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02 February 2008, 07:05 PM
I have been taking 2 Maya classes this semester, and I am totally enjoying it!! I wish I would have taken them earlier in my school career seeing as this it my fourth semester, and I only have one more to go. But anyways is one thing I have finished. We did this in class, but I was wondering, when I go to render this out, how should i do it? We have not gotten that far in class yet. Here is the pen.

OK now here are a couple of things I have been working on outside of class. I have been playing alot of Team Fortress 2 lately and I had this idea to model the Chaingun, well, a friend of mine said try to do the whole arsenal. So here are two things I have started on.

The Heavy Chaingun.

and the scouts Scattergun

Like I said I am only a couple of weeks deep into Maya, so any help advice tips and tricks would be spectacularly helpful.


02 February 2008, 11:25 PM
For a couple weeks into maya ur off to a good start, maya isnt necesarily the funnest 3D app to learn. It can be very tricky at times.

Unfortunitly i dont have any tips to give you, i used to use maya a fair mount. But a while back I switched to 3DSMax and now mainly work between Cinema4D and 3DSMax, as well as Zbrush, modo, and those fun apps. So i sorta lost my touch in maya, but best of luck with it to you... = )

02 February 2008, 11:46 PM
thanks matt. I am currently working on the handle and trigger for the scatter gun...its a beating especially when you know that there is probably an easier way to do what you are trying to do but you do not know the program well enough to know? lol

02 February 2008, 12:09 AM
I haven't worked in Maya for awhile so I can't say much to render it out but just wanted to add don't be afraid to continue on your own. There are plenty of professionals who are entirely self taught. Keep up the good work.

02 February 2008, 05:09 AM
Good start for someone who's only used the program for a few weeks. And definatly keep at it. You have a long road to go down, but keep at it. We've all been there before.

Also be happy you are learning Maya as a starting piece of software. As someone who learned on Maya first, and had to learn Max in the workplace, I have to say, that when you compare max to Maya, Maya is definatly the more "trickier" program to learn. But this ended up being a good thing for me. As the amount of technical knowledge of knowing how Maya works under the hood is something that becomes VITAL when it comes to comprehending other pieces of software you might have to pick up down the road. It might be simpler to pick up a program like Max or Modo, (As they do do a good job of streamlining the workflow.) But for me, Learning MAYA made me more aware of how the software itself works under the hood, and so it becomes easier to digest other interfaces.

Just my 2 cents form my experiance with it.

Here ( is a sight I HIGHLY recomend you book mark and go through. Its a sight I relied on HEAVILY when I started learning Maya.

02 February 2008, 05:37 AM
Thank you shadow for the link...I already added it, I will go through it later cause now I am going to bed...

Also thank you for the comments...

02 February 2008, 09:56 PM
I have been working on this most of this morning, and am updating. I am up to 9596 tris

here are a couple of screens.

Starting the bottom body of the Chaingun

and putting the poles in place.

let me know what you think! :)

02 February 2008, 10:41 PM
just wanted to say not bad for 2 weeks... unfortunately im a self taught max user too so i cant help you with your final rendering, but if this is something you like doing dont give up on it

02 February 2008, 11:52 PM
just wanted to say not bad for 2 weeks... unfortunately im a self taught max user too so i cant help you with your final rendering, but if this is something you like doing dont give up on it

by now I would say like 5 weeks lol but thanks, I dont plan on giving it up...hoping to get into the industry! :P

02 February 2008, 02:59 PM
I worked on this most of the day yesterday, I took breaks to watch a movie, eat, and not much else lol...but here is what I have so far. I do not need much more to finish this off.

what you all think?

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