Archive for September, 2006

September 30, 2006

I just finished up the antique mortar. I think it came out really well 🙂

Click on the picture to go to the turbo squid page for it.

Antique Mortar 

This is the first model I’m attempting to migrate to Poser and DAZ studio. It was definitely a painful process to convert it. I was surprised to find all the optimizations you normally do for games and good max objects actually hurt you when doing the conversion.  I’m using the free version of poser they released recently. After using it and reading the reviews I have to agree it’s not my favorite 3D program.

Lovecraft’s Hunting Horror

September 27, 2006

This one was fun to paint. The blending on the wings help give it enough detail to make it interesting.

Hunting Horror Miniature

Hewlett Packard HP PSC1610 printer – avoid this one

September 23, 2006

I used to have an Epson all in one printer. I really liked it until the first time I changed the ink cartridge. I took out the cartridge then found out I’d gotten the wrong replacement cartridge. I put the old one back in and went to get a new one. It never printed again. We even tried taking the print engine apart and cleaning the tubing. I ended up with two sets of worthless ink cartridges and a broken printer. I made sure to enroll myself in the Epson class action lawsuit. The check will just about cover the cartridges, if I ever get it.

I bought a replacement from HP. In my youth they were known for the finest quality products you could buy and for treating their employees well. The literally had gold plated freakin circuit boards! These days their quality is mediocre and they illegally invade people’s privacy because they feel like it.

I’ve had this printer for a while.

The good things about it:

  • I can successfully change the ink cartridge and it still prints well.
  • The scanner and copy functions work tolerably well

The bad things about it:

  • Ink cartridges cost more than gold by weight.
  • cartridges have a very low capacity
  • The construction is flimsy. It squeaks when it feeds paper.
  • When printing envelopes the printer does not feed the envelopes straight and doesn’t even do it reliably crooked. The text comes out skewed by varying amounts. If it was the same each time I could skew my print to compensate.
  • It doesn’t reliably feed paper. Many times I have to hit a button and tell it to try again before it works.
  • When turning off the printer I always get a warning from Win2k that I’ve shut off a USB device improperly.

I can’t recommend this printer. I don’t think this blog entry will actually do much since they put out a new model every six months. What is the point of a review if they don’t make that product any more?

If anyone has had good experience with a printer please let me know?

Finished up DaemonBox

September 9, 2006

The stone texture was tricky and interesting to do.

Mapped the cracks and stone mixture but the rest is procedural.

Done with 3d studio max and photoshop.

DaemonBox

Available on turbo squid if you want the object