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3 Dimensional Chat / 3D Competition Nov-Dec: Middle Earth

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JLMoondog
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Posted: 5th Nov 2012 23:02 Edited at: 5th Nov 2012 23:04


In anticipation of the upcoming part 1 film The Hobbit, I present to you this two-month 3D Competition; Middle Earth!

Entries due in by Dec 24th. Have fun and good luck everyone!

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Posted: 5th Nov 2012 23:05 Edited at: 6th Nov 2012 00:35
For fun, here's some behind the scenes of the Competition Banner image:


I used a kitchen HDRI map. If you look closley you can see the modern day windows in the ring.

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Posted: 6th Nov 2012 11:18
Oh, how I'd love to be able to use TruSpace like this!
I've never worked out how to do a final render of anything

Good luck everyone

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Posted: 7th Nov 2012 13:57
Yay! Another compo! Can't wait to see what this one pulls in!

For this compo, we are just making anything from the LOTR series and The Hobbit?

Is it individual items or can it be complete scenes such as the Shire?

I can't wait to get home now, ideas are brewing......must keep 3D Master badge!

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Posted: 7th Nov 2012 16:44
Anything that fits into that universe goes! If you want to do an entire scene then go for it! Good luck!

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Posted: 7th Nov 2012 16:57
Oh I have just the thing to make for this competition. I'm in this once again. )

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Posted: 8th Nov 2012 06:28 Edited at: 8th Nov 2012 06:28
*Please hold up your hand*

I, Anayar, do hereby solemnly swear to enter this competition and finish by the given deadline. If I cannot, may j be chopped up and made inti soup.

But seriously, I'm in.

Cheers,
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Posted: 11th Nov 2012 23:55
Here is my entry for this competition. Everything, but the skybox, I made.



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Posted: 12th Nov 2012 00:14 Edited at: 12th Nov 2012 00:15
Now that is awesome!

Do you have a larger shot? Especially that top screen.

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Posted: 12th Nov 2012 00:30 Edited at: 12th Nov 2012 16:57
This better?



Edit:
I also did different side windows for day and night.



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Posted: 12th Nov 2012 00:38
WOW!!! Very nice Willow. That looks like our retirement home, err I mean retirement Fox hole.


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Posted: 12th Nov 2012 01:16
Willow that is simply gorgeous, you just raised the bar with a first entry.....well done

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Posted: 12th Nov 2012 01:32
Thanks everyone!

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Posted: 12th Nov 2012 12:47
I'm going to try and compete in this one, however it already looks like the odds aren't in my favour

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Yeah, she really went all out with this one. I love the way she did the big tree. It took her 3 days to do all of the models for this. Nice job Hon!

Good luck everyone!

Back from the Wasteland.
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Posted: 13th Nov 2012 19:34
*facepalm* Didn't even see the tree until you pointed it out. That's even more excellent work, lol.

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I think Willow scared everyone off

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Posted: 14th Nov 2012 20:30
Willow, your hobbit hole is looking great! I like the choice of foliage surrounding it. You have done a really great job!

Like Rolfy said; you have definitely set the bar with this first entry; and so quickly as well. Have you got an inside edge on whats comp is coming next!?

Josh, how much is she paying you for this information? I will double it!

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Posted: 16th Nov 2012 02:26
sorry for a double post, but, i think i needed to start a new post to showcase my WIP.

I have finished the model as far i want to for now, and i will be working on a texture. It just has a material assigned for now.

It is Saurons Mace







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Posted: 22nd Nov 2012 09:54 Edited at: 25th Nov 2012 01:18
Okay....Still nobody else posting....

I guess everyone is out Christmas shopping?!

I think i have completed work on my mace for this compo.






As always, i have attached a larger resolution image for anyone (like me) that likes to take a closer look.

Unfamillia

P.S I would love it if someone else would post again soon.......anyone.....

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Posted: 25th Nov 2012 13:30
Unfamillia,
Very nice video, great work on the mace.
I am entering this compo as well, just don't have a screen shot ready.
Here in the USA Thanksgiving means were are all busy with family visiting.
You know how Bilbo felt when the Dwarves came to dinner.LOL


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Posted: 25th Nov 2012 23:16
I'm going to attempt to enter this one... as for what I am making well... that will be a surprise. A possibly horrible attempt of a model surprise. As I am making something that I am not will good at doing.

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Posted: 26th Nov 2012 01:48
Really liking the Mace Unfamilia, though the lettering seems to 'newish', would do no harm to dirty it up a little and bevel it so it appears more a part of the model.

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Posted: 26th Nov 2012 09:46
@Sitds

Thanks for comment. I look forward to your entry! Lets see if you can get that badge that Rolfy stole from you!

@Gamer X

Best of luck with your model. That's what i love about these compo's, they stretch my learning curve because i make things i wouldn't normally make. They are really good to enhance your skills.

@Rolfy

Thanks. I agree with you about the lettering. I tried to make it seem as though it was glowing through. I have 'weathered' the lettering underneath that emission map. I will turn the emission down and see what it looks like afterwards. (if it looks better, i won't be doing the video again....it took nearly 23 hours to render!)

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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 00:58 Edited at: 29th Nov 2012 01:00
Smaug was often to be found sitting on his perch overlooking the lands Of Gondor.
A keen eye out for the unwary traveler who was just too tasty a snack to miss.



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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 01:05
Bloody hell Rolfy! As soon as i saw an email on my phone telling me that you had posted, i said, "oh, hes entering......great, there goes my chances"

How do you create these scenes? Do you model the landscape as well as Smaug? Or is the landscape just an image?

Its absolutely gorgeous! I love it!

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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 02:51 Edited at: 29th Nov 2012 03:02
Its a fairly simple scene really.

Four terrain models and the low lying clouds and mists are meta blobs textured with a cloud material. Smaug is part of the scene.

Terrain rock and vegetation materials are layered and distributed according to slope and elevation.



I wasn't getting what I was after and to make the scene pop had to render out two different atmospheric passes.

Volumetric lighting with Global illumination.



Spectral lighting with Global Radiosity.



Overlayed these and took the opacity down on the top layer, erased some parts and adjusted the levels a tad.

To get this:



Here's the same scene with different materials and atmospherics to show how different the mood and appearance can be.



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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 04:33 Edited at: 29th Nov 2012 04:34
Skyrim!!

But seriously, beautiful renders! The only thing that is bothering me is these two places that glow in your first render. There's this oval glow around the city, then just to the left of it there is a rectangular glow on the mountain side. They seem to pop out and they feel like they should be toned down with the rest of the scene. I can see what you were doing with the light, but I think if you made it a bit more subtle it would look a lot better.

The snow scene is just perfect. Can I have a higher rez version for my desktop?

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Quote: "Can I have a higher rez version for my desktop?"

What size you want?

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Mine's 1920x1080. If you have to re-render the scene then I don't want to put you out.

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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 09:37
Rolfy,

I know you are probably busy, but, would you ever consider making a tutorial for rendering these scenes?

I could model the landscape and could probably model Smaug, but, the low lying mist and clouds and also, the textures i would struggle with.

Quote: "Terrain rock and vegetation materials are layered and distributed according to slope and elevation"


What software do you use? I have done this with Cryengine before, but, i have no idea where the settings are in Blender!

Very impressed Rolfy!

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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 14:48 Edited at: 29th Nov 2012 15:02
@Josh, here's the 1920x1080 render, changed things up a little so it sat better with the aspect ratio.
Its attached to the download button below and I left it in bitmap format (you might want to convert it to whatever suits you).

This one is a 1024x576 .jpg version, for posting here.



I'll leave this as my final entry for now, (I might still find some time to do something else, really like the idea of doing Shelob)

@Unfamilia, Everything was done in 3dsMax, never used Blender so I cant help you out with that. I used Dreamscape plug-in for atmospherics and procedural terrain texturing.

If I get the time I might just do a walkthrough tutorial if enough folks were interested.

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Posted: 29th Nov 2012 16:56
That looks so amazing!

I would love a tutorial if you have the time
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Posted: 1st Dec 2012 16:12 Edited at: 2nd Dec 2012 00:55
Well it appears that I have once again been demoralised to the point of neural implosion yet again.

However, the day may come where the courage of modellers fail, where yet again, Poloflece refuses to enter competition due to the inevitability of defeat. But today is not that day. Today! I present you my WIP:


Well, as you can see it is very WIP. Texturing is going to be a nightmare aswell as getting the terain up to scratch.




EDIT: My Current submission (attached), just in case I can't get another one up later.



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Posted: 6th Dec 2012 00:12 Edited at: 6th Dec 2012 00:47
Poloflece, the texturing is pretty good and you got the mood perfect for the gates of Mordor, its often about lighting for this kind of scene, it would liven it up no end to have a few torches on the battlements and in front of gates so it appears occupied and breaks up the overall lighting you have just now. I would also scale down (or up) the gates themselves so they stand out more, at present they appear to blend into the rest of the walls.

You got a nice perspective going on with the rock in front, you should throw a few of those into the foreground with different scales and rotations to add more detail and break up the terrain.
Just my thoughts but you got a nice scene there, if you go another yard it will look great.

Edit* This is just my tuppence worth concerning scenes, I know the competition is not only about entire scenes being created and 3d modeling is the theme, just that some of us seem to like doing it this way and if you can then why not?
Its just presentation to show models in their environment, I dont want anyone to think this is how it needs to be done and modeling/texturing etc should be judged rather than nice atmospherics.

This competition needs a prize aside from a badge, I would be happy to donate any model pack of choice from my website to all three winners at the end of each comp.
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Quote: "This competition needs a prize aside from a badge, I would be happy to donate any model pack of choice from my website to all three winners at the end of each comp."


That's very generous of you Rolfy. I am sure the winners of this comp will be extremely happy with some of your media!

I really hope i am one of those people now!! Why didn't you make this offer in the last one?! Willow and i would have really benefited from that! haha.

Also, with all these full scenes being made, i kind of want to make something different now.

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I started modeling one item and somehow it turned into a scene.
Initially I could not figure out what to model, so I took a look at some of Tolkien's original sketches.
When I saw the one of Bag End Hall I thought it would be fitting. I tried to keep with Tolkien's
original design but then took some artistic license. It's still a WIP hopefully I find the time to finish it.

Link to Tolkien's Drawing. Scroll down page to Bag end hall drawing.
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Far below Moria, there are abysses, spaces and tunnels not known even by the Dwarves. Unknown beings gnaw the earth and make them, far from the knowledge of any lore.

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@Rofly

Thanks for the advice/crits. Also, that's amazing!


Once again I hope this isn't final, another go at the black gate, I'm going to add some torches as rolfy suggested (of course I have to model some first).


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Outstanding entries everyone, the skill in these compos has really stepped up lately

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Great job everyone! Judging might be delayed for a bit because of the holidays aren't, unfortunately, over yet.

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Sorry for the slight delay everyone! My holidays have been most busy-ish. The judging thread is up and I'll give it a few days to collect votes before rewarding badges.

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@Willow

I thought a hobbit's door is perfectly round and has the knob exactly in the middle.

Don't waste your life
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3D Best Textures: Willow
Notes: This is a great example of how a diversity of textures can bring a scene to life. Excellent final render. Most Excellent Dude!

3D Best Model: Stab in the Dark Software
Notes: I like how the simplicity of the modeled scene fits together. The scale looks good, the textures are clean and the final render makes the models look their best. Great Job!

3D Master: rolfy
Notes: Superb use of HDRI lighting in the final render. The scene has a very detailed and lifelike feel. Jolly good job mate!

Poloflece deserves an honorable mention, his model and render of the Gates to Mordor really has captured the doom and gloom feel of the story. Excellent work!

Just not my week guys lol! Lost internet and heat because of craziness. But here are the winners!! Congrats to everyone!!

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Quote: "3D Best Textures: Willow
Notes: This is a great example of how a diversity of textures can bring a scene to life. Excellent final render. Most Excellent Dude!"


Thanks so very much everyone!




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Congrats to everyone. That was great work!!

Yay Willow. Your fans are proud of you.


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well done folks another great comp with outstanding entries from everyone who took part.
Willow and Stab In the Dark can drop me a mail or post here and let me know what pack you would like.
Since I cant really give myself a prize, lol, I am going to offer mine to Poloflece for his excellent entry which deserved an honorable mention.

You can find your choice of prizes by clicking on the 'web' button at the bottom of my post.

Well done all the others who entered too.
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Quote: "Well done all the others who entered too"


So you mean all of me?! haha. There was only one other person that entered into this competition and it was me.

Nobody mentioned my entry....... ......this makes me a sad panda!

Well done to everyone that won and got honorable mentions ....(everyone but me)

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Yes I mean all of you, you are more than quite a handful and count as a group
But your right we apologize for not giving you a well deserved honorable mention and shall now eat my own liver as recompense, or perhaps since there actually was only one other entrant to mention and since its Christmas (belated) I would like to offer you a prize as well (so I can leave my liver intact), take your pick and let me know what you would like

Your model, was in fact, most excellent

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