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Blender Print-a-Piece Ep. 5: King Birb

Brandon Bunnie

Brandon Bunnie

About the Author

Brandon Bunnie is a 3D artist and game designer. He builds and textures 3D objects for game environments as well as virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. He is well versed in the Unity and Unreal engines. Brandon graduated from the 3D Game Art program at Centennial College and holds a degree in Graphic Design from George Brown College.

App Development, Art & Design, Game Design
Video Tutorial

In the series: Blender Print-a-Piece 1-11

King Birb

We’ll use scale to resize some premade objects in the scene. The Duplicate hotkey will create clones of the selected objects and the Join hotkey will let us group objects so they are easier to transform. With these new skills a mighty fortress can be constructed.

For this next lesson we will focus on using the scale tool, duplication and joining objects. I have created a few assets that can be used to create an army of bird soldiers as well as a castle fit for King Birb.

To preserve the original creations it is recommended that they be duplicated then manipulated. To make a copy of an object simply select it with Right Click and the press Shift+D and a duplicate of the selection will now be locked to the movement of the mouse. If Right Click is used again the new object will be dropped exactly where the original is. To place the item elsewhere, moving the mouse and Left Click will place it. To have more control over placement use the same constraints as before with pressing X, Y or Z.

To make an object larger or smaller, just like moving and rotating, there are two options. First we could use the new handles that appear on the object when it is selected. The cube like shapes just behind the arrows. Left Click + Drag one of those to scale the object in that direction. The option being Press S and you will scale in all directions at once. The same constraints of X, Y and Z also apply.

Once one of the birds has been outfitted with armour it can be frustrating to try and move them, since each piece needs to be selected and moved. All of those individual pieces can be joined very quickly by pressing Ctrl+J. Take note that the last item selected will be the pivot  point that the newly joined object adopts. The body of the bird might be best saved for last.

Challenges:

  • Build a castle and an Army fit for a King!
king birb in blender

It can be tricky to find Blender2.79:

https://download.blender.org/release/Blender2.79/

Music Credit

Thanks Kerusu for sharing this great track

SoundCloud → https://soundcloud.com/Kerusu