Braids Haircut for UE4 with nHair and xGen

Recently (UE4.25) Unreal Engine added the possibility to use alembic hair. It’s a revolutionary feature, still beta, but designated to radically change the procedure of creating characters to use with the engine. Thanks to the fact that finally Autodesk offers Maya Indie also in my country, I was able to test this beautiful new feature that Epic has added to its engine.

This little tutorial is about how to create a braid in Maya using nHair and xGen plugins. All I did was to follow this Daryl Obert’s video tutorial and adapt it to my needs. I’m writing this blog post essentially to memorize what I have learned, as I’m a total noob in the matter of creating hair with Maya.

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Japanese Traditional Furniture

I’ve started this project as a learning zBrush project. It consists on remaking/improving some props I already had for the MJH – Modular Japanese Town House UE4 kit, like the tansu (箪笥) cabinetry, and adding new ones. In particular I added a short leg table (chabudai, ちゃぶ台), legless chairs (zaisu, 座椅子) and their cushions (zabuton, 座布団) and a sake set.

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Kitsune Statues

This is first zbrush sculpting, I did it a couple of months ago, but I didn’t find neither the time neither the spirit to publish it on the blog, because of a sad event happening at the time.
Kitsune means fox in Japanese and these statues are typical of inari shrines, like the famous Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto Prefecture. It was since the time of the MJH Modular Japanese Town House kit for UE4 Marketplace that I wanted to sculpt them, but only now I’ve started learning Zbrush (and I really love it).
As this statues are my very first Zbrush sculpting, I’ve decided to give them for free to everybody. You can download them on itch.io and use them in your projects under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

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Sushi Chef

One of the things I did last fall/summer, but I never published on this blog, is a sushi chef model. I’ve modeled the cloths with Marvelous Designer 9. Actually, the main reason for this model was to try the new features available in Marvelous 9. The typical Japanese geta (下駄) shoes were modeled in Maya lt. Everything is textured in Substance Painter. The character is Lee from DAZ 3D (Genesis 8).

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Modular Japanese Town House Example Maps: MS_Machiya_15

This example is a separate house, but also a dependence of the restaurant seen in MS_Machiya_16. Also the real world houses that inspired the main restaurant building have a dependence like this one nearby. Actually, the dependence is located in the middle of the two buildings (see here for the seafood restaurant side and here for the soba one) .

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