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10 October 2004, 09:45 PM
Damon Mangrum has entered the Grand Space Opera 3D.

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Latest Update: Modeling: earthlink on earth (

earthlink finished

textures still need to be done
and special fx

i havent ben updating for a while cause i was having some computer problems and internet

10 October 2004, 10:00 PM (

concept of 2 planet attached by and artificial structure.

the stucture was built from the biggest planet and attached to its moon.

10 October 2004, 10:04 PM
there will be floating citys around the structure and big citys on the struture its self
and citys that can be seen from space on the plantets along with there roads

10 October 2004, 10:55 PM (

citys that will be on the structure and in the floating citys in space
the city is in a bubble and is hold still by mechanique legs

10 October 2004, 10:56 PM
wow what a cool concept. I can only imagine the size of the thing looking at it from the ground. Talk about a tower of Babel..hehe

10 October 2004, 02:26 AM (

textured of the citys that will be on the structure.
i dint work hard on this sence its gona be so small in the render at the end...

10 October 2004, 02:30 AM
the concept looks very very original, I'll follow the Earthlink progress :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 02:32 AM
thanks man:D

next im going to draw the floating citys around the structure and the ships.

10 October 2004, 02:32 AM (

same as above but with no texture

10 October 2004, 07:34 PM
Very interesting, I like the sound of this idea!

Your designs are lookin' really good too.:)

10 October 2004, 12:17 AM (

here are concepts of the floating cities on the left,
the ball on the right its a gravity ball
it holds all the floating buildings together so they don just fly out of space

10 October 2004, 12:21 AM (

the top ship is the main battle crusier ship, and the bottom is a ship containing civilians...

10 October 2004, 12:29 AM (

a quick render of the planet. its acctually earth but its so far in the futur that the planet changed alot
the nations had to connect there moon for there own reasons...
for this they needed a huge ground that wasint there naturally.
so they had to lift some ground out of the water.this cost alot of money, not alot of people died during the constuction suprisingly.
it took 57 years to build it...
some materials of the structure was taken from the neighbor planets, the ressources where just not enough on earth.

hope u like my story...
anyways im working on the little cities that will be seen from space on the planets...

10 October 2004, 01:20 AM
earth render looks very good. was it just painted in photoshop?

10 October 2004, 01:24 AM
no i got the image off the internet and adjusted them and stuff in photoshop
it still needs to have the cities seen from space on it.

10 October 2004, 02:27 AM (

earth with the cities that can be see from space

10 October 2004, 07:50 AM
That's a great concept. I think you might change the shoreline to America a bit on the planet so it's visible different from today but still somewhat recognizable.

10 October 2004, 08:33 AM
You might also try to get rid of the clouds on the terrain map and try to make diferent layers of clouds to add some realism to the planet. Do not forget the atmosphere!

10 October 2004, 12:18 PM
ya i know im going to make the clouds kind of go around the terrain where te structure will be

im gona change america for sure and put more cloud layers

10 October 2004, 02:02 AM (

here is a quick model of the earthlink

im not really satisfied with this and
im gona make it alot more detailed

10 October 2004, 02:54 AM

I like your conecpt and illustrations. I was wondering however, where conflict is? It seems like they've got a bridge built and all is well? Sorry if I missed something. Good luck

10 October 2004, 03:03 AM
o ya ur right

i todly forgot

its the conflict of survival
against nature.

against the low resrouces on earth...
almost no more animals.

this is the only hope to suck the planets ressources for use of helping the people of earth.
although so far in the futur they still havent habited other planets, its not a probleme of time, ,power either, more of because of the problems on earth
the nations dont want to make new technologies for living on other planets cause it will take to long and should be concetrating on building space cities...

10 October 2004, 06:11 AM
This is a great original concept. I look forward to your progress.

10 October 2004, 05:27 PM (

another concept for the earthlink

ill post the concept sketch next

but i dont know if im going to use this 1

im still not satisfied with it

10 October 2004, 06:50 PM (

here is the new planet that i edited in photoshop

on the right is the old 3ds max bump system
on the right is 3ds max 7s new bump sysetem with mental ray

its really amazing it comes with more options and gives better results than the old usual thing

10 October 2004, 09:19 PM
Hey, thanks for writing the story. It should work pretty well. Some ideas; since the earth is in a state of global environmental chaos, it should looks grey, dirty, hot, cold..something not "Green" and maybe the overall scene can be desaturated, kind of like looking a something covered with a lot of dust and so forth. good luck

10 October 2004, 02:46 PM (

i changed the floating city concept
i like this 1 better...

10 October 2004, 02:49 PM
ya ur right

iv ben thinking of that 2

ill do some adjusting in photoshop next
thanks for the idea's tho

10 October 2004, 04:21 PM (

poluted planet
i turned everything real dark to make it look like pollution
the water isnt blue anymore..

10 October 2004, 04:45 PM
Dude, this is a really cool concept!

That latest planet looks really nice. I definitely get the feeling of pollution. I also like your latest concept for the Earth link. I look forward to seeing this one progress.

Keep em coming!

10 October 2004, 08:24 PM (

here is a new ship
i call it
a floating world ship cause in the parts where the glass are, there will be cities
the big reactorthing is a engine that uses the cities pollution and wasted power to function

so the city it's self is very clean...

10 October 2004, 09:50 PM (

flying world ship is almost done

got to work on the glass textures and the hull texture

10 October 2004, 10:16 PM (

quick texture on the model
just to get an idea

im gona have to find a good way to model the cities builidings...

10 October 2004, 02:37 AM (

a render of the floating world ship with a little more stuff on
the reactor


10 October 2004, 01:45 PM
common guys!!??

10 October 2004, 03:31 PM
cool, add some details to the hull though. I am sure you can make this baby plus belle.

10 October 2004, 07:32 PM

i got to work on those textures...

moddeling the earthlink structure now(making a new designe...)

ill post when dont

10 October 2004, 09:54 PM (

here is the claw that will hold the planet

the claw is held by a gravity ball that holds the claws together and can move them.IT also link attaches it to the structure...

11 November 2004, 08:55 PM (

the main structure is starting to appear...

11 November 2004, 11:04 PM (

put some textures in the city...

11 November 2004, 11:19 PM
great skills mate! Love those models. I have nothing to crit... idea is super cool and the modeling is :bowdown:!!! Keep it up waiting for posts :beer:

11 November 2004, 12:39 AM
i apreciate ur comments:)

working on the rest of the structures arm...

11 November 2004, 01:46 AM (

update on the claw
beginning of the main parts of the structure...

11 November 2004, 01:27 AM
for some reason i cant post update images...
very anoying and bothering. I tried 12 hours ago and it dint work

11 November 2004, 04:00 PM (


because of its thin body

it needs plates with lazers to hold the intire structure in place...

working on these plates

12 December 2004, 07:14 AM (

earthlink finished

textures still need to be done
and special fx

i havent ben updating for a while cause i was having some computer problems and internet

12 December 2004, 06:36 PM
Wow. Having the earth all textured like that and actually getting a real feel on how large this thing is really makes you step back and think, doesn't it? I mean, how many planets do you think they had to strip mine and totally deplete of metal to build this thing? Just imagining standing at the base of this thing, looking up makes me dizzy. :eek: I like it! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 10:35 AM
Hi Skeb,

your concept really rocks! I like the idea of this huge structure. Maybe you could even add some moons connected to the big planet.

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