I would like to add some rope rigging to my model, like what is seen in old sailing ships. Since “rigging” involves lots of different things, here’s an image of the specific type of thing I’m looking for:
Technically, these are known as ‘shrouds’ or informally as ‘ratlines’. I don’t necessarily need all the stuff in the lower half of the image, just the netting in the upper half.
I’m interested in efficient strategies for modeling this rigging. (Here efficiency is not only concerned with things like minimal edges/faces and file size, but also the time it takes to model it.)
I have thought of a few ideas, but my experience on this forum has shown me that there are sages who are able to come up with creative solutions I never would have imagined. Here’s what I have so far:
- Use long, narrow cylinders for the rope, and move them into position. This would also require crossing them, i.e. having horizontal and vertical cylinders. Drawbacks: moving the ends of the cylinders into place could be tricky, and the end result would probably not look quite right (e.g. no sag in the ropes, no knots, etc.).
- Create a short cylinder, ending in a knot of some sort, and duplicating this up the length of the vertical rope. Then use slightly narrower horizontal ropes between the knots on the vertical ropes, which can be drawn using follow-me with circular faces and arcs which approximate the sag. Drawbacks: Lots of fussing around with small components with varying lengths and even more of the movement issues described above.
- Find a clear flat image of a shroud, in color, and edit in Photoshop to make the spaces between the ropes transparent. Then import this image into SU and paint it on a triangle. Drawbacks: finding an appropriate image online, having the triangle not quite match the contours of the ship’s side and having the result not look good from every angle.
Any better ideas?
Note: I am using SU2015, and I have very few extensions. However, I would be open to adding a free extension which works on this version of SU, or even SU2017.