I've been sitting on this one for a long time, but recently started it up again. Just trying to do the landing pad seen here:
I started in 3ds Max but then moved into Zbrush to use the IMM tools and the new polymodeling tools to speed up the creation of the flat greebly areas. That's about the best reference I can find and no one has really done a very good and accurate model so I'm just kind of winging it a bit as I go and trying to get the general form. I made some of my own IMM brushes and am using some of ZBrush's standard greeble IMM brushes as well.
Looking really nice on the model! Your attention to detail is very good and you have (from what I can tell so far) no mesh errors in a fairly complex piece. What scale are you working on with this?
LockeFP, I agree it's weird to have something like that especially since the Aries ends up being retracted into the ground, but damn if it isn't cool! I'll be making this at a "life-size" scale since I have a 3D Aries model that I'd like to put in there.
Tralfaz yes I have some screenscaps from the blu-ray I was given plus some photos I found of the model but which are unfortunately only slightly helpful as they are not too hi-rez, but the dome is off. So like I said not much ref out there, but I'll do my best and make it interesting looking, if not exact.
Yup, moonbase alpha was very much based on this guy...
The bottom image looks like the scene has been lit with a white light.
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Awesome, great work.