It's been a long, long time since I had the chance to do some all out hard surface modeling, so to prepare I spent a lot of time just watching these vids on the making of Vadim Bakhlychev's Recon Elite model for the latest Dominance War. Repeatedly. This thing is a masterpiece. I don't know any other way to describe it. Vitaly Bulgarov's gnomon DVD was also a huge help.
I started the hi-res stuff yesterday and I guess my wrist isn't used to the abuse of hours and hours in front of Softimage anymore because my wrist is bumpin! Here's what I've got as of tonight. Still plenty of work to do along the back of the first leg section, but I'm pretty pleased with where it's going so far.