I have been working on and off each day on the hyper-text game level prototype for Hyperion’s Wake, I have learned how to make 3D planets in Blender. It was so much fun, I got carried away and starting making all kinds of planets. A few samples are below that may or may not be used in the game.
The images are used in the background of the each passage as establishing shots for setting and mood while the text carries the action. The challenge of modeling different types of enviroments including jungles, deserts and bunkers should help improve my 3D modeling/rendering abilies at the same time forceing me to make design decisions on how to model or rending something that is outsite of my scope of abilities, i.e. if I cannot render or model alien jungle plant life, perhaps covering the jungle with a mist to create a sense of danger while saving me headache on figuring out how to render 4,000 plants.
The Forge of Worlds
The first level I am working on is an alien jungle world, Namera. Bound by as much science knowledge that I can handle, I imagined this planet by understanding how weather, the star it orbits and the tilt of its axis is set. Namera does not tilt on its axis, meaning there are no seasons on Namera, so the plant life recieves full sunlight year round, which is great for plants! Not so great for humans. Also the sun of Namera is a blue star, blue stars are the hottest in the galaxy, so the star cannot be one AU (astronimcal unit, distance from sun to earth), since it would roast the planet. So the sun is futher away and appears as a smaller dot on the horizon. The plant life is also different, it absorbs the blue light from the sun and reflects reds, yellows and oranges. The Namera jungle is a hot, yellow, and misty.
Namera is 90% ocean, most of the land masses are small islands or islets, most of the norhtern and southern islands do not contain plant life but deserts, the sands from these islands are blown into the ocean creating nutrients for red agae, along with year round intense sunlight, the alge blooms over the entire equatorial oceans, painting a large red band across the planet.