Another update day has come as I need to keep everyone in the loop regarding things and stuff.
1. The Muzzle Flash model
First off, I'm glad everyone likes the muzzle flash effect I've been using in my pics. I've gotten a few requests for where to download it from and sadly, I haven't been able to deliver on that. When I had first used it years ago, it came from a 30mm Harkonnen MMD model pack that was downloadable from VPVP Wiki and at the time, I didn't really keep detailed notes on exactly where to download the resources I used in my MMD pics. Nowadays it's a completely different story and I see why--the Harkonnen on VPVP Wiki is no longer available and I have no way of identifying who created the Harkonnen and the muzzle flash for it. Since I have no way of identifying the content creator, I have no way of confirming whether or not redistributing it would be allowed. As such, I'm going to discontinue using that muzzle flash as soon as I find a suitable replacement. OnO
I have had ideas for this though. Been thinking about transitioning away from Hollywood-style large muzzle flashes to bullet trails to indicate gunfire along with smaller muzzle flashes. There are some MMD muzzle flash and bullet trail models I'm looking at that would make good candidates for replacing the muzzle flash I've used from years ago up until now. I'm gonna try and make time to actually get some test shots done with some replacement muzzle flash and bullet trail models soon. >uO
2. The Armed Jump Bikes
I actually had something of a brainwave between the last time I worked on them and now. The various configurations of the Armed Jump Bike share alot in common with the Gun Sniper Leena Special (Zoids: New Century Zero) and the Geno Breaker (Zoids: Guardian Force/Chaotic Century Season 2). Both Zoids appeared in the Zoids vs. Series (GC) and SRW OE (PSP) and for me to get ahold of model rips of said Zoids from either game would be a Godsend for the bipedal technicals I've been working on. >u<
If anyone has a way of ripping models from either game or knows where I can get ahold of the ripped models, let me know. I'll even put you in the credits. OuO
3. The Brenner Heavy Arms line of 'Fun Battle Rifles With Machine Gun Parts'
These have gone through quite the redesign in terms of not only how I'm kludging their parts together in PMD/PMX, but also in concept. Originally these were supposed to be 'wrong hand-optimized' copies of the HK21E and variants but now have enough design changes to make them a semi-unique design in their own right. I've made a collapsible buttstock standard-issue in place of the 21E's clubfoot stock and implemented a new, double carry handle setup where the two carry handles can swing down to be used as forward grips in a similar manner to the Bren Gun.
The reason for these changes is that the Brenner Heavy Arms line of Gen-Purpose Machine Guns and Automatic Rifles were designed with CQB in mind. The normal buttstock of the HK G3 provided for a long length of pull which required shooters to handle the rifle with a bladed stance (rifle is mostly parallel to the firer's chest) as opposed to a squared stance (rifle is more perpendicular to the direction the shooter's chest is facing) and the added length of the clubfoot stock used by the HK21A1 and 21E only made that worse. With an adjustable stock that can accommodate both the reinforcing rails of the E model and reduce the length of pull along with easily accessible forward grips that double as carry handles, the result is a 'Fun Battle Rifle with Machine Gun parts' that can be used in CQB roles--if the warfighter in question can handle the weight of the Brenner line that is. OuO