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 Subject: Darth J's WIP and Freebies (Take 2)

DarthJ opened this issue on Dec 15, 2010 · 621 posts

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  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:55AM Sun, 23 October 2011  · @3853736

Hintere Sicherungsmauer (HSiM) or Hinterlandmauer

The first obstacle to cross from the East-German side. Concrete gray on the outside and painted white on the inside in order to enable easier spotting of trespassers. Unlike the western wall this wall couldn't be approached, let alone be touched or painted with graffiti.

The model is a typical example, H-profiles with concrete slabs (3.5m x 1.0m slotted in. Every side of every slab can be textured differently, the texture matches the size (3.5x1).

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:15PM Sun, 23 October 2011  · @3853839


The 2nd obstacle going west. Looks rather harmless but touching the top wires activates a silent alarm in the nearest guard tower. They know your exact location. You could as well ring the doorbell.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 6:39PM Mon, 24 October 2011  · @3854315

**Tschechenigel ** (Tschechen-Igel or Czech hedgehog)

Anti-tank obstacle, about 500 kg.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:44PM Thu, 27 October 2011  · @3855352

Meanwhile work at the Berliner Fernsehturm is progressing also ...


The model is downsized to 1/10th of the real Poser scale to keep it manageable.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:04PM Sun, 30 October 2011  · @3856291


or Deathstrip in English.

Where all the invasion-repelling tools shown before were used. This model depicts a typical stretch of the "Berliner Mauer" , the wall(s) separating East and West-Berlin. Outside the city fences replaced the walls to protect the East-German borders.

A few important items are still under construction.

The Ifa P3 car is a Google Warehouse find. Needs conversion in Google Sketchup. Can be used in any scene from 1961 on.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:12PM Fri, 04 November 2011  · @3858367

BT11 Wachturm

2nd generation observation tower built in the 1970's. Because of stability problems these were replaced by square towers in the 1980's. The "11" refers to the number of rings which each were exactly 1 m high. Though confusingly enough sometimes the number also refers to the round type of towers ... even if they are not 11 rings high. While BT9 refers to the square type of towers ... even if they are not 9 blocks high.  There is even a still existing  BT11 with only 6 rings, which is sometimes being referred to as a BT6.

Can you still follow ?

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:33PM Sat, 05 November 2011  · @3858661

I guess not. Here is the (square) BT9.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:19PM Sun, 13 November 2011 · edited on 4:20PM Sun, 13 November 2011 · @3861511

What would a Beobachtungs Turm be without a searchlight ?

The light can turn 360° and move up and down 45° (limits are set). These searchlights were operated from within the tower.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:34PM Sat, 19 November 2011  · @3863497

The Todesstreifen (Death Strip) is nearly completed. This post should be considered as the contents guide.

The download will include :

  • empty terrain (24m x 46m) with road (Kolonnenweg), soft ground patch (Kontrollstreifen) and anti-vehicle ditch.

  • full set with terrain, walls, fence and accessories positioned for a typical layout of the 1970s-1980s Berlin Wall.

  • each of the walls, fences and accessories as separate items.

  • single units of walls (1.20m and 3.00m) and fence (3m).

The walls and fence provided with the full set are one-piece items of about 24m long.

The guard towers (BT9 and BT11) are separate downloads.

A novelty are the ".xmp" files which Poser (from #8) generates with every prop. Don't know what purpose they serve, just leave them where they are.

A large download such as this one is bound to contain some mistakes, please post here if you find any.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 2:16PM Sat, 10 December 2011  · @3870070

We don't discuss politics here but I only want to mention that after a world record setting 541 days of endless negotiations my country finally has a new government. We were at the edge of splitting up the country but in the end a compromise was agreed, as usual.

So far the good news.  The bad news is my computer had a crisis too. And computers don't compromise.  A new hard drive was required. Most of my stuff is kept on external drives so nothing really valuable was lost ... with one exception. The modelling program in which I create my freebies. I can't find a back-up anywhere which doesn't really amaze me considering the paranoid anti-copy attitude of the company. First I had a physical version of this program, which required the DVD to run. Of course after a while the disc didn't function any more. Then I bought a download version. The download period is expired, renewing it costs money. I sent an email to obtain that service. They do not even bother to reply. Only option left : buy another download version at about 50$.

Financially not really a problem, but the little self-esteem I have fiercely resents this solution. To be continued.

  DisneyFan    ( ) ( posted at 11:53AM Fri, 06 January 2012  · @3880316

Aww.  :  My sympathies.  This is an interesting bunch of history you've got, here.  Very nice.


currently using Poser Pro 2014, Win 10

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:26PM Fri, 06 January 2012 · edited on 7:29PM Fri, 06 January 2012 · @3880501

Well, I did buy a new download version of that program. Only a few activations are allowed of course. I bought the extended download period option. I even bought the back-up DVD. Haven't received it yet. Of course..

Back to business as usual once more, first freebie to be finished should be the cinema backdrop above. You'll need a recent Poser with light emitters and IDL for the neon sign.

Further ideas under development are : an East-German S-Bahn/train station (partially a "Geisterbahnhof), a post office and a European windmill.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:45PM Sat, 07 January 2012  · @3880830

Render with basic infinite lighting. The "globalised" look of the building allows it use anywhere in the world and the 3d signs can be removed. It doesn't even have to remain a cinema, this could become a theatre, dance hall, disquotheque, etc ...

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 2:22PM Thu, 19 January 2012  · @3885346

The next freebie WIP is an East-German Post Office based on an also East-German plastic model kit, see box art above.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 2:25PM Thu, 19 January 2012  · @3885351


And this is the 3D version.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 12:46PM Sun, 29 January 2012  · @3889172

The cinema entrance has been released :




  Alisa    ( ) ( posted at 1:51PM Sun, 29 January 2012  · @3889193

Very cool stuff - thanks!


  Jumpstartme2    ( ) ( posted at 8:59PM Tue, 31 January 2012  · @3890339

Went ahead and stickied this since you're releasing often :)


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  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:16AM Wed, 01 February 2012  · @3890397

Fame and Glory ! 

Will I be able to live up to expectations of my large fan base - of whom almost nobody ever replies here - and produce a continuous stream of exquisite freebies ?

Speaking of which, next in line should be Giz Ploria, Health & Beauty Institute of count de Bleuchamp, somewhere in the Swiss Alps.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:40AM Sun, 05 February 2012  · @3892197

Friday 03 February 2012, returning from work. Usually this 16 km ride in busy traffic takes me about 30 minutes. Now it became a 3 hours long ride through hell frozen over. Actually when I took this picture there was only a small delay, the worst was still to come at only 3 km from home, with traffic at a near-standstill. And that while I was - according to the blinking alarm light - out of gas/petrol, with no possibility to fill the tank. I got home anyway.

That, and a new release from a long-time-no-see freebie creator, a character for Aiko 3 inspired me for a little freebie in between ...

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:45AM Sun, 05 February 2012  · @3892201

Okay, you want to be inspired by this event, not remember it. So this little freebie will be as far away from snow, ice and cold as possible : a summer garden shed. Get it here :


With many material zones so you can turn it into anyithing you want.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:51AM Sun, 05 February 2012  · @3892203

Content Advisory! Nudity advisory.

Oh, and of course you want to see that new character in close-up, preferably without the pesky well-positioned arm you perv...errr audience. She's available at both Sharecg and Renderosity freestuff sections. Her name ? Guess, there is a hint.


  stronghands07    ( ) ( posted at 5:25PM Mon, 13 February 2012  · @3895103

Ohhhhh...she's a hottie.  :D


Excellent freebies too.  :D

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:44PM Mon, 13 February 2012  · @3895113

Ah, a new errr ... face in this forgotten corner of the Poser Universe.

You think so, about being a "hottie" I mean ? The creator does a thorough job, not only modifying her face but also her body, which actually sometimes makes it difficult to fit clothing on these characters. Which actually isn't a problem at all.


  stronghands07    ( ) ( posted at 6:54AM Tue, 14 February 2012  · @3895223

Wow, that's a great compliment to her creator, one that I'm sure he doesn't take lightly.


I think one benefit to having to fit clothing, taking special pain to do so, is that the scene composer/renderer gets to spend more time appreciating her subtle nuances.


Or maybe not.  LOL

  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 9:22AM Sun, 26 February 2012  · @3899696

You really have some great items here.  Nice work.

What are you working on now?


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:06AM Sun, 26 February 2012  · @3899710

Right now ? A building that only existed for about 35 years, (de-)construction included. And only functioned for about 14 years. 

It is more interesting as a historical piece than as a freebie since you only get the 1970s dull exterior. Though with its real-life lenght of about 180 meters it is an ideal background-filler.

When it functioned it was at the same time parliament, bowling alley, discotheque, art gallery and large evenement hall (concerts, party meetings, congresses, circus acts, etc ...)  provided with the necessary food and drink establishments.

My freebie will not be an exact copy, but close.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:19PM Sun, 04 March 2012  · @3902415

A render of the well-guarded unfinished model.

  Alisa    ( ) ( posted at 5:52PM Sun, 04 March 2012  · @3902571



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:05PM Mon, 19 March 2012  · @3908314

Content Advisory! Nudity advisory.

The Palast is (another) long-term development, in order to keep you amused meanwhile there is the


Used to be written as BITCH BAR first but they caught that mistake in time. 

Located on some tropical sunny beach, which is always a good excuse for some gratuitious nudity.

Render above : preparing for the tourist season, touching up the paint ...

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:09PM Mon, 19 March 2012  · @3908317

Render above : a better view. You may notice that this building is based on a previous download, the Summer Garden Shed.

  stronghands07    ( ) ( posted at 11:49AM Wed, 21 March 2012  · @3908952



Lov the dress code at that beach too.  :D

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 12:16PM Wed, 21 March 2012  · @3908969

It's the usual dress code at most European beaches (the weather permitting). The other beaches are nude beaches.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:35PM Mon, 25 June 2012  · @3948860

** 2 months later **

Being banned from one the most important forums for your hobby is not exactly boosting productivity of freebies.

And actually at first this model was not meant for public release. It was only a 3D presentation of planned refurbishing. I decided to complete it for freebie release to make my deprived fanbase happy.

So the "Logistics Centre" really exists though in reality is only a corner of a much larger building. The interior is detailed with a counter and back offices in the lower part and a smaller reception and larger storage hall in the taller part. That's how it looks today, before refurbishing.

Vehicles and figures not included of course. 


  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 7:40PM Mon, 25 June 2012  · @3948863

Great looking model, Darth.

[The other forum is a mess, you are better off here.]

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:55PM Mon, 25 June 2012  · @3948884

If only they had replaced the Forum Admin too, that could only be an improvement. He is the only one to blame for the fact that my "3 months" ban is now lasting over a year.

  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 8:22PM Mon, 25 June 2012  · @3948899

Have you contacted anyone?  Would it help?

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:05PM Mon, 25 June 2012  · @3948906

It goes like this :

After sitting out the ban-period your posting rights are not automatically restored. Instead you first have to contact the Forum Admin with a humble plea to restore your posting rights. The more self-humiliating "mea culpa" (it's all my fault) the better.  The answer I got was "it would be considered". Apparently they are still considering.

When the new forum was finally fully (?) functioning I found out I could post again.  I opened a new thread about my freebies with 6 posts of my own. When I wanted to return to that thread I couldn't find it anymore. I blamed it on the "functioning" of the new forum. Until I noticed I couldn't post anymore either.

That's what you get with a Forum Admin governing the place as his little kingdom with little or no supervision from his superiors, as was confirmed by his former CEO, Dan Farr.

I have now contacted their technical support to ask why I can't post. Flanking attack, according to The Art of War.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:28AM Tue, 26 June 2012  · @3949172

Interior shot with Layout as in reality, minus a few details. The 2 windows towards the loading bay are a result of earlier refurbishments, not everything was built at the same time.


  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 11:31AM Tue, 26 June 2012  · @3949174

Excellent!  What modeling program do you use?

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:04PM Tue, 26 June 2012  · @3949244

I use an ordinary "home construction" type of program. Though never intended to go further than the ordinary home it has some useful utilities such as exact measurements, a simple modeller or the ability to manipulate textures.

Here it is :


In a good position near Viper's "Lingeries" which everybody will be downloading ...

A few hints :

  • For  a few parts I used a chrome shader, originally intended for vehicles. Could be useful somewhere else ...

  • as in reality don't use vehicles with a combustion engine inside the building !  All tractors and forklifts should run on electrics.

  • some of the doors are individually mapped. Handy when you want to put signs on them.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:36AM Thu, 28 June 2012  · @3949959

Here is a Google image of the real building, what has been modelled is in the red square.

Not even 20 years old (with several refurbishments and add-ons)  this place is soon to be abandoned for a totally new centre.

  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 7:29AM Thu, 28 June 2012  · @3949974

What is next for us?

It is a shame about the above being abandoned.  What else is in there?

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:27AM Thu, 28 June 2012  · @3950016

What else is in there?

It's a Bpost (Belgian Post) sorting centre. Within the green square is the former train hall and the empty plot where once tracks were running.

What is next for us?

Since I'm returning to Berlin later this year, probably the East-German post office already mentioned earlier on this page. And then work continues at my other East-German projects, the Fernsehturm and Palast der Republik, also already mentioned.



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 2:56AM Sat, 30 June 2012  · @3950596

And next will be the aforementioned East-German post office. This should be the definitive version.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:16AM Sat, 30 June 2012  · @3950621

The post office is now open for business, don't get in trouble with "Abteilung 12" though :


  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 8:05AM Sat, 30 June 2012  · @3950635

Congradulations.  One more down, and hundreds left to model.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:43PM Sat, 30 June 2012  · @3950842

HUNDREDS ??? When it's summer and I've got more interesting things to do, see render above ? I'm gonna call my union representative !


This render was actually meant to participate in the monthly Freebie Render Challenge at DAZ, which of course is still impossible.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:52PM Mon, 02 July 2012  · @3951964


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