Just a quick message from me. The last couple of days I've been rendering frames from the comic. But while they were rendering I've been doing some experimenting on my other PCs.
Lali will eventually go by plane to Senegal, and that trip also doesn't go without mishap. I bought a Boeing 737-800, its quite a decent model, it just needs a little extra work here and there, new paint job, but especially the cockpit. The 'mishap' however doesn't happen in this aircraft, but in an old DC3 cargo plane I have yet to make.
Its fuggin cool though because I can revisit my old childhood fascination for aircraft again!!! Whiii. Speaking of which, Lali's adventures will also require helicopters, proper ones in tune with the region, like alouettes, Pumas and the Russian Hind; and also old Russian fighter jets like the Mig 21 or the Mirage series.
I'm also experimenting with lighting, IDL and skydomes. I wanna see how much I can get away with using just IDL and nothing else. The render of the Business Jet is an example of a scene lit only by the ambient skydome. Pretty decent for Firefly, huh?
Ok so once Lali is on her missions there she'll undergo a subtle change since she's back home. She'll get a slight tan, her clothes will be less girly. I am going to make a more behrbehr /muslim-style and toareg style outfits for her (albeit sexy ones).
But also, like with the aircraft, you'll find that the weapons will also be in tune with the regional preferences and availability Like here she's holding a Imi Galil chambered for 7.62mm with a folding stock. There will be a lot of FN FAL, AK47, Tokarev and Marakov going on too.
She will be dealing with embassy folk, local secret service, local contacts and dealers, and obviously the corrupt business-men that will get her further into the case of the shipments, and further inland towards the border of stinking HOT Sierra Leone, where everything gradually starts to unravel.
But Lali will also flash back every now and then, to episodes during university, meeting some interesting characters like Professor Farrell ;)
I had actually put it on hold for me to pick up again until after the comic, but just two days ago I did a little work on Project E, I think I might be able to get a prototype going very soon. I realised something simple about the mesh construction that was otherwise slowing me down. If all goes well I might actually be able to use her in the next comic. She'll be a hybrid though, just to get her development going. I'll place V4's head on her body so that I don't have to do extra work on the face for the time being. Would be cool if we could see PE in action in the comic so soon!