A Work in Progress: Dark Moves



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All of the pieces are made with basic shapes, Tubes, Cones, Torus, Spheres, the first piece I made was the King

Creation of Dark Moves: Step 1

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The crown was made with a stretched cone which was placed in an array to make copies. I then used a taper deformer to give the crown its curve inwards

Creation of Dark Moves: Step 2

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The next piece was the Queen, I wanted the queen to be similar to the king and somehow make it more feminine looking.

Creation of Dark Moves: Step 3

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Again the crown was made with a cone placed in an array.

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A taper deformer was added.

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Then a twist deformer was added.

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The next piece was the Knight and I wanted a horses head and wanted to try modelling it with reference pics.

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This is the pic I chose for my side view. Thank you to feelidae

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This is the pic I chose for my front view. Thank you to amcmillan

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I figured that horses are of a similar build, I just had to get the heads roughly in the right position and I modelled with individual polygons, this was my first attempt at this type of modelling and it did take quite a few hours but I was quite pleased with the result.

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I wanted my horse to resemble a Unicorn so I created a spike and added a twist deformer

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Next was the Rook, the merlons were created with a tube and some of the faces were extruded.

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I wanted my Bishop to have a Bishop's Mitre

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The Bishop's Mitre was created with 3 splines in the shape of a leaf with the middle spline curving outward.

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The 3 splines were placed in a loft nurbs tool to form a half oval which will be one half of my Bishop's Mitre.

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My Pawn was the last piece to be made the arms were made in the same way as the King and Queens crowns using a cone, array and deformer.

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This is the deformer influencing the arms and also the sphere.

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This is the lineup to give you a sense of size for each piece.

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The board was created with individual cubes and placed ensuring even spacing around. I chose two materials for light and dark, a glass type and a painted metal type.

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I placed 3 lights in my scene and also used a sphere with an illuminance material to further offer more light to my pieces and board.

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I tried out rendering with the Ambient Occlusion then the Global Illumination effects and liked the result of the Ambient Occlusion, so this is what I opted for

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I set my size and resolution and rendered my scene to the picture viewer. 13 hours later Bob's your Uncle. There are some things that I would like to change but unfortunately the rendering time is a right killer.

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another view

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Final result

Creation of Dark Moves: Final Result

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avatar Barracuda
Barracuda says:

I havent used Cinema 4D much, but looking at the result you achieved here I feel really inspired to start using it more. Awesome work!

(5 years and 2823 days ago)