Posts Tagged ‘Year 3 Client Work’

To help me design my tool desk I started just like making any modle and looked at reffrence images similar to the design i thought of when I did my sketch.


I then started to make the basic shape that would be the base for everything ells to work around. I deciding to go for a high poly blockout instead of a more optimized design to get smoother edges for the renders.

Tool table scene screenshot 4

Next I created a desk draw I decided to have the top draw open to make it less flat and brake the surface up a bit, i hope this will cast more interesting shadows as well. I also made the bottom draw handle crooked like it has been broken to imply that it has been used a lot.

Tool table scene screenshot 3

Tool table scene screenshot 2

Tool table scene screenshot 1

After adding more objects to the desk I decided to make a small area for it to sit in starting with floor, walls, ceiling and lights. This would make the lighting a bit more natural and I hope this makes the renders pop and stand out more.

Tool Desk render 1

Tool table scene screenshot 7

I then started to clutter the area with objects to make it feel like a used space trying not to place them in a uniform fashion.

Tool Desk render 2

Tool Desk render 3

Tool table scene screenshot 5

Tool table scene screenshot 6

Tool table scene screenshot 8

Tool table scene screenshot 9

Tool Desk render 4

Tool Desk render 5

Tool Desk render 6

Overall I am pleased with the way the block out turned out and think it gets the idea across well, however I struggled to get the lighting to a standard I was pleased with which is why there are so many variations with different levels of exposure. This is something I will have to consider next time I do a small space most likely using a three point lighting system instead of trying to get the lighting to come from the spots were the lights are suppose to be.


After gathering a good amount of research images I decided to start making the tools making both a high and low poly model so I can bake the detail into normal maps.

Medical equipment screenshot 4


To keep organised I kept all of the models that needed baking on the right of the screen and every asset that was baked on the left.

Medical equipment screenshot 3

Medical equipment screenshot 2

Medical equipment screenshot 1


A comparison between the high and low poly models with the normal maps.

medical equipment render


after importing the saw into Marmoset Toolbag 2 for rendering I noticed how thin I had left the handle which needed changing straight away as it looks odd and is one of the only tools that has a more ergonomic handle design.





After laying out all the tools and the medical box I noticed there was some issues with the tips of some of the knives because the normal map was causing the lighting to go funny on the edge. the textures also feel a bit bland to me right now and need tweaking especially the ones that are missing the metal rivets that are in the handles and are normal mapped on but not textured. This will be an easy fix however as I can overlay the normal map and the texture map to make sure the rivets textures line up perfectly.

I started by using plane modeling to create the outline for each inset for the tools and when both were complete I re-sized each piece to make sure they were both the same size.

Medical equipment box screen shot 4

To optimize the model instead of having the box made all from one piece I decided to make a separate box and place the inset inside. This is similar to the way the box would have been made.

Medical equipment box screen shot 3

Medical equipment box screen shot 2

Medical equipment box screen shot 1

Box Render 1

After adding the texture I felt the red looked off it felt to flat. to fix this I play to overlay a felt texture in the texture map to add some roughness to the surface.

Box Render 2

To optimize the model further I decided to remove the bottom lining of the inset because of how messy the geometry is with the mixture of tris and quads. I replaced them with two plains I decided to use two plains to avoid edge clipping as this could be a problem with the plain slicing through the middle segment.

Medical equipment box screen shot 7

Medical equipment box screen shot 6

This reduced the poly count by almost 100 and leaving the total at 405 this is still a little excessive however I think it will be fine because it will be a none repeated asset so this seems like a reasonable size for the detail I have. If this was to be optimized to the extreme all of the insets would be textured onto a flat plain, however this would only look good when you look at it straight on from any other angle you would instantly see how flat it is.

Medical equipment box screen shot 5

With the model optimized further I adjusted the UV map and added the felt overlay I feel this has turned out well however I may need to re-size the box or the tools to make sure they fit correctly.

Box Render 3

What makes you feel attached to objects?


Notes from websites:

“When you’re nostalgic about something, there’s a little bit of a sense of loss—[the moment has] happened, it’s gone—but usually the net result is happiness,” says Clay Routledge, a social psychologist at North Dakota State University.

Nostalgic memories typically entail cherished, personal moments, such as those spent with loved ones. Those memories, in turn, inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging, and meaningfulness in life.

Negative feelings, and specifically loneliness, cause more nostalgic reaction. In another experiment, participants read one of three news stories that contained depressing, neutral, or positive content. A story about a tsunami disaster provoked more nostalgic thoughts than an article about space or a polar bear birth, the researchers found.

“If you’re feeling lonely, if you’re feeling like a failure, if you feel like you don’t know if your life has any purpose [or] if what you’re doing has any value, you can reach into this reservoir of nostalgic memories and comfort yourself,”

What it means:

By looking at this information and by using my own knowledge on the subject I can come to the conclusion that nostalgia is caused by coming in contact with an object or event that makes you remains about the past through either been linked to that time or by been upsetting which makes you long for a better more comforting time in your past.

How to replicate it in a game?

Looking at this information it would suggest that to cause a player to be nostalgic over something in a game it must either link to something in their lives or very quickly create fun enjoyable events so when something bad comes along they will remember the fun causing nostalgia, in theory.

Sources: Link.

Things that could be implemented:

Naming system – Naming a character or object in a game

Small Customisation

Side quests to fined manuals and tools around the world in hidden locations to unlock the ability to perform maintenance and unlock more systems or slight upgrades to the robots performance rewarding the player for their time investment. This investment will be very important in getting the player to feel invested in the mech because of their personal time input.

Does the mech need oil or electricity like how you need to feed a pet? This would give the player more of a responsibility.

Ululu needs to touch the rabbit at different intervals so it does not leave her when she is exploring on foot should this be more of a stroking motion?

Fall asleep with the rabbit curled around you next to the camp fire?


In the 1800’s blacksmiths learned their trade by becoming an apprentice to a master blacksmith. This usually started at age 12 or thirteen.

Blacksmiths process:

Step 1:

A blacksmith works with wrought iron and steel to make utilitarian items such as hinges, tools, chains, etc.

Step 2:

Coal is burned in the forge and bellows blow air into the fire to make it burn hotter. The core temperature can reach 4000 degrees. The metal is heated to about 2000 degrees, then hammered and worked on an anvil into the required shape.

Step 3:

The blacksmith then pounds the hot metal to the shape he wants.

Source: Link.


AQS_4775 Bellows


Blacksmith Research


A video showing how to shoe a horse as this would have been a common job in 1876:


With this basic description of the process a blacksmith would go through and reference images of tools it should be enough to generate assets for a small blacksmiths for the town.

Blood letting:


Bloodletting was used for hundreds of years to help cure illness and restore health, and its popularity thrived in the 19th century. Even though its effectiveness was routinely questioned, the procedure was used for cardiac problems into the 1920s. This brought about the Barber-surgeons. Barbers performed a wide variety of functions. In addition to cutting hair, a barber might pull teeth, perform surgery on minor wounds, amputate limbs or administer leeches.

Source: Link.

1940’s blood letting knife:


1800’s barber surgeons bowl:


Surgery Equipment:

Amputation saws:

1875 Amputation kit:




Medical uniform at the time seems to be a white apron worn over a suit for male doctors.


Chloroform was used to put patients to sleep.

Diluted carbolic acid is an antiseptic used in 1882.


Made by pouring 500ml of boiling water over two tablespoons of leaves, flowers or stems. The plants may be fresh or dried.


barks, roots, tough stems, seeds or wood chips are boiled for half an hour in water to create a liquid.


Is a liquid made with alcohol, and takes longer to preper. The herb is powdered or crushed and put into a glass jar with 30ml of alcohol and 10ml of distilled water. Put a tight lid on it and leave it in a warm place for about two weeks. Store in a cool dark place.


Are solids, made by pounding leaves, flowers or stems to a paste in a mortar; the paste is wrapped in clean muslin and applied to a wound or bruise.


Were once made by pounding herbs into soft fat, such as goose grease, that had been cleaned by boiling in water, and which was scooped off the water when it was cooled.


  • Cinchona – bark used to reduce fever.


  • Ipecacuanha tree – used in cough mixture.


  • Virginia snakeroot.


  • Rubarb.


  • Ginseng, Panax Pseudoginseng, – used for tonics.

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  • Panax Quinquefolius – used for tonics, found in North America.


  • Sage, Salvia Officinalis, – used to treat colds, fevers, rheumatism and sooth coughs. Also used as a disinfectant and as a gargle to sooth a sore throat.


  • Thymus, Thymus Vulgaris, – used to help bronchitis, whooping cough or and cough. Thyme oil is a pain killer for tooth ache. It is also a sedative.


  • Golden Rod, Solidago Virgaurea, used to clean wounds, drinking an infusion can help with kidney and bladder stones.


  • Camomile, Matricaria Chamomilla, – used as a strong sedative, drunk as an infusion will also help to heal sore mouths.


  • Night Shade, Atropa Belladonna, – gives attropine, which is a valuable drug in small doses, a large dose will kill.


  • Parsley – used to ease rheumatism.


  • Rosemary – used to help blood circulation.


  • Valerian – used as a sedative.

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  • Dandelion – is a diuretin and an aid to digestion.


  • Opium, comes from the White Poppy, Papaver Somniferum, – is a valuable pain killer and sleep inducer as much as morphine and codeine, but in large quantities is a dangerous addictive drug. it is also the source of heroin.


  • Coca Leaves, from the Peruvian Shrub, Erythroxelon Coca, – Chewing on its leaves stops hunger and allows people to run a long distance without pain. it is also the source of cocaine, which is a powerful anesthetic.

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  • Tobacco – used to help spit out tough phlegm from the stomach, chest and lungs. The seed is very effectual to stop tooth ache. The juice is used to kill head lice and also believed to cure worms.

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The most important information for our project I think is the Barber-surgeons as we was originally thinking that the tavern owner would perform medical duties. with all of the other information on equipment there should be more than enough information to make enough assets to fill a back room operating area.

To start off I looked for a map of the Black Hills territory to get a better idea of the area we were setting the town in.


I then looked into what was going on in 1876 and what the Sioux treaty:

In the spring of 1868 a conference was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Wyoming, that resulted in a treaty with the Sioux. This treaty was to bring peace between the whites and the Sioux who agreed to settle within the Black Hills reservation in the Dakota Territory.

The Black Hills of Dakota are sacred to the Sioux Indians. In the 1868 treaty, signed at Fort Laramie and other military posts in Sioux country, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people. In 1874, however, General George A. Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills accompanied by miners who were seeking gold. Once gold was found in the Black Hills, miners were soon moving into the Sioux hunting grounds and demanding protection from the United States Army. Soon, the Army was ordered to move against wandering bands of Sioux hunting on the range in accordance with their treaty rights. In 1876, Custer, leading an army detachment, encountered the encampment of Sioux and Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn River. Custer’s detachment was annihilated, but the United States would continue its battle against the Sioux in the Black Hills until the government confiscated the land in 1877. To this day, ownership of the Black Hills remains the subject of a legal dispute between the U.S. government and the Sioux.

Source: Link

1876 – The Great Sioux War, a series of territorial battles between the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and U.S. Army, begins. The war ends a year later, and most remaining Natives are exiled to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

(June 25–26) The Battle of Little Bighorn (also known as Custer’s Last Stand) occurs near present-day Crow Agency, Montana. Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and more than 600 cavalry advance on a Native American encampment of 2,000–4,000 Sioux and Cheyenne in the Little Bighorn Valley. In what becomes one of the most famous battles in U.S. history, Custer is killed along with 250 of his men.

I then looked into some of the medical discovery’s from that time:


Medical discovery and disease trends
1847: American Medical Association is founded.
1859: Louis Pasteur suggests in a paper that microorganisms may cause many human and animal diseases.
1865: Claude Bernard publishes Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine, calling for more use of the experimental method in medicine.
1867: Joseph Lister publishes On the Antiseptic Principle in the Practice of Surgery, showing that disinfection reduces post-operative infections.

Regulation of advertising and drugs
1872: U.S. Postmaster General is given authority to forbid use of mail to “persons operating fraudulent schemes,” which constitutes first federal power to regulate misleading advertising.

Source: Link

I also took a list of gunfighters of the west from Wikipedia and filtered through all the dates to get every outlaw and law man that was alive in the time we are doing this will help with wanted posters or adverts:

  • Robert Clay Allison (1840–1887)
  • John Hicks Adams (1820–1878)
  • Seaborn Barnes (1849?–1878)
  • Sam Bass (1851–1878)
  • Richard M. “Dick” Brewer (1850-1878)
  • William “Curly Bill” Brocius (1845–1882)
  • Henry Newton Brown (1857–1884)
  • Billy Claiborne (1860–1882)
  • Billy Clanton (1862–1881)
  • Scott Cooley (1845–1876)
  • Cornelius “Lame Johnny” Donahue (1850–1879)
  • James “Wild Bill” Hickok (1837–1876)
  • “Wild Bill” Longley (1851–1877)
  • Frank Loving (1860-1882)
  • Frank McNab (??-1878)
  • Jim Murphy (1861–1879)
  • Porter Rockwell (1813 or 1815–1878)
  • Tiburcio Vasquez (1835–1875)
  • John Joshua Webb (1847–1882)
  • Ben Cartwright (1825–1910)
  • Charlie Bassett (c.1847–1896)
  • John Billee (??–1890)
  • William “Tulsa Jack” Blake (1859–1895)
  • Rufus Buck (??–1896)
  • John Bull (1836–1929)
  • Seth Bullock (Marshal) (1849-1919)
  • Frederick Russell Burnham (1861–1947)
  • Reuben “Rube” Burrow (1856–1890)
  • Frank M. Canton (aka Josiah Horner) (1849–1927)
  • Jose Chavez y Chavez (1851–1924)
  • Ned Christie (1852–1892)
  • Ike Clanton (1847–1887)
  • Frank Coe (1851-1931)
  • George Coe (1856-1941)
  • Shotgun John Collins (1851–1922)
  • Juan Cortina (aka “The Red Robber of the Rio Grande”) (1824–1894)
  • “Longhair” Jim Courtright (1848–1887)
  • Ben Daniels (1852-1923)
  • Pat Desmond (1842–1890)
  • Bill Doolin (1858–1896)
  • Mart Duggan (1848–1888)
  • William B. Dunn (??–1896)
  • Warren Earp (March 9, 1855 – July 6, 1900)
  • Wyatt Earp (1848–1929)
  • Virgil Earp (1843-1905)
  • Morgan Earp (1851-1882) exception
  • Chris Evans (1847–1917)
  • Jesse Evans (1853–??)
  • Robert Newton Ford (1862–1892)
  • Lige Gardner (1846–c.1901)
  • Pliney Gardner (1835-1893)
  • Patrick “Pat” Floyd Garrett (1850–1908)
  • Devil Anse Hatfield (1839-1921)
  • John Wesley Hardin (1853–1895)
  • Haskay-bay-nay-ntayl “The Apache Kid” (c.1860–??)
  • Marion Hedgepeth (1856–1909)
  • John “Pink” Higgins (1848–1914)
  • John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851–1887)
  • Tom Horn (1860–1903)
  • Frank Jackson (1856–1930?)
  • Frank James (1843-1915)
  • Jesse James (1847-1882) exception
  • John Kinney (1847–1919)
  • Buckskin Frank Leslie (1848?–1930?)
  • James Andrew “Dick” Liddil (1829–1905)
  • Chris Madsen (1851–1944)
  • Alfred Marlow (1862-1889)
  • Boone Marlow (1864-1889)
  • Charles Marlow (1850-1941)
  • Geroge Marlow (1865-1945)
  • Lewellyn Marlow (????-1889)
  • Martha Jane Keeton Marlow, Sons of Mother (1827 – 1907)
  • Bat Masterson (1853–1921)
  • Lucas McCain (1838-1899)
  • Sherman McMaster (1853–c. 1892)
  • Bob Meeks (??-1912?)
  • Bill Miner (1847–1913)
  • Nick Barkley (1860–1915)
  • Edward Capehart O’Kelley (1858–1904)
  • Commodore Perry Owens (1852-1919)
  • Tom Pickett (1858–1934)
  • Nathanial “Texas Jack” Reed (1862–1950)
  • Bass Reeves deputy U.S. Marshal (1832-1910)
  • George Scarborough (1859-1900)
  • Doc Scurlock (1849–1929)
  • John Selman (1839–1896)
  • Luke Short (1854–1893)
  • Adelbert Denton “Bertie” Slye (1856-1940), member of the Slye-Wilson gang, aka the “Hedgepeth Four””Bertie” Slye, “Illinois Jimmy” Francis and “Dink” Wilson
  • Jefferson Randolph “Soapy Smith” Smith (1860–1898)
  • John Sontag (1861-1893)
  • Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed “Belle Starr” Starr (1848–1889)
  • Tom “Uncle Tom” Starr (1813–1890)
  • Heck Thomas (1850-1912)
  • Billy Thompson (1845-1897)
  • Bill Tilghman (1854–1924)
  • Trino Lee Lopez “U Can Do It” (1852–1894)
  • Henry Clay “Hank” Vaughan (1849–1893)
  • “Texas” Jack Vermillion (1842–1911)
  • Fred Waite (1853-1895)
  • Richard “Little Dick” West (1860–1898)
  • Henry Clay White (??–1900?)
  • Lucius R. “Dink Wilson” (??-1894), member of the Slye-Wilson gang Jim Younger (January 15, 1848 – October 19, 1902)
  • Bob Younger (1853–1889)
  • Cole Younger (1844–1916)

Source: Link

I need to further filter the list into the law men and outlaws and gather more information on them to fined out what sort of bounties they had and what they were famous for.