Not sure I'm quite ready for a full-on return to Game Guru yet as many features still seem to be
in development. Instead, I've been indulging in a bit of modelling for some possible in-game assets. And now that DX11 is (sort of) here, it seemed like a good opportunity to teach myself texturing for PBR. I do not own Substance Designer or Marmoset
Toolbag, so I'm doing this manually using Paint Shop Pro 5 (which was released in 1998), xNormal (which is free), and Sketchfab (which I created a free account on so I can use it as a PBR viewer).
I wanted something that involved a mixture of shiny and tarnished metals, concretes, plastics, painted surfaces, and ceramics.
So, I've decided to model some London Underground assets.
Here's my progress so far:
The idea is to create something modular and low-poly. No idea if this concept will work in Game Guru, or whether you will see the 'stitches'.
My day job is working for a sight loss charity so I got stupidly excited to model some accurate tactile paving slabs for Game Guru. Very sad I know...
This element is the only one with 4096x4096 textures so far, and the only reason for the high res is because one texture set spans three different sections of tunnel (blank tiles, entrance left and entrance right). Each tunnel, track and platform section is 2m long.
TfL (Transport for London) have some incredibly detailed and helpful PDFs on their website that give details on not only station design and layout, but also on materials, lighting design, brand colours, fonts, and sign placement. It's basically a step-by-step manual on how to design a tube station and I couldn't have got this far without them! Sadly though, they own the copyright to both the quintessential Johnston 100 typeface and the iconic roundel design. I will have to approach them to license these, which you can do through their website. I have no idea if this will be free or not (I suspect not).
For this station, I'm replicating the Central London Railway style, most commonly associated with stations on the Central Line, such as Oxford Circus and Lancaster Gate. It may be possible to adapt the pack and provide additional variations to mimic other popular station styles.
I'm working on this on and off but I hope there will be more to follow!