Art Spotlight: T-666 Tank

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In Art Spotlight, we invite Sketchfab artists to talk about one of their designs.

Hello, my name is Sal Falah. I am from California and I am a game artist and founder of a small startup company called FalX games. I have a strong 3D background mostly in vehicles, weaponry, buildings. props and other hard surface items.

I started drawing since I was a little kid and I was always fascinated by the look & design of all types of vehicles especially the ones made for military use. You can see my other 3D & 2D work on my online portfolio.

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I am currently in the progress of creating 3D models for an RTS tank game. I will share with you today the steps I took to create the 1st tank for the RTS game. The overall design of the T-666 was inspired by the legendary “Tiger Tank” from the WII era. The sloped armor look was inspired by some of today’s modern tanks combined with futuristic details.

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Here are the 6 steps I took to create the T-666 Concept tank:

1st step: Concept Art

In my opinion, this is the most important step because the success of the model depends on how appealing the actual design of the model. I created the 2D concept tank in Photoshop.

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2nd step: High poly model

In this step I used 3D Studio max to create the tank in high details (high poly count).

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3rd step: Low poly model

In this step I usually save a duplicate of the high poly tank from the previous step, and start creating the low poly model. This can be done by deactivating mesh smoothers and isolating all “extra details” so they can be used later on for baking the texture maps (5th step).

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4th step: UVW

This is the most boring step especially when you have high detailed model. In this step, I unwrapped the 3D low poly mesh in order to texture the tank model. This how the UVW map looks like:

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5th Step: Baking & Texturing

After I extracted the normal and the ambient OC map from the high poly tank (baking), I continued the texturing process in Photoshop. I usually start by bringing the exported UVW map (from step 4) into Photoshop and then I paint in layers using the normal map as guides. I created diffuse, normal and specular in 2048 dimensions:

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6th & Final Step: Rendering!

This is the part where I use Sketchfab! Thanks to Sketchfab’s easy, quick and accurate rendering system, you will spend less time testing and adjusting the settings in real time rendering while getting amazing results.

T-666 Concept Tank
by sall22a
on Sketchfab

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my work with the world! I would be more than happy to help you with your 3D project! feel free to contact me through my online portfolio: www.sal-falah.com

Thanks Sal!

See more of Sal’s work here on Sketchfab, on his personal portfolio or at his game studio, FalX games.

– Bart

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About the author

Bart Veldhuizen

Head of Community at Sketchfab. 3D Scanning enthusiast and Blenderhead. Running BlenderNation in my spare time.


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