Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia


Looking in at the circuit

Pit lane

Start finish straight. It's a long one

Turns 1 and 2. Heavy braking with a slight incline into turn 1, keeping tight on exit as that opens up turn 2. Turn 2 is downhill and falls away from you. Then it is a long, flatout right hander.

Approach to turn 4. Slight incline again, tight right hander is easy to run wide at.

A long left hander

Flowing into a right hander

A double right hander follows, just beyond turn 15 there.

Turns 9 and 10 - a left hander uphill into a right hander. Be careful on upshifts out of the corner as there is very little traction through here and dropping it into the wall is easy.

Turn 11 - a deceptively slow right hander. Vale Marco Simoncelli.

A long, flatout left hander leads into

A double right hander. Very difficult braking zone as you are braking as you turn, easy to lock up or run wide.

All the way back down the straight and to turn 15, a hairpin before launching back down the start finish straight.

So in my last post I hinted at the possibility of fencing and trees. Well, here is fencing and trees. Once I got it right, it wasn't too hard. One day I will go back and redo Albert Park. Anyway, enjoy the race, and do a little better than I did. 1.43 is a terrible lap time here.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wrestlemania 31

This shot is from behind the stage.

A shot from the ramp. This was one of my marquee angles for the stage. Unfortunately, the red stage graphics and red seats don't stand out here.

A rather unique camera angle, this is perched on top of the central ring structure. Would be great for Brock Lesnar's entrance in particular.

Another camera angle, designed for capturing the entrances

Camera angle from stage right.

Hard camera view of the ring. That floating thing above the ring is designed like the one NXT has. Similarly to WM27, it lowers down over the ring for entrances.

The shot of the thing I was talking about. Notice the sides of the ring are LEDs as well. I added that a few weeks ago so when I watched RAW this past week, and saw those, I got a massive kick.

A rendered shot of the stage from inside the ring. I've been having some problems with VRAY lately and it's unwillingness to render my lights, so they're crap. But the ideas are there, and the set is clearer here.

Camera angle, stage left.

Another angle of the stage, this time just outside of the ring. Notice my little shoutout to the winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale. Sorry for the spoiler alert, but #AXELMANIA is running wild.

Sky shot. If you look at the big screen, the rendering issues are plain as day. But it shows the ambience well enough. I wanted the LEDs to wrap around the stadium as the set is very small.

Shot from the 200 level seats, looking at the ring and the stage.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne GP.

5.3km, 16 turns.
Start finish straight is 800m long, but the line is a fair way down the straight. The support pits are located closer to pit entry meaning the starting line is much further down.

The first two turns. Fifth gear is usually used here. The kerb on the inside of turn 1 is worth steering clear of, instead aiming for the kerb on the exit. We saw Vettel hit that kerb on lap 1 today, and it resulted in Maldonado dropping it into the wall.

Turn 4 - one of the heaviest braking zones. We saw Magnussen have his accident here in practice. Very easy to stick it on the grass on approach trying to open up the corner as much as possible. It's tight through there.

The complex at turns 4-5-6. That's South Melbourne FC's stadium at the top right there. The road runs to the left of the carpark here, which turn 5 is situated in the middle of.

A left kink is the braking zone here. Picking the right line is very important.

One of the trickiest braking zones on the circuit. Rather bumpy on entry and easy to run on.

The chicane. The road is a lot more open most of the year. There's a fence on the outside line that many cars scrape on the way through..

Awesome shot just beyond the chicane

Final turns. Really easy to lock up here as we saw a number of times during the race.

One of my favourite shots. Looking back at turn 4 and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
This is my first actual post in 11 months now. I posted this circuit last year, but I've improved the process greatly as you can see here. Maybe one day I will add fencing and trees :)

The raw data comes out of F1 2014. Edited through 3dSimed and brought into Sketchup. I've learned a great deal about working with various file formats through this entire process, and the end result is some textured models. This is probably the worst quality one, just because much of the circuit doesn't lend itself to this process.

Coming NXT, Wrestlemania 31. Not my best by any stretch, but I am more than impressed with it. First time in a while it's been fun. NXT has a great set, right? Right?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

An update

Hi guys.

I know it has been a very long time since my last update. Almost eleven months. That is something I am deeply ashamed of. For those who know me, you know I love to do this. I love modelling. The truth is, I took a break from recreational modelling. I had some personal and technical issues which necessitated my full attention. I wish I could give you all good news, those of you who are left, but I can't. PompeY2J has been in better condition.

That being said, I am a fighter, and you can't keep a good fighter down. No matter how much faecal excrement you fling, no matter how high-pitched you can squeal, or how much you stalk for weaknesses, if you can't face getting hit, you can book it now. BAROQUE LESSSNAAARRRR is going to destroy you. Oh, the irony...
With that being said, I am coming back. I've already got a couple of models ready to show you. I completed work on a monumental F1 circuit a little while ago, and when you see it, you'll know it was worth the wait. I've got my F1 track series, with vastly improved processes, ready to show you. I've got the Wrestlemania stage coming soon. A preview of that can already be seen in this post, and I assure you that my best work on that is still to come. Especially with it emanating from the Silverdome!

Also, from now on, PompeY2J is banished from making Bork Laser jokes.

Happy modelling, and I will see you all shortly.