View Full Version : My Personal Lightwave BootCamp

08-24-2003, 12:00 PM
I have full access to a SGI loaded with LW 5.6. Having LW 7.5c on Both my Mac and PC (that cool dual CD/Dongle package) when I got on the LW 5.6 box I felt like I knew nothing.
I see why those folks that came from LW early years ROCK!!.
So what I deciding to do is to use LW 5.6 as my Modelling break-in or Bootcamp.
I will stick with LW 7.5c Layout.
But the way LW 5.6 models is so stiff and raw that it forces so much of the basic down your throat.

08-24-2003, 02:50 PM
Heh! Lucky you've got 5.6! The 5.0 and earlier interface was very different - 7.5's interface evolved over time from 5.6.

Check this out :D LightWave 1.0!



You can see how LightWave has changed over the years by checking out Dean Scott's The Evolution Of LightWave 3D (http://personal.southern.edu/~dascott/lwhistory/#10) website.

08-24-2003, 03:50 PM
hey - can you show us something modelled in 1.0?

08-24-2003, 03:59 PM
I will call myself lucky to have 5.6 and 7.5c.
I don't think I could mess with 1.0.
LW has come alooooong way. Seem like every bit of change counts too.
I have much respect for those who been around from the early days. 5.6 is very usefull which has a lot to do with version like the one you posted up.
I will love to see some early models made. There sgould be a gallery of Models made with LW over the different versions.

08-24-2003, 04:02 PM
The Old HBO logo from the late 1980s was done on a Commandor Amiga, I wonder was LW part of that. It was a 3D animation shot. where the camera shot through the letters and had stars flying by.

08-24-2003, 04:31 PM
I wouldn't really call 5.6 "the early days", even I was using 5.6 and I am by no means an old timer.
Anyone using LW before 3.5 could be considered an old timer in my opinion. I started at version 4 so I just scrape in :p

08-24-2003, 05:10 PM
I meant to point out that 5.6 is still useful because of the early releases progress. I don't consider 5.6 an Old version. Alot folks still use it. I seen it being used on some behind the scenes DVD on SGI boxes (Pearl Harbor is one movie).

08-24-2003, 06:05 PM
Actually, you've got some pretty vintage models right there on your LightWave 7.5 CD - the "SpaceFighters" scene has a couple of spaceships modeled by Ron Thornton in LightWave 3.0 which were used in the pilot for Babylon 5. The "SpaceDestroyer.LWO" object was another made for B5 although the only time I recall seeing it in the show was when 4 or 5 of 'em were all connected to a central hub. Very inspiring stuff for the time! Ron coined the term "nurnies" whilst working on Babylon 5 and if you look at the 'Destroyer you'll see lots of 'em - masses of simple little details that make the object look far more complex than it really is. :)