Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Kind of Sharpie

Another weapon I modeled (but obviously haven't textured yet). For this sword I used a workflow demonstrated in a tutorial by blenderalphahelix. In particular, I really like the use of 'bevel' vs trying to use a subsurf modifier to control the hilt edges. Also I used 'bridge' to join the pommel to the grip (picked that trick up in this cool video on cutting holes).
Now I just need to learn to texture paint like this

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Knifey Spooney!

Behold! A simple creation: a knife model. I just finished chapt. 3 of Game Development with blender last night. I decided to take a quick break from learning the BGE and wanted to try modelling something simple. Walla! I made two slightly different variations. The textures and model could use some tweaking, but that's the point (nice pun!). This is all learning.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I Heart Blender Books

I had some amazon cash stuffed away that was just begging to be used, so I decided to grab a digital copy of Game Development with blender.

At this point I'm only in the beginning chapters of the book, going through the standard blender basics section.

I figure if these guys are personal pals of Martins Upitis then hopefully it'll prove to be a good purchase.

I'll toss a review up here, and hopefully on Amazon too once I get through the book in its entirety (which may require a miracle since I'm easily deterred from my hobbies by... my other hobbies).

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mental Encumberance

Martins Upitis has convinced me I need to do two things. Learn the Blender Game Engine and learn shaders. His stuff is just mesmerizing to look at. I hope he updates his blog sooner rather than later. I need more!

Monday, July 1, 2013


Look at me ma.. two hands! That's the opposite of the, 'look ma, no hands' exclamation. That's correct. I'm typing this post with both paws (albeit the right appendage is still extremely stiff and swollen and typing is awkward).

It's taking a long time to recover from my malady but in the words of my surgeon, "It was a devastating injury." I didn't quite understand what he meant until, while looking at my rebuilt joint on his fluoroscope I asked, "now which bone was the dislocated one?" His reply, "Pretty much all of them". My Scaphoid was crushed, the lunate shoved into the carpal tunnel, and the rest of them pushed dorsally out of place. My response... "Oh." I didn't fully understand just how jacked my arm was until we had that little conversation.

However, It's time I stop using this injury as a mental crutch to avoid posting. Being able to use both hands to type actually helps immensely with motivation. I've also been deterred from blogging by my recent addiction to several fantastic OSR blogs (and all their back posts- see the list of blogs I follow for more info)

Which brings us to my next experiment in blogging: solo dungeoneering. I've been inspired to do me some solo gaming since I lack a suitable group. I plan to split my solitaire rpg escapades into a separate blog so as not to clutter up this space anymore that it already is. I'll be looking at this venture as an opportunity to learn various game systems as well as fuel some creative writing. It should be horrible fun.

Tally Ho!