Well, he learned fast, and he has far surpassed me. These days, Ant works in Mesh using Blender. He builds many things, but lately he has been specializing in vehicles. Classic cars, to be exact...very authentic looking reproductions of everything from a bread truck to a Ferrari.
|Fresh Digital Bread!|
|The Classic Bug...Comes in Herbie Colors Too!|
|Shiny Sports Cars!|
Ant's cars are notable for a number of things. The first is the low prim count. These vehicles are highly detailed and realistic, and they all fit into the 32 prim land impact that's the maximum for a Second Life physical vehicle. Other vehicle makers cheat on this by making vehicles in two parts...one part that is invisible, the vehicle itself, and a second, high prim part that the driver wears as an attachment. Ant's cars avoid this clumsy workaround, and they STILL look great.
The second good thing is their driveability. These cars are easy to drive, as well as having realistic handling.
And the third thing is features, features, features! When you sit in one of Ant's cars, you don't just teleport into the driver's seat. Your avatar does an animation, opens the car door, and sits down. When you gun the engine, your passenger's facial expression shows fear. When you put the car into reverse, your avatar turns, drapes her arm over the seat back, and looks to the rear.
Engine sounds. Exhaust smoke. Tire smoke when you burn out. Working windshield wipers, working radio, working lights...including a "light beams on the road ahead" effect. Working turn signals and backup lights. The hood opens and displays a running engine. I have never seen a vehicle, even very expensive ones, with features like these!
Every vehicle has a color menu too, and can be instantly "painted" in a number of color schemes.
And the prices are reasonable! $L750 - $L1250.
But the very coolest of his creations isn't for sale. Ant has made a "demolition derby" car. Come to one of the Bay City race nights when these are featured and you can play a grownup version of Bumper Cars that's sure to leave you in stitches...of laughter. The cars suffer an increasing amount of damage, depending on how hard, how often, and where they are hit. As the damage accumulates, smoke starts to fill the cockpit. Finally, when your car gives up the ghost, it explodes, leaving you standing amid a heap of pieces. Or maybe you will emerge victorious and take a victory lap, passing the steaming hulks of your conquests.
Ant does custom work, if your project interests him. He recently created a perfect replica of a 1970 Opel GT for my partner Cindi, complete with a picture of Penelope Pitstop on the hood. Thanks, Ant!
Find his creations at 2ZM Motors!