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Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:11 am

I spent a few hours, playing with different apps I have, doing various draft models of the Free Trader. It will be a lo-res model when completed. Something that I don't want to spend more than a couple days on. Which meant Hexagon would be used. Ha!

Amapi Pro is great at NURBS. But it is a terrible box-modeler, which I was finding worked better for this kind of object. I had forgotten that Hexagon does boolean cutting, which speeds up the modeling process as well. I'm hoping I don't have to do too much clean-up work on the mesh, once I'm done cutting chunks out of it.

Because I'm old-school, when it comes to modeling Traveller ships, I tend to use only the first drawing made of a ship for reference. I have no idea what the back or bottom of the Free Trader looks like, because there is only the one image of it in The Traveller Book hardcover on page 64. Maybe I have some notes that I took about that back in the day still. Otherwise, creative license as usual.

Like all models I make, this one will also be done by eyeballing things. No tracing.

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Re: Free Trader

Postby paltrysum » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:15 pm

Looking good so far! Are we going to be able to make miniatures out of your work? :wink:
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:51 pm

paltrysum wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:15 pm
Looking good so far! Are we going to be able to make miniatures out of your work? :wink:
Nope. Just rendered shots for my players to look over, to get an idea of how my Traveller will look to them.

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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:51 am

Still more details to add first before space renders appear.

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Re: Free Trader

Postby fireyphoenix22 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:16 pm

Hey Shawn, does your program you are using, estimate the projected volume of the models interior? Not so much a bounding box.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:39 pm

fireyphoenix22 wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:16 pm
Hey Shawn, does your program you are using, estimate the projected volume of the models interior? Not so much a bounding box.
It just marks the 3-axis lengths. No calculations beyond that.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby fireyphoenix22 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:25 pm

Hey Shawn, thanks answering my question, i love what your doing, i cant wait till its done.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:51 am

The mesh is done. I just need to paint it now.

Ignore the camo paint. I'm just trying out different scratch/burn/pit marks I might use.

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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:07 am

What a piece of junk!

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Maybe the players will find this long-abandoned ship, and work on restoring it. Maybe even discover a story that once belonged to it. Probably worth more as scrap though.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby AndrewW » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:11 pm

ShawnDriscoll wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:07 am
What a piece of junk!
But can it make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs?
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Re: Free Trader

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:10 am

In twelve parts per sector.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:46 pm

Video of some painting being done so far. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB5-_ruvSPY
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Re: Free Trader

Postby steve98052 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:54 pm

I'd call the projections on the sides fuel scoops, not ramjets.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:52 pm

I don't know yet if this ship will have fuel processing or not. I know it won't have any vehicles hidden in it, like most players like to do with their Type-As.

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Re: Free Trader

Postby paltrysum » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:17 am

Coming along nicely. I love the distressed effects. Any chance you'll do a Voidskipper paint job? I'm planning to continue using the free trader from "Last Flight of the Amuar," in an adventure I call "Iron Spine" that I intend to publish here. A credited image and all the fame and fortune that goes along with it will be yours. :D
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Re: Free Trader

Postby mancerbear » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:25 am

I wish I had this skill
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:11 am

paltrysum wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:17 am
Any chance you'll do a Voidskipper paint job?
What is a Voidskipper paint job?

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Re: Free Trader

Postby paltrysum » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:41 pm

ShawnDriscoll wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:11 am
paltrysum wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:17 am
Any chance you'll do a Voidskipper paint job?
What is a Voidskipper paint job?
Hopefully I'm not breaking Mongoose rules by posting this screenshot:

https://ibb.co/bQDBa5
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Re: Free Trader

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:04 pm

I see.

There's already a ship painted that way. And it has that name, even. It wouldn't make sense for two ships to both have the same custom paint job in the TU.
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Re: Free Trader

Postby fireyphoenix22 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:52 am

ShawnDriscoll wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:39 pm
fireyphoenix22 wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:16 pm
Hey Shawn, does your program you are using, estimate the projected volume of the models interior? Not so much a bounding box.
It just marks the 3-axis lengths. No calculations beyond that.
could you give us those dimensions in meters, please.

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