the mario bros on a hunt for aliens, nice render. I wonder how many layers there were.
only nitpick I have is, the blood decal on the wall in the back. it's not spreading at all to the adjacent wall when it looks like it should. I guess that was too hard (or outright impossible) to position?
Actually, I sprayed blood decal on there, but the game didn't render it as I liked it to be, (as it seems to ignore the lights and fog) and there's no easy way to remove it without removing the characters and props all together. I was going to add some blood on Mario and Luigi through post processing (and I made selection areas very easy by creating a screenshot where they're one solid color and creating a layer) though I thought it would be too much detail that would detract from eyeballs focusing on them, and besides, I want to make it seem they just entered nice and clean. Anyhow, I have a few screenshots as layers that is supposed to mimic light effects: one that has light from the top, light from the ground (light bounces), and light from outside and I messed around with the highlights, midtones, and shadows just because a balance of those three generally looks nice. I also tampered a bit with gradient maps and I've created a one that makes Mario and Luigi more reddish to mimic skin tone (again taking advantage of the easy selection so I can single out Mario and Luigi). I wanted to add a little bit of misty fog at the ground but I'm no expert on that yet.
I wanted the shadows to look better, but that would require the map to be fully dark, and the map has built in lights, which has messed up the soft-lamps rendering, and so I had to resort to working with .jpg screenshots rather than the clean .pngs (though again, those .pngs don't take account into the nice depth of field effects) so maybe the image quality was impacted a bit, but not a game killer for me.
If you want a version with the blood on Mario and Luigi, though, I'll be pleased to make one.
they must be hella strong to carry guns like those
All that carrying those hammers did wonders to their upper body strength.