Cavedog render with the brightness turned up a bit to make some parts of the model easier to see.
There are quite a few spots on your model that could be tweaked to save some polies, mostly where you can delete some vertices without sacrificing edges and details.
Such as on the front grill by the head of the unit, the vertices between each square cutout can be removed and if the side grills also have extra vertices from connecting the box grills those can be optimized too.
You might even be able remake the grill section so its just a flat plane, and use alpha transparency on the texture for making those holes, then just build a single box tray inside the head to act as a bottom and give the grill some depth at much lower poly count.
Yellow = inside facing box for depth. Red = alpha transparency on texture for cutout blank faces.
The connecting cylinders from the legs can also be reduced to 8 sided to match with the shoulders/hips without sacrificing details, once those are smooth shaded and textured you'll never be able to tell if its only 8 sided except at extreme zoom.
@Mr.D: is that Fido +1, or are you just trying to impress daan? Looks cool. :) Only the gun looks a little bulky and how is supposed to move up and down? Don't think it fits the style of the kbots of CA. (But maybe it belongs in another mod/a role in core.)
About decreasing poly counts, are there methods for doing this quickly when you have huge amounts of polys? What is easier increasing LOD or decreasing it? Well, decreasing is more susceptible to automation, because the information just isnt there at low poly-counts. Beveling does seem to be a good LOD increaser in some cases. Nurbs have 'infinite' LOD sometimes, is it practical to use?
I have been dabbling the 3d modeling lately(using blender), and i would prefer to have both LOD increasing and decreasing methods other then redoing it :). Here is my popup gun, i mean it to be a popup gun of CA ARM. When i figure out movement, i will try to make the torusses move backward (When it shoots, the fire effect currently has rings too.), and let the gun fold forward and then go down (partially) into the ground. I might replace the stem, and maybe i wil make a dome that covers in similarly as the current popup. (Hmm, images are scaled down, decrease size next time.) I looked at the current CA turrets and they are rounded too.
I think the first one was the closest to the cavedog OTA cinema model and just needs some fine tuning and proportions adjusted here and there, but with the others models you're tweaking you get points for creativity they're just a bit blocky looking IMO.
that Pic of the white Goliath looks like a great design to work from too.
The bottom line = do what you want, just do your best, if you're happy with it, thats all that counts really.
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