Thank you for that, Simon. You are quite right. There is perhaps an understandable feeling among creators of models that ours is the only correct way of doing things and it is our task to enable others to duplicate it. That is of course quite, quite wrong - rather like a Pharoah trying to continue to rule after death !!! When we release a model upon the world it passes into the hands of others; they contribute too, sometimes more, sometimes less. I have for example, seen how some contribute humour; others fantasy, while all will add figures and props of their own choosing. That is great and as it should be. Another way of looking at it is to say that the creator of a model simply kicks a ball into play and that others run with it. It is like the author of a short story - someone lengthens it into a novel - someone else turns that into a stage play - then it is made into a movie - another adds music - so on and on. All create and have fun, in their own way.
In this model the sea is a single plane with bump, transparency, reflection and refraction, but in addition there is a band of surf that also is adjustable in a variety of settings. This is going to involve two props, but so be it. It is quite likely that someone somewhere will develop it further.
Much to do…..
I guess I will be considered somewhat strange, but I actually think the sea is most interesting in Winter, especially during rough weather. I used to love walking along the seaside during a storm, and have been known to be caught out walking along the coast duiring a thunderstorm in summer, soaked to the skin and loving every moment of it.
Nothing strange about that, Cho. We all respond to the elements and be the conditions good or bad, at such times we are more truly alive.
I have been thinking about wave forms. Out at sea in moderate conditions, they are nearly a sine wave. There is a carrier wave and other smaller sine waves are superimposed two or more deep. As the carrier wave nears the shore, so it piles up into a sawtooth wave before peaking and breaking. It is obviously asking too much to try and duplicate all of this complexity, but it might be possible to create a bump map that is a sine at one end and a sawtooth at the other. I think that I would like to experiment a little before giving up.
BTW, it is my birthday today. I am 83. I’ll be studying the wave forms in a glass!
Thanks folks. I’ve got the drinks and store cupboard stacked up with all sorts of goodies and will gorge myself stupid. At my age, there is little else left to enjoy!
As I expected, it is not difficult to create bump maps of various wave forms, but translating them into a realistic sea is gonna be something else again. Mmmmmmmm…. (Thinks. Drinks. Thinks again.)
Thanks Cho. My wife had a better ear for languages than I, but I seem to remember that “lechyd Da” means “good luck” or “good health.” Am I right?
Scratching my head produced only splinters and no inspiration, so I am going to go with the sea as I’ve already done it. Steady work now, converting everything for Poser….
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a stiff drink and a bar for my head to lie,
And the whisky’s kick and the wife’s song and the DAZ MAT’s making
And a good material in the Poser room and no headache dawning.
Cho - dunno from where I produced that, however. BTW, do you normally write “Da” with a capital letter?
Simon - no need for profuse apologies. I am sure that Masefield would have been impressed. (And you’d be welcome, bottle or no. I’ve got plenty.)
Mmmmm. ‘S empty - I must get another.
Skipper, no not normally, where we would say Good health in welsh it is Health good.so I am wrong when I capitalise the “da”
But I am only learning. Just a beginner, and not an easy language to learn. May get on a bit better when our new neigbours move in, she is a Welsh teacher, by which I mean she is both Welsh, and teaches Welsh to school children, so a native speaker.
It is very courageous of you. I am sure that I could never manage it. We were in Builth Wells one time and a guy was showing me his map. Feeling a bit naughty, I said, “Gawd! It looks like a foreign language!” My wife later said that I was lucky to get out alive.