View Full Version : FXWars! MECH ARENA! Frescalus, KTread20 - Weapons Testing

06 June 2011, 04:33 PM

I have 5 team members now, they are listed below, sorry I don't have all of their cgtalk usernames I am trying to get them..

Neil Kirby (frescalus) - Vfx/Compositing
Desirae Fondren (dfondren) - Animation/Matte painting/Compositing
Nickolas Jackson (njackson18) - Modeling/Texture
Leonard Nicolas (leonardnicolas) - Animation/Rigging/Rendering/Lighting
Bruno Andrade - Modeling/Animation
Carey Durham - Sound

We will be doing robot battle...
We are using the minigun, grenade launcher, and jetpack attachments on mark1

Thanks all!

06 June 2011, 08:16 PM
You can start downloading assets now:

MECH Mark1 with assets LINK1 (

MECH Mark2 LINK2 (
(Max- OBJ)

We will upload the Drone and arena assets on Friday
Send me a PM for the password for the server.

Thanks to Mike Hanson for the MARK 2 mech and the hosting.

06 June 2011, 10:39 PM
What I love about Robot Jox is the way that it combines serious sci-fi tropes with whimsical robot combat. In that spirit, I want to stage a realistic test of a somewhat silly weapon: the old-fashioned rocket fist! The original film featured one, so I think it's a fitting homage.

Sequence Proposal (approx. 1 min):

A Western Market robot outfitted with a prototype rocket fist is raised up into a test arena using an elevator system. As final checks are completed, a utility vehicle tows in a beat-up robot shell to act as a target. Once everything is ready, the WM robot raises it arm and fires the fist!

The massive metal hand rockets forward, but something's wrong! The rockets propelling it forward are dangerously overpowered and it wobbles on its way to the target, already verging out of control.

It manages to hit the shell - pulverizing it - but doesn't stop. As the shell tumbles over (causing devastation of its own), the fist slams into a wall and starts running along it, the rockets still firing long after they should have stopped.

Finally, it slams into a camera platform and explodes! The test is officially over.

Shot Design:

All the shots are taken from the various cameras monitoring the test. Timecode overlays and camera titles can be used to provide authenticity. If this approach is too static, we can create a few shots from a camera mounted onto the fist to provide some motion.

If we stick to an SD resolution, I can probably provide a few live-action plates for certain shots with a lab-coated researcher running for their life!

As described above, the final shot is the fist careening into a camera, knocking out the feed with a burst of static.

Sound Design:

In addition to the sounds of the test itself, we can overlay audio chatter as the various technicians prep the robot. When the test goes wrong, the chatter gets panicked and a few suggest that the test was sabotaged by the Russian Confederation (another theme from the original film).

I have no idea how far we can get with this idea, but it would provide ample opportunities to sharpen our skills. I've been working on modeling the fist for a while now and it wouldn't be too difficult to knock up crude animatics for reference and shot-length.

06 June 2011, 08:12 PM

Comes with CHAIN GUN (not pictured)

Next i will be posting a model the stage door and ab it of the arena.


06 June 2011, 11:08 PM
Just finished the rocket fist and thought I'd post a few quick renders. I find that my lackluster texturing perfectly complements my lackluster modeling! :) ( ( ( ( ( (

The insignia is that of the Western Market, our post-apocalyptic good-guys.

06 June 2011, 01:30 AM
I went ahead and started on the effects... here's the first shot of the flamethrower, still some tweaking to do...

06 June 2011, 08:18 AM
Cool :). Looks nice.

Though i would say the fire lacks speed, usually flamethrowers throw the lit fuel quite a big distance away, it's a bit more violent in movement.

06 June 2011, 12:42 AM
Here's a new version of the flamethrower

06 June 2011, 04:04 PM
it appears that my partner will no longer be on this so its just myself now...
I just can't seem to edit the first I may make a new one, I'm going to continue on this myself until i can find some help

I've already sent message to a couple of recent posters but if anyone wants to try an FX artist pls let me know, I do fluids, fx, cloth sims, etc

06 June 2011, 05:11 PM
I will be joining Frescalus.....i will be doing the Animation, Staging (camera work).....some modelling & texturing too!! will also try to do some lighting!!... it would be very nice if some more artist come forward and help us in this project!!

06 June 2011, 11:41 AM
I have posted this thread:
HEADS UP: Show us your progress\ (

Think of it as an unofficial staff meeting.

What you post can be anything.

Looking forward to it


06 June 2011, 10:17 PM

Should I post up a new thread since I had one drop and one add to the team?

06 June 2011, 02:14 PM
i did some rough Animatics i was planning for story boarding but my sketching sucks and as time is also less so i had to start wid the animatics directly.. these is only half of the animatics!! (staging of props is also left) sorry for the small size!

07 July 2011, 10:09 PM
quick update, sorry for the delay but have been working on this....

this is a quick test of grenades being thrown, next video I'll implement this into the actual grenade launcher

07 July 2011, 03:04 PM
That is a very cool update.
Drop me a line if you need any help with the modeling.
Send me a PM with your E-mai lso I can sen you updates to the arena model.


07 July 2011, 04:50 PM
Check your E-mail

07 July 2011, 05:21 PM
Got'em...thank you very much :)

07 July 2011, 07:57 PM
Check your E-mail


07 July 2011, 09:29 PM
Got it, thank you Roberto

07 July 2011, 08:06 PM
did some texturing on weapon of mark2!!

08 August 2011, 11:39 AM
My apologies for lack of update fokes, we have a full team now and will be posting shortly more details and updates on the animation.

08 August 2011, 02:39 PM
Alright I just updated the beginning thread, somehow I missed the fact that I could EDIT it, sorry roberto please ignore my idiotic messages.
Ok, updates are coming

08 August 2011, 07:20 AM
We put together a rig demo for the animators on this project. Here is a clip from it.


08 August 2011, 04:01 PM
FX for the minigun, actually, its going to be a gatling gun based on the size of the robot in comparison to the human, being a chain gun isn't fitting

This weapon is firing at a rate of 600 rounds per minute...

as far as the rendering itself goes, the rounds somehow didn't make it onto any of the render layers so ignore that, and for some reason after effects liked the sparks white instead of the color they actually are....

other than that, what do you think?

08 August 2011, 04:46 PM
Status Report: Tell us about your entry.. (And tell us your opinion of the challenge) (

08 August 2011, 01:44 PM
hello there,

We have started to block the shots and everything is looking great so far.

I got shot 1 and shot 5.

Hereīs my initial blocking for shot 1.

The guidelines for this shot are the following:

Shot 1
Camera Angle: Eye Level
Camera Movement: Slow dolly out
Frame: extreme close up to medium shot

-Pulling back revealing reflection of ocean side of arena on Mark 1's visor, Chain gun Comes into view, only showing the end of the materialize into chain guns. Finally viewer sees Mark 1 taking cover behind a huge shield. He peeks around the shield.


08 August 2011, 04:47 PM
Hello everyone,

I am the texture artist/modeler for our team. I should be posting up some update's soon after I finish unwrapping all of the pieces for Mark 1.

08 August 2011, 10:09 PM
Any updates guys?

08 August 2011, 10:47 PM
We are currently blocking out the animation's. We are making progress and I think we will be posting an update soon. I am still working on the texture's and shader network's. I am really new to this workflow since I am used to working for games. I will post an update soon.

08 August 2011, 11:21 PM
indeed updates are coming.

09 September 2011, 06:02 AM
An animation of Mark II, cut out from the short...


09 September 2011, 12:49 PM
Wow that looks fantastic!

09 September 2011, 05:58 AM
Thank you Ortiz, you are very kind. You'll probably like some of our other animator's stuff even more.

09 September 2011, 06:04 PM
yeah nice animation!

09 September 2011, 12:40 AM
I meant to post this up a while ago

just an example of mark 2 firing...

we're almost done, just have to render and put it together

09 September 2011, 02:15 AM
Just looked at a draft of the sounds amd BG music put together. Gotta say this is looking awesome and sounding awesome. Canīt wait to see it all put together. It was great animating my shots.

09 September 2011, 05:58 PM
only got to do a flame test...

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