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Making a pawn that can actually turn into a queen | Blender 4.0


Polyfjord creates a Transformers-style chess piece animation.

I bet you've seen many tutorials on modeling chess pieces by now. But this tutorial by Polyfjord takes a different approach: he wants to animate the 'promotion' of a pawn into a queen. And not in the easy way where you just stretch and morph the two shapes, but in a much more mechanical approach.

He takes inspiration from different sources, like a 'Fletcher Capstan Table' which expands by inserting hidden parts, and by Apex Legends. It's interesting how seemingly totally unrelated sources can provide the creative spark that you need!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

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