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Fading Suns League Frigate by dmaland Fading Suns League Frigate by dmaland
This is a model of a League Frigate from the Fading Suns [link] universe. This model is based on concept art by John Bridges and Kathy Schad, which you can see here: [link]

Please note that I do not have any connection with the publishers of the Fading Suns game materials, and the underlying concepts of Fading Suns starships are not my intellectual property.

Please credit me and leave a comment here if you use this model - but also be aware that the context of the model is not a universe over which I have any authorship. :)

The preview picture is a "serving suggestion" only, although a greyscale map is provided in the zip file which should allow users to get the same base colors on the model - provided that one is willing to make the necessary tweaks for one's software.

The zip file contains the following, with the intention being that the model should be as modifiable as possible by end users:

Sketchup files for the main body and dorsal turret

STL files for the main body and dorsal turret

A Blender file containing the entire model

An OBJ file file containing the entire model (the dorsal turret should still be rotatable along the vertical axis)

A PNG file of the greyscale map used to "drive" the base colors

A VUE file of the model, textured and lit as seen in the preview

Hopefully, this model retains enough of the spirit from the concept art to be useful.
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:iconvalentin3d:
Valentin3D Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Fantastic ! Thank you very much ! :love:
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dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your model here: [link]
Thanks so much! I hope you like it :)
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's fantastic - really superb!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why thank you! :)
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:icondyslexick:
Dyslexick Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
used it here
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. You should use smoothing groups though for those cylinders.
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait! Wait!

I just realized I was talking out of my butt.

Common occurrence, actually.

I have figured out the issue with Vue and smoothing, and I think that it's merely one of me having to be absolutely sure that the geometry of a model is precisely symmetrical, down to the vertices. That's why I could smooth the new version of the Pincer model - it's perfectly symmetrical now.

The reason that smoothing was not applied on this model was because it was all imported as one giant batch of polygons, so smoothing selectively would not be possible.

Duh. Sorry. We return you to your regularly scheduled program...
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely! My problem, though, is that I have a severe distrust of Vue when it smooths models. Something a little funky almost always seems to happen, and then the texture map doesn't align correctly...and I get ticked...and I unsmooth the model. :)

But yes, I agree, for critical use there ought to be selective smoothing applied.
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:icondxbigd:
DXBigD Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weird. Why don't you render it in another application though? Vue's great for vegetation and environments but just for rendering ships, you should probably use another program.
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dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I render in Vue because, for all its little foibles, it has the overall system for materials, lighting, and rendering that provides the best tradeoff between decent looks and user accessibility. I have Blender and Kerkythea, and they both just seem cumbersome in a lot of respects. It's not that they don't have tons of power and flexibility, it's just that accessing it is a little too painful.
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. Well, you just have to get used to them, I think. I use Max mostly and while I have to make all my environments from scratch, I have 100% control over my lighting setup, so I like that.
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Macbaby Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Thank you so very much - wonderful work
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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ArchAngelGabe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008   Digital Artist
Very cool!
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TDBK Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice design man. ;)
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - but it really isn't my design. It's just my interpretation of one.

Still, I very much appreciate the compliment. :)
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halil-art Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Very good job :aww:
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Digger2000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow that fantastic.
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Digger! :)
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