What is the name for the irregular objects that break up a surface?
September 13, 2013 5:11 PM Subscribe
I've heard a term that describes the irregular objects such as boxes and antenna that are used to break up a surface (such as on a model spaceship). Apparently this can make it more pleasing to the eye then a smooth surface. An example would be the surface of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars, where it is basically a triangular prism with some big features, then a lot of small, indistinct things that makes it looks unnaturally perfect. Does anyone know what this term is?
posted by Canageek to media & arts (6 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I thought it was 'gribli' or 'gribly' or something like that, but google doesn't return anything for any spelling I can think of. It could be a special effects term, a modelling term or something else. I think I heard about it either on Reddit in one of the Imaginary X subreddits, or from Adam Savage on one of his Still Untitled documentary YouTube videos.
I remember reading a wikipedia article on the topic when I heard of the term, that had examples of it, and talked about the use of procedural generation to fill in these objects in rather then the artist or modeller having to do them by hand. It had a graphic of a spaceship half-covered in a thick, crazy layer of random objects.
What is this term? Can anyone help me? This is bugging the heck out of me. Thank you.