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/

gmd3d designs

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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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© Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and other trademarks are held by their relevant copyright holders.
“no infringement is intended”

I hold the copyright for my design work in progress artwork, art and tutorials

Please do not use my artwork, images, tutorial for any commercial attempt without first contacting me

I am always happy to see comments or suggestions
on any of the artwork or designs.

Pathfinder Series – UES Discovery

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Pathfinder Spaceship 2045


The overall design is finished, apart from some minor changes I am calling it finished, so a few details for those who like this kind of information, as always I build to scale.

Height:  260’7 ft
Width:   228’8 ft
Length:  228’8 ft

 

Ranger – Deep Space Vessel 2

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Last post for a time, its the summer and its too good to be in doors looking at pixels and polygons, time to spend time in under the sun and go for some long walks.

Enjoy your summer and I hope its healthy and safe for you, but here is my parting images of the design, no textures and as simple as rendering it in its place

Nautilus Availible for CGI Artists

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The Nautilus


Is now available for CGI artists on Foundation3d on-line Store (link below) only in Lightwave 3d format (lwo) at this time and also hosted on Gumroad

Nautilus store

© Gerard Duffy

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© Gerard Duffy

The purchaser may use this for profitable gain through Artwork, Animation, Book covers, Prints etc, 3D-Printing this model is expressly forbidden. Both links opens in a new window


Link to 3DModel on GUMROAD
https://gumroad.com/l/JBIju

Hosted also on Foundation 3d Store
Link to 3DModel on FD3D

Buck Rogers In the 25th Century “The Starfighter’

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Buck Rogers Starfighter

Another of Ralph McQuarrie designs

A great design, rumour has it that the design was not originally intended for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century staring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, but for the Glen Larson earlier production, the famous and fabulous  classic series Battlestar Galactica (1978) as the Viper. I am glad they went with that BSG Viper design and the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century inherited this great and I think a more suitable design for Buck Rogers, there is a cross-over day dream I had since the 1980s to this very day.

star-fighter-montage
Starfighter: a 2 seater design
Interesting information I found is that the builders at Universal-Heartland did call this design the Thunder-fighter but if I remember rightly it was going to be called a Starfury and I called the altered design that is seen in the episode “Happy Birthday Buck”

quad-fighter-montage
Quadfighter: a four setter design
I see this almost as a family saloon, but I could see where the need for a larger design people carrier was called for.

traeger-fighter-montageTraeger fighter:a 2 seater
This design only seen once in the Buck Rogers episode called “Happy Birthday, Buck”, for some reason the name Thunder-Fighter suits this design more than the original ship seen
But it stayed in the collective memory of the viewers at the time, I know it did in my mind and what I liked is the extra wings and the built up area forward of the cockpit, gives a complete look to the design and it’s just cool 🙂 by no means perfect.