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Halo 4 Armor Suit - Venator - Lowpoly Render by JoshEH-Photo Halo 4 Armor Suit - Venator - Lowpoly Render by JoshEH-Photo
Hello everyone,

Up for your viewing pleasure today is a render I've done of the Venator armor that is in Halo 4. I was the artist that worked on the Venator armor along side my cohorts, we did the multiplayer armors for Halo 4.

I had previously submitted an image showing off this armor ([link]), but I was never happy with it, how it looked. Honestly, the screenshot was put together by a coworker of mine that prepared a whole batch of similar shots. I hadn't had time to do a proper render until recently when I was tasked with updating the artwork on our walls here where I work. Since I had had the files and the scene set up I went ahead and put together a quick render of the Venator armor for my Portfolio, so I had something a little nicer to show off than the usual junk I have to show.

Regarding the connection to deadspace. Please be aware, I did not design this armor, I only made what the concept artist designed. The concepts were provided to us by 343 studios. It's irrelevant though and comments pointing it out are old and add often times add nothing meaningful to the discussion.
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3rdMillhouse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Woah
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bullshark45 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I really don't like the halo 4 armors all that much, do they look cool? yes, but it just seems like they leave far too much exposed between the plates
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to the world of game design! 
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bullshark45 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Suppose that makes sense, focus on what looks good rather then what would actually be used
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I worked with a brilliant game designer that didn't take that approach. He was very much about creating a game that betrayed a much more realistic view of things, even if it was set in a fantasy world. I remember our lead character, a female, and the talks we had about her design. The talks we went to length on about her weapon. He was the art directory behind the Metroid games on the Nintendo Wii. Too bad that new project didn't take off, but new IPs are always difficult in this industry, no matter how good. 

I enjoy the designs on Halo, and the way they've been pushing the designs. I agree with you, the armor, the exposed bits, it's a bit meh. The overall design though I like, and the push for a more realistic approach to the way we model details especially. There's a lot I can say on the subject really. I'll try and sum it up.

When I started in this industry, it's when Unreal 3 hit the scene, and with it followed this certain mindset in the way you approached assets in the next-gen era, in the era of normal maps. Realism wasn't front seat, though it wasn't booted out entirely. Everything was just round, exaggerated. That's all being pushed towards a much more refined approach though, where realism is getting a better seating. 
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bullshark45 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Realism in a video game is always appreciated, having said this, my aesthetic preferences have always run towards utilitarian designs, while art and appeal is such of huge factor in getting a game to sell that it means art designers are mostly looking for what looks best rather then what would actually function best, it's just a side effect of needing to sell a game 
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Arculos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Damn that's some talent good sir!
This is the only armor I've worn in Halo 4 since its release, love it too bits! :)

What software did you use to create this master piece?
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I used 3dsmax to model it. 343 is mainly a maya studio though, so I had to convert it and bake out the normals in maya.

Thanks. I didn't get to do a lot of work on this project, but I'm pretty proud of this one. 
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victoria-crimson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!! >_<
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your comment is so cool!! >_<
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MorningWar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Just curious, did you guys create the model and texture for the locus helmet as well?
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, we did. 
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MorningWar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I love that helmet so much! Your interpretation of the concept is fantastic, very true to the original.
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Sporeman15 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i've always wanted to make a skin for halo 4 armor, or at least look at it in 3ds max or maya. are you legally allowed to add a download link?
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry, I can't. I wish I could share more sometimes, especially to the guys doing cosplay versions of this armor. 

Sorry for the late reply too, you know, work and all that jazz.


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Blackboard23 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The render almost makes it look like one of the Halo 4 action figures, which I would totally buy if there was a Venator class action figure.
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd buy one too. That's one of my favorite things about this render, when I hit that mark. I wish it was a real object. Maybe I could get it 3d printed. 
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LonewolfTerror Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is so cool
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're so cool for living such a nice comment. :p
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LonewolfTerror Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks lets just say if them suits existed in real life I would were it because it is so awesome.
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J-L-Art Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looks fantastic. You could easily think this was the high poly.
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. I must have said this to you before, that you've got a great volume of work. So this comment is much appreciated from another artist.
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J-L-Art Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Josh. Hope to see more from you in the future.
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HaloBoss Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Wow epic !
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Mister--Jake Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how it looks, if I didn't know it was a 3d render I'd think it was a well sculpted and painted figurine XD
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's an encouraging comment. I'm really happy with how it came out. I felt the same way about it, but wasn't sure if I was just overly bias or not.
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Mister--Jake Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love it, it looks perfect :D
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F1yingPinapp1e Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing model, great render. It's very cool to see a new exotic armor variant introduced into the series.
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :D
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BringMeASunkist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Characters aren't my thing, but your modeling/ texturing skills are great, and I'm taking notes on your rendering techniques.

Very cool stuff
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Appreciate the comments. This is the first time since I made it that I got a chance to sit and do a render the way I'd like. It turned out better than expected. I need to revisit it and clean a few things up though, but that's a task for another one of those rare days where I have a few moments to spare.

characters aren't my usual bag of tricks either. I'd like to go back and re-render some of my other assets, but I'm not sure I have anything that'd really be worth it. Any of the other neat stuff I've done lately is still under NDA.
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GUILTY-SPARK343 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
That's super cool.
I cant tell ya how many times ive tried to come up with armor variants...none turn out good =(

Makes me wanna go play some halo now
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope there was follow through to those threats of playing Halo! I haven't actually got to see my armor in game. I don't have time to get into games so much. I've always heard people say good things about it though.
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GUILTY-SPARK343 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, there was definitely much halo that was played.
That's lame. the armor variants look great in game; they took some getting used to at first because of the new look aspect of the game, but it's definitely a plus now.
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LordCarapace Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, I need to get my membership renewed.
Looking at this, it makes me want to play Halo 4 again. I've neglected my Xbox for too long.
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JoshEH-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha. Mine has been neglected too. Though I've been over on the PS3 side playing uncharted for the first time.
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LordCarapace Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been trying to play more of my games on PC now, so I guess that's why. I haven't even played my PS3 for a while either!
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