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2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: July 15, 2019, 04:34:48 pm »
Sure! I'll even share the MAX file. :D So, the basics are: Build a mesh, duplicate that mesh, push it out a bit, turn it inside out, and make it slightly darker than the original.
Then for the materials, you should grab this plugin - F-Edge. It provides really nicely controlled edge smoothing in scanline 3dsmax.
So the basic workflow for the materials is to use a mapped Gradient ramp using a bitmap gradient.

I've actually got it a bit wrong here - for the gradient to ramp correctly, the bright side should be on the right, not left - but since I'm lazy, I just added an inverting output node to fix it.
So here's what the controlling composite map, under that output node looks like!

Layer 1 is a simple gradient that's mapped using UVs on the text - it goes bottom to top, and front to back on the text model. The second is the highlight edge 0 it uses the f-edge material to call out the hard edges of the text with bright corners, and then is masked by an angle blend to only appear on the bottom of the text. The top is the dither - it's a 1-1 screen-mapped texture that is just a tiled classic dithering pattern. This is blended in very gently at 10%.
There you go! That's basically how I made these:

and as promised, here's the max file, with everything you need in 2015 format!

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: July 13, 2019, 11:43:18 am »
I will do that, then!
Got Damage Masking working!

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:29:20 am »
eishiya:Thanks! I'll see if I can make these things less noisy - It increases my render times, but does improve the look.
Vinik: I've done that sort of thing before...I just in this case really like the nostalgic feel of this particular universe, and I'm on a roll, creatively. Id sorta hate to stub my mental toe, so to speak, and change direction. Does that make sense?
Here's an update on the damaged version - I'm really proud of how the glass looks.

And the Sprite masking in Unity is super cool, too - I can easily dynamically blend this guy with the clean version, with dithered edges. It's cool. :D

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:57:07 am »
Vinik: Oh the ships are rendered at a very narrow perspective, not orthographic. I *think* it's something like 7.5deg FOV. Completely orthographic didn't look right in a perspective-rendered scene. I'd likely go that way in an isometric game, tho.
eishiya: I don't plan a clean up pass, actually...I'd actual;ly love a list of the things you see that would otherwise *need* a pass, and to see if I can fix them on the render side! :D Thanks for the glass crack line up note - I will *definitely fix that.

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: July 09, 2019, 08:04:25 pm »
They're straight renders. I don't touch them up at all. I'm pretty lazy. I just did a pass on doing damaged versions too - these get dynamically masked in based on your ship taking core damage. Again - these are just renders. I'm happy to share the max file for parts of the cockpit, or maybe give a procedural rundown of how it's done? I need to make a new cockpit for a Dralthi and Valtar, so either one would be a good step-by step tutorial! :D

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:08:24 pm »
Thanks, pistachio! The UI and cockpit...are renders. No painting. I directly save images from 3DSMax to Unity. I fiured out how to do index painting in max, and I love the poop outta it. Here's a glimpse at a straight from MAX 3D render of the main menu:

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: June 27, 2019, 06:43:21 pm »

Okay - medium update - I've added some animation to the player's legs - it always bugged me that they we static with everything else going on. now they're controlling yaw - I miiight change that to spin? Maybe. I've fixed the eject light and core damage warning lights - Eject will light up with 30% core damage - but only if your shields are < 50%. I've updated the explosions to inherit the ship's velocity when they die, also updated the projectile impacts to spawn debris when you start chewing through armor.  The plan is to have specific Kilrathi/Terran armor and hull chips - but for now it's just spawning a bunch of rings like Sonic getting shot in the ass.  Fuel's been coded and hooked up - a Hornet has the same fuel capacity as a F-14. 2400gals. Seemed a good starting point. In the background, but not quite live- I've been working on camera switching for right/left/back/ chase cam views - they look awesome - but I need to mess with the art-shifing logic a bit to make the m move around right when you turn.

2D & 3D / Re: Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: June 27, 2019, 03:07:37 am »
There's actually 17 sprite sheet per ship, for a total of 544 sprites each. Here's a couple!

Basically each sheet holds a vertical angle of a complete horizontal rotation. Then some fancy code is used to figure out the rotation of the sprite and what angle the billboard needs to be at. It was fun to figure out - and it was so long ago, I don't really remember the math involved. :P

2D & 3D / Wing Commander Pixel Art-y Unity Remake
« on: June 26, 2019, 04:00:27 pm »
Remakin Wing Commander 1 in 640x400 in Unity3d! Why? Cause I think it looks cool. Ship re-designs inspired by Arne - And a running, AI-driven demo here: So far I just have the one cockpit, unfinished, and two fighters. I plan on replicating most of the ships from WC1 with a very few additions.


2D & 3D / Re: Realtime Rendering of 3d Meshes as Pixelart
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:04:12 am »
Working on a more...refined object to test the pixel art shader on. I had intended to do a tank, but this concept for a Millennium Falcon in John Carter of Mars from Arne caught my eye...and I was hooked.
anyhow, still very much a WIP, and a render out of Max, not re-time yet,
The Centennial Malagor!

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