So, you want to make water? Well, here it comes...example:
Max R3 Sample file is here: water.zip (ship is not included)
Warning: This tutorial requires freeware plugins: grid, mask modifier, cellular2D, terrain material and colour correct. These plugins can be obtained at many of the sites, here is one for example: http://max3d.3dluvr.com
You will also need a mesh of a ship, which you may obtain at one of the model repositories (viewpoint, 3dcafe etc.)
For all of you, advanced users of 3DSMAX, I wont bother you with a step by step detailed tutorial, therefore the quick'n'dirty procedure comes first. This tutorial also has a step by step version on how to create water, for the non advanced users, which follows after the quick'n'dirty explanation.
First of all there are actually two meshes for water in this scene - the wakes one and the water surface. The mesh for wakes is smaller yet its more dense than the mesh for the water surface, because it contains more detail.
The two meshes are deformed with displace modifier (with cellular as a map) on which I animate the phase and the gizmo. Wakes were deformed using mask modifier, noise and xform modifier; make the modifier stack like this:
Mask TopThe mask modifier is using a map that was painted using the ship shape as a base. Sample image of the map for the modifier mask looks like this:
The wakes sample image
This concludes the modelling part.