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The Ascent Project
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Valhalla tower docking control to unidentified approaching vessel...

I have been a die-hard Descent'r since my childhood and, to make a long story short, thanks to projects like ReBirth I was able to relive those awesome memories. After beating both Descent I and II, I was so overtaken with nostalgia that I wanted... heck, needed to pay some form homage to these awesome games.

As a 3D artist I decided to put my skills to work and hence The Ascent Project was born as a complete modern remake of every single character model of the series.

It should be noted that despite having taken artistic liberties I make a point to preserve both the concept and “soul” of the original in-game models.

This project has become quite dear to me and I hope you enjoy my recreations as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Cheers,

Seb.

PS: I decided to start with the models from Descent II in order of appearance per the briefing screens of the campaign.
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Time for some exciting news:

As many of you might have heard by now, fellow Material Defender MadMax1998 just made quite a splash in the gaming community with the announcement of his Descent to UDK project.

He kindly contacted me asking if I would be interested in joining his project as a 3D modeler, remaking the original Descent I bots (as I have been doing with those in Descent II) to be used in his game.

Of course, I was more than happy to accept and become part of this promising revival!

Max and I have been communicating pretty much daily, he's a bit overwhelmed at the moment trying to get through the barrage of fanmail, messages, and support since his original announcement of the project but, worry not because soon enough we will have defined some kind of workflow and development will commence. And it couldn't have been at a more opportune time really, my semester ends in about 3 weeks leaving me with some solid chunks of time to dedicate to this endeavor. Needless to say, you can expect nothing but the very best that I can possibly give here.

That said, what does this all mean as far as The Ascent Project goes? I would like to say that I'll be working on both projects at the same time but I'm unsure if that is actually possible. Perhaps I will just fold T.A.P. into this since I was going to do the models from Descent I anyway. I am not sure yet.

All and all my fellow Material Defenders, it seems like after years of loyal service, we're finally gonna get that paycheck.

PS: I don't really want to say anything but... There was a Class 1 Drone hanging around here today.

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MASCH-ART Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
super Idee
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ChristianKaw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Descent is back!!
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draenei-friend Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to see that Descent is still so loved! :) Nice work! Looking forward to seeing what else you make!
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1DeViLiShDuDe Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Busy! Busy! Busy! :omg:
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afuturepilot Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Hey, so a couple things...

First, your models look AWESOME!! Great job!!

Secondly...how would you like your models to be in a modern remake of Descent? There's a guy who just started making a new Descent using the Unreal Engine 3 and he needs content. I've already sent him a link to this site, so I figured I'd send you his way as well. Here's his site: [link]

Thirdly (so I guess technically more than a "couple" things), have you heard of Retrovirus? It's a new 6DOF game coming out and the developers are huge Descent fans :) Here's a link to it's site: [link]
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TheAscentProject Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! Thanks for the links! You should read the journal I just published ;)
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1DeViLiShDuDe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WoW! That is SO awesomely professional looking! Great work!
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TheAscentProject Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Vertigo-one Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I am really glad that somebody who have the skills finally decided to make a project like this. Descent really deserves this, as well as the people who love this game. When I was younger I made a few real life 3D robots from Descent (Guide bot, P.E.S.T., Gopher, spider pod, omega, and the fire boss). I actually decided back then to make every single robot from the game but after a while my time didn't allow me to continue my project. Another thing that I had difficulties with making the textures for the robots in absence of photoshop skills.

Why am i saying this?

Dont give up! appreciate your modelling skills and finish this beautiful hommage for one of the best games of all time. I support you, as well as every single Descent fan out the world i guess (:

An instant watch have been added to your profile.

Keep up the good work!
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