I can’t make a new topic in the appropriate forum so I’ll put this here.
Looking at the great advances in the 3d world these days (just watch ReBoot for the 4 seasons, and you can see the progression), and Blender is very advanced, but one thing I believe is lacking is the particle system. Some people will disagree, but if you take a look at Battlestar Galactica, Galaxy Quest, etc. you’ll see that Blender is a bit behind. I see amazing works of modelling, texturing and rendering, but not many people go for explosions and fire effects etc. Lets see what you can come up with.
Space setting (no stars though)
Blend file/textures public (released after submissions end, all entries must follow this)
Nothing extraneous (ships, etc… just plain explosion, flying debris is ok though)
Most realistic explosion possible
2 entries maximum
Anyone fancy a Palm V? I got one, used but in good condition with serial cradle and charger. Winner will have this shipped to them, free of cost. Please allow up to 2 weeks for shipping of your prize.
Can’t have this go on indefinately, so the deadline will be 12:00PM EST on April 15th. That gives you about two weeks.
Image of your explosion (NO POSTPRO besides adding your name to it…)
Link to Blend file
Notes about it, special settings anything you’d like to add
OPTIONAL: Movie of your video.
No stealing of other peoples work. This is just a contest, and when Blends are posted, they are for the community, not to base your entry from. Stealing will be evident when blends are reviewed by judges, so you won’t get away with it anyway. Be creative.
So, have fun and get to work!
This will be a community vote I should hope, but I will also butt in to examine the blends and make sure all work is original, and that no postpro has been done.
Winners and 2nd and 3rd place should be willing to let a tutorial be based on their blends or write a tutorial themselves. I repeat, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE ONE, but you should be willing to let me or someone else write one using your blend and options.
This is a learning experience for the entire Blender community. A tutorial will be written about the winners entries and the whole community will learn.
All posted blends for submission must be able, with no modification and using the current Blender release (2.41 and up), to render the result you post. No post production (except for the Sequence editor) can be used.
This contest is going for realism.
Images from Galaxy Quest.
Lightwave plugin for amazing effects:
Example mocked up in about 5 minutes. Basic settings, not even at half potential I don’t think:
These rules a subject to change, please take note.