Little About Swartsz
Swartsz will be a
familiar name to most of you. He joined our forums
in 14 February 2003 and was at first not a Modder.
A few months later he started a now massive thread
called "My First Weapon Model." This topic
then became a teaching thread were all the community
helped Swartsz learn the tricks of the trade. Now
to look at Swartsz third mod Silent Warrior 3 you
would not think he was the same member as the new
modder who joined up early this year.
Q: Which part of the world are
A: I’m from
Europe I live The Netherlands.
Q: How old are you?
Q: What made you
first start modelling?
A: Tough question,
I started modelling because I wanted to know how
games are made and because I have this dream of
becoming a game designer myself, and figured I
needed to know how to use programs like 3DS max.
The main reason was also because I didn't like
the way the default guns in GR looked.
Q: Did you find it
hard to learn max?
A: The basics where
not hard to learn, but Pain's video tutorials and
some members of GR.net helped me a lot. But I am
still learning every day, there are a lot of things
in max I do not know about.
Q: Your self-set
target of improving the guns in GR is a large one,
do you think you achieved this three mods later.
A: Yes I think I
have, but still haven't reached my goal yet.
Q: So what is your
A: Wow, you are asking
some tough questions, not sure what my ultimate
goal is, but with every model I make I feel there
is still something I can improve on. Just call
me a perfectionist, so my goal would be to make
a perfect mod.
Q: So your working
on Silent Warrior 4 now, is this going to be more
of the same or are you going to move into new areas?
A: I must admit I
am not sure what the scope of the mod will be.
I am currently trying different things, like making
new splash screens, vehicles and some other ideas.
But one thing I can say is that the new mod will
contain weapons without silencers. So you could
say I am working on a 'general' weapons mod.
Q: Which modder in
the community do you most respect and think you
have used as a roll model?
A: I must say I respect
all modders in every discipline, now that I know
how much time and effort it takes to make a quality
mod. But when I started modding I used to look
at Earls models a lot, just to get a feel for the
models I wanted to make, sometimes I spent hours
just walking around in a map looking at his models
trying to create a picture in my mind of the model
I wanted to make. But to choose one, Earl, the
maker of the Standard Upgrade mod. Standard Upgrade
was the first mod I ever downloaded and was amazed
by the quality of his models. To this day I am
trying to make models of that quality
Q: To a new max modder
what 2 things would you say to bits of advice would
you give that you feel is been most helpful to
A: The first bit
of advice I would like to give is not to be afraid
to ask, I have found there are always a lot of
people around who are willing to help new modders
whenever they need help, the second thing I would
say is take your time, do not try to create the
every best model in just a couple of hours, take
it slow, whenever they feel there is still something
to improve on, but you cant find the answer, stop
and go and do something else and try again later,
a clear mind helps a lot and my second piece is
believe in yourself and your capabilities to create
quality mods, don’t be put off by failure
and keep going. Quality not Quantity.
Q: Will you be making
the transition to modding for GR2?
A: Yes I think I
will, if the game is mod friendly like GR1, I will
eventually start modding for the new GR. I have
the feeling my modding career is far from over.
Well we look forward
to seeing Swartsz upcoming mods and him on the
GR2 modding scene in the near future. Swartsz is
an example for any new modder; he has risen to
an acclaimed status in under a year and mastered
a very hard piece of 3D software. Thank you Swartsz
for taking the time to talk to me and if you want
to download Swartsz Silent Warrior versions 1,
2 and 3 visit the downloads section and visit Swartsz "My
first weapon model thread" to see what he’s
up to at the moment.
This is Swartsz question to our
next modder in the Hot Seat: (Jack57)
Q: If you were in charge of Character
Design for GR2 what would you keep from the original
models and what would you change?
Downloads and Links:
First Weapon Model" thread
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