Been doing quite a few Gamemaker Studio experiments recently, including messing around with 3D for the first time. 3D has been a challenge as the vector math, and lack of built-in functions have been making it much trickier to work with than the usual smooth ride that is 2D in Gamemaker. Still I've come up with some fun projects and I will be using 3D for most future projects for sure.
Besides that I also made a quick bird to ward of other birds from our balcony. This was done in trueSpace, of course, and then made in wood and finished with an acryllic paint.
That's it for this quick update. Until next time.
Once again I returned this year to update a game project I work on once every year; the anniversary boardgame. Once a year for our anniversary my girlfriend and I play a game that captures our memories from the previous years, our experiences and in some cases our troubles. Every year I also like adding a new gameplay mechanic and this year I decided to take it a step further making it a full on RPG with even a basic questline.
The game features various levels with cutscenes in between where I created renders. The character models are animated and made using a mix of MakeHuman and sculpting in Blender.
I tried not to get too carried away with the character designs but overall it ended up being a little more work than anticipated and me only getting it done just before the actual anniversary.
Here are some highlights of that...
There is also a companion app that goes with the boardgame where each of us can control our avatars on the board by giving them simple commands like hostile/defensive stance, toggle weapons and change the direction in which we're facing on the board, just for fun.
This was a fun project to work on for sure and I can't wait to see what I come up with next year. With the app and the RPG mechanics, there's a lot of potential for expansion so who knows, maybe next year I'll turn it into Elden Ring...
Redesigned my old TCO-14 rifle from my Interstellar Marines fan-art days. The design wasn't actually made specifically for Interstellar Marines but was a concept I'd made some time earlier that I then turned into a 3D model as it seemed to fit the theme of the game. I always liked the compact design of the rifle and the top rail design that I added later and given the fact most of my client requests now are for firearms ...be they science fiction or more realistic looking... I figured I'd use this as an opportunity to improve my understanding of what makes these things tick, so-to-speak.
This is the end result of a lot of 3D modeling and animation in Blender as well and while I'm not too happy with either the design nor the animation, I learned a lot during this project and I'm much happier with the overall design of the redux version vs the original.
The Hover Patrol Car (HPC) from Hyperventila is a versatile vehicle that needs to get around the major cities of the central planets, quickly, be it on the ground or in the air.
I recently revisited this design from way back in 2019 and made a short animation, mainly to improve my knowledge of how Blender works. That's what I'm sharing here today. Oh, and I wrote another development blog on how things are going with the game, check it out!
Hi there folks! Besides Hyperventila launching on Steam, I've been doing more and more design commissions for people (gotta pay the bills somehow) and I'd like to just highlight some of my most recent work. Who knows maybe you'll like what you see and commission a design of your own.
M an t h a Q u a d c o p t e r
This project already rather stands out on its own by being a little more unusual than what I am usually asked to design. A client from Singapore contacted me to design their one-man quadcopter that they may even put into production one day.
It had to be light but also enclosed and not higher than two meters. The design was to be used for promotional shots and to pitch to investors.
The job continued with additional requirements for animation and adding a character + helmet. This took a bit longer but was a fun challenge nonetheless. Here you can see the two finished animations:
Additional animations are planned for this job but seeing as that I was charging less than a tenth of what I should have been charging on Fiverr, I'll have to drive the price up for the next one.
M a r s C o i n
One of my first commisions ever back in 2014, when this cryptocurrency was just starting out, I was asked to design the official coin for MARS. While perhaps not my best logo design ever they kept it all these years and even recently asked me to design an animated icon for their Discord community.
What better way to celebrate the launch of their Discord community than with a rocket launch.
F r o m T h e V 3 D A r c h i v e s
Now, besides creating new works of art, I've been looking back on my older designs and some of them really deserved a better render.
I also wanted to compile a video highlighting my best work in the field of spacecraft and prop design, so I embarked on the arduous quest of importing these old trueSpace models into Blender, setting them up with new materials and giving them a new render.
Which brings me to the next project...
B r i c k L a u n c h e r
T h e F u t u r e
It's been a while since the last blog post. Been super busy with Hyperventila, it's quite a project and while I need to release soon I still decided to add multiplayer, mainly since it seems more doable in the short time frame I have leading up to release.
One element of the new multiplayer mode is the mini-games people will have to complete in order to survive and win the game. One such game requires a space rat and a trap, that I built today.
Hyperventila is progressing at an alarming pace. Here are some screenshots and renders from the last few months:
More updates will follow soon!
In other news I also made a quick render for the latest U3DA modeling challenge "Impossible Object":
I also revisited my old NH90 Helicopter model and imported it into Blender for am updated render:
We're currently running an IndieGogo campaign for the game. Check it out if it sounds like something you may be interested in!
Hyperventila is a narrative-driven open world RPG set in the Hyperventila galaxy. A world of disreputable space bars, rogue traders and totalitarian space empires.
Fans of the classic 70s and 80s era of science fiction films would find themselves right at home in this universe. Jump in your spacecraft and immerse yourself among the stars.
Hyperventila will become playable on Steam and other online retailers, January 2021.
What is this about secret moon bases now? It's another challenge entry for this year's U3DA Holiday challenge. Other entries from previous years include a Dragon Santa and scary Skeleton Santa.
Made in trueSpace and BlenderForArtists. It seems that the logo I mashed together for the challenge is the highlight of the image from what I've heard from people who viewed the image.
I think the biggest inspiration for this project was oddly enough the movie Iron Sky, which was about Nazis on the moon. I feel like you can sort of see that in this original test render that I did:
All this work in Blender has mainly been for Hyperventila though, starting with a beauty render of the GCP Patrol Car and with the last render being the Inter-Corp "Tracker":
Hyperventila has seen many updates in the last months, most of which can be found on the Hyperventila Discord.
Now off to Christmas in Italy. Until next time!
For this months United 3D Artists forum modeling challenge, I present China's secret weapon: The Red Mist jet aircraft.
It's a silly concept of course but that's what you get when I get to come up with the theme for a modeling contest.
It was a fun model to work on but maybe, with working on Hyperventila and all that maybe I should have gone a bit more easy on work this weekend.
This week has mainly been getting the Shipyard in Hyperventila to work. I finished the interior model last week.
The other big pain in the butt was the video production aspect being producing the latest two Hyperventila Showcases. Windows no longer comes with its own video editor so I had to download one from the internet, I ended up using Shotcut which while OK for my needs (it renders fast and the quality is quite good as far as I can tell).
Here you can see the shipyard in action:
I still want to produce better video content, and to be honest, coming from doing my old YouTube let's plays, I thought it would be a lot easier but I don't think I've quite gotten used to the limitations I currently have to deal with.
My old powerhouse of a computer is out of reach and I don't even have an external monitor to extend my small 13" laptop display. On top of that both my gaming mice are dying with both of them being almost unable to left-click any more (thank you trueSpace for wearing out my left-clicks).
It's not all bad though. This little HP Spectre x360 that I'm now doing all my work on is still really powerful for a PC of its size. I still suspect it has some cooling issues that it had from the start but at least it keeps my legs warm.
That's it for this blog.
As always, have a nice day!
Introducing one of the larger structures in the game, the shipyard. This is where you will be able to repair, upgrade and purchase new ships.
Hyperventila has come quite a bit further since last I posted an update on here. Having launched a Patreon, Discord Server and Twitter account I can now say that Hyperventila is really out there.
Other recent updates include a ship builder/level editor and proper dialogue and questing.
That's it for this quick update.
See you in the next blog or possibly on one of the social medias!
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My name is Tymen, an illustrator originally from the Netherlands.
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