And some Sunstreaker and Gears haberdashery for you...
I figured out why Gears is so grumpy all the time. He tried rendering a self-portrait using SketchUp.
Man, this one was not really much fun at all.
For instance, you might notice some really sloppy line work on Gears. That happened because SketchUp's "intersection" feature kept fracturing the planes whenever I tried to incorporate a new feature. This reduced me to manually re-inserting a lot of material...and, hence, all of those messy diagonals. There must be a better way to do this, but I couldn't find any useful tutorials. There's still all kinds of mess inside his head...Shapeways is probably not going to like that.
The consolation is that those edges are so small that they probably won't even be visible in the printed product. (Assuming the helmet passes Shapeways' tests.)
I'm not sure which was the worst part of this one...getting the curve of his face, intersecting the curve with the flat plane of this hood, or trying to build those two spokes that sit on top of it.
Of course, much of this could have been averted if I went with the more simple geometric rendition of Gears' face instead of this smooth, round version. But, no, I had to try to get fancy and show off.
I was pretty happy with Sunstreaker, though. He just gave me a little trouble on the inside of his helmet...but, I think I fixed the damage.
Anyway, I'm probably going to take a little breather after the Gears fiasco...