Sunday, 28 February 2010

Grass Merging

Today I had to merge the grasss in quite a lot of places. This is because the maya file that I used was made on a different version and lots of big box shapes appeared on the grass (as seen below). As well as having to merge the grass, I had to clean it up with control vertex as parts had gone higher than they should be, some pointed parts were sticking out at the edges and also the edge lines were not sraight anymore. On the right is a screen shot showing how the file looked on both versions of Maya that I have (8.5 and 2008)

Wednesday, 24 February 2010


Here is a picture of some of the tiles that I created. This was formed by extruding off of a thin cube I filled most of the church's floor with them.

The church tiles were created by:

Extruding face that was in a church floor's tile shape

Selecting the top four vertex points from the extruded section of the floor


Move them inwards with the scale tool and then shorten it with the move tool

So I carried out the above instructions to fill the plane and then gave it a simple example texture for my team to see and duplicated it the number of times needed to fill the church floor on the parts needed.

Church Tower Windows

I wanted to create some windows for my church tower as I thought that some varied designs would be much better to include than just traditional glass windows.
I am very pleased with this over all and I feel that it does look very like ones from the period of time that my group are covering (around the 12th century).

Tuesday, 23 February 2010


I have made a lot of archs during the modeling of this assignment and spent a lot of time on it as you can see below

Helping with Windows

I added edge frames on the inside and outside of the building (two separate files) so that it was easy for my team mates to delete the hole using the face tool and add the windows into the building. I also wanted them to be able to now how many windows were in my church design and where I planned for them to be.

Creating the Fence

we debated whether to have a perimeter fence or not in the church garden, I offered to create one.
I wanted the fence to look quite old starting to fall apart. A good decision!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Changing Design

I have just decided to change my design of the church slightly from a flat roofed 11th/12th century church to one with a pointed roof with a partly Gothic look. The reasons are because from research I found out that flat roofs were not used often.
I discussed this with the group and they all agreed that this would achieve a much better look and they said that they would have chosen a spire roof but if I want to stick with the flat roof I can.


When I was deciding how I wanted the grass to be outside the church I decided that I wanted to create it as a bumpy garden as I felt that that added and fitted in with they mood that we are aiming to create for that church.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Progress Update: Modeling Church Exteriour

Here is a close up of the fence that I have just made to go around the garden of the church

Here you can see how I changed the shape design from how it was at the beginning. When I look back at the original (bottom pictures) I feel quite pleased at how it has progressed.

Here in this picture (left) is a screen shot of the new roof that I made for the church. I wanted it to look like it has changed shape over time and was not built as perfect as it would be now.

I have now added more lines onto the church building (interior and exterior) so that its easy for my team to add cut out gaps in the building and add in the windows

I have now decided to make the the church tower go higher and I have now started to add a roof.

I have now made the church like it is in my original design (the texture will not get used)
When I have been looking at it I am not been very pleased with how it looks. I think it is too much like a block and I also think that the tower part looks too wide and also it is not high enough.

Here (left) as you can see I wanted to make it a cross from birds eye view.

I have now started to create the castellated edge for the church tower.

Here as you can see on the left I have now made the basic shape of the church

Progress Update: Modelling Church Exteriour

Here are my beams so far. I think that they will look good in the church when they are finished.

At last! I am happy with these arches. I am not sure about the ones at the sides at the moment, I would prefer them to be a bit wider.

I have now started to create the tiles for the
church floor, so far I am happy with them.

I definitely prefer these to my previous arches but I'm still not happy with them.

I'm not very pleased with how these arches look. They look more suited to a house to me.


I have started to design and create a gargoyle for the church. However I am not very satisfied with my character so far therefore I am not sure whether it will be included.

Below are some gargoyles that I have seen on the internet and like, from the period we are looking at.

Taller or Smaller?

Nathan suggested to make the church tower taller. I'm not certain whether to or not at the moment. I am going to try to get more feedback about which would be better.

Church Research

I did this research after we had chosen what we were doing (what age the church was going to be etc). At the bottom of this post I have left some links to pages and sites that I have found interesting and helpful.