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How to Motivate Your Team

How to motivate your team

Success in business is rarely down to technical skills or knowledge alone. Getting the most from your team is the sign of a successful manager and can lead to a successful business. The key to this is motivating people and giving them space to develop themselves to their full potential.

Being able to motivate your team successfully starts with wanting the best for people. If you care to find out about them and their needs and ambitions, you will find what motivates them. This will keep them performing at their best.

Motivation is open, positive and instils energy into your team. For instance, rather than commanding ‘Do this’, motivation entails showing why someone should do something and how they will benefit.

How can you motivate your team?

These are some suggestions for motivating your team:

  • You have to be motivated yourself to motivate others.
  • Motivation needs to be focused on clear, specific, realistic and achievable goals.
  • Seeing progress towards those goals gives a sense of achievement and helps revive motivation.
  • Motivation never lasts – there are always hurdles along the way that drain energy or distractions that take your eye off the ball.
  • Everyone has different motivations – you just need to find what they are. They may well be different from yours and will give you useful insights into what drives people. Ask your people what they want from their job, and for the business as a whole. Also what do they want for themselves in life overall?

Your staff may say money is a motivator – but look closely and you will find that it is a stepping stone to another goal. For instance, a desire for power, recognition, early retirement or travel.

  • A sense of belonging motivates – the smaller the group to which someone belongs, the stronger the loyalty, motivation and effort.
  • Participation motivates – people feel more motivated when they feel their involvement in a project is important and valued. Often we exclude our greatest assets – the people around us, from decisions in which we could include them.
  • Challenges motivate and people often rise to the occasion. However, it can also be demotivating if they are unobtainable, or conversely, too easy to achieve.
  • Motivation needs recognition and reward – even something as simple as a thank you.

What causes demotivation?

  • Constantly moving goalposts – people lose sight of goals, or feel they will never reach them and so cease to care about them anymore.
  • Not knowing what is going on. If you do not bother to tell people what is happening, you can demotivate and possibly alienate them too. Uncertainty is a very destabilising emotion in a group.
  • Not showing faith or trust in people.
  • Arbitrary decisions which are not consistent for all members of staff, and humiliating people in front of their peers.
  • Pay, work conditions or available facilities can affect motivation and often small changes can bring large differences.

Some signs of demotivation

  • Increased absenteeism/sickness.
  • Incomplete or careless work.
  • Lack of concentration.

Motivate yourself

Before you can inspire others to extend themselves, you need to develop your own sense of motivation. Here are some tips to help you.

  • Build your confidence and develop self-belief. Success doesn’t always go to the strongest person, but to the person with the greatest conviction.
  • If you work alone, identify an understanding person with whom you can talk through business issues and who will encourage you. A mentor can help here.
  • If you feel overwhelmed by a daunting task, such as sorting out your tax or personal finances, it tends to affect the rest of your attitude. There are three ways you could deal with a large task:
    1. Divide it up into smaller chunks and start immediately on the first chunk.
    2. Use an independent specialist who can relieve you of the anxiety of dealing with the task and will have more knowledge on the subject than yourself.
    3. Delegate the task to a member of your staff. Delegation can be a great motivator – but dumping an unwanted job on someone isn’t.
  • Assess, plan, act. Write a plan for yourself for the next year, both in business and personal terms. Set tough, but realistic objectives with timescales. We all react positively to these.
  • Also write down why you want to do something, even if the reasons hardly seem valid. Something as simple as ‘I want a clear desk so I don’t have to start the day in a mess’ is valid. Clean it up tonight and start tomorrow afresh.
  • Use picture power or imagination to ‘fix’ your goals. Have you ever seen something in a shop window and longed for it? It is easier to visualise having something that you can see, so visualise the result you want. Savour the emotions you will feel when (not if) you land that order. Also, collect pictures that summarise these emotions – your dream house, boat, car or holiday – and pin these round your desk to remind yourself why you are doing it all.
  • Tell people what you are going to do – it will make you feel more committed.
  • Compile a record of past successes. When you feel you are achieving nothing, review your records to remind yourself what you have achieved!
  • Finally – give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it for having the strength of character to go out and make things happen.

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COLOR TRENDS AND FORECASTING 2010

Spring / Summer 2010

COLOR TRENDS AND FORECASTING

Overview

The connection between old and new, east and west, and a sense of community..the glamour of the 70′s mixed with Moroccan colors and exotic jewels from India; ethnic mixtures of patterns and textures from Japan and China; reflecting the diversity of the world..

Feathers play a large part in many cultures. The wide variety of natural and dyed feathers add a lot of color and texture making them perfect embellishments.

Feathers are seen all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2010 in multiple types of applications, from accessories like head gear and jewelry to skirts and tops.

Key Colors

Acidic Greens
Earthy Hues
Frosted Pastels
Indigo
Jewel Tones
Neutrals
Shades of Grey
Sky Tones of Blue
Sunny Yellows
Taupe, Beige and Mauve
Turquoise
Violets

Moods and Inspirations

Cultures from around the world – primary Africa, China, Japan, and Latin America
Vintage, Romantic and Soft

Embellishments and Trimmings

Beaded Light Cottons
Brushed, Tarnished or Matte finished metals
Feather Circled Motifs – such as Feather Medallions
Feather Fringes
Fringe used at hemlines, necklines and sleeves
Graffiti on Denim
Leather w/Metallic Finishes
Metallic Embroidery
Paisleys and Ethnic Designs Blended with Bright Color

Key Themes and Trends

Birds and Floral Embellishments
Emphasizes on the Wrist
Floral Prints
Folk Craft
Haute Hippie
Large 70.s patterns
Silk Tulle and Feathers
Thick Belts and Wraps
Vintage Silk Scarves and Purses
Wood and Plastic Accessories

Interiors
Ancient Africa Inspires Rich Color
Black, White and Grey as Timeless Centerpieces
Importance of Neutrals
Influence of Japanese Culture
Need to Preserve and Reserve
Understated Meets Sophisticated

Feather Wreaths, Trees, Flowers and Stems provide consumers with eco friendly decorative by-products that are sustainable.

Many Feather Products are available in neutral tones for home decor, including Pheasant, Peacock and Rooster Feathers, which have also been made into feather pads and medallions for all your decor needs.


Spring / Summer 2010

BLUE BROWN
Pantone: 15-4825 TCX 16-4134 TCX 19-4037 TCX 17-1230 TCX 19-1333 TCX 18-1031 TCX
Blue Curacao Bonnie Blue Bright Cobalt Mocha Mousse Sequoia Toffie
ZFP Color: LT – Lt Tuquoise RL – Royal R/N – Nat Red BN – Brown
GREEN NEUTRAL
Pantone: 16-0110 TCX 14-6329 TCX 17-0230 TCX 13-0000 TCX 12-0813 TCX 14-1012 TCX
Desert Sage Absinthe Green Forrest Green Moon Beam Autumn Blonde Champagne Beige
ZFP Color: CD – Celedon FLG – Flour. Lime Green EG – Eggshell BE – Beige
ORANGE PINK
Pantone: 14-1219 TCX 16-1543 TCX 15-1247 TCX 11-1408 TCX 15-2214 TCX 16-2111 TCX
Peach Parfait Fusion Coral Tangerine Rose Water Rose Bloom Mauve Orchid
ZFP Color: SH – Shrimp O – Orange CP – Candy Pink DRE – Dusty Rose
PURPLE RED
Pantone: 15-3620 TCX 19-3536 TCX 19-3847 TCX 18-1664 TCX 18-1661 TCX 18-2027 TCX
Lavendula Amaranth Purple Deep Blue Fiery Red Tomato Puree Beaujolais
ZFP Color: OR – Orchid PU – Purple RE – Regal R – Red BU – Burgundy
YELLOW
Pantone: 12-0752 TCX 14-0848 TCX 15-0955 TCX
Buttercup Mimosa Old Gold
ZFP Color: Y – Yellow AGO – Antique Gold
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Lukas: Uni Watch 2009-10 NHL goalie gear guide

Brodeur Sherwood Pads

Brodeur Sherwood Pads

I’m a goaltender myself and a huge fan of goalie masks and equipment. I found this gem of a post online tonight about what NHL goalies are wearing this year, compared to last year. It’s commented by a rep at Bauer so it’s quite thorough as it’s his job to keep track of this for future contracts.

Lukas: Uni Watch 2009-10 NHL goalie gear guide

Keeping track of NHL uniforms, which Uni Watchcovered Wednesday, is simple enough if you apply yourself to the task. But keeping track of goalie pads, blockers and catching mitts — arguably the most visually distinctive aspect of the sport — is a lot trickier. There’s no central registry, no official team or league style guides, and the goalies are constantly changing their gear.

Fortunately, Uni Watch reader Tyler Hull works for Bauer, and as part of his job, he keeps track of what goalies are wearing. So if you’ve never devoted much thought to goalie pads yourself, don’t sweat it — Hull has already done most of the thinking for you.

“Goalies mainly chose their pads based on their style of play,” Hull explains. “It’s the only sports equipment I can think of that’s based on the athlete’s style. I know baseball players use different gloves, but that’s more for position than style. Look at the pads we offer at Bauer. On the far left is the Vapor X:60, which has knee rolls and is a little softer and more flexible — good for goalies who play more of a stand-up or hybrid style, because they move around more and want that flexibility. On the far right is the Supreme 100, which is flat with less side roll, for butterfly goalies. The flat, hard pad helps them maintain the butterfly and covers more space down low. The red and black pads in the middle are our Reflex line, for goalies who like the mixture of a flat base with some give.”

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Myers-Briggs Personality Type – ENTJ: The Leader

Myers-Briggs Personality Type – ENTJ: The Leader

Profile by Sandra Krebs Hirsch and Jean Kummerow

ENTJs take charge quickly and deal directly with problems, especially in situations that involve confusion and inefficiency. They provide structure to the organizations to which they belong and design strategies to accomplish their personal and organizational goals. They are ‘take charge’ people who organise their own and others’ external environments. They use their resources to find a way to meet the challenge. They are at their best in using their analytical and strategic thinking.

Living

ENTJ children need to have goals for everything. These goals may be related to achievements such as swimming the fifty-yard freestyle on second faster than they did the previous year, getting a straight-A report card, or winning the school math contest. They seek power and control. They want to have an impact. Because of their desire to take charge, they are often leaders.

ENTJs enjoy an active and diverse lifestyle. They are likely to be in extracurricular activities and often function as the team captain, the president, or the leader. They pursue leadership roles very directly and have difficulty following others unless those individuals demonstrate more competence than they themselves have. Even then, it may be tough for the ENTJ to follow long.

ENTJs are likely to commit to a career goal early, often in their teen years. They determine their overall goals and objectives and what it will take to accomplish them. Whatever ENFJs do must make sense to them according to their logic or they have difficulty doing it.

In mature adulthood, ENTJs are often in leadership positions in their work organizations. They go after what they want with fusto. They set their sights high and work hard. Work and its related activities may become their lives. They may find retirement unsettling, boring, and difficult because it may bring with it a loss of the power that they had during their working years. Often they make arrangements so that they do not have to retire.

Learning and Working

ENTJs see education as one of the major ways of getting ahead. They are willing to learn about the past and what is but always with the mind-set of how that information affects their future. They particularly enjoy critiquing and solving problems. They apply their logical systems view to the issues they deal with. They want to change things to fit their concept of what should be. They learn best through a variety of instructional methods, including lectures and group activities. Without variety and action in the classroom boredom sets in.

ENTJs like to debate and view problems from all sides. They are comfortable critiquing and analyzing. and do not mind intellectual conflict in the classroom. They like challenge. They may have a general study plan laid out, with test dates and paper deadlines noted. They set up a schedule and work to attain the goal within that time.

At work, ENTJs contribute a wealth of energy directed toward the goals and those of the organization. Their sense of identity is closely tied to how they carry out their responsibilities. They are curious about new ideas and theories, evaluating them in terms of their goals. They are very efficient, competitive, strategic, and task focused.

Occupations that require tough-mindedness, goal direction, and a global perspective tend to attract ENTJs. They use logic and analysis to form conclusions, to organize themselves and others, to give direction, and to take charge. Some occupations seem to be especially attractive to ENTJs: administrator, attorney, consultant, credit investigator, labor relations worker, manager, marketing personnel, mortgage banker, personnel professional, systems analyst, and other occupations that allow them to use their strategic sense.

Loving

For the ENTJ, love needs to fit into the overall picture and may become subservient to their larger goals. Love is always within the context of what the relationship is. One ENTJ stated, “I don’t allow love to course freely through my body. God forbid that it should control me rather than I control it!” Love means a match between the ENTJ’s needs and what the partner provides. The loved one is, in a sense, an extension of the ENTJ’s vision, preferably acting in a supportive, not competing, role. ENTJs tend to make rigorous demands of love. While they may fall in love easily, they maintain that love only if the other person is willing to accept the ENTJ’s directness and need for independence.

Because attractiveness is a part of our culture and an initial standard for many relationships and because ENTJs like to do better than the standard, they particularly take note of the attractive people. The often wonder if they can ‘win the heart’ of the attractive other. It becomes almost a game for them.

The partner of ENTJ can expect a hard-working and industrious provider who may use the fruits of his or her labor as an expression of love. They may not be as verbally communicative of their loving feelings as others types.

ENTJs expect to have their needs met in relationships, while maintaining their independence. When the partner can no longer do that, it is logical for them to sever ties and to move on. However, when ENTJs are scorned by others, they may feel a passionate devastation and a strong sense of loss that is seldom shared with others. However, this sense of loss and gloom generally lasts only a short period before they are ready to move on.

Profile by David Keirsey

If one word were used to capture ENTJ’s style, it would be commandant. The basic driving force and need of ENTJ’s is to lead, and from an early age they can be observed taking over groups. This type is found in approximately 5 percent of the total population. ENTJ’s have a strong urge to give structure wherever they are-to harness people to distant goals. Their empirical, objective, and extraverted thinking may be highly developed; if this is the case, they use classification, generalization, summarization, adduction of evidence, and demonstration with ease. They resemble ESTJ’s in their tendency to establish plans for a task, enterprise, or organization, but ENTJ’s search more for policy and goals than for regulations and procedures. An ENTJ’s introverted thinking (analysis and conservation) may be less well developed than the extraverted thinking processes, and the ENTJ leader may turn to an ENTP or INTP to provide his kind of input. ENTJ’s are similar to INTJ’s except that the former places greater trust in empirical thought than in intuition; it is the ENTJ’s own intuitive sense of coherence, however, that augments and supports their empirical thinking.

Career

Although ENTJ’s are tolerant of established procedures, they can abandon any procedure when it can be shown to be indifferent to the goal it seemingly serves. Inefficiency is especially rejected by ENTJ’s, and repetition of error causes them to become impatient. For the ENTJ, there must always be a reason for doing anything, and people’s feelings usually are not sufficient reason. When in charge of an organization, ENTJ’s more than any other type desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going and seem able to communicate that vision to others. They are the natural organization builders, and they cannot not lead. They find themselves in command and sometimes are mystified as to how this happened. As administrators, ENTJ’s organize their units into a smooth functioning system, planning in advance, keeping both short-term and long-range objectives well in mind. They seek and can see efficiency and effectiveness in personnel. They prefer decisions to be based on impersonal data, want to work from well thought-out plans, and like to use engineered operations-and they prefer that others follow suit. ENTJ’s will support the policy of the organization and will expect others to do so.

ENTJ’s will usually rise to positions of responsibility and enjoy being executives. They are tireless in their devotion to their jobs and can easily block out other areas of life for the sake of work. They will be able to reduce inefficiency, ineffectiveness, and aimless confusion, being willing to dismiss employees who perpetuate such behaviors. ENTJ’s tend to work in organizational structures of some sort, tend to be in charge administratively, and rise to top levels of responsibility, whether in the military, business, education, or government.

Home

ENTJ’s take charge of the home. When an ENTJ is present, there will be little doubt as to who is in command. Because their work is so important to them, however, they can become increasingly absent, especially if male. Male or female, ENTJ’s expect a great deal of their mates, who need to possess a strong personality of their own, a well-developed autonomy, many and varied interests, and a healthy self-esteem. A career wife, however, may not be appealing to an ENTJ male, who is apt to view his home and family as a part of his professional background, a resource, and adjunct to his own career development.

As a parent, an ENTJ will be thoroughly in charge, and the children will know what is expected of them and will be expected to obey. When this does not occur, an ENTJ parent is not apt to make a scene; rather, there is more likely to be a low-key, firm issuance of reprimand and a taking-for-granted of immediate obedience. While both mating and parenting are roles of importance to the ENTJ’s, they are to some degree preempted by the ENTJ’s strong career interest. The romantic dream and the quest for the ideal mate is usually not a characteristic of this type. ENTJ’s generally do, however, expect a home to be attractive, well-ordered, with meals served punctually and maintenance accomplished on schedule-all these in the service of the larger goal of creating a family system where children can be reared to be productive and healthy and establishing a devoted, harmonious relationship between man and woman. An ENTJ male might expect his mate to be active in civic and community affairs, to be socially sophisticated, and as well educated as he. The ENTJ female may find it difficult to select a mate who is not overwhelmed by her strong personality and will.

Midlife

At midlife the ENTJ’s tendency to be somewhat unaware of the feelings of others, including those close, may be an area that could be given attention. But perhaps the most important midlife task of the ENTJ is to begin to allocate time and energy to pursuits which are not work-connected and to begin to develop a larger repertoire of play skills. Putting off vacations, travel, hobbies, and family should be avoided.

Mates

The ENTJ is a natural “fieldmarshal,” that is, he’s itching to get his hands on several “armies” so that he can marshal his forces and conduct the “war” as it should be conducted. If our ENTJ is in charge of any kind of enterprise, however small, his temperament dictates that he run it as he would his armies-with an eye to long-term strategies and their derivative tactics, logistics, and consequences. In startling contrast to this, the fieldmarshal is enamored by the “flower child,” the bucolic artist ISFP, tranquilly ensconced next to Walden pond! Perhaps the ENTJ wishes a spouse who will share with him or her the quiet of the forest and field far from the madding crowd, thus separating home from work by a great, insulating distance.

The ENTJ is attracted also to his opposite in the Appolonian camp: the monastic and questing INFP. What in the saintly or knightly (St. Joan of Arc, Sir Galahad) INFP calls the ENTJ fieldmarshal? First note the outward similarity of the INFP and the ISFP. Perhaps it is this, the underlying missionary outlook of the INFP. In a sense, both INFP and ISFP have great missionary zeal, the former enlisting the spouse in the quest, the latter in the tranquil respite of nature?

What’s your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?
Read up on the sixteen Myers-Briggs Personality Types here.

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Dominance War IV Entry – 3D

Dominance War IV Entry - 3D

Dominance War IV Storyline:

The two heroes in the third Great War for Dominance foresaw what would happen if Machines were allowed to continue their hostilities, but it was too late. 5 year’s after their sacrifice to end Machines’ disruptive means for war with unstable dimensional travel, the sinister threat they foretold, emerged!

…Reality collapsed.

Everywhere, dimensional tears opened to hellish realms and everywhere, nightmares emerged! In the first wave alone, Machines were struck down with such ferocity that for the first time in any war, Machines had to take a more conservative stance. Norms were clearly outnumbered on all fronts and had to withdraw to their great magically protected cities. It was a new era and everyone soon began to realize, including Machines, that it might very well be the beginning of the end in a new chapter of the Epic Dominance War Series: The Rise of Demons!

But there is still hope. The tears in reality are not normal. Something is keeping the dimensions destabilized. Both machines and norms have the mystical power or technology to correct the crisis, unfortunately, to find the source of the problem and to revert everything back to normal requires a luxury neither Norms nor Machines have… time. With death beating down on their walls, and darkness looming around every bend, the missions are as follows:

Norms:
Your mission, again, armed with a powerful magical weapon, is to protect the cities, lead an assault to other worlds and destroy the mysterious force that is keeping the dimensions destabilized.

Machines:
Your assigned tasks: Protect homeworld, destroy all resistance, terminate the dimensional rifts caused by a yet unknown source, and reclaim your rightful dominance over the entire planetary system.

New Race: Demons!
Your purpose: Destroy every man, woman, bot, alien or child. Leave nothing unscathed!

Topic:
Choose and create a character class from one of three races: Norms, Machines and an all-new class – Demons!

Time period:
Post-apocalyptic futuristic fantasy where magic exists.

Dominance War IV Races: Demons
Demons are a new race in the Dominance War universe. Unleashed by Machine’s dimensional tampering, Demons are the shadows from untold nightmares made real. Pure evil in nature, they only care for chaos, feeding and destruction. Demons cannot manipulate or wield magic, but they do possess a single fusion of power with one of the following elements: Fire/lava or Ice/cold or Death/Darkness.

Demon Prince – Demon Princess
Demon Princes are human sized demons with human-like or alien-like characteristics. If not for a few demon-like body traits (bat wings, horns, tail etc), they could easily pass for a natural intelligent human, alien, elf etc of that kind. Demon Princes, like Demon Lords, can manipulate their inborn fusion of power.

My Dominance War Entry Thread on CG Society:
‘Demon Prince Maluum Ex Nihilo’ – Evil Out of Nothing

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=282&t=744261


Your creation’s budget:

Up to 10 000 tris max for everything (everything = characters, laser beams, shield effects, glows, other special effects, magical weapon, gear, steed(s), pet(s), twin(s), multiple characters, summoned monsters, personal equipment, etc).
1 x 2048 Color Map
*1 x 2048 Reflection Map
*1 x 2048 Specular Map
*1 x 2048 Specular Color Map
*1 x 2048 Normal Map
*1 x 2048 Bump Map
*1 x 2048 Opacity(transparency) Map
*1 x 2048 Glow map
*1 x 2048 Glossiness map

*Optional

Important – You cannot break your 2048 sheets into smaller sheets.
2-sided tris are permitted.
Shaders: All shaders from any game engine or 3d software package on planet earth, is allowed.
Lighting/rendering: All lighting/rendering solutions from any software package on planet earth, is allowed.

Your Presentation Pedestal’s Budget:
ALL 3d entries must include a pedestal in their Presentation Image. You have unrestricted polygons and textures to create a pedestal with the following guidelines:

A pedestal is NOT a floor and/or it is NOT a room. It’s a block, pillar, coffin, box, crate, stone slab, etc. Pedestal Examples: Hela by Chang Gun Nam | The Mole by Rémi Monier
No additional weapons or gear that your character can pick up and use can be put on the pedestal.
No additional characters, pets, animals, pieces of characters, dead characters, etc, can be put on your pedestal. Only Bones and skulls are fine.
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G.I.Joe Characters: Snake Eyes

G.I.Joe Characters: Snake Eyes

G.I. Joe Characters: Featuring Snake Eyes

I love G.I.Joe. Growing up I collected all of the toys and played with them for hours. My brother collected the comic books and I looked at the pictures.

With the hype of the new G.I.Joe movie coming out in the summer of 2009, I thought it would be fun to create my own concept of the infamous Snake Eyes!

I have already started to model him but have not gotten very far yet. I will post updates along the way. For now, this is a concept, an idea. I have bigger plans for a short movie clip of him animated too.

Snake Eyes: A Commando with Ninja skills.

That is how I like to view him. Even his backstory tells us how he was a war hero first and later trains to become a Ninja with his brother-in-arms, Storm Shadow. I am not going to debate this, I just liked the idea of him being more “real” so I went with traditional army gear. However, since he has been trained to be a ninja, he keeps his weapons close to his body, each having a place that is quick to access. In this concept he wears traditional black army boots but that may change to something slightly more up to date.

The toy soldier is my guide for creating something more realistic in proportions. These toys are excellent reference for any character artist working on high resolution designs in zBrush!

Be sure to checkout the new G.I.Joe comic books published by IDW. I like their new character designs.

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The Outfit Game: The Chief Signature Vehicle

The Outfit Game: The Chief Signature Vehicle

In the video game “The Outfit” we had a number of “Signature Vehicles” that could be unlocked and played in the game. Each Signature Vehicle was a custom texture over the original. I thought it would be funny of the tank flame thrower was painted like a fire engine, shooting flames out of the barrel. If we had time, it would have been cool to see water FX shooting out but as it was, the game was already in crunch time!

I also created the texture set for the Axis version of “The Chief” and the Allied “Death from Above” shown in the thumbnails below, as well as rendering each of the tank variations for the Front End Design.

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Dawn of War: Making of the Greater Knarloc (Tau)

Dawn of War: Making of the Greater Knarloc (Tau)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

The Making of the Greater Knarloc (Tau Race)

About the Greater Knarloc
A huge dinosaur-like creature from the Kroot genetic family. Originally, they were used as beasts of burden but were later trained for war after proving as effective at eating enemy infantry as at carrying heavy loads.

I had a lot of fun creating the Greater Knarloc. The original Dawn of War game did not support normal maps… only diffuse maps were used. However, I tried a different method. Instead of using zBrush to create a high resolution normal map, I used to to build up the musculature in a seamless way and then baked out a grayscale diffuse and lighting map. After that, I could paint over what I had and add the colors as overlay layers. This worked out well since our team coloring for the game was also done using overlay layers.

It was a different method to texturing old school but i am happy with the results! If I had only known zBrush back when I modeled and textured the Ork Squiggoth. That was time consuming trying to create a seamless texture!

Knarlocs have a lot of stuff on them, like a camel caravan in the Sahara Dessert. This worked out great for the animators to add secondary motion to their animations.

They also look a lot like a T-Rex with a more bird-like head. I referenced the skeletal structure of the T-Rex to make sure he was anatomically correct. These photo references from Forgeworld worked out great for the details of the skin.

For his skin, I looked at many reptiles like alligator skin and how it cracks and splits, along with the pattern along their spine.

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