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pauliaxz

pauliaxz's modding projects (Volvo 850 T-5R [released])

How many tris should car models have?   26 members have voted

  1. 1. Your prefered triangle count for cars? (Multiple choice allowed)

    • <500
      7
    • 500-1000
      8
    • 1000-2000
      8
    • 2000-3000
      4
    • 3000-5000
      2
    • 5000-8000
      0
    • >8000
      1
  2. 2. Your prefered triangle count for trucks and buses? (Multiple choice allowed)

    • <500
      4
    • 500-1000
      10
    • 1000-2000
      9
    • 2000-3000
      4
    • 3000-5000
      2
    • 5000-8000
      1
    • >8000
      2

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My next work: Citroen C1

Unfortunately, it happened that this car has 3104 tris, I feel so bad for exceeding my own limit, but this car is so curvy, I am not surprised why it is more of a woman's car ;). I guess all the newest cars ( made in 2010s) will have more tris in general. Using this car as example I am also making the tutorial of how I make my cars. Some will find it exhausting, because it is more time consuming than requiring lots of skill.

I will use stage updates as I used previously:

Stages which I will mark green if finished:

  • Stage 1 - Fully made mesh model.
  • Stage 2 - Fully smoothed mesh model.
  • Stage 3 - Fully UV mapped model.
  • Stage 4 - Fully made diffuse texture (baked and edited)
  • Stage 5 - Fully made other required textures
  • Stage 6 - Fully made LOD
  • Stage 7 - .crp file(s) created and tested in-game.
  • Stage 8 - Uploaded to Steam Workshop for public use.

Preview of the Stage 1:

PIC_25 - mesh complete.jpg

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Past recent days had some time to continue modelling my Citroen C1. Final triangle count is unfortunate 3100.

Preview after Stage 4:

 

c1 textured preview.jpg

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It looks great, though - without context I'd never have guessed it was modeled for a city builder game!

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I was also wondering, if I should dedicate some of my modding time for additional low-poly models, for those people who refuse to download my cars because of too large triangle count.

Currently, my first car Audi in the Steam Workshop has ~2200 triangles. While this car in the picture is a low-poly model and has 524 triangles, a lot of detail would be lost for getting 4x lower tri count. Also textures 512x512 instead of 1024x1024.

 

rs6c5 lowpoly preview.jpg

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For vehicles the LOD is displayed most of the time, so if you have a good low LOD model most people won't really feel a difference. Looking at the two models I'd say 3k is prob higher than needed for the game. Without mods we won't be able to get close enough to see any real difference in the details. The C1's design is a bit different so I'd guess it would lose too  much of its shape at around the 500 tris. I have a feeling though that with your skills something around 1-1.5k would look amazing! I'd personally prefer a somewhat lower tris count - 2k and up is a little on the high end in my oppinion. In the end it's ofc up to you, but I'm pretty sure lower tris vehicles would be very appreciated on the workshop :)

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Thanks @Avanya for your opinion,

Typically LODs of my cars are ~80 tris, and by rule should be below 100. Also my cars typically have over 2000 with 3000 being the hard limit, but in Citroen C1s case it was accidentally exceeded, even if I have sacrificed some detail, which I normally tend to include in my cars.

I would also love to have my cars at 1k triangle count but with same detail level which is not that possible really. Downside of that is those white edges, and texture degrading when zooming out, I get sick of that. For example when zooming out from some parking places in my cities consisting of my cars and cars (~1k tris) from other modders I start to notice that bad feature on their cars, while mine - don't have it or close to any. The thing is that, when my cars have over 2000 triangles, colored and non-colored parts are separated not only by texture but also by mesh seams. And my _c texture consists of 1/2 part consistent white and another 1/2 - consistent black.

Also, if people decide to download higher detail cars, I am sure they use some kind of custom camera mods to zoom in to street-view.

 

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Wanted to share my first ever experience modelling the vehicles. The game in the pictures is Cities XL, the game I played and modded before switching to Cities: Skylines. But first modelling experience and start was for SC4. My first works (in so terrible quality) can still be found in STEX.

These trucks in the pictures below are my first vehicle mods, I modelled them differently than I do now. I used only pictures of the trucks (sides, front, roof and rear)

So to begin with, a comparison with MAN TGL (prop) C:SL version and MAN TGL CXL version:

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More trucks in the spoiler:

Iveco Hi-way:

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DAF XF Euro 6:

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Volvo FH Euro 6

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MAN TGX:

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And here is my ever first vehicle creation, Scania and tanker trailer. Also further away is Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 made by me, this truck soon going to be made for CSL using my newest method.

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Slowly going further in texturing this building. Even if textures are 1024x2048 used, some parts are in low detail, mainly because of strict optimization, this building has 2411 tris and the end result will have less, because I made extra edges and vertices for easier UV mapping, which will be removed after that. So huge building has less tris than my car, how unfair ;) . Also it is the first time I make some AO for building, for C:SL.

Here is WiP state:

 

preview-WiP-1.jpg

 

And real life building(s):

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The more variety of buildings the better I say!

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Finally finished making diffuse texture for this building. It never gets to a level I want it to be, (texturing is not my strong side).

I will have to do other required textures in the next couple of days and, probably, soon it's getting into Workshop.

 

 

preview-WiP-2.jpg

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15 hours ago, pauliaxz said:

Finally finished making diffuse texture for this building. It never gets to a level I want it to be, (texturing is not my strong side).

I will have to do other required textures in the next couple of days and, probably, soon it's getting into Workshop.

 

 

preview-WiP-2.jpg

I think the textures look very good! Look forward to the release of this building.

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So here it is released now. 6 variations in total (skins). RICO mod of course. You can buildings in this collection

Screenshots:

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Also, I will reveal my next planned before it is even started (in spoiler)

 

It is going to be a Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 

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Little by little, finished making the mesh of this Mercedes-Benz Atego 815. Preliminary triangle count is 4881, but not get scared of that, ratio of tris and volume is much lower than my passenger cars. In the second pic you can see how 4 of my cars can fit inside (4 cars make 9700 tris in total). 

 

mb atego stage1.JPG

mb atego with 4 cars in.JPG

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If the mental gymnastics to justify triangle count ever gets too much, just refer to the worst asset in the game.
Always makes me feel better about my assets.

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At least texture size is comparatively small ;)

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Finished texturing it just now

 

mb atego 1223 textured.jpg

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Great looking truck, especially like the cover!

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Looks awesome, Id love to see it uploaded as a prop as well as vehicle.:thumb:

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24 minutes ago, Sparks44 said:

Looks awesome, Id love to see it uploaded as a prop as well as vehicle.:thumb:

It will be, from now on I upload prop versions also. Only the old creations are lacking it, which is meant to change soon.

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And it is now released. Final triangle count is 4925. I wish to make it less, but in that case I would sacrifice the detail I love to include in my vehicles.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=880130727

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What's next? Back to car modelling! Now 3 new cars are on the list (continuing my car modelling series - 90s; 2000s and 10s). Exact car models will be revealed later.

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Just finished making mesh of another car. Does anybody want to guess the model? 

 

850 mesh preview.JPG

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2 hours ago, pauliaxz said:

Just finished making mesh of another car. Does anybody want to guess the model? 

The indestructible Volvo! 

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Yeah the great Volvo 850 T-5R

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Today did a lot of work. In about 7 hours of work did smoothing groups, did whole UV map, and made final diffuse texture. End result is below, soon to be released to Workshop, because the hardest work is done.

 

850 textured.jpg

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Wow, almost photo-real! What a wonderful model!

btw: please include a 'vanilla pudding yellow' version (with dark gray rims), because it's the quintessential T5-R color!

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A friend of my dad used to have one of those (a yellow one, of course), and g**damn those things can haul ass :O Fantastic car!

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Yes, that color is planned from the beginnings, don't worry ;)

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