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ShawnDriscoll June 20th, 2017 05:07 AM

Free Trader

I spent a few hours, playing with different apps I have, doing various draft models of the Free Trader. It will be a lo-res model when completed. Something that I don't want to spend more than a couple days on. Which meant Hexagon would be used. Ha!

Amapi Pro is great at NURBS. But it is a terrible box-modeler, which I was finding worked better for this kind of object. I had forgotten that Hexagon does boolean cutting, which speeds up the modeling process as well. I'm hoping I don't have to do too much clean-up work on the mesh, once I'm done cutting chunks out of it.

Because I'm old-school, when it comes to modeling Traveller ships, I tend to use only the first drawing made of a ship for reference. I have no idea what the back or bottom of the Free Trader looks like, because there is only the one image of it in The Traveller Book hardcover on page 64. Maybe I have some notes that I took about that back in the day still. Otherwise, creative license as usual.

Like all models I make, this one will also be done by eyeballing things. No tracing.

ShawnDriscoll June 21st, 2017 05:46 AM

Still have some more details to add first before UV mapping and painting it for space renders soon.

Bravesteel June 21st, 2017 09:22 AM

That's shaping up really nicely! Great work!

ranger2261 June 21st, 2017 01:58 PM

Rock on shawn, it looks great

ShawnDriscoll June 21st, 2017 05:49 PM


I'm staring at a finished mesh now. Deciding on what the ship texture will look like. Steel, iron, rust, dented, charred, stainless, primer, glossy, chrome, tinted, dinged, riveted, welded, scuffed, scratched, soot, pitted, shiny, reflective, bright, dark, gun metal, refurbished, re-purposed.

ShawnDriscoll June 22nd, 2017 06:11 AM

What a piece of junk!

Maybe the players will find this long-abandoned ship, and work on restoring it. Maybe even discover a story that once belonged to it. Probably worth more as scrap though.

coliver988 June 22nd, 2017 08:54 AM

maybe it would go faster if we got out & pushed it....

looks great!

Bravesteel June 22nd, 2017 11:06 AM


Originally Posted by coliver988 (Post 568115)
maybe it would go faster if we got out & pushed it....

looks great!

It'll go faster if you paint it red. Duh! :D

SanDragon June 22nd, 2017 08:07 PM

Any color stripe will do...

ShawnDriscoll June 22nd, 2017 11:12 PM

I might go with '70s stripes.

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