New Project Poll

I am thinking while working on my latest and last Trek design for a time, the next project and seen via a poll if there is a direction worth going. Star Trek looks to be cooling of a little, perhaps over done here and around. I am torn between something along the lines of BSG (TOS or Ralph McQuarrie) or Star Wars (Ralph McQuarrie) or something Original..

 

 

 

 

3dgladiators is back

Yes 3dgladiators is back and is relaunching for new voyages, that right for those who remember this old cgi modeling forum is now back up, I was again in touch after a long time with Darrell, after a rough year has is now able to focus on the forum..

On site he writes:
“After a disastrous last year plus, 3DG is back! It’s under a slightly different domain now (.net instead of .com), so update links/bookmarks!

The .com domain was lost due to being unable to renew it at the time. But that’s just as well… We’re more of a network anyways!”

Hope to see some old faces return, Blogs are all well and good but its lacks the community feel.

http://www.3dgladiators.net/forums/

Blog Update and Members Section

Blog Update Plus

If any who regularly view this Blog may have noticed a change, not a major change in look nor content (or lack thereof), but I have been very busy but not exactly with the results I was hoping.

First for viewers to the blog you will have seen or I hope  “No Ads”, yeah. I am sprang for a (com) in this case https://gmd3ddesigns.com/  I needed more space and in the future more again.

So regarding a Members Section, this is for those who may also be Lightwave modellers or artist, I cannot see this been of any use to anyone else as all the art I produce I share here freely and with luck enjoyed or appreciated by you.

The Members Section is an area where I hope to fund this blog to gain more hosting space, but for an automated members I need to upgrade to the Business Plan to be able to use the necessary widget/plug-in.
So how do / can I do it, and would there be an interest in supporting the blog / me in this endeavour, and what can I offer in response, the only thing I can, the models, my meshes I have built over the years and continue to work on and in prove though minus in most cases Textures.

So without a clearway to arrange a member subscription (yearly) I will have to do it manually.

So essentially I am looking for Patrons. I am also looking at Patreon as a possibility, But I hesitate as I have another project where such as Patreon will be of better use so I have created a poll and making easy with a yes – no – maybe.

But please also comment, ask questions or make suggestions, but to answer one possible question: What models/Meshes?  Answer All of them including the royalty free models I have on Gumroad..

Perhaps taking on commissions is also an option worthy of consideration, I have done one or two request in the past but for one reason or another I had no time.

gmd3d designs

Welcome to my small corner of the web


Hello and welcome, my name is Gerard Duffy and around the web I go by the user-name of gmd3d a mix of my name and interest, not very inventive, but easy to remember. In the past I went by the user-name of Taranis on modelling and fan forums alike. but over time I grew tired of the name.

Feel free to look around and check out the number of designs I have worked on over the years and you can find my first and only tutorial of how to build the USS Enterprise from Star Trek The Original Series 1966-69 in Lightwave3d by Newtek it’s a tutorial aimed for beginners, check under Lightwave Tutorial in the menu above, its is downloadable in PDF format and is free, the blog features a mixed bag of designs and interests,

I am also adding a subscribed members section for a yearly fee giving members access to many of the designs I have worked on over the years. you can navigate to the designs via the Categories on the right side of your screen.

I have made some very good friends over the years through forums, listed below, its a sad to see that over the last few years that many of these forums have closed, with those closers (due in part to Facebook and other social media sites) most of my models went with them, never to be seen again.


Foundation3d
Foundation3d, I have been a member since 2007

3dscifi
A very nice forum with a mix of programs in use


My CGI program of choice as mentioned above is Lightwave3D by Newtek, which is an excellent 3D modelling and rendering program and I’ve used it since 2006, Lightwave3d was first seen used very effectively in Babylon 5 (1994) where the producers took a bold step with this new CGI visual effect approach and has since went on to make a name for itself in the entertainment industry, going from strength to strength and has featured in other franchise like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, James Bond, Spider-Man, Stargate, Firefly and many more besides, there are too many to name here, while people do complain about the over use of CGI in film, and for good cause I think, its not the tools, its the use and over use.

I have always been a science fiction/fantasy fan, from as far back as I can remember, I mainly enjoy Science fiction for its ability to shows us possible futures where humanity has grown up and explores not only the universe we live in but also humanity as a whole, with a little action thrown in for good measure, for me that’s best kind of science fiction.

The original Star Trek series (1960s) fulfilled that very well showing us a possible and a very positive future for humanity in general where we reached a kind of maturity that we surly need.

I also enjoy the original Battlestar Galactica (1970s), & original Star Wars (1970s) the latter shows and films are more far forgettable for me sad to say, long on awesome VFX but short on story and character development, I really think films now are more forgettable after the first viewings once you get past the visuals, I am also big fan of the early Science-Fiction films from the 1950’s and on into the 1980’s and perhaps 1990’s.

Best Gerard Duffy


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