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Thursday, July 13, 2017

No Landings Allowed

Looks like I'll be using the start of an old space elevator model as a base for my highport. It will give the Free Trader something to tether onto, or park inside of.

For reasons unknown so far, ships may not be allowed to land on the planet surface. So all trading is done from orbit.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Finishing Up the Ship Model

A passenger, sitting in the Captain's chair, looks out at the planet below while wondering if help will arrive.

I added a Poser 6 figure (the V3 variety) to the Free Trader model. Gave her a sitting pose first before importing the PZ3 file into Vue 9.5 Infinite. I ended up having to resize her, as the video will show.

"Cold As Ice" is Her Name

The blue stripe came first. Then the name. Then the dice, rendered in modo.

Orbit shot.

Monday, June 26, 2017

3D4 Rolls for CharGen Attributes

Space Furniture

I been modeling the chairs for the Free Trader I'm working on. Nothing fancy yet. Just need two for the cockpit area.

Got the desk and foot rest installed.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Painting Starships

I'm sitting here thinking what color to paint my Free Trader? The original artwork was B&W, and mostly white. The Traveller far-future looked bright, etc.

I may end up making various paint jobs for this modeled ship. Setting comes first. What is the setting that this ship will be in? How are ships painted in that setting? Were all such ships sold in yellow? What decals do settings glue onto their ships?

For now, I'm just trying out different burn/scratch/pit marks, seeing what jumps out at me for a paint job.

Ok. Found some white paint that wasn't too bright.

Some drafts.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Modeling a Free Trader

I spent a few hours, playing with different apps I have, doing various draft models of the Free Trader. It will be a lo-res model when completed. Something that I don't want to spend more than a couple days on. Which meant Hexagon would be used. Ha!

Amapi Pro is great at NURBS. But it is a terrible box-modeler, which I was finding worked better for this kind of object. I had forgotten that Hexagon does boolean cutting, which speeds up the modeling process as well. I'm hoping I don't have to do too much clean-up work on the mesh, once I'm done cutting chunks out of it.

Because I'm old-school, when it comes to modeling Traveller ships, I tend to use only the first drawing made of a ship for reference. I have no idea what the back or bottom of the Free Trader looks like, because there is only the one image of it in The Traveller Book hardcover on page 64. Maybe I have some notes that I took about that back in the day still. Otherwise, creative license as usual.

Like all models I make, this one will also be done by eyeballing things. No tracing.

An update of the model.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Can't Roll Less Than Five Using 2D6

Ok. So what happens when your 2D6 rolls are less than 5, and you change them to 5? This happens. 28% of the time, you'll get a 5.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Broadsword Candy

Thought I'd try different mixed medium for this pic. Lots of postwork that was done in just one click. I might try a water color filter on the scene next.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Traveller Book I Wanted as a Kid

In the late '70s, I had Traveller. And I had a SINCLAIR ZX81. The two went hand-in-hand. And both had very cool books they used. So my dream book, at that time of course, was to have this one.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mint Condition Traveller LBBs

I'm so tired of seeing images of old beat-up Traveller books on the Internet. So I thought I'd post new-looking ones.

I'll add the last book later. Gotta go get some pizza first.