Create 3d models using .obj files in DAZ Studio

The history

In my interview with Johnathan Soul, he went as far as to ask if nightmares had inspired the ship design? You’ll need to listen to the interview to discover the answer.

I decided to write this article to give a glimpse into the thought-process and the mechanics of how I went about designing that ship. There’s a video tutorial at the end of this article that illustrates step-by-step how I used DAZ Studio and some pre-made .obj files to achieve this.

Comic & cartoon inspiration

The inspiration for my ship design came from two places.

Both of these are from the 80’s (I’m a child of the 80’s, so that’s where a lot of my inspiration comes from).

Robotech

There was a saga of the Robotech series named “The Robotech Masters." In that series, the aliens traveled in these massively huge spaceships that had a unique design. They looked kind of like strange giant mechanical bugs. As a child, I had never seen anything like it, and I was completely amazed.

Grey Death

Grey was a comic book series that a science-fiction English classmate of mine introduced me to during my last year of high school. The storyline was not as elaborate as Robotech’s, but it was very entertaining. I highly recommend it.

Down to business

I wanted to mimic the overall look of the ships in The Robotech Masters and Grey Death for my comic, so I set off on my search for the 3d models that I could use to bring my vision to life.

I was able to find some packages of .obj files on Renderosity that were created by a vendor named Poisen. He or she creates 3d object packs that have a very nightmarish quality to them. They were exactly what I needed.

Process Overview

The process for creating the ship is relatively easy. It consists of 4 basic steps.

  1. Importing pre-made .obj files into DAZ Studio
  2. Adjusting their size, scale, and position
  3. Parenting the objects to one another
  4. Exporting a final 3d model

NOTE: I would describe this method as a workaround or a hack as I’m not creating everything from scratch. Take a look at the video below to see how this was done step-by-step.

Resources

These are the .obj packs that I used to create the alien mothership.

I hope you found this article useful (I cover everything in the video tutorial below). If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below.

 

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