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wzrd
06-22-2010, 01:12 AM
Real name is Stephen though most folk just call me Wizard. English born, New Zealand raised. Travelling early in life created a deep passion for getting lost in maps! Being born in the Year of the Fire Monkey means I'm also a compulsive fantasy addict. It's just bizarre that it's taken me so long to find this forum!
I'm currently creating a wide-ranging fantasy epic story as a frame work for the CG art I do. If you're interested you can see my artwork on my wegsite at www.wizitch.com (http://www.wizitch.com) I have reached a stage where I need a decent map of my fantasy world of Inthandonia and - as I'm a massive fan of The GIMP I'm partway through that creation process.
I'm hoping to borrow on the inspiration and knowledge of my fellow members here and am happy to share any knowledge I have gathered.

NeonKnight
06-22-2010, 03:25 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

tilt
06-22-2010, 04:34 AM
hi there steven, welcome to the guild - nice artwork you've got there... swing by the tutorials if you want tips and when you're ready post your maps in a WIP thread for comments and help :)

Aval Penworth
06-22-2010, 11:19 AM
Hey Cuz. I was born in the year of the bush-pig which makes us mortal enemies, but I'm willing to overlook that if you are. Welcome!!!!

wzrd
06-22-2010, 02:46 PM
Hey Cuz. I was born in the year of the bush-pig which makes us mortal enemies, but I'm willing to overlook that if you are. Welcome!!!!
LOL - You were born in Australia which makes us mortal enemies!!;) Fortunately for us I spend most of my time in a fantasy world and don't pay much attention to traditional real world rivalries so I'm most willing to overlook that - besides we're both on the same hemisphere! Thanks for the welcome mate.

nice artwork you've got thereThanks, glad you enjoyed it! I've been checking out the tutorials today and I'll certainly be looking for feedback on my WIPs as I figure I'm probably gonna need a few maps.
Thanks to all for the warm welcome.

Steel General
06-22-2010, 05:02 PM
Welcome Aboard!

Redrobes
06-22-2010, 09:32 PM
Hey Wzrd, good to see ya here and I like those 3D pics. I use a variety of tools but mostly an old version of light wave. Its so old id like to use something better like Blender but that UI has me beat. Ravs uses another odd one and loads more use sketchup too. But I don't think anyone so far has posted that they use Truespace - so id be real keen to hear all about that for doing anything inc maps and terrain.

Also, tho I am sure we have had NZ people from here in the past I cant think of anyone in particular. In my sig is a members map - maybe you would like to stick a pin in NZ and wave the flag.

Welcome - I am sure you will have lots of good things to contribute.

Aval Penworth
06-22-2010, 10:03 PM
@ wzrd Seriously though, I love NZ. I visit all the time. Christchurch & Queenstown mostly. When I was a kid I had family there. Now I just go because it is such a cool place to visit, have adventures and enjoy the occasional Speights.

Iapetus
06-23-2010, 12:13 AM
Welcome to the guild!

wzrd
06-23-2010, 12:25 AM
@ wzrd Seriously though, I love NZ. I visit all the time. Christchurch & Queenstown mostly. When I was a kid I had family there. Now I just go because it is such a cool place to visit, have adventures and enjoy the occasional Speights.Speights? Hey well we clearly speak the same language then! I live in Christchurch myself so perhaps we could catch-up for a cold one sometime?

@Redrobes - thanks for the welcome and the kind words about my art - I'm guessing from the number of posts you've made here that you are one of the old boys of the forum? Re Lightwave - I have 9.5 on my machine but rarely use it. trueSpace is an odd and quirky program but it's 3d modelling interface is hard to beat once you get through the original learning curve. It's realtime rendering abilities are outstanding which provides a really nice modelling environment. The good news is that it's now free the bad news is that it's no longer under development.
I tried Sketchup recently (I've tried most of the non-pro 3d apps now) and found it's got some really great functionality - but for me I still prefer tS. It's probably just a question of what you are used to.

Oh yeah - I stuck a pin in your map, bottom left hand corner.

@Steel General - wow, over 7000 posts - you must take this stuff pretty seriously! I checked out sme of your maps too - I like the style.

Redrobes
06-23-2010, 02:20 PM
Old boys... well fairly but there are many older than I. I think I might try Truespace then. I am more into the modeling side than the rendering or animation side. If you have LW and TS and prefer TS then it must be quite good cos I would say that its one of LW's strengths. Maybe its just that I am very used to the way it does it tho. My old version which is ohh 5 or something like that is so old tho. It has a couple of bugs in it when doing certain operations but if you know where they are and how to get around them then its not so bad. Otherwise its pretty rock and it never crashes so I am pretty cool with it. Mine, being old, has a 64K point limit tho which is very bad for terrain. And its single threaded and 32bit which means I can run 4 renders at once at full speed but its slow to render generally. Blender is lightning in comparison but not realtime. The LW preview is realtime GL but not a very compelling lighting model. Blender has been a double edged sword for a free 3D app. Its very good and capable tho ultra quirky. But being so well developed, noone wants to start again and dev a new one not so quirky at least until sketchup came along and thats not quite in the same space as a normal 3D app.

Gamerprinter
06-23-2010, 02:33 PM
You're English then, not a Maori... or a hobbit. Welcome to the Guild! I do a little 3D myself, mostly model in Nendo, then render in my old Raydream Studio, though I also own Cinema 4D. Still I do mostly 2D work these days. I mostly work with Xara Xtreme a vector drawing app for all my cartographic creations. Again, welcome!

GP

Steel General
06-23-2010, 05:08 PM
I used to have a lot more free time on my hands...I don't post or map as much as I used to, but thanks for the comments.

wzrd
06-23-2010, 10:45 PM
@ Redrobes - One thing to bear in mind with tS is that it's UI is quite different to ... well, anything else really! It's all icon driven rather than menu driven which can do some peoples heads in. In reality it's no harder learning what a button with a picture on it does compared to a button with a word on it but a button that says UV editor (for example) at first seems more obvious than an unknown icon. That being said I believe it's worth persevering with because once you learn where the necessary button/menu item is the interface becomes (for me and many other fans) a dream to use - specially for modelling.
A couple of other things - tS is actually two distinct applications - the older legacy side (usually referred to as the 'Model side'. and the new (much faster much, much more stable) 'Workspace' side. The two apps are linked by a software bridge which works well when you figure it out but is unpopular with many folk who want one application which does everything. Many users tend to use one side or the other but not both - learning to use both sides was easy enough for me as I started with the legacy stuff and grew into the new stuff. tS was in the process of being completely rewritten when Microsoft bought the company as they wanted a 3d app with great realtime abilities. The economic recession killed it though so they made the app free and stopped developing it. It does work on 64 bit systems but sooner or later will probably stop working as operating systems continue to evolve. There is a great forum here (http://www.united3dartists.com) run by fans of the app. I recommend checking it out.
Finally, bear in mind that I do most of my actual rendering using Vue and use tS as the modeller. tS is extremely versatile though and can do much more than just modelling. As you say "Maybe its just that I am very used to the way it does it".

@Gamerprinter - Re "You're English then, not a Maori... or a hobbit." LOL - that's very true though living on the opposite side of the planet from my birthplace means I tend to think of myself as a Human or an Earthling rather than English, Kiwi and so on. I'm with John Lennon when he said "Imagine there's no countries". Nationalism has it's place but seems to me to be a waste of a lot of energy - we're all from the same planet and the same gene-pool after all!
Re: "I do mostly 2D work these days" - funnily enough I am tending that way myself. I use The GIMP for making my own textures for my 3d stuff and so as I've become more proficient with it I find I probably use the GIMP more than any other app. I'm keen to get into matte painting with it too.

Thanks for the welcome - I think I like it here!!

Gamerprinter
06-23-2010, 11:41 PM
Ah, I think in terms of heritage more than nationalism - I am half Japanese, Irish, Scottish, with a wee bit of German (Pennsylvania Dutch). I like to know where you come from, not who you're fighting for.

GP

arsheesh
06-23-2010, 11:57 PM
Welcome to the Guild Wzrd! Nice 3-d pics you got there. Been all over the north Island and parts of the south island as well, and fell in love! In fact, I'm hoping to do Phd work in Auckland. As an Oregon ex-pat currently residing in the lower levels of Hades (aka the OC California), the prospect of moving to New Zealand just seems like a breath of fresh air. Look forward to seeing your first map!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

wzrd
06-24-2010, 03:13 AM
Ah, I think in terms of heritage more than nationalism - I am half Japanese, Irish, Scottish, with a wee bit of German (Pennsylvania Dutch). I like to know where you come from, not who you're fighting for.

GP
Excellent GP - that's a good way to put it. Lineage is very important to Maori people - and Hobbits!! The great thing about a lineage like yours is you get to celebrate that many more traditional festivals!

@ Arsheesh - Hi and thanks for the welcome and the kind words about my 3d pics. Great to meet a fellow GIMPer. So your one of the lucky few who've visited our magical islands? Try not to tell too many folk how great it is here or they'll all want to come over and turn it into another California!! I have a few friends in Oregon and the Pacific NW and though I've never seen that part of the world from all accounts it's an area with many similarities to NZ.

Re my first map: I've been making some progress with it and I'm hoping to post a WIP here soon so you'all can tell me how to improve it!

Thanks again
wzrd