Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gatling Gun of Glass

It's always the happy little surprises that keep me going through the day.

Take a look at this:

...and now, take a look at THIS:

My intent was to use a bump map to give the impression of a six-barreled machine gun on a simple cylinder. Things took a bit of a different turn.

The material looks pretty amazing, especially if you zoom in and rotate around the gun. It looks like it's made out of semi-transparent crystal or glass.

It's a pretty simple effect to achieve - I used a phong material, with a color and bump map.

 Use a couple of gradients on the bump map to turn the single cylinder into a multi-barrel gun.

For the color map...

...create an appropriately angled brush with low roundness and a moderately high spacing attribute, then paint vertically or horizontally along the barrel as appropriate. Use both light colors and dark colors.

Next time: CHAINSAWS!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Back for more?

Did you have a good winter break?

These guys hope so...


The Razakel model - the most successful product of Project Asmodeus, the most infamous creation of Edda Robotics, and quite possibly the most feared robot in human history.

The Razakel is an enemy to be feared. It has several different variations, and each has its own strengths. The Trooper class is, technically, the least powerful of the Razakel models, but it makes up for its relatively low firepower and endurance by through tactics and coordination with other troopers. The Brawler has only one ranged weapon (its shoulder-mounted mortar), but is deadly in close combat, and its defensive shielding makes it nearly immune to most small arms...grenades don't work on them too well either, since they tend to catch them and throw 'em back at you!

Take a look at where I got the design for the Brawler's sword. You'll laugh.

That would be Asuna from Mahou Sensei Negima, if you're curious.

*Assuming there's any significance to the Mayan calender ending in 2012.