theDude wrote:I build things the hard way... meaning when I have a section that I know needs to be rotated, I build it all in one color. One that's not used in the model like bright green or pink or whatever. That makes it easy to see everything, then I go back and color it properly later. It takes a bit of time, but I like doing it that way. To rotate, I put a same colored lightsaber bar in the hinge pivot, grab that, then hit the select same color button and rotate to my hearts content.
Wow, is there any specific reason you subject yourself to this kind of pain? I think I would go insane trying to do that. Have you ever tried using Multi-part? It really is easy to pick up, especially if you already know how to build stuff. I'm not sure which editor you use, but personally, I use MLCad which provides an excellent menu with lots of easy-to-use options for multi-part that I simply love.
theDude wrote:I have a bunch of the big sets in various stages of completion like the new Gunship and Home One. Ldraw is missing some pieces though that I've been waiting on like the guns on the Droid Gunship, Rep Gunship, AT-TE, etc, so a lot of sets are waiting for pieces to be authored, and my authoring experience is limited to one piece. Where'd you get the 10x10 disc for the Hailfire droid? Maybe it's been done and I haven't checked yet?
I know exactly which part
you're talking about, as it's the reason my previous update didn't include a number of sets. I actually got a good portion of 6211 done before realizing it uses the piece for it's engines and thus had to halt contruction. What's annoying is that there isn't even an unofficial part for it. There's also this part
which does have an unofficial version, but it's not really to the point I feel confident using it. As for the 10x10 Dish
, to my knowledge, it only recently became available as an unofficial part. I had searched for it in the past but been unable to find it, and only was able to get it recently.
This is one of my largest annoyances with the LDRAW parts authors. All they seem to want to focus on is old, outdated parts nobody except them cares about. Some obscure part used in exactly one set back in 1974? Better get that coded up as soon a friggen possible!!!1! Some part that's currently being produced by LEGO and has been used in dozens of sets? Pfft, who cares about that crap?!?! One only needs to look at the last parts update (which actually was one of the better updates for newer parts) to see this in action. The biggest portions of this update? A bunch of Fabuland figures and literally dozens of discontinued flags and roadsigns. Meanwhile, when it comes to Star Wars helmets, the only one that's ever been done is Vader's helmet. That means all Stormtrooper Helmets, Clone Trooper Helmets, Rebel Helmets, and most other headgear are completely unavailable. But some stupid Mouse Head thing? That bantha poodoo is TOP priority!!!
theDude wrote:You're renderings look fine to me. I haven't a clue how to do those. You've also got a lot of the sets that I haven't done yet done which is cool. I've not been doing a ton of work on them lately.
I agree. My renderings are "fine." Nothing more, nothing less. However, if you look at the renderings of people like Koyan, you'll see a pretty stark difference. His renderings are downright gorgeous and are what I someday hope to be able to obtain. You probably haven't noticed, but I have made a few small gains so far, but that aren't that noticeable. I've been trying different things. Some things help, some things hurt, while others do nothing. It's a learning process, and it's going slow. I've recently been trying to get radiosity lighting to work, but my only "success" with it involved a rendering that took well over twice as long to render than without, with results that weren't much better, if at all.
theDude wrote:I'm the Dude, so that's what you call me.... you can be the Jude though, I don't mind.
I assumed your nickname was based of the character from the The Big Lebowski, as mine is, but perhaps I assumed incorrectly? Also, my real name is Jude (which rhymes with Dude. A.K.A. the same pronunciation as that used in the song "Hey Jude" by the Beatles.) So yes, I can
be the Jude, because I am