Remember that middle Excalibur that TonViper was building for the Homeworld 2 mod? He was able to translate the model to his current tool set, and the ship has been retextured. The plan is to still include it in some later update to Homeworld 2. It's looking sharper each time we see it!
I had forgotten which program I used to model this ship back then, so I had to take a look at this topic. I'd thought it was blender, so I downloaded and installed it, only to find out I couldn't figure out how to use it.
Activity has picked up lately on the WCPedia project. In the last month alone, dedicated Wingnuts have performed more than 1500 edits and created more than 50 brand new articles. The team building the encyclopedia is currently going through all the newly released Birthday material and working out how to best integrate it. Any and all volunteers are welcome to help. There's lots to do! Ask for help at Crius.net if you're not sure where to start.
I managed to salvage the model, but I had to restart on the texturing. That was probably a good thing, since I've learned a bit in the time since I worked on the model last. I also found it a good idea to remap the UV a bit, since some elements didn't have the resolution I needed, while others were needlessly detailed.
I consider the base surface texture a placeholder, but I'm not sure if I can find anything that looks better, so I may end up keeping it anyway. I'm currently mapping out the elements I want on the texture before I get onto the detail work.
It will eventually be bump mapped when I get it ingame in Homeworld 2, but I'll have to teach myself how to create a bump map first. In any case, I want to finish the diffuse texture first before getting into that too much.
The Summer Campaign draws to a close but the Fall is already being planned out. WCPedia saw a huge bubble this summer in work being accomplished. We've seen WC1, SM1 and SM1.5 mission entries completed with basic data. We've started to go back through WC1 missions and add alternate text. Dozens of other articles have been added along with thousands of edits to existing articles to more fully flesh them out.
The goal for WCPedia in the next year is to double the size of the project. My personal goal is reach Wing Commander III in the missions section. We still need users to fill out other areas of the encyclopedia. If you want to help, we've got something for you to do. No matter your skill level you can help this project to its final goal.