Published on November 12, 2011
A whimsical little spaceship/mech hybrid. It jumps into the air to launch itself, then the legs swivel back and are used as thrusters. I envision the Lucky Frog as being some sort of pirate gunship, or perhaps just the craft of a perfectly honest merchant who happens to need some firepower. The ship itself might have some sort of verbally abusive AI installed, but those are just little story details I have- you're free to make up your own. Loosely inspired by the stuff from Project London- the technique of using subdivided but optimized edges was a big thing I learned from their sample .blends.
Anyway, this model is fully rigged and ready to go. An intuitive IK and FK-based rig allow the animators maximum control when manipulating the Lucky Frog, and the Frog itself has been meticulously textured and details have been added to perfection. A word of warning, though: You may want to turn off the mirror values on some of the materials; while they do add realism, they also add to render time substantially.
All textures are included in the .blend file.