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Old 11-01-2005, 12:19 AM   #1
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Default Cactus (or cactii)

Hiya guys...

I've decided to have my next project (a short "cartoon style" animation) in a desert environment, and for this purpose I need some cactuses (or whatever the plural of cactus is hehe).

The stem (or whatever) of the cactuses isn't a problem, but I'm having a problem with the spikes/needles. They're easy enough to make, but to get a good effect I need positively hundreds of cones, which makes for a very heavy model to work with. I can live with it if I can't get a better solution, but I would prefer something else.

So how would you guys go about creating a cactus? It's for a pre-rendered project, which will probably have some pretty close-up shots since the main characters are small humanoids who use the cactuses for houses. The style of the cactuses doesn't matter really since if someone has a good technique for getting "real looking" cactuses it shouldn't be too hard to get it looking cartoonish.

Any help appreciated


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Old 11-01-2005, 12:29 AM   #2
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I would guess that you could use some fur options with some heavy tweaking....maybe really thinned out grass, just spit ballin.....the easiest would probably be a script, but if your not into that I would probably go the fur route.....really tweaked out fur options...hehe
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Old 11-01-2005, 09:20 AM   #3
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nurbs cone instances would be light and easy to do. Because they are instances they aren't heavy on the scene

Or you could use locators and run a script at render time to add a cone to each locator. That way you wouldn't have the cones in the scene all the time.


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