BIG WIND [ Vehicle / Hard Surface ]

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    January, 1991. In the wake of Operation Desert Storm, retreating Iraqi forces set fire to an estimated 700 oil wells in Kuwait. These wells burned 5 to 6 million barrels of oil each day. While the coalition non-combat forces tasked with capping these wells were delayed due to the minefields placed by Iraqi forces following the failed invasion, all fires were extinguished within nine months. Left to burn on their own it could have taken two to five years before their reserves were depleted, causing incredible pollution and suffering.


    Of the twenty-seven odd countries involved in these non-combat roles — ranging from South Korea to the Soviet Union — each had their own methods and equipment. Among these nations was a Hungarian team with a rather unique firefighting vehicle — "BIG WIND".

    Taking the chassis of a T-34 Tank and removing the gun turret allowed the mounting of two Tumansky R-25-300F Turbojets, originally designed for the MiG-21. Water pumped into the jet stream turns to fine mist and is blasted into the oil well geyser, disrupting the flames and diminishing the chance of re-ignition from residual heat. For the curious, the documentary "Fires of Kuwait" has footage of the original Big Wind.
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    As part of a long-term project I will be making the modern incarnation of this machine  — the main difference between this version and the one used in Kuwait is the change from a T-34 chassis to that of a T-55. This is going to be a challenging project as I've never attempted something on this scale. UVing and texturing in particular will involve a host of new challenges, though I intend to take this slowly and try out new techniques and software. Of recent interest is Substance Painter's Dynamic Material Layering, which sounds perfect for something like this.


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    nice! cant you layer in quixel too? I dont feel the hype
  • maxivz
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    Nice man, really interesting vehicle, it looks like its going to be a lot of fun!
    Good start so far, looking forward to see progress in the future
  • Bek
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    Still working on this in between other things (and not touching it in awhile), here's a small update:


    full pic of the track. Above is in TB2; the full thing will be in UE4. I'm going to be using 4.13 decals and tiling textures for the large pieces.
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    Most of the above is in-engine already, but I still need to do improve the textures and sort some things out. A little aliasing never hurt anyway. Also, deferred decals are awesome.
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    Szia ! Egy kis kiegészítés, Segítség: 
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    @Joci Kösz! (Thanks!)

    Do you have any more of those pics? I haven't got those in my reference folder, and I thought by now I'd collected every picture on the internet of this thing :D I've also been trying to hunt down where I can buy the Hungarian TV show 'Attraktor' season 1 online, as ep. 3 features this vehicle, but I never found a way. There's just a low quality upload on youtube.

    Also, damn I've been neglecting this thread. Here's an update. It's almost done; there are a few things left, mainly the hanging heat shielding, final mat/tex tweaks, and some more clutter. Also need to troubleshoot some DFAO artifacts. I'm also thinking of chucking in some water damage type decals. No idea how long this will take as this continues to be a side project between other stuff.






    (detail lighting for good measure. Also I should mention, the concrete ground and engineer's station plywood textures are from Substance Source)

    Using just over a thousand decals. This is my current decal sheet, other tileable stuff like the two types of wire are on their own sheets:



    Using reduced opacity for the welds was a tip from Millenia; the normals get increased intensity to make up for the lower opacity, which helps show the underlying normals, as current deffered decals in ue4 overwrite, not overlay normals.
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    Szia Bek !

    Fantasztikusan jól néz ki a te BigWind -ed !! Nem néztem meg tüzetesen a site, kérlek segíts megérteni a célt. Hobby ? 

    Van még néhány kép, kérek egy e-mail címet és megosztom veled.
    joci.kun63@gmail.com

    Mekem van saját BigWind -em, de csak 1:35, és rossz festés ... :)   
    http://prowler.5mp.eu/web.php?a=prowler&o=a4ebMYwYF5
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    Great concept!, I also remember a doco about Red Adair and his crew's exploits in the war's aftermath tackling those fires, man! talk about balls the size of dump trucks for all the guys who'd capped the wells :)

    The hardsurface modelling is top notch finesse considering the overall complexity of your project, much respect by the way porting in-engine really illustrates the time and effort involved. 

    A small crit though, (...sorry possibly being too nit-picky) by assessing the earlier updates what is noticeable from my POV are the dimensions of the track pin bushings, link tread and nuts seem to be slightly out of proportion. I've a military background when a young man waaay back in the day, whilst on assignment I recall details when seconded to a tank museum working on a captured T54/55 exhibit alongside jogging the ol' memory via google'd images of this T series variant as well.

    Anyways duly bookmarked, will look forward seeing further progress.

    Cheers.       

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