I’ve been working on improving the main menu and designing a user-friendly settings interface, not very exciting but still necessary
I started using Sky Control for my game, and I decided it would also be a good back drop for the main menu scene so I don’t have to attempt more art. Thanks @sgold for the awesome sky alternative you provided. My next goal is to go back and do the final animations for a lot of models, so I’ll also be learning and starting to use MAUD in the not too distant future
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Unfortunately, I still don’t have anything video game related to show.
Lately, my free time has been taken making a guitar. For some reason, this idea got into my head a couple months ago and I couldn’t shake it. I would fall asleep thinking about it… eventually I decided to do something about it.
Here is the final result:
I bought the neck but made the body myself.
Here are some shots from before I put the chameleon paint (and all of the clear coat) on… just satin black undercoat:
In that pic, I laid all of the pieces in just to see what it would look like. Instead of the neck, I have a piece of wood bolted in to hold it while I paint. That’s one major difference between this and a real Les Paul… the neck is bolted on instead of mortises. a) it was 100x easier, and b) the neck I bought was bolt on so I had little choice in the end.
Here is a shot from the end that shows the curves a little better:
My regular guitar is a Gibson Les Paul so I chose to make one like that. In retrospect, it’s a little like a new game dev jumping right into making an MMO. It’s definitely one of the hardest type of guitar bodies to make.
Tonight I finally got it wired up properly and played it. The fret board needs a lot of reconditioning but after a truss rod adjustment, the action is really nice. Even the intonation was pretty decent right off the bat… actually it’s better than me regular Les Paul that needs some bridge adjustments. I’m really happy about that because I spent almost an hour measuring and remeasuring where the bridge posts would go and then drilling up from a pilot hole to the full size, one bit size at a time (probably 12 bits) to make sure it didn’t drift.
Placing the bridge in the right place is kind of the difference between having an instrument and having something pretty to hang on the wall, really. Paranoia paid off, I guess.
What? I can’t understand these strange characters you have written…
TBH, I have no idea what that book is. That’s the “shelf of books with no better place to be” from when I did a major house cleaning but didn’t want to throw some books away. I’m going to have to check what it is later as I don’t remember having it. (Though do note: I have two kids so it could be related to that.)
Don’t really want to digress too much in this topic, but I have 12 coats of clear on and yeah, it’s still a bit soft in that if I leave it sitting on something that something will leave an impression. It normally takes a week or more for lacquer to cure but with the 12 rapid coats I put on, I expect it will be at least a month before I can set it on something without the back getting a slight impression. Fortunately, I hang it on the wall.
Thanks. Pictures don’t show all of the little mistakes.
And I learned one valuable lesson… if you put a gloss base coat down (like the chameleon paint), make sure to wipe down any fingerprints before clear coating. There are a couple of my fingerprints permanently embedded in clear coat.
Heheh… that’s more or less what my wife said, too.
I gotta say, there is something about making an instrument. It feels very strange to pull it down off the wall… it feels like a “real guitar”. Like someone else made it and I just bought it. But it wouldn’t be here if I didn’t make it. Very hard to describe unless you’ve created something physical like that, I guess.