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so I'm currently modelling the buster sword (crisis core version), and I've come across a problem with the engraved lines on the blade of the sword.

This is what I've done but I think there is a better way to do it because the method I'm doing is very messy and hard to fix (after subsurf modifier).

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This is what happens with the bump map
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  • $\begingroup$ Sculpt them -> bake them. $\endgroup$ – Reaper Oct 11 '17 at 14:43
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Since the engravings are just very fine and only on a straight plane, I would suggest to use a normal map which simulates the engravings. So you can keep your mesh simple, while the engravings are always visible, depending on the light.

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