An enemy weapon from the '7Masters' VR game made by The Game Forger studio. Based on Nightmare's weapon from the Soul Calibur series, this Guandao was made to instil fear together with its wielder, an Oni wearing samurai armor.
The weapon was first roughly modelled in 3Ds Max and then ported to ZBrush, where the blade was given its organic appearance. The skull and its spine were made directly in ZBrush and coiled around the handle and upper ring, giving it an even more eerie look instead of the usual endpoint sculpted bead that Guandao usually display.
The retopolgy for the Low Poly 5,100 triangle model was made in 3Ds Max and TopoGun2, and was fully painted using physically correct PBR materials, resulting in four maps, as well as a single emission map for the blade's "eye".
The Oni was made by fellow artist Ivan Perez Latorre:
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