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Couldn't say much.... This MD never fail to amaze me for the incredible pictures! Great works! &apls


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This MD is amazing beyond belief :o

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« Reply #162 on: March 18, 2017, 12:42:46 PM »
Absolutely amazing, sc4 realism taken to the next level!   &apls &apls

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« Reply #163 on: March 19, 2017, 03:11:09 PM »
that rain image :shocked2: no, all of them...
Come join me on a hike to St Edmea!

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« Reply #164 on: March 22, 2017, 10:19:00 PM »

- UPDATE 14: Southeast Asia -



 

Our journey to Southeast Asia begins with a trip through the scenic, mountainous landscape of northern Vietnam. For thousands of years, terraces have turned these hillsides into effective farmland - with rice being the staple crop for many. For as far as the eye can see, these terraces stretch on into the distance - a never ending showcase of simple, rural beauty.





Our next stop is the mysterious Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in The Philippines. Some 1,776 brownish-red hills dot the landscape for miles around, and a variety of wild myths try to explain their existence. Some legends state that the hills are the leftovers of massive pebbles thrown by giants many eons ago. Others believe that the hills have a cosmic connection, with each hill representing various stars and planets. No matter what the explanation, they still leave us in awe.
 




The crater lakes of Kelimutu in Indonesia are one of the more remarkable destinations on our journey - the lakes are just as stunning as they are mesmerizing. The mineral rich water that fills each of these lakes changes color many times throughout the year, so each trip is truly a unique experience. Despite the ominous steam that emanates from the lakes, the volcano has actually been dormant for quite some time.




 
Our next stop is the largest Buddhist monument in the world - Indonesia's Borobudur. Rain or shine, it's a truly impressive structure - we're amazed by the sheer quantity of artifacts on display. With over 2,500 relief panels and 500 Buddha statues lining the exterior, we've never seen anything like it before. Reaching the top brings incredible views of the surrounding landscape - but more importantly it signifies the end of a pilgrimage for Buddhists.





As we start to head back north, a can't miss destination is Thailand's Phang Nga Bay, tucked away on the west coast of the country. With over 40 limestone islands jutting hundreds of feet into the air, it truly takes your breath away. We grab a boat and find a secluded beach on one of the islands - no better way to spend the day!





As our journey begins to wind down, we make sure to visit one of the iconic landmarks of Southeast Asia - Cambodia's Angkor Wat. The world's largest religious monument never fails to disappoint - you could spend years exploring this vast complex. While the views from the outside are truly impressive, the interior is a different story. To our dismay, we find out that much of the complex has been looted in recent years, with bas-reliefs and relics fetching high prices on the black market. It'll take a little exploring around to find the rooms left in pristine condition - but it's certainly worth it.
 



 
Our final stop is none other than one of the most impressive archeological sites in the world, Myanmar's Bagan. Over 10,000 pagodas were built on this vast desert plain nearly a thousand years ago - with a little over 2,200 remaining today. Despite constant earthquake damage (the ruins are built directly on top of a fault line) - the locals continue to rebuild these treasured ruins time and time again. No trip to Bagan is complete without a hot air balloon ride - despite the steep price, the incredible views for miles around make it a once in a lifetime experience.





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Thanks for all the comments everyone, I really appreciate them!

kbieniu7: Thanks for the great comment and compliments! Unfortunately I couldn't find a wider road using the NWM, but if I make a similar scene in the future I'll do some playing around with various NAM components to see if I can find something that fits a little better ;)

Silur: Thanks for the comment, glad to hear you enjoyed it :)  Yeah, as I mentioned to kbieniu - I wish the NWM had bigger avenues so I could make a proper Tverskaya Street, but I'll see what I can do next time. All buildings in this update actually are ingame SC4 Models - vast majority (99%+) are simply existing buildings/props from STEX/LEX/etc arranged into new combinations into LE (or for some pics, simple existing lots without any modifications). A handful of things were then either made by me in BAT, or imported into the game from 3d warehouse. Some PS was used though to add some more nightlights, make the water pretty in the Moscow City pic, add some snow in the Red Square pic, etc - so mainly used to just make the scenes look nicer and more presentable.

art128: Thanks for the comment, glad to hear that :)

compdude787: Thanks for the comment and for the nice words! On the subject of the freeway model, it's actually a custom model I made. Definitely not Reddon/Jasoncw quality.. but it gets the job done :P For all the road textures in the Moscow City scene, I pretty much made some custom textures and put them onto a big flat plane in 3dsmax and rendered it into a couple big props to use in the game. For the highway itself, I just used the spline tool in 3dsmax and cut out the highway texture, added some basic walls, made some basic plyons, made them into props, and raised it about 10m + arranged it all in LE. This pic sorta shows what I did (I moved the highway prop away a bit to show the pylons.) + here's some of the pieces. I hope that's not too confusing for anyone interested :P

dyoungyn: Thank you for the kind words :) All the big stuff (buildings, road textures, etc) are actually ingame assets (lots and lots of custom content creation for those scenes). PS was mainly used for the visual improvements like the weather scenes, some enhanced/added nightlights in the Moscow City pic, making the water look pretty, etc.

Bipin: Thanks for the comment! ;D

Alan_Waters: Thank you! Always nice to hear that my recreation "transmitted the mood of the city" in SC4 :)

FrankU: Thanks for the comment! :)

Nanami: Thank you for the compliments! :)

c.p.: Thanks for the nice words!

vortext: Thank you for the high praise!

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment, glad you liked it!

And finally, big thanks to Girafe for the k-point! :)

« Last Edit: March 23, 2017, 05:26:36 AM by korver »

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Offline Silur

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« Reply #165 on: March 23, 2017, 04:03:16 AM »
Stunning views. Enjoy each of your picture. Great!  &apls &apls &apls

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Offline carlfatal

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« Reply #166 on: March 23, 2017, 08:09:05 AM »
Hehe, once I saw your MD over at ST and left a few comments. Then I had to leave for a while, and now I am back again to see and comment your fantastic work here. This is much better, cause SC4D is kinda place I would call home...  ;D

I needed some time to look to all your pictures here, and well, I had to download them to be able to look at them at any time I want to. Crazy stuff, man, this is overwhelming crazy stuff, and simply awesome to the end of awesomeness. Like many others here I have no words to express my thoughts and feelings. But keep it up: even looking at these pieces of art is addictive.  &apls
« Last Edit: March 23, 2017, 08:11:22 AM by carlfatal »

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Offline feyss

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« Reply #167 on: March 23, 2017, 08:11:56 AM »
Well, same comment here: it's amazing  :thumbsup:

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Offline Akallan

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« Reply #168 on: March 23, 2017, 11:21:01 AM »
As I said on Simtropolis: great photos! :D

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Offline 911Diva

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« Reply #169 on: March 23, 2017, 11:50:03 AM »
Wow these are truly beautiful!  Great talent!!

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Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
« Reply #170 on: March 23, 2017, 11:55:34 AM »
Once again you astound us with these magnificent tableaux &apls &apls

I'm also glad to see some of my MMPs, forever immortalized, in your work.



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Offline Eblem

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« Reply #171 on: March 23, 2017, 10:30:03 PM »
 Great work! &apls &apls &apls

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Offline ChiefZDN

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« Reply #172 on: Yesterday at 12:02:25 AM »
 :thumbsup:. Even, I can't do that for now because I don't install big mods. I usually install at most 10 mods.
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« Reply #173 on: Yesterday at 02:04:33 AM »
:thumbsup:. Even, I can't do that for now because I don't install big mods. I usually install at most 10 mods.
I have thousands of "mods" but even with that I doubt I will ever create something like this. The amount of skill involved goes far beyond the amount or type of mods/plugins you have installed. Even a brief look at the creation process shows that this is far more complex than simple lot editing or photoshop work.

These are incredible, korver! As usual, of course, but still, you continue to amaze. Reminds me in some ways of Endora (AntimonyCat), in that it's very hard to tell what is real (in-game) and what is merely photoediting, so excellent work there as well (btw, read Endora now if you haven't; some of the images have started to disappear from his Photobucket account--sorry for the random plug there :-[).
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Offline kbieniu7

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« Reply #174 on: Yesterday at 09:50:17 AM »
Unimaginable! A true (literally) wonderland! In HD, coulour and stereo! And live!  &apls

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Offline Akallan

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« Reply #175 on: Yesterday at 11:05:49 AM »
:thumbsup:. Even, I can't do that for now because I don't install big mods. I usually install at most 10 mods.

There is no need to install a lot of mods to create something beautiful. On the other hand, it takes creativity of talent and patience ... What korver has! :popcorn:

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