A design for Hyperventila: The Game.
A light transport shuttle, designed and built at Moga Shipyards, first launcher in the year 4102. Luxurious on the inside for its time.
A design for Hyperventila: The Game.
Back in 2010 I had a lot of strange and ambitious ideas for games, mods and designs. None was more ambitious at the time than Space 3102, ACE's Void, a flight sim/first person shooter featuring the M40 Asteroid Class Explorer. This tiny shuttle was a research vessel, designed for high maneuverability in dense asteroid fields and capable of spending weeks in deep space before returning to base. It featured laser cannons, traditional cannons, advanced collision avoidance systems, had lots of scientific equipment on board and was piloted by the best scientists/astronauts the Earth Space Administration and Defense force (ESAD) had to offer. A real Swiss-army knife of spacecraft.
In this old blog post I looked at the ACE and some of the story behind how I came up with it at the time, but I also challenged myself to create a third iteration of the design I had at the time. Perhaps it wasn't the greatest design I had ever made but then again I had only been doing 3D modeling for about two to four months or so.
So now, twelve years later, I have finally revisted this design and hopefully improved it a bit, I think that even my seventeen year old self would approve.
Finally came the rest of the interior and the renders (the animation took several days to render because I don't know how to optimise my 3D scenes):
Overall this has been a fun side-project, even though I rarely got to work on it, I actually started this project back in December 2021, but I'm happy to call it finished. Maybe I should revisit some other ships from this era, like the Aloadae II, the massive paddle / delta wing passenger shuttle or the Athena, my personal space yacht. We'll see!
Until next time, and as always have a nice day.
The Mallard Starcruiser is a spacecraft inspired by the great sea-planes of old. This spacecraft is a bit of a quick design but I had fun making it nonetheless.
This is the L.E.V Yorktown, another ship design for a client like the previous blog. This one took a little longer though, about two weeks for both the exterior and interior. She is a fairly detailed ship with detailed hull, fully modeled bridge as well as about 42 individual smaller cabins behind those windows.
Another unique design for a client. The Parallax mothership, a ship controlled by an AI that has been on the run for many years. The ship is home to over 100.000 passengers and is more than two kilometers long.
I also had to design the AI's control room. A rugged dark space that is home to the AI itself. Each computer core surrouding the control area.
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!
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My name is Tymen, an illustrator originally from the Netherlands.
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