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Project Mombasa. 2.4m polygons, 4 years WIP
Date: 6/6/13 6:17 am

Shortly before Halofest (2011) I posted an earlier iteration of this under a former username. 2 years later, I'm back with another progress update. I also posted this on the Halo subreddit, where it got a good bit of attention. #egostroke

What you all came here to see


I really like Sketchup. I'm also pretty handy with the program and I've always wanted to model the city to see how the Halo 2 geography and the ODST geography line up. 4 years later, it turns out, they line up pretty well.

The render settings I've used hide a lot of the detail. The poly count is around the 2.4 million mark at this point. Luckily Google put a lot of time into developing Sketchup before they sold it to Trimble, which was quite buggy and unstable 4 years ago when I started the model and couldn't possibly have handled the model in it's current state.

Unfortunately because of the way sketchup works, it will be an even more massive undertaking to texture this model than to build it. And I don't have the know-how to do much of any use with it. Not that it would be much use. The street layout while mostly contiguous at a local level, doesn't flow from one area to another, and the geometry is really blocky at ground level.

After the important massout is done, I'd like to crowdsource more buildtime for the outskirts areas.
A lot of references were used to make this. I drew geometry directly from layouts of the in game maps and superimposed them onto a real life terrain model from Google maps. Everything was built up around that. All the multiplayer maps set in Mombasa are in the model at a pretty high level of detail.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!

Messages In This Thread

Project Mombasa. 2.4m polygons, 4 years WIPBeerbuca6/6/13 6:17 am
     Re: Project Mombasa. 2.4m polygons, 4 years WIPStephen L. (SoundEffect)6/6/13 8:29 am
           You guys are a GREAT way!MacGyver106/6/13 9:55 am
                 Re: You guys are a GREAT way!Stephen L. (SoundEffect)6/6/13 12:38 pm
                       Re: You guys are a GREAT way!MacGyver106/6/13 5:24 pm
           Re: Project Mombasa. 2.4m polygons, 4 years WIPUrban Reflex6/6/13 10:24 am
           Re: Project Mombasa. 2.4m polygons, 4 years WIPuberfoop6/6/13 12:42 pm
                 Re: Project Mombasa. 2.4m polygons, 4 years WIPStephen L. (SoundEffect)6/6/13 2:23 pm
     Awesome!Ragashingo6/6/13 12:22 pm
     I want to play thisRC Master6/6/13 12:44 pm
     Wow!iForge6/6/13 1:25 pm
     That's really impressive! Well done! *NM*Hyokin6/6/13 1:27 pm
     You got something wrong...Grizzlei6/6/13 6:47 pm

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