My Wings3D Page

Up until I discovered Wings 3D, I found the process of creating 3D models pretty frustrating. But not any more. This fantastic FREE modeller is so intuitive and easy to use. Although the software is still very much in development, the quality and amount of features already implemented are more than enough to create some great models.

Visit the official Wings 3D Home Page to download the latest version.

Blade Runner Spinner

My favourite movie is full of wonderful imagery - lots of people have modelled the famous Police Spinner. I wanted to go through the process of modelling my own.

DateActivity
30 Sep 2006
Completion: 98%
Created a tiled backdrop for rendering.
 
I need to do some extensive experiments with lighting and shadows in yafray - my first test render with the spinner lights switched 'on' took 17 hours and didn't render properly!
 
It could be some time before I post the final renders.
29 Sep 2006
Completion: 98%
Added further detail and glass material to roof lights. Spent several hours tweeking some of the decal textures to fix warping issues.
 
I've just got to tidy up some of the decal textures and tweak the material settings for glass and metals. I might also add some bump-mapping to some of the textures.
 
A couple of 'high quality' rendering sessions will complete the project.
27 Sep 2006
Completion: 94%
Put treads on tyres and enhanced the wheels. Added decals to wheel covers. Just the lights and basic interior to complete.
25 Sep 2006
Completion: 90%
Picked up again for the final time (hopefully). Applied most of the decals. Still got the wheels, wheel covers, lights and (basic) interior to finish.
Apr 2005
Completion: 80%
I keep shelving this project leaving it for several months and then picking it up again. I've added a basic interior but have decided that I'm going to leave the interior, add decals, produce final renders and leave the project in that state. Who knows when that will be...

Spinner Test Renders

Just a few tests for progress...

Spinner
Apr 2005 - View 1
Spinner
Apr 2005 - View 2
Spinner
Apr 2005 - View 3
Spinner
Apr 2005 - View 4
Spinner
14 Apr 2005 - Test Render
Spinner
25 Sep 2006 - Test Render
Spinner
27 Sep 2006 - Test Render
Spinner
29 Sep 2006 - Test Render
Spinner
29 Sep 2006 - Test Render
Spinner
30 Sepr 2006 - Test Render


Mamod Steam Engine

When I was a kid, my parents bought me a model steam engine - when I saw a picture of one recently on the net, I decided it would be a nice model to make with Wings 3D.

The images are rendered using Wings own OpenGL render engine. Although this does produce a nice clean image, it lacks the shadows and reflections that would be produced in a competent ray-tracer such as Povray. Therefore to complete the project, I will rendering the final image in Povray (there's a Povray export plug-in available for Wings 3D).

DateActivity
Jul 2003
Completion: 100%
As I don't plan to do any more work on this, I'm declaring the project complete.
Jun 2003
Completion: 99%
I've made some slight changes to the model but I'm not totally happy with the materials and colors that I used. The grey 'metal' needs brightening, the black elements need to be shinier with a more 'hammered' finish and the red base needs re-modelling.

I don't want to spend any more time on it at the moment, so I'm going to leave the project in it's current state. I may return to it in future to correct the elements described above and perhaps create an 'environment' for it to sit in.
May 2003
Completion: 95%
Added first Povray render.

Mamod Steam Engine Test Renders

Just a few tests for progress...

Rendered in
Wings/OpenGL
Rendered in
Wings/OpenGL
Rendered in
Wings/OpenGL
Rendered in
Wings/OpenGL
05 May 2003
Rendered in Povray
28 Jul 2003
Rendered in Povray.
28 Jul 2003
Wings 3D in action

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