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Tutorial: How to build a bot by Marrekie Tutorial: How to build a bot by Marrekie
In the past few months I received some questions on how I design my various mechs and the likes. Here you have some tips & tricks & do's & don'ts. The most important tip though (which isn't even in the tutorial) is to arrange for some proper, kick@$$ music when designing your stuff.
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:icon3stanfx:
3stanFX Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is very helpful! not very detailed but you will surely get the point.. Thanks!
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just came across this tutorial, and I have to say... How did you get ahold of my secrets?! :XD:

I started a mecha a couple years ago based on :iconmecha-master: design. I was going to post the results, but he doesn't like fan art, so I kept it to myself, but I pretty much established the same "build it to the side" concept you stated here. The only difference is that I made my metal man from the ground up. I oddly enough also used a similar method of coloring at the time, but haven't reused that method since then.

About the only difference that I do is I made up "swivel spots" on each of my components and then grouped a bunch of components, so that if I wanted to change his position of his arm, it also changes the position for the elbow, the forearm, the wrist and the hand and fingers.
This was also my intent to do what would be my first animation of 3D attempt, but I never followed up with that...

Very nice presentation. :nod:
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:iconkalith:
Kalith Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I gave this a read... I'm a bit rusty... I just wanted to say that having the components off to the side so you can edit them individually is a really neat idea!
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:iconaconnoll:
aconnoll Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very practical and sensible advice! Keeping it simple while maintaining sight of the big picture. Ive definitely taken away positives from this. Thank you so much :)
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Thanks for the positive feedback. I'm glad to've been of help!
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DzArethusa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Did you use google sketchup for all of your designed bot?
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Yeah, all but one. Works great once you have the hang of it.
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DzArethusa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, i see, ill try it, can i get it for free? or use some crack or SN, is it big? (size), because i wanna try to make something solid, like mecha or something similar, because ZBrush cant make something like that :/
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
It's a free download. Just google for it and you'll have it installed in no time. The software itself isn't that heavy on your system, but it helps to have a proper vid- card when you're designing more complex models. Have fun man!
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DzArethusa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Its free? yeah!. Ill google it. Okay, thanks dude!
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sailorsmula Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist
Great models, dude!
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:iconplasticfrogcg:
PlasticFrogCG Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
I'm trying to make a mech suit in 3D Max, and this was very helpful! I never thought of the whole duplicate thing. And once the model is done you can just gather up all those loose pieces and dump them in their own file for future use!
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PortableNetworkGraph Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heb je van dit model een plaatje met een ''advanced rendering''??
Lijkt me super epic!!!!!
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:iconmrjumpmanv4:
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's sick, i love the head above the cockpit design. and number 18 is useless now with sketchup V.8
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Glad ye like!
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:icondylanteague:
DylanTeague Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great stuff thanks!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial.
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Jinnindo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Kick@$$ tunes it is.
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:iconarianabedi:
Arianabedi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student Photographer
this is great, i actually had the bad habit of super detailing parts one at a time and at the end i was left with a badly or no detailed model :D

I also like the way you have a duplicate of ur components/groups somewhere for later changes...
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:iconoleolah:
oleolah Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I just download and install SketchUp. this will be very helpful. =D
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:iconvpraptor:
vpRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your tutorial, man! It works for me, many things from this I'm using now. Wont more ;)
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:iconlobo7922:
Lobo7922 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Awesome thanks :D
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:iconasataylor:
asataylor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Thanks a million! I'm learning Sketchup and 3D concept design in general right now and yer component assembly/mock-up work-flow is really helpful!
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Glad to be of help my man
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Primeless Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
thanx for sharing.
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Thanks for faving =D
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:iconvpraptor:
vpRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice tutorial man, pretty usable :)
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:iconlycan-rising:
lycan-rising Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
brilliat tutorial. gonna try this.
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:iconblazingchaos:
BlazingChaos Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
cool might try it
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randomofodication Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
SWEEEEET MECH MAN! sweet tutorial to, i've never thought of planning with basic shapes before to get the right proportions... but it works insanely well, and not just for mechs for everything! best tutorial i've seen, lol makes me wish i read this before i started my bot tho lol
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
I'm glad you approve my man. You're right, it works with all sorts of models, not only mechs.
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:iconv-for-vincent:
v-for-vincent Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome tute!

I've been working on Maya but I'm rubbish at it. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

:wave:
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
NP. Thanks for the fave man
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:iconv-for-vincent:
v-for-vincent Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank YOU for taking the time to create the tute.
Off I go to cobble giant robots together!

:wave:
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:iconneoconvoy:
Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks for the great tutorial!!!
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:icon7amze:
7amze Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love this man!
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:iconxperimental00:
Xperimental00 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And it all started in simple polygons :wow: . The resulting mech's scale reminds me of a knightmare frame. ^^
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:iconarmy1ret:
army1ret Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
IN-Freakin-Credible!

I'm a fan

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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Thanks man
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:iconfluffninja:
fluffninja Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Excellent stuff man, both the tutorial and the machine!
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Thanks & thanks man :)
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RJ-Pilot Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hehe, awesome tutorial! Definitely saving!
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:iconcreuzz:
Creuzz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow,this picture is really helps me

thanks =D
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:iconkeydan:
Keydan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Thanks man, this really helped, I also am trying to master scetchup.
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Keep at it mate!
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:iconsilverlion:
Silverlion Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Awesome. You make it sound awesomely easy. Maybe I'll try again.
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hahaha, easy? It took me 28 hrs mate! :) Do try again though. Everyone starts the same (check the first printscreen). Just keep working untill your satisfied with what you've accomplished.
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:iconsilverlion:
Silverlion Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Still. I was trying to build a box based ship...simpler....

Anyway I will try :D
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:iconcosedimarco:
cosedimarco Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tutorial!
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:iconironscythe:
ironscythe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Hm...looks like a Hunter or Grizzly from Heavy Gear. Very nice and clear-cut.
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