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3D Models for PC naval simulation - The Weather Gage

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Hi, I want to show you the models that I build for a naval PC simulation, which I develop as a personal project. The simulation called "The Weather Gage" is set during the French Revolutionary Wars & Napoleonic Wars and it's possible to command in real time different ship models.


I'll start with one of my favorite models with better progress, the 9pdr sixth-rate frigate based on the plans of the HMS Surprise (formerly French corvette Unité)




Other models which are already functional in the simulation (which I can show in following posts):

- Armed cutter  based on the Cutter Alert

- 18-gun brig based on the HMS Grasshoper (Cruizer Class) - later dutch "Irene"

- 18pdr 5th-rate frigate based on the Venus (Hebe Class)

- 74-gun ship of the line based on the Pompee (Temeraire Class)

- Lugger based on the Le Courer

- Small merchant schooner based on the schooner for Port Jackson

- Tartane


It would be great to get some feedback about the overall appearance of the models. I try to get a good overall appearance as I cannot invest too much time in small details. For example the rigging is in some cases difficult to model to be look like functional i.e. be animated. Also I have to distribute my time between the modelling & animations of the ships (and other elements like cannons, buildings, terrain) and gameplay development (e.g. AI, physical simulation, sound, …)


For a better impression about the simulation in action:


The robots are of course still placeholders for the real crew which should follow some time later :D Still not too good at modelling crew :S


Thanks in advance for your comments!


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Welcome to MSW.


Looking pretty good from here.  If I may make a comment or two.. the bulwarks seem bit thin looking that gunport openings.  The other thing is the cannon smoke.  The smoke would go with the wind and not consistently move towards the stern.  It also seems that from the side views of the cannons firing, looking at the smoke the barrels would have to be pointed downwards towards the water.   Nothing serious there but that's what caught my eye.

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The boom coming across the other deck; awesome! The gybes in perfect sync with the waves; wonderful! This is amazing work. Is it hard to add wake behind the boat? These heavy boats tend to leave a considerable wake in such seas. 

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