In fall 2008, I took a class in 3D modeling at Iowa State University. The class focused on the creation of detailed models and materials, as well as the use of lighting in virtual photography. We used Cinema4D to create all of the models throughout the course. For the final project, I wanted to create something that was game-inspired. I decided to create a variation of Halo's battle rifle, with a few of my own modifications. Using reference images from Halo 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (for the scope), the model was completed over the course of several weeks. While creating the materials for the rifle, I decided to make the gun look as though it had been through many years of hard-fought battles. While some parts have been replaced (like the laser sight, the scope, and the grips), the rifle's body still shows its battle scars: several long scratches along the side, and two large dents at the butt of the rifle, as though a Brute had snuck up and torn the rifle away from its owner. To present the rifle, I mocked up a museum display case, complete with spotlights and an engraved plaque. The plaque bears this quote from John Milton:

"Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than war."

To see the rifle, please check out the gallery below. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!