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Dinosaur Replicas - dinosaur bone models + Styracosaurus skull W.I.P.
Finally starting to feel content with where I'm at with this. I'll leave it a while then maybe make some adjusts with fresh eyes.

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Had stuff to sort this week so took another break from Spikey. Made some minor revisions to the sculpt and reckon it's ready to commit to 3D printed version.

Made some extra parts for the final model -

Knuckle and pivot - for jaw hinge (I think it adds a lot to the model to be able to pose the mandible).
Jaw brace - adds rigidity to improve the pressure fit of the mandible.
Pole collar - The model is intended to be mounted on a metal pole, the mounting collar is inclined slightly so that the skull tilts forward at an attractive angle (experienced model makers can adjust the angle to their taste).

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Parts in place merged with the skull mesh. The colours are for quick selection for adjustment but the final 3D print will be single colour.

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I ordered a test 3D print from Shapeways but it's not due for 3 weeks. In the meantime I thought I'd bang out a little promo video made with 3D renders.

I've been wanting an excuse to try out the Blender 2.8 beta and mess about with the new Eevee renderer so I downloaded the latest build last night. Eevee just crashes on my 12yr old PC and the 3D viewport lags so much it's unusable. It's a bit better on my laptop (still old) and Eevee sorta works though only partially.

After some tests I think I can tease out some very basic Eevee animations on the laptop, nothing photo-realistic but hopefully adequate. I'm not even going to bother with the Cycles renderer 'cause I haven't got the computing power.

Anyway scratched up a quick storyboard, had to fight with the cheap gel pen to get it to work Big Grin. The in-frame arrows are loose indications of the camera moves. It doesn't fully convey what's in my head but having a rough plan helps me keep consistent an on track.

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Found some background music for this on youtube, it's a bit Terminator-ish but it should fit.
Changed the composition of the shots a bit to try to create a bit more flow. Been trying to get my head around Blender 2.8 beta, my ancient hardware doesn't play well with the Eevee renderer. Gonna try to get some animations out this weekend, maybe being a bit optimistic.

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Simple camera arcs over 4 scenes. About 15 seconds each, this frame preview is from scene 1
Don't know how (or if) a video would turn out. Still trying to get satisfactory results from the Blender Eevee renderer.

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Shot 2 sweeps upward toward the spikes.

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Not passing up the opportunity to brag about the jaw feature

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More blatant immodesty for shot 4 caption

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After much whining and whirring from my ancient laptop the video frames are finally done. Making some final adjusts to the video before I put it on youtube. I'm no Spielberg but this'll do for now.

Going to use this (cropped) video grab as the preview thumbnail.

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