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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 6:01PM Thu, 23 August 2012  · @3977261

The shop front. Tomorrow we'll see its possibilities.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 6:10PM Thu, 23 August 2012  · @3977264

Awesome! That looks great Darth :thumbup:

  thishumblemosquito    ( ) ( posted at 5:52AM Fri, 24 August 2012  · @3977426

Oooh lala! This will make a nice addition to my hoard.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:09AM Sat, 25 August 2012  · @3978122

Tomorrow is always the day after today.

I've changed a few things meanwhile.

Though not meant as such the shop can be used as a full building. For this reason there is a first floor.

The shop is divided into 3 compartments, allowing you to keep it small (3.50 m deep), medium (7.00 m deep) or large (10.50 m deep). Just make the unnecessary parts invisible. Or, as there are so many different material zones, first make everything invisble, then only colour the parts you need.

Every wall, floor, ceiling and roof has been prepared for seamless tiled textures. They all measure 3.50 m x 3.50 m (the program uses real-life measurements), which is also the exact size of the outer side wall segments (such as the bikini-clad one).

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 11:14AM Sat, 25 August 2012  · @3978126

Looking superb Darth! Sounds like it'll be a breeze to play around with textures on too... and all sorts of rendering possibilities there.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:18AM Sat, 25 August 2012  · @3978128

Invisibility demonstrated here ... and U-turning front part.

Note that all textures load upside-down, the conversion to 3DS is to blame for that.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:47PM Sun, 26 August 2012 · edited on 4:48PM Sun, 26 August 2012 · @3978512

And then there is another loose part, the window display. The 3 pannels and floor have exact matching textures, the rest is tiled.

Notice the brown access hatch.

  GeneralNutt    ( ) ( posted at 4:59PM Sun, 26 August 2012  · @3978514

Nice touch.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 5:18PM Sun, 26 August 2012  · @3978519

Ooooh! Excellent! Spendid stuff :biggrin:

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:00AM Tue, 28 August 2012  · @3979086

Nearly finished ...

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 1:47AM Tue, 28 August 2012  · @3979094

He he. Looking good with that window display box in place. Cool :thumbup:

  SamTherapy    ( ) ( posted at 2:51PM Sun, 02 September 2012  · @3981979

Daleks Invasion Earth, anyone?   The scene on the street with Bernard Cribbens?

Thanks, Darth.  Nice work. 

Coppula eam se non posit acceptera jocularum.

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  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:44PM Sun, 02 September 2012  · @3982007

The release of the shop front has been postponed because of another "job" : my office is being refurbished -the thorough way- and I am making a 3D model of the proposed new layout. As I suspected from the 2D plan : it doesn't look good.  Under non-disclosure for the moment but when all is revealed I'll show you some of the flaws.

The delay won't be long though.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 5:00PM Sun, 02 September 2012  · @3982041

Cool - thanks Darth :thumbup:

Looking forward to the shop, when you're able to do some more. Much appreciated :biggrin:

I'm being kept busy at present with trying to render a ridiculous quantity of Sam's Dalek figures in one scene...

  SamTherapy    ( ) ( posted at 2:53PM Wed, 05 September 2012  · @3983552

Quote - Cool - thanks Darth :thumbup:

Looking forward to the shop, when you're able to do some more. Much appreciated :biggrin:

I'm being kept busy at present with trying to render a ridiculous quantity of Sam's Dalek figures in one scene...


@ Darth - no problem, it's worth the wait. 

Coppula eam se non posit acceptera jocularum.

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  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 2:39PM Thu, 06 September 2012  · @3983974

Above render shows a lesser fine example of interior design included in the Masterplan for our New Office.

The new entrance door - once a window with a central heating unit in front of it -  opens straight onto one of the counters. That counter will be continuously submitted to a chilling draft, outside on the loading bay the average temperature during winter is about 5°C - 10°C.

Also an incoming customer will notice that counter first and head straight for it, while he/she should go to the waiting space until being called.

Not to mention the uncareful customer whom just barges in and bumps straight into the customer that happens to be standing at that counter.

See my "Logistics Centre" download for an overview

Does anybody in the construction business know how long it takes to refurbish an office ? Including moving out the furniture (among which 2 pieces weighing about 400 kg each ) and computers, demolishing board walls, breaking out brick walls for 2 doors, removing a heavy airco unit, then constructing new doors and board walls, laying electric wiring for our computers. Installing those computers (hard and software). I'm not even undisclosing safety measurements. How long ? Because here as this refurbishment cannot interrupt our daily operations from monday to friday they should be able to do all that in just 2 days, during the weekend.

Just a few weeks ago simply installing Windows 7 software already took several days.

But we can work it out !

Or not.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:05AM Sat, 08 September 2012  · @3984591

As we always stay on topic in this thread : this whole refurbishment -business may result in a few freebies, as I have to create some custom-build furniture. I guess you always wanted a postal sorting table in your runtime.

The desk above is another example. Wood texture from a "live" specimen.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 11:27AM Sat, 08 September 2012  · @3984598

Cool 😉

Yup - 2 days sounds optimistic eh? Suppose if they throw enough guys at it and manage them really well... :rolleyes:

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:59AM Sat, 08 September 2012  · @3984613

Enough guys ? A whole army-sized underpaid Polish workforce you mean.

The wiring (electricity, phones, computers, counter-ATM's, etc ...)  is an electrician"s nightmare : installed by different companies, nobody knows the full picture. Repairing something usually already takes days before they find the right wire(s) and/or cable(s).

The worst part : in maximum 4 years we move out to new premises. But they have to install new open counters because it's part of our "modernised" image.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 1:31PM Sat, 08 September 2012  · @3984650

The phrase "logistical nightmare" springs to mind! Good luck! :rolleyes:

I've just had a room refurbishment at my work take 6 months! There were various comications... I mean complications, stupid type ahead... He he... but I'd rather not think about all that right now :lol:

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 1:32PM Sat, 08 September 2012  · @3984651

Looks like we'll all get some good models out of it though 😉

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:46PM Sat, 08 September 2012  · @3984751

A close-up of a holed sorting table, forged in solid steel a long time ago. Colour sample in traditional "Administration Grey" taken from a live specimen.

As the name implicates the most common use is for sorting mail in a post office.  All mail collected during the day (postboxes, customers,...) is tossed out on this table, followed by a basic sorting and control of postage. Ah, taxing mail with insufficient postage, that was the funny part of the job. But we don't do that anymore.

 "And though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all. Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall."




  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 4:00AM Mon, 17 September 2012  · @3987752

Wooohooo! :thumbupboth:

Downloaded... can't wait to start playing with this one!

Many thanks for making such a great looking and versatile model :biggrin:

  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 8:17AM Mon, 17 September 2012  · @3987810

Very nice, Darth.  Thank you.

  Alisa    ( ) ( posted at 12:39PM Mon, 17 September 2012  · @3988001



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:28PM Mon, 17 September 2012 · edited on 5:32PM Mon, 17 September 2012 · @3988118

Content Advisory! Nudity advisory.

Here in Europe you can tell summer is ending : the weather is getting better.

And for this fading summer I have a last summer themed freebie !

It's located at the Belgian coast and its name commemorates a battle ...

Guess ! Guess !

  cherokee69    ( ) ( posted at 7:13PM Mon, 17 September 2012  · @3988136

Quote - Here in Europe you can tell summer is ending : the weather is getting better.

And for this fading summer I have a last summer themed freebie !

It's located at the Belgian coast and its name commemorates a battle ...

Guess ! Guess !


Battle of the Bulge

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:01PM Mon, 17 September 2012  · @3988145

The battle of the Bulge was fought :

a) in the Ardennes, on the other side of the country.

b) during winter.

Despite the many battles being fought on Belgian soil, some (in)famous and some forgotten, this battle wasn't. And besides the name this little building (visible in my render if you can take your eyes of the quadruplets) has nothing to do with that battle.

So it wasn't "Waterloo" either.

Guess ! Guess !

  SamTherapy    ( ) ( posted at 9:02PM Mon, 17 September 2012  · @3988185

Thank you!  The shop front is groovy.  Battle?  I ain't a scooby.

Coppula eam se non posit acceptera jocularum.

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  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 4:39PM Thu, 20 September 2012  · @3989417

Aargh... I feel like I should know the answer. But not a scooby doo either... been racking my brains every now and then the last couple of days.

Never been to Belgium and I'm pretty poor on geography... and history... truth be told, unless I have a starting point of reference and research material (e.g. Google) on my side. He he.

So why I think I should know the answer... I don't know. I'm bloody awful on both those subjects in any sort of pub quiz, etc :laugh:

Oh well... I will await someone else guessing... or Darth revealing the answer... and then either kick myself or take comfort from the answer being obscure 😄

Meantime, having fun playing with that shopfront just now, whilst waiting for my september Poser forum comp entry to hopefully finish rendering...


  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 4:52PM Thu, 20 September 2012  · @3989426


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:58PM Thu, 20 September 2012  · @3989429

A hint : the British lost this battle and neither French, Germans, Americans, Natives or other British were the opponents.

Please guess before winter, the Quadruplettes are getting chilly out there.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:02PM Thu, 20 September 2012 · edited on 5:06PM Thu, 20 September 2012 · @3989435

Passchendaele ?  Could have been, not so far from the coast, but no.

We only got about 60 km of coastline, and even less km's of dunes ... oh that's a hint.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 5:21PM Thu, 20 September 2012  · @3989442

Fort Napoleon, Oostende?

Just a wild, Google inspired guess there 😉

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 5:24PM Thu, 20 September 2012  · @3989443

Ah, no... is it a lookout point pavilion, called "Spioenkop"?

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:51PM Thu, 20 September 2012  · @3989459

Yes, you got it.

Most people would think that the name "Spion-kop" or "Spy-head" refers to the former function of the high dune on which the pavillon is standing as an outlook-post for several armies and customs services.

The actual building is the third version dating from 1955 and built in solid concrete. The 2 previous ones (in wood) were destroyed by German troops in WWI and WWII. This part of the Belgian coast is still popular with German tourists though they don't cause as much destruction nowadays.

Is it already 39 years ago that I spend my holidays there ? Gawwwd ....

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 6:06PM Thu, 20 September 2012 · edited on 6:06PM Thu, 20 September 2012 · @3989463

Yay! Ha ha... well I've learnt some new history and geography, so thanks...

...will look forward to the model of it! :thumbup:

39 years... he he... well, that is in fact my age, to the nearest day, as of six odd minutes ago... and I can't believe that, quite frankly 😉

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:35PM Fri, 21 September 2012  · @3989748

This comic cover contains an idea for a possible future freebie, still coastal-themed.

Is your Google-fu strong today ? 

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 5:03PM Sun, 23 September 2012  · @3990432

I'm guessing... using my Google-fu... that the church shown in the background of that comic cover is "The Church of Our Lady" in Damme, West Flanders?

Is that it?


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 6:20PM Sun, 23 September 2012  · @3990467

Google-Fu strong today.

Now disciple guess why I call church "coastal themed" and not village (once a harbour).

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:59PM Mon, 24 September 2012  · @3990836

Sharecg sent me an Open Letter today : despite the annoying flashing banners and adverts they are still losing money. So their new Master-Businessplan under consideration is to let members pay, 9.90$/year.

So I would have to pay to provide you with freebies which would be one step too far. Moving my freebies to Renderosity would be the only solution though this means far less freedom.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 6:10PM Mon, 24 September 2012  · @3990841

Google-Fu low today  ?

Ok then, 

The church of Damme is a "flat-top". In Belgium this type of church is almost unique to the coastal region. On these flat tops fires were lit to guide the fishing boats and as such they were the first lighthouses.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 4:09PM Tue, 25 September 2012  · @3991357

Ah, I see... oh well, I'd got nowhere near that answer... my Google-fu was indeed on a low eb...

That is a fascinating fact indeed! That church will definitely be a cool model to do :thumbup:

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:55PM Tue, 25 September 2012  · @3991385

ONLY the tower (sometimes I like to make things easier for myself) IF I can find out how to do it and IF Poser can take it. Because of Poser memory limitations I already had to scrap an odd building that spans both a large bunker and a street. Yes, it really exists.

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 5:03PM Tue, 25 September 2012  · @3991389

He he... ah, that's fair enough... the tower by itself would make for a very nice Poser building I reckon 😉

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 12:30PM Sat, 29 September 2012  · @3993382

The tower is still a far, far away concept.

Meanwhile Spioenkop remains to be released ...

... and then a muze came flying in ...


...  and of course ...


... nevertheless resulting in the INFODESK above ...

  Alisa    ( ) ( posted at 11:50AM Fri, 05 October 2012  · @3996094



  foxylady1    ( ) ( posted at 11:52AM Fri, 05 October 2012  · @3996095

Thank you!

  monkeycloud    ( ) ( posted at 10:04AM Tue, 09 October 2012 · edited on 10:04AM Tue, 09 October 2012 · @3997380

Excellent! Thanks again Darth 😄

I'm still working on a scene with the Shop Front in it, indeed. Ready to render soon I hope...

...the reception desk looks great!

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:25AM Tue, 09 October 2012  · @3997403

* " ...the reception desk looks great! "*

Either it's uploaded within the next 5 days - which is somewhat short considering that I want to include a few poses for Miki 2 or 4  - or you'll have to wait a while longer. Clues about "why" and "where" in render above.

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