Now that Lightwave has instancing and I've been able to get a reasonable grip on it, I can now continue working on the "Atreides Departure" scene I had started a while ago but could never work out a way to populate the scene with enough "people".
Rather than waste a lot of time modeling from scratch I grabbed an old
Imperial Officer model from the Jedi Academy game (An enhanced version
modeled by HapSlash) - since he has almost the same uniform I needed. I
then modified and hacked this starting point to more closely resemble
the uniform in the film... and in doing so noticed a cool little detail I
had never seen before... the wardrobe dept outdid themselves by
creating a whole ranking system for the Atreides troops...
Still have to finish the hats, the alternate uniform and getting some different heads and head textures in there...
I also modeled a low rez pistol and rifle for the soldiers as well.