Updated: May 5, 2011
I know you loved my Mechwarrior gallery. How? Well, you're reading this one now, although my arrogance might be inflicting tiny pangs of regret as we speak. But if you can look past the unneeded verbosity into the chasm of art, you will find this article even more intriguing than the original.
Recapping the message I elaborated in my new tank gallery, I am quite pleased with my models, but in most cases, they lack the realistic imperfections that we see all around us. Mechwarrior is no exception, as it comes with smooth colors, straight from the manufacturing line, unspoiled, without a smear of grease on its joints, with one streak of soot on its cannon. Time to remedy that, so please enjoy my latest project, the very same Mechwarrior rendered with weathered metals, plus some gimpage. Enjoy.
So here's that same BattleMech, only adorned with some scratched metal. Looks more realistic overall.
But it only gets better when you immerse the machinery in water. Think about it, it's a post-apocalyptic future, the ice caps could have melted, so having to walk around through water does not seem that improbable, in the larger context of things. Notice the water reflection and distortion. And when you start playing with angles and light, we get perfection.
This is the same image, only we have hills in the background. You might also think, there's an abandoned piece of machinery, left to rot in some lake somewhere after suffering a fatal hit to its reactor core. At a first glance, you would not know anything is wrong.
And the best shot of all. I call it: Forlorn. The Mechwarrior is sadly watching the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a distant, half-submerged city, at the onset of a futuristic war. I made some extra touches to the metal surfaces, so you can see the jet fuel soot marks and missile hits against the armor.
On a lighter note, grass! Now, you may be wondering how I made those semi-submerged lumps come out so nicely. You might also recall I had grass in my tank models. Not to worry, we will have a tutorial soon, teaching you all about grass and brushes and whatnot in Kerkythea.