If you have followed my blog or been on warseer.com or 40konline.com regularly, you will undoubtedly recognise this vehicle. Well below is my original sketched drawing and a 3d Mockup done on Googles freeware Sketch up.
Previously I have failed to see the benefit of 3d modelling to the scratch builder. So many times I have seen great hobbyists design a wondrously detailed project and rendered it in glorious 3d, only for the actual model never to get made.
It was often my opinion that instead of spending all that time slaving in front of a computer monitor that these great hobbyists could be sitting in a polystyrene cement fume fuelled orgy of plasticard, hammering out the real thing.
Recently however, I have become increasingly interested in open source software. There are some brilliant free packages out there. My personal favourites include Paint.Net, audition and even BattleScribe free roster software.
Only a week ago I rediscovered Google sketchup and I have to say, after trying it out, I think its rather brilliant. Compared to my original pencil and paper drawings, it has given me an exact scale copy which I can spin around, Measure exactly and tweak and shape the design in an instant.
My original drawings for my Hoplite Sentinel
A Practice on Google Sketchup
There are limitations of coarse...Detail takes quite a bit of time. Im sure this will speed up as I get used to the package, but for the moment at least the front light alone took me about 30mins to figure out and get right.
I have yet found a way where I can break apart and stick the pieces back together, something that as a scratchbuilder would be infinately useful.
And finally (as with real scratchbuilding) Curves are difficult to get right.
That said, as a basic and (relatively) easy to use package, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. In uture I think I will producing basic rough designs using this package.
Heres a few more pictures of the design. Still some details to work on...