Making stages for MMD
is really easy using Trimble’s SketchUp…
… and we fine-tune it in PMDE!
When I first started getting involved in MMD, like most people I downloaded all sorts of models to use with the program. I quickly learnt that it was possible to make your own models for MMD and how easy it really is to do. Also I downloaded the old LearnMMD Auditorium stage and learnt that it was created with SketchUp. Honestly, that stage was a little too plain for my tastes and I wanted to build an improved version. So I started reading up on how to build models for MMD using SketchUp. It was primarily an article on LearnMMD.com that pointed me in the right direction. I also learnt about SketchUp on YouTube. I downloaded the program and within a short period of time, I had my Animasa model of Miku dancing on her own stage…
it was a real thrill!
forming on a stage that you built yourself. Plus, with software like SketchUp, it is really easy to do and this is what I will have Chibi IA teach you in the rest of this article.
If you go through the steps outlined in this tutorial, you should be able to end up with a model like the stage illustrated below and honestly, the design is a tribute to the stage that first got me started building stages for MMD: the original LearnMMD Auditorium Stage.
And if you’ve got this far, do ‘play’ with your own creation. I do that all the time with the stages I make; partly to test them, but just as much, it is a lot of fun to use your own ‘stuff’. So whilst building the model for this article and writing the accompanying tutorial I ended up taking a detour and wound-up with one of my favorite MMD models, the rare Super Sonico model by Eto reprising one of my favorite songs on this stage.
If you are a complete beginner to 3D modeling, a good start is to also watch the video
The SketchUp video tutorials are here: SketchUp Channel (YouTube)
It’s time to Build your own Stage…
The tutorial itself is in four comic style parts and can be accessed by clicking on the images below:
Thanks for reading! To round off, we will simply leave Super Sonico with the last words:
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