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Marc Wakefield

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  1. Hey Guys! I am backing an interesting project on Kickstarter at the moment. (I am getting a little addicted) ;-) The project in question is a device called the Cmoar: a VR AR Headset which uses an Android phone to work. (Yeah I hear ya - there are loads of these out there already, Google Cardboard, Vrase, Opendive, etc) The difference here is that this device doesn't only do AR and VR with Side By Side displayed images, it also has a 2D lens (part of a set of interchangeable lenses offering VR and AR) which gives the wearer the feeling of viewing their content on a massive 125" screen. It can also be linked to a PC or console for 60fps streaming of content (provided you have an Nvidia GTX card) which means you could potentially model, design & sculpt on a giant screen! Everything around you is blacked out which completely immerses you in your work. Anyway, I thought this might be of interest to some other designers, sculptors, architects, game developers and modelers out there as I think Cmoar could have great potential - (and I really want one!) The product can be had for just £60 GBP / $100 USD. They only have 8 days to go and they are currently at £24,000 of their £60,000 goal. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/706938033/cmoar-personal-smartphone-viewer
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    Who uses Blender here at the 3DC forums

    I absolutely love Blender now and use it as my 'go to' poly modelling and rendering suite. I have tried loads of other tools, spent a lot of time with Carrara and dabbled in Blender many, many times over the years, often running away disgusted at its annoying UI. Things changed around six months ago. I gave it another go and for some reason, I just 'got it' this time. Now I actually prefer using it over anything else. It all just seems easier and quicker to get things done now plus it has some fantastic plugins. Anyone interested in interactive 3D Webgl geared to Artists needs to check out Blend4Web. Even if you model / texture everything elsewhere and then bring it in to Blender with Blend4Web to finish your scene and export to WebGL it is still a really nice solution. I also recently had to model and render a multi-layered fibre optic cable snaking from background to foreground for a client. I did the initial mock-up in 3D Coat, modeled a lower poly version using splines in Blender then rendered with cycles. The process was very quick and painless with great results.
  3. It's only £60 Beat. I think I'll chance it. I would probably mainly use it for games anyway. I am bit of a sucker for shiny new gadgets.
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    Mixamo Fuse on Steam at 50% off

    It looks like there are some massive improvements coming to Fuse and it may be worth reconsidering. 1.1 was a definite improvement and 1.2 looks like it will add more customization and address a load of other issues. I brought a Fuse exported obj into 3D Coat for texturing / normal detail work and it worked really well.
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    Mixamo Fuse on Steam at 50% off

    Hey people, Just a quick 'heads up' for anyone who may be interested. Mixamo have released a character creation program called Fuse on Steam and it looks pretty interesting. Could be good for quickly creating unique base characters to bring in to 3D Coat and finish before uploading for rigging at Mixamo.com (or in your 3D package of choice). As a fuse user, you get 1 free autorig a week at Mixamo so it could be a sweet deal for some of us. http://store.steampowered.com/app/257400/?snr=1_4_4__106 What are your thoughts? It is 50% off until the 14th of November.
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    7th Challenge - Insanely Powerful HandGun

    Well done Allexr! There were some great entries in this challenge but you also got my vote for your unique concept and skillful execution.
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    7th Challenge - Insanely Powerful HandGun

    That is fantastic Allexr! So much detail and a very unique concept. Well done!
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    Challenges feedback thread

    I always 'want' to participate but time always seems to be an issue as there are also so many other things I want to do. Running two businesses, having a wife and two young sons means the only real time I have for personal / fun / diversions is from around 8pm in the evening onwards. I was surprised at the falling numbers too but I think it is also that people are in similar situations. The theme doesn't matter too much as it is all good practice but I am more inclined to partake in organic / anatomy / monster / alien challenges cause they are the most fun.
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    Thank you guys. I only just saw this. I will try much harder next time ;-)
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    FINAL - Late (it is 8:52 am here) but I am calling it done even though she requires a lot more work. Good luck to the guys that made the deadline.
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    Drat! Missed another one by a whisker! Pesky migraine!
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    Thanks Javis. Haha, Sharkat looks cool and very mischievous.
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    The result of my sculpting session this evening. Did anyone catch the stream? Do we have until midnight tonight?
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    Woah this is weird. Anyone watching?
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    Hi Guys, Just setting up my twitch tv stream: http://www.twitch.tv/mrmdesign I should be sculpting and streaming very soon.
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    I am on this tonight! I will not miss another deadline! ;-) I am starting from scratch with a new concept (spider woman / thing) and may do a screencast (or record my sculpt).
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    Budget 3d Coat Laptop?

    I bought a Lenovo Y580 HD version to use as my portable 3D machine. It has a GTX 660 and an i7 processor and works really well with 3D Coat. It also boots up amazingly fast. It also handles games well and I get good performance from Unreal Engine 4 with it too. The only downside is the battery life. I have to keep it connected to the mains at all times.
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    I am going to revisit an old idea; The Braindeer : A festive Christmas beast made out of a Turkey and a Reindeer.
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    6th Challenge - Chimera Bust

    Yes! Mutants!
  20. Hey 3d coaters! Have any of you heard of the Makibox by Makible? It is a new-ish 3D Printer currently available to buy at a very reasonable price. Here is a link: Makibox I may just have to get one. They are only $200 for the cheapest version and $400 for the most expensive version. It really cound bring 3D printing to the masses. As someone who has used 3D Coat for 3D printing the idea of printing my models in my own office is very apealling to me. I will let you know if I get one and will post the results. Anyone else thinking of jumping on the bandwagon with me? Maybe you already have a 3D printer....
  21. Very well done! This thread makes very interesting reading and I can imagine how frustrated you must have got at many points in the process. You stuck with it though and came through with an amazingly accurate reproduction that really improves on the original. I also can't wait to see some action poses and facial expressions. Although facial rigging can be a complete bitch.
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    Kain GlyphX model full Recreation resized 2

    Excellent work! As a massive fan of the Legacy of Kain / Soul Raver games this is like candy for my eyes. You have done an amazing job!
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    3D Printing and my experience with it

    Brilliant. Thanks Steve, will do.
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