Maya is a three dimensional drafting software that is used in creating video games and movies. Making a Halo character in Maya requires that you first decide on the character that you want to create. Do you want to make a Spartan, one of the Covenant races or a Flood character? Each requires a different skeleton and skinning. This step by step process will help you in developing your character.
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Things you need
- Maya software
- Halo screen shots
Sketch out ideas for your Halo character on paper first. Use reference photos to get a feel for the design language of the various races. Humanity lean towards angular armour and tactile fatigues. The Covenant Empire utilises angular armour and will likely use a minimum of clothing under the armour. The Flood have large pustules and tentacles coming out of different areas.
Double click the Maya icon. If you have not set up Maya to automatically start a new project, go to "File" and click on "New Project". Find the "Polygon" button in the toolbar and select a basic rectangle.
Shape the polygon. Click and drag on the vertices to shape the polygon into rough limbs. Continue making polygons to flush out the skeleton until you have a very rough looking model.
Enhance model details. Click "Edit Mesh" and then select one of the mesh points. Pull and shape the polygon into an organic shape that resembles an actual person or alien. To create pustules on the Flood it may be easier to attach a globe polygon onto the alien's frame and then edit the mesh so that it blends with the other polygon.
Add armour. Create a separate polygon. The armour chest plate can be formed with a flat, thin square. Next, edit the mesh so that it conforms to the chest of the figure that you want to wear armour.
Add weapons. Rifles should begin with a rectangle. Follow by editing the mesh to put in the barrel, clip well and front sight.
How to Make Halo Character Creations for Maya
Tips and warnings
- Maya software runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
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