Looks like Hexagon’s a no go for me

So I sat down to try a simple tutorial on making a coffee mug in Hexagon and I can’t even create a primitive. Followed the instructions but nothing happened and the program just crashes again and again and again.

I suppose it’s an issue with my aged computer, though Hex 2.5 is an older program and I thought I’d be in the clear. Ugh. Very frustrating.

I finally read the instructions on how to use the Nerd Footsteps tool I bought many years ago (it’s now at Hivewire.) So I taught myself something today, just not what I’d intended.

I guess I’ll be sticking to kludging together primitives in DS for the time being. Not so great for creating a round mirror, a feature of another recent attempt at background filler props for a render project WIP that has elements spanning several decades.

I wanted to recreate something similar to this:

And I got fairly close, except for the round mirror:

Using a sphere for the mirror, even after scaling the Z axis way down, produces a distorted effect.

Now if I were creating an image in which someone had bought a piece of antique furniture at a flea market and then discovered the mirror was actually a time portal, the effect has great possibilities! Alas, I’m not doing time portals.

The only other thing I can think of is to use a plane with a round transparency map. But maybe I can still work with this just by using some creative posing and/or camera angles.

Or…a cylinder. LOL!

11 thoughts on “Looks like Hexagon’s a no go for me

  1. I would suggest creating a cylinder primitive. I started with a 5 inch tall by 5 ft diameter 20 segment, 48 sides. Added a metal shader. The chrome one from Ultimate Shader Pack for DAZ Studio on sharcg, worked perfectly in 3Delight. I removed the texture in the reflection Color channel and bumped the reflection Strength to 100 percent. No distortion. I used a torus to finish off the edge of the mirror.

    • Oh, jeez, how dumb of me! Of course a cylinder would work. ::face palm:::

      Thanks for shaking the obvious loose out of my brain, Dollygirl. LOL 🙂

      But now in addition to time portals I’m thinking about funhouse mirrors…

  2. Yes it happens to me all the time. I look at some of the things you do and go geesh brilliant. I believe we had a discussion about funhouse mirrors several years back.
    On another note there is Blender as another option. It might work for you. It is a bit scary but there are tons of tutorials. To get started, I liked this tut to help move around in Blender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1sH6Cm1ww. Here is the link to the whole series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6r5coMz_4Egjvg2WdQrplA

    • I remember that funhouse mirror conversation. I was poking around with deformers on the mirror and that’s what got me to thinking about it again.

      I went to the Blender site last night and looked over the technical requirements. I might give Blender a try, even if my machine specs are not what’s recommended. It’s free, so I might as well see how it works.

      Thanks for the tutorial links too!

      I do need a new machine, but the house needs a new roof more so a new toy for me is going to have to wait a bit. Sigh….

  3. You may want to download the newest Hex update from your user area at the DAZ website if you haven’t yet – they have recently been doing something to it, and it appears to have added some stability. It’s always been prone to weird crashes and so on; one of the reasons I switched to Silo.

    Speaking of free modeling apps out there, Wings3D is a great one, but it is sort of different in terms of controls. You may want to watch a few videos and see if the method works for you.

    Then there is Anim8tor which is tiny but supposedly quite powerful. It’s one of those whose UI does not click with me though =)

    • I did trying redownloading Hex from the store and the only difference after reinstalling it was that I got a news popup. Still didn’t work, unfortunately.

      I’ll take a look at Wings3D too. An advantage of not having used any of these programs is that I’m at least not so used to another program’s interface that I can’t bond with a new one. 😀

      As long as there are decent tutorials available I can trudge along. The starting out part is always the hard part.

      Our water softener is on its last legs too, so it’ll need to be replaced along with the roof. The house is over 20 years old now so repair needs are starting to kick in. The new computer will have to wait some more.

        • It has something to do with reducing minerals in water that leave soap residues on surfaces and pipes. And skin. I mostly notice it’s not working when my hair is harder to comb out when it’s wet, the soap doesn’t make as much lather, and my skin feels less soft.

          Water softeners not a thing in Moscow??

          • We have a centralised water supply here, so maaaaybe they do have equipment like this at the water pumping stations, but in apartments, no – tap water here just comes out of a tap (and in many districts the water stations and pipes are good enough you don’t even need to boil it). Some people install extra filters to deal with perceived bacteria, “heavy metals” and so on, but it’s mostly psychological.
            In Moscow, 99% of people live in apartment blocks. The city just works that way. Private houses are only a thing for rich people in satellite settlements like Rublyovka (roughly equivalent to the US idea of “suburbs”, but our “suburbs” are for one-percenters, like oligarchs, celebrities, etc). Maybe they have on-property wells and hence their own pumps, ozonators, water softeners and whatever, but I have no idea. They may be connected to the central system too, for all I know.
            In actual villages where poor people live, they may not even have pipes, just a well. So no water softeners either.

            • Wow. I did not know that about Moscow/Russia. So very different from the US. Cities here are a mix of apartments, condominiums, duplexes, and single family homes. And still lots of homeless people…

              We have a well here for our water, though it’s managed in some fashion by the local city. I realize I have no idea how any of this works. I just take it for granted. Sometimes I don’t even realize how privileged I really am…

              • There are so-called “private sectors” with single-family houses for non-oligarchs in smaller cities (as compared to Moscow with its population big enough to fill several Nordic European countries, even Saint Petersburg is way smaller LOL But I mean much smaller, like Irkutsk). I am not entirely sure how those “private sectors” operate. But a girl from Irkutsk I used to know kept mentioning the truck that came regularly to empty the sewage tank – so at least that bit was not connected to the central system.
                But in Moscow, small houses aren’t a thing partly because land is waaaay expensive because it’s the capital so everyone wants to be here, people, businesses, everyone. Though even in the Soviet times when costs were not a factor (everything was owned by the state), only apartment blocks were built for the sake of efficiency – Moscow had loads of factories so lots of people came to live and work here, and the state had to house them. Thankfully most factories have been moved out, but now we have offices here and stores and what not, so nobody’s moving out, only in.
                And there are some homeless people too. But there are shelters now, and volunteers taking care of them, so they aren’t as visible as, say, in the 90s.

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