CSS Manassas - Digital Model

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You may have seen AndyHall's Manassas thread here. Based on information from that thread, I've put together what I thought she would look like. Many thanks to all who have contributed information about this fascinating ship!

I'm going to be posting renders as I complete them. This may take a bit of time as I refine things and fit this project in among the other irons I have in the fire.

Again, many thanks to Kazziga, rebelatsea, Bil r , Wardster and all the others who have contributed information!

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Very nice! In future versions, you might want to reduce the width of the armor; the strap iron rails were generally 4" wide, or less.
 
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Thank you!

DaveBrt - Yes, I'm not happy at all with them at the moment. It's one thing that would be relatively easy to create in a 'real' model by gluing strips to the hull. It's fairly difficult to get the texture of the rails to conform to the hull without distortion on a digital model. I might have to cut them in as 'real' geometry. This is first on my list of things to fix.

jay gale - I'm using Blender for everything 3D at the moment with Cycles as my renderer. I've tried to get a few smoke sims going but they take ages to mess about with and in the end they tend to look strange. I'll play with them a bit more to see if I can get them to come together a bit more. At the moment, I'm doing all smoke effects with a paintbrush in Photoshop! The fire from the cannon is a cylinder with an glowing material applied to it.
 
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It's one thing that would be relatively easy to create in a 'real' model by gluing strips to the hull. It's fairly difficult to get the texture of the rails to conform to the hull without distortion on a digital model.
"Fairly difficult"? That was where I started banging my head against the wall.

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Hell yeah. If I had hair, I'd rip it out!

Saying that, I imagine that cutting and gluing hundreds of small plastic rails would not do your nerves any favours either.

I think I've found a few unwrapping tricks that should get it looking better. Updates to come.
 



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