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Just for info, I have not forgotten about this project, but currently can't even run UFO thanks to screwed up Intel graphics drivers in Ubuntu 12.10, so haven't worked on it in months.

I've still got all the Blender files, of course. If someone wants, I can bundle them all into a zip file and attach it here, Public Domain (CC0) Licensed so someone else can run with them. Failing that, next release of Ubuntu is in April, so possibly two months or so I'll have working 3d accel again?


Linux / Re: Ubuntu 12.10: Crash during launch
« on: February 09, 2013, 12:44:05 am »
Well, sod. Hopefully the 13.04 release of Ubuntu fixes the drivers... which worked in 12.04, dammit... >:(

Thanks for starting that UbuntuForums thread, kurja.

Linux / Re: Ubuntu 12.10: Crash during launch
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:40:41 am »
I'm running a Shuttle xPC, and it does have some sort of Intel graphics card built-in.

Almost worth re-installing Ubuntu 12.04, as UFO:AI worked perfectly there, presumably the older graphic card drivers were better.

Sod. Thanks, I'll have a rummage through the Ubuntu Forums and elseweb, but it sounds like I might be out of luck with 12.10...

You know, I've already privately nicknamed Ubuntu 12.10 "Ubuntu Vista"... the nickname gets more and more apt!

Linux / Ubuntu 12.10: Crash during launch
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:08:43 am »
So I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 last night, from 12.04. Not sure why I bothered. 12.10 seems to have given me a shiny new video driver issue, and I can't get my UFO:AI fix either.

See attached screenshot for what I get when I try to launch UFO. I'm using the PlayDeb install as recommended on the Download page, and that worked perfectly in 12.04.

Part of the problem is Ubuntu's craptastic Unity interface, which seems to have buried all the useful setup and configuration utilities somewhere unfindable... I use Unity these days, but only because it's the default, not because I like the damn thing.

Anyone got any ideas? Need my UFO fix!

Tactics / Re: Your Tactics
« on: September 09, 2012, 04:41:18 am »
I'm fairly sure I managed to stun and capture a bloodspider in the last game I finished, using the same methods as any other alien, just more of the same - lots of flashbombs, double-charged stunrods.

I always run the full eight troops, usually two snipers, one machinegunner, one grenade launcher, one SMG close-assault specialist, the last three rifles. I tend to use the Bolter as soon as I can, rarely the laser or plasma rifles. Bolters hit harder than lasers, and I like the fact that you can just buy ammo, unlike the plasma rifles.

Later in the game I'll often equip one "sniper" with a Heavy Laser, and as my teams get better I'll often drop the sniper rifles entirely in favour of more bolters, which has that awesome dual-mode, plus the triple-shot for close work. Machine gun and grenade launcher often stay right through the game, because none of the more advanced weapons quite do what they do.

Plasma pistol for backup weapons on the GL & MG troops, but I stick with SMG for my close-up guy until the particle beam pistol is available; the plasma pistol's magazine is too small for routine use! (it seems to be the only weapon in the game you can fire dry in one round...) I'm also all about the range, I like nearly everyone to be able to "reach out and touch someone", so the plasma weapons just don't cut it, nor do shotguns/flamethrowers/etc - although I do keep those around for base defense loadouts.

Standard nominal field team is MG + one sniper as a long-range engagement team, and two "assault" teams of three, one built around the GL trooper and the other around the SMG/close specialist. All very nominal, of course, as with eight bodies there's never enough to go around...

Discussion / Re: Won Game
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:23:42 am »
Oh, and another thing: Since it's a no-go to intercept harvesters and I could easily shoot down any fighter with two stilettos carrying normal weaponry (didn't even need a particle canon), I see no point in building the alien tech based fighters. Did build one Stingray though, and it took me aaages to amass enough alien materials to build it. Even with three bases containing 30 workers for UFO disassembly.

The alien-tech fighters armed with laser and particle beam cannons and armour can successfully engage Harvesters, just so you know. Getting all the alien materials together does take ages, but it's worth it!

They're also fast enough that you can, with a bit of luck, arrange to intercept those Harvesters while regular Stilettos assist and add their fire. "Ambushing" a Harvester with a couple of Stilettos and a Starchaser or Dragon is a lot of fun.

Vaguely on-topic, does anyone ever bother with the Saracen?

Not much, I'm afraid, I got back from holidays and the rest of August went past in a blur of work and other commitments!

My schedule looks saner going into this last week of August and into September, so I should be able to finish up the meshes and start unwrapping the UVs and skinning the vehicles.

Speaking of sedans, something of a teaser before I head off to the mountains for a week:

The proportions are still too tall and chunky for a sedan, I think, although cab-forward designs like this (short hood, wheels well out toward the corners of the chassis) are never going to be as sleek-looking. I'm probably going to squash the whole thing down a bit, though, and might yet re-work the back end. Currently around 210 faces, with no wheels.

Possible light-bar for a police version of the mesh thrown on just to see what it looks like.

Feedback on all the meshes much appreciated, especially the truck and sedan as they're the least finished.

I'll have one or two days during my holiday time when I'll have computer access (or internet access via my phone) but can't promise to check in here, but will be back properly in about a week!

Glad you like it, something about the design is still bugging me, though! This might just be a case of being too caught up in my own creations and not realizing they're good enough, that sort of thing...

Anyway, I put the subcompact aside last night and this morning and began sketching out a truck cab mesh. This one has come together quickly, although it doesn't have a chassis or back end details yet. Currently weighing in at a mere 180 faces, too, although that's without wheels and with the back half still unbuilt.

Anyway, I'm off first thing Tuesday morning for a week holiday out of town, most of which time I'll be up a mountain well away from any computer or internet! After I get back I want to get the truck and subcompact finished, and get all three current vehicles painted and into usable game-ready form, hopefully before being distracted by the next design!

Still on the agenda: a sedan-type vehicle, for both civilian and police use, and a replacement for the most 80s-tastic vehicle currently in the game, that minivan!

Looking good. My only thought would be that the windscreen should be a lot bigger. It would be very difficult to see very well out of that and situational awareness is pretty important for a light armoured vehicle like this.

Current vehicles (like the US Army's Stryker) are increasingly using cameras and screens to increase situational awareness without vulnerable windows; I've made the assumption that that trend will only continue, so giant windscreens aren't strictly necessary.  Once I unwrap the mesh and start painting, there will be a full set of windows down the sides and across the back, though.

The next vehicle has reached a shape I'm more-or-less happy with, or at least willing to share! It's a subcompact replacement, with obvious inspiration from the Smartcar and similar vehicles. It's nearly cubical, designed to get maximum volume on a a minimal footprint. Unlike the Tactical Vehicle, the wheels on this one are an integral part of the mesh, and it weighs in around 500 tris all up.

Something about the proportions and details is still bugging me, though. This one definitely hasn't come together as fast as the Tactical, despite being (in theory) a simpler design and more basic vehicle...

Feature Requests / Re: Bleeding wounds
« on: July 29, 2012, 03:00:37 am »
Given how small the images are likely to be on the HUD, I'd go with a simple human outline, more like what you see on bathroom doors:

(image yanked from somewhere random on the internet, courtesy Google Image Search)

The putti are interesting, but simpler is probably better.

Right, having just stared at the front end of the thing a while longer while getting the screenshot above, I've rebuild the area immediately below the windscreen and where the hood joins the body. That pointy bit was bugging me, so now the centreline of the hood is one long line from windscreen down to the front bumper/ram assembly, with a sort of wedge shape off to the sides under the windscreen. It cleans up the lines of that part of the vehicle, I think.

That's the windscreen highlighted in orange; this screenshot also nicely shows off Blender's indispensable Mirror function - build half a vehicle, get a whole one!

I haven't yet installed a Blender md2 export script, but I've attached the Blender 2.62 .blend file for the Tactical Vehicle to this post, if anyone wants to have a look at it and provide feedback.

how would you drive that car when it has been raining, i wonder?
i mean, with the front wheel open above, there would be muddy water all over everything.

 :D Actually, it's not totally clear from the screenshots I've posted so far, but the rear of the front wheel well is actually sloped inward, with the top a good bit further forward than the lower edge of that face. That should keep debris - and tire spray - off the windscreen! Although I do like Crystan's water-repelling alloy idea.

Here's a better Blender screenshot of the front end of the beast. Because I haven't had any inspiration for a better name, and because it is descriptive, let's run with H-Hour's idea of "Tactical Vehicle".

I hope to get this into game-usable form this weekend, before I go off camping for a week. Haven't had much time to work on the model this week, although I did start work on a (very, very rough!) draft mesh for a subcompact "city car" - currently it looks like a mutant cross between a Smartcar, a Fiat 500 and a golf cart, which is not a bad set of ancestors but the thing needs work before it sees the light of day! The Tactical Vehicle came together quite quickly, the subcompact... not so much.

From the front corner, looking up at the driver's side door from roughly ground level. This is with perspective turned on in Blender; just for size reference, that tall stick is six feet tall, and the wheels on this beast are three feet high.

...and from the rear left corner, a nice view of the rear door, rear bumper and roof.

I've tweaked the "eyebrow" that protects the windscreen, adjusted various things, added wheel attachments (the thing lacks "axles" in the strict sense; I figure each wheel is independently electrically powered and there's fuel cells in the floorboards or similar. You can see the underside is fully surfaced, just in case some enterprising map builder wants to crash one or blow it onto it's roof.

The whole project is currently around 630 faces, which includes half a dozen random cubes and such used for scale and the two visible wheels, both of which are 32-segment cylinders. That puts the body of the Hummer-replacement at around 400 faces or so. Each wheel is likely to be around 80-100 faces modelled (need to experiment to see how far below the current 32-seg cylinders I can go and still have round wheels!) which will put a complete vehicle at 700-900 faces, very roughly. Does that seem workable in-game?

Anyone know if you can coax Blender into giving you a face count of just one mesh or component?

Finally, this thing needs a name! Calling it "replacement Hummer" might be accurate but it's boring. Naming suggestions, please!

Looks promising, and good level of detail in the construction. It might be nice to see what it looks like with the body sitting a bit higher off the ground.

I haven't set the axles up yet, so lowering the wheel centres relative to the body will be easy. I'll bump ground clearance up a bit, stick a plane under the model and post a screenshot later tonight.

One trick you can do later for better performance: Make the wheel a separate model with a separate skin. Then we can link them up in the map editor.

I was wondering about that, and that also means the separate wheels can be re-used by other models entirely - trucks and such. I'll set it up that way in the final export version.

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