Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rebel Comanche MATV, WIP Part 2

Well, the inspiration behind the Comanche MATV was lined out pretty well in the last blog post. Now we get down to the digital nuts and bolts.

Mike and I had two design requirements:
1. It had to look badass.
2. It had to incorporate the already-prototyped-and-cast large offroad wheels and tires from the Gila fast assault vehicle, to keep costs down.

So, off the races I went.

Looking at the concept art, I knew a single-piece body, shocks, and undercarriage weren't going to work. So, I made a subframe, and had the tires attach to it.

Once that was out of the way (I filled in the blank spaces between the cross members later, and added shocks to the wheel mount studs), I lined out the main body from the excellent side view, and extruded the lines into shapes.

A little nibbling, scaling, tapering, and the basic shape emerged. A substitute sci-fi weapon from the Gila's weapon sprue took the place of the intended modern-day weapons, until they were worked up. Working around the already-existing tires caused a few problems, but they were easily resolved. Momentum picked up, this sculpt started clicking along, and soon the details began to present themselves, ready for sculpting. All I had to do was provide the mouse clicks...

More on that when I post in a few days. In the meantime, enjoy!

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