Brian here again. Going to be modeling the Dough Boy, a Teutonian basic infantry robot that can transform to higher tier units when need be. Definitely looking for critques. I know there's a lot to learn, and Polycount has been by far one of the few places online to get really thick, juicy feedback to get better on.
: Model and Texture a current-gen RTS Unit, the Dough Boy, for the game "The Maestros"
Concept > High Poly Sculpt (Maya, 3DSMax?, ZBrush) > Retopologize > UV (ZBrush UVMaster, Maya) > Texture
Specific Rules I need to hit:
- Final texturing needs to emulate the Van Gogh mark making style. (This piece is contributing overall to a game project I'm Art Directing on)
- Make better materials. Metal needs to look like metal. Leather like leather, etc. T that effect, I need to spend more time on the Specular Map and actually make a Glow Map (I think that's what it's called?)
- Learn better high-poly modeling techniques. Hard surface high poly mdoeling and Sub D modeling still eludes me. People say to use 3DSmax over my more familiar Maya, but it's really hard to find a good Maya tutorial series on completing a fairly complex hard surface model. Kinda tempted to actually give 3Dmotive money at this point. There's a LOT of free tuts on 3DSmax high poly modeling, though. Perhaps I should just take the time to learn the software.
- Understand what is valuable and what isn't. I'm new to modeling robot characters, but from looking at references from League of Legends or Team Fortress 2, there seems to be a lot of things I can forgo, like accurate joints, to speed up and keep my efficiency high for the model.
So, after a discussion with the rest of the art team, we decided that having our characters be textured in that Van Gogh stylish way was a bad idea for now, so I've "normalized" the textures here, basically doing what I ususally do for texturing this guy.
Does anyone have any critiques for the texturing at this point? I'm hitting against that rendering wall I usually hit, so I'm at a loss as to how to push this further, given the size of the character in-game.
And my current textures:
(The Gloss map. Not sure how to plug this into Marmoset or UDK)