I have got a fresnel falloff Though I'm not using 3dsmax so I'm tweaking and learning at the same time.
hmm... you could try doing a freshnel falloff so that the planet is only bright on the lit side and use a glow for the atmosphere on the lit side. maybe similar to these. The maps I used are all procedual in 3dsMAX quite some time ago.
The atmosphere is there its just a case of tweaking it to get it looking photorealistic and constraining it enough so it doesn't affect the avenger model. Its all about the lighting
BTW I like the pics. Very atmospheric.
Ancalagon, don't worry about the script for the cutscenes. I'm not the only one that's working on intro's. The focus of my efforts has changed from the initial script above to the other cut scenes. IE the Earth to Mars avenger cutscene and the end movie cutscene. I've spent the last few months researching movie techniques, shot composition, storyboarding and visual storytelling (hence why its seemed that I've not doing much work) so don't worry I'm on top of it and it will be pertinent and will rival anything James Cameron or Ridley Scott could come up with.
The script at the top, I am still working on but as I said this is a pet project and shouldn't be viewed as canon for inclusion into the game. Its more of a portfolio item. Hence why I haven't submitted it for review.
The other cutscenes I will submit for review and yes Jim I will submit the storyboard for approval before I commit to rendering it (I'm not into wasting precious rendering time ).
At the moment I want to get things looking right so please guys don't defocus the thread with this just yet. Thanks.