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Note : Project's updates won't always be at the top of it, so when an update come, scroll to explore what's new !


"Star Wars - Redemption" is the temporary title I've found for a fanmade project inspired mostly by the clone wars TV serie and, of course, star wars universe. At the beginning it was just about a jedi in a clone outfit and the more I spend time on it, the more new stuff is added to this base concept. I'll add all things about it here, it's the project's main page. But you may see individual assets on separated projects if you want =)


As it's a fan project I don't spend the time I'd want on it, the evolution will be chaotic in terms of regularity ^^ Sorry in advance !


The project may take place between Ep2 & Ep5 or more, I'm not done yet with the story.


I work on it with Thomas Chaumel who is the animator behind most of the moving characters & objects in Redemption =) 


Des Bisous ! ♥


Note : you can follow the project's evolution on artstation : https://www.artstation.com/artwork/gO4Pm

And of course, constructive criticism is always appreciated =)

Disclaimer : https://www.artstation.com/vexod14/blog/GYLq/star-wars-redemption-disclaimer

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  • WilliamB_Art
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    Mate, can't put into words how awesome I think this is!
    As a Star Wars fan, I have to say, that I love what i've seen of the project so far!
    Keep up the awesome work mate, cheers!

  • Mask_Salesman
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  • dondrapichrust
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    Its looking sweet! Keep up the good work, definetly would like to see more, or maybe play it :)
  • LoganTMT
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    you should seriously turn this into a movie dude! That'd be really cool if it did.
  • Vexod14
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    Thanks guys for your really kind words ! 

    About a movie it can seems strange but I wanted to do a short film at the very beginning ^^

    But to be honest, now things are far more exciting on a real time engine. Things moves smooth, render is beautiful even if it's in real time and you can play with your editor assets like you would play with Lego stuff, I find it personally much more fun this way ;)


  • sacboi
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    Although the art style isn't really my cup of tea but all the same I have to acknowledge your dedication plus that of others have for this fan derived project and it would be unsurprising to think IP connected eyeballs may've popped in for a peek since the work is obviously aesthetically polished. Anyway hope you make it too a playable demo.

    Cheers.   

  • Olingova
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    Gosh, nothing much too add and not that much time to comment, but i really lvoe passing by this post!! Full of skill and passion!!
  • pixelpatron
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    Amazing stuff, but why? Not poo poo'ing the incredible work being done in here, but why create something with this much passion love and effort that you can't own? I don't understand.
  • Vexod14
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    Thanks for this guys =)
  • inkwizithor
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    You are doing gods work. This is awesome! Keep it up. I want to see this finished! :)
  • PraxisPixels
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    I love this project! I'm excited to see what you do next.

    Also you're foliage and ground cover are beautiful, I'd love to see more details about your process for those.
  • dondrapichrust
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    Mega awesome work man! the style & mood is just perfect, keep it up!
  • Vexod14
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    Also you're foliage and ground cover are beautiful, I'd love to see more details about your process for those.
    which part ? Modeling, Texturing, integration ? Btw this part still needs a lot of work to be more immersive ( player interactivity )
  • Sage
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    That's awesome stuff. I hope you get to finish it.
  • Vexod14
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    I've been busy  last months, I'm still trying to find a new job which sometimes involves doing an art test (time consuming but lots of learning), and I've been fortunate enough to work with amazing clients such as "I From Japan" (you're in my heart guys ♥), soooooo I had not that much time for Star Wars - Redemption (sorry sorry =X !) 


    I've also made a first try for a waterfall

    I've created some water effects for Lumberia, I want to add some other features such as underwater sun scattering but don't know how to proceed yet, except by placing manually some meshes with a fake effect, I'm not a huge fan of it as it's not something managed dynamically. But of course if the final level is a small one it would be a good choice  

    This is our environment material. Almost finished (need to rework the variator's part, simplify some areas to be able to use this material over more stuff than walls and pillars, it's probably the most difficult part to achieve for me as I feel I'm new to game development tricks, especially about environment art). This one took me a lot of time and iterations as I wanted to have a specific result and didn't knew all the required tricks involved to make it, but things begin to look nicer and nicer and I'm pretty happy with the result I get at each iteration
    Now we can simply blend two surfaces (here a sculpted Sith wall and bricks), add noise "Variators", animated or not, which I'm using intensively when I'm texturing all my assets on 3DCoat, add or not a "SnowSandMoss" layer over the whole mesh depending on Z+ projection, add a distinct color to each of these surfaces...each of the features are controlled by at least vertex color + most of the time a custom mask texture...and plenty of other cool controls =D The goal is to simplify a lot environment asset's creation while keeping an artistic control on top of it =)

    I've made some new tiling maps for the upcoming assets (it's still WIP and may change later) :

    I decided then to try out reworking some of The Venator's corridors using this new workflow based more on a good UV unwrapping (meaning a precise one where each vertex coordinate is wisely used and not just randomly packed) :

    using mostly these two textures + a decal/trim for all local details and break the texture tiling :

    (the following is an old one I did last year)

    About Leveldesign, which is currently just not done (each "level" I did was only to test the assets, and how I could build things with them ;) I know it's just not conventional but initially I just wanted to create environments after my daytime job based on star wars universe, I didn't want to do a demo or a videogame at this time. It allowed me to push art in the direction I loved)

    So...I decided to make a fairly simple shader that shows distances in our upcoming levels and will soon be used for starting level design, at last =P

    And now we have a new Mevenn (new face, new Phoenix skin) integrated into unreal as our playable character ! New anims are rough for now but all moves are intended to be faster than what we had before, not meaning they'll be simpler ;) We really want to take advantage of Mevenn's ability to manipulate and control her lightsaber by distance, so animations may be more exaggerated on the next iteration =)

    A first glimpse at the game now we've added more and more stuff, it's still really WIP on anim/gameplay level but it's also a strong base for all that we want to build up next =) Big thanks to Fantin Gislette (Game Designer) and Thomas Chaumel (Animator), this part is definitely yours ;)

    There are some issues with popping objects in this level which may come from the huge forest being made in this map ^^"

    That's all folks ! And really sorry again for the lack of stuff this time (probably will be the same next time, but as stated in the project's page on artstation, Redemption's development "work-pace" is meant to be chaotic/irregular, but, well...it's just a fan project ;))

    We also have another animator joining the project, Steven Menager (find him here on vimeo : https://vimeo.com/user41159324)
    Also, I'm streaming from time to time about the project only, it a kind of a "live making of"  :

    Have a good day all !
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    Little level to showcase animations =) (coming soon ^^)


  • Vexod14
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    Hi guys ! Some new stuff in Redemption's anim takes  done mostly by Thomas Chaumel, I did only a few of these animations, mostly the new Idle with a focus on facial expressions (still WIP)

    Whole new animset done on Droideka, here are some of these :

    Retract



    Roll



    Deploy



    Turn Right



    Stun Attack



    Our main character (Mevenn) had some upgrades ^^ Here is a first try on a new weapon, we wanted to have something cooler and we're damn fans of Darth Maul...soooooooooo(cisse) :



    As well as her face :



    (this "new" face wasn't exactly what I wanted on some parts, especially about her chin area (if you know the Bogdanov brothers...). So I had to fix it, but the main fix was to adjust her nose, remove lower eyelashes, adjust her texture work on her face (more stylized and assumed details), adapt her warpaints to a more "magical/nature-connected" look as she was born on a forest planet (Lumberia ). Her whole new armor set was about this as well as themed with "Phoenix" creature patterns and colors.

    I've also increased the texture quality we had in Akeytsu :



    (that's her final face btw )



    Some cutted geometry on haircuts, so now materials are simpler in UE4, no more transparency, better perfs 



    I also tried some R&D to allow twist & roll joints, obviously not fully reverse-controlled automatically as Akeytsu doesn't provide such constrains yet, but it worked pretty well and you could create exactly your bends/arcs as you want, plus it's appart from your IK chain, meaning you could use squash'n strech with a red IK ON ^^



    Here is the hierarchy, twist/roll joints are offset from their IK parent joints so you can figure out who controls who :



    The only hassle we encountered then was about selecting our base IK joints ; as they were no longer weighted to any vertices we were forced to search them in the picker list, or reorganize them under your IK handles so you could "quickly" access them using up arrow key...just a pain tbh ^^"

    I fixed this cool idea by simply avoiding the middle joint (or the first twist) of each chain and using only one MidArm/MidUpperArm joint, and swkinned half of each arm's part to each joints. But there's one little trick which allows for a quick & good control : while you will find logic to skin your "wrist-to-MidLowerArm vertices" to your "LowerArm-RollJoint" and vertices from this middle to the elbow to your LowerArm joint, the upperarm works differently. Skin vertices "near elbow" to your Arm joint (instead of the Arm-Roll =)), and vertices from shoulder to mid-arm to your Arm-Roll joint. This will avoid breaking your arc on your elbow, allow for a faster "FK joints" selection which is cool for posing (these Arm+lowerarm joints will be clickable on elbow area =D), and finally allows you to adjust your shoulder shape with ease so you'll have perfect control over it =)

    This improved hierarchy looks like this :



    As I reworked the leg & arm rig, I also wanted to improve the facial one. There was some issues on animating the previous iteration, especially on Mevenn's jaw cause I decided to parent every mouth joints to a single mouth controller, which was cool and stupid at the same time ^^" So once improved, I can achieve all these movements with a few clics : 



    More details about this facial rig : 



    And here are some beauty shots done in a dedicated level in UE4 (really done just for rendering purpose, nothing else )





    And last but not least : I wanted to make an homage to the guys who made this project possible ♥



    It is also important to notice that the project "StarWars-Redemption" is obviously not affiliated with Nukeygara in any way, there was just an awesome team making an awesome software at the same time I wanted to simply pose some of my characters, then I animated them, created some environments on unreal, called for friends to help me on dev and on animation and that's it =) 
    Akeytsu even gives back Thomas Chaumel the taste of animation (animator on the project and one of my best/oldest friend). It also gives him the will to work definitely in the industry. Now he works for TeamTo Valence (FR) and enjoys his new life as an animator. His ID "Akeyblack" on discord is someway an Easter-egg to this beautiful story 

    So, many thanks to Aurélien  Charrier, Cédric Vidal-Duvernet, Yannick Rousseau, Charles Sultan, Robin Ciron, Thomas Robin,  Charles-Arthur Bourget, Annabel Grindatto, and every others who worked on this wonderful software ♥ You truly are the Best !
  • Vexod14
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    Some new renders/assets I did for the project =)







    + a quick tutorial I did on Akeytsu/3DCoat to get 100% accurate skinning over tons of overlaped assets : pretty similar to what skinwrap modifier does in 3dsmax, but much simpler, and in Akeytsu (so way less crashes (if not "no more"),no lag, intuitive UI/UX..etc)
  • Vexod14
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    WIP WIP WIP =D

     
  • Olingova
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    Amazing work!!
    About Mevenn, i jsut think her default idle anim with the lightsaber out should insist on the fact she control them at distance, sometimes feels like a animation bug, really contrasts with the combat animations that are trully amazing!
  • Vexod14
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    @Olingova
    You're right, and I want to rework this idle also to have appealing facial expressions (that's why I've let her helmet in main menu ^^"). Maybe adding some hilt-throw, force tricks with sabers could help more selling it. I need to try more stuff =)
  • Vexod14
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    An update about the current state of the project

    I've been heavily focusing on it last weeks (curious thing as I've also a (super-cool) job during the day, I should rest more, but instead of it I work like a machine ^^").

    So here is a summary : 
    - Now we have a build. Yeah. Game is finally standalone, playable on a (good enough) windows PC. That's something we should've had a long time ago but anyway, now it's there. And it's cool
    - Since our only game designer left the project months ago we've faced a problem : we had to do blueprint. And as an artist, it's always a pain to dig into this for many reasons. But hey ! Look at the cool part of the solution : you're going to learn it ! And it becomes more and more fun to use finally ;)
    So now, I also take care of blueprints
    - I've started working on Lumberia last year, because I had enough of desert environments of both Geonosis and Space corridors, and I've started to create modular environment assets to build a dungeon. You've seen some of these on the past updates when I was trying to create my master env. shader, now everything works I can show a bit more of it. Every environment benefits of it, and it speeds up a lot the way I worked them. But I'm not 100% satisfied with what I get, since I think it involves still too much repetitive task and could be more optimized. Next project should start from it and improve it.
    - I've also decided to stop developing the project, not due to any strike (don't worry), but simply because I've figured out that I've mostly developed it alone, and I can't keep doing this. It's above my will now, I need to do something else than working again when I'm "off-work", and focus and shorter project. That's why, in next December's end, Redemption's updates will heavily decrease and hopefully reach 0 faster than light. I think this project could've been far far away than what we have now, and of course I'll be forever sad about it, but time has come to leave it behind and explore new horizons. Next project won't be about Star Wars by the way.

    That said, there's still one big month to add more stuff =P

    So let's go for the screenshots and enjoy ;)










    Des Bisous ♥
  • JohannesAg
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    super cool and inspiring project man, I´ll be sad not to see updates from it anymore. Will it be available for playing somewhere even if you don´t finish? I´d really love to try it out. Love everything about this project of yours and can´t wait to see what you do next!
  • Vexod14
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    Thanks for your gladly support @JohannesAg
    I don't mind sharing it over the web since I do not want to receive a strike letter. 
    Next project won't be that huge I think : I'll be alone (for real this time), I aim making character mostly art, rig and animation (partly to promote Akeytsu as much as I can ;)), and I no longer wants to overwork afterwork. I definitely want to do something else, different from computer again and again.

    Let me give you a good -yet curious- example of how I've been too focused on work. I bought a Harp like 3 years ago and I played it less than once per week. While I still love this instrument (it's magical ♥), I didn't find enough time to play it more since I was almost constantly working on Redemption. This has to stop, simply =)
  • Olingova
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    Hey there! Lot of people will be sad to see the amount of updates decrease but on another hand it's indeed a healthy decision; a good life work balance is really important... Everything you achieved so far is still really impressive and i would also love to get my hand on it!! Look forward to this month's update and good luck on the harp :p
  • Vexod14
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    Two anim samples I did last week-end ;)




  • Olingova
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    Olingova greentooth
    That second anim <3 nice feeling! A little VFX on the landing and you got it!
  • Vexod14
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    Indeed ;) Maybe i'll try to add some VFX next week-end =)
  • EvilSylvanas
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    Damn this looks so good, it's just incredible. Glad to see that you keep updating and working on this project. Keep it up !
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  • Logan_TMT
    I still think this needs to be made into a movie to go with the clone wars dude it's so good!
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    Logan_TMT said:
    I still think this needs to be made into a movie to go with the clone wars dude it's so good!
    This should be feasible since the upcoming version of Akeytsu will be tailored for cinematics ;) 
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    Latest character, made with 3DCoat akeytsu and Marmoset =)

    artstation post : https://www.artstation.com/artwork/w64ZaY 










  • sacboi
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    I think the Oxford Dictionary, has you referenced too define the term for *Dedication* :)

    5 years, and still pumping out off-the-chain work!

    "The Force is strong with this one"
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