Nov 17, 2010 I 1.21 Jiggawatts!.

So space-kid is on hold for the moment as Dominance War V has started up. Dominance War is a contest among a good handful of CG and video game art forums and communities that’s held every-so-often. Basically, the Dominance War world is a very broad distant future dystopian world where cities have been smashed to ruble, there’s constant war, and there’s also magic and robots and demons and soldiers and stuff. This setting is used as an anchor for artists all over the world who are members of these online communities to create original game art to preset specifications and then everyone submits their finished stuff and votes on it and people win fame and glory. Think of it as an online video game art olympics.

One of the main events is the 3d character event. They usually have a pre-game round for fast-deadline, low-resolution pieces followed by the long drawn-out main battle. It’s a pretty well-run and well-known set of contests and if you place in, say, the top 50, it’s not unheard of to put that on your resume.

ANYWAY, D-War V’s pre-war has started up, and I’m throwing down with a couple school friends of mine. It’s a low-poly character that needs to be done by December 5th or something. We were all given 4 different character types: a General, a Technomage, a Scary Ninja Type Guy, or a Disturbing Demon Evilness Thing. I’m paraphrasing. The only one that really interested me was the Technomage, a physically weaker crafter/creater/spell caster-type person.

So I’m trying a few different things with her. Reading the description, I couldn’t get a craftsman or blacksmith out of my head, oddly enough. Since DW has such a weird premise (so as to encompass all kinds of genres), I thought well it’s the future, it’s dystopian, and it’s magic. I tried to touch on all of these things like this chick is a blacksmith-of-all-trades. She crafts with steel and wood, embues with magic, and adds advanced technology to create devices and items that can call down all kinds of crazy stuff.

Additionally, I thought that while regular smiths would have accidents and lose pieces of fingers, I figured a cyberpunk-magics-smith would have accidents and blow off whole pieces of their body, so she’s only got 1 breast and her left ribcage/arm/hand has been replaced by an implant of her own design. The pinky is a welding torch.

Next up is modeling! She will look drastically different as the poly limit is quite low, but we’ll see how much detail I can squeeze out of the polygons. She’ll look much closer to the concept come texture time.

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  1. Supermar Says:

    I think I only really understood about half of what you wrote here, but it sounded cool!

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