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    [SUBMITTED] Necro's Rock Box

    Edit 4/21/2015:

    Full rock pack available on Gumroad for $5: Necro's Rock Box!
    Rock sample available on Gumroad: Necro's Rock Box Sample #1!

    Moving the latest image to the top so it's more visible in the thread:

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    A pic showing all of the meshes side by side. Shows the 4 different diffuse textures on each rock.

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    Pic showing a quick little scene with the rocks:

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    Original post:

    Good evening! Everyone loves rocks, right? Is the marketplace already saturated, geologically, or is there room for a small set of rocks for around $5? I intend to include 10+ meshes of various size, configuration, and complexity, and a couple of custom photo-sourced materials. Keeping in mind that the pack will be dirt-cheap, what sort of features would you like to see (LODs, material configurability, etc)? Included is a preliminary picture of what I have so far:

    One problem I've noted while chipping away at these things is seams. Do you guys mind inconspicuous seams that can be hidden with other rocks/props, or would you prefer to have them painted out in the textures? Keep in mind that doing this requires many more separate textures/materials to support each mesh.

    Your input is valued!
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    Last edited by eXi; 04-24-2015, 06:17 AM.

    Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

    #2
    There's never enough rocks in my opinion! I already bought one rock pack but would definitely buy more for more variety. I'd like to see LOD's, material options would be good but chances are I'd personally use my own materials anyway.

    In short, for a low price I'd definitely look at making and releasing a rock pack if I were you!

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      #3
      I'd buy it without even thinking of it for only $5. The time save is worth it. The more features the better obviously, but for $5 I'll work with whatever ya give me.

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        #4
        +1 on the $5 Rocks. Never enough.

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          #5
          Thanks for the feedback, guys! I'll definitely pursue this then. I'll post any progress to this thread.

          Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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            #6
            Just bought a zbrush license...it's much more powerful than trying to sculpt in Blender, or even 3d-Coat, but its interface is a bear New rock image:
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            Last edited by Necrophob30; 04-22-2015, 11:49 AM.

            Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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              #7
              Just posting some progress. Got tired of the material I was using, so created a new one, that's a little less busy.
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              Last edited by Necrophob30; 04-22-2015, 11:49 AM.

              Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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                #8
                Very nice!

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                  #9
                  I love rocks. I bought every rock pack on the marketplace so far. I am a rock pack collector. I approve your rocks.

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                    #10
                    More rocks pics:

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                    Thank you guys for your kind words! I too love rocks

                    Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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                      #11
                      New rock pic:

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                      I'm putting a little more work into the material than originally intended (price of pack will still be just $5 if it makes it, though). Each rock will of course have a unique normal texture, but will all share one detail diffuse texture and normal texture. To add some differentiation though, I've generated a series of masks using dDo for each mesh. In the material instance you'll be able to set the tint and strength of each mask, to vary the look of the material. In this pic, I've added a bit of green in the crannies to make it look like moss, and a bit of tan on the edges to look like worn sandstone. Also visible is a separate "lichen" mask. I'm probably going to enable vertex painting to paint in the lichen layer so you can customize each instance of the rock a bit. Anyways, let me know if any of this is worthwhile or a waste of time

                      Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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                        #12
                        Added a couple of new rocks:

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                        I've also hooked the lichen layer up to the red vertex color channel, so you can paint them in only where you want. There are two lichen layers, so you can have a couple of different lichen colors and sizes.

                        I've still got one more rock to finish (for a total of 10 rock meshes). There will be one master material and a instance for each rock. I'll include 3 or 4 detail textures for variety (you can see two of them in the last couple of shots). Once I'm done with the last mesh, I'll have to go back and fix some seams I'm not satisfied with (which will require rebaking of all textures :/ ). I also need to get started on the LODs, but don't think that'll be too much trouble. Hopefully I can have this submitted by next week.
                        Last edited by Necrophob30; 04-12-2015, 10:56 PM.

                        Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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                          #13
                          Looking good!

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                            #14
                            Thanks HavocX, I appreciate it! Stuck in UV unwrapping hell right now, but I'm making headway.

                            Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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                              #15
                              I have a free rock sample on my site for download: http://totaliterritory.com/NecroRockSample1.zip. Check it out and let me know what you think. Here's a pic of the rock in question:

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                              You can paint lichen on the rock using the red vertex channel. Green vertex channel dampens glossiness (if you turn the roughness down, that is...by default the rocks are pretty rough and non-specular). The rock includes LODs, and is representative of the other 9 rocks that will be in the pack.

                              Necro's Bone Box, Necro's Utility Material Pack, Necro's Utility Material Pack #2, Necro's Rock Box, Necro's Tool Box on the UE4 Marketplace.

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