An Axe to Grind

Well if we’re going to do some axe-throwing I figured it would safer (for me) to design it in 3D first. As for Sam, well he still has to watch out for the real axe but don’t worry, we have plenty of band-aids and bactine.

The 3D model is fairly simple, I took a picture of the real axe, and then traced to rod for a lathe modifier like this. The blade was a little trickier but I managed to box model the shape and added turbo smooth.

I used a couple of textures and Vray to render and I may have added a couple of Optical Flares as well. The scene took me about 5 hours to make.

What will be useful here is having the object exist in real life to do close-ups or shots of someone holding the axe and then we can use the 3D axe for other exciting things. Someone pointed out this example in the new Resident Evil trailer of a throwing Axe at the end…

My model is still missing the decorative piece on the top of the Axe but that thing can go to H#))!

Check out render with wire-frame

162 RESPONSES TO "AN AXE TO GRIND"
Jozee
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:02 pm
OH MY GOD!!!!!, You're amazing!!
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
Wow! Looks pretty sweet!
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
WOh dude, that's pretty pimp!
Raymond
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
Looking very nice!
Grant
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
Wow Andrew, it's looking amazing. Very nice 3d work. I'm excitingly waiting for the upcoming video!
DJBoltu
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
Hi Andrew,This will be fun ! Please make a tutorial.
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:13 pm
too cool Andrew... ur the man!
w00w00
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
Looks very good! Did you use any spherical maps for reflections, or just lights??
kiddi
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
andrew, please make a 3ds max tutorial :)
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
Wow !!! Great Modeling That's Fantastic ..Can't Wait 4 The Tutorial !
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm
omg this is funny!!!! because yesterday i saw that evil guys axe!!! and i was like im gonna model that!!! so i beat ya to it Andrew!!! here is the axe hammer.....http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af224/kyleschreur/3dsmax2010-08-2618-52-37-06.jpg?t=1282863280

i hope you like it Andrew!!!
Terry
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
Looks great, if you're using such a polished surface can we trust you'll incorporate HDRI into the scene for some nice reflections?
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
Great Job AK! How long did this take you to make?
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
damn you really know your sh.. - sweet - wish the blade would be twice as big
Tommy
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
Please do not refer to the Resident Evil (movie saga) by any means. Plus the new 'so called' Resident Evil movie should be called

Resident Evil: Attack of the Clones

just like in the video game..

anyways Cool 3D axe, can't wait for the TUT!
Niklāvs
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:43 pm
THIS IS SO COOL!
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:43 pm
judging from wire shot u have some n-gons on the blade, which isn't cool )

can u show the real axe pic please - really interesting to see how that decorative thingie looks like )
August 26th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
awesome materials and texturing... will the tutorial cover the 3D modelling? im dying to know how apply to get those textures and materials... specially the blades
James
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:01 pm
Hello, that does look amazing. Is there any chance of you making a tutorial on this in Blender?

Thanks James
JosB
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
Oh, until I saw the wireframe/render pic, I thought the top image was the nib and fingergrip of a nice ballpoint pen *embarassed*. I did wonder why it was there :)
fat3_gamer
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
really amazing :)
Awesome Privates
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
I wouldnt go as far as calling you amazing or that the model is awesome but the smudging/dirt on the blade looks good. It was done post render?
William Fong
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:28 pm
Really nice! Although the shaft of the axe looks like it needs to be a bit more textured (It seems all the detail such as scratches are on the blade).
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
really cool is it for a tutorial?
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
Very cool. Now, this is something I find ironic. I used to hate when you posted 3D tutorials, because I wasn't "in the know" and kind of didn't want to be. But know that I'm learning 3DS Max, I would really love to see MORE 3D tutorials. There are lots of resources all over yes, but your style is so easy to follow. Perhaps even more 3D tutorials on modeling and integration in the future?
martin
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
LOL,"My model is still missing the decorative piece on the top of the Axe but that thing can go to H#))!"

sorry but that made me laugh
t2lotus
August 26th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
ha ha. this is Andrew Kramer
August 26th, 2010 @ 6:09 pm
Sweet model AK. The smudges on the blade are blowing my mind... You must share that secret sometime.
August 26th, 2010 @ 6:11 pm
Lol the Resident Evil axe thing is EXACTLY what I was thinking of.
Chris
August 26th, 2010 @ 6:23 pm
Andrew, how did you get the fingerprint smudges on the blade? Very nice touch.
Steve K
August 26th, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
I'm trying to make one just like it. The only thing I'm having A LOT of trouble with is the opening in the blade. It keeps screwing up with turbosmooth. I keep having to redo the supporting edges.
KGSFX
August 26th, 2010 @ 6:42 pm
One day a device will be made that takes 3d models and makes them real life, and when that day comes, Andrew Kramer will rule the world with an arsenal of highly advanced weaponry.
Ethan
August 26th, 2010 @ 6:46 pm
That's awesome. I like how slick it looks and the lens flares tie it all together. Would it be possible to maybe get a tutorial or something on how to build blades in 3D? I use Cinema 4D, but I imagine that it would be close to the same as in 3DS Max.
Rory
August 26th, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
Wow! you should make a tutorial just making the axe in a 3D program :D
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
can you share the model file please
AndrewYY
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:02 pm
That's a familiar HDR map you're using there.
kalitchou
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:07 pm
i think i saw Michael scofield on that trailer
Brian
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:12 pm
Really? People are asking for tutorials on how to make this? Go learn how to use 3d software and then it will become obvious how easy it is to make this.

Otherwise i like the metal shader but it looks like the wrong metal for an axe, also the leathers a bit funny looking. I know its a WIP and knowing your other work im sure all those things will be ironed out.
Helper hand
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:13 pm
I think that's the same HDR map from "The Bullet" DVD :D
I've been thinking about this stuff for a while as well, but I wanted to use a sword/knife instead of an axe.
Maybe I'll model one for myself (dunno if I'll model an axe though...)
I could make a vid on how to model these things if anyone's interested...
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:24 pm
Sick nasty Job Andrew! As a bonus you always have to use a couple optical flares!

I downloaded Blender and want to find a good beginners tutorial series anybody know of one?
August 26th, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
The blade of the axe is made with LOFT Modifiers? Or how did you got it? I'm new in C4D (actually took some tutoriales yesterday) But I'm a quick learner :D Also, are you using GSG Light kit pro? Damn! I need to get back to the tuts for catching up with you guys! Some day! :)
August 26th, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
Good work Andrew!!! please do a tutorial with a dog talk!! or any animal . thanks again!!
TmR
August 26th, 2010 @ 11:02 pm
Hi Andrew Kramer. I Need to 3Ds Max Modeling & Rendering tutorial please!.

I'm Tamir Mongolian student.
TmR
August 26th, 2010 @ 11:11 pm
ha ha.
http://vimeo.com/14416970
This is my 3D max & After Effect work. Please help me. I want study 3D max & After effect.

Sorry I don't know English too much
August 26th, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
good thing im learning this stuff (on my own)
shadowloader
August 26th, 2010 @ 11:46 pm
Hey AK

Can you make tutorial on this Please!!!
August 26th, 2010 @ 11:53 pm
The dirty effect on the top (iron) is VERY REALISTIC! Very VERY realistic. great job!
Olivier-Mauritius
August 26th, 2010 @ 11:56 pm
WOooooooww.. this is really nice.. one thing though for close up shots.. you will have to remove that top decorative part... and how are you going to do that?
Brent
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:11 am
Clever ;)

I think it's about time you do another short video the meteor that shows a step by step process including 3d modeling, applying metallic textures and some match-moving. I'm just sayin'
Brent
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:12 am
meant to say "similar to the meteor"..oops
Shaun
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:18 am
That's a really nice axe you got there andrew, I would like to point out that the smudges on the shiney blade really helop sell it in terms of realism, that's a nice touch....
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:18 am
i actually like the leather on the handle.
great stuff.
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:36 am
Have you thought of making an anaglyph 3D video? I saw that cool 3D effect in "My Bloody Valentine 3D":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rcoc46onlE
@ 01:03 min.
Maybe you could shoot a normal 2D background with Sam throwing an axe at the cam, add the 3D model and render the whole thing in stereo 3D (don't know if it works, I'm no expert). Then we only need those red/cyan glasses...
Best wishes from Germany
Steve
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:59 am
I'm just praying you do a tutorial series on the axe model, I'll pay for it.
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:10 am
Hi Andrew

Nice work, really like the texture on the axe blades, a little worn metal;)

Looking forward to see the film/tutorial you're using it for.

Greetings form Norway;)
Dot
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:13 am
Can you do a tutorial in 3dsmax on that?
Aerandir
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:36 am
WOW. Andrew, share that with us! :O

Or at least put that in your new product! I want that in my arsenal :O
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:42 am
Great blade texture.
Pet
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:51 am
WOW! Does anyone know where I can find 3ds max tutorials?
Rutger
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:52 am
Wow! Awesome model! Looks like you can finish it with the end of the axe... Nasty! :P
August 27th, 2010 @ 2:30 am
Hey AK, gimme a good picture of the end piece and I will make it for you ;)
Mr.Nobody
August 27th, 2010 @ 2:45 am
pimp my AXE lol!
kenrenan
August 27th, 2010 @ 2:52 am
Very nice Andrew..Looking forward to another great tutorial, or should it be a "short clip" again like your Payment Plan.
Wesley
August 27th, 2010 @ 3:20 am
Man, would you consider make some tutorials about Vray? Its an incredible tool, and you make some crazy stuff with it!
Peter Lames
August 27th, 2010 @ 3:33 am
Hi,
I did also an axe-throwing-test a few weeks ago. My axe is not as impressive as yours...but I think the principle is nearly the same :-)
You can watch it on vimeo:
http://vimeo.com/13643796
August 27th, 2010 @ 3:46 am
It looks really god ! I feel sorry for sam... LOL
ehsan
August 27th, 2010 @ 4:18 am
Cool Ax. How did you managed the dirt thing over the blades?
August 27th, 2010 @ 4:20 am
cool!!!! :d Just one thing....do not add that stripe just add the glow.
Morty
August 27th, 2010 @ 4:32 am
Very nice. I like the model, it's nice, but the materials blow me away! :)
Really nice realization, how long did it take to actually render?
Rodrigue
August 27th, 2010 @ 5:27 am
Belle réalisation Andrew
Martin
August 27th, 2010 @ 5:33 am
Andrew, it looks to me like you built this model in Maya. Is that the case? I love Maya, because that is what I was trained in.
iFajar
August 27th, 2010 @ 5:45 am
simply beautiful!
Jens Fehlau
August 27th, 2010 @ 5:51 am
AmAZIN well done mr Kramer :D
August 27th, 2010 @ 5:52 am
Hey andrew, can you please do more tutorials about making figures in 3DS Max, like making a 3D bullet or making this axe. It would really help :)
WaQaS
August 27th, 2010 @ 5:52 am
cant wait Andrew
be quick
nd its awesome
Omer
August 27th, 2010 @ 6:02 am
If you going to do a short movie, I wait to the behind the scenes!

U R awesome!
August 27th, 2010 @ 6:40 am
Hi Andrew.

This is very COOL but if you can make tutorial with That
in After Effects ,and Please talk with Sam for make new
think like (Bullet) but don't use GUN, use (axe).
and for last think use your Product(Optical Flares)&
(Action Essential) Thank you.

I LOVE YOU ANDREW YOU ARE BEST MAN.
I am Mehran Aghramazani from Iran/Kurdestan/Sanandaj
August 27th, 2010 @ 7:06 am
Can't wait for the final render !!!
OlympiaLogger
August 27th, 2010 @ 7:33 am
The last time I was in Forks, Washington on the 4th of July for the Forks' Loggers Festival, I entered the axe throwing contest. Out of about 130 entries I placed 5th. A double bitted axe can make a formidable weapon but that spiffy pointed pommel makes yours especially wicked good.
Jerry
August 27th, 2010 @ 8:01 am
Wow, so cool looking...you should design axes as a side income. Wicked!
Eric
August 27th, 2010 @ 8:20 am
Very Cool! Where'd you get your textures?
PBH
August 27th, 2010 @ 8:51 am
Andrew, forget the Resident Evil trailer example. The only true axe-toss sequence to measure yourself against is the one from Last Action Hero.

Check out the shot at the end of the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSTVmYyk5ro

(And for the love of God, don't watch anything else from that movie. You might burst into flames...)
Willem
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:02 am
Looks good Andrew!

Curious what you are gonna do with it. ;)
Btw, do i see a HDRI map from DOSCH HDRI Desert and Dawn? ;)
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:03 am
very nice result andrew, it looks like more realistic then other models !
Damion
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:17 am
Have you found a good way to optimize VRay for faster renders? It takes forever to render somethings. I go to Mental Ray just because it renders faster. But VRay just plain looks better.
Mohammed
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:26 am
sounds we all going to have fun... he he he
Iman
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:38 am
I like the dirt and fingerprints on it. It really makes it realistic.
Gforce
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:46 am
You'll need a bigger axe for Sam. hehehe Very nice though
VFXc
August 27th, 2010 @ 9:52 am
wow, this is amazing!
how did you texture the smudge marks on the blade?
Paul Stewart
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:03 am
I don't think band-aids and bactine will save Sam this time. R.I.P. Sam Loya. I hope his insurance will cover axe grinds. LOL
QUATRO
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:09 am
Here's My AXE:
http://www.ipix.lt/images/40810817.png
http://www.ipix.lt/images/40810817.png

I'f anyone's interested in maybe seeing a tut on how I did mine, drop me an email.
CHEERS!
SAf
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:10 am
wow andrew i am from pakistan and have been your great fan since i started ae. your the best teacher ever.
this is real awesome 3d model.
hard work but its great. keep it up
SteveB
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:14 am
I agree with everyone who's saying the smudges and fingerprints on the blade really make the axe look "real".

Very nice work.
MOstafa
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:38 am
studionightbird
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:49 am
that looks so fake my god...just...sooooo fake. go back to school and learn how to use 3D max


I'm OBVIOUSLY joking, thats insane Andrew I love the dints n scratches you put in really ads to the realism.
Crush
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:17 am
Andrew,

I know something to throw that will be as spectacular as that Axe. (I know alot of people will jump on this)......Think Celtic.....ah...hahahaha! (Sneaky, Evil Laugh)
Graham
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:19 am
I for one would love a multi class tutorial on this. How to model the axe and then how to incorporate it into a scene.

Please please please sir!!!! :)
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:49 am
Good model!
sure you won't add that extra piece? if you can't take it of the real axe, it's probably a very important part..
Scott2hott
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:07 am
Gr8.wers body spray.
Scott2hott
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:08 am
Gr8.wers body spray.
Simpleton Droid
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
For the smudges you can you the composite material and layer over the base material with a grungy material set to overlay/screen etc etc
muthuraj
August 27th, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
please sir tutorial...
Crush
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
For all those trying to make the Axe....here is a little tut for 3DS max. Probably wont be as concise as AK but it is a start for those who cant wait for his tut

http://www.tutorialized.com/view/tutorial/3dsmax-tutorial-for-dragon-axe./59656
Mosi
August 27th, 2010 @ 1:40 pm
Don't Kill The Sam You Bastard!!! :D
QUATRO
August 27th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
http://www.ipix.lt/images/68397751.png
Maybe not as realistic, but the axe looks cool :)
LuiSerrano
August 27th, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
Great! model... i need help in the process of textuting for this objects.

Greeting!
August 27th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
Good Job. Andrew Kramer
Alldin Dauti
August 27th, 2010 @ 3:43 pm
well done, Vray or Mental Ray?
V3P
August 27th, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
This is sick, Pretty damn realistic.
Genesis
August 27th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
Great Model!
What would be even more awesome if you would take this baby into ZBrush und make some nice ornaments and other fine details like deep scratches. Render a NormalMap and keep the old mesh with one or two typology changes. Or well...search the web for that kind of maps. But that would be too easy ;)
It would look epic if the Axe is flying in slow-mo close to the camera.
GreedOra
August 27th, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
AK as Genius as always :D
Ahmad – Ringleader
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:32 pm
Cool Axe.....! nice work
Try to trace letters on your axe like this ....... to look more effective .....
(http://www.trueswords.com/images/prod/last_samurai_sword_blade.jpg) or (http://www.trueswords.com/images/prod/last_samurai_sword_blade.jpg)
Nice Job

you my teacher...
Ahmad - The Ringleader
mbeditor
August 28th, 2010 @ 1:16 am
Hi Andrew
very nice
Peđo
August 28th, 2010 @ 2:45 am
OMG THIS IS HEAVY! :Dž
August 28th, 2010 @ 3:22 am
You should do a tutorial on how to switch from a live action object to a 3d object seamlessly (eg. You throwing the axe and it slows down as it goes past the camera, or even impaling sam, that whould work!)
BOB
August 28th, 2010 @ 7:33 am
You should be ashamed!
Convincing people to give you their worship with some cheap prizes?

Keep doing that
August 28th, 2010 @ 8:51 am
wao!!!!
Amazing bro!!!
Chandu
August 28th, 2010 @ 10:52 am
its really awesome dude...thnx a lot!!
Andrew Katrych
August 28th, 2010 @ 11:25 am
Wow ! Looks O_o very nice.
Gustavo
August 28th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
Mental Ray or Vray?
Well, it's really good =]
If you do a scene of a castle, will stay amazing with this axe in the door or in a shield.
Also, you can do a character and add some details in zbrush or mudbox, and that goes to stay really real in an ancient time. =]
I just don't liked of the Optical Flares, cause, if you look, the metal material in the axe on the top it's dirty, so, can't be very reflective... but it's just my opinion (^.^)
Thanks for your moment ;D
Gustavo
August 28th, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
Sorry for the first question ^.^ I don't saw in the discription :0
August 28th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
A cool Labrys, most models I have seen have no decoration at the top.
TrainerBoy
August 28th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
When can we see Sam get it with that Axe?? Come on now everyone, chant with m, "Axe in Chest! Axe in Chest!"
OlympiaLogger
August 28th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
pop
August 28th, 2010 @ 7:46 pm
thank you Andrew very cool tutorial
August 29th, 2010 @ 12:02 am
wow the lathe is the same with the feature in maya 7's revolve, it does the same thing, thx to ur blogs and tutorials i'm learning how to use 3d max.
manu1997
August 29th, 2010 @ 6:15 am
Hi!You are the best,I´m your fan from Spain,your creation it's great!!!Bye ;)
August 29th, 2010 @ 6:37 am
Hey Andrew!

This looks awesome! Can you make a 3DS Tutorial?

The quality of the textures are amazingly high!
August 29th, 2010 @ 10:15 am
Andrew & Sam, BE CAREFUL!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_RpbaUU7NI

I think this goes for axes too :P
V3P
August 29th, 2010 @ 10:23 am
Is there by any chanse gonna be a tutorial on that?
John Keir
August 29th, 2010 @ 12:33 pm
Looks great! Got my Grandad watching Fringe! He seems Hooked!
August 29th, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
Yeah I pointed out the Resident Evil 4 Trailer, but the link to the trailer you posted doesn't work.
Try this one instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly_izxQsHIA look at 1:49
Arno
August 29th, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
Wire could have been better, but the end result looks great!, i hope the tut covers the texturing of the axe!
August 29th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
Very good, but looking at your turbo'd mesh there are a couple of double vertices confusing turbo/meshsmooth. Texturing/rendering = 10/10
nivekb
August 30th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
Can't wait for the tut - I have my axe ready to go

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og5odlyVRRw
Eshita
August 30th, 2010 @ 1:44 am
WOAH! I LUV IT!
Russel Demos
August 30th, 2010 @ 2:08 am
lol i dont want to sound like a critic cuz i mean that is an excellent model i must say, but if you wanted to go over the top u couldve gone into mudbox and carve in a few scratches and chips to give it like a used look, but it looks good anywayz so great job, keep uo the good work!
virat
August 30th, 2010 @ 6:40 am
amazing!! man you are the vfx god for me
August 30th, 2010 @ 7:00 am
Hey Andrew
well done model ;)... I dont know if someone suggested that but what I was thinking is "what about if you please prepare a 3d anaglyph or something for the AXE while it is flying towards the cam it will be nice and something weve never tried it with Video Copilot"?
thnx
MightyDWC
August 30th, 2010 @ 7:43 am
As always, great job Andrew. Lately you've been focusing on alot of 3D stuff. In this scene, and in the video's for OF where you exported data from Max to AE, there are great examples of light reflecting off the object(s). I can put lights into the seen, but getting them to reflect off my objects is another story (even with a good reflection material). When trying to use the enviromental settings to make the light actually visible in the seen all I usually end up with is a ball of light LOL. Simply put, A tutorial on creating lights reflecting off objects in Max to export over to AE to add OF would be great :)
Fabian
August 30th, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Hey Andrew how you made these Gold and Silver "Colors"?

Greetz Fab
Evgenii Will Brown
August 30th, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
This is awesome
MIIISTER NEUGIT
August 30th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
Wow, that's pretty awesome. Me and my bro want to see you make a Samaria sword.
Matt
August 30th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
Hello Andrew :)
Very nice 3D model especially the lights and the reflections. But, have you add the Optical Flares into After Effects, or you made by yourself into Photoshop? In these days I'm learning 3ds Max too, from the basics even if some things I already knew thanks to you :D. So I will finally do characters, vehicles and other interesting things by myself.
Thanks for everything Andrew. :D
August 30th, 2010 @ 8:24 pm
I once did something that you're about to do Andrew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcjM7AuY2e8 check it out. I'm 15. :D Your really good at these kinda things. Words can't describe how lucky I feel that you're my online teacher for these kind of things. :P check out my other channel at /xxstopherlixx
QuickSilver98
August 31st, 2010 @ 8:18 am
"You have my axe" (LOTOR)
daniel peña
August 31st, 2010 @ 11:47 am
hi andrew. a videotutorial that it be grate
August 31st, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
You gotta love VRay!
Henkka
August 31st, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
That's looking very nice.
But have you tried using VrayDirt to give it more awesome detail? Here is an example of Vray dirt maps in my personal work: http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/18/imperiallogo03hueg.jpg

Vray dirt is basically like an Ambient occlusion (without any ray tracing) that can be masked out, and blend different textures or colors together in the crevices or folds in the mesh. Very good way of adding realism and detail.

Good explanation on how it works, worth checking out:
http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/18/imperiallogo03hueg.jpg
August 31st, 2010 @ 11:33 pm
yeah kiddi Andrew please make a 3ds max tutorial i hope you make it
amaroc
September 1st, 2010 @ 10:52 am
Hello Ak!
Please create tutorial about this pretty work!

thank you for all your`s work!
Ray
September 1st, 2010 @ 9:30 pm
Hi Andrew, new user here. Man I have to say: 'this axe throwing thing could get pretty messy'. Be careful with this one o.k!!

By the way..youre the best!!
September 2nd, 2010 @ 4:46 am
Hi Andrew, I've just started to use 3ds Max and I am really stuck. Could do a begginers tutorial it or a tutorial helping with models. Please that would be Great Help!?? :D

Thanks

PS Your'e the best, you've made me a pro at AE
MightyDWC
September 2nd, 2010 @ 8:51 am
@Harvey...

Check out these tuts, they should help you get started.
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/3d_text_in_3ds_max/
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/3d_text_in_3ds_max/
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/3d_text_in_3ds_max/
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/3d_text_in_3ds_max/
Andrew does a great job explaining the different fucnions of MAX and keyboard shortcuts.
And for learning camera movement and keyframes, check this one.
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/3d_text_in_3ds_max/
Next Level Designs
September 4th, 2010 @ 1:18 am
hey andrew, great job as always. um i have a few questions, would this be a tutorial wat ur gonna do with the axe and will there be and match moving tips or 3d tracking or so because i wanted to do a tutorial on how to model and then use wolverines claws in after effects and blender and maybe put it up here but im stuck to the point if i wanna show off the claw in different angles how would i set up my plate to be able to animate that. i hope u understand what im getting at and thanks in advance for the help if any
September 7th, 2010 @ 3:22 am
@MightyDWC Thanks for the help :D
Xiao Hei
September 29th, 2010 @ 2:59 am
Andrew, as always, you are awe inspiring. I hope you do a 3D Max tutorials DVD some time in the future. At least do it for beginners like me. I would buy it without blinking a eyelid! Thanks!
Ulysses3D
October 2nd, 2010 @ 3:04 am
Dammit Andrew....isn't there something your not good at???
I best not ask Mrs Kramer...lol
No but seriously that is a very nice axe...you smart ass :)
Chris
October 16th, 2010 @ 12:59 am
Tutorial!!! this is to amazing to leave us without a tutorial!!!!!!
mukundha reddy
November 6th, 2010 @ 5:35 am
Sweet model AK. The smudges on the blade are blowing my mind… You must share that secret sometime.
April 21st, 2011 @ 7:07 am
I'm Mongolian man
i love video copilot
good job. :)
Derek Speed
January 21st, 2012 @ 9:04 pm
I can't believe I have the exact same battle axe,AND cut the top off just like Andrew did, it looked stupid!!!!!!
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