Hi all, it’s been a while since I last posted a WIP thread here. This is a project that I’ve wanted to tackle for years, only I never really knew where to start. Back in 2009 I had attempted the same thing but with very disappointing results. That setback is probably what put me off starting anew for so long. So here we are, a project based around the F-Zero universe, namely Captain Falcons’ racing machine; the Blue Falcon.
Now I’d like to point out that this isn’t a 100% faithful replica. I have and will be taking some artistic license with this project. My aim is to recreate my interpretation of the Blue Falcon, which of course differ from others opinions and designs. Although mine will be unique, I still want it to be quickly recognisable.
My plan is to complete the model, rig it and then have an animation of the finished craft racing around a track (haven’t decided which yet, jump that hurdle when I reach it). I plan to use Cycles for renders, it’s already so promising and the real-time viewer is just glorious.
Here’s the low poly mock-up I’ll be using to maintain the feel and proportions:
Here’s my current progress:
Does anybody know how I might go about adding the thruster jets? Although I still have a fair amount of time before I need to add them (final scene really) I decided to have a go at making some the other day. Basically the problem is that I would like to have them properly animated and able to interact with surfaces. Currently the best I’ve been able to manage in Blender with Cycles is quite frankly rubbish.
I threw one of the renders into Photoshop and quickly painted a few jets in to illustrate what I’m looking to achieve. By the way I’ve since changed my plan for the appearance of the bottom thrusters, they won’t be quite so oversized.
Some help on that regard would be most appreciated. My next main part is going to be the cockpit interior which I need to flesh out properly, after that it’s going to be body details etc. Texturing and materials will be covered afterwards, although I will be adding things like lights as I go along, I find they help me to visualise things better.