Medieval House

Medieval Shack Modelled in Lightwave 9.6.

Still need to work on the tiling and the wood at the front of the house, also need to fill the space at the back with a door…

At the moment, the tiles are a little bit too high poly leading to a rather ridiculous poly count. Might try some different styles of tiling tommorrow.

Exporting from Lightwave 9.6 to Vue – A guide.

At the request of Mike Ballard, a guide to exporting from Lightwave 9.6 to Vue has been written. This process involves UV mapping and good methods of exporting objects plus a number of problems that may arise during the process and some solutions that I have come accross.

This is NOT a definitive guide how to UV map, but maybe some of the ideas and methods I demonstrate will help.

I will be using a model created by Mike Ballard of a rather nice glass house.

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Multiple Bump Paths in One texture – Lightwave 9.6 Tutorial

Currently I am working on a scene with an old house, part of which is covered with plaster, the other is exposed brickwork, therefore two bump types are required in one texture. I had a number of ideas of how to do this in the Node Editor of Lightwave 9.6, however they where all pretty much useless. After a lot of frustration and searching the internet with no success I had a final try and got it to work.

Below is the method which I used, it probably isnt the most elegant method, but it works.

Firstly I will start with a cube.
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Greek House

I am in the process of creating a Athenian Town house from a Swedish book called “Den antika staden – Livet i det klassika Athen och Rom” or – the ancient town, live in classic Athens and Rome.

Today I am only posting a Work in Progress shot of what I have done so far.

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The model is being created, textured and rendered in Lightwave 9.6. So far I have been very pleased with the workflow and in particular the Node editor of lightwave. Its very nice not to have to export models but rather have them constantly updating in Layout automatically. I am also impressed by how it does NOT crash constantly. Its a real joy to use.

There will be a lot more windows, another door in the courtyard, tiles on the roof and on the wall and some stairs. Later I will probably put it into a scene somehow and see where it goes from there.

Noise Node Reference Guide

This is a reference guide as to what the noise nodes look like when they are applied to a square.

Each material is mapped to “object-parametic”and uses a black-white color map where black is -1 and white is 1.

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Rough Guide to the Material Editor – Color and Alpha Tab – Part 3

In this third part of the the rough guide to the material editor, we will be exploring the Color and Alpha Tab of the advanced material editor

Part 4 will jump into the function editor for a preview of some of the cool stuff that can be done in there. Filters will also be covered there.

There will be a reference guide to the shapes of the noise functions in Part 4.

Firstly we will look at the Advanced Material Editor Color and Alpha Tab. Unless stated, all mapping is as “object parametric”.

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Rough Guide to the Material Editor – Part 2 – Getting to Know the Function Editor Graph

In this part of the rough guide we will look in more depth at the graph window and the controls that are availiable.

Using the Graph

There are various controls which allow you to move around and view different areas in the graph window and access different controls.

  • To pan around the graph, drag with the right mouse button held down
  • To zoom in and out use the zoom buttons
  • To zoom into an area, click the zoom area button and select and area to zoom into
  • To select a node click on it, its properties will be displayed int he bottom left corner
  • Nodes can be moved by dragging them to where ever you want them to be displayed

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Function Editor – A Learning Process – Part 1

I am in the process of learning the function editor in Vue 7 Complete by using the fantastic tutorials at geek at play, the vue 7 manual and a lot of trial and error.

So far I am having a fair deal of sucess, in that its not as scary as it first appears, its just a case of learning where everything is and having the creativity to know what it is you want to achieve and how to make things more realistic.
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