3D Studio Max

Modeling Joan of Arc by Michel Roger

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Mapping of Clothing
This is were the mapping of the character starts.
Apply the same material to all the objects and assign Material ID 1.

Although the character is composed of separate objects with the use of a Multi/Sub Object material it makes it possible to gather the maps.

There will be three multiple materials, for clothing, the armor and the body even with the head and the hair.

As for the sword, convert the objects (except the belt which is a Loft object) into a Polygon with Turn To Poly, and Collapse To the Stack without touching Meshsmooth.

Change the Standard type into Multi-Sub/Object and keep the previous material in this new material.
Create another slot with a Checker material within the Diffuse Slot.
Name this "Authority" in Sub Material ID 2.

We will start with the Belt Buckle.

Assign the ID 2 to the Belt Buckle.

Ensure that no face is selected on the object then apply a Planar Map to the faces.





Resize the Gizmo until you have a square.

Add a UVW UnWrap, then open the UV Editor.






In Face Select mode Rotate the UVs shown opposite.

Select the faces shown on the left, Select both the inside and outside faces. Apply a Planar Map in the UV Editor, separate the sets from UV with Expand Selected.
Give the UV sets a good size and place then as shown opposite.
For help Show Selected Vertices in Viewport of the Unwrap Options and locate the corresponding points between the various sets.

Remembering that if you select a point and nudge the Weld Threshold up. You should see its matching pair lightup, thus making it easier to lineup the sets as required.

Start again Remembering to Select both the inside and outside faces.
Arrange the faces as shown then when all is in place weld the points with Weld Selected.
Note that there are deformations on the mapping of the interior but in this case we cannot have a continuity of UV with no distortion...

These parts are hidden by the belt and are not significant.

Select the tower of the skirt.

Apply ID 3 for the skirt.
Here a cylindrical map with the Gizmo rotated to have the default UV on the rear most faces.
Here we encounter several typical problems before any adjustment of the UV.

1, with a cylindrical map some faces on the hip line are well represented with the default dimensions.

2, a face is detached from the remainder of the UV, because of the cylindrical mapping.

3, UV is superimposed because of the geometry of the object (edge of the skirt).

And finally at arrow 4, the edge of the skirt, it will be necessary to unfold some confused points in the Cylindrical Map projection.

For the edges that overlap just move the points towards the outside.

To move a square of UV, select its corresponding points.



Select the two points as shown then use Expand Selection to propagate the selection.


Use Brake Selected Vertices




Finally move the group of points to the other side where the points match.




Use the Weld Target icon to weld them moving to the corresponding points.



Adjust the moving UV of the bottom of the skirt.




Finally resize this set of UVs to make it return to the mapping squar

The skirt mapped.

Select the Shapes that were used in the extrusion of the belt.

In Spline mode, assign the ID 4 with the spline.

Click on Loft in the Modifiers Stack of the Loft object.

In the Surfaces Parameters panel, Apply Material Mapping and IDs.


Max will automatic recover the ID of the spline for the Shape and assign it during extrusion.


Within the Mapping framework, increase the Length Repeat to have a non stretched checker.

Repeat the same procedure for the other Loft object.
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