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New livery for the Sabre! And some work on a reduxx'd Ferret!
 

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What's your process for creating textures? I could never grasp the artistic side of it, with the greebles and details. The really hard ones for me were capital ships, since they weren't based on aircraft with panel lines but big ship hull sections and I could never figure out how to make it look interesting.
 
What's your process for creating textures? I could never grasp the artistic side of it, with the greebles and details. The really hard ones for me were capital ships, since they weren't based on aircraft with panel lines but big ship hull sections and I could never figure out how to make it look interesting.
I've started using Substance Painter for the textures, it's really intuitive after you get the hang of it. I'll typically draw panel lines, vents, fasteners, thermal protection materials, and other details. I'm really just trying to think about how the ground crews would access stuff, how the complex shapes would be manufactured, and assembled how the pilots get in and out (hand holds, ladders, etc). I'll then add placards and other details. The grunge is largely determined by the locations of the panel lines, so the nice thing there is if you want to add another panel somewhere, the grunge will follow along when you add a new line! There's also a lot of hand placed weathering and grunge. Gun exhaust, leaks, battle damage, etc etc.


I've created a process video showing how the layers of the Ferret come together. Keep in mind it doesn't really happen a layer at a time, I'll bounce around, add a placard here, a panel there, until it 'feels' right. This comes from a lifetime of building models and working in aerospace, and I use a lot of different sources for inspiration. The Ferret is Viper (F-16 and BSG both) and A-4 Skyhawk inspired, the Sabre has a lot of Super Hornet/Strike Eagle in her, the Rapier a lot of F-15 Eagle, Mig-29 and Legacy Hornet Cues, etc. And I'm by no means claiming it's perfect! It's just right for me, is all! Really it's just a great way to relax - not having to worry about getting it 'exactly right' as I would with an aircraft or spacecraft for engineering or commercial vfx, and I'm glad people here seem to enjoy them!

The Ferret is now available on Sketchfab as well!

 
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Fidgeting with the star map today and I thought an ancient looking paper version might be cool!

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Edit: is anyone else having trouble attaching images? I hosted this on my own website but the standard upload/attach seems to not be working today
 
Edit: is anyone else having trouble attaching images? I hosted this on my own website but the standard upload/attach seems to not be working today

Looks cool! The current file size limit for attachments is 4 megs, so that would probably error out trying to upload it locally. I've upped it to 6 (we've reached Canopus Pure 3D levels!).
 
Working on 3D prints of Klavs amazing models from his old craft pack. Have the Dralthi and Rapier-C on the printers right now. Having trouble converting a few, my copies might be slightly corrupted. Really wish I could get hold of a Hornet as it is still one of my favorite fighters in WC.
 
The Dralthi was the first print to finish.

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Had a layer shift in the night, need to consider some refurbs to this old printer.

Below I have done a basic "paint" with Sharpies and Alchohol markers.

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Comparing it to the rest of my 1:72 shelves, you can see just how big the Dralthi is. In fact all Wing Commander fighters are pretty large when compared to their sci-fi counterparts.
 
1:72 Rapier C all printed up.

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Right after gluing. Had filament jam right as it reached the front of the cannon so had to reslice and restart, hence the extra seem lines.

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Compared against other 1:72 fighters. WC fighters are big birds, dwarfing even the F-16. Heck the cockpit is pretty roomy and long enough that it would be easy to see it as a 2-seater like my Splicer-5000 there (the black one from my books)
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Compared to 1:48 aircraft they almost look right at home as well, though the cockpits would be a might more snug.

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