A few changes have been made since the last time we reported on the Thunderbolt model for Wing Commander Saga:
Since with the model geometry as it was I could not get the shading right, especially with shinemaps applied; the vertex lighting showed it's ugly face everwhere on the main body when smoothed, and making the model faceted didn't help either, so I've decided to add another odd 100 polies or so to smooth things out; if you look at the picture below, you'll notice that the wings and main body's hard edges are gone. Now the shading is correct.
The first picture is a detailed render of the 3D model. The second image shows the Thunderbolt as it might appear in the Freespace engine.
It's poll time again, and the latest burning question is who is your favorite sidekick? Or perhaps why do their names all begin with M? Ah, where would Thrakhath be without Melek, or Roman Lynch without Miggs? Okay, perhaps those are bad examples. Come to think of it, none of them are particularly helpful. Nevertheless, we want you to choose your favorite!
Our previous poll asked you to choose your favorite mechanic. Rachel won by quite a large margin, followed by Sparks and Pliers. Poor old Nikodaemus didn't get much love. Perhaps you felt that he costs too many muster points.