Johnny’s Workshop

September 14, 2007

A Strider from Half-Life 2.

Filed under: 3ds Max 9 — april15th @ 5:49 pm
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In recent days, I’ve rendered some very short animation sequences. In fact, they’ve all been a mere 91 frames in length because that’s how many frames make up the single animation file I’ve been using for all these experiments.

The file, a_walkN.smd, is from the game Half-Life 2 and I’m guessing the ‘a’ stands for ‘animation,’ ‘walk’ refers to the type of motion, and ‘N’ stands for ‘North’ … and that concludes our intensive three-week course.

What does this magical 99.3KB file animate? A Strider. They’re similar in many ways to the tripods in “War of the Worlds,” except that if they came across Dakota Fanning, they’d waste no time blasting her brains out.

The clip below was originally just a test to see how long it’d take 3ds Max 9 to render the animation with a simple lighting setup but the end result looked rather nice, so I thought I’d be polite and share.



  1. Nice. I can’t wait til it destroys Highton

    Comment by Blobs — September 15, 2007 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. Actually, I was thinking it could start with St. Leonards.

    Comment by april15th — September 15, 2007 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  3. It would look nice coming out of the water, then making its way across the golf course.

    Comment by Blobs — September 15, 2007 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

  4. John, Robin is being mean to me… I think you should beat him up.

    Comment by Sheri — September 16, 2007 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  5. Or sick that crazy Strider thing on his ass. Yeah!

    Comment by Sheri — September 16, 2007 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  6. Hey Johnny, guess what? Crommo taught me the Geelong Cats theme song! I like it, it’s catchy!

    Comment by Sheri — September 18, 2007 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  7. You’re dead to me.

    Comment by april15th — September 18, 2007 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  8. man, that is sooo fucking cool! I really like the sound and music, it brings it to life. Good work, man

    Comment by crommo — September 20, 2007 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  9. Thank-you, Sir Crommington.

    Upcoming animation tests will be higher quality, of course. Now that I’ve spent some time playing around with materials, I’m not going to bother rendering this bland version of the Strider. Future incarnations will look like that desktop background you’ve seen. Closer to photorealistic …

    Comment by april15th — September 20, 2007 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  10. I see that paying for your internet access bills may EVENTUALLY be rewarding and then you can pay me back BIG TIME
    Impressed – dad

    Comment by jules — September 25, 2007 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

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