View Full Version : Speed Modeling Challenge #249 - It's a fine day for SCIENCE!

02-20-2014, 10:35 AM
1. Every week there will be a subject for you to model along with a time limit. You should spend no longer than the allocated time, then post a render of your model. As in most challenges like this, your honesty on modelling times is
essential. How you interpret the brief is up to you as long as the final model conforms to what is asked for.
2. Post a wire-frame and a render at 800x600 or larger.
(For wireframe help go to: http://www.artssphere.com/plugins/polygoncoloring.php
3. LightWave must be used for modelling. 3rd party Plug-ins are allowed.
4. You can enter as many times as you like, posting each in this thread. If you run over the time, the model can still be
posted but won't be subject to the judging.
5. Time spent on texturing, setting up a scene for a render and rendering is not included in the allocated period.
6. The winner is judged by the challenge starter and the prize is to set up the challenge after next week's.

This week's topic: SCIENCE!

If it can be found in a lab (mad science, real science - it's all good!)- test tubes, beakers, bunsen burners, cyclotrons, a combobulated discombobulator, high voltage equipment with exposed arcing - it's fair game.

Time Limit: 90 min.
Deadline: Wednesday 26 February 2014 @ 23:59:59 GMT (17:59:59 CST)

Have fun!

02-20-2014, 03:42 PM
Oh, I like science me. :D

Test the rainbow....

http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr16/xXswampyXx/Test_Tubes_Small_zpsb245e821.jpg (http://s465.photobucket.com/user/xXswampyXx/media/Test_Tubes_Small_zpsb245e821.jpg.html)

02-20-2014, 09:01 PM
Man, look at you, right outta the gate, XSwampyX! That's lovely! Just be careful to keep the CLEAR vial away from the GREEN one!!!

02-21-2014, 03:57 PM
Thanks RudySchneider. :D

http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr16/xXswampyXx/Test_Tubes_Wired_zpsd605722e.jpg (http://s465.photobucket.com/user/xXswampyXx/media/Test_Tubes_Wired_zpsd605722e.jpg.html)

02-23-2014, 11:19 PM
Just because It's my contest, doesn't mean I can't join in the fun...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/Kryslin/funstuff/smc249-Layzors_zpsb2046b36.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Kryslin/media/funstuff/smc249-Layzors_zpsb2046b36.jpg.html)

02-26-2014, 08:22 AM
just because it's my contest, doesn't mean i can't join in the fun...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/kryslin/funstuff/smc249-layzors_zpsb2046b36.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/kryslin/media/funstuff/smc249-layzors_zpsb2046b36.jpg.html)


02-26-2014, 01:54 PM
I was planning on doing a microscope, but then an old friend mentioned that the time limit is 90 min this week, so I went in another direction.
I'm glad she pointed that out! I'd should thank her but I can't remember her name..... Abby someone. ;)


Shnoze Shmon
02-26-2014, 04:03 PM
Just under an hour modeling.

Shnoze Shmon
02-26-2014, 04:32 PM

02-26-2014, 04:36 PM
Exactly 90 minute model.

Abby Normal :)

Workin' on wires, but my computer is doing some very Abby Normal things.


02-26-2014, 05:08 PM
Uh, yeah... don't expect wires from me anytime soon.
Computer completely overheated. At least that's what I'm praying for.
In nail biting mode. :/

02-26-2014, 05:09 PM
Nice pickles you have, Joe :)
And there comes bunch of boring lab drinks...

120491 120492

better recipe for drinks (from Heisenberg):


02-26-2014, 11:50 PM
For anyone else who wants to get in on this, if you can post a render & wires before 0000 CDT Friday, I'll consider it valid. I'm a little bit busy right now.

02-28-2014, 07:56 AM
Contest is closed...
Judging commences:
XSwampyX: Ah, Test tubes. Excellent render, and the wires are nice and clean. Quite a few loops there for the holes.
Me : Automatically disqualified. I'm the contest Starter. Modeling is all SubD, though, so ~yay!~ (Even the UV Mapped sign!)
Shnoze Shmon : Lab Glassware. Models are nice and clean. You can barely tell they're Hard Surface.
JoePoe : Wow. You did that in 90 minuntes? Also, my condolences on your computer. No wires though, before deadline.
ANS : More glass ware, with strange beverages in them... Your SubD's are clean. I like the subtle changes in color in the fluids.

Processing... Done!

Our winner is ANS! Thanks to everyone who participated.
Now, let's get ready for spring in the next one!

Shnoze Shmon
02-28-2014, 01:02 PM
Shnoze Shmon : Lab Glassware. Models are nice and clean. You can barely tell they're Hard Surface.

Thank you for the complement.

Haven't done a lot of SubD. Is that the modeling method this contest is geared towards?

02-28-2014, 03:31 PM
Congrats ANS! Well done.... big improvement on second render too.

@ Shnoze Shmon - Not at all. Anything goes. I think (i should probably just let him answer...) what Kryslin is saying is that sometimes on non-SubD models where minimal geometry is involved the faceting of silhouetted edges can be evident. In your wires, take a look at the side edge of your round "thingamabob", you can see the flat segments..... but like Kryslin said, in the render, looks pretty smooth. Ordinarily for that edge to look "round" upon close inspection, the original sphere would need a bunch more geometry. SubD on the other hand, smoothes it out for you.... with even less built geometry. I will say though, that you are one control loop (at the end of the stem) away from being able to subD that object anyway. :hey:

edit: Oh, and yes, it was just an overheat. Scary. But still.... not a good sign.
I am working on some wires anyway. Hopefully up soon. :goodluck:

02-28-2014, 04:59 PM
Success! Phew!!!

JoePoe :....You did that in 90 minuntes?

Sure. It was a full 90 to be sure.... but there's nothing too crazy going on.

Tank: basically a cylinder.
Fluid: a copy of the tank, capped off.
Base: basically a cylinder.
Probe: basically a cylinder.
Wire: an extrusion of a disc.... used pxBezier.
The label: Used SketchMesh. All I had to do was scratch out something like this 120519 with a dense version of the tank and base in the background.
The geometry sucks onto the background wires (I guess now people would use heat shrink). Then Thickened.
The Brain: well, that took about 40 minutes. The wires in the image below don't show it very well so here it is in modeler. 120520
Weird lookin' thing. But to tell ya the truth I don't think I needed half of the .... cough... "detail". I knew going in that the final brain would mostly be about the deformation, so there was no need for a super realistic model. AND the refraction from glass and fluid make it hard to see any of the modeled stuff anyway (more than I expected actually... might have to work on that! 8~).

Well, at least the wood is looking better. :D

Here ya go. Better late than never.


02-28-2014, 05:13 PM
# If you like-a me like I like-a you
and we like-a both the same,
I like-a say, this very day,
I like-a change your name" #

Does anyone else get this song in their head when they see JoePoe's render/model?

02-28-2014, 07:24 PM
Shnoze Shmon: The Speed Modeling Challenge is more about finding new ways to get something done with a time limit, to learn and use what works most efficiently for you.. How you choose to go about meeting the challenge is completely up to you. It's also about practice, and learning new ways of doing things. I've been modeling in 3D for quite some time - if you count using Level editors as 3D (I started with Lightwave in 2007, but I was making Quake levels in the early 90's, along with writing my own 3D software), and I still find new ways of doing things every time I enter one of these. Sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone to get the best results.

I look forward to seeing your entries in other Challenges to come, and seeing how you improve. :)

Shnoze Shmon
03-01-2014, 08:07 AM
Joe Poe & Kryslin Thanks for your reply's. Very helpful.

03-01-2014, 11:49 AM
Well Done ANS, nice modelling. :D

03-02-2014, 04:29 AM
Thanks :)
JoePoe's Zombie Snack is ingenious made (braaaainz.....)
Kryslin laser (don't look with remaining eye...) is funny :)
Great job everyone.

03-02-2014, 07:36 PM
ANS : Someone I know who worked at a laser lab here in the US said they actually had that sign posted on a unit... along with 5-6 other, more serious, warning signs. :)