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Modeling an Assault Rifle in Blender

by Mark Masters

In this Blender tutorial, we'll learn how to model a realistic rifle. Software required: Blender 2.75.

What you'll learn

In this Blender tutorial, we'll learn how to model a realistic rifle. We'll start by breaking down our reference and understanding all the different components that make up the weapon. We will then move on to modeling the lower receiver, handle, and magazine utilizing an edge modeling workflow. Throughout this entire process, you will learn about Blender's wide range of modeling tools and the vital shortcuts that can speed up your workflow significantly. Once all the main pieces of the gun are completed, we'll move onto the various attachments like the red dot sight and the flashlight, as well as learn how we can use Blender's NURBS path tool to create things like wires, cords, and straps. Finally, we'll learn about the techniques involved for maintaining the look of a hard surface when smoothing it with Blender's Subdivision Surface modifier. By the end of this Blender training, you'll have learned hard surface modeling techniques you can use in your next project. Software required: Blender 2.75.

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Introduction and Project Overview

About the author

Mark started out with an interest for animation at a young age, and it eventually transformed into a passion for the subject. Mark made an impact on the industry quickly, working for Pluralsight (Digital-Tutors) as an Animation and Rigging Instructor. After his time at Pluralsight he joined Steelehouse Productions as a 3D Animator where he currently works. Apart from that, he’s had several pieces published in 3D Artist Magazine. For Mark, there’s always something new to be learned in the world o... more

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