Horrible Brain Spiders

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Modelled this sometime last week..
a quick sculpting and texture painting exercise done entirely in Blender.

(click to see the model)

later did a second color variation using Gimp to tweak the texture map.

(click to see the model)

Heres a quick and rough walk cycle

The animated model(both colors) is available for download on Blendswap – blendswap.com/blends/view/69189

MakerBot Replicator 2 for Sketchfab

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Latest commission: Modelled a realistic 3d model of the MakerBot Replicator 2 for Sketchfab..

see the webGL model here:

heres an exploded view of the model

Modelled in Blender.. textures edited with Gimp.
Rendered with Blender Internal

to know more about the Replicator 2 go to http://www.makerbot.com/

Tom Clancy’s The Division

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Wish this was coming to PC. 😦 for now its an Xbox and PlayStation(4 most likely) exclusive.
love the map..

NFC Shenanigans

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so i discovered that my new phone is upposed to have NFC..
i have two things that have NFC circuitry in them –
1) a Delhi Metro Token i found in my suitcase after returning from a trip a month ago

2) my new Bangalore metro card

on receiving the phone i discovered that it couldn’t read either of them..

so obviously the NFC on my device is not working.
on investigation i found that the NFC antenna is a sticker on the back cover..

and the problem is that the copper contacts for that are on the wrong side!

i tried fixing it myself(DIY) by using aluminium foil, copper wire etc..

but nothing worked..

so informed the seller.. they were apologetic and say they’ll ship a replacement back cover soon . will post an update once that happens.

recently when my dad arrived in town i tried the metor token and card with his phone which is a Samsung galaxy S3.. it read both of them.. Android BEAM wouldn’t work with my phone either.

NOTE: when i made the purchase i didn’t even know that the phone had NFC.. it was a bit of a post-sale-surprise. so if it doesnt work.. i won’t be too disappointed .

Vega Racer 2 gaming review

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A week back i acquired a korean android phone called the Vega Racer 2(heres that old post). the device’s specs were upto gaming spec(as far as non-tegra devices go).

so i proceeded to load up some of the games i’ve played on my acer tab before.. and heres what i found.
(note: i won’t mention games like Angry Birds.. since they obviously play on specs like this)
here are the specs:
Pantech SKY Vega Racer 2 A830S
-Android 4.1
-Dual Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
-RAM 1GB
-Internal memory 16GB
-dimensions: 68.9mm X 132.4mm X 9.35mm
(4.8″ screen)
-screen resolution – 1280×720(HD 720p) 306ppi
-NFC enabled.

-AnTuTu Benchmark score: 10476 (identical to the Galaxy Note)

so heres what i’ve played and the respective verdicts:

Shooters:

ShadowGun ✩✩✩✩✩
Bombshells Hells Bells ✩✩✩✩✩
Modern Combat3: Fallen Nation ✩✩★★★

Racers and the rest:
Busted✩✩✩✩✩
Shine Runner✩✩✩✩✩
Trial Xtreme 3 ✩✩✩✩✩
Rail Rush✩✩✩✩✩ (i know its a Temple Run clone)
Highway Rider ✩✩✩✩✩

as you can see, i didn’t give MC3 5 stars.. even though i’m a fan of the franchise, and have played the preceding games.


this is because it had some serious issues.. but considering that games like ShadowGun,Bombshells and shine runner ran without issues.. i have to believe that the fault is not with the device but with MC3. a quick look at the comments confirms it, i’m not the only one dealing with these issues..

heres what happened:
Issue #1
the game would fc(force close) on launch.. after skimming the comments on the google play page i realised its an issue with “Force GPU rendering” .. basically you have to turn it off for the game to run :bomb: .

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2
so anyway once you do this the game runs great! the graphics are impressive and highly detailed for a mobile game. here are some more screenshots from the Vega Racer 2

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2


actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2


actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

so anyway all seemed fine, and i was happily playing the first level when i noticed that it was becoming uncomfortable to control.. because my fingertips were getting hot! the game really pushes the cpu and gpu on this device.. so anyway i quit after sometime and went to the desktop widgets to check the temperature..

it was at +50˚C !!! :yikes:

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

need to do further tests.. but i don’t think i’ve had this heating issues with the other games.

Quick Verdict for now:
The Vega Racer 2 is a great gaming device, when your playing games like ShadowGun and the others that i gave ✩✩✩✩✩. there do however exist games that will make the device over heat..(hot enough that your fingers hurt while playing) the consequences of this heating on the hardware…. are left up to your imagination.

UPDATE: all games are eventually heating up the phone. Modern Combat just does it a lot faster(probably because its a newer game with more extensive graphics)
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The homescreen wallpaper is from here.

Coin modelling tutorial for beginners

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After doing the indian coins.. i realised that the simplicity of the project makes it an excellent exercise for beginners..
so heres a tutorial on how to model your own Silver Dollar

(click to see model)

Not everyone has awesome 3d modelling skills.. but there are some things that don’t require that much modelling to begin with! and with todays technology, anyone can create something that has a professional finish using free opensource tools.

here i’l show you how to model a simple 3d object that will end up looking a lot more sophisticated once your done. I’ll also show you how to put it up so others can see and appreciate your effort.

Will be using:
Blender for the 3d modelling
get it here- http://www.blender.org/

Gimp for the textures
get it here- http://www.gimp.org/

the Normal Map plugin for Gimp – https://code.google.com/p/gimp-normal…

a more detailed tutorial on creating normal maps can be found here – https://developer.valvesoftware.com/w…