Initial building of Base Mesh for Neville Tomb

I’ve been building a base mesh for the sectioned panels around the base of the tomb. This is the geometry without any of the sculpted decorative elements on it. These I will add later with the help of Mudbox. There is still the top and bottom of the tomb structure to create yet and I hope to do this in the following week. The second image is a capture of the geometry in 3DS Max before using Symmetry and Turbosmooth modifiers/

Test daylight render just to check the mesh.

SCreen capture of the base geometry in Max


All Saints Church at Harewood House

A recent visit to Harewood House provided an opportunity to  photograph the alabaster tombs at All Saints Church in the grounds of the estate. Of particular interest are the collections of medieval alabaster tomb effigies, six couples dating from 1419 to 1510.  Although originally painted, very few traces of any original colouring remain. See some images here.

The earliest couple are William Gascoigne and his first wife, Elizabeth Mowbray, dating from 1419.  The next pair date from 1426, Richard Redmond and his wife, Elizabeth Aldborough. Richard lies in armour, Elizabeth’s costume is notable for a heart pendant and the flower sprigged templar nets of her headdress.  The next pair of tomb effigies are similar in date and style,  depicting William Rayther and his wife Sybil Aldborough, sister to Elizabeth. Sybil’s tomb is slightly damaged.

The next couple sees another William Gascoigne, grandson to the judge, with his wife Margaret Clare. Gascoigne is armoured, with some gilding surviving. The final couple date from 1510 – Edmund Redman and Elizabeth Huddlestone, Edmund the great-grandson of Richard Redmond and Elizabeth Aldborough. It is thought Redman’s effigy may be a personal likeness, although this is uncertain. At his feet is carved a tiny bedesman praying. Elizabeth too is clothed as a widow, with a rosary hanging from her girdle.

The type of armour depicted in these two Harewood examples is of a slightly later date to the Neville tomb. One of the key differences being the replacement of the aventail with a gorget; a steel collar designed to protect the throat. The Lancastrian ‘S’ motif is present and there may be some indication of an attempt at likeness in the features.

Sir Richard Redman, All Saints Church, Harewood. Yorkshire

Sir Richard Redman, All Saints Church, Harewood. Yorkshire

Above: Sir Richard Redman (or Redmayne) (died 1426)

Below: Sir William Ryther (died circa 1426)

Sir William Ryther (died 1426) Harewood House. Yorkshire

Photogrammetry Outcomes in Autodesk 123D and 3D Studio Max

Around 180 photographs were taken in total and the images were uploaded via 123D’s desktop software to be rendered together. Initial results were disappointing, but after careful selection I began to see some results. I found the best solution to missing data was to split the process into head, torso and legs and combine the data in 3D Max.


Fewer images were used here, just from the top half of the effigy, producing a better outcome. You can see the surrounding 'hearse' that was removed at a later stag

Once the scans were cleaned up and combined I found that there was suffucient data to make some initial attempts within 3D Max to look at using the Conform tool and experimant with creating a base mesh.

Below is the initial retopology attempt.