Friday, November 21, 2008

Back up to speed

Back up to speed. Took the opportunity to go ahead and check out Vista (since my old XP install wanted to do nothing but fail). For all the negative press, I rather like it. Still getting the last few necessary programs installed, and copying over files to my awesome new terabyte hard drive, but otherwise I'm good to go.

I may have taken the whole theme thing a bit too far...

Anyway, I've got a lot of work to get done this weekend (don't you just love how professors heap it on right before a holiday?), so definitely no new releases scheduled any time soon. I'm hoping to get some work done on a few 3D models over Thanksgiving. Once I get back, it's pretty much finals then winter break. Which means:



So the next few items I'd like to get done are as follows:


I'm not sure why, but I really want to do this one. I'm taking both modern philosophy and modern political theory next semester, and I'm really hoping we cover the other Heidegger (you know, the Nazi-philosopher one), for no other reason than so I can take this model to class with me. He just needs the same basic correction other FFVII field models need, then I can throw him together in about a day. Might even get this one done over Thanksgiving.


She'll be my first excursion into non-Final Fantasy models (though still Square...what can I say, I'm a one-note guy). She needs to be posed, which some preliminary fiddling shows shouldn't be too hard, and cleaned up in a few spots (there are actually little pink legs under the puffy blue pants). Little higher poly count, but I'm planning on doing the Chrono Cross models in roughly the same scale as the FFVII field models. Should look pretty good with the smooth no-fold look. It's likely that I'll hold off on doing more Chrono Cross models, just because I'd rather use legit animation poses, rather than some nonsense I have to do myself. No word on when the animation data will be available to use, but I'll keep you apprised of any developments.


Ok, so the general consensus seems to be that I should keep the puffy pants (but also do the battle model for awesomeness' sake). So the question now is, which version? My favorite's definitely the crazy "I just cut some black-cloaked follower in the back" pose, but they're all good. The First would basically be Sane_Person's model revamped, with the hands switched and a decapitated Jenova cranium...for zest. Second is a generally awesome combat sort of thing, which will definitely require more work to fix up, but will be worth it (I think). And the third is, though maybe a little underwhelming, still very cool; Sephiroth pouring over the labnotes of professor Ghast, slowly losing his mind in the Shinra Mansion basement.

I'll leave it up to you decide.

I also noticed that the original S_P model wasn't as modified as I thought it was. Seems his skinnier legs are actually in the big puffy pants, but they intersect. I'd basically just cut the skinny legs off at the ankles and attach them to the pants. Really that's just technical details. Thought I'd clarify for anyone who'd seen the models up close and was wondering what the Hell I was talking about when I said "edited." I'm also going to want to change that silly open mouth thing he's go going. I'll probably just use the standard mouth texture from most other models.

You may have also noticed that I made a few...mysterious remarks recently. Like so many others, I was trying to guess what the "secret project" of master papercrafter Ninjatoes was. For quite some time, there was no doubt in my mind that he was working on another version of Lady Luck (which would fit almost every clue he'd given, and would coincide with the other FFX/-2 models he's done). Every clue up until he revealed the textured hands. Well it was actually American McGee's Alice, and good sport that he is, he apologized that he couldn't dispel my misguided assumptions sooner.

So to anyone I told to hold off on building Lady Luck, there's nothing stopping you now. Go for it, and try not to tear out any of your own hair while attempting to build hers.


Anonymous said...

I like the Sephiroth with the book. The one with Jenova's head would be cool too though.

Anonymous said...

Ya, I like the reading Sephiroth too.
But really, I like almost all of them equally. I think the one reading would look nicer in my collection.

Anonymous said...

wow!! i like all models, but i have no patience to make all... O.O give me this wallpaper/theme!! i want it!! pls!! ^^