VFX Icarus Landing System - Lightning


I’m currently working on a personal project : a VFX FanArt about the Icarus Landing System you can see:

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtR7iyCHsFQ

And there: https://youtu.be/Kq5KWLqUewc?t=276

AAAAnnd this is the result so far: I’ve setup a scene, download a free asset for the ground that i modified by adding an emissive texture and by adding some scanline effect to gice it some nice cyberpunk effect, along with a triangular shader on the character, adding some lighting, etc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_thkKMrZJg&feature=youtu.be

I think i got the hang of it even though there is still a lot of thing to do, but i’m struggling with the lightning effect and i don’t really know where to start.

I’ve found this Asset that perfectly fits what i’m looking for (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcwZLi2NRrY) but it looks like it’s made directly in code. I’m still a noob considering programming so do you have any suggestion on how i could do this effect or if you could give me a hint on how could do this in Code (i know i will have to jump on this programming train one day, so welp), that would be cool!

Thanks in advance.

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I’m not understanding what part needs coded? Can you link to the asset you are talking about?

Right, sorry i forgot to include the link, it’s in the post now.

In his code he’s just instantiating some ribbon (there is nothing showned) and he move the postion of them with the noise function of unity which he store the X,Y and Z values then use them as vector 3 (More info here : Unity - Scripting API: Mathf.PerlinNoise) then he seems to have an option to create more ribbon at certain point of the vector (between the min and max value calculated by the distance).

I never used ribbon but i think this is what he did so far, hope it helps, i will try to look on my side as i’m curious about it :slight_smile:

there’s an epic livestream where he does a similar thing with line traces and spawns spline meshes based on the hit locations. it’s quite advanced though if you’re new to unreal.

if you just want to do lightning - you can just do it with a particle system, spawning sprites with a simple texture on, or a more advanced material, or a mesh particle.


I’m gonna try the option with the mesh.

I tried it with just the particles system for now with a custom material. Now i still need to work on the bubble.


New update: https://youtu.be/0Uu8UizATK0

Edit: No Slow-mo version: https://youtu.be/qBAvFdSGRQU

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Another late night update, with some modifications and a camera shake to give some oompf to the impact:

Final Result: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXgBD9i-aTg

Breakdown on the portefolio: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/0xgQK