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I spent the good part of today building the Field Guide which is an important step in my model development because it alerts me to all the subtle changes I'll need from species to species. It also helps me find any issues my model might have as I start to build morphs for the species. For those unfamiliar with the morph process-- geometry changes destroy morphs you may have built (and you have to remake them) so it's best to have a solid model before you start that process. In this case I did decide that it would be better to break up the 5 Bristle transparency planes for small ones so they could droop down on either side of the bill without risk of texture stretching.
Next on my list is to group the 50+ transparency planes into groups that don't overlap for the UV maps. Here's one of those secret sauce elements of my later models... The Transparency planes are cut up from the body UVs thus I can use the main body map for the diffuse map in all the overlapping transparencies, keeping seams perfectly aligned and separate grouped transparency UV maps to give the illusion of layered feathers, or in this case, fur.
Amazing work as usual Ken. Not having modeled anything but props and the occasional piece of clothing, I'm totally lost when it comes to this type of model. Then again, you are a Birder, so you already know all about birds which, of course, is a great asset.
[QUOTE="Lyne, post: 8024, member: 13"...AND IT EATS MOTHS! oh and lives IN THE GROUND??[/QUOTE]
Yes, Kiwis make burrows for nesting and roosting. These burrows are approximately 1 to 7 feet in length with a diameter of 4-8 inches. Both the males and females dig them. Most kiwis mate for life and the sexes look similar although females are larger. Kiwis lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world.
And yes, they eat moths... after creating the New Zealand Puiri Moth (coming in Volume 2 very soon), I got this idea for a render using Kiwi and those moths. It's kind of funny that my Nightjars inspired the need for a moth model and the moth model has now inspired the need for a Kiwi Model (which will probably inspire the need for a kiwi burrow model)