View Full Version : Ma2 : Alera, Day 1 Studios, Josh Nizzi (3D)

09 September 2004, 05:02 AM (

Title: Ma2 : Alera
Name: Day 1 Studios, Josh Nizzi
Country: United States
Software: 3ds max, Painter, Photoshop

Similar to the others Iíve posted, this is a render of the in-game cinema model of Alera from MechAssault2: Lone Wolf. This model is around 6500 polys with two 512 maps including normal maps, environment mask, specular maps, and emissives.

This was by far the easiest of the cinema models to create. There really isn't anything complicated in her design and I had the Natalia model I did earlier to start from. This model took me about two weeks to create.

Without giving too much away - Alera is a mysterious woman who is involved in intergalactic trading. She gets involved with the Wolf Dragoons and interesting things happen. :) Can she be trusted?

Iíll put the concept, wire and detail up soon.


09 September 2004, 07:18 AM
Looking Great. She has a sly look...:thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 07:47 AM
Fantastic Work! - your work is Really very Good! The hair looks cool, how have you done it?Could you plz post some more higher res views and some wires? :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 08:05 AM
sweet :love:

"buy can she be trusted?"
looks a little evil :) but that's a risk i'm willing to take for her...

09 September 2004, 09:22 AM
keep up the great work man.

09 September 2004, 09:33 AM
A few days ago I saw "Ma2: Foster" and it was something... and now this...! Your work is really inspiring... Excellent work :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 10:55 AM
mechassault is for sure something that i will take a look at.
All that posts kicks ass.

any chance to see the normal mapped version?...or is she already?
6500 is very high polycount for ingame models.

...anyway perfekt :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 01:46 PM
Looks like... Perfect. Josh you realy push the limits of quality in low poly characters, needless to say, her looks match exactly her character profile.
Great work as always!

09 September 2004, 02:15 PM
nice work !

09 September 2004, 03:02 PM
may i get her phone number? :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 03:05 PM
Thanks guys!

If anybody is interested, it looks like I'm going to be speaking at the Video Game Developer's Summit. I'll probably participate in the "Character Modeling / Textures / Normal Mapping" and the "Concept Art / Style Bible Creation" panels.

One thing I should mention is that I painted a good portion of the shoulders in this render. The way our engine does environment maps and normal maps is difficult to convert in Max - it was just easier to paint it.

florian: This version does have normal maps. We have different detail levels for our characters, this is the highest that we use in our in game cinemas.

Tigerdog: The detail on the hair is all done with textures.

Here is a detail of the model, my concept art for her, and the wire.

Dave Black
09 September 2004, 04:18 PM
Excellent work. ::Plugged on the front page::


09 September 2004, 04:27 PM
Nice work , good texturing

09 September 2004, 04:30 PM
Dammit! This must be your 10 millionth fronpage now!

you deserve it lad - these characters always amaze me - especially for real time!
Great texturing (epecially on the face and shoulders) and great anatomy ('speshley on the stomach / hips). Love the unusual shoe soles too.

If these are from a game called mech assault, then where are the mechs? Are you only in charge of the human characters?
Any chance you can post the maps? Youve done 3 excellent characters ive seen, and im curious too see the unwrapped model.

09 September 2004, 04:33 PM
This looks amazing- great detail in the maps! One of the best game models I have seen.

09 September 2004, 04:40 PM
Fantastic Work!

Are these models of your all ingame models or more for cinematics?

Keep up the great work!

09 September 2004, 04:43 PM
You get 5 stars from me...what it like being such a stud ? :love:

09 September 2004, 04:52 PM
Good Work

I really like how you handled the ham string to buttocks topology as well as how you vaugely simulated the muscles of the fore arm through to the hand.
The crotch and inner thigh also give a great illusion of wirnkle in fabric with out being too costly .


09 September 2004, 04:53 PM
Mannnn Josh... you need to be in some type of 3D modeler's Hall of Fame or something. Where do you get the images for the women you model? Do you scan pictures from fashion magazines or is it all free form?

09 September 2004, 04:59 PM
josh rocks!


09 September 2004, 05:04 PM
the skin looks very realistic. Do you think you could post a UV map for us?

09 September 2004, 05:10 PM
you're killing me..this is such an awesome work !!:applause: :applause:

09 September 2004, 05:11 PM
Hey, nice work! This is one of the few times (maybe the only time) where I've seen the in game model look better than the concept art. The concept art is great, but there's something about the in game model that takes it up a level. I think it's the eyes/lips area. Very nice stuff!

09 September 2004, 05:27 PM
Thats amazing.... I couldnt even tell it was lowpoly (rendered or not).
I like how lowpoly is going ahead with normal mapping etc. Looks like its going to be more "fun" or at least more real to play games soon.
Thanks to technology and guys like you.

Thank you.

09 September 2004, 05:42 PM
Great Work!! She's just perfect. I can't see any flaws from it.

09 September 2004, 06:50 PM
Nice model Josh... (some guy in the crowd: Show us your boobs!)

All jokes aside, I am dying to learn how to create game models of that much detail and to get smooth as possible. Do you guy optimally place vertices in the right place or using MAX's smoothing groups?

If anything, I have the first MechAssault and play that game to death, online/offline. I am really waiting to play the second one...

09 September 2004, 08:06 PM
Your lowpoly characters amaze me everytime i see them. :love:
This kickass quality sold me a copy of MechAssault for sure !! When will this be released? I dont care about the game, i want to see these characters rendered in real time.
Keep it up. :buttrock:

09 September 2004, 08:14 PM
Yes its really awsome that something so lowpoly can look so fine.

09 September 2004, 08:29 PM
Dat's awesome dude..........she luks gr8:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

How much time did u take for modelling?

09 September 2004, 08:51 PM
fantastic BODYYYYYyyyy GREAT cloth - SMART shoes

09 September 2004, 10:01 PM
love it. great work Josh

09 September 2004, 10:54 PM
:love: Beautiful work man, but do I see the close of the face and do I see the ear it finds strange, is that the concept? of an alien?:rolleyes:

09 September 2004, 11:03 PM
wow :D
These mechassault models are great josh!

Though without seeing the concept pic and the other views I was wondering what that was at the bottom of the first pic. Turned out to be a funky heel, but it really isnt clear with that pose.

09 September 2004, 12:50 AM
great job:thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 12:58 AM
Fantastic work.
Your work always amaze me. Your lowpoly characters look perfect. I like that funky shoes.

09 September 2004, 01:45 AM
She is one sexy looking thing. Great job on the face and hair. The suit looks great.
Don't like the shoes though, a little out as far as fasion goes, with the rest of the suit.

Post some high res renders of the face and hair, its awesome.

Keep up the good work.


09 September 2004, 03:02 AM
Wonderful model, those shoes are very cool and her skin is great!
How did you do the normal map? I'm kinda clueless, did you paint it or use a high-res mesh?

09 September 2004, 03:06 AM
This is totally amazing, better than a lot of high-poly models i've seen.

09 September 2004, 08:16 AM
That really is amazing. I would like to see a close up of the wires on her head just to see how you are getting the detail i.e. geometry or texture/normal maps.

Again it's one of the best lowpoly models i've ever seen. WOW:thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 10:03 AM
oh, Josh, she is really hot! awesome art work! what can i say? i totally like the concept you did.


09 September 2004, 11:51 AM
Love the proportions!

Wonderfull character and a special thanx for the wireframe.

Much fame and fortune to you.


09 September 2004, 03:14 PM
I am gotten passionate!
The girl who served of reference exists in the real world?

Great Job!


09 September 2004, 03:43 PM
Beautiful woman, and her shoes;) Nice work!



Dark Soldier
09 September 2004, 04:18 PM
hi dude ,
love the character, can u post a render of the rig and tell us how u did it?

thanks alex

09 September 2004, 06:17 PM
Oh gosh.. she iz beautiful.:love:

09 September 2004, 08:30 PM
I am very quickly becoming a fan, Josh.

I would be very interested in seeing those behind the game and CGTalk/Ballistic come up with a hardcover 'Art of MC:2' book. If the rest of the work coming out of your team is half as good as what you're posting here, I'd buy that book in a heartbeat.

Cheers, and thanks for sharing.

(PS, I'm serious about the book... Leo? Mark? MC:2 crew? What do you say?)

09 September 2004, 07:34 PM
Dude amazing work as usual!

Can we see your hi rez Model that you got your normal maps from?Also could you describe your workflow for producing your normal mapped models?


09 September 2004, 03:10 AM
An intergalactic trader? ah.. another very good reason to spend time in the trading guild...

Too bad i don't own an xbox.. :hmm:

09 September 2004, 08:49 PM
great work:)

11 November 2004, 08:11 AM
:rolleyes: Body is perfect :eek:

12 December 2004, 01:45 AM
Ok Ive been away for 2 months and to come back and see this WOW
she looks really good

I wish I could manifest her to reality lol

12 December 2004, 06:25 PM
didnt notice the shoes (heels) at first...
but when I did, YEAH! ...realy cool. Looks like a flexfot(plastic leg for people who lost a leg).
Bet she can run realy fast with those... nice work

merry christmas!

12 December 2004, 09:59 AM
I have the first MechAssault, and I just love blowing shit up in that game. The sequel is a definitely worthy purchase. :)

02 February 2005, 10:12 PM
Congratualtions! It's real! Too real.

02 February 2005, 02:32 AM
wow! amazing!

I don't think it needs any lipsynch!
It talks by itself, although it's still!

great work!

02 February 2005, 05:59 AM
excellent work!


02 February 2005, 10:34 AM
Awesome job Man.
Keep up the good work.I have seen your past works.
Your surprises me everytime.

02 February 2005, 01:31 AM
Nice character. I notice a lot of people use Max, does anyone use Maya?

03 March 2005, 09:49 PM
she's hot!! i love the glow of her skin.

10 October 2005, 05:27 AM
its really superb , nice choice of clothing

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