• "Tremors" Models
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  • Hey now, there's no need for that. It's partly my fault for not keeping the OP a central quick-news page. But yes, given the models use their own skeletons out of necessity, they require their own custom animation set, which I'm quite capable of producing. Sorry for the lack of updates the past few days folks; I decided I'd finally finish Earthbound, a game I abandoned a long time ago after a certain point. I'm nearly done, and I'll get straight to work on texturing the Ass-Blaster, so maybe, just maybe, we can add yet another ragdoll to the public domain soon :)
  • Well, I WAS planning to go to bed, given it's 4:30 in the morning, but I'm WAY too pissed off to sleep without letting out my frustration first. Firstly, my AssBlaster model is a piece of shit. It's really inexcusable. Given how nicely the Shrieker came out, I'm baffled at how many things I did wrong given I made this soon after. Of course, I know I stopped refining the AB further because I was getting scared of the poly-count, owing to just how much detail went into those Goddamn wings. The wings themselves don't connect to the body properly, the legs and body have corners that reveal an awkward lack of detail, the jaws have MAJOR low-poly mistakes that make it look simply horrendous to me, and the legs are attached in a way that causing horrible-horrible stretching to the mesh and the UV's whenever the legs move. So, I went into Maya to fix the UV's. This of course, took hours, though I was reasonably satisfied with the improvements. However, to do the UV's properly, I had to fix certain vertices that had failed to connect among other things. And so I exported back to Max. So, secondly, Max's UV-mapping system is ALSO a worthless piece of shit. Transferring UV's from an identical model is generally surefire, but in Max, if you altered your mesh in ANY fucking way, the entire thing goes fucking crazy, because Max doesn't see UV's in a per-face manner, which is completely stupid. So, since I'm not satisfied, and WON'T be as long as this is the case, I'm afraid I'm going to go the whole hog and fix the model in Maya, bedamned the poly count and re-rig it to the existing bones in Max when I've finished. Given how simplistic the AB-skeleton is, this won't be hard. This does however mean an additional delay as I make the model to my standards, since I'm not leaving it as it is, and I'll never be able to take my mind off it if I do. That's just how I roll.
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  • Grablet would be way easier than Ass Blaster, at least have some sympathy for the poor bastard dude :/
  • Alrighty, a bit of work, but I'm mainly satisfied with what I've fixed. No real added details, per se, but the resolution of the mesh itself is significantly improved. Blockiness in the geometry has been all but eliminated, save in places that nobody is really going to be looking anyway. The biggest improvement is in the legs, which were granted both higher resolution and a few improvised edge-loops that, upon re-rigging, granted the legs far more seamless motion. So basically, it now looks NATURAL when the thigh rotates along the body. When I see it, I don't feel like I want to hide something. But the best thing, I think, is the re-done UVW mapping. Max has the capacity to use pelt maps and things, but in Max, you could only ever map after your model was entirely finished. Maya allowed me to do my mapping when half the model was deleted, to be mirrored-in and welded later. This means I only map one side of the model, and when I mirror that side, that new side has the same UVW coordinates, saving on TPage space and ensuring the coordinates match for a single texture. But Maya also has the advantage of being able to "smooth" UV coordinates, by flattening them after-the-fact, ensuring the ENTIRE surface area of a UV shell gets evenly covered by the texture. No stretching, no weird crap. And thus, texturing will be far simpler and more effective... So then, on to texturing...whee...! [editline]13th February 2011[/editline] I should also note that the new version currently functions in-game just fine.
  • emm hi everyone im new here, and i havent found any explanation. first of all, this looks REALLY badass. so what is this? you talk about models, but what are models? is this NPCs? or is this something you can use as ragdoll[ actually move it and pose it], or just like any other prop that you can only place and rotate? if its a ragdoll, where is the download? or maybe its not done yet. ill be happy if you could answer this, cus like i said, im new here. thx
  • [QUOTE=leonid313;28030953]emm hi everyone im new here, and i havent found any explanation. first of all, this looks REALLY badass. so what is this? you talk about models, but what are models? is this NPCs? or is this something you can use as ragdoll[ actually move it and pose it], or just like any other prop that you can only place and rotate? if its a ragdoll, where is the download? or maybe its not done yet. ill be happy if you could answer this, cus like i said, im new here. thx[/QUOTE] Both, actually. These are intended for use as snpc's, but AS snpc's they have a working ragdoll. The Shrieker is already animated and usable as an snpc if given proper coding. Silverlan has the final say in that. As of now, two beta ragdolls are available for public use: the Graboid and the Shrieker. You can find those here: [url=http://www.garrysmod.org/downloads/?a=view&id=117095][img]http://www.garrysmod.org/img/?t=dll&id=117095[/img][/url]
  • Woohoo! All done! I repeat, AssBlaster is DONE. Pick it up here :) [url]http://www.facepunch.com/threads/893083-quot-Tremors-quot-Models[/url]
  • Y'know what? You tell me, guys: should I even bother? Is it really worth my time, busting my ass to get this stuff out for your benefit, if I'm not even going to be acknowledged after two or three days? Do you know what it feels like to get something out that you're proud of at four in the morning, wake up and dash to your computer to see what people thought, only for there to be NOTHING there? Do you know how disheartening that is? It's like waking up on Christmas morning only to realize your calender had been off, and it's actually the 23rd. I don't even expect praise, only acknowledgment that people are aware of what I'm doing. Say it's good, say it sucks, say you love Tremors or say you don't. Just don't let me feel like I'm speaking to a fucking doorknob. And this seems to follow me wherever I go. Nobody cares. I post a question about modeling on CG-Talk, and for four hours I'm entirely ignored. I post this awesome animated Earthbound series in the FP video section, and I get one dumbass asking me where the villain-who-doesn't-show-up-till-the-end is in the fucking pilot episode, followed by an empty, uncaring void of silence. So tell me guys, do you actually care? Does it matter whether or not these snpc's are made, or should I forget it and seek-out other prospects? Because I'm not dedicating hours of hard work for the sake of it.
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  • I apologize that I have yet to comment on the successful release of the Ass Blaster, and there's really no excuse for me, so sorry for that. The AB does look great, and I'm not saying that because I wanna kiss your ass to make up for my unwarranted apathy, I'm saying that because it genuinely looks well done. One critique would be that it seemingly looks a tad slim, but I am recollecting that observation from memory only and haven't even checked for reference properly yet so bluh bluh. You're doing good pal, and I have no doubt that people are enjoying your work even if they aren't openly exclaiming such.
  • Thank you. Well, I gathered sounds for the Graboid and am saving and sorting the raw captures accordingly. I've also worked a little on controls for the animation of the Graboid. I can't seem to find a way of IK-ing the tongues or body in a way that behaves the way I want, so I'm going to have to animate all that manually, which isn't ideal, but is far from impossible. One great thing I discovered was that Source DOES indeed accept animation of a bone's size. This has worried me for a while, but I did a test animation of the tongues all shrinking long-ways and exported it as an SMD. The re-import to a clean Max file contained the animation of the bones squashing, so I know I can shrink the tongues to hide them in the stomach rather than the alternative of coiling them up in a bundle, which would be a pain. Testing the tongues however, led me to realize I had underdone their geometric resolution on a function level. Basically, they bend too much and they bend shut, or at least appear really blocky. Thankfully, while this required me to re-rig the tongues, it was a very simple process, and because Max's skin system behaves on a per-element level, these actions did NOT affect the rest of the Graboid model. Happy times : ) But yes, now I'm naming a bunch of captured Graboid sounds so I can eventually animate them for real. You can load sounds into 3D programs to have something to animate to, for timing. Yeah, lots of red-tape to get this sorta' stuff done. Good thing is, now that I really think about it, the Graboid's animations should be EASY given how little you ever really see of it.
  • So, it's about that time again. I've done all the sounds I could find. The only worthwhile sounds came from the first two films. Tremors 3 and 4 either have really generic sounds or ones that just don't mesh with the abundant clips from the original. So I'm at the point where I can begin animating, and I have a good idea of what I'm doing, but I need a list. I'll put up whatever I can think of, and I'll amend it as I go, but if you guys have anything I've yet to add (and a description of what it pertains to) it'd be nice. [B]Creep[/B]: when not hunting, or when sneaking up on an unaware/slow enemy [B]run[/B]: for actively chasing prey; accompanied by dust-plumes from surfacing for air [B]run_breach[/B]: randomly between run cycles, will breach the surface momentarily [B]run_fear[/B]: fleeing from a painful noise like a nearby explosion; kicks up topsoil; VERY fast, but cannot attack [b]fall[/b]: if fleeing off a near-vertical surface (cliff), will plummet in an arc and splatter upon the floor. [B]surface_intro[/B]: Upon spawn or maturation from Grablet, will breach the surface vertically (like first full Graboid sighting in Tremors 1) [B]surface[/B]: breaching the ground to attack a nearby enemy [B]surface_attack[/B]: tentacles extend, attempting to grab anything in range [B]surface_tongueretract[/B]: if the Graboid succeeds upon latching onto an npc or small physics object, it's tongues will steadily retract into it's maw, where it will then submerge to swallow it's victim whole. [B]surface_tonguedamage[/B]: if in defense the Graboid's tongues are injured, they will retract, and Graboid will re-assess strategy [B]surface_extend[/B]: if targets miss, but are still within a certain range, Graboid will pull itself further out of the ground to reach them [B]surface_submerge[/B]: if targets miss, and are outside a certain range, Graboid will submerge below ground in pursuit [B]surface_extent_attack[/B]: if extend places Graboid within potential reach of foes, it will press it's tongue-attack on [B]surface_extend_submerge[/B]: if extend results merely in foes being outside a certain range, Graboid will submerge again in pursuit [B]surface_extend_tongueretract[/B]: if the Graboid succeeds upon latching onto an npc or small physics object, it's tongues will steadily retract into it's maw, where it will then submerge to swallow it's victim whole. [B]surface_extend_tonguedamage[/B]: if in defense the Graboid's tongues are injured, they will retract, and Graboid will re-assess strategy [B]surface_die[/B]: if aggressors fatally wound the Gaboid on the surface, it will writhe, collapse and die of it's injuries [B]surface_extend_die[/B]: if aggressors fatally wound the Gaboid on the surface, it will writhe, collapse and die of it's injuries [B]surface_hesitate[/B]: if Graboid is significantly wounded in one blow, it MIGHT recoil ,close it's maw and hesitate a moment. Will only occur again after a set amount of time. [B]surface_extend_hesitate[/B]: if Graboid is significantly wounded in one blow, it MIGHT recoil ,close it's maw and hesitate a moment. Will only occur again after a set amount of time. [B]surface_painedthrash[/B]: if Graboid is mortally wounded (one non-explosive hit takes more than half it's health) it will stop it's attack and swing it's head about wildly in furious agony. Can damage and throw objects and npcs. [B]surface_extend_painedthrash[/B]: if Graboid is mortally wounded (one non-explosive hit takes more than half it's health) it will stop it's attack and swing it's head about, smashing things wildly in furious agony. Can damage and throw objects and npcs. [B]slurp_underground[/B]: if Graboid reaches directly below a noisy-object or npc, while running or stopped, the Graboid will open it's jaws just underground and suck it's victim below without exposing itself. [B]slurp_launch[/B]: if Graboid reaches directly below a noisy-object or npc, while running or stopped, the Graboid will launch out of the ground vertically to catch it's victim in it's jaws and take it under. [B]eject[/B]: if Graboid swallows an inedible object or explosive (before explosive detonates) it will launch the object vertically back out with significant force. [B]beach[/B]: if Graboid has existed long enough, it will beach it's body above-ground [B]beach_idle[/B]: after beaching, Graboid will undergo labored breaths, but behave entirely docile. [B]beach_pain[/B]: after beaching, Graboid will be entirely vulnerable to attack, and will react even if it won't strike back [B]beach_scream[/B]: after beached long enough, Graboid will scream a number of times before dying, afterward yielding a clutch of Shriekers ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is what I can think of right now. Please do add anything you think might be missing.
  • [QUOTE=Blargtastic;28161335]Add a pelvic thrust as an easter egg.[/QUOTE] It's not much of an easter egg if you know what it is :p
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  • Damn dude you made a shitton of animations good job. Sorry I haven't been following the thread to closely as I used to it's mainly because of school and laziness have kept me from taking the time to say something useful. Edit: Oh thats your list of animations that you are going to do, my bad read that post wrong. Still though good work I'm glad this project is going somewhere.
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  • [QUOTE=timewyzard94;28174341]God these npc's are going to kick SO MUCH ASS. I'll have drink 18 gallons of POWER THIRST in one sitting, then fire 17 LAZORS at my monitor then go and get myself hit by A10 Worthog. Not even DR.TRAN who has a PHD in KICKING YOUR ASS can handle this pure epicness!! GAAHH!! *heavy grunting and explosions of testostrone*[/QUOTE] Steroids. They do a body Bad.
  • Wow, finally some activity... Well, I made a dent. Mostly the more brainless tasks, but it broke the animation ice and has given me some momentum. If only my damn English class wasn't so demanding I'd press on quite a bit more tonight. [highlight]Highlight= Done[/highlight] [I]Italics=WIP[/I] [highlight]Creep: run: run_breach: run_fear:[/highlight] fall: [highlight]surface_intro: surface_intro_to_surface: surface:[/highlight] surface_attack: surface_tongueretract: surface_tonguedamage: surface_extend: surface_submerge: surface_extent_attack: surface_extend_submerge: surface_extend_tongueretract: surface_extend_tonguedamage: surface_die: surface_extend_die: surface_hesitate: surface_extend_hesitate: surface_painedthrash: surface_extend_painedthrash: slurp_launch: beach: beach_idle: beach_pain: beach_scream:
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  • I am really amazed by the work going into this project. It's been a long while since the start of this thing and J-Dude has kept at it (with other people contributing along the way). non-Half-Life NPCs (and ones which are not new models stuck onto an existing NPC) are in my opinion the coolest things you can get for Garry's Mod, and there aren't many of them. To get more in the form of the monsters from Tremors would be pretty great (massive understatement). great to see all this progress, keep up the good work.
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  • [QUOTE=J-Dude;28204273]Wow, finally some activity... Well, I made a dent. Mostly the more brainless tasks, but it broke the animation ice and has given me some momentum. If only my damn English class wasn't so demanding I'd press on quite a bit more tonight. [highlight]Highlight= Done[/highlight] [I]Italics=WIP[/I] [highlight]Creep: run: run_breach: run_fear:[/highlight] fall: [highlight]surface_intro: surface_intro_to_surface: surface:[/highlight] surface_attack: surface_tongueretract: surface_tonguedamage: surface_extend: surface_submerge: surface_extent_attack: surface_extend_submerge: surface_extend_tongueretract: surface_extend_tonguedamage: surface_die: surface_extend_die: surface_hesitate: surface_extend_hesitate: surface_painedthrash: surface_extend_painedthrash: slurp_launch: beach: beach_idle: beach_pain: beach_scream:[/QUOTE] hot damn youre quick