Begginer 3D creation

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Begginer 3D creation

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Hi there, are there any progams for begginers who want to build locomotives for railworks?
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Hi,

I'd suggest having a go with Google Sketchup. While getting the model into RW isn't easy, it is a good intro to 3D modelling and several people here do use SU to make RW models.

The other programs people use are 3DCrafter, 3DStudio Max, and Blender. 3DCrafter would be the easiest (relatively) to get going with, but it's harder than SU.

Make lots of use of the video tutorials, and don't be afraid of tutorials for other programs : sometimes it is the principles you need to learn and the keystrokes are then easy!

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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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Hi,

If you want to learn without having to dip into your pocket then Blender is the way to go its an open source free program.
Plenty of tutorials out there for Blender.

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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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Hi, thanks Ruth and Mike . I have heard good things about blender I think I shall have a look at that! :D

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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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If you have no/very limited experience of 3D modelling then I don't think Blender will be any harder/easier than any other program. It can be a frustrating learning process but it is very satisfying to get even a fairly simple asset in game
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If you decide to try Blender you will also need to download Python from HERE. Anything above 2.6.2 will do the trick.

You will also require the plug in from HERE to export the models into RW

I would recommend that you watch THIS turtorial to start with.

Its a good in depth video thats easy to understand.
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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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I have decided to use 3D crafter as I here it simple-ish and you import export to railworks easy-ish any good tuorials and help
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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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3D Crafter is a good program, but you'll need the Pro version, which runs 70 dollars (US), in order to export to Railworks.
http://amabilis.com/?page_id=26363
A good feature of 3D crafter is that it exports to Railworks, Trainz, and MSTS. Blender is free and while some will argue it's harder to learn that Crafter, it has some features that, in my opinion are superior to 3D Crafter. The number one feature is that it's free. (did I already say that?)
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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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Blender is good, but has its own ways of doing things. It's the one I use (not that I'm particularly good at it!). If you have a go, check out the new Blender IGS exporter in the UKTS library, which works with the latest (2.6.3) versions of Blender.

You can try out 3DCrafter standard version and pay the Pro once you're happy it's "for you"; the models can then be exported into RW.

A hint of advice: for me at least, the 3D bit is the easy side. UV mapping is hard! :-)

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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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Ok I suppose I will have to download Blender aswell... ;)
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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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Take a look at the 3DC tutorial index at the top of this forum. If you are new to 3D modelling you should start with something simpler than a locomotive.
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Re: Begginer 3D creation

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Hi ,

There is going to be a learning curve to which ever package you chose, be it 3D crafter or Blender.
You only need the one package.

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