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Discussion in 'Civ3 - Creation & Customization' started by rifleman, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. rifleman

    rifleman Varangian Guard

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    My First Unit - Varangian Guard

    I've been learning how to make units in my spare time for a little while now, reading the tutorials and tips from Utah, Kinboat and others, and learning how to make props from Bjornlo, Plotinus and others. But while I've made a bunch of models, I haven't found the time to animate anything - until now.

    The Varangian Guards of Constantinople are some the best warriors from history, so they seemed like the best place to start. Here's a preview -



    What do you think? The model is pretty much done, but it's taking me a while to work through each animation. Any suggestions? questions?
     
  2. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Looks great :)

    Hope you will be making more byzantine units ;)
     
  3. rifleman

    rifleman Varangian Guard

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    You can count on it Varwnos ;)

    I'm on a bit of a Justinian kick right now, but Basil's is one of my favorite periods.
     
  4. Ares de Borg

    Ares de Borg Norman Knight

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    Nice, a guy just like you and me... ;)
     
  5. Stormrage

    Stormrage Ever Present Taskmaster

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    Sweet! I like it!
     
  6. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

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    It looks excellent - I'll certainly use it. :goodjob:

    -Oz
     
  7. Sandris

    Sandris Rise and Rule

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    I like him. :)

    Could you post an image of how does he look at civ-scale ?
     
  8. rifleman

    rifleman Varangian Guard

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    Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

    Sure, I'm still working on the animations, but I put this preview together ;) -

     
  9. Sword_Of_Geddon

    Sword_Of_Geddon Mysterious Jungle Warrior

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    Remember don't hesitate to use the animation libruary if you can't get your own animations down pat. I can't get a sword to swing good for the life of me so I use Mosca's animations he uploaded for example. But wanting to make your own animations is an admirable goal.
     
  10. Sandris

    Sandris Rise and Rule

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    I like how does he look and wait for him to be released very soon. :p
     
  11. Stormrage

    Stormrage Ever Present Taskmaster

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    Um, Mosca? Swords? Where? :hmm:
     
  12. Plotinus

    Plotinus Philosopher Administrator

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    He looks great, but it's hard to offer general comments on how to animate him, since you probably know what an axe swing looks like. If you don't, I'm sure it's possible to find clips of such things on YouTube or elsewhere. One good tip for animating this sort of thing is just to pick up a broom or something and try it yourself. This should give you a good idea of how the body moves in such an action - not simply the arms but the torso, feet, and so on too.

    If that's a two-handed axe, bear in mind that two-handed weapons are harder to animate than one-handed ones. There's a trick to parenting one hand to the weapon so that you only move one arm and the other moves automatically with it; let me know if you need info on this.
     
  13. Yoda Power

    Yoda Power ✫✫✫✫✫✫✫

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    This looks as it can be a very nice first unit. Can't wait to see it finished. :thumbsup:
     
  14. embryodead

    embryodead Caliph

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    Love the detail on this guy. And see, your chainmail texture is the best yet ;)
     
  15. rifleman

    rifleman Varangian Guard

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    Thanks everybody, and thanks Embryo, I appreciate that.

    Yeah I've noticed how hard it's been to get two handed swings right - even Kinboat didn't do it with his Landsknecht - but I'm determined to do it
     
  16. aaglo

    aaglo Furioso!

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    The chainmail-shirt looks great :thumbsup:
     
  17. Sandris

    Sandris Rise and Rule

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    For the swing attack you could use CamJH` animations with some modifications. :)
     
  18. againsttheflow

    againsttheflow unpolitically uncorrect

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    When do you start taking requests? :p
     
  19. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

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    Hopefully after he adds Civ color to his medieval Slav units. :D

    -Oz
     
  20. Quinzy

    Quinzy Chieftain

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    Ozzy, I think he meant Rifleman ;)

    This guy looks great! :D
     

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