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Junkie Inc.
10 October 2009, 07:30 AM
Currently in the process of modelling a warhammer 40k boltgun in Maya unlimited. What would be the best way to model the grip of the weapon ( with the grooves in it).


Junkie Inc.

10 October 2009, 03:44 PM
Poly modelling with a sub-D...which is essentially just placing every poly by hand using edge-extrusion, creating a blocky shape of the grip. Then apply some sort of Sub-D (probably called MeshSmooth or something...I use 3ds max) that divides the polies and smooths it out.

Junkie Inc.
10 October 2009, 12:31 PM
Many thanks

I'll try this and see what results I get


Junkie Inc.

10 October 2009, 05:35 PM

I'm currently working on the same bolter and used turbosmooth for the grip.
Since I'm a beginner myself, I have no idea if it can be done better...

Junkie Inc.
10 October 2009, 09:47 AM
That actually helps alot but it was the other grip that I was having the problem with. I hadn't started that part of it but yours will give me a big hand up with that part. Do you have any pics of the grip under the main barrel.

Thanks again

Junkie Inc.

10 October 2009, 05:40 PM

just finished the bolter yesterday, but I ended up with 13,5k polys.
Guess that's a little to much for such a small item...

Anyways, don't know if it helps, but here is a pic of the grip.

Edit: The upload didn't works, here is a link: (

Junkie Inc.
10 October 2009, 08:46 AM
Thanks for the upload this helps alot.

I was taking a different route for the grip as in I was modelling it from a poly cube. Looks like yours is modelled from a cylinder cut in half with the grip extruded up? Is this the way also what way did you get the cutout in the grip did you push the faces in and then split polys for the rounded part. What I've seen of the model it looks really good. Post a pic of the full model if you could as I'd really like to have a look.

The poly count doesn't bother me as I am looking to model just to get some sort of workflow in place for myself from modelling to texturing and eventually compositing and lighting in photoshop so this is really just an experiment and a learning exercise for me.

Thanks again for the posts as this really helps



10 October 2009, 05:36 PM
I also modelled the body from a box.
Unfortunatelly I can't really remember how I did the grip exactly, but I think it was with the "Hinge From Edge" tool.

The cuts were done by connecting the edges and than extruding the faces inwards.

Hope that helps!

Junkie Inc.
10 October 2009, 07:44 PM
This helps alot. The bolter looks awesome, really nice job

Junkie Inc.

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