Figured that it needed its own thread. I briefly mentioned this in the Dreams thread as it's pretty much how this entire thing started. With its own thread, I can show everyone what I'm up to as well as possibly get some guidance. It's still very much in very early stages, so a lot of things might change.
So far, I've made one test video just to test my 3D animation skills and lay down some of the stuff that I have planned for the project. It's rather patchy - there's a few clipping issues, there's no clothes and hair physics and the walking animations look strange.:
...Where's Vert, you may ask? I haven't forgotten about her. I only animated a small portion of a scene that I planned, which would have Vert appearing a bit later on.
It's going to be a long post, as I'm literally copying and pasting from my plans, so I'll spoiler each section to make this easier to read.
What is this project about?
What I want to do is to explore and expand on the relationships between the characters - the fact that L4D2 is part of a rare (possibly dying?) breed of co-op multiplayer games gives me a chance to really focus on this. It is also a bit of a challenge as I need to somehow make the dark, serious plot of L4D2 work with a happy game like the Neptunia. Achieving this balance is probably going to be very tricky (and the fact not everyone would approve of this idea), but I really want to try and make a serious plot that tests every character's relationship with each other. Of course, I could easily drop in humour outside of the main battle scenes and key plot scenes.
I also want to add a few what-if scenes, separate to the story, that show alternative outcomes to a key moment.
The Civil Emergency and Defense Agency (CEDA) have already been overwhelmed by the apocalypse and operations have already been taken over by the military, who are using aggressive means including air-striking cities and shooting potential carriers (positive or not) to suppress the infection that rampages on. It looks like zombies aren't the only things that the girls need to face...
Now, I'm still rather new to the series so I'm researching on them (through playing Rebirth 1, listening to drama CDs, watching playthroughs, heck, even playing around with the app) to get a good idea of their personalities. I might add a few personal changes but these shouldn't make them ridiculously out of character. The profiles below are still in early progress and are subject to change:
Self declared "main character" of the series, Neptune can always be smiling even in the most dire of situations. While she may not take many situations seriously and can occasionally be a bit air-headed, she strongly believes that she and her fellow CPU friends will escape from the apocalypse alive. With her optimism, it is Neptune who tries to get everyone to work together.
A very hard working perfectionist who strongly believes in her own abilities to combat the zombies. She can sound harsh at times, but she is a gentle and honest individual. Of course, you cannot avoid her distinct tsundere personality which makes it tricky for her to convey the meaning she wants possibly caused by her solidarity when she works. Being an individualist, she sometimes fights the zombies on her own but sometimes assumes the role of the leader, due to her serious and perfectionist nature and wants to end this charade quickly.
While usually a very quiet and reserved girl of few words, Blanc can snap into a brutally violent and foul mouthed girl if something/someone makes her angry. She can also show genuine compassion, which is often hidden in her blunt words. Outside her tough skin, however, lies a sensitive side which is rarely seen by others.
Calm, polite and witty, but a very big gamer. A certain well known FPS game has given her some experience in how to deal with a zombie apocalypse, thus (theoretically) having the most experience of the CPUs.
The slightly more timid younger sibling of Neptune. Despite this, she is mature and very friendly to others. In battle, she can sometimes lacks self-confidence but is quick to snap out of it especially if her friends are in danger. She can also be a bit of an air head.
Probably the most experienced character in terms of gun combat as she already uses them in the original games, Uni teaches the Candidates how to use a gun along with several tips. Like Noire, she is highly confident in her abilities and even has a bit of a tsundere personality. However, she seems to be friendlier and laid back than her older sister though still a hard worker.
The older, yet very timid twin out of the Lowee twins and is very quiet much like her older sister Blanc. While usually the less dominant, Rom is smarter and more sensible than her twin sister Ram. As timid as she is, though, Rom is a very kindhearted and gentle girl and is willing to help out in battle.
The hyperactive and cheeky twin out of the Lowee twins and can sometimes have a short fuse like her older sister Blanc. She might be the youngest of the twins (and the Candidates), but Ram is generally more dominant, though she can be a bit naive.
Neptune and Noire
Neptune's playful and optimistic attitude clashes with Noire's serious and more realistic attitude. Neptune enjoys teasing Noire, much to the latter's annoyance. Even so, the two share a good chemistry in battle and a clear friendship.
Neptune and Blanc
The two have known each other for a while and have went through many fights. To date, Neptune is the only person to make Blanc's blood truly boil but they have put aside those events and, now, share an amicable relationship. Though sometimes, Neptune can still annoy Blanc.
Neptune and Vert
These two get along well without much argument and often team up in teasing both Noire and Blanc. Vert is thankful for Neptune's optimism as it keeps the CPUs working together.
Noire and Blanc
Due to their personalities, sometimes a rift can form between the two. They can still get along, but they also tend to view each other as rivals.
Noire and Vert
Sometimes, the two can get along well as they are tied as the most mature members of the party. Other times, however, the two argue over their ongoing rivalry with each other as well as Vert's teasings.
Blanc and Vert
A very tense relationship where Vert intentionally teases Blanc to annoy her. Somehow, they can get along civilly in battle where Vert can sometimes be genuinely worried for Blanc's safety, with the latter usually brushing it off.
Nepgear and Uni
The two share a close friendship akin to their older sisters but their differences can cause some disagreements. Being her first friend, Nepgear holds onto her friendship with Uni very closely. Uni also views Nepgear as a close friend, and the two share a good chemistry in battle.
Rom and Ram
As twins, the two are always seen together. Rom is often dragged along by the more outgoing and dominant Ram but Ram, herself, worries about her twin sister's safety and acts protective over her. Rom, too, can get worried about Ram due to her occasional recklessness.
Nepgear and Rom
The two get along very well, with Rom easily warming up to Nepgear's friendly personality. Nepgear also tends to console Rom when she gets scared.
Nepgear and Ram
Nepgear gets on well with Ram, who enjoys Nepgear's presence. However, Ram can often act stubborn around Nepgear, but the latter's kind and friendly personality often solves this.
Uni and Ram
Ram's tendency to act stubborn can cause some arguments with Uni. Nevertheless, Ram sees Uni as a mentor in zombie combat.
Uni and Rom
Rom may be somewhat shy around her, but Uni is able to teach Rom the basic of gun combat for self-defence against the zombies. Sometimes, Uni can scare Rom but the two do share a good friendship.
Neptune and Nepgear
In a close sisterly relationship, Nepgear is often mistaken as the older sibling as the is the more mature one out of the two. Despite this, Nepgear is greatly dependent on her older sister Neptune but worries that she doesn't pay attention to her much due to her carefree nature. In reality, Neptune deeply care for her younger sister and constantly laments on the fact that she isn't a good (role model as a) big sister.
Noire and Uni
Uni treats her older sister Noire as a role model but Noire will not properly praise Uni until she does better than her in something and seems to overwork her. Uni worries that her sister is giving her the cold shoulder and eels that they don't share a sisterly bond like that of Nepgear and Neptune. In reality, Noire is always proud of her little sister but her hard working nature prevents her spending any time as sisters with her.
Blanc and the twins
Blanc can often get stressed with dealing with the twins, but given how young they are, Blanc always worries about the safety of the twins. As Rom is the quieter of the two, Blanc can get along with her well. On the other hand, given her personality, Ram can sometimes defy Blanc but she does genuinely love her older sister.
Primary: M16 [Assault Rifle], Mini-14 [Hunting Rifle], M1014 [Tactical Shotgun], Uzi, Remington 870 [Pump Shotgun] (As the main character, I expect Neptune to be an all-rounder; utilising a range of weapons. I'd imagine that she'd use the M16 the most, as it's the most all-rounded weapon in L4D2)
Secondary: P220 and Glock [Dual Pistols] (I can really picture Neptune wielding 2 pistols... Maybe it's just me though.)
Melee: Katana, Guitar, Baseball Bat, Machete (Of course Neptune needs a Katana. Other weapons are just based what I think fits.)
Primary: MSG90A1 [Sniper Rifle], SG552, SCAR-H [Combat Rifle], M1014 [Tactical Shotgun], MP5 (Lastation does everything, and Noire's armory is no exception - she can use any type of gun. I'd imagine her using the Combat and Sniper rifles the most, though.)
Secondary: Desert eagle [Magnum] (I imagine Noire preferring a single pistol with high stopping power rather than using two pistols for better accuracy)
Melee: Katana, Frying Pan, Crowbar, Cricket Bat, Machete (A Katana will do as Noire's sword, and , again, the other weapons were based off my imaginations of what would fit.)
Primary: SPAS-12 [Combat Shotgun], M1014 [Tactical Shotgun], M79 [Grenade Launcher], M60, AK-47, Remington Model 870 [Pump and Chrome Shotgun] (Based off the fact she wields a hammer in the Neptunia games, I decided to make Blanc use mostly heavy hitter weapons. Blanc will most likely use both the SPAS-12 and the AK-47.)
Secondary: P220 and Glock [Dual Pistols] (Maybe based off the fact I always make Blanc use these when I be her in L4D2.)
Melee: Chainsaw, Axe, Crowbar, Machete, Combat Knife, Katana (I can really imagine Blanc plowing through a horde of zombies with a chainsaw and an axe. Katana's might be a surprise, but I want to animate her using one. Other weapons are based on what I thought would fit.)
Primary: MSG90A1 [Sniper Rifle], AWSM, SCAR-H [Combat Rifle], M1014 [Tactical Shotgun], SG552, Remington 870 [Chrome Shotgun], Uzi, MP5 (I expected Vert to be quite an all-rounder given how much she'd play FPS games. I can picture her most with the AWSM though, a very powerful sniper rifle with a huge reputation in the Counter Strike games which I could imagine Vert playing...)
Primary: M16 [Assault Rifle], MSG90A1 [Sniper Rifle], Uzi (Just based off my imaginations, but I could never imagine Nepgear with a shotgun. Nepgear would probably use the M16 the most)
Secondary: P220 [Pistol], Desert Eagle [Magnum] (I can imagine Nepgear with just a single pistol, as I'd think she'd be more comfortable with that)
Melee: Katana, Machete (I can't imagine Nepgear with anything else)
Primary: MSG90A1 [Sniper Rifle], AWSM, SG552, M16 [Assault Rifle], M79 [Grenade Launcher], M60, SPAS-12, MP5 (...Yes. Uni can probably use any gun. I'd imagine Uni would mostly use both the Sniper rifle and the SG552 as they both have scopes and that she's quite a sharpshooter in the animation especially)
Secondary: P220 and Glock [Dual Pistols], Desert Eagle [Magnum] (Again, I'd imagine that she could use all pistols)
Melee: Katana, Machete, Combat Knife (Would be nice to animate Uni using a Katana. Somehow, I can imagine Uni being adept at using a combat knife.)
Primary: SCAR-H, Mini-14 [Hunting Rifle], M1014 [Tactical Shotgun], MAC-10 [Silenced SMG] (A silenced gun would suit Rom perfectly. But wait, a shotgun? Strange as it may seem, I can imagine Rom using one especially when her friends are in danger and her resolve takes over)
Secondary: P220 [Pistol], Desert Eagle [Magnum] (I'd imagine Rom would prefer using just one pistol]
Melee: Baseball Bat, Frying Pan (The two melees I could imagine Rom using.)
Primary: SPAS-12 [Combat Shotgun], AK-47, Remington 870 [Pump Shotgun] (It might be just me, but I can imagine Ram enjoying shooting zombies with shotguns and an AK-47. The heavy hitting weapons could fit with Ram's recklessness)
Secondary: P220 and Glock [Dual Pistols] (I'd imagine Ram enjoying using 2 pistols because double the guns, double the power right?)
Melee: Axe, Crowbar, Baseball Bat (Just 3 weapons I'd picture her most with)
Why are you using Neptunia characters for this project?
You say you're using the GMod models of the Neptunia characters, but the CPU Candidates haven't been released yet (at the time of this post).
Can the characters use HDD?
So if there's no Shares in the world of L4D, how on earth can the CPUs live?
Will the films be in English or Japanese audio?
There wasn't really a clear story going on over on Left 4 Dead 2, what are you going to do?
...There's still a long way to go before I can actually kick off the project. Researching is going to take me a while especially since I'm still new to the series. It seems like a ridiculously ambitious project too, but I'll see what I can do.