Viper Heavy Fighter Fan Art Staff Pick

  • July 13, 2011
  • Blender 2.5x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: Bigo
  • License: CC-BY-SA
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This is my Viper class Heavy Endo/Exo-atmospheric fighter. It is heavily inspired by the Vic Viper of the Gradius games by Konomi.

For more info and a simple turntable animation see:

Layer 1: Main scene. Layer 2: Scratch work space. Layer 3: Sun layer. Layer 4: Engine flare layer.

There are three render layers, one with the first two layers, and the second two for the 3rd and 4th layer which applies a simple glow to the sun and engine flares.

It has animations for wing folding/unfolding as well as for landing pad raising/lowering. It also has two material animations. One turns the engines on and the other scrolls the cloud texture applied to the flares.

I'm really finding Blender's animation workflow to be a little hit and miss when it comes to actions, especially material actions as they don't show up in the action editor so it can be really hard to figure out what you are actually doing.


  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    A+. Great job, especially on the materials and textures.

    Edited July 13, 2011
  • Bigo profile picture

    Thanks. Materials and texturing was by far the most time consuming part, and quite probably the least fun.

    Written July 13, 2011
  • Gekko profile picture

    A bit hipoly, but otherwise looking great.

    Written July 14, 2011
  • Bigo profile picture

    Yeah, I'm still learning how to prioritise detailing to places where it is actually noticeable.

    Written July 14, 2011
  • imBobertRobert profile picture

    amazing! reminds me of star wars :) great textures!

    Written August 03, 2011
  • WardellFamilyFilms profile picture

    Awesome fighter, pre-rigged. and sweet textures. what more could you want? I used it in a short film i made (had to take off the weapons though, cause it was a civvy ship) If you wanna watch the animation and check for your name in the credits, just follow this link:

    Again, awesome job. keep up the good work! ~Noah Wardell

    Written April 04, 2015
  • jagerultimate profile picture

    Muchas gracias esta genial saludos

    Written September 23, 2016
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    Written February 13, 2019
  • homyakchik profile picture

    Sweet! Thanks!

    Written January 10, 2020