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08 August 2004, 06:41 PM (

Title: Ma2: Foster
Name: Day 1 Studios
Country: Usa
Software: 3dsmax

This is the in-game cinema model of Foster from MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf. The model is around 7500 polys with normal and specular maps.

Foster is the lighthearted tech specialist/mechanic of the Wolf's Dragoons. He's got tools and gadgets all over. I'm imagining the yellow glove as a remote interface for cranes and such - it also plays Powerglove Nintendo games. :p

08 August 2004, 07:18 PM
you game modelling guys never cease to amaze me...impressive stuff...well stunning actually. texture work is first class.

08 August 2004, 07:22 PM
:eek: Damn.. Gostbusters

08 August 2004, 07:29 PM
Amazing work Joshua! Your site is in my favourites folder for long time now. But i should check it more often! :scream:

08 August 2004, 09:49 PM
Simply front page.5 stars.

08 August 2004, 09:51 PM
great work !!!

08 August 2004, 09:54 PM
Best thing is, his lighthearted-ness really shows. Well done.

08 August 2004, 09:58 PM
That's amazing work. I am new to this site. Someone mentioned you had a web site. Would you mind telling us what that is again. Being a new nurbs modeler, I am blown away that this is polygons. How long did it take you to complete this model?
Also do you have a wireframe of this model?
sorry for all the questions?

Any tips you want to share on how you got your character so realistic.....please please please


08 August 2004, 10:50 PM
i'll never learn do to things like this :shrug:
anyway i love to watch it, realy nice job :thumbsup:

Troy McClure
08 August 2004, 11:10 PM
WOW! Awesome!
Next time my mech break down I want this guy next to me!
Why he need two watch? :)
Please post wireframe!

08 August 2004, 12:38 AM
Awesome work! Great model and Texture, top notch!
It will be great if you can show us your wireframe and texture maps! :)

08 August 2004, 04:10 AM
good model!:thumbsup:

go on !

08 August 2004, 05:11 AM
One of the best male models I have seen on cgtalk so far. Really really great!!!

08 August 2004, 05:45 AM
Thanks everybody!

jynce: My site is ( I'd say this character took about 4 weeks? Hard to say it was a long time ago. He was pretty annoying to make because of all the doodads, belts, and scruffy hair. But I'm happy with the results. All the extra stuff looks cool in motion. Big props go to Joel Dang who did a great job rigging the character, and of course Alan Noon who made the rig.

My tip would be to practice a lot and try to do what the artists you look up to do, and drink mountain dew. If you ever want some crits on work feel free to email me. I'd be glad to help.

Troy McClure: Who says all of them are watches? :)

Here is my concept for the character, a detail and a wire shot. Sorry but I can't post the textures.

08 August 2004, 06:08 AM

Holy crap! that looks better than most pre rendered stuff!
Great work again - i loved the dark haired woman you did before as well.

I sense a front page plug...

08 August 2004, 07:00 AM
normal mapping, eh? so the lighting isn't baked on?

i wonder, would you be able to post a sequence or animation with the light moving?

08 August 2004, 07:08 AM

08 August 2004, 07:36 AM
I think, it is very, very good! Great work and i agree with Andy H!

08 August 2004, 08:11 AM
:beer: Great!, no crits

08 August 2004, 08:19 AM
Great, amazing modeling and texturing skills...

08 August 2004, 11:18 AM
Whoooa! The texturing and character design are amazing! My only crit would come from the character design: The dude looks more like an actor or a model than a guy from a garage. Other than that the character design rocks! The suite is awesome with all the detail!

08 August 2004, 12:17 PM
"The dude looks more like an actor or a model than a guy from a garage."

Funny you shoudl say that...

Seperated at birth?

08 August 2004, 01:38 PM
Wow. They are both blonde! And they both have different noses! ;)

08 August 2004, 04:51 PM
Owan wilson definately is more annoying of the two :), and if you include his brother hes the most annoying of the three.

great work, verry impressive

08 August 2004, 09:56 PM
Plugged. Wicked stuff man.

now if only you'dbe so kind as to show us some of those rigged animations :D

08 August 2004, 10:09 PM
......and Textures!!!

08 August 2004, 10:14 PM
great, very good expression! textures are incredible for a game model...:thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 10:16 PM
wow, great character youīve made. from design over modeling to texturework - itīs quality!
his face is great and i like how you made his hair - just amazing!

only crits are his weak belt. boring texture, i canīt even say, what material it should be. its a grey, blurry soap.
the other thing, that is annoying are his kneepads. some highlights would look better. even when they are very dirty and used, some shininess on deep scratches and the edges of the plates, where you should see blank metal, is missing. the same with his green box on his right leg.
the last point are his folds on his red overalls in the pelvis and some in chest area. they look more like squezzed metal. some look very sharp-edged than round.

but overall just :buttrock:
what resolution is the texturesize (1024* for all i would guess)?

Lord Cauthon
08 August 2004, 10:24 PM
Thats awesome ! First rate stuff. :thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 10:34 PM
Must be atleast 60 ppl viewing this thread rite now! thats got to be sayin somthin bout ur work! too good, very eye catching!

08 August 2004, 10:39 PM
wow. that's really good. doesn't look like an ingame model at all!

the normal mapping really helps. though in some places it really looks like you can see the low res texture. but it's awesome nonetheless!

btw, the logo on his shirt reminds me awfully of the thundercats logo :P

08 August 2004, 10:46 PM
your studio continues to crank out just AMAZING work!

08 August 2004, 10:51 PM
Looks awesome, but is it rendered with the game engine or with 3dsmax ?

if it is rendered with the game engine it is really impressive i think

08 August 2004, 11:09 PM
Rigged animations would probably be draw dropping lovely!

After looking at the Nizzi website, I saw some other works I enjoyed in the past. Especially the Wonder Twins painting. They should get modelled as Real-time or High Poly characters!

I'm going to have to make a folder on my computer devoted to alot of these works! heh.

08 August 2004, 11:10 PM
hey man really sweet game art.

I had never seen something from you, but I think both models (high-low), textures and render are just very well executed.

BTW Did you use Gnormal to render those normal maps? if not, could you explain to the community please? Thx man!

08 August 2004, 12:20 AM
Fantastic stuff as always Josh!


08 August 2004, 12:56 AM
Amazing work, cheers :D can't wait to play the game... I'm Jonez'n for some Mech action as we speak...

08 August 2004, 12:58 AM
I love the way ur character holds himself up...great work Josh! went through your site and ur work is very inspiring...


08 August 2004, 02:09 AM
Very impressive :thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 02:41 AM
Man, beautiful as usual ...I'm sure you dont remember but I met you on a volition interview a couple years ago, you are by far the coolest person I met there and you let me look through your sketch pads and showed me some concept stuff....would definately like to chat again with you sometime. I have your site bookmarked and refer to it for inspiration from time to time.

your one of my favorite artists, keep it up!

08 August 2004, 04:01 AM
Would someone please give a CGtalk award to this guy ?

08 August 2004, 04:23 AM
Inpressive work, glad to see your work plugged

08 August 2004, 05:17 AM
very impressive

08 August 2004, 05:40 AM
Man, Joshua...outstanding work! Right when I saw it, I thought it might be yours. You do top notch work and this is just adding to it. Keep it up!

Praise the Lord

08 August 2004, 05:56 AM
WOW. Excellent Work. Just Excellent.

08 August 2004, 06:49 AM
Best thing is, his lighthearted-ness really shows. Well done.

i second that. Great work u are doing guys! :bounce: :thumbsup: :bounce:

08 August 2004, 06:50 AM
superb man ....amazing work ...............:thumbsup: .............!!!"

08 August 2004, 07:20 AM
excelent!! looks very smoothed :eek:


08 August 2004, 07:40 AM
My goodness. This is really awesome work. Textures are stunning.:scream:

08 August 2004, 08:07 AM
that looks Great, did you use a normal map on him or did you paint in all the details?

08 August 2004, 11:15 AM
Just great model! i especially like that the face looks alive :thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 12:42 PM
Outstanding work. Very high quality and very clean lines. 5 stars

Fox Mc Cloud
08 August 2004, 12:44 PM
Wahooo complete outstanding, this really rock my ass, cant wait
to see more of this stuff :D

Greetz Fox Mc Cloud

08 August 2004, 01:12 PM
fantastic work! what was the poly count of the high version, or did you paint the normal maps?

thanks for showing your work :D

08 August 2004, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the detail pic. That's what I was wanting to see when I saw the first post.
Very well done! -j

08 August 2004, 01:54 PM
Great work man! Eric from Steelehouse here (we met at Siggraph.) Anyways, I'm glad to see you're a CGTalker as well :deal: Thats some rockin' work- can't wait to see the next MechAssault in action.

08 August 2004, 04:11 PM
My tip would be to practice a lot and try to do what the artists you look up to do, and drink mountain dew. If you ever want some crits on work feel free to email me. I'd be glad to help.

Ok I got one of those 3 down (can't wait to try Pitch Black MD). 2 more to go!

Amazing work Josh. How do you do those folds in the clothing? Bump map? It looks great. :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: out of 4 buttrocks.

08 August 2004, 05:20 PM
Really nothing more can be said, than what has already been said. It's just brilliant! What are you working on next; I would love to see more stuff!
Hats off to you Joshua. :buttrock:

08 August 2004, 09:23 PM
Wow thanks again! I'll probably post another character next week if you want to check her out.

wedge/amsams/JeePee/Lee3Pee: The lighting is not baked on. This image is a max render but it's using the same maps and mesh that is used in game. Not sure about posting an animation. I'm sure we'll release some movies online soon that show the character in motion.

MFTituS: I used 2 512s. I can see your point about the belt, but really most belts don't have lots of detail on them. The knee pads are not supposed to be metal, more like some futuristic plastic composite. :)

Menge: That logo was designed a long time ago. It's the Wolf's Dragoons logo from Battletech fiction - which our game is based.

DDS: I painted the maps in grayscale and then converted them to normal maps with the NVidia plugin for Photoshop.

Titan: You interviewed for a concept artist position? Did we eat lunch at Biaggis?

08 August 2004, 12:10 AM
Excelent work with modeling and textures!

08 August 2004, 12:11 AM
honly god looks amazing.........

08 August 2004, 01:19 AM
:eek: Jesus.
Forgive me... I meant, Good Lord.

You must be numb to all the accolades by now.

Amazing how far games have evolved. Keep up the good work.

in your sofa
08 August 2004, 02:16 AM
if i push a button...and it moves...i will love you

super model!

08 August 2004, 02:35 AM
wow, that is really amazing. i love the expression on his face. how long did it take, from planning to creating the 7500poly?w/textures?

08 August 2004, 04:55 AM
Thats one of the best game characters ive seen in terms of graphic quality not to mention he looks liek one of those "cool" guys. I can't wait to do stuff like live 10 years:sad:

08 August 2004, 05:59 AM
Wow... when I first saw the plugged image to this thread I never would have thought that this would be for a video game. Just incredible, man! Keep up the great work!

08 August 2004, 06:07 AM
Very nice. Hard to find anything wrong with this. :thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 06:55 AM
Well Well WEll. The MEchassault characters are going better and better. This one is my favorite for now. Great Stuff. :thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 07:16 AM
Inspiring work!!!

That plugin you mentioned...I looked it up...thanks

I thought I'd save everyone else the trouble.

09 September 2004, 07:40 AM
WoW that is amazing... as a BattleTech and Mechwarrrior Fan(im also a Member of a Wolf's Dragoons Clan) I must say you work is great. now if we can just get MS to make a MW5 instead of MA.

Keep up the good work

09 September 2004, 02:58 AM
look cool what was the final poly cont on the modle?

09 September 2004, 09:59 PM
wow damn omg thats great! lol best game model person ive seen ever! lol I love it for sure


11 November 2004, 05:46 PM (

Title: Ma2: Foster
Name: Day 1 Studios
Country: Usa
Software: 3dsmax

This is the in-game cinema model of Foster from MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf. The model is around 7500 polys with normal and specular maps.

Foster is the lighthearted tech specialist/mechanic of the Wolf's Dragoons. He's got tools and gadgets all over. I'm imagining the yellow glove as a remote interface for cranes and such - it also plays Powerglove Nintendo games. :p

Everyone good
Your work is really to show person
Say severe
I am Chinese
Hope and I make friend of can write a letter for me

12 December 2004, 01:48 AM
The model looks good. And the pose is Superb!

04 April 2005, 03:38 PM
I really love this character. Great job. The textures looks great!

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