Bust of Ludwig II of Bavaria, “The Mad Monarch” in Unreal 4 Engine.

This is a bust of Ludwig the second of Bavaria, also known as “The Mad Monarch” (or the Swan King, if you’re feeling fancy). He ruled Bavaria from 1864 until his mysterious death (possibly probably murder) in 1886. Everything about him was mysterious really, he built multiple grandiose castles and sought refuge in excessive opulence. His castles were filled with ridiculous amounts of invaluable art and had secret rooms and fake caverns on which he would float on a swan-shaped boat. He avoided the public eye and even his servants, having built an elevator for his dinner table to be raised and lowered through the floor down to the kitchens below. Basically he was a crazy hermit, with unlimited resources.

Last year, I went on holiday in Germany and went to visit what is certainly Ludwigs most famous castle, Neuschwanstein. The castle was quite impressive although waiting in line for four hours wasn’t as fun. The man left an impression though and when I was thinking of sculpting a bust in Zbrush for practise, it didn’t take long for me to pick Ludwig as an ideal subject.

Finally the technicals: I sculpted the bust in Zbrush, made the LowPoly Mesh in 3ds-Max, textured the model in Substance Designer and created this showcase scene in the new Unreal 4 engine. The mesh is intended to have a high fidelity look and is just south of 5000 triangles. That might seem a bit excessive but it’s a conscious decision as it was required to support a detailed silhouette.

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I'm Jeroen Backx, a 3d artist with a focus on videogames. I am currently the art director at Sticky Studios in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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