Saturday, August 29, 2009

Video 7: Crisis Core Process

Probably could've knocked this one out a while back, but meh. It's not as long as I expected it to be, so you should consider watching the whole thing (possibly multiple times) before asking me questions I've already answered. I think I'm going to continue and do another video tonight, some tips and tricks on generic stuff. Dissidia will have to wait at least until Monday (depending on when I get my copy), possibly later, as I'd really like to do the whole process justice and show the making of Kefka. Might have to do the process on Ustream, just give a quick tutorial on MegaVideo.

Anyway, here are the links promised in the video:

USB SSS 1.00

UMDGen 4.0


Mesh2RDM 1.81

The sample .BAT's line of code

mesh2rdm FILE.raw FILE.smd -texpre FILE -rotate -90 0 0 -scale 1.0 -smdout -flipuv

(remember that FILE should be replaced with the name of the file in particular, and that you can swap the .SMD suffix with .OBJ, but remember to also change the "-smdout" function to "-objout")

Crisis Core model list

Until next time, happy crafting.

Choral Roundlet

Choral Roundlet

Sorry this one took about...two weeks longer than expected. So many reasons I could claim it got put off, but it really always boils down to laziness. As the post below describes, I ran into some more computer troubles, but those were settled in about 24 hours, and while classes did start on Thursday, I'm not in any sort of restrictive crunch quite yet (though a cursory glance suggests the end of the semester is going to hurt).

Anyway, I still haven't gotten my copy of Dissidia in yet, so the video will have to wait until it arrives. However, I'm more than capable of doing a video on Crisis Core, as well as some generic tips and stuff people wanted to see. Finally, I'm thinking of doing a big post with one or two videos as a sort of "Introduction to Papercraft." Covers the most basic of basics about construction and Pepakura use, then maybe some basic stuff on design work.

Expect something video related tomorrow (I swear this time >_>). If nothing else, I'll record the video tomorrow and have it uploaded early Sunday morning.

And again, if you've got Dissidia and a PS3, you should really look into Adhoc Party. It's a bit of a trick to figure out if you don't have some knowledge of Japanese, but there are guides out there for the mono-linguals among us, and it's well worth it. Especially if you think you stand a chance against the raw power of Cecil.

So, ya know, message me on PSN if you're up for it, and bring it on.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Reporting live from... laptop. Honestly, I just want a computer that doesn't give me some new and interesting horrible problem to solve every other month. Is that so much to ask?!

Anyway, my PC has decided to consume its own brain, yet again. I'll be looking into a more permanent solution this time. Normally the whole effort would take me about a day or two, but with classes starting Thursday and the now ever-present distraction that is Dissidia, it might take me until the weekend to get things sorted.

Just thought I'd give you a heads up as I was planning to do several videos and get the Bard AF hat released in the next few days. Clearly those will be on hiatus until I can make my damn machine stop failing so hard.

By the way, if you've got Ad Hoc party, I'm willing to take on all challengers. My PSN ID is in the Contact section.


Solved the issues, but it required reinstalling Windows, again. I'll probably have things back up to speed by the end of the night, but tomorrow is the start of Fall semester, so time will be more of a commodity (no worries, I'm a really bad student). I'll try to get the Bard AF done tomorrow and get some videos done Friday and Saturday. I just got word from Amazon that my copy of Dissidia shipped today, but I find when the stock ships in from Dallas, it gets here in two days or less. Given how lazy I've been lately, this whole debacle probably could've gone unnoticed, but I never hesitate to make excuses when they're even somewhat legitimate.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009



Had to come up with something better than a generic standing pose, Chenille suggested that at least one member of the party should be sitting down in front, as per every group photo ever taken. I think it turned out alright, considering there's no game basis for this stance.

So the obvious thing is this leaves us with one member of the party left to build. I have a very rough idea of how I'd like to pose Vincent (I'm going to have to abandon the two I was previously considering), but it should turn out alright. He's considerably more detailed than most of the others. I'll probably try to do another FFXI helm soon if my ink cartridge holds out.

Anyway, there's been a bit of clamor for a "Fan Section," wherein people can submit their finished photos and whatnot. So far I haven't received anything from anyone (generally people never send me finished stuff, much less when I actually ask,) but hopefully I can round up some stuff. The minimal response I've gotten so far also indicates people might want to submit their own content-related models. Anything you want posted will go up, assuming it's appropriate.

If you'd like to submit something to the Fan Section, email it to me or send me a link to an upload by whichever means you like (My contact information can be found on the sidebar). I'll put a link to the Fan Section in the sidebar once I've got enough stuff to actually post.

You may also have noticed that I've finally taken the time to tag all my posts and place a labels section in the sidebar. Just minor tweaks people have asked for, etc.. Mainly things are grouped by the game from which they originate, but there are also some items like the "Blog Core" (Request Policy, Project List, Sandbox), and the "Obsolete" tag, posts bearing which contain links to models which have since been updated. All updated versions are in the Mediafire folder, which I reccomend everyone use for downloads anyway.

I'm also thinking about doing some more videos soon. Generic stuff like scratch posing in 3DS Max, the process for Crisis Core extraction, and eventually Dissidia stuff (gonna wait for the American release, for obvious legal reasons). If you have any specific design related questions that you'd like answered, ask them in the next week or so, and I'll find some good examples to demonstrate an answer in a video.

In the meantime, send in your finished photos, make requests, think of some design questions, and keep building.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Magus Keffiyeh

Magus Keffiyeh

Look! I maded another ones. You gotta love how long an ink cartridge will hold out even after saying it's bone dry. I don't make much blue stuff, so I have a feeling this was kind of a fluke. I'll probably find out Monday when I try printing the reddish-brown bard's Choral Roundlet. I don't want to jinx it, but I'm happy to say my camera is behaving less erratically as well.

Also gotta love a job that embodies "if it doesn't kill you it only makes you stronger," so literally.

On a completely unrelated note: anyone else watch Eureka Friday night? Man, I need a fast-forward button for life. Need to skip ahead to next Friday. I have serious issues with spending a whole week in suspense.

No wei! >_<

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Healer's Cap

Healer's Cap

Okay, so first things first. Obviously I'm doing these as slow as is physically possible considering I've got more than a handful actually laid out and ready to build. You want excuses? I've got excuses. Oh just you wait for these excuses.

You ready?

I'm really really lazy.

Right, so that's a terrible excuse. A better one would be that I have enough ink for maybe one more hat and the longer I draw out my releases the longer I can procrastinate about ordering more ink (yes order, you can get it super cheap through Amazon marketplace, whereas buying some at Staples is retarded-expensive).

On an unrelated note, I've also been enjoying some break time actually playing video games. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to kill a Big Daddy on Survivor mode. Well, maybe you would. I guess it largely depends on whether or not you've played Bioshock on Survivor difficulty. I also find Fat Princess to be a hilarious and engaging game. Worth the money, if you've got it to spare.

Anyway, that's all for now. I might do another one tomorrow (read: later today, as it's entirely too early), I might not have the ink to do so. We'll find out.

That is all.

It really does look strikingly similar to a condom...