Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Misc Render (WIP) :: Battle Gnomes Showcase revisited

With the holidays and current workload I've been a little sparse in my updates lately.

On the EverFire side, Battle Gnomes is proceeding well and we're still on track for a first quarter 2013 release.

With a little downtime over the holiday break I put together a few casual renders of a prior scene that I'd utilized for showcasing several assets from BG.

Battle Gnomes exists in a steampunk world of magic and technology.
The assets (gears, motor, lever and pipes) were designed with that in mind, so the original elements have a stylized nature to them.
The game's artistic guidelines require a specific 2D look (as can be seen in the original post, here).

This particular re-texture/re-render updates the assets with a more realistic look and grounds them in a scene which attempts to bring together the somewhat disparate elements.
Two different groups of renders are presented.
The first 3 are from an afternoon setting, the machinery still in the process of being assembled.
The last is from an early evening perspective, after the factory is operational.











Battle Gnomes is a magic-infused steampunk game for the Ouya and mobile platforms under development by EverFire Studios.
With a stylized, lo-fi art style, the game evokes a retro feel while still maintaining the dynamics of modern gameplay.
The system is currently in open alpha with a beta version expected by the end of January, 2013.
Final release will coincide with the launch of the Ouya console by April, 2013.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

UPDATED : Battle Gnomes Adventures :: Props

Updated original render scene with 3 newer version of the props (barrel, crate and lamp) that are going to be used in the arena mode version of Battle Gnomes.













Battle Gnomes is a magic-infused steampunk game for the Ouya and mobile platforms under development by EverFire Studios.
With a stylized, lo-fi art style, the game evokes a retro feel while still maintaining the dynamics of modern gameplay.
The system is currently in open alpha with a beta version expected by the end of January, 2013.
Final release will coincide with the launch of the Ouya console by April, 2013.


Original version

Friday, October 12, 2012

Battle Gnomes :: Misc Render

I wanted something to showcase sever other miscellaneous assets spread across a few different levels.

The gears, associated hardware, the metal pipes, walkways and support beams all found their way into different scenes.

This represents a setting of my own design that brings them together in a representative manner.

















Battle Gnomes is a magic-infused steampunk game for the Ouya and mobile platforms under development by EverFire Studios.
With a stylized, lo-fi art style, the game evokes a retro feel while still maintaining the dynamics of modern gameplay.
The system is currently in open alpha with a beta version expected by the end of January, 2013.
Final release will coincide with the launch of the Ouya console by April, 2013.


Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Scene dressing, lighting and rendering (Maya), Neil Schnepf
Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Thursday, October 11, 2012

[Battle Gnomes] Azure Grove :: Gazebo



Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Presentation Design, Neil Schnepf
Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Battle Gnomes :: final renders vs concepts

Two examples of how the final assets compare to the original concept art.













Battle Gnomes is a magic-infused steampunk game for the Ouya and mobile platforms under development by EverFire Studios.
With a stylized, lo-fi art style, the game evokes a retro feel while still maintaining the dynamics of modern gameplay.
The system is currently in open alpha with a beta version expected by the end of January, 2013.
Final release will coincide with the launch of the Ouya console by April, 2013.


Battle Gnomes :: Train Cars

Train car asset for the control-the-relic style level of the new Battle Gnomes release for Ouya.



Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Presentation Design, Neil Schnepf
Based off of concepts by Mirsha De Los Barrios
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Battle Gnomes :: Steamboat Render [2]

With some time off for the holidays I had a little extra time for another render.



Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Presentation Design, Neil Schnepf
Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Battle Gnomes :: Steamboat Render

I've been working on building out a model I'd created for Battle Gnomes Adventures a while back, adding specular, normal and self-illumination maps.

I've also been putting together some updates for my portfolio site to feature the workflow for this particular project.

This is just the first couple of steps along the way.



Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Presentation Design, Neil Schnepf
Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cyber Solstice :: Scene Renders

I've had a few days off between projects, so naturally... I put together a few more scene renders of Cyber Solstice assets that I'd modeled and textured.

These were produced using Maya's Mental Ray renderer and are not screen captures from the Unity engine.



The water in both of these scenes was created through a custom texture and was not procedurally generated.
Texture-specific reflectivity, specularity, transparency and bump maps were all created for the purposes of getting the most realistic look from the baseline image.

Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Character Modleing by David Adnderson
Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

UPDATE :: Cyber Solstice

It's been a little while since I've updated, but a lot of interesting things have been going on behind the scenes at FI Fire.

With funding from VETtransfer, work on a full prototype of Battle Gnomes Adventures will be commencing mid-June.

Up until now, I have been splitting my development time between BGA and Cyber Solstice.
In the short term, I will continue on to assist in the refinement of BGA and move it towards a fully-fledged release.

In the meantime, this is a composite of work that I have completed for the second level of Cyber Solstice, Razor's Edge.



Modeling, UV unwrapping and texture creation, Neil Schnepf
Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

VoZ :: Kickstarter campaign June 8th-July 7th

Some exciting news from Forever Interactive!

As of June 8th we have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund further development of Visions of Zosimos.

Check back often for continuing updates!

Visions of Zosimos is a truly unique approach to gaming, blending the CCG, MMO and Strategy Gaming models.
With your support, we will release the first title in an entirely NEW genre! But 30 days isn’t a long time, and should we fall short of our $30,000 goal, no pledges made will be honored and no money will be collected.

Friday, April 20, 2012

UPDATE : Battle Gnomes Adventures :: Props

This time around, a series of smaller props for the mini boss scene. The battle takes place on a wharf, hence the nautical theme.
The steam boat is part of the same encounter.



Modeling, UV layout and additional texture work, Neil Schnepf.

Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez and
Kao Yang.
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Thursday, April 05, 2012

UPDATE : Battle Gnomes :: steamboat (textured)

My work week was split between Battle Gnomes and Cyber Solstice, so there was a slight delay in getting this knocked out.
Below is a quick render of the finished textured steam boat for the Clover Grove scene.



Modeling, UV layout and additional texture work, Neil Schnepf.

Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez.
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

UPDATE : Battle Gnomes :: steamboat (WIP)

Another busy month, this time spent focusing on Battle Gnomes Adventures.
Most of the past few weeks have been spent polishing levels, so there isn't much in the way of fresh images to post here.
The one item that I've been tasked with redesigning is the steamboat for the Clover Grove scene.
More work to be done, specifically in terms of additional items for the boat's deck (boilers and other machinery).

This is the work so far:



Modeling, UV layout and additional texture work, Neil Schnepf.

Based off of concepts by Ryan Martinez.
Base textures created by Ryan Martinez.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Forever Interactive now at GDC 2012 from March 7-9th.

Check out the streaming showcase of Visions of Zosimos at the link below.

Live at GDC

During the gameplay sessions you might be able to catch some assets and levels I helped model and lay out (including the Character Design Registrar's Office, the Battle Arena and the Forest of Decay).

Monday, March 05, 2012

25HD Facebook page gets a facelift

More updates!

This time, I've updated my 25HD Facebook page and brought it over to the new Timeline view.

Update :: Portfolio Site

As promised, the first of a new set of additions have been added to my portfolio site, 25HD.

All of the new material appears in the Gallery under GAME DESIGN and represents work I've done over the last couple of months for a title currently under development for Forever Interactive's mobile game division, FI Fire.

Additional updates will include detailed breakdowns of these assets.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Update :: GDC / Battle Gnomes Adventures

Prep work is complete and Forever Interactive/FI Fire is gearing up for GDC 2012.

Coding development and implementation is under way over at Cyber Solstice, so I'm shifting over to a new project in the interim, Battle Gnomes Adventures.

BG Adventures is an RPG extension of the base Battle Gnomes experience.

I'll be responsible for terrain development, asset placement and scene polishing in two of the ongoing scenarios.

I'll also prepping some updates for my portfolio site, 25HD.

I should have those up sometime next week.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Update :: Portfolio Site

Some small updates to my main portfolio site, 25HD.

An updated resume is available in the ABOUT section, along with a link to download the current version.

The NEWS section has been brought up to date with information about this blog and the exciting projects I've been involved with over at Forever Interactive's new mobile game division, FI Fire.

Please feel free to have a look over at 25HD and see some of the projects I've had the opportunity to work on over the last four years.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cyber Solstice :: Jet Bike

Another completed asset, this one a vehicle for the first level's enemies.


Based on concepts developed for CS by Ryan Martinez.
Modeling and texturing by Neil Schnepf.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cyber Solstice :: Energy Rifle

A more complex prop, this is the first of three energy rifles available to the opponents on the first level.


Based on concepts developed for CS by Ryan Martinez.
Modeling and texturing by Neil Schnepf.

Cyber Solstice :: Jet Pack

The first level of the game is coming along well and we're shooting to have a playable demo for GDC in March.

Here's another prop I've been working on (a jet pack for one of the player's opponents, the Men In Black)


Based on concepts developed for CS by Ryan Martinez.
Jet pack modeling and texturing by Neil Schnepf.

'Man In Black' modeling and texturing by David Anderson.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cyber Solstice :: Gun Turret


Now that Battle Gnomes has been released, I'm working on a new project over at Forever Interactive.

The working title is Cyber Solstice, a game much in the same spirit as the old Space Harrier arcade title.

Below is a completed asset for the first level.



Concept art (left) and base metal texture by Ryan Martinez.
Modeling and additional texture work by Neil Schnepf.



More updates

It continues to be an exciting time over at Forever Interactive!
New games, new site, new prospects in 2012.

Check out the revamped main FI site here.
Battle Gnomes, released for mobile devices just before Christmas 2011, has a new page as well.

Over in the main FI house, Visions of Zosimos (VoZ), continues into beta and will be featured at the Hero Engine booth at GDC 12.
If you're in SF or are heading down, check it out!