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Modelling Iron Man helmet using 3ds max

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Created on Thursday, 23 August 2012 07:21

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Modelling Iron Man helmet using 3ds max

In this tutorial  i will show you how to model Iron Man helmet, texture it and render using Autodesk 3ds max and Adobe Photoshop. By this we will use poly modelling technique where we start from a single poly. This technique is widely used for car or head modelling and the steps and technique covered in this tutorial is the same and you can use them to model anything. We will start preparing our scene for modelling and place the reference pictures inside 3ds max environment. Because we are modelling from a single poly we need at least three pictures; front, side and back to be able to model the helmet according the reference picture. After the initial set-up we will start the modelling process starting with the front cover of the helmet and continue with the rest of the helmet. The modelling process is very simple and only the basic editable-poly tools are used to build the model.

After the shape would be finished we will do some fine tuning to the helmet using graphite modelling tools to achieve the right poly flow to our shape. One of the last modelling steps will be adding the details to the helmet according the reference pictures. By this we will focus not only on the details but also on the shape where we will do edge tightening using chamfer and connect tools and so create a sharper look of the helmet. After finishing the model I will explain how I modified the textures which we will use for our helmet using Photoshop. At the end we will use the 3D-Sphere  material library which you can download from the menu on the right side of 3D-Sphere and apply the materials and textures to our model. For rendering i will use Photometric Lights and MentalRay. Here i will change my default light setup which i use in most tutorials and take advantage of light bouncing by creating a „light tent“ and so simulate real world environment. Together with the final render we will render also an Ambient & Occlusion map and do some postproduction in Photoshop. You can download the reference materials and as well watch the tutorial below and if you have any questions, just write us.


This tutorial is featuring a new way of streaming our videos which supports seeking of the video. This means that you can jump to any part of the video. You can slide to the next part using the "bullets" bellow the video. If you have any troubles, please tell us immediately.




  • Modelling Iron Man helmet
  • Modelling using a reference
  • Modeling a high-poly model
  • Using poly-modelling technique
  • Starting from a single poly
  • Using editable poly to add details
  • Smoothing the object using subdivision
  • Using Photoshop for creating textures
  • Rendreing with MentalRay


  • 04:30:00
Software used in the tutorial:
  • 3ds Max 2012
  • Photoshop (optional)

Tags: 3dsmax tutorial, 3d animation software, 3d modeling software, tutorial for 3dsmax, 3d software, 3ds max tutorial, photoshop tutorial, weapon modeling tutorial, iron man helmet tutorial
Access this URL (http://www.3d-sphere.com/3D.Tutorials/Weapons/IronManHelmet/Max.Files/max.files.zip)max.files.zip[Max Files]694 kB
Access this URL (http://www.3d-sphere.com/3D.Tutorials/Weapons/IronManHelmet/Textures/Reference.Textures.zip)Reference.Textures.zip[Reference & Textures]4765 kB


+1 # madmaster_3d 2012-08-24 06:09
hi tomy. u told me u will give me link for download this tutorials. so im ready :D give me link dude plz. or i had dl from *** :D
i think this will be nice tutorial.
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+1 # Administrator 2012-08-24 07:12
Hi man, are you sure about the download link? :lol: By downloading tutorials you are breaking our "Terms of use" :P
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+1 # madmaster_3d 2012-08-24 12:47
hi tomy. dude i pay 40$ for internet for 3 month. but its limit. i mean i can download 9 gig whole 3 month. this mean if i download 9 gig in 1 day. so i have no internet 89days rememing. so i cant watch this tutorial here. i had download them & watch later when i have free time. so sry tomy. & ty about this tutorial,
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-1 # madmaster_3d 2012-08-24 12:50
omg.admin?! why i cant download it :O?!!? but i will download this video. :D . u lie to me. u said to me will give link to me. u cheated me. :cry: :cry:
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0 # Administrator 2012-08-24 14:04
Don’t be mad on us dude :sad: The advantage of streaming vs progressive download is very simple, you just downloading what you watch nothing more, so if you watch only 4min, you download only 4min of the video, not the whole thing and with the "seeking" option you can watch and jump to any part of the video again without the need of downloading. So, i don’t see any difference between watching in this case and as you said downloading ;-)
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+2 # Script 2012-08-27 15:54
that coool man

but i love to see how i make full body :D

can you do that for us
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+5 # Administrator 2012-08-27 15:58
Hi, to be honest i dont know :S I never did something like that before, but for sure i will try :)
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-1 # oleepasl 2012-09-18 15:36
This stream flash player its a sh!!!! useless, slows the pc
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+2 # Administrator 2012-09-22 12:18
All streaming servers which are using the RTMP are flash based, but its for sure not your problem. By you it could be either the flash player or your browser.
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+1 # Alexander_Torphon 2012-09-23 00:28
awesome tutorial, and i love your patience. Since im a patient type myself, this tutorial is pure gold for me. Shame i cant pause the video for more then a few secs so i can keep up, since every time i unpause, the video delays horribly. Anywas, just wanted to thank you for your work! Cheers! :-)
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0 # Administrator 2012-09-23 08:52
Hi Alex, thank you for reporting the "play/pause" issue, i will try to get in touch with the developers of the streaming server and solve that. PS: Its not so horrible, but its an issue :P
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0 # horriblestreaming 2013-02-19 01:25
Admin is kidding himself. Stream is the worst piece of cr** I've ever used. Plays the same ad EVERY time, and lags when you pause. Provide a download link for the videos because your streaming service sucks.
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-1 # rajalistrik 2012-10-02 01:31
top cool.... i like its... hee... ;-)
www(dot)rajalistrik(do t)com
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0 # Megrela 2012-12-05 16:52
where do i get pictures witch you use in the tutorial?
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0 # Administrator 2012-12-06 15:44
Hi, right after the "video" are the attached files to the tutorial. Tomas
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0 # Megrela 2012-12-06 22:37
Thank you Mr Tomas :)
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0 # Megrela 2012-12-10 08:00
Where Is Part Two?
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0 # Administrator 2012-12-11 05:11
Hi :)
you can change the parts using the "bolts" located straight under the video player. T
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-1 # horriblestreaming 2013-02-19 01:43
This is really intuitive, I mean really cutting edge.....NOT your video player is a fking joke, theres a reason NOONE uses that crappy streaming service on their websites, because they have half a brain and can tell its a sh*tty service. STALL, STALL, STALL, RELOAD, AD. Post on youtube and embed their viewer. this site is a joke
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+1 # Administrator 2013-02-19 07:19
Indeed, this is a market issue, but set and done the disabling of the possibility of downloading the videos had a reason. The traffic was the issue. Look, the streaming service is based on Adobes technology, so, yeah, it sucks a bit, but not so much you think. The player is flowplayer, if this sucks, i dont think so.
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+1 # Sdemet 2013-01-07 20:45
This tutorial is great, but the video player is not that great. Player stops and I have to refresh the site, jump to where I left off, and then it will stop again after a few minutes. Play/pause causes it to stop as well. Is there a recommended way to view this video? I have tried with both firefox and chrome.
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0 # Administrator 2013-01-08 08:02
Hi, the problem you described is unfortunately known :( however, we are going to change the player within two months to something else, but the root cause of this is not only the player but also the streaming server which cause the play\pause delay for about 2 sec where the sound is going but the video not. Still you can seek back, this should work without problems :)
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0 # horriblestreaming 2013-02-19 01:27
or just provide a download link so I don't go somewhere else and you lose visitors to your website because your streaming service sucks and has sucked for over a year now.
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0 # volkan 2013-01-28 11:49
hi brother.how i can download this lesson.i really must learning this.(sorry for my english) :oops: :sad:
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0 # horriblestreaming 2013-02-19 01:29

Admin runs enough ads on this website to feed a small village.
Provide the download link, your streaming video is not innovative, its a clunky pile of cr**
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0 # Administrator 2013-02-19 07:05
No, 3dtotal runs enough ads to feed small village, not us, but you can start to be our sponsor, what do you think about this idea? Just pay for everything every month and i would be happy to revert from streaming to progressive download... And to your opinion, yes its just your opinion because you dont know anything about it, streaming is used almost everywhere. The difference is the streaming technology, but still the flash streaming servers are the most used... so, tell me why my streaming video should be innovative if iam using Adobes technology?
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0 # pflame 2013-02-26 13:55
lovely i love your site,great tut......
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0 # pflame 2013-02-26 21:56
shitty video player i cant download the tuts now i understand why people going bananas here lol
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0 # Niraj Vishwakarma 2013-03-05 15:52
Loved this tutorial..looki ng for something like that . :P
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0 # I3 2013-03-08 09:55
thank you very must:oops:
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0 # Hector 2013-04-22 19:02
I am grateful for the tutorial, but having this streamed via Flowplayer is such a pain. It's like offering someone a treat but making that person go through hell before he gets his hands on it. The stream doesn't even buff on it's own when paused, it's like year 2003 for the videos all over again.
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0 # Administrator 2013-04-22 20:22
Thank you for being honest. I managed to solve the problem :-* Now the pause/play event dont cause any unlimitted buffering and should work as it should - maybe some times there would be 1-2 sec wait untill the player buffer enough for playing but it should work. Admin
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0 # Hector 2013-04-23 15:40
Thank you for responding admin. I think most of your subsciber's problem/issue lies in the fact that the player you utilize is almost useless to them. I think Flowplayer to work properly demands a high speed internet connection, I myself can't seem to watch the videos since it pauses for every 4 seconds and does not seem to continue to play after reaching a certain period. This page would gain a LOT more visitors/subscr ibers if this issue with your streaming service would be resolved. I myself have opted to look someplace else for a tutorial of this kind (even though this is in depth and very helpful unlike some tutorials that I have found.), just because of the fact that this does not help me at all, thanks to Flowplayer. I really hope that you can provide us a better alternative to this admin. :-)
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0 # Administrator 2013-04-25 06:42
Hi Hector,

thank you for your constructive feedback. Can you use our contact form to get intouch with us? I would like to explain it through e-mail. Tomas
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0 # Deltawp 2013-05-15 11:38
Thanks for this awesome tutorial your the best :D
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0 # Besir 2013-06-11 17:34
I have a problem where, when I adjust something on the left viewport, it changes drastically on the front viewport, for example, in part one, moving the vertices is incredibly arduous as adjusting it according to the lines in the front viewport, moves it away from the lines in the left viewport, any ideas as to why?
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0 # Administrator 2013-06-12 08:43
Hi, can you please start a topic at our forum "http://www.3d- sphere.com/foru m/index.php" and provide some screenshots? :)
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0 # Pascualus 2013-06-21 20:50
Thank you so munch for sharing your knowledge. Almost nobody shares knowledge on Mental Ray in creating materials, lighting and render. You have helped me a lot. Thanks and greetings from Peru.
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0 # Pascualus 2013-06-21 21:49
It's good to have one show that with Mental Ray can make photorealistic quality works. in my country and internet for a professional works is frequently used Vray and and very few use Mental Ray for photorealistic renders Thanks again for this tutorial.
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0 # Tankerr 2013-06-26 22:15
Hello, i cant seem to find the materials you used, where can i get them from?

Thank you
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0 # Administrator 2013-06-29 07:21
Hi, in the right menu is a item called "material library", direct link here: http://www.3d-sphere.com/3d-sphere-news/3d-sphere-material-library-for-3dsmax . T ;-)
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0 # Gemi 2013-06-30 18:15
thank you for the tutorial :D It's very helpful
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0 # Arlindo Oliveira 2013-07-11 05:58
Hello! I'm doing this tutorial, my elmo is getting amazing, it's could be very dificult or impossible to I do alone lol. Your tutorial is the best. Tomorrow I'll do the last part!!! Thanks for your time and your patience. I'd like to follow you on the facebook, can I? tks. (Sorry about my english I'm brazilian)

arlinddo (Facebook)
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+1 # Administrator 2013-07-11 06:02
Hi Arlindo, iam glad that you like the tutorial :) Sure, you can follow us on facebook :P
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0 # Arlindo Oliveira 2013-07-11 06:06
Great I really apreciate that! How can I find you on the facebook?
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0 # Administrator 2013-07-15 05:51
Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/pages/3D-spherecom/287970291213063
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0 # Ian 2013-11-04 20:51
Love the tutorial. One thing i can't wrap my head around is the textures, you don't give us a run down on how you made the materials that you pick from. I don't mean the Photoshop ones, i mean the ones you grab that have a bunch of adjusted settings in the material editor that you grab from the material finder.

any help on that?
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0 # Administrator 2013-11-05 08:38
I was explaining something about the materials at the "basic tutorials" http://www.3d-sphere.com/basic-tutorials/page-3, but stopped this because usually it was all the time the same again and again :). Give a try on the basic one. Hope it helps :)
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0 # Liam 2014-04-12 12:16
To everyone going ape shit about the video streaming: ever heard of video downloading add-ons for your browser? I never watch videos online, if i know i want to watch the whole thing i just load the page or buffer the first two freakin' seconds of the video and then just use the add-on to download it. FIREFOX, PEOPLE, FIREFOX.
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0 # Izabela 2014-05-18 11:25
best tutorial ever :D great job!
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