We’re back for another update!
First up is concept art by Warren Lou, which doubles as some pin-up art…perhaps recruiting for Reaper teams. The art shows what geesuits looks like. Geesuits are the survival suits that allow Gatestriders to withstand the harsher gravity and temperatures of their homeworld. They are filled with circulatory systems and small bladders that keep the blood flowing while warming or cooling the wearer as needed.
Modeling and animating the characters is our next milestone, so this concept art gets some key details done in preparation for the next fundraiser.
Also, we’ve completed our test prints and have started the full production run of nearly 60 THMPR busts. They will come in a variety of unpainted colors. You can choose to paint these, and any model paints will work well. Big Kahuna backers will be getting hand painted versions in the mail, of course. Each THMPR takes roughly 14 hours to print, plus assembly time.
We’ll be sending these out in batches of 10. Since Big Kahuna backers have hand-painted versions, theirs will take a little longer to ship, probably the middle of the production run.
It took about 3 days of work in Zbrush to prepare the complex THMPR model for print. We had to build it like a model kit and create tabs and slots for everything to fit together. We did test prints along the way to make sure it was all fitting together as planned. As a side note, I’m now pretty comfortable using zBrush. You can see how I split the parts up here:
Finally, Ekiator has put up a server on Amazon Elastic Cloud to begin testing our server tech. If this goes well, we should have a way to do more players and also accommodate some very lag free melee. Wish us luck, as this is a big experiment. We will need your help, and will be recruiting 5-10 testers to help us load up the server. Fair warning, we’re just using the default Unreal 3rd person client here, so you wont’ see any actual Em-8ER art in this server test.
We’ll leave you with some more shots of the 3D printing process. Thanks again for the support and see you next week!