I was tasked with recreating a watch tower from Age of Empires 2 for my 3d Modeling 2 class. I chose this one:
As you can see, it is a very low-res image.
Finding out the source or, the country of origin, was impossible without buying the game. I decided to stick with the provided image and create details where the image has left indistinguishable.
The goal of this project was to be as close to the original picture as possible, while using artistry to fill in details not clear in the original image. Our low-poly model had to be 1200 polygons.
I created the high-poly model first, and the low-poly last. The high poly model is 143096 polygons. The low poly model is 1200 polygons.
Here are my final renders from inside of Substance painter using Iray.