View Full Version : Satyr Character. Single Solid Mesh question

11 November 2006, 04:09 PM
just a quick post to ask a question i'm getting mixed advice about. I'm getting told that game characters have to be a single solid mesh, with everything welded in. Other people are telling me i can attach objects and just keep them as elements. I've tried welding the ear rings in place but that creates pretty nasty topology around the rings and pretty bad shading.
It looks a lot better like this where they are just attached as seperate elements. Any advice on this? Do games characters really have to be a solid mesh to work in a game engine?

11 November 2006, 09:31 PM
Seperate elements are usually fine. It depends on the game engine, but anything remotely recent (and not indie) can handle it. If you're working on a portfolio piece without a specific engine in mind, don't worry about it.

11 November 2006, 09:43 PM
if you're using max you can "attach" the rings to the topology, but still have control over texturing/unwrapping the elements separately.
I also wouldn't worry about attaching/non-attaching, this looks like a portfolio piece to me which shouldn't matter since you can't tell from the final render.

11 November 2006, 03:23 AM
yea I agress, using seperate pieces of mesh can not only be easier, it can usually be far more efficient. with most modern engines, it doesnt matter, so by doing o you can usually cram in more detail overall.
Cheers mate

11 November 2006, 04:01 AM
The general rule is not to use intersecting geometry on areas where the mesh will deform to any great extent, that's probably going to lead to ugly problems at extremes of motion (but it's still doable).

But for your earrings there, I'd say use it. Infact I'd even recommend against making it one whole mesh.

12 December 2006, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the replies. I knew my lecturers were just making me to do extra work....

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