Monthly Archives: March 2011

Vernimb reveals bum Shocker!

Posted: March 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm
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There I was doodling away recently on the back projection of a Vernimb when it dawned on me that I in order to preserve the correct detail I would have to draw a Vernimb bum! Bit saggy but it’s not real so none of that cosmetic meddling required here thank you..


That’s all for now, you can go…


Cannon Fodder disk box…

Posted: March 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm
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During a recent clear out and tidy up..hang about that reminds me does anyone remember that show that used to be on in the UK many moons ago called Stoppit & Tidy Up?? Narrated by Terry, oops Sir Terry Wogan? No?… oh OK…as I was saying I was in my garage doing some “conversion” work… Conversion being the conversion of old stuff from shabby cardboard box to clean solid weatherproof plastic cube thing (with lid!!) when I found a box of 3.5″ discs.(remember those?)
Wearing my techie geek hat as I often do when I find myself rummaging about in old boxes of tech, I often snap a pic or two of any notable finds along the way. I was happily snapping away (resisting at this point in the blog entry to type ‘as you do’) at lost treasures I’d forgotten I’d owned and came across this.

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I was on the radio I was.. last Friday to be precise @ 9pm..

Posted: March 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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So there I was last Friday having a cuppa tea when out of the blue at zero hour I read an email asking if I would like to be a guest on a football themed radio show called “Cafe Calcio” on London based Resonance 104.4 FM. The subject of discussion was ‘Games’ which for me meant only one thing,  Sensible Soccer!!!
What could I say??

I had a great time meeting the gang (in the pub) Chris Dixon, Chris Roberts and David Stubbs and fellow guest Daniel Tatarsky who’s knowledge of Subbuteo was mind blowing to say the least which is probably why he wrote a book about it. (Amazon linky here)

The music at the start doesn’t last too long so don’t do what my mum did and think you’re listening to the wrong podcast! ahh bless…


Not one to alarm but…

Posted: March 17, 2011 at 12:48 am
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I’ve been wrestling with Blender in an attempt to make a 3D version of a Vernimb Sentry this week. So far it is starting to look less like a deformed plum and more like a video game character.

Once he is done I can then proceed with the exciting bit , the animation!! Oh and of course creating a bona fide 3D Blobbit too.

The sketch to the right is the literal version I did for the book I’m writing. They’re a tad more serious than those seen in the game version that’s for sure. It’s exciting indeed!!

Original Vernimb
Sentry Sprite

 


Texturing phase 1 – 90% complete

Posted: March 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm
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Still a bit too clean to be accepted into the blobberhood but a few bits of dirt and grime should sort that out.. 🙂

Did I say that I really really like using Blender


Sketches of the teleport door and pad

Posted: March 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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Here we have two sketches… But not just any old sketches oh no oh no oh no… These are sketches of something that is in my book (yes that book!). These are sketches of a Blobbit repaired ‘Matter No Splatter’ transportation device. Usually these devices appear unbroken but sadly this one wasn’t so lucky. But all is not lost as our hero Blarold Blobbit has made good using some wood, a couple of metal shoes and a rivet gun.Wowsers!  Will it work? Hmmm that’s a good question… Only one way to find out and that’s to see it in action in Blobbit iDash. Yay!!
(Now I must go and finish texturing it in Blender, chie de chie my luvvies!!)


Oh joy of Joy Division…Texture Paint is jolly good.

Posted: March 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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I have discovered that the ‘Texture Paint‘ mode of Blender 2.5 is indeed rather awesome!! I’ve been playing with seams and one of the most frustrating things I’ve experienced is shading up a nice texture only to find that one of the seams doesn’t quite look right. But all is not lost, oh no!!  You see there’s this rather nifty (not heard that word for a whole,’nifty’ not ‘rather’) that lets lazy oiks like me paint directly onto the the model! Now it’s no Photoshop or Gimp but it does have a smooth and smear mode which is fine and dandy for smudging out those bleedin’ angular ‘stand out like a sore thumb‘ joins!! YAY but no hay!!
Look no wires I’m flying!!

Cuppa tea now to celebrate my new best buddie in Blender 2.5..