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You can tell how desperate my efforts are... [Jul. 10th, 2007|10:51 pm]
Ok, I've completed a strip for last week, so now I'm only 1 day behind schedule...
...sort of.

I've now done what I really hoped I'd not need to do, IE departed from the planned storyline.  Michael was supposed to be already looking inside GG1 last week.

In the last 14 days however I've learned twice as many of the Moray tools, and the correct procedures, as I did earlier.  If I'd been this familiar with the application then things might have run far smoother from the beginning.  Eventually I'll have some time to sit down and start everything over from the beginning.

...then again I make promises like that ALL the time... :( 

[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2007-07-10 01:28 pm (UTC)
You should try to get GG fully realised before getting too deep into the story. You have the "empty shell" version done and looking good. The "hatch & interior" version will be great, but will take up memory on objects that won't be seen if the hatch is closed.

A complicated model can cause problems. I experimented with the Bugs for some time before going online. Boris V1.0 was exactly what I wanted, but was impossible to pose in the comic. What you see in the strip is a simplified V2.0
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-10 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hi Den!

Easily said, not so easily done. I've been using every moment of spare time to work on the horse (hence my absence in the forums).


You may recall our conversation at your place, that my plan was to have FOUR GG1 models:
1) Empty shell with English lettering
2) Empty shell with no lettering (available for versions of my comic in other languages)
3) Full model with English lettering
4) Full model with no lettering

I didn't want to start the comic until I was fully ready, but then two web comic authors on the other side of the planet decided they couldn't live without mine, for whatever reason.
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2007-07-12 10:53 am (UTC)
I guess, they feared you would end up in a labyrinth of "I should tweak this" - "I need to change that" - "Nah, that's just 99% right, I can do better".

Don't be too harsh on yourself, life happens. Apart from the delay, your comic does not look rushed, and I think that's a compliment to your skills.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-12 11:36 am (UTC)
Thanks Marmoe, you've no idea how much that encourages me.

There's little things that I've been working around, taking care to hide from the readers. GG1's eyes are badly misaligned, because I had difficulty getting the angles correct in all 3 dimensions. Her maintenance flap is rectangualr while it should be the shape of two isosceles trapezoids with their bases joined (is there a mathematical name for such a shape?)

Version 2.0 MUST be done eventually, because this 1.0 I'm using is a solid block with no articulation. Her head will need to have movement in two joints to convey expression. At the time I first started work on her my knowledge of Moray was nowhere near enough.

A third character will join the story in a few weeks time, and eventually a fourth. In order for the audience to take an interest in each one I've worked the story so that the individual characters drop out of sight now and then, allowing the newbies to take the spotlight. When GG1 takes her leave of absence I'll introduce the new version...
...at least that's the plan. But the best laid plans of mice and foxaroos... (look at Ponycon... :( )
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2007-07-12 10:58 am (UTC)
I just had an idea, how you could credit their part in getting you online. You could disclose the power source of GG1 some time in the future: A miniature hyena in a hamster wheel. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-12 11:46 am (UTC)
Cute :roll: ;)

If you look at the image that's currently on the comic's main page you'll see an eliptical shape behind the row of cylinder objects. That shape is her reactor, which Michael was to have spoken about in the current episode.

Much later GG1 introduces herself to a newbie (and at the same time to the comic's readers), explaining that she has a Reversable Fusion Reactor. It's a thermo-nuclear generator that produces electricity in exchange for the hydrogen to helium process, with the added feature that the process can be reversed.

In a nutshell, it's a very large and immensely powerful battery.

The process isn't 100% efficient of course (nothing is). The hydrogen fuel must occasionally be replenished.
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