At long last, the chess set I’ve been modeling the past week is finally complete. This was a long but interesting lesson from the udemy course I’ve been following, and I’m glad to see it finished.
At first I followed the course fairly closely for the board materials, but decided I didn’t like the wood grain for the surround. I ended up with a more gun metal material, that suites my athestics a bit more. Here’s another view of the final result.
Overall, I think I did ok with the chess board and pieces. There are several things I would do different, but I have no desire to go back and revisit these assets anytime soon.
Total Time: 2.5 hours
[ download: chess_scene.blend ]
The final chess piece for the current udemy lesson is the knight.
I struggled a bit keeping this model low poly like the previous pieces, while still capturing the organic shape of the neck and head. The head naturally tended towards a pretty good triangle mesh, but I really liked the look of quads from the base. I couldn’t find any good tools to flatten all the quads, so I ended up going through and manually moving verticies by hand. It was a huge pain, but I’m pleased with the look of the final result.
Total Time: 2 hours
[ download: chess_knight.blend ]
Half way done with the chess pieces, and now I’m ready to just wrap it up. Well, except for the knight… I’m looking forward to that one, which is why it’s saved for last. There’s nothing particularlly special about today’s rook, besides it being a required part out the set.
As this was more an excersise of previous techniques, I turned it into a mini time challange for myself. At just over half an hour, it’s one of the quicker models I’ve made to date, and the shortest from the chess set.
Total Time: 33 minutes
[ download: chess_rook.blend ]
Following the chess theme, next up is the queen.
If you’ve been following the progression from the pawn and bishop, you may have noticed the pattern of progression is going from the simple pieces to the ones with the most challenging shapes to build. The complexity in the queen comes from her crown, and it was a fun challenge to tackle. I had to try a couple techniques because the first one resulting in points that were.. well uhm, too pointy I guess.
Speaking of redoing things, remember to bump your undo limit all the way up in your “user preferences”, because 32 is insufficient for when you mess up your crown (and mess it up you will). Also, save, save, save!
Total Time: ~1 hour
[ download: chess_queen.blend ]