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Dec
01
2016

Are we getting sick of the greys yet?

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The Dragonkin build was relatively easier than the Avian one; the wing fingers were a little bit fiddly but there were only five of them as opposed to a million feathers and all one object as opposed to a million XD

Nov
27
2016

Vaguely realistic vaporeon used DIVE!

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My entry for JWiesner's Great Pokemon Underwater Race.  Version with background posted everywhere but dA because I think it looks better, transparent version on dA as that's what's required for the collab.  As with the last one, not quite down to the wire, I lost a lot of time being sick for a month and then most of the time spent was in the render (there was a fair bit that went into retopo but purely because I'm not good at it and will probably need to re

Nov
22
2016

Before the Race II

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Vaporeon tryng to lick trainer's face

Only just managed another Before the Race, and only because I took way too many shortcuts with Lyric (think I'm going to have to completely redo her whenever I get around to it).  Unfortunately the shortcuts were necessary as I lost a month to unexpected sickness -_- (of the kind that quite literally flattens you)  Here she is fitting in harness in preparation so he of course has to try to turn around and slobber all over her face because that's what anything remotel

Oct
30
2016

Bees have ants?

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11yo: the drones are the male bees.  They sit around and eat honey, then they mate and die.
7yo: don't they store honey?
11yo: the drones are the ones with wings.
7yo: some bees don't have wings? O_o
11yo: OH! I was thinking about ants XD
7yo: bees have ants? o_O

Oct
29
2016

Dakarai and Trajectory

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Two characters also likely to get caught up in firefights but not so much on roofs and quite likely because they were following their favourite girls around (or one of their favourite girls in Dak's case).  Their appearances stayed reasonably similar though I made Dak's hair a bit more sensible (I like long dreds so Traj had perhaps impractically long dreds given his profession) but they have undergone complete personality swaps.  Traj was almost cripplingly shy around girls and a right arsehole to guys and was a bit tragic as he was

Oct
26
2016

September Homeschooling Miscellany

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Apparently doing bookwork with Dad is much more interesting than doing the same bookwork with Mum.  I have handed off 11yo to JJ for maths as he's too advanced for me, so J has been teaching him physics and chemistry and other related things.  They started off in the computer room, and then 9yo decided to join them doing English.  As he was passing the computer room 7yo happened to look in, I told him not to go in there as they were doing bookwork and he decided then that he wanted to do bookwork too.

Oct
21
2016

August Homeschooling Miscellany

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There were a couple of birthdays this month which of course meant birthday cards had to be made.

Kids making birthday cards

We welcomed a new baby cousin.

9yo with baby cousin

Oct
18
2016

Realistic vaporeon works in progress

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Blender viewport render of realistic vaporeon
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Realistic vaporeon sitting
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Aggressive realistic vaporeon

I wanted the texture to be like the viewport render, but it ended up being one glossy vaporeon.  He'll do.  Working full time on this now to get it done by the deadline.  I was doing really well til I got sick, stupid sickness XD

On the bright side, I learned a fair bit about 3d Coat and going back and forth between it and Blender.

Oct
17
2016

Run XD

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3d base models running still

Base dragging Avi off on another epic adventure (or just to go find the missing-because-not-yet-made D).

Doing the turnaround directly before that with two characters was entertaining.

Oct
12
2016

3D Coat/Blender notes: Getting ptex textures from 3d Coat to Blender

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tl;dr: bake the damn things.

After painting, from the paint room go to Textures > Texture Baking Tool

3d Coat Texture Baking Tool menu item

Fill in the stuff on the dialogue box as appropriate (I have no idea how correct my settings are, I tend to take a best guess with anything I don't know :P)

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