IRL, sorry for temporarily slower updates!

    I think we all can relate to that.
    In anyway, thanks for the update. It's always interesting for me to get insight in your workflow, no matter how small or big it might be.
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    edited July 3 #40
    Thank you for appreciating it! I'll have a more directly-applicable to this animation update too... but I also was feeling a little tired of hard surface and started sculpting yet another alien. I don't think there is a place for this one in this animation but I'll surely use it in a future SW project: An Ortolan (Max Rebo's species)

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    Just have to fix up the hands/fingers.
    In the old days you may have seen these as little elephant-headed humanoids, but it turns out the original intent when he was being made for RotJ was that Max Rebo was using his feet to play his instrument.

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    Kenner assumed they were arms (they look like arms in the movie because a human's arms are inside the costume) and invented a little stumpy pair of legs, and that become the Legends appearance for this species for the next 25 years.

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    But in at least some of the Disney canon they've gone back to the original idea, though it's only appeared in comic form.

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    So anyway I thought it would be fun to see a realistic one walking around on the two limbs.


    It's still ambiguous whether the top appendages are ears or flippers. I'm kind of scared of them being flippers.
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  • wibblewibble516 GermanyPosts: 293Member
    I see, you continue your mission of giving a platform to the under-represented species in the Star Wars Universe. :)

    I'm not very familiar with the Legends (formerly expanded Universe). The only Comic series that I actually followed was the 2006 Knights of the Old Republic series. And I think I have read that it was planned to make one of the main characters an Ortolan. But the authors finally decided against it 'cause it was too hard to express emotions with his face. Now I would love to read (or see) a story about an Ortolan who is doomed to be lonely 'cause no one really understands him due to his incapacity to express feelings.
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    edited July 9 #42
    Back to a little hard surface stuff- made a ~380 tri turbolaser turret. There'll be about 10 of them across the gladiator, so I think this is a good level of detail balance. Loosely based on some quad-turbolaser turrets on Moff Gideon's light cruiser in Mando S2. Good enough to fly over.

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  • SCE2AuxSCE2Aux93 Posts: 26Member
    Like you, I don't have an extensive background in musical theory and composition, but enjoy dabbling in making my own tunes. I use Musescore, mainly because it's free hehe. What software do you use, if you don't mind me asking?
    I'm liking both your hard surface and organic modelling. I'm not a big Star Wars fan (been loving The Mandalorian though!), but it certainly looks like you've got the Star Wars aesthetic nailed.
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    edited July 11 #44
    Thank you!
    For music composition I am using Apple Logic, which costs $200, I think I got it after getting a holiday bonus a few years ago. BUT, absolutely nothing I'm doing in this soundtrack composition uses any Logic-exclusive features, you could use any DAW (eg Reaper is a much cheaper one I've heard recommended), and as I mentioned the orchestra samples were free (I think after filling out some survey or something). I don't recommend Logic outside of some very specific circumstances (one nice benefit for me was being able to load in a bunch of old files made from garageband's proprietary file format, not something that applies to 90% of people). Would love to hear some of your work!


    Another mini-update: here is a test of some detail scaling on the gladiator, looking at how big windows and turrets should be and stuff. The hull texture is a tiling texture I made, triplanar'd on. It's also currently applied to those testing greebles but that won't be final.
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  • ashleytingerashleytinger986 Central OhioPosts: 898Member
    This is a much more interesting design than the flying wedge carrier ship they did up in Rebels, although I like them both. Your take on it seems more practical than the animated one and I think you're putting more thought into it than other takes I've seen. Very cool.
    xiaorobear
  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    edited July 12 #46
    Thank you- hopefully it gets cooler as I go!

    Apparently that flat wedge-shaped Rebels carrier ship (a "quasar fire" class) was actually an old '90s Legends design, appearing in some novels, The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, and the "Rebellion" computer game, so I bet a handful of die-hard fans were very happy to see it. :D I didn't remember it despite having that book.

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    But then the origins of my ship are in the '80s Droids cartoon series, so, even older. It wouldn't surprise me if it was based on some unused concept art for the main trilogy. Very odd that they didn't just go with a regular star destroyer and instead had a new design.

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  • SCE2AuxSCE2Aux93 Posts: 26Member
    xiaorobear wrote: »
    Thank you!
    For music composition I am using Apple Logic, which costs $200, I think I got it after getting a holiday bonus a few years ago. BUT, absolutely nothing I'm doing in this soundtrack composition uses any Logic-exclusive features, you could use any DAW (eg Reaper is a much cheaper one I've heard recommended), and as I mentioned the orchestra samples were free (I think after filling out some survey or something). I don't recommend Logic outside of some very specific circumstances (one nice benefit for me was being able to load in a bunch of old files made from garageband's proprietary file format, not something that applies to 90% of people). Would love to hear some of your work!

    I've just looked up Reaper, there's definitely a lot to get stuck into there - might be a bit beyond me for the moment at least haha. I'll PM you a short composition of mine. :)
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    Small test of damage on the Z-95 wing- will improve with things like better sparks, pieces tumbling off, and a bit of fire after the explosion.


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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    Tiny tiny update with a bit of fire in there, I think it adds a lot.

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  • ashleytingerashleytinger986 Central OhioPosts: 898Member
    The light flare from the sparks really adds to it.
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  • wibblewibble516 GermanyPosts: 293Member
    edited July 19 #51
    xiaorobear wrote: »
    Tiny tiny update with a bit of fire in there, I think it adds a lot.

    Totally agree.
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  • xiaorobearxiaorobear388 Posts: 132Member
    TYTY- really I want to see what it looks like all textured up, but I still have quite a bit of modeling and then UVing before I can. :(

    But, here is more model progress on it:

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    I also need to make a cockpit interior.
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  • wibblewibble516 GermanyPosts: 293Member
    edited July 24 #53
    xiaorobear wrote: »
    really I want to see what it looks like all textured up, but I still have quite a bit of modeling and then UVing before I can. :(

    I feel your pain. But your model progress is looking great already. It looks far more detailed than your other models.

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