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Old 2007-04-01, 18:52
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The swirling effect can be made with textures relatively easy. You need to have an opacity map (alpha png for different grades of opacity) with a swirling cloud painted on it. Then copy the mesh of the globe, and delete about 80% of it from the bottom so you'll only have yourself a small rounded shell that matches the twinsun mesh.
Scale it up, and place it up just a bit. So you'll have yourself the height of clouds. Set the centre of this mesh to the centre of the globe, so you can rotate the cloud accross the globe. Add the opacity map now.
Then animate it by doing so while spinning ánd reposioning the clouds mesh.

It's a relatively simple job, you can even create different layers. If you don't understand, just say so.
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