Predator Shoulder-cannon (Hair dryer) effect

Purely work in progress, i can’t seem to get this looking like it should. The shot itself doesn’t seem to have any depth to it and i swear it’s the wrong colour.

http://www.cubeupload.com/files/3bb400deforest0004.png

Here is a second version which i focused more on the shape of it

http://www.cubeupload.com/files/be5600tuwoo.png

(tried to forget about shading and focus purely on the blast itself)

The only reference image i could find was

( Forget about the three red dots, for 1, the place they originate is behind hair so i couldn’t be bothered and 2, it’s about the blast! :smiley: )

Here is the original if anyone else wants to play around with it http://www.cubeupload.com/files/9f1000deforest0004.jpg

for the colouring of the shot, and it’s an impact too so that doesn’t help.
Does anyone have any tips on how to create the effect a little more effectively? :v:

It’s a nice try, but something seems off about it. That source wasn’t the best, but you really did work well with what you had.

The first one has a little funky form if you ask me, the second one looks a bit too wide. Just my two cents though.

Personally I prefer the first one. I’m not entirely sure the second one if following the direction of the barrel correctly.

Yeah i would have paused the scenes in AVP 1 or 2 if i didn’t sell them on…

Could you not take a screenshot of the new AVP demo and use that as a reference?

I can barely run it on 800*600 res at minimum D:

They both look pretty good, the first looks like it could be a muzzleflash and the second looks like it could be the actually projectile.

I’m going with the first one, it has more of the particle-effect.

I like the second one more, seems more concentrated and more like the one in the movie. How did you go about making that effect?

This is closer.

It fires as a single bolt with a load of blue glowy particles trailing behind it.