View Full Version : Game Models: Valkyries: Concepts, Models & Textures

F. Hultqvist
11 November 2003, 02:13 AM
It's been awhile, I just finished another comp that was actually running as an art test for a game company in Texas. I can't relocate, however, I am looking for work (game related) in the surrounding Montreal area (up to Toronto).

We had to design a team for a historical or fantasy rts type game. I went with fantasy and magic.

Building concept:

Other building concepts:

It came to be 996 polygons and uses three 256 sheets for both color and transparencies.


F. Hultqvist
11 November 2003, 02:15 AM
Now for the units: Here are two units out of four concepts that I decided to create.

The basic warrior footman class unit:

And the model. She's exactly 500 polygons and uses one 256 texture sheet for both color and transparency.

This next one is a flying chariot unit that acts as the biggest flying unit that a player can construct for their valkyrie team.

The concept:

And here's the model: She's 986 polygons (everything is included in this i.e the horses and chariot). 14 polygons are left over for the contrails when the chariot is in motion. She uses 3 256 texture sheets for color and transparencies.

If you would like to see the other two concepts I created that I chose not to do, you can find them here:

The Priestess:

And the Archer:

Hope you like them.


11 November 2003, 02:31 AM
That's pretty damn impressive! So you did the concept art AND the models? The detail in the texture is wonderful!:surprised

11 November 2003, 02:33 AM
Oh wait! I didn't recognise the username Apt Pupil!:p Of course it would be impressive, coming from you!:D

11 November 2003, 06:08 AM
excellent models and concepts!

beautiful concept artwork. theres a minor perspective discepency on the top of the building concept on that balcony portion, but its so beautiful that it doesn't even matter.

excellent work.

if you were to design an RTS that looked like this, or even better, a Diablo-style hack-n-slash game, i would buy it in a heartbeat.

11 November 2003, 06:14 AM
beautiful concept... definately great.

F. Hultqvist
11 November 2003, 01:50 PM
erilaz --> Yup, I changed names awhile ago, it's nice to see that you are still here Erilaz:) You were one of my favourites to watch while I was in a comp here.

Here's the warrior unit from all angles and another posed shot.


11 November 2003, 04:04 PM
yeap imressive work:eek:

11 November 2003, 05:17 PM
I really like your concepts, you have a cool drawing style.

11 November 2003, 05:31 PM
:bounce: woow impresive work...

low poly but with detail textures and nice sharping of modeling:bowdown:

and the building is great, has a wing just the alexander of ff9:drool:

way to go..:thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 06:09 PM
Very magical.
I likes the characters as well as the castle. Very detailed considering the low polygon factor.
Good job!

11 November 2003, 10:19 PM
Excellent design and textures...:applause:
Very good work :bounce:

11 November 2003, 10:44 PM
im a huge 2d fan though so id like to see some 2d concepts sketches

11 November 2003, 08:31 AM
Excellent work!!
A little bit of "Baldur's Gate" stil.

11 November 2003, 08:40 AM
great work..:applause:

11 November 2003, 04:17 PM
Man you have got skills! I followed your last thread and you've always been one of my favorite game artists on this forum. Nothing to crit man, everything is at professional quality. Post that character wire when you get a chance. I'd like to see how you modeled that 500 poly character.


11 November 2003, 05:15 PM
Great and efficient models. I love the sword by the way. I'm amazed by the detail you have from a 256 texture map on the character. Any chance we could see one of your character maps?

11 November 2003, 05:34 PM
Excellent work.

11 November 2003, 06:06 PM
very nice..way to go:wip: :love:

11 November 2003, 08:01 PM
great :thumbsup: looks verys cool :buttrock: :applause:

move on :bounce:

11 November 2003, 07:11 AM
good job ! :)

11 November 2003, 02:17 PM
2D drawing is good , 3D modeling is great !
I like the sword , also the wings !

11 November 2003, 04:01 PM
Good job!
Keep up the good work.

11 November 2003, 06:46 PM
Very proffesional work. I have absoluteley nothing to remark on. Bravo:applause:

11 November 2003, 07:08 PM
Everything is DEAD ON........

Except for the transparent wings on the doesnt match the concept, and I think the concept is better. The wings need to be smaller for one thing, and maybe a bit more structurally defined.

But what the hey! Nothing else even comes close to needing criticized!

11 November 2003, 07:19 PM
Why the switch of stone-type from the concept?

I really like the angelic, alabaster look of the concept. The dark grey stone detracts from the "purity" of the original drawing, and gives it more of a medeival look.

I was hoping for a more marble/alabaster approach....

Oh well, its not my project now, is it? :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 08:05 PM
very nice game design ! like your tex maps alot ! your concept is great !

11 November 2003, 07:07 AM
thats a superb one! i love it!:thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 02:45 PM
Absolutely awesome texturing and modeling! What game company was it for?:bounce:

11 November 2003, 03:51 AM
Fantastic work, as always :thumbsup:

I agree that the wings on the buildings are a little odd, but otherwise I think the work is awesome! Very well done - another front page plug for you ;)

11 November 2003, 04:59 AM
incredible work, very unique and original armor designs--i love the wings incorporated into the helm.

11 November 2003, 05:12 AM
I followed that challenge all month (almost entered, too, just got hammered with school work the second week), and I have to say it turned out better than I thought it would -- when you posted the three-horse-chariot design I thought it'd be the death of you =) Great modeling, really good textures. Beautiful work, man.


11 November 2003, 06:02 AM
Very interesting concept. It reminds me of what could be a level for a gauntlet game. "red valkarie has gained a level" :)

11 November 2003, 06:35 AM
Wow, I really liked the drawings when I saw them...then you produced the models, which were equally as amazing!

11 November 2003, 08:33 AM
nice work, very good. The wings are a little strange, but can't say else than very well done.


11 November 2003, 08:50 AM
this very good , it is Great :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 09:33 AM
Great style! I like it a lot! Can't wait to see more of this.:applause:

11 November 2003, 09:34 AM
wow, I had to say something. very nice work, creative concepts especially with the winged building (I like that alot). Wish there were more :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 09:36 AM
I have to say, I think this is the best rts lowpoly models i've seen. Beats the crap out of blizzard's wc3, liquid's battle realms, etc, you name it. Would it be possible to see wireframes? Seems like you put alot of detail into those for that amount of faces.

11 November 2003, 11:06 AM
Mortal Kombat voice: Impressive!


good luck with finding a kickass job

11 November 2003, 11:24 AM
I think that the wings on the building are freakin awesome! This is pretty cool stuff, :surprised


11 November 2003, 11:38 AM
you already know what I think of those. Keep on rockin' mate

11 November 2003, 12:13 PM
:beer: cool
specially the drawing of the "basic warrior" (and also the model). There is a kinda medieval approach that i like here, in the simplicity of the drawing, and those slight colours and details on the face... close to stainglasses.
Keep groovin'
Be carefull with your types (only thing that ain't good here).

11 November 2003, 12:25 PM

wow, thats just really great. No really, thats to quality. The only thing that bugs me are the wings on the cathedral (maybe someone has said this before but its a bit tiring reading through 3 pages of praises)
They are really huge and I think they don´t fit in.

Well, you´ve just shown me that I have alot to work on for my stainlesssteel studios arttest :)

11 November 2003, 12:34 PM
great work :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 12:42 PM
Very good! I also liked the other two concepts. :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 02:47 PM
Your more than good, your godlike! :drool:

11 November 2003, 03:14 PM
very nice work :applause:

11 November 2003, 03:46 PM
Oh my fricken crap.


11 November 2003, 04:14 PM
Great work. The drawing are beautiful and the 3d follows them perfect.

F. Hultqvist
11 November 2003, 09:15 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the warm replies. I just thought I would include the wire frames for those of you who are interested.

Leigh --> Many thanks:)

agreenster --> I made the wings slightly transparent towards the center so that they would not hide what's behind them.

Lee3dee --> I wasn't really applying for the job because I can't relocate, so I did not create my entry in their style. The game company was Ensemble, makers of "Age of Methology" and they were watching over the entire contest to see if there were any potential candidates to hire. It was a really fun contest!

Aaron --> Your not the only one who thought that way for the three horse chariot heheh Maybe I'll see you in a contest over there sometime in the future. Cheers ~


11 November 2003, 07:05 AM
Thanks for sharing, great texturing.
What kind of motion can you get from models that sparse on polygons? Are they so small that it won't matter?
I've learned something from you, thanks.

11 November 2003, 08:39 AM
i like the both of your works.. 2d and 3d.. cool !!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

11 November 2003, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the wireframes. WHat I find interesting is how transparency mapped polygons can be used with texture maps to fake details.

11 November 2003, 08:52 PM
You're my fav. game artist ever. I'll be surprised if stuff like this can't get you a decent job. Interesting use of alphas. I mean even the sword is alpha mapped, brilliant. You have a good, almost elvish feel here and I especially like the colorthemes. I found it odd that you wish to keep the polycount THAT low unless these units are designed to be part of huge crowds. And as always; the more screens we get, the happier we get. I would like to see the progress of those textures. I recon you use PS. Can't you show us the layers one by one and explain what techniques you use to create them. Texturing is a part I would like to learn more about.

11 November 2003, 01:50 AM
hey, awsome job (yes i use the word in almost every "good crit" post.

i have to agree with agreenster.

the concepts are better than the models.
maybe it's due to the low poly requirements,
or the black/white BG u used.
concept = clean "Pure" (agreenster) holy even.
model = amazing how you pulled it off with SUCH a low poly count, also i agree w/the guy who said "i was expecting a more marble/alabaster look"...

not that my opinions should even matter, i'm just wasting everyone's time.


Silver Sliver
11 November 2003, 07:34 AM
Well, what can I say?! They already said everything.
Great work man

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11 November 2003, 10:55 PM
very nice!!

:surprised :surprised :surprised

11 November 2003, 09:46 PM
on voit que tu sait sque tu fait :thumbsup: tres belle optimisation. jvais prendre exemple sur toi desormais lorsque je modelise pour wc3 :P

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