Alamo Saints

November 13, 2016
facade

Facade with new statues

The facade of the church of the Alamo has four empty niches.  In 1836, it is believed that they contained statues of four saints: Anthony, Ferdinand, Francis and Dominic.  The statue of Anthony had been damaged during some of the work on the compound the year before.  This statue was found years later in a weedy lot near the Alamo and is on display in the Long Barrack museum.

My latest work has been to replace the low resolution statues in my model with improved high res digital sculptures.

The new statues were crafted by using the following workflow:

  1. A base mesh was created in MakeHuman and imported to Blender
  2. The model was posed along with some of the accessories that the figures carry.
  3. The posed models were imported into ZBrush where the clothing, hair and other details were sculpted in high detail.
  4. ZBrush was used to derive a lower polycount mesh from the high detail model.
  5. The low polycount model was imported into Substance Painter and the high detail model used to bake normal maps (giving the appearance of detail in the render).
  6. A limestone material was applied along with a layer of dirt.
  7. The resulting textures and low polycount model were imported into Blender and placed into the scene.

Here are renders of the individual statues taken from Substance Painter.

And here are their SketchFab renders:

 

 

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Mexican Infantry Shako

October 19, 2015
Mexican Infantry Shako 1836

Mexican Infantry Shako 1836

This is a model of a shako worn by Mexican infantry soldados during the battle of the Alamo in 1836.  The hat and visor are leather with brass furniture and plate.  The chin strap is a scalloped pattern brass.

The model was created in Blender and textured in Allegorithmic Substance Designer and Painter.  It is a bit more complex than it looks.  I had to choose between using geometry vs textures for some of the more complex objects.  The model has 15 different materials.

A simple model will be built for low-poly distant viewing.

View in 3D on Sketchfab here.

References:

Chartrand, Santa Anna’s Mexican Army 1821 – 1848. Osprey 2004

Hefter, The Mexican Soldier 1837 – 1847, 3rd edition, The Virtual Armchair General,  2013