What happened to the AT-ST you may be asking?! Well, it’s sitting on the back burner and I will return to it at some point. Until then, I’ve been working on a new 3D model- the TIE Interceptor. Fans of the TIE series will remember this craft from Return of the Jedi where it made its first appearance.
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I'm nearly there. I feel like I keep saying that- but the rear end is finally complete and work has started on the top hatch. It's hard to gauge exactly how much work is left, somewhere between 1/3 and a 1/4 is finished on the hatch. But either way it likely won't be too much longer before I finish up.
So I managed to sneak in a few minutes of work this morning, which brings this model tantalizingly close to actually being finished. But lets take a look at what happened in this last edit.
Unfortunatly, this morning I only had a little time to work on the model. So I can't claim it's finished yet, though I am slowly creeping my way closer and closer. Probably the most notable difference would be the red engine glow I added.
I'm getting real close to being finished with this TIE Fighter and I couldn't be more excited. It's been a fun ride, but it'll be nice to work on something new. As to what that'll be- who knows! Today's work involved a lot of detailing on the full front of the cockpit, the back and some color variation.
Since the previous update, I've managed to finish off the bottom of the cockpit. Which from what I've gathered may work as a bit of a maintenance hatch of sorts. As a result, the model has been constructed in that if I needed to open and flesh out that area- I could in the future. For now, this will be a strictly exterior shot vehicle.
It has certainly been a while, but I'm happy to say I've been able to put in a few hours of work lately into the long overdue TIE Fighter. While the progress has been minimal as of late, I can say I'm certainly excited to revive this project, in hopes of finally finishing it off in the near future.
Things are really starting to take shape here. To start, the storyboard is 100% complete along with prop inventory and a clear understanding of expenses. With a budget of $300 I feel fairly confident I can get any additional supplies I might need (perks of making props for years).
It may not seem like it at first, but I've made some serious progress on the TIE Fighter. First off, there's a cockpit, or least the shell of one. The arms are now fully complete and are only missing a couple details that will tie it together with the cockpit itself; which is why I'm holding off for now.
It's been a busy weekend with Friendsgiving and such, but I have managed to steal some time to finish up the entire central structure of the TIE Fighter wing! Very happy with the way the model is progressing. There is only a small amount of details remaining on the wing 'spokes' which I'll finish up tomorrow and then I can finally start working on the central cockpit.
It may not seem like much progress was made since yesterday's update. But in fact I managed to replace the black panels, correcting the issues I was facing previously. They look pretty sharp now!
I've made some real progress tonight, having finally managed to reach the lower level of the platform. The going is about to get a little tougher though, as it appears the model used in the film has four unique panel sections, which means no more mirroring my actions for the time being. Not the biggest issue, but it'll slow me down for sure.
I have a photoshoot this evening so I figure I won't be able to work on this tonight. However, I did manage to finish the panels and continue the work on the central section.
I've made some real progress on the wing, but I was still being held up by the sense of scale. It's hard enough building something that really only serves whatever purpose your mind gives it (is that a small motor or is that a battery?). But when you loose a sense of scale too, that's where the trouble starts to creep in.
It's finally starting to take some shape. It's been pretty interesting working with all these geometric shapes- which has really helped with the speed of this build. I unfortunately didn't get to work on this project much tonight, but I still got a change to flesh out some of the smaller details as you may note.
It's been a while since I've worked on anything in 3D and I've been feeling inspired by the Star Wars Episode VII trailers. Confused what this is? It should reveal itself pretty quickly in the coming updates.