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Archive for May, 2011

False Starts Part 2

Not long ago, I posted up some ships that where a false start.
Well I did work some more on the last one. This was based on CLU’s command ship from Tron Legacy.
I have made some changes to it like the side door and the landing gear and the thruster fans on the bottom of the ship.

The idea behind this was that it was a birdge for a massive cargoship, that could depart the main ship and hook up to another ship. As the time it would take to unload and reload the cargo would take weeks to months.
This way the bridge crew would not have to wait, they just moved the bridge over to another cargo ship that is ready to leave and be gone within a few hours.

Lower Thrusters

Side Door

Upper Thrusters

Landing Gear Doors


I still consider this a flase start, As I am not really in the mood to keep going with it. but that could change.
So if your intrested in seeing more of it let me know. As I really need insperation to keep this one going!

Gallery Added

I just added a Gallery to the blog, this will hold all my finished pictuers.
It act as a portfoilo show casing all the stuff I have done over the years.
This will save people going through the whole blog looking for my finished work.

The page is still a work in progress but it has everything I have posted on this Blog.
I will post some of the older stuff soon.

here is the link to the page.
I will also add it to the main page once I have figuered out how to do it, as it not showing at the moment.

Flame Thower test

Last week Blender Guru put up a tutorial for making a flame thower.
It a nice little tutorial and can be done very quickly. However, due to the caculation needed for an animation it can take some time to do.
Here is a single frame from my frist test.

As you can see from this that the qulity is very bad, but this was a test after all. The biggest problem was that the was light reflecting from the flame.
I made the corrections and then waiting five mins to re-bake the smoke and flames. Once done I rendered it out as an animation.
This was the real killer. As it took over six hours with the setting, set low for the test.

So if a short animation like this took over six hours to render, I hate to see what one with the setting set to high res.
I will find out soon, as this tutorial has given me an idea for a pic and possiably an animation.

Battle: Los Angeles / World Invasion: Battle LA, Film Review.

Okay it’s been a while since I have done a film review. But I finally found time to sit down and watch Battle: Los Angeles.

Battle: Los Angeles is a special effects feast that is light on plot and characterizations but heavy on action.
We all know what LA looks like, as so many films are set there. So it’s different to see the city being on the front line, of a war. But you get the feeling that there is more going on that you are missing out on. It stated at the beginning that the invasion is happening on a global scale. However that is easy to over look as this is a story about a platoon of Marines in the thick of things. With a simple mission, get any civilians caught behind enemy lines out before the bombs are dropped.

***Spoiler WARINING!!***

The film starts out with the platoon on a chopper heading out to forward base, where they will be given there orders. As they are heading there, they witness more of he aliens first wave landing in the sea just of the coast of Los Angeles.

We then head back 24 hours to before the invasion starts. This was done so we get to know the members of the platoon and get a little background on Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz played by Aaron Eckhart. Here we learn that Nantz has seen lots of action in Afghanistan where a mission went badly wrong, though it not made clear what happened. But there are stories about it flying around the base he works on.
We also learn that he has been in the service for 20 years and is looking to retire.
This fly’s though and we don’t really get to know the Characters except for Nantz.

Before long a series of meteors is heading for Earth, and the world is on alert. When it appears that the falling objects are slowing down, the military is mobilized and Nantz’s retirement is refused. We don’t see anything of the invasion except though News Reports with most of them coming form LA.

The film then picks up from the opening credits, and full blow Alien Invasion is underway. We quickly learn that a distress signal has been picked up from a police Precinct and the platoon is tasked to head there and evacuate the survivors before the Air Force drops there bombs.

The film moves along with a few action sequences where we learn it hard to kill the aliens with a standard M16. This is where Michelle Rodriguez as an Air Force Technical Sergeant, with a vital piece of the plot. Up to this point including Michele had done a great job with the acting however they don’t have much to work with and there are few clichés.

With the Third act of the film is where the platoon is now down to a squad due kill’s and wounded, make it to the police station. Up to this point the film a bit slow except for the action scene. The Third act is where the film is fast-paced and entertaining.
The Marines, find the police station with only five survivors. (Two adults and three children.) The children are not really needed in this film as they don’t add anything to the film except for one and even that is not really needed.
The Marines find an Alien that has been badly wounded, and start to find away to kill them. This is an interesting scene, and also make the aliens no longer invisible as the Marine now how to kill them. But it’s not done in away where the Marine will win each engagement form this point, because they don’t. The Marine and the Aliens are on the same footing, so this make for a more realistic film.


There are a few bad plot decisions and as I said before no Characterizations. Some of the action has a BSG documentary film style, which is very pointless at time, as it does not really give you a good look at the aliens or their vehicles.
This does not stop’s the film from being entertaining but you probably won’t really care when Private No-name buys it.
But when the film hit the third act it really comes into it own. This is a four act film so don’t worry if you think it only get good at the end. As it entertaining all the way though.

The CGI look good though the alien look a bit weird, one moment they got legs next they got tentacles. But it cool to see LA burning.

All in all, if you want to see Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day (but without the crap of ID4) then this is the film for you. But even if you just want a good action film it still worth seeing.

The film ending also leaves it open to a squeal, but given the scale of the invasion it would be good to see if from other points of view around the world. It also has the possibility of a franchise, in other films, TV or print.

All in all I give this movies a 3.5 out of 5

Corpsman Jibril Adukwu: Shit, I’d rather be in Afghanistan.”

Underground Tunnel Part 2.

So part 2 of the Tunnel was posted up on last Tusday.
In order to follow the Tutorial I took out my custom tunnel and put in the plain one used in the tutorial.
Once that was done, I followed the Tutorial.

Here is the product of that.

With the Tutorial now finished, it was time to bring in my tunnel back in.
I could not get the tuxtuers to work correctly for the tunnel, but after doing a bit of research on this type of tunnel I found that I could get away with just using a matrial. So after an hour of playing with the matrials I think I got it, where it works well.

I have done two version of this picture. The frist is camera located in the same place as the clay renders.

The Second version is the camera in the same postion as the Tutoiral, I have also inclueded Depth of feild.

I have posted this over on and it has made it to the front page.

Underground Tunnel Part 1.

Last week Blender Guru put up a tutorial on making an underground tunnel.
As those of you that follow my blog, know I do these Tutorial from time to time.
As my son is a massive fan of Trains and the London Underground. I thought this would be a good project to do for him.
I have followed the Tutorial mostly to the letter, but I have made a few changes.
What I have changed is the tunnel itself. Most of the London Underground Tunnel are made up of metal plates, that fit together.
To make up the tunnel.
This meant that I have put more detail into mine.

Anyway here is a clay Render.

Clay and Wire Render.

And finally here is a lighting test.