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    Default Speed modeling a Lightsaber hilt

    Hi guys.

    I recently started learning 3ds Max. Here is time-lapse of me modeling lightsaber hilt in 12 minutes (it's squeezed to 1:30, but methods should be quite clearly visible). I'm planning to learn enough to include some 3d elements in my future videos.

    Speed Modeling - Lightsaber Hilt - YouTube

    I don't have any formal training in 3d modeling yet, so there might be some flawed techniques of downright grotesque mistakes, so apologies for that. Hope you guys found it interesting.

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    3D studio max is a very complex piece of software, so all credit to you for achieving this. I'm no lightsabre expert but it looks excellent! A friend of mine used to teach 3DS max to TV companies, so I know how deep you can go with textures and reflection maps etc.
    Keep it up, a very worthwhile piece of software to master.
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    I thought this was great. Makes it look so easy when you see it like this. But I know its not. The software does require a good deal of patience and practice but the results can be excellent. This is my next step to 3D. Software is OK but the computer isn't, I need to upgrade. Keep at it.

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    Kudos to you just for being brave enough to have a go with software like this. It looked good to me but might have looked better if it was a darker colour.

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    Very impressive !!!
    That looks complicated software

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    Sadly, the cost prohibits most folk from using 3D Max. (It can cost over 3,000, see http://store.autodesk.co.uk/DRHM/store).
    Happily, simple objects; such as a 'lightsaber' can be created using any number of cheaper modelling products.
    3dMax combines alot functions, from modelling objects, setting up animation and lighting, and the final rendering. I read the manual for a month before installing a time-limited version of 3dMax. I managed to create a short animation (youtube . com/watch?v=dgbo-aD1-q4) before the software expired. But, I cannot see myself ever using it again. As an amateur, I can't afford it.

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    Thanks guys, I didn't really expect to get this warm reception. Usually when posting 3d stuff to forums with professionals around, you tend to get more critique than encouragement and quite a few "you're doing it wrongs". Glad you liked it!

    Yeah, 3ds Max can be quite expensive, but luckily enough I can use it for free for few years as a media engineering student. I probably would have used free software like Blender if it weren't for the student versions. I still don't know half the things that can be done with it, but learning new every time I work with it.

    Thank you for encouraging words.

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    Behold, ancient dead returns from the dead. Didn't want to create a new thread for something that's almost identical to the video I posted here last year, so here we go.

    I opened up 3ds Max for a first time in very long time. Turned out I was a lot more rusty than I expected, so I decided to scratch of some ice, rust and dust from my joints by creating yet another lightsaber. Lightsabers are usually quite easy and nice to model for few reasons;

    -Relatively simple shapes
    -You can just make up the design as you go
    -There is not really "wrong" way to do one as long as it looks good.

    So, as a practice, yet another 12 minute lightsaber modeling video squeezed into 1 minute time lapse. I recorded it just incase I actually come up with something nice looking. Not a masterpiece, but hey, waste none. Hope you enjoy, it's all very simple stuff. I really felt lost at couple of points "...now there was supposed to be a tool for this somewhere around here..."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkTRSzl6O8M

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    As it's a similar post to your first one I'll give a similar reply to my last one.

    Kudos to you just for being brave enough to have a go with software like this. It looked good to me but might have looked better if it was a darker colour.

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    Thanks, Midnight. It wasn't really textured or anything, so the color was just a color.

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