Friday, April 27, 2012

Coming to a 3D handheld-console near you

So I just opened up Google Chrome and was checking the good ol' BlenderNation news feed on, when I saw this:

...just to explain just how epicly awesome this is to me, consider this following sentence.   My discovery of The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time and other Nintendo games has very probably led to me doing what I'm doing now - being a total Blenderhead.  And now my one great passion/interest being (in a way) ported to a Nintendo system is something I was not expecting at all.  I seriously grew up with an NES and N64, and Nintendo's games remain my all-time favourites.
Not to mention it's coming to the 3DS, which is an amazing piece of tech - even though I can't say I've used it that much, I've completed Ocarina of Time 3D and the amount of detail and the quality of the graphics, not to mention the amazing 3D effect (galloping across Hyrule Field or fighting the King of Evil, Ganondorf, was even more epic than in the original, which was over 9000% pure epicness) was simply stunning.

...I'm really, really happy right now :D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

All the geeky, geeky things...

So, I haz moar updatez for youz :D

First off, the Audi A5 Coupe.  To be perfectly honest, I haven't worked on it since I rendered that last WIP update, the model turntable.  I've been much busier with setting up Linux Mint (more on that later) and a bunch of other things like Minecraft, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Gran Turismo 5 :P  I'm planning on getting back to it this week, so keep an eye out (...gross) for those updates :D

So...From Freedom came Elegance, and from Linux Mint 12 came headaches and over six re-installations.  To be fair though, I love the interface and how the menus and so on work in Mint 12, and oddly enough it feels a bit more professional than Windows 7.  Maybe it's the absence of a few graphical flourishes Win7 uses, or maybe it's just that I'm expecting a Linux distro (aka distribution package/version) to be more professional since it's what they use over at the Blender Foundation in Amsterdam.  Who knows?
Anyway, about those multiple installations... they're all due to FAILs on my part.  Half of those fails were due to my crappy disk-partition management - deleting partitions that had the GRUB loader (what asks you which OS you want to use when you start up your computer) and therefore, I got GRUB errors that I couldn't fix by any method except re-installing everything.  So yesterday I finally got all my disk-partitions setup properly and Linux Mint 12 installed, updates installed and Nvidia GeForce GT520 drivers also installed - which means I also have my two screens setup awesomely.  I'll post a picture of my setup sometime :)
I'm still in the process of installing my essential programs, but hopefully I'll soon be regularly switching between Mint 12 and Win7 to do all my work :D

Yumm, minty chrome...

Two gaming-related updates too!  Yesterday I finally got my hands on...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Project - 2012 Audi A5 Coupe

Hey Blender-heads!

So, about a week or two back I started working on a new model - a 2012 Audi A5 Coupe.  Yes, it's another German car.  What can I say?  I like German car designs...and most European designs, actually (most of the cars I have in Gran Turismo 5 on PS3 are European)

So far, I haven't even mentioned this project over on BlenderArtists - I'm trying to go it alone on this one and see if I can avoid any nuclear detonations of problematic-ness, but I might just start a thread over there a bit later in the process, I don't know yet.
Anyway, here come the snapshots:

WIP #01 - Outlining important topological features

WIP #02 - Some completed panels with slightly messy topology.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just a quick post

Hello World!

So, this is just a quick post to prove I'm still alive*, and I just wanted to mention that I'll be posting some new project snapshots tonight or tomorrow - I've begun working on a model of a 2012 Audi A5 Coupe :D  So yeah, I'll be posting a few WIPs tonight, as well as maybe talking about a few new things I tried out recently.

See ya later, Blender-heads!

* No, I'm not actually referencing the ending song from Portal ;)