As much as it doesn’t feel like it, I think I am making some decent progress. I’ve been working away on asset preparation for the 6th cut scene for a couple weeks now and have just begun piecing it all together inside the engine. So far it’s not quite as I imagined, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad. If anything, I’m actually pretty happy with how things are looking so far.
For those of you who are unaware, which should be just about everyone, this particular cut scene has to do with networking components; one of which being a router. Just about every router in every home is a little ordinary looking plastic box thing with some cables popping out of it. It’s responsible for routing data back and forth from devices on your network to the internet. It’s not very exciting to look at, and surprise surprise, the one I modeled for my scene was equally as boring. So I got to thinking… or rather, googling.
As I mentioned, the router serves as, and is often referred to as a ‘Gateway’. Of course I wasn’t looking for some lame wrought iron fence or something, I needed something epic. After some deep digging, I came across a very interesting piece of ancient architecture. It’s called The Arch of Septimius Severus in Leptis Magna. I don’t know about you, but to me there is something eerily powerful about it. I really can’t put my finger on what it was, but I was drawn to it and so decided to use it as the inspiration for my network gateway. Here, have a look: