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Title: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: korver on May 04, 2016, 09:05:18 PM

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Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 04, 2016, 09:19:49 PM

- UPDATE 1: Lake Bogoria, Kenya -


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Located in the middle of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria is home to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingos - every year millions of them migrate to it's algae infested waters. The lake boasts some of the most impressive wildlife in all of Africa - hundreds of species of birds call the lake home, and you might even see a couple zebras if you look hard enough. Geysers and hot springs dot the shoreline, creating a truly unforgettable landscape.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/7axthl2s1u4s2a2/LakeBogoriaMosaic.jpg?dl=1)

Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 04, 2016, 09:30:14 PM

- UPDATE 2: Journey Through The Sahara -


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/5bquvefcfd6kiit/SaharaBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Our next stop takes us to the famous Sahara Desert - the world's largest hot desert. For thousands of years, nomads have adapted to the harsh terrain, with an extensive knowledge of the terrain being absolutely vital to their survival. Knowing exactly where each and every oasis is located is perhaps the single most important aspect to this, and we approach our first one in the Ennedi Plateau of Chad. Guelta d'Archei is perhaps the Sahara's most famous oasis, and has been used since prehistoric times, note the cave paintings. The water's distinctive black hue - caused by untold amounts of camel dung over the years - hides the lake's most dangerous species quite well, the nile crocodile.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/n6tvbzxg91p5mrr/Guelta%20d%27Archei.jpg?dl=1)


 Hopping from oasis to oasis is crucial for anyone traveling in the Sahara, and fortunately we're able to find another one just in time. The small town of Bardai, Chad, has been an important trading post in the region for centuries. Unfortunately, droughts have ravished the landscape and the riverbed is almost completely bare. There's just enough water left over for the camels.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/oima8okoi1pz9c2/Bardai.jpg?dl=1)


After a month-long northern excursion in search of pastures, the caravan finally starts to head back south through the mighty Grand Erg Occidental, but not before they come face to face with one of the Sahara's greatest dangers. An enormous sandstorm engulfs the caravan, and rages on for nearly an entire day.  Fortunately, by sitting to the side of their camels, they're able to lessen the blow and eventually get back on their feet.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/p7hoe5tguf5ar7q/Grand%20Erg%20Occidental.jpg?dl=1)


 After nearly a month more of traveling, we finally reach our end destination of Djenne, Mali. Every Monday, the entire region takes part in market day - truly a sight to behold. Just under the shadow of the magnificent Great Mosque, the streets come alive with countless shoppers and market vendors, giving them the much needed opportunity to trade camels or goods. 


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/3q9p7ec81fo7tvn/DjenneMarket.jpg?dl=1)
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: manga rivotra on May 04, 2016, 11:27:22 PM
This is UNBELIEVEABLE  :o.
I have rarely seen something so beautiful with this game. Your are an artist. The details, use MMPs, the extraordinary photoshoping, everything is so perfect!
Your villages are so ..... I can't find the words!  :D
In fact, I have one thing to say: please continue !  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: FrankU on May 05, 2016, 02:39:30 AM
Hi korver,

This is extremely impressive! What an introduction. Welcome on SC4D.
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Akallan on May 05, 2016, 03:22:15 AM
It's beautiful, it looks like not SC4! Very realistic, I want to see more! Congratulations! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 05, 2016, 04:12:27 AM

- UPDATE 3: Conquering Mount Fitz Roy -


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zfn7ywmkxwyh4oy/Banner.jpg?dl=1)


Jutting 11,020 feet out of the southern Patagonian landscape, the imposing sheer granite walls of Mount Fitz Roy makes it the one of the crown jewels of the Andes. Technically challenging climbing routes coupled with notoriously bad weather makes it one of the toughest climbs in the world, but the view from the top makes it all worth it.

Day 1

Our journey starts off in the sleepy little town of El Chalten, Argentina, right at the footstep of Mount Fitz Roy. Our group meets up to discuss our routes in the upcoming days - the weather looks like it'll be manageable, but in this part of the world, that could change in the blink of an eye.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/jgdwk3nnb0fp2xn/ElChalten.jpg?dl=1)


We set off for Fitz Roy, and we're immediately in for a treat. The fall foliage is in full swing surrounding the misty Rio Fitz Roy, making for an absolutely gorgeous view. We won't be here long however, as the terrain quickly starts to get much more challenging.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/n3xb8drz1iit0e8/RioFitzRoy.jpg?dl=1)


 After several more miles of walking, we start to approach the base of the mountain and get our first up close view of the surrounding peaks, Techado Negro and Aguja de la 'S'. They're beautiful, no doubt - but they pale in comparison to the peak we're headed to next. Nightfall begins to set in, so we set up our tents and call it a day.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/acihljv1bxdg6ss/FitzRoySouthFace.jpg?dl=1)


Day 2

The day started off fairly easily - a straight forward climb up the mountain. However, our plans quickly got derailed when a storm approaches us, making any technical climbing an impossibility. We decide to instead take cover in a rocky outcrop and wait it out. Conditions finally improved just enough for us to continue on - and we begin to make our ascent up near-vertical granite cliffs. We had originally planned on setting up our tents on a small, flat plateau a couple hundred feet away - but due to previous setbacks, we fall behind and the darkness combined with driving rain makes any more climbing far too dangerous. We're forced to precariously hang our tents off the side of the mighty Aguja Poincenot instead.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/9157txsns40sarf/AgujaPoincenot.jpg?dl=1)


Day 3

Conditions still aren't great, but we continue to push on. The granite cliffs are coated with a thin layer of ice and storm clouds begin to roll in, making things far more dangerous than we had originally thought. However, despite the conditions, we persevere and finally reach the peak of Mount Fitz Roy. We proudly set up our Argentinian flag and take in the beautiful view - it's just as good as you would imagine.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/6z42hdw4l6jx08h/FitzRoy.jpg?dl=1)


-korver



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REPLIES

This is UNBELIEVEABLE  :o.
I have rarely seen something so beautiful with this game. Your are an artist. The details, use MMPs, the extraordinary photoshoping, everything is so perfect!
Your villages are so ..... I can't find the words!  :D
In fact, I have one thing to say: please continue !  &apls &apls &apls

Thanks for the kind words :)

Hi korver,

This is extremely impressive! What an introduction. Welcome on SC4D.

Thank you and thanks for the warm welcome :)

It's beautiful, it looks like not SC4! Very realistic, I want to see more! Congratulations! &apls

Thank you! Trust me, there's alot more on the way. After all, I have an ENTIRE planet to cover..  :D
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: belfastsocrates on May 05, 2016, 06:06:30 AM
Absolutely incredible!

The images are rich in detail and demonstrate extraordinary abilities, the MMP work is by far the best I have ever seen. I could spend hours admiring the details in each image.  &apls



My only criticism is the size of the images. I'm on a fast connection and the pictures took a while to load. I know PNG is a higher quality format but some people will struggle to load those images.
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 05, 2016, 04:42:58 PM
Absolutely incredible!

The images are rich in detail and demonstrate extraordinary abilities, the MMP work is by far the best I have ever seen. I could spend hours admiring the details in each image.  &apls



My only criticism is the size of the images. I'm on a fast connection and the pictures took a while to load. I know PNG is a higher quality format but some people will struggle to load those images.

Thanks for that awesome complement  :thumbsup: I converted to jpg, good idea.
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Vizoria on May 06, 2016, 12:21:05 AM
A most welcome addition to the SC4D MDs; welcome onboard!
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: kbieniu7 on May 06, 2016, 07:54:31 AM
Well... that's indeed fabolous  &apls Both technical side of how you managed to create a truly artistic and mindcrashingly detailed views with every piece of dust included, as well as the ambience - made by those short stories and connections to real places around the world, which feels like actually taking part in a trip to all those edges of Earth. It's not a Mayor Diary. It's not just photo-realistic photo capturing the views. It's a fairy-tale of an adventure.

Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: vester on May 06, 2016, 09:30:27 AM
Stunning scenery. Hard to believe that this is SC4.  &apls


EDIT: One Karma point (some of it is from compdude787). (post #14)
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: 11241036 on May 06, 2016, 01:34:34 PM
Wow, I can barely believe my eyes. Rich in detail and a plethora of different styles in a few pictures. This must have taken an infinite amount of patience and love for the tiniest things to create such exquisite pictures. Please continue with your work, as I'd surely like to see more. &apls :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Kergelen on May 06, 2016, 02:28:53 PM
That's absolutely amazing &apls &apls &apls

I saw some of your updates on Simtropolis and is nice to see your MD here. The landscapes are so detailed, unique and varied, and each one with its own atmosphere. Is remarkable that most of your pictures are mostly MMP. A true SC4 painting style.

My favourite is Bardaï town. The riverbed is masterfully well done. &apls
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: compdude787 on May 06, 2016, 03:26:28 PM
WOW! :o This. Is. Amazing. &apls

Mods, this guy seriously deserves a karma point!
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: vortext on May 06, 2016, 03:33:52 PM
Mods, this guy seriously deserves a karma point!

Agreed and done!

Really awesome scenes! The village is outstanding indeed but the Sahara pictures take the cake imho. Easily the best depiction of SC4 desert I've ever seen!  &apls &apls

Great work, can't wait to see what landscape you'll tackle next!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Uzil on May 06, 2016, 06:57:06 PM
Fantastic work, these details  :o......
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 06, 2016, 07:30:01 PM
A most welcome addition to the SC4D MDs; welcome onboard!

Thanks bud, appreciate it. :)

Well... that's indeed fabolous  &apls Both technical side of how you managed to create a truly artistic and mindcrashingly detailed views with every piece of dust included, as well as the ambience - made by those short stories and connections to real places around the world, which feels like actually taking part in a trip to all those edges of Earth. It's not a Mayor Diary. It's not just photo-realistic photo capturing the views. It's a fairy-tale of an adventure.

Thanks for the kind words. I'm really glad you like my story telling, I wanted this to be more than just pictures on a screen - I wanted the viewer to really feel like they were there. I also love the fairy tale comparison :)

Stunning scenery. Hard to believe that this is SC4.  &apls


EDIT: One Karma point (some of it is from compdude787). (post #14)

Thanks,always love when people say that ;D


Wow, I can barely believe my eyes. Rich in detail and a plethora of different styles in a few pictures. This must have taken an infinite amount of patience and love for the tiniest things to create such exquisite pictures. Please continue with your work, as I'd surely like to see more. &apls :popcorn:

Thanks for that great comment :) Trust me, there's plenty more to come!

That's absolutely amazing &apls &apls &apls

I saw some of your updates on Simtropolis and is nice to see your MD here. The landscapes are so detailed, unique and varied, and each one with its own atmosphere. Is remarkable that most of your pictures are mostly MMP. A true SC4 painting style.

My favourite is Bardaï town. The riverbed is masterfully well done. &apls

Thanks for the praise. Bardaï so far seems to be the favorite amongst all my viewers, not hard to see why :P

WOW! :o This. Is. Amazing. &apls

Mods, this guy seriously deserves a karma point!

Thank you :) And thanks for helping me get that karma point  :thumbsup:

Mods, this guy seriously deserves a karma point!

Agreed and done!

Really awesome scenes! The village is outstanding indeed but the Sahara pictures take the cake imho. Easily the best depiction of SC4 desert I've ever seen!  &apls &apls

Great work, can't wait to see what landscape you'll tackle next!  :thumbsup:

Thanks for the support and the karma point. Sahara seems to be everyones favorite so far :P

Fantastic work, these details  :o......

Thank you!  ;D
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: 89James89 on May 07, 2016, 02:52:38 AM
Well thats some way to make a entrance. Hadn't seen the Argentina ones yet either so that was a nice surprise.

Yet again the Argentinian ones are amazing I especially love the second one with all the details and usual care that goes into your work.

Really looking forward to more!

Cheers

James
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 07, 2016, 07:30:44 AM
Well thats some way to make a entrance. Hadn't seen the Argentina ones yet either so that was a nice surprise.

Yet again the Argentinian ones are amazing I especially love the second one with all the details and usual care that goes into your work.

Really looking forward to more!

Cheers

James

Thanks for the support, glad you liked it!  :)
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: art128 on May 07, 2016, 07:51:35 AM
Hey, welcome to SC4D indeed. :)

I saw your CJ over at Simtropolis, awesome.

Nice to see you here too.

Just a heads up: try not to answer each comment one by one, since the MD progression here is based on reply count. :)
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Themistokles on May 08, 2016, 01:28:17 PM
Wonderful, as I've said over at Simtrop :) Glad you decided to come over here too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: korver on May 18, 2016, 01:09:58 PM

- UPDATE 4: Myrtos Beach -


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/rpspvm9rzjqyzk9/Banner.jpg?dl=1)


Located on the island of Cephalonia in the Ionian Sea, few beaches across the globe can compare to Greece's breathtaking Myrtos Beach. Due to it's remote and rugged location, the beach is completely inaccessible by foot - the only way to reach it is to traverse your way down a series of steep hairpin curves. Once you make it there however, you'll be rewarded greatly with pristine, warm Mediterranean waters, perfectly soft white sand, and of course, incredible views.

Our journey gets started off with us making accommodations at a timeless Greek villa - our room overlooks the edge of the beach, giving us a fantastic view of the sunset. We'll be staying here tonight, and tomorrow we're off to the beach. 


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/340v51m0hcsi6ao/MyrtosBeachSunset.jpg?dl=1)


We set off for the beach early in the morning, driving through endless fields of daisies and poppies along our way. However, just as we roll down our windows to take in the smell, the clouds darken and it starts pouring. It looks like our day at the beach could very well be in jeopardy.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ppmcfcd0s69bmnd/MyrtosBeachRain.jpg?dl=1)


Fortunately for us however, it was nothing more than a quick rain shower. The sky eventually begins to clear up and the beach starts to come alive.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/bx6ipoq3wm9guc9/MyrtosBeachRainbow.jpg?dl=1)


We stake out a prime spot on the beachfront and soak up the sun - no better way to spend an afternoon!


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/kejru2vhclaps3s/MyrtosBeachMosaic2.jpg?dl=1)


Myrtos Beach is more than just a beach - it's an experience. Activities such as hang gliding are extremely popular throughout the area, so we throw caution to the wind and decide to give it a shot.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/l7ttzik4y13hmdw/MyrtosBeachHangGlider.jpg?dl=1)


We make our way back to the beach just as the day begins to wind down. Once nightfall approaches, we get a little peace and quiet once the beach starts emptying out - being sure to take it all in one last time. A perfect end to our day.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/gp8uh7wdflylzom/MyrtosBeachNight.jpg?dl=1)


I hope you enjoyed your visit to Myrtos Beach! :)


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/uc8ppzt9vzi6fc8/MyrtosBeachMosaic.jpg?dl=1)


-korver



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REPLIES

art128: Thanks, I'll keep it in mind.  :thumbsup:

Themistokles: Thanks once again for the support, Themistokles  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: Vizoria on May 18, 2016, 03:09:30 PM
Perfection... ACHEIVED!

MMP God status... UNLOCKED!

After seeing the best MMP work ever people should not just support this MD, they should be worshipping it.

Bloody hell... That is too darn good.
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: Gugu3 on May 18, 2016, 04:28:40 PM
Absolutely stunning!
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: dyoungyn on May 18, 2016, 07:01:35 PM
DITTO, Absolutely Fabulous!!!  Love the realistic and wonder where you got the plopable road from?
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: matias93 on May 18, 2016, 08:02:19 PM
Well, I think this is the way you win in Simcity 4. Guys, you can begin to pack, it's time to go back home, there's no way to surpass this.

No, seriously, this is the most absurdly realist thing I've seen done in this game. The mere fact it was done basically overimposing 2D images makes this almost incomprehensible.

Whatever, you'll need some replacement finger joints to keep to this pace of quality and speed, I almost can feel the pain of so much clicks and the frustration of so many involuntary errors.
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: bladeberkman on May 18, 2016, 10:32:25 PM
I can't believe what I'm seeing. This is some of the most masterful MMP work the community has ever seen - equal to Badsim's Antigone or Yan077's Corsica. I'd love to see a post where you talk about your process. Thank you for sharing your work, I'm looking forward to more.  :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: compdude787 on May 19, 2016, 12:41:54 AM
That is just truly epic!!! :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls

The beach sure is busy.
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: APSMS on May 19, 2016, 01:11:59 AM
That is just truly epic!!! :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls

The beach sure is busy.
Eh. You ever been to a So Cal beach?

But, these pics are indeed epic. I, well... I'm mostly at a loss for words. The image is so seamless, fluid, and most dramatically, it's an entire landscape, not just a small segment used for picture taking. The entire city/scene is actually there!

I don't know what wizardry you're using, but I want some of it, and I know I probably can't handle it.


 :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: Themistokles on May 19, 2016, 03:00:28 AM
Fabulous! In one word, stunning! &apls And I've looked at these images surely five times already. ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: metarvo on May 19, 2016, 05:47:03 AM
This place is so full of life!  From the sunbathers to the rocks, every detail looks like it truly belongs.  This is wonderful, Korver!

 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: Mandarin(a) on May 19, 2016, 07:12:04 AM
Again! Ah!
No words to describe it!
Just: enjoy ...  :sunny:

(I think I wrote a haiku - sort of ... ()stsfd())
Title: Re: True Earth / Myrtos Beach, Greece / Updated May 18th
Post by: Bojci43 on May 19, 2016, 10:28:46 AM
This pictures are just unbelivable. I dont know how you do it, but this pictures are a masterpiece.
Where do you get those beach umbrellas?
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 5-18 / Myrtos Beach, Greece
Post by: Vizoria on May 19, 2016, 02:50:54 PM
Well, I think this is the way you win in Simcity 4. Guys, you can begin to pack, it's time to go back home, there's no way to surpass this.

No, seriously, this is the most absurdly realist thing I've seen done in this game. The mere fact it was done basically overimposing 2D images makes this almost incomprehensible.

I'm gonna give korver a run for his money... I'll be spending the next two to three weeks creating a deciduous/coniferous American MMP wonderland. It won't surpass what korver has done; match it though? Maybe...

A little competition is always good.
Title: Re: True Earth / Myrtos Beach, Greece / Updated May 18th
Post by: Bipin on June 07, 2016, 09:55:13 AM
Oh damn, this work is absolutely breathtaking!  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Myrtos Beach, Greece / Updated May 18th
Post by: art128 on June 07, 2016, 12:49:57 PM
I have to agree with bladeberkman, it reminds me a lot of Yann's Corsica and that's a good thing!
Really incredible level of details in these pictures. The only note I have to say is that I find the boat a bit too close to the beach for safety. However I've only been to the beach twice so I wouldn't know how it works IRL.
Title: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: korver on June 08, 2016, 12:45:36 AM

- UPDATE 5: Greece - Part II -


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/svvhqkqncadl0vd/Banner.jpg?dl=1)


In our first Greek update, we got to take a look at one of Greece's most recognizable natural wonders (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509693#msg509693). Now, we turn our attention
to some of Greece's most awe inspiring, mysterious, and magical landmarks of the past and present.

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"There is nothing permanent, except change."
-Heraclitus

The center of the universe - the Tholos of Delphi


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/e19wsgoijhrntg3/Tholos.jpg?dl=1)


"Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven."
-Sophocles

Athena's temple - The Parthenon


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/662vj8g01jbzv6q/Parthenon.jpg?dl=1)


"Experience, travel - these are as education in themselves."
-Euripides

Born from ashes - Santorini


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/2f4d0rj23xl3xqw/Santorini.jpg?dl=1)


 "I never learned how to tune a harp, or play upon a lute; but I know how to raise a small and inconsiderable city to glory and greatness."
-Themistocles

The capitol - Athens


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ognf0ftdm47wz1t/Athens.jpg?dl=1)


"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
-Aristotle

In the heavens above - Meteora


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/0ylt0zljypeolou/Meteora.jpg?dl=1)


-korver



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REPLIES

Vizoria: Thanks for the kind words.

Gugu3: Thank you  :)

dyoungyn: Thanks ;D

matias93: MMPing indeed can be a painful task, I hope I don't get carpal tunnel any time soon :P But the real victim here is my mouse: I already broke one mouse on my Lake Bogoria update scrolling too hard through my menu, and my backup mouse is already beginning to slowly die... ugh lol. Thanks for the comment :)

bladeberkman: Appreciate the kind words.

compdude787: Thanks! ;D

APSMS: Thanks :) Just alot of hard work :P

Themistokles: Glad ya liked em enough to look at them 5 times over :)

metarvo: Thanks for the kind words :)

Mandarin(a): Thanks for the compliment, in haiku form :P

Bojci43: Thank you. You can get them here: https://www.toutsimcities.com/downloads/view/1902

Bipin: Thanks, I appreciate it :)

art128: Thanks :) The pics I working off of for reference and inspiration actually had a decent number of boats close to the shoreline. After doing a little more research, it seems to be fairly common place across not just Greece but most of the Mediterranean.

Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: FrankU on June 08, 2016, 01:37:52 AM
 >:D
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: Gugu3 on June 08, 2016, 02:25:53 AM
Been to both places!incredible reconstruction! &apls &apls
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: gn_leugim on June 08, 2016, 06:59:35 AM
there is no word, in my rather large dictionary (though still incomplete), to describe what I've seen in the logs...  :satisfied:

this is a whole new level of "painting" landscapes. I wonder, which MMP rocks  you use (some I don't have), as well which water/rapids MMP are those.   

What is the next project? :p

gtz, GnL
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: compdude787 on June 08, 2016, 11:40:36 PM
Wow, amazing!!! :)
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: Akallan on June 09, 2016, 11:45:49 AM
Beautiful, your work is always impressive. You have to put a lot of your time! Just a small gripe the textures of the mountains parrait too stretched ...

But it is only superfluous, congratulations!
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: romualdillo on June 10, 2016, 07:20:26 PM
You are MMP's new God!!  &apls

Please, sign here  "$Deal"$ for your deification.
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: Vizoria on June 11, 2016, 02:15:16 AM
More impressive work. Good use of the photoshop painting in the road markings.
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: Themistokles on June 11, 2016, 02:35:14 AM
Absolutely astounding. I could spend days hiking through these landscapes :)
Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: korver on June 21, 2016, 03:26:20 PM

- UPDATE 6: South Pacific -


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/8cz4by0qgy2drq9/Banner.jpg?dl=1)


After a brief absence, our journey picks back up on the small nation of Palau, an archipelago of over 200 small islands in the far Western Pacific Ocean. Numerous volcanic explosions many eons ago pushed coral larvae up and out of the Earth's core, forming a massive limestone reef - and the erosion since then has given Palau's islands their distinctive mushroom shape. As most of the 200 islands are quite rocky with palms and mangroves draping over the waters' edge, it takes us a bit to find a nice beach, but we're sure to enjoy it once we get there. Later on, we get out our snorkels and explore the vast coral reefs that surround the island - making sure to avoid the many leopard sharks that call the waters home.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/gwirfbid8l8s1kn/Palau.jpg?dl=1)


We get back on our cruise ship and spend the next couple of weeks making stops at various South Pacific islands, none of which however are as beautiful as Tahiti's Bora Bora. The small atoll was formed by a massive volcanic explosion some three million years ago, and has been slowly sinking back into the ocean ever since. The waters that surround much of the islands are extremely shallow, giving the the locals the opportunity to build structures directly on the water - which is where we'll be staying tonight. Our thatched hut on stilts provides us an up close view of the many bent palm trees and pristine coral reefs that surround the island, and we take a moment to enjoy the island as the sun begins to set.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/a8xslotndbo3r1e/BoraBora.jpg?dl=1)


We board the cruise ship once again and 1,500 miles later, we reach Pitcairn Island. Pitcairn's history goes back to 1789, where Fletcher Christian staged a mutiny against the William Bligh, captain of the British navy ship HMS Bounty. Christian and a small number of other mutineers settled on Pitcairn - making Adamstown their main settlement. To this day, nearly all of the 56 inhabitants of Adamstown are descendants of the original mutineers, and a number of them will be greeting us when our cruise ship reaches the island, which is traditional when a ship reaches the small port. After a small dinner in the square, we take a look around the island - not much seems to have changed since 1789. Not a single car or vehicle can be found on the entire island, making Adamstown seem very much stuck in time. Despite fighting flying cockroaches and spiders for the majority of our stay in our one bedroom shack, we take a liking to Adamstown's charm, with it's unique assortment of pines and palms along with the pounding waves that never cease to stop.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/3ptvsbkae691kas/Adamstown.jpg?dl=1)


Our final stop in our journey across the Pacific is Chile's Easter Island. After getting off our cruise ship, we check out some of the Moai that dot the island as we make our way to Anakena Beach. Rano Raraku is one of the best locations to do so, and it gives us the opportunity to get up and close with some of the Moai - but not too close, as touching the Moai is strictly prohibited.

Special thanks to Simmer2 for sending me the Moai models used in this picture!



(https://www.dropbox.com/s/lnqpkfimixtwet4/Moai.jpg?dl=1)


We finally reach Anakena Beach. Anakena is one of two beaches that Easter Island has to offer - the rest of the island is quite rocky and barren, making it a popular tourist destination. We're surrounded by wild horses, endless palm trees, and the sound of crashing waves once we get to the beach, and Moai statues face inwards towards the island to greet us once we get there. The Rapa Nui people purposely placed the Moai facing inland while they were being constructed some 600-800 years ago - to show that they were protecting and honoring the people of Easter Island. The mysterious Moai statues offer more questions than answers: how were they built, how were they set up, and how did the Rapa Nui people move the statues across the island? No one really knows for certain, so we just sit back and admire their greatness. After checking out the Moai, we spend the rest of our day lounging around in our inner tubes, taking in the natural beauty of the island. Easter Island is truly a one of a kind destination, and it makes for a fitting end to our South Pacific journey.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/s/sczgllqwjeerab0/EasterIsland.jpg?dl=1)


-korver



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REPLIES

FrankU: ;D

Gugu3: Thanks, glad you liked it :)

gn_leugim: Thanks for the kind words. The rapids are RFR plop water, which you can get here: http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27199-rfr-plopwater-pack-1/ - as for the rocks, not really too sure which ones you're talking about, so if you could be a little more specific I would be glad to help.

compdude787: Thanks!  :)

Akallan: Thank you! :) Fixed it btw a while back.

romualdillo: Haha, thanks for the comment. Here's my signature -korver  :P

Vizoria: Thanks. It's very time consuming but helps my pictures reach that next level of realism.

Themistokles: Thanks for the kind words once again!  :)

Title: Re: Greece - Part II / True Earth / Updated June 8th
Post by: romualdillo on June 21, 2016, 03:40:51 PM
So you say this is still SC4... Well, I think I'll have to believe you, because this is incredible!!  &apls
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: Simmer2 on June 21, 2016, 07:22:10 PM
Outstanding composition!! You can really make Photoshop (or Gimp) sing the tune you want  &apls &apls

Nick
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: MushyMushy on June 21, 2016, 07:58:29 PM
Wow!
The amazing thing is that it doesn't even look like you used Photoshop for anything but lens/weather/water effects. That's some MMP mastery!
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: Akallan on June 22, 2016, 10:23:45 AM
I do not want to repeat myself because I have already comment from ST: Excellent work! ;) :popcorn:
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: Vizoria on June 22, 2016, 12:42:48 PM
Beautiful, beautiful pictures. Great work with the MMP roads by the way!

Are the houses MMPs?
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: vortext on June 24, 2016, 06:08:24 AM
Stunning scenery once again!!  &apls &apls

What else is there to say, really. Well, maybe that I learned the Easter Island statues face inland.  :D

The roads in the 2nd mosaic are particularly striking indeed!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: Kergelen on June 26, 2016, 05:37:09 AM
 &apls &apls Amazing recreation of this small country. I like the unique tropical feeling you have achieved with the flora
Title: Re: Easter & Pitcairn Islands / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: compdude787 on June 26, 2016, 05:26:20 PM
Neat pictures! It's so amazing that we can do this stuff in SC4!
Title: Re: South Pacific / True Earth / Updated June 21st
Post by: Themistokles on June 30, 2016, 02:34:40 PM
Mesmerising! :thumbsup: The forest and the small subsistence farm plots are truly superb. &apls
Title: Re: South Pacific / True Earth / Updated June 27th
Post by: Gugu3 on July 01, 2016, 02:40:28 AM
This is impressive! &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Pacific / True Earth / Updated June 27th
Post by: Akallan on July 01, 2016, 10:30:39 AM
I forgot to ask you, I want to know what water mod do you use?
Title: Re: South Pacific / True Earth / Updated June 27th
Post by: manga rivotra on July 01, 2016, 01:54:01 PM
I especially love this hotel on stilts ! Everything is so perfect, it is a real pleasure to watch !  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Pacific / True Earth / Updated June 27th
Post by: kbieniu7 on July 24, 2016, 10:55:39 AM
Those forests... and rocky coastlines...  :o
Title: Re: South Pacific / True Earth / Updated June 27th
Post by: gn_leugim on August 14, 2016, 02:52:30 AM
speachless, there are no words to make justice to your skill and to those pics!  :o

Thanks for te rapids hint. The rocks i would look at your first scene in this last update, those light grey rocks. I may have them, donno, but they way you use them is so radically different than the rest that, to me, they seem other rocks :p
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: korver on August 28, 2016, 08:10:09 PM

- UPDATE 7: Scenes From Africa -


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dxlyxp9ts6guguk/ScenesFromAfricaBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Our trip to Africa starts off in Lagos, Africa's largest city. Getting anywhere around town seems to be an impossible task with the never ending flow of traffic. Street vendors and hawkers are on every street corner, and the massive crowds of people everywhere adds to the congestion. In order to go anywhere, using the bright yellow danfos (buses) are almost a necessity - they're virtually everywhere in the city. But just when we thought the traffic was bad enough around our hotel - one of the local markets spills out onto the streets. This in turn forces one of the main roads to shut down and everything comes to a complete standstill for a couple of days. We're limited to touring the city by foot at this point, but at least we get to check out many of the beautiful goods that the local markets have to offer.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dbasvoyjbukxebn/Lagos.jpg?dl=1)


After our stay in Lagos, we start traveling East - right into the heart of Congo. All the roads from this point forward are dirt covered - which potentially makes rainy season a real headache. Fortunately for us, we don't run into any problems for the time being. Along our way, we get to meet numerous tribes, observing their rituals and getting a chance to see how the locals live. The mud and thatched roof huts they call home have been a mainstay for thousands of years - and we can see why, noting their sturdiness and ease of build.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/cspnqcpfxc2kveb/RuralCongo.jpg?dl=1)


Our next stop in our African journey is northern Tanzania where we take our Jeep through Serengeti National Park. The views from the ground are amazing, almost immediately spotting large herds of elephants, giraffes, and zebras. However, to get an even better view, we decide to board a hot air balloon instead. It's wildebeest migration season, and we get an excellent birds-eye view from our balloon - also finally spotting a couple of lions on the prowl as well. Once we get back on the ground, we finally start to make our way out of the park - but not before stopping a few times to let a herd of Giraffes make their way across the road.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/134ywgbb0gmffyo/Serengeti.jpg?dl=1)


We board our plane and arrive next in Madagascar, being sure to see it's famous Avenue of the Baobabs. Not only are they perhaps the world's fattest tree, but they also can live for 2,000 years or more - they're truly marvelous as they tower high above us. However, just as we make our way out of the area, we're met with an unexpected surprise. We thought we left the traffic back in Lagos - but evidently we were quite wrong, getting stuck in a cattle traffic jam on numerous occasions.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/vwvrl7405abtu6m/AvenueOfTheBaobabs.jpg?dl=1)


Once we make it back to the mainland, we travel a couple hundred miles West and make our way across the Zimbabwean border. After getting lost more than a couple times and finally getting some much needed help from the locals, we're able to locate Great Zimbabwe, nestled in the middle of the Zimbabwean foothills. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, all that's left is a collection of ruins scattered around central and western Africa. Despite their current state, you can still get a sense of the power and greatness that these walls once held.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/mnnz4um6jaf7oeu/GreatZimbabwe.jpg?dl=1)

Our final destination is perhaps Africa's most famous - Victoria Falls. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, these awe-inspiring falls truly live up to the title. Once we get there, we're sure to try out a little whitewater river rafting - it's the middle of the high season and the river is in full force. However, there's still something that's a little more dangerous that we have to try out. Our tour guide takes us back up to the top of the falls, and we board a small boat to Livingstone Island near the middle of the Zambezi river. We slowly move our way across the lip of the falls, careful not to take one wrong step on any slippery rocks along our way. Finally, we reach our destination - the infamous Devil's pool. We take the plunge, and the only thing protecting us from a 300+ foot drop is a small submerged rock barrier on the edge. We take a deep breath, carefully leaning over the edge to catch the view of a lifetime.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/nmff9r6sr8g89je/VictoriaFalls.jpg?dl=1)


-korver



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REPLIES

romualdillo: Thanks for the kind words once again :) Love the houses you're working on right now btw, can't wait to try them out in an update one of these days.

Simmer2: Thanks, glad you liked the photoshop work :)

MushyMushy: Thank you :) Yeah, that's probably the most annoying part of photoshop - trying to get it to look natural and like it's part of the game. But the end result always pays off.

Akallan: Thanks once again Akallan! :) For your second question - I pretty much just tried out a bunch of random water mods across various places and enhanced them with photoshop, so if you want similar results it'll require some PS, sorry :P

Vizoria: Thanks! Nah, not MMPs, just lotted onto 1x1 tiles. I originally tried out MMPing small houses and such but eventually I realized that without nightlights, MMPing them would be too limiting.

vortext: Thank you! Yeah, I actually didn't realize that either for a while, I actually had to remake that mosaic because I found out at the last second that my Moai were facing backwards, lol.

Kergelen: Thanks, glad you liked the tropical feeling.

compdude787: Thanks for the kind words once again compdude!

Themistokles: Thank you for the support again, glad you liked those little farm sections I made.

Gugu3: Thanks for commenting once again on my MD!

manga rivotra: Thank you :) A result of a little clever lot editor, glad you liked it.

kbieniu7: Thanks! Those coastlines were a bit experimental, first time doing something like that and thankfully I think they turned out really good.

gn_leugim: Thanks for the kind words once again :) I'm pretty sure you're talking about the Heblem ones - I tried to find them for you, but due to the current state of the STEX since the recent update I was unable to find the exact link, sorry about that :(

Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: dyoungyn on August 28, 2016, 11:07:50 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!  Ok, you must tell us how did you do the water fall?
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: gn_leugim on August 29, 2016, 02:06:42 AM
it's incredible, just incredible! what's next??   &apls &apls &apls

Don't worry, unfortunately now is indeed a bit hard to search on STEX :\  ;)
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: art128 on August 29, 2016, 04:40:13 AM
Beautiful photoshopping.  &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: belfastsocrates on August 29, 2016, 05:19:28 AM
Really lovely work, the Victoria Falls is just beautiful, truly gorgeous
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: Vizoria on August 29, 2016, 06:09:18 AM
Brilliantly gorgeous pictures. Great MMPing and landscape with suburb photoshopping.
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: metarvo on August 29, 2016, 07:57:14 AM
Outstanding work, Korver.   &apls  The crowds and cars both add so much liveliness to the Lagos scene.  The hot air balloon safari is lovely, too.
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: mgb204 on August 29, 2016, 08:42:14 AM
It's probably about time I stopped gauping at your fantastic images and actually comment on them. I've been following your work since you started this MD and the level of detail you can pack into a scene is just breathtaking. From outstanding areas of natural beauty to chaos filled streets and towns, it's all here. And to top it all off, simply stunning MMP work  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: Simmer2 on August 29, 2016, 09:23:13 AM
...........<--------*speechless* &apls

Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: vester on August 29, 2016, 03:09:01 PM
S T U N N I N G ! ! !
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: Akallan on August 30, 2016, 11:35:54 AM
Beautiful, simply. ;D &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: manga rivotra on August 31, 2016, 01:57:29 PM
Once again, I am blown away by your work!  :o
Everything is absolutely perfect and it is clear that you possess a real artist talent in addition to incredible accuracy with MMPs and total control of scales. &apls &apls &apls
A real pleasure to watch. Thank you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scenes From Africa / True Earth / Updated August 28th
Post by: vinlabsc3k on September 05, 2016, 12:47:56 AM
(http://previews.123rf.com/images/ratoca/ratoca1112/ratoca111200198/11498718-motic-ne-tonnant-Banque-d'images.jpg)
It's astounding!!



P.S.:Are the bridge photo-edited?
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: korver on October 06, 2016, 08:51:31 AM

- UPDATE 8: The Amazon -


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/w8fazd2vkdgbtvm/AmazonBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Our journey through the Amazon starts off in Manaus, located on the Rio Negro in the heart of the rainforest. It's one of the largest cities in the Amazon - despite it's remote location, it's well worth the visit. We take a stroll down many of it's historic roads, enjoying some of the architecture - the best example being it's beautiful ornate opera house. The Amazon Theatre was constructed back in 1896, back when the surrounding region was flourishing from the rubber trade. Lots has changed since then, and unfortunately we'll meet some of the harsh realities quickly..


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1sp95b52zo1uvx/Manaus.jpg?dl=1)


After our visit in Manaus, we board our boat and begin traveling north through the rain forest. Unfortunately, it'll take quite some time before we actually get to see the untamed forest, as deforestation has cleared out much of the land. Once pristine sections of rainforest have been replaced by the signature "fishbone" pattern for as far as the eye can see. The need for cattle ranching and crops means that many will do just about anything for more land, including slashing and burning whole sections in one go. Although the rate of deforestation has dropped in recent years, it can't change the fact that nearly 20 percent of the forest has been destroyed over the last 40 years alone.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/jrriyx9caz55djc/Deforestation.jpg?dl=1)


Our journey continues northwards, and we move from the Rio Negro to one of it's smaller tributaries, the Rio Demini. As the river undulates and curves it's way gently through the rain forest, we finally get our first true taste of the Amazon. We get a chance to observe some of the surrounding wildlife - a pair of jaguars being the clear highlight of the day. Once we reach the small fishing village of Lisbão, we get a chance to meet the locals and stock up on supplies as we continue on deeper into the rain forest.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2infwcnopk4zaie/AmazonRiver.jpg?dl=1)


The river gets narrower and narrower the further we go along - and it leaves us less room for error as we continue our travels. Once we finally reach some rapids, the only way to continue onward is by foot. We were told that the local Yanomami people inhabit these lands - but after many days hiking through the deep forest, we thought we would never see them. Finally, right at the Venezuela/Brazil border, we catch a smoke cloud far off in the corner of our eyes. As we move closer, sure enough we see the roof of a shabono (their circular huts) peeking over the canopy of the forest - we've finally found found them. As we move closer to greet them, the situation quickly turns murky as they take out their bow and arrow. They've never seen outsiders before, and not knowing if we're friend or foe - they threaten to shoot. To dispel the situation, we offer a pair of matches and they cautiously accept the gift. After learning how they work, they put down their weapons - we've finally gained their respect.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ht0ppy0vp65s7p/Tribes.jpg?dl=1)


After hiking for weeks from small village to small village, we finally reach one with a small airport. They're offering plane rides over Angel Falls - an offer we can't refuse. The ride takes us over a number of tepuis in the Guiana Highlands - stunning for sure, but they won't compare to what we see next. We finally reach the falls a couple hours later - getting about as close as you can possibly get by plane. At over 3,200 feet tall, the world's tallest waterfall doesn't disappoint - it's truly an extraordinary view.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/fkiq4kj0ysqkvi4/AngelFalls.jpg?dl=1)


-korver


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REPLIES

dyoungyn: Thanks :thumbsup: It took me two days of collecting around 10-15 pictures of the falls and then carefully copying and pasting them on the rock wall.

gn_leugim: Thanks for the kind words once again :) As for what's next.. I have no clue :P Could be Australia, a North Africa update, an entire South America update, an India update, or something entirely different. Depends on what I'm feeling inspired by at the moment.

art128: Thanks, glad you liked it :thumbsup:

belfastsocrates: Thanks, yeah I think that's by far the community favorite! ;D

Vizoria: Thanks once again for the comment and nice words Vizoria :)

metarvo: Thanks :) When I first saw a picture of the streets in Lagos, I literally couldn't believe how crowded it was. I have no idea how anyone gets anywhere in that city, lol. But I knew I had to recreate it.

mgb204: Thanks!

Simmer2: Thanks once again SM2 ;D

vester: Thank you! ;D

Akallan: Thanks for the comment once again  :)

manga rivotra: Thank you for the kind words once again :)

vinlabsc3k: Thanks :thumbsup: Yeah it is - what I did though is I created a good portion of it on the ground, rotated it, and copied and pasted over the gap.

Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: Akallan on October 06, 2016, 10:33:28 AM
Excellent, the scene of the river is the best! It is very simple, but it's beautiful! Not to mention the waterfalls ... And the city also ... In fact, everything is beautiful! :popcorn:
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: feyss on October 06, 2016, 10:49:49 AM
Do you sleep sometimes ?  :D

Nice pictures as always. I especially like the Amazone river: perfect forest and perfect water mod  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: kbieniu7 on October 06, 2016, 12:37:02 PM
I'm simply speechless... I don't want to even know how long it took you to lot the city  &apls

How do you choose your places to recreate, I'm curious?  ::)
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: Vizoria on October 06, 2016, 02:19:16 PM
Mother of God that is good!

How do you photoshop in rock textures in the last picture showing the waterfall?
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: dyoungyn on October 06, 2016, 02:55:33 PM
IRT to that AWESOME waterfall, now that wold be even more awesomeness if SC4 cold do the same thing that Photoshp or Paintbrush could.  Great job especially with that waterfall.  BTW, I always try to locate the location you identify in Google maps, and you are very close with that "Opera House" and the only thing missing is the real house has parking around the building and not grass.
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: Simmer2 on October 06, 2016, 04:07:48 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/6tsCjtD.jpg)
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: Gugu3 on October 07, 2016, 02:14:19 AM
I have missed a couple of updates!OMG!!!what an incredible set of pictures! :o :o :o :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: Seaman on October 07, 2016, 05:39:22 AM
breathtaking!!  &apls
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: Themistokles on October 08, 2016, 01:41:42 AM
So beautiful, and so well captured, the modern city, the ruthless deforestation, the primitive outposts, the indigenous peoples, the natural wonders. The MMP forests looks very varied and sprawling, thanks to the broad range of different MMPs that you have used. And surprisingly, to me, they merge together and form one forest instead of just a heck of a lot of trees.  &apls
Title: Re: The Amazon / True Earth / Updated October 6th
Post by: art128 on October 08, 2016, 08:44:43 AM
That's seriously awesome. At this point it's not even a game, it's artwork. I'm curious, the Manaus picture, how long did it take you to create it? (From when you opened the city tile to when you actually finished the work in photoshop)
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: dyoungyn on October 13, 2016, 09:48:19 AM
WOW and simply WOW!!!!! &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls  You hit this directly centered on the nail.  Great job as always.  I have personally been to Sydney several times and moored just west on the little piers you displayed in Potts Point.  Again, your detail is AMAZING.  I even noticed the rotating restaurant view tower that really sticks out from afar.  Finally, the opera house is marvelous along with the world famous Sydney Harbor Bridge diagonal.  Just simply put, STUPENDOUS &hlp &hlp &hlp
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: compdude787 on October 13, 2016, 01:35:58 PM
Wow! That looks great so far!! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: _Michael on October 13, 2016, 01:54:01 PM
Really good work. Would be interested in an overview as to how you approach your work, like a selection of WIP images. Not a tutorial, just an insight, since your style is totally different to most people. :)
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: eggman121 on October 13, 2016, 03:19:33 PM
WOW you have captured the CBD with such elegance and this is truly a masterpiece  &apls

I wonder if the rival city of Melbourne is on the cards :D

That is the city I am closest too  ;)

Wow I am lost for words  ;D

-eggman121

Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: APSMS on October 13, 2016, 04:12:58 PM
Very impressive.
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: kbieniu7 on October 14, 2016, 08:23:57 AM
Great photoshopping! Your series is incredible... It feels like actually going for a trip to all those real places, that we used to hear about somewhen, but were unimaginabely far far away* and now we are visiting them, so close to ourselves  &apls

*Excluding users from Australia (like eggman), they've just seen their own backyard  ;D
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: Akallan on October 20, 2016, 10:23:58 AM
Very beautiful picture! I just think the highway still deserve a little PS. I find it still very irregular. ;) &apls
Title: Re: Sydney (Preview) / True Earth / Updated October 13th
Post by: noahclem on October 22, 2016, 08:59:07 PM
Truly a beautiful MD and a lot of fun to catch up on. Very rarely a new player joins that has an amazing gift to do things that most of us just can't do, or even imagine sometimes--thanks for sharing all this and amazing work. I'd love to understand more about how you create. +1

EDIT: Forgot to mention I'm not sure about that building you were after but for that type of feel one of reddonquixote's bats from Melbourne might work. Also, your use of the Sydney Opera reminded me of the bat and I've added it to my current city center--thanks :)
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Yan077 on October 28, 2016, 11:49:23 AM
I've been following up your MD for a long time, and never comment.... Simply, because I have  no words.
I don't understand all the picture, how is it possible, game or reality ?
I know, it's just because your MD is out of this world....

Amazing, just amazing.

 &apls &apls &apls

Yann  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Ernestmaxis on October 29, 2016, 04:34:46 AM
I cant fotoshop but here is some quality with the mmp's very impressive! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: noahclem on November 01, 2016, 02:10:08 PM
Our community has been blown away by the quality and variety of recreations here in True Earth. The images have been so stunning that one was, rather infamously, not thought that it could possibly be real :D  It's only fitting that korver's exemplary work joins the OSITM section as part of SC4D's 10th birthday celebrations this November! Congratulations!

(http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac213/BSCLEX/korver_201611_zpsl7ba2bqc.jpg)
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: kbieniu7 on November 01, 2016, 02:42:13 PM
So, what can we - the audience - say then? Just applause...

 &apls

And be happy, that OSITM came back!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Vizoria on November 01, 2016, 04:48:46 PM
Extraordinary content deserves OSITM!

Well done korver!

 &hlp  &hlp  &hlp
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: art128 on November 01, 2016, 05:00:49 PM
Congrats on the award!
Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: reddonquixote on November 02, 2016, 02:12:51 AM
Congratulations to someone who has produced some truly remarkable works of art... out of SC4... a real accomplishment in itself! Well done, and well deserved  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: korver on November 04, 2016, 04:41:02 PM

- UPDATE 9: Scenes From Europe -


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/totriwcmtjj0nsi/EuropeBanner.jpg?dl=1)


First and foremost, big thanks to the SC4D staff for giving True Earth OSITM! I currently have alot of stuff I'm working on right now, but I hope to get out at least 2 more updates this month.


The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pisa, Italy

Originally built in 1173, this world famous bell tower began to tilt as soon as it was being constructed. Soft soil coupled with an inadequate foundation meant that the tower had to be built slightly curved just so it wouldn't fall over during construction. The tower slowly began to tilt more and more as the years went by, and by 1990 the tower was on the verge of collapse and had to be closed to the public. Numerous attempts at straightening the tower were made throughout the 1990s, and was deemed safe enough to reopen in 2001. Today, the tower stands at a 4 degree tilt.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2xtexbtormdxmiz/Pisa.jpg?dl=1)


National Library of Greece
Athens, Greece

The heart of Athens comes alive at night. The National Library of Greece, built in 1829, holds one of the world's largest collections of Greek manuscripts behind it's impressive stone columns.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/a95a2f7a0m9vl2u/AthensNight.jpg?dl=1)


Landwasser Viaduct
Swiss Alps

One of the most noteworthy locations on the legendary Glacier Express passenger train is the breathtaking Landwasser Viaduct, especially during wintertime. Standing 213 feet at it's highest point, it's one of the most picturesque locations in the entire Swiss Alps.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2l1lh8moh7ji5nk/LandwasserViaduct.jpg?dl=1)


The Pantheon
Rome, Italy

Perhaps the most well preserved building of Ancient Rome, the Pantheon remains to this day as a temple to the Roman Gods. The circular oculus at the top allows light to enter, as well as the rain and any other natural elements. While there's numerous ways to get to the Pantheon, you can't go wrong with the time-tested solution: a horse drawn carriage through the streets of Rome.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/90rh5ktt2mml3hv/Pantheon.jpg?dl=1)


Puente Nuevo
Ronda, Spain

Located in the Andalusia region of Spain, the mountaintop city of Ronda is split in two by the 390 foot deep El Tajo canyon. Connecting the two sides of the old town is the breathtaking Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) - completed in 1793, to this day it remains one of the world's most iconic bridges.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/fz33j1k46t04ncg/PuenteNuevo.jpg?dl=1)


Contra Dam
Swiss Alps

Opened in 1965, Switzerland's Contra Dam is one of the most impressive locations in the entire Alps. Most notably, in 1995 it was featured in the bungee jumping opening sequence of GoldenEye (one of my favorite movies of all time, which is why I chose to make it in the first place). Periodically, the two spillways on each side of the dam will open, releasing 1,300 m/s of water, truly an amazing sight.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7giqrzqy6hck1z/Contra.jpg?dl=1)


Special models used in this update:

Heblem Dam Set (http://descargas.capitalsim.net/?sitio=csc&descarga=3446) (the textures were sub-par, so I added some slight grime and extra detail to it, but it's still very visible underneath in the picture.)

Landwasser Viaduct (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=3e8387539b57f2b8ca46b1d51bf012d6)

Puente Nuevo (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=397e603ba4fe9f8c9237567f768e5f3d)

Pantheon Fountain (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=1856ca75fe015abb5548c4b025d78e7)

Quick note on bridges:

Since this mayor diary makes heavy use of 3D warehouse bridge models, it does require me to get creative occasionally. While some bridge BATs that I use require no further PS to connect them, a couple of the bridges in this update did require me to copy and paste an actual, ingame network (another MMP road, rail, etc) over the top of the bridge.



-korver


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REPLIES

dyoungyn: Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed it.

compdude787: Thank you very much.

michae95l: Thanks :) Yeah, I might make room for an update like that here, in addition to the show us challenge on ST so you can see some of my work behind the scenes.

eggman121: Thank you! Unfortunately, no Melbourne. I think reddonquixote was working on a recreation of one, so I'll leave that to him :P

APSMS: Thank you :)

kbieniu7: Thank you for the nice words.

Akallan: Thanks, I'll see what I can do about it.

noahclem: Thanks for the K-point and the compliments :) Also glad to hear that I inspired you to use that great Sydney Opera House BAT. As for how I create, were you more interested in hearing about my mindset when it comes to choosing places (like how I pick out my scenes), or were you talking more about the technical side of things like the steps taken to create a scene.

Yan077: Thanks for the kind words, it means alot coming from one of the masters :thumbsup:

Ernestmaxis: Thanks, glad you liked it :thumbsup:

noahclem: Thank you for giving True Earth this great award, it is much appreciated :thumbsup:

kbieniu7: Thanks for the kind words :)

Vizoria: Thanks, congrats on OSITM as well :)

art128: Thank you! :)

reddonquixote: Thank you for the kind words, it means a lot coming from a legendary BATter like yourself. Congrats on OSITM btw :)

Title: Re: True Earth
Post by: Vizoria on November 04, 2016, 05:05:50 PM
Awesome! You managed to photoshop the SC4 out of SC4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, 2nd pic and 4th pic were my favourites. In the 1st pic do you both use the lot editor for custom textures and photoshop in additional textures?

Also- SHADOWS! I have dabbled with shadow photoshopping before but I could not get it properly even.

A great edition!
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: reddonquixote on November 04, 2016, 05:19:18 PM
I think Ronda Spain is my favourite, it looks like something out of Lord of the Rings

The dam is quite spectacular too.. hmmm.. yeah, they are all amazing  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: noahclem on November 04, 2016, 05:25:08 PM
Every one is just amazing. I wish I could make something like this but can't even imagine it :D  I can't pick a favorite, I just love them all.

As to your question, I'm quite curious about both :)
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: vortext on November 04, 2016, 05:28:07 PM
Honestly imho the best part is the crammed diagonal parking to the right of the Pantheon. For some reason when wandering around in a unknown city I'm always drawn to those kinda back alleys. Something to do with the contrast between the grandiose and the mundane I guess. Or maybe I'm just rambling. Yeah that's probably it. ::) :D

Also great work bringing all kinds of one off RL models into the scenes, curious if you have plans to release some of those eventually?

Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: APSMS on November 04, 2016, 11:41:49 PM
I think you really oughta show us what the raw images look like, so we can better appreciate the masterpieces we see here. This is really incredible. :popcorn:

Just when I thought I could tell what was photoshop and what was not, I see a detail that obviously must be done in game, and am forced to reevaluate what I think about the game. The dam textures, and the Pantheon... wow!

Also, I have never seen such an awesome tilt-shift effect on an SC4 picture before. Mostly they seem to make the game change from a "Real-Life" perspective (since everything is from afar, and therefore everything is in focus) to one of a model railroad, which is cool, but not typically what I think you would want for pictures that are obviously from a game. Usually they make the picture seem less real.
But that picture? With the nightlights on all of the LE prop cars (that's what I assume they are, if they haven't been drawn in), and then the light blur effect that you get when a camera is out of focus? Man.
 &apls &apls

Hats off, good sir. Your stuff was pretty incredible, but I have not seen that bit of detail before. Amazing work!
Quick Question: are these pics taken at the zoom presented, or do you take really close up shots, make mosaics, do the details, and then scale them down to appear as Z4 or Z5 shots? Because I cannot imagine the amount of pixel hunting that must otherwise occur if this is not the case. Still, well, gee :-[...good stuff regardless.
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: _Michael on November 05, 2016, 05:54:54 AM
Wow wow wow.
Love all of the scenes, especially Rome and Pisa. Are all of your road textures lots, MMP or Photoshop? It's so hard to tell! But again you've excelled, and the variety here is fantastic! Lovely work! ;D
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: vinlabsc3k on November 07, 2016, 07:40:56 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TqIMjP97mtE/VLE98z3In-I/AAAAAAAAG_A/c0g9E_Gci1I/s1600/Jim%2BCarrey9.gif)

:shocked2:  &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls :o
:bnn: You're a master of graphic :bnn:



PS.: Where did you find the right building for each shot?
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: bombardiere on November 07, 2016, 09:11:11 AM
Great stuff as ever.  :thumbsup: I am not personally into CJs, but this is inspiring material :) May be North Europe next. ;)
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: art128 on November 07, 2016, 09:18:22 AM
Landwasser Viaduct and Ronda are my favorite pictures from this update. I had no idea there was a city in Spain on a canyon like that.

I wonder will you be doing some scenes from Japan or Hong Kong? :)
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: Simmer2 on November 07, 2016, 09:32:12 AM
WOW!!  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: dyoungyn on November 07, 2016, 09:37:30 AM
Absolutely love the Dam.  Wow wow and more wow!!!! &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: Alan_Waters on November 07, 2016, 10:02:35 AM
This SimCity4?
Unreal!!!
 &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: kbieniu7 on November 07, 2016, 12:01:51 PM
Special extra models  :o Wow  :o

Why would I need to go pack my backpack and go to Italy or Switzerland, when I can enter this thread and just have a HD excursion all over Europe, even with a historical background?  :D

By the way, you should have "visit" Kraków as well, there are plenty of its landmarks avaible. Or maybe it's enough just me and Jeckyll to take care of this city  ;D

Awesomeness
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: gn_leugim on November 08, 2016, 09:07:48 AM
stupendous! just... omg... :o
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: Themistokles on November 08, 2016, 03:08:57 PM
Awesome! I second APSMS though, it'd be really interesting to see what it all looks like ingame :)
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: Seaman on November 08, 2016, 03:21:47 PM
Awesome! I second APSMS though, it'd be really interesting to see what it all looks like ingame :)

me too  :D

just want to be sure it's still SC4 you've started with and not some awesome wizardry! Anyway, the results are breathtaking!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scenes From Europe / True Earth / Updated November 4th
Post by: korver on November 30, 2016, 11:59:38 PM

- Upcoming Update Previews -

Thanks for the nice comments everyone :)

In regards to Michael's comment - since this gets asked about a lot, I'll make a little tutorial here. For this Yaounde scene I made, I essentially looked at aerial pictures, photographs, and other resources and made my own customized texture. I'll use lots of various methods in PS to achieve the final result - layer masks with grass and concrete textures, burning and dodging to simulate car paths, and added noise to simulate rougher, more worn out parts of the roads. After 4-8 hrs in PS, I'll figure out the scale and just apply the texture to a flat plane in 3dsmax and export it for usage in game The only big downside is that the plane needs to be completely flat for shadows to be cast onto it, or else I'd be BATting raised sidewalks, grass strips, etc. Also, unlike normal textures, it doesn't really work on uneven land.

So anyways.. unfortunately I was extremely busy this month and didn't get as much done as I would have liked. I've been creating more and more custom content for this MD as time goes on - and that now includes creating and texturing models from scratch in BAT (in addition to all the models I import into the game), so it's slowing things down. Also, I've been working on multiple updates at once, so I don't really have any of them ready for a release yet - so I'll just show a couple of previews in the mean time.

Scenes From Africa, Pt. II

Yaounde, Cameroon

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/qayxjg3vcado3s0/Yaounde.jpg?dl=1)


Agbokim Waterfalls, Nigeria

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zle2jlnaiex10qs/Agbokim.jpg?dl=1)

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South America

Paramaribo, Suriname

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5gxuruyziy8frpk/Paramaribo.jpg?dl=1)


Mount Roraima

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2jdjdtgs00djagm/Roraima.jpg?dl=1)

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Other Pictures:

Great Wall of China

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/21zigdceuvykbbe/GreatWall.jpg?dl=1)


Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/czm70qp7l4y06a4/Sutherland.jpg?dl=1)


Title: Re: Africa Preview + Bonus Pics / True Earth
Post by: compdude787 on December 01, 2016, 12:47:43 AM
Awesome waterfalls!!! :thumbsup: &apls
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: Badsim on December 01, 2016, 03:45:38 AM
Hats off to you .

Considering the technique used , ( I experimented this once with Orange’s BATing skill for Place de la Concorde - Paris (http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2324/Q9sAH6.gif)  ) Yaounde is to be considered as a « true » SC4 picture like Pisa and many others from your incredible collection , absolutely mesmerizing work everywhere … and so much work for a single man … can’t look at them too long , to tell you the truth , or I’ll get a kind of Stendhal Syndrome  &dd ( or name it as  you want ... )and would stop any SC4 activity … and thanks for making us travel with such ingenuity , I did verify with Google and at those occasions  I learned a lot about places I knew nothing  before ( Rounda , Contra dam , etc.) . A K-point there , of course , that’s the least I can do .

Cédric.
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: Tyberius06 on December 01, 2016, 05:11:21 AM
Well, I have to say, I'm very jelous of your patient and motivation. It's just increadible. And thank you very much to leading us into to making process.
It's just amazing! :)
 &apls &apls &apls &aplsd
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: dyoungyn on December 01, 2016, 08:52:36 AM
Absolutely stupendous.  Only wish you could share you awesome BATs.  Your work is totally amazing and exacting details.
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: _Michael on December 01, 2016, 10:06:37 AM
Truly spectacular! I love the insight into your techniques-I might give it a go when I have some spare time! I really love the true variety of all of your scenes. Urban, rural and natural, all of which are executed to the highest of standards!
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: Simmer2 on December 01, 2016, 01:06:44 PM
Magnificent!!
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: tomvsotis on December 01, 2016, 01:14:15 PM
These are all wonderful, obviously, but I'm particularly fascinated and impressed by the Cameroon one, and the accompanying insight into your process. The way you've taken that Google Earth shot and recreated it in a grid-based game is just... damn. There aren't enough superlatives, really. Incredible.
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: TheTeaCat on December 01, 2016, 03:08:13 PM
These pics are just incredible. This MD has to be up there with the best there has ever been.
Your truly are an artist when it comes to this game. I don't believe I have ever seen such true to life pics before. The level of detail in every pic is just mesmerising.

Derry
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: Kergelen on December 04, 2016, 02:49:09 PM
Truly amazing scenes!! &apls &apls
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: Vizoria on December 04, 2016, 04:39:01 PM
Incredible.
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: manga rivotra on December 06, 2016, 04:28:07 PM
I do not speak English well enough to use the right superlative (if it exists)  ::), so I would rather just say that I am delighted to be jealous of your skills and your talent and that I hope to be even more often ! Thanks you to share a another masterpiece.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Previews / True Earth / Updated 11-30
Post by: omgitskosc on December 07, 2016, 01:08:09 AM
An outrageous display of skill and effort. True Art! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: korver on December 17, 2016, 10:20:24 PM

- UPDATE 10: Sydney -


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/924qvwwmrsgd9yo/SydneyBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Our trip to Sydney begins with one of the world's most recognizable buildings - the Sydney Opera House. Built in 1973 - its unique white seashell shape truly sets this skyline apart from the rest. Sitting just behind it is the Royal Botanic Gardens - opened in 1816, there's no better place to take a stroll on a sunny day.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ysjjhc0hpl8646i/OperaHouse.jpg?dl=1)


Just as recognizable is the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge - built in 1932, it's one of the best ways to cross the harbour. At night, its distinctive lights dominate the surrounding waters.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/eky0p0hnjte40wz/HarbourBridge.jpg?dl=1)


Water taxis are a great way to get around the harbour, and the Circular Quay (whose name contradicts its squarish shape) near the CBD is one of the most popular destinations in the entire city.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/eejata72ia8y1cz/CircularQuay.jpg?dl=1)


Sydney is a city known for it's suburbs. In fact, it's got 555 of them - but few are as beautiful as Lavender Bay. It's easily reached by water taxi, has great views of the Harbour Bridge and the skyline in the distance - not to mention being ranked consistently as one of Sydney's most livable suburbs. It's a great place to call home.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/m0qz48bwb3qio1n/LavenderBay.jpg?dl=1)


A rainy day in the CBD. Some of Sydney's most recognizable buildings can be found near Hyde Park - such as the MLC Centre, which held the title as the city's tallest building for 15 years. Nearby is the Sydney Tower - completed in 1981, you can enjoy some exotic cuisine from its 360 degree rotating restaurant.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dqhbxey4eyzngfi/SydneyRain.jpg?dl=1)


Another scene from the CBD - some of Sydney's tallest buildings - Deutsche Bank Place, Chifley Tower, Aurora Place, and Governor Philip Tower tower over the Royal Botanic Gardens.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/mrtpvc8kqu76rkt/CBDPark.jpg?dl=1)


However, it's at night that these buildings truly come to life.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/7xhyihw8eh7ynbb/SydneyNight2.jpg?dl=1)


And finally, some overviews of the city.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/oacnhimar2yv2ti/SydneyOverview.jpg?dl=1)


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2n0zvmoqgck6271/SydneyNight.png?dl=1)



Special thanks goes out to all the various creators at 3D Warehouse, as many buildings here were imported from there (too many to list). If you're interested, just search "Sydney" there and you'll find many of the same models I used - you'll need to have basic gmax/3dsmax knowledge to get the model into the game however, but it isn't very difficult. The highway system is modular, for an insight of how I created it and the process behind it, please take a look at the comments section of my "City Overview" and "Night Scenes" ST challenge entries.



-korver


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REPLIES

compdude787: Thanks, glad you liked them! I have one last epic waterfall coming this year so be on the lookout..

Badsim: Thanks for the kind words and the k-point, means a lot from one of my favorite creators of all time :)

Tyberius06: Thanks, yeah this kind of work requires quite a lot of patience but it's worth it :)

dyoungyn: Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately, I didn't create them so I don't have permission to share them. But they aren't that hard to get into the game. (If anyone's interested, the Paramaribo buildings can be found here (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/user.html?id=0553411472235451843611095&nav=models))

michae95l: Thanks Michael, glad that my guide was able to help you.

Simmer2: Thanks Simmer :)

tomvsotis: Thanks, glad you liked the Yaounde picture, probably my favorite of the bunch.

TheTeaCat: Thanks for that high praise, much appreciated :)

Kergelen: Thank you for the kind words.

Vizoria: Thanks once again Vizoria :)

manga rivotra: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

omgitskosc: Thanks KOSC :)

Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: manga rivotra on December 18, 2016, 03:17:50 AM
Stunning beauty and realism, as every time!   :o 
The last photo would make a perfect poster in my room.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: Girafe on December 18, 2016, 05:43:48 AM
Awesome update  &apls &apls

I love the park and the work done with the MMP  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: Vizoria on December 18, 2016, 06:39:50 AM
Yet more mad photoshopping skills.
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: Kitsune on December 18, 2016, 08:09:31 AM
Having been to Sydney in March that is a very very excellent and getting to hit the Like button only once does not do it justice.
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: APSMS on December 19, 2016, 12:59:54 AM
Although the accuracy of any of these images is lost on me (I have zero idea of what Sydney looks like from the ground, much less the air), man are they stunning.

Those water reflections are just insane. :shocked2: The detail with the buildings casting shadows on the ground objects is great too (I am aware you do this for most of your pics). But of course it's the extra touches here that really give it that extra sense of realism and make up for the fact that SC4 lacks a vanishing point camera (which I have to say the water ripples and reflections really do a lot to mitigate).
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: reddonquixote on December 19, 2016, 01:23:12 PM
Another amazing update! You have definitely captured the distinctive Sydney feel  :thumbsup:

Being super-super-super picky though.. the reflections of the opera house in the water is a bit of a strange angle. All the reflections at night are delightful though ;D

I feel like I want to see a Tsunehisa Kimura styled post-apocalyptic version now  :D
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: Themistokles on December 19, 2016, 01:53:17 PM
Dropped ma jaw.

You have your very own style and I struggle to find a name for it. While it's not photorealistic, mind if I call it post-realistic? :)
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: tomvsotis on December 21, 2016, 10:57:28 AM
wowowowowowowowowowow  &apls  &apls  &apls

as an Australian (albeit an ex-pat), I have been to Sydney plenty of times, and the way you've recreated it is just astonishing. are you gonna do the famous ocean swimming pool at Bronte Beach? (for non-Australians, this is a swimming pool carved into the rocks at one of Sydney's prettiest beaches - the ocean refills it constantly, and it's a pretty amazing place to do laps!)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5162/5311745888_f8fc524121_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Sydney / True Earth / Updated 12-17
Post by: kbieniu7 on December 27, 2016, 08:33:39 AM
I love those green-spaced MMP's areas. Magnicifient work  :)
Title: Re: South America + Bonus Pictures / True Earth / Updated 12-31
Post by: korver on December 31, 2016, 11:40:07 PM

- UPDATE 11: South America & Bonus Pictures -


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/vuws2thhrfcaqg2/SouthAmericaBanner.jpg?dl=1)


After visiting (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg512529#msg512529) the world's tallest waterfall and largest rain forest, our small Cessna finally lands at our next destination. We've got a big trip planned, so enjoy :)


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/pxxj43c6mmbo0nq/Paramaribo.png?dl=1)


Our first stop in our journey is the capital and largest city of Suriname, Paramaribo. It's truly a one of a kind city, with its mixture of beautiful colonial Dutch architecture on the edge of the rain forest. The Dutch architecture serves as a reminder to the past - the country was under Dutch rule for nearly 150 years as Dutch Guiana until it gained its independence back in 1975. Our time in Paramaribo is brief - and unfortunately, the rain never seems to stop during our stay, as is common in much of the country.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5gxuruyziy8frpk/Paramaribo.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/xdpyn9wo2mmmowa/Roraima.png?dl=1)


We board our plane once again and head back out. Cloaked in heavy rain clouds, Mount Roraima on the Brazil/Venezuela/Guyana border is truly breathtaking with its imposing sheer cliffs. Countless waterfalls plunge off of its tiered slopes - yet another sign that we're in the middle of rainy season.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2jdjdtgs00djagm/Roraima.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/fko1baih6rleg95/AutanaTepui.png?dl=1)


We land our plane just inside the Amazonas state of Eastern Venezuela for a quick excursion. We're up for a challenge, and the imposing Autana Tepui provides just that. After a couple of days of nerve wracking climbing, we finally reach the top and put up our tents for the night, taking in the view.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5v4gc5k2ww6qib7/Autana.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/nt0wt7tqtnfikve/PuertoColombia.png?dl=1)


We get back on our plane and land a couple hundred miles north in Valencia. We'll be traveling by car for now on, and the first stop is the small town of Puerto Colombia on the southern coast of the Caribbean Sea. It's a charming little village, with its small river filled with brightly colored riverboats. No trip here would be complete without taking one for a cruise through the village, and we do just that.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/sz9ssuhwn8vm2kf/PuertoColombia.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/44ukhfe0824jbfo/CocoraValley.png?dl=1)


After driving along the Caribbean coast for a couple hundred more miles, we finally make our way to the Pan-American highway. Taking that south, we travel high through the Andes mountains of Colombia for quite some time until we finally reach Colombia's Cocora Valley. This place seems almost unreal, with it's famed wax palm trees climbing to heights of up to 200 feet tall. The surrounding landscape is equally impressive, with quaint farming villages surrounded by rolling hillsides and steep, rocky slopes. The locals are quite hospitable, letting us stay the night.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/gvpuzxy7cv4zzr3/Wax%20Palms.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ba94cqfbqv6xijn/LasLajas.png?dl=1)


Not too far from the Cocora Valley is another one of Colombia's famous attractions, the Las Lajas Sanctuary. Built between 1916 and 1949, this church is one of the most impressive sights in all of South America, standing high above the steep Guáitara River canyon. Between the location, waterfalls, and reports to this day of "mysterious healing" - it's truly a magical place.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/81dfltv7jzbn027/LasLajas.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/xcschuwqgjadiu8/Nazca.png?dl=1)


After driving for seemingly an eternity through nothing but the barren deserts of Central and Southern Peru, we eventually reach a sight worth looking for. There's one landmark here that you'll want to keep your eye out for - they're easy to miss. Eventually we find one of the legendary Nazca lines - the condor. Created between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, the Nazca culture created these lines by removing the rocks from the desert floor, revealing the lighter colored ground beneath. The best way to view these lines is by air however, so we catch a quick ride and do just that.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/a4glzdlolf62ocp/Nazca.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/qtwcq98s3965i0k/MachuPicchu.png?dl=1)


After checking out the famed Nazca lines, we start to head our way inland towards Cuzco and finally make our way towards the legendary Machu Picchu. There's no more roads from this point forward - the only way to the top is by foot. After stopping at a local village, we get out our backpacking gear and get ready for the adventure ahead of us. It's quite the climb up the mountain, but after numerous days and nights traversing through dense rain forest, finally seeing these majestic ruins makes it all worth it.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/hdj3ijpwa9dsdf6/Machu%20Picchu.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/gc3oi29cve541hn/ColcaCanyon.png?dl=1)


We get back on the highway and start heading south once more. The landscape initially is barren - but eventually it turns into something much more beautiful. The steep slopes of the Andes mountains have been terraced by local farmers for thousands of years, and there's no better example of their work than the Colca Canyon. Through advanced irrigation strategies they transformed these steep mountainsides into workable farmland, and to this day the locals make their living off them.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/atznuh6cer8io68/Colca.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6iu2a8bs9oqihoy/Titicaca.png?dl=1)


Our trip through the Andes slowly gets higher and higher in elevation as we start heading eastwards. Eventually it becomes hard to just catch out breath, but we soon adapt to the massive height difference. Perched in the middle of these mountains is the world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca, a sight that we wouldn't want to miss. One of the most remarkable sights here is the floating islands of the local Uros people. By taking the tough reeds that surround the lake (totora) - they've managed to build floating islands that entire families can live on. They allow us to have a glimpse into their daily lives, allowing us onto one of their island and to observe some of their ancient traditions.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/m8ofv4u31carnkz/Titicaca.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/njvr2ynlm8imqd9/Pantanal.png?dl=1)


We're finally out of the mountains, but the adventure as just begun for us. This swampy, densely forested area of Brazil is known as The Pantanal - and there's only one way through it, the transpantaneira. The road acts as the only safe route through the wetlands, and we run into numerous herds of cattle on the road along the way. It doesn't take long for us to get into our first standoff - as a couple of crocodile-resembling caimans need to make their way across the road.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/7bassuy7xyel48k/Transpanatanal.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zo9ocoawuatji3p/Brasilia.png?dl=1)


We finally reach the capital of Brazil, Brasília. Seeking a more centrally located capital, in 1960 the capital was changed from Rio de Janeiro to Brasília and an entire city was planned and built from the ground up. Architect Oscar Niemeyer designed many of the important buildings here, giving them a distinctive flair. There's no better example than the Palácio do Planalto - the official workplace of the President of Brazil truly comes alive at night.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/giwkfzicviox3mu/Brasilia.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/kzpmtse5mc1a82j/Redentor.png?dl=1)


From Brasília, we start traveling eastwards towards the Brazilian coastline. Every Brazilian beach side city is magnificent, but Rio stands out from the rest. Standing atop of Corcovado Mountain is the famous Cristo Redentor statue - a must visit for any tourist, especially at sunrise. Completed in 1931, its arms were placed in an open stance, symbolizing peace.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/o2c9u1isf97ierr/Redeemer.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/sf4s2dsyi8njboa/Santos.png?dl=1)


A couple hundred miles west is another Brazilian beach side city that you don't want to miss, Santos - one of the most beautiful cities that we encounter during our journey. It's gardens (the world's longest) and beaches are truly magnificent, stretching for as far as the eye can see. After all the traveling we've done thus far - some time spent relaxing on the beach is more than overdue.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/h4xmu3c67oab6l4/Santos.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ffy910j6vczjpuj/Favelas.png?dl=1)


When traveling through Brazil, you're bound to run into a number of favelas (slums) on the outskirts of many of the larger cities. We saw a number of them in Rio de Janeiro - and as we travel through São Paulo, we see quite a few more. The people here make the most of their situation, gathering whatever they can find in order to create a house for their families.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/n6dr4hhn8m27d57/SaoPaulo.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dkeejbkxpb3lox9/ItaipuDam.png?dl=1)


We begin the final leg of our journey with the mighty Itaipu Dam, located on the Paraná River on the Paraguay/Brazil border. You truly can't underestimate the size of this massive structure - it's the largest hydroelectric scheme in the world. This dam alone provides nearly 80% of Paraguay's electricity, as well as much of the power to many important cities in Brazil - but it did come at a steep $20 billion cost. It's the rainy season - so we get to see an up close view of the spillway in action, which drains out any excess water from the Itaipu reservoir.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6u2i0pbamt94bqk/Itaipu.jpg?dl=1)




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/1orwu7moyqnoges/IguazuFalls.png?dl=1)


Our next stop is some 20 miles south - the world famous Iguazu Falls. From miles around you can hear them rumbling - you can just sense the power of these falls. There's a seemingly infinite amount of waterfalls here, and the best way to experience them is to get up close. One way is to board one of the many boats that travel along the lower river - and we do just that, getting as close to the falls as possible. But no trip is complete without visiting the "Devil's Throat" (seen in the top left corner of the picture) - an elevated walkway takes us as close as we can possibly get to it, witnessing a one of a kind wonder.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ib8y2xlnfi012u/Iguazu.jpg?dl=1)

- Full size link here (http://i.imgur.com/VpCfYAY.jpg) -




(https://www.dropbox.com/s/fho04qt0mc9nptd/BuenosAires.png?dl=1)


Finally, our journey wraps up when we reach one of the premier destinations in South America - Buenos Aires. Once you see the avenues and architecture, it's not hard to see why it's called the "Paris of South America". 9 de Julio isn't just wide - it's the world's largest avenue - and right in the middle of it is the famous Obelisco de Buenos Aires. Built to commemorate the founding of the city in 1536, it's truly amazing at night.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/no1faxv6so06jr5/BuenosAires.jpg?dl=1)




- Bonus Pictures -

Everything else that didn't make it into an update this year, so here's their final destination. Enjoy!


Yaounde, Cameroon


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/qayxjg3vcado3s0/Yaounde.jpg?dl=1)


Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/td5zj2z3fl76y74/Ngorongoro.jpg?dl=1)


Agbokim Waterfalls, Nigeria


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zle2jlnaiex10qs/Agbokim.jpg?dl=1)


Ancient City of Djado (1000 A.D.), Niger


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/61q2a3v99pv6eys/Djado.jpg?dl=1)


Rubber Farm, Liberia


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/a0uqxjsl3jyali0/Liberia.jpg?dl=1)


Mother and Child Balancing Rocks, Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/0pn14pnljg1cbxg/Matobo.jpg?dl=1)


Great Blue Hole, Belize


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/kxdqz1ozh02n271/BlueHole.jpg?dl=1)


Sutherland Falls, New Zealand


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/czm70qp7l4y06a4/Sutherland.jpg?dl=1)


Great Wall of China


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/21zigdceuvykbbe/GreatWall.jpg?dl=1)


Prague's Christmas Market


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/cqj60g405kqm5vh/Prague1.jpg?dl=1)


New Year's Eve in Prague


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zr2sb2i6r3ihco8/Prague2.jpg?dl=1)


- Tutorials -

Itaipu Dam

Itaipu Dam was one of the most ambitious projects of the year for me, and after many trials and tribulations I was able to successfully get it into the game. To make it, I first downloaded the pieces from here (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=2f2d61e887d83d36ffa9fa7367f4a40f), here (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=eb6a1387fa7ce1a6ffa9fa7367f4a40f), and here (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=79ef380bfecda4e5ffa9fa7367f4a40f). After I brought it into 3dsmax, the next objective was to break it up into small pieces so it would render properly. This (http://i.imgur.com/2pyGF2n.jpg) picture illustrated what exactly I ended up doing. Next, the pieces had to be edited with the Reader to make their occupant sizes 1x1x1, so other things such as MMPs could be plopped around them, and most importantly so they would fit onto 1x1 tiles. Then, all the pieces were put onto 1x1 tiles, and moved around countless times to ensure they would line up as close as the game would possibly allow. Finally, it was a matter of placing everything in the game and plopping water and MMPs around the entire dam structure. Some minor editing was done after the fact, such as to add extra steam on the spillway in addition to the plopped JENX small + medium waterfall lots, to add power lines between the plopped power poles, and to clean up any small imperfections between pieces.


Machu Picchu

Now, I'll probably get some questions on my Machu Picchu so I'll try my best to explain my method here as well. I've struggled with terraces in the past (that's why you haven't seen any so far :P), but now with this method, you'll probably see things like terraced rice paddies in the future as well. So pretty much what I did was firstly download a couple of Machu Picchu models I found off of 3d warehouse. They're actually pretty easy to make though, so I'd recommend that if you can do it. I took the good elements of each, moved things around, rescaled, rotated etc and combined them to make a really nice model. Retextured it, then converted it to an editable poly, selected faces, and carefully selected and removed all the flat grass faces on the model. Cut out a section of it, rendered it, made the LODs 1x1x1 in reader, and placed it on a 1x1 lot. Opened up Model tweaker, then offset it something like 500 ft so now it's hanging way off the lot and the 1x1 lot won't interfere when I'm terraforming. Once in game, I plop it, terraform hills to the contour of the terraces, and put down lots of MMP grass where the grass used to be on the model. This (http://i.imgur.com/3b6Nrk1.jpg) picture should help illustrate that a bit (taken right at the beginning, so terraforming/MMPing wasn't done, but hopefully you should get the idea). Finally, the last adjustments were made in PS, the biggest of which included adding shadows (which is important here because models won't cast shadows on MMPs)


- - -


Special thanks once again to all the various creators on 3d warehouse for providing invaluable models for this update.

Attribution for the pictures:

Waterkant Paramaribo (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Waterkant_Paramaribo.jpg), CCSA3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Forrestjunky | View from Mt. Roraima "Window" (https://www.flickr.com/photos/pfassina/4539316538/in/photolist-7V8bEf-6JTt2z-7V8cd1-7V4Wei-7V4Ux6-7V8aRA-7V4Wq4-8SJTD9-7V8azb-7V89kq-7V4VTK-bRiVhc-7V8a6u-NGXfL-7V89fs-7V4Ufv-dvC6G-9DgLFW-7V8bL1-bCpak3-bxmEDg-6JXyk1-7V8bsG-7V4X4Z-7V4XQV-7V4Y6Z-7V8cxU-7V4XLr-7V4WEX-7V4Xqt-NHQSe-7V8c1S-bZTFVL-7V8bd9-7V4Y1i-ozd9LK-dvCYB-FUWqw-c16CDY-eWL62g-6JXyQC-6JXyK5-bZTheW-7V8c7q-bRiMKD-bxjkBM-dUsKzt-c5WMpA-bCp579-8SK1n3), CCSA2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/), Paulo Fassina | Tepuy Autana (Kuaymayojo) (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tepuy_Autana_(Kuaymayojo).jpg), CCSA3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Fernando Flores | puerto colombia (choroní, venezuela) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ofernandezberrios/4774620510/in/photolist-8gVbkh-8gV3qj-daEitS-mZxPT5-mZxtWS-mZvTwx-mZvHrc-mZvTK6-mZw5sD-mZxwFQ-8h8Tx1-74rVwt-9LfnC2-9LifkW-9LfqW8-9LfnKv-9Ligef-9Lfojv-9Lfsdg-9Lfpep-9LibD3-9Lib9E-9LfpnK-9LieJS-9Lfs3K-9Lfp1c-9LfroV-9LfqAv-9Lfqjv-9LigTL-9LicSb-cr4MQh-cr4M79-cr53wJ-cr4z87-cr4xgC-cr4RiL-cr4Biw-cr4ydG-cr4CzU-cr4LLj-cr4MzJ-cr4xDs-cr4LXu-cr4QmQ-cr4Sdq-cr4Ni3-cr53fo-cr4NG1-cr4x2), CC2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), Olga Berrios | Ceroxylon Quindiuense Cocora (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ceroxylon_quindiuense_cocora.jpg), CC3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en), Diegotorquemada | Santuario Nacional de Las Lajas 02 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Santuario_Nacional_de_Las_Lajas_02.jpg), CCSA3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), GameOfLight | Colca Canton Puno (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Colca_Canyon_Puno.jpg), CCSA2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), world-wide-gifts.com | Machu Picchu, Peru (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Machu_Picchu,_Peru.jpg), Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), Pedro Szekely | Nazca Lines - Condor (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nazca_Lines_-_Condor.jpg), CCSA2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), Paul Williams | Uros Islands in Lake Titicaca - panoramio (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uros_Islands_in_Lake_Titicaca_-_panoramio.jpg), CC3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en), Frans-Banja Mulder | Por do Sol Pantanal em Mato Grosso Brasil (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Por_do_Sol_Pantanal_em_Mato_Grosso_Brasil.jpg), CCSA3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Filipefrazao | Yellow Jesus (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yellow_Jesus.jpg), CCSA3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), dabldy | Panoramica Santos (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Panoramica_Santos.jpg), CC2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en), Diego Silvestre | Sao Paulo, Brasil (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vilavelosa/3442511647), CC2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), Francisco Autunes | Usina Hidroelétrica Itaipu Binacional / Itaipu Dam (https://www.flickr.com/photos/deniwlp84/17173553330/in/photolist-sayX65-bqN6Ug-spQGmf-9BLm5D-nqWkXN-9BPeJY-s8P5Ez-7eMJXM-4Trcou-8PX3f-spPUAN-nZbHHq-bqN41B-bqN5F6-dqGvqt-4NuA9G-39XdRC-7kUPgN-bh9VQK-7kD25f-nXPfso-bh9Jqc-bqNoDp-bqNgi4-f1A2nM-bhaeQP-bh9LwM-bh9RBZ-bh94Lk-dEM8Z8-bh9KCi-dv24nq-cFmHdJ-bh7V6Z-dqGuJ2-bh9K32-eeEzvx-2ivUHs-bqMY6D-byfrd4-bqMYFP-bqMZE4-78Asnq-bh9TKR-rvkbyX-sayLtU-srXFUd-spSjPd-saFsFV-sawRny), CC2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), Deni Williams | Iguazu National Park Falls (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iguazu_National_Park_Falls.jpg), CC3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en), Tomfriedel | Obelisk Buenos Aires (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Obelisk_Buenos_Aires.jpg), CC2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en), Nestor Galina. Notes: Various edits were made to each picture, including color, slight blurring, and sharpening. All these banners have the same license as the original pictures.



-korver


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REPLIES

manga rivotra: Thank you for the comment, glad you enjoyed it.

Girafe: Thanks, glad you enjoyed the update and the park.

Vizoria: Thanks for the kind words!

Kitsune: Thanks for the compliment, glad you liked it.

APSMS: Thanks! Yeah, I use some of those effects to make up for some of SC4's shortcomings like you mentioned. I'm not 100% sure though if I'll keep on doing the extra shadows in city scenes.. I liked the effect it gave on sunset pics like Ronda + Rome, but not too sure on the daytime pics. I do plan to keep doing it though in more nature oriented scenes with heavy MMPing, if only for the fact that trees and other objects won't cast shadows on MMPed grass, so it looks a bit strange without it.

reddonquixote: Thanks for the comment and the good feedback :) I'm still trying to get the hang of reflections, so I've been looking at a lot of RL pics to get the most accurate result. You're definitely right about the Opera house though, it's a bit recessed from the shoreline so there probably shouldn't be much of a reflection there anyways so I removed it.

Themistokles: You can call it what you please :P Thanks for the comment :)

tomvsotis: Thanks for the kind words :) Unfortunately, probably no beach pics for a while, after doing Myrtos beach + South Pacific update + now Santos.. I'm a little "beached out" right now... I hope you understand :P

kbieniu7: Thanks, glad you liked the MMPs :)

Title: Re: South America + Bonus Pictures / True Earth / Updated 12-30
Post by: reddonquixote on January 01, 2017, 02:08:24 AM
 :shocked2: :shocked2: :shocked2:

Too much amazingness for one update.. it shouldn't be allowed!  $%Grinno$%

That sanctuary is quite something... I've never heard of it before. Nicely done!

I'm also very pleased to see the Cristo Redentor bat being used... and I can't think of a better MD'er to use it  ;D

I could keep going, these are all stunning!
Title: Re: South America + Bonus Pictures / True Earth / Updated 12-30
Post by: vester on January 01, 2017, 07:59:35 AM
:shocked2: :shocked2: :shocked2:

Too much amazingness for one update.. it shouldn't be allowed!  $%Grinno$%
I could keep going, these are all stunning!

I can only add to that: Is that really SimCity4   :o :shocked2:
Title: Re: South America + Bonus Pictures / True Earth / Updated 12-30
Post by: Kitsune on January 01, 2017, 11:03:01 AM
wow amazing ! As someone whos been to both Buenos Aires and Paris... I enjoyed the Argentinean capital a bit more.
Title: Re: South America + Bonus Pictures / True Earth / Updated 12-30
Post by: brick_mortimer on January 02, 2017, 09:18:47 AM
What a way to finish 2016  &apls

I can only echo what all other comments on this MD say: amazing, wonderful, etc.

Thanks for showing beautiful unknown parts of the world.
It usually goes like this: new post in True Earth => wikipedia to find out more  :satisfied:
Title: Re: South America + Bonus Pictures / True Earth / Updated 12-30
Post by: dyoungyn on January 02, 2017, 09:22:57 AM
Truly amazing work as always; you are truly gifted.
Title: Re: True Earth / South America + Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-30
Post by: compdude787 on January 03, 2017, 10:26:52 PM
Awesome work!! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / South America + Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-30
Post by: vortext on January 04, 2017, 11:16:09 AM
:shocked2: This is beyond words, what an amazing update!  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / South America + Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-30
Post by: kbieniu7 on January 04, 2017, 12:55:49 PM
Well... for me is a truly amazing example of a simcity artistical perfection, true edges of possibilities given by this game and photoshop.

I looked at every image closely, one might look at every one and admire every tiny detail spending hours. You have not only presented outstanding screenshots from the game, you have also shown us true places, what makes all of your entries a great excursion. Several of those spots I have checked in the internet and Google Maps, learning something new... it all shows how big and magnificient place the Earth is... and your thread makes avaible to, at least virtually, travel to some of those places.

My favourite? Few ones:
- Mount Roraima. Probably the most incredible place from all of those ones, a true wonder... again - both in real world as well as in the game.
- City of Djado - a quiet and mysterical place...
- and the top of the tops, for myself: Prague Market in Winter. I've been there, in fact, Prague is my favourite European city, I love it. And I see it in SimCity now... With Tyn church, City Hall tower with the astronomical clock and St. Nicholas' church in front of which I was sitting a year ago and writing a postcards to my friends... All of this makes that the in-game reality mixes with the true reality.

No more words.  &apls Just might hope that you one day "visit" Poland... and make my mind blows even more ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Year in Review: 2016 / Updated 3-7
Post by: korver on March 07, 2017, 11:59:56 PM

- UPDATE 12: Year in Review: 2016 -



(https://www.dropbox.com/s/o12x39htn02gzvs/YearBanner.jpg?dl=1)

 

So give or take a couple of days, it's now been exactly one year since I decided to seriously get involved with SC4. To celebrate the occasion, I've decided to do a retrospective entry on some of mine and the community's favorite pictures from this MD in 2016, with some commentary as well. Additionally, I'll be expanding upon various tips and techniques I discussed in 2016 along with adding some more as well.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone once again for your supportive comments and likes in 2016 - they really kept me going, even when motivation was running low at times.

Additionally, I apologize for the lack of updates recently. As you might expect, the last two updates of 2016 (Sydney and South America) were extraordinarily time consuming and draining - so some time off was in order. I'm still slightly burnt out.. but I am finally starting to finish up a couple of updates, so I will be unveiling those shortly.



Lake Bogoria (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509379#msg509379)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/cb6ehh4bn6bewhw/LakeBogoriaBanner.jpg?dl=1)


For my first entry in True Earth, I wanted to make a big entrance - so what better way to do that than a 10,000 pixel tall mosaic? Key pieces in Lake Bogoria included SE Asian slummy houses (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20145-se-asia-slummy-houses/) from nihonkaranws + Heblem tiki huts (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/24397-hbs-tropical-tiki-huts/) in the villages, various trees by SimFox, Heblem, girafe, and CP, Flamingo generators (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2924) from SC4Devotion, and geysers (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27297-geothermal-steam-geysers/) from Craig-Abcvs.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/jl6c9fuhk3wm6e8/LakeBogoriaMosaicSmall.jpg?dl=1)

 

Journey Through The Sahara (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509380#msg509380)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5bquvefcfd6kiit/SaharaBanner.jpg?dl=1)


I've always loved the idea of an ultra crowded market, so Djenne, Mali was one of the first urban scenes that I created for this MD. Generally, my rule is simple when it comes to these scenes - keep on adding more and more props in LE until I hit the prop limit (1,200 or so). nbvc's bazaar (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/28766-bazaar/) and Asian street market (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27700-asian-street-market/) was vital here - but perhaps most important was Uki's stalls (http://uki-sim.seesaa.net/archives/201009-1.html). It's amazing what you can find after doing a little digging around on various Japanese SC4 sites. For anyone interested in this lot, it's available on the STEX here (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/31221-djenne-market/) (slightly trimmed to cut down on a massive dependency list).

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/3q9p7ec81fo7tvn/DjenneMarket.jpg?dl=1)

 

The sweltering small oasis town of Bardai, Chad. Given the small amount of desert-looking buildings readily available on the STEX and other sites, I had to get creative, utilizing a a little bit of everything that I could find. This included a mixture of kevinman (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/3083-k4404-cultural-sets-egyptian-country-house-1/) houses, frogface (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/11291-slum-kit-low-density/) slums, Wallibuk (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/28656-slum-set/) slums, Heblem (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/24397-hbs-tropical-tiki-huts/) tiki huts, and others. But perhaps the most interesting was the SimMars buildings that I used that fit surprisingly well. To finish off the scene, careful usage of the Poseidon (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3077) terrain brushes was instrumental.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/oima8okoi1pz9c2/Bardai.jpg?dl=1)

 

Conquering Mount Fitz Roy (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509390#msg509390)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zfn7ywmkxwyh4oy/Banner.jpg?dl=1)

 

Patagonia's mountains are impressive, but just as impressive is its fall colors. The Rio Fitz Roy dramatically cuts through the landscape - a mixture of brown Murimk MMP rocks (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/26855-murimk-mmp-rocks-pack-2-bedrock/) and the brown boulders included in nbvc's rocks 'n' stones (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27092-rock-n-stones/) (just don't drag them - click over and over until you get the big ones) did a great job of achieving that mountainous feel.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/n3xb8drz1iit0e8/RioFitzRoy.jpg?dl=1)

 

Now we come face to face with the majestic Mount Fitz Roy. Mountainous terrain mods are difficult to perfect in SC4, but I felt the one I made for this update did a pretty nice job of bringing out the imposing nature of this mountain.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6z42hdw4l6jx08h/FitzRoy.jpg?dl=1)

 

Myrtos Beach (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509693#msg509693)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/rpspvm9rzjqyzk9/Banner.jpg?dl=1)
 

One of my favorite updates I made during 2016, Myrtos Beach was originally planned as the final piece to a massive Greece update. However, it quickly became apparent that it deserved an update of it's own. I got things started off with this simple yet beautiful sunset picture - it's amazing how small details such as photoshopped lights on the boat, house, and cars can make a big difference, making the picture feel much more alive.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/340v51m0hcsi6ao/MyrtosBeachSunset.jpg?dl=1)

 

We move on to the overview of the beach. For this scene, it was vital having the right portion of various MMPs working together - which included Girafe Parasols + Cypresses and Heblem plop rocks + Chihuahuan flora.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/uc8ppzt9vzi6fc8/MyrtosBeachMosaic.jpg?dl=1)

 

Greece - Part II (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509776#msg509776)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/svvhqkqncadl0vd/Banner.jpg?dl=1)

 

I've always liked ruin scenes - there's always seems to be something magical about them. Bringing the Tholos of Delphi to life in the SC4 world meant lots of Aubrac walls (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2074), nbvc stone paths (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27995-stone-paths/), and an assortment of random rocks and plop sands. After getting the hang of this technique quickly, I further explored the idea of SC4 MMP ruins with my Great Zimbabwe pic in my "Scenes From Africa" update. Also, for anyone attempting something like this in the future - I would *highly* recommend checking out Simmer2's SM2 Stones Vol1 (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3482) - perfect for these sort of scenes.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/e19wsgoijhrntg3/Tholos.jpg?dl=1)

 

Athens - my first true city scene. Once I saw some of swi21's great Athenian buildings I knew I wanted to make an Athens recreation - but the lack of Greek urban buildings was an issue. I ended up finding some pretty close replacements on SimCity Polska - check the "After 1920 (http://www.simcitypolska.pl/index.php?action=downloads;cat=10)" section.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ognf0ftdm47wz1t/Athens.jpg?dl=1)
 


Meteora, Greece. The trickiest part to this picture was definitely the mountains and how to make sure they didn't look stretched. Vortext gave me a great tip - make sure you check the 'TerrainTexTilingFactor" property in your Terrain controller (If you're using a terrain mod - just search "controller" and you *should* find it in your plugins. Some are named differently though - so you might need to do a little looking around.) The terrain tiling factor is set at 0.2 by default - which generally produces stretched rock faces. Increasing this number to say, 0.25, 0.3, or higher will give a more realistic look on steep surfaces, but it will look a bit more tiled as a slight trade off. It's still a big improvement though over the default.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ylt0zljypeolou/Meteora.jpg?dl=1)

 

South Pacific (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg510141#msg510141)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/8cz4by0qgy2drq9/Banner.jpg?dl=1)

 

Anakena Beach, Easter Island. Here, I experimented heavily with MMPed grass - my technique was to work in layers. I got started off placing a base of PEG grass/moss for a lush, tropical look. After that, a random assortment of girafe seasonal flowers were plopped down, acting as areas of tall grass. Finally, I sprinkled in some of ChrisAdams' (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1886) green rye grass to make certain areas thicker than others. One last thing I did was also sprinkle in some brown rye grass, light straw, and regular straw from ChrisAdams - these acted as areas of dead grass, and provided some much needed color variation. Small girafe bushes, berries, and feather grass were added too, to break up the landscape a bit. Also, an important note for anyone ever planning on using Moai (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/13746-moai-easter-island-statue/) in SC4 - make sure they have their backs facing the ocean. The locals believed that this signified the Moai were watching over them from intruders. I had to re-do the pic because of that :P

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/sczgllqwjeerab0/EasterIsland.jpg?dl=1)

 

Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands. For scenes like these, I wanted to place MMPs right around the buildings - which meant shrinking the occupant size down to 1x1x1. Additionally, I wanted them to blend in perfectly with the landscape - which meant deleting any existing base/overlay textures. (note: before making any edits, please note that plopping lots stripped of textures on steep surfaces may result in a visual glitch where the texture turns black instead. If you are considering placing these lots onto steep surfaces, one workaround is to place the already shrunken to 1x1x1 prop/building (if it's the latter, you'll need to convert it into a prop via Plugin Manager/PIMX) onto the the default Pz1x1 Grass lot in Lot Editor and delete the textures on that lot instead - small filler lots like these do not seem to suffer from the same issue.) Your lot will of course now function as a park, but it will allow you to plop it where you want without base texture issues.

(One additional note - sometimes the .sc4lot and .sc4desc files will be bundled into a .dat file. In that case (and if you're able to track down the .dat file), you'll need to do some searching around for the right files - clicking the "entry" tab at the top will sort them, so that should make your job easier).

The first thing you need to do is shrink the occupant size so you can place MMPs around the perimeter - open a lot's associated .sc4desc file in Reader, choose exemplar file on the left, click the Occupant size category, and shrink it down to 1,1,1 (pic (http://i.imgur.com/ToLf6hj.jpg)). Click "set", "apply", save the file and you're done.

As deleting all base textures is not possible in the Lot Editor, you'll need to instead find the .sc4lot file associated with a lot and open it up with Ilive's reader (make sure this is set up with the correct options/property files first) From there, navigate to the "Exemplar file" category on the left (there might be multiple "exemplar files" - the one you need for will say "LotConfigurations" at the top") and scroll down the list of "LotConfigPropertyLotObjectData" entries. Any entry beginning with 0x00000002 will be a base/overlay texture - deleting all of these (pic (http://i.imgur.com/i1vrSBp.jpg)) will clear the lot of any and all textures (make sure you right click again after doing any deleting and choose "Reindex LotConfig" too)

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/3ptvsbkae691kas/Adamstown.jpg?dl=1)

 

Scenes From Africa (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg511701#msg511701)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dxlyxp9ts6guguk/ScenesFromAfricaBanner.jpg?dl=1)

 

The chaotic African capital of Lagos. Continuing on with the trend of crowded cities, I don't think I'll ever make another one as packed as this. A mixture of Motokloss (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27291-ms-parking-lots-road-set-car-props/) cars and cars from the massive LBT prop pack 1 fit the mood nicely - especially the yellow vans from the Motokloss pack which matched the infamous yellow Danfos buses that crowd the streets. As for building selection, you can't go wrong with Wallibuk's (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/30944-south-american-houses-pack/) South American buildings + his African slums too. Some of Glenni's (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/17621-blam-abandoned-building/) buildings + the Hong Kong themed buildings in the Dong He Night market (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20134-dong-he-night-market) pack fit surprisingly well too.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/dbasvoyjbukxebn/Lagos.jpg?dl=1)

 

Majestic Victoria Falls. I once saw a pic a long time ago in _marsh_'s legendary MD "Royal Gansbaai Kingdoms" featuring an awesome photoshopped waterfall and it blew my mind. I knew it was something that I just had to try out.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/nmff9r6sr8g89je/VictoriaFalls.jpg?dl=1)

 

The Amazon (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg512529#msg512529)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/w8fazd2vkdgbtvm/AmazonBanner.jpg?dl=1)

 

Deep in the heart of the jungle lies Manaus. I really wanted to portray a city that truly felt like it was in the jungle - so I went a little heavier than usual with the editing. Mist/cloud brushes, a levels adjustment to really bring out some of the yellows/oranges, and a soft white diffuse glow all gave the the feeling of a hot Amazonian city.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1sp95b52zo1uvx/Manaus.jpg?dl=1)

 

Now we move into the jungle itself with one of the Amazon's many stunning tributaries. My favorite part to this picture has to be the sand bars. To get them perfectly razor sharp, a technique that I employed (both in this picture and others) was to combine a water mod with an MMP such as JRJ dirty ploppable water (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1227) or PEG grass/clover on the edges. Make sure the two are of matching colors - and you will be able to use the MMP to sculpt razor sharp lines along the borders. It generally should blend together perfectly (but you might need to tweak your water opacity, look here (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=14659.0/) for a guide on how to do that).

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2infwcnopk4zaie/AmazonRiver.jpg?dl=1)

 

Scenes From Europe (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg513555#msg513555)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/totriwcmtjj0nsi/EuropeBanner.jpg?dl=1)

 

Pisa was the first time that I experimented with creating a completely customized texture for a city scene. It was tricky though, because the footprint of the buildings I used in this picture didn't match real life, so a perfect 1:1 scale recreation would look off. So I had to do a different technique for this picture. What I did was plop the important buildings in the game first, closely aligned to real life. I then turned the grid on in game and created a checkerboard pattern in Photoshop like this (http://i.imgur.com/8n27B1j.jpg), outlining the placement of the buildings in the game. I'd then overlay the checkerboard from time to time while constructing the texture, with the final result turning out like this (http://i.imgur.com/b2rSsNy.jpg). From there, it was a matter of simply creating a flat plane in 3dsmax (I believe it was 10x13), placing the texture on it, and rendering it for use in game. The simple scene that I initially made in the game was then reconstructed in the Lot Editor, placing the main buildings on top of the big flat texture prop I made, along with lots and lots of detail work.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2xtexbtormdxmiz/Pisa.jpg?dl=1)

 

Ronda was one of my absolute favorite pics I made. The lotting was especially tricky for this picture however, with the jagged cliffs causing issues. Because you can only make square lots in Lot Editor, this meant that some of the base textures would be overhanging over the edge of the cliffs. To remedy this, something you can do is place the base textures (I recommend choosing different textures - and also noting their texture ID) you want deleted as the very last thing you do before saving. You can then open up the .sc4lot file in Ilive's reader, and the textures/props placed last will be the very last "LotConfigPropertyLotObjectData" entries. To confirm you're deleting the right ones - any textures start off with 0x00000002 and their texture ID will be visible as the last value in the 13 rep entry. Delete the textures you want gone and you can now have a lot in pretty much shape you want (although, it will still "technically" be a square. This is more of a visual trick.)

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/fz33j1k46t04ncg/PuenteNuevo.jpg?dl=1)

 

Heblem's dam set (http://descargas.capitalsim.net/?sitio=csc&descarga=3446) is one of the more underlooked BATs out there. The first time I saw it I knew I had to put it to good use - so I recreated one of the most impressive dams in the world, Switzerland's Contra Dam.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7giqrzqy6hck1z/Contra.jpg?dl=1)

 

Sydney (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg514493#msg514493)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/924qvwwmrsgd9yo/SydneyBanner.jpg?dl=1)

 

The day overview of the Harbour city. Laying out the roads wasn't too horribly difficult - just remember that each SC4 tile is 52.5 x 52.5 feet when measuring in Google Earth while doing a recreation. The diagonal sections were tricky if only for the fact that there's not a lot of buildings to choose from. Glenni's (http://community.simtropolis.com/profile/53300-glenni/content/?type=downloads_file) buildings are usually my go-to here. The most challenging aspect to this picture was the highway system. As there's no elevated FARHW, it would been impossible to construct it using NAM components. I ended up getting creative, cutting off pieces of this (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=54655f27c8e9fc9a6adb37c2c15a1a3e) Habour Bridge model and rendering them for use in game as modular pieces, as highlighted in this (http://i.imgur.com/ZuD4OI0.jpg) picture. It ended up working surprisingly well, though the long rendering times were a pain.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/oacnhimar2yv2ti/SydneyOverview.jpg?dl=1)
 

My first venture into MMPing an entire urban park, Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. ChrisAdams' (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1885) paths were crucial here - I discovered that simply creating paths using the asphalt or concrete ones and surrounding it with a line of the dirt ones (or light dirt) creates a very nice layered effect. You can even use some of the smaller nbvc Rocks 'n' Stones (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27092-rock-n-stones/) to create the illusion of slightly terraced grass along the edges of the paths. The grass selection was pretty much a bunch of girafe seasonal flowers, but with some spots left barren to expose the terrain mod underneath. This had the effect of not only making the scene look less "busy" - a positive in my book, but also gave a little extra color variation. My usual strategy of using ChrisAdams brown rye/straw/light straw in various places was employed as well, for more color variation and to make it look like there was the occasional patch of dead grass.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ysjjhc0hpl8646i/OperaHouse.jpg?dl=1)
 

We now move on to Sydney at night. One of my favorite pictures of the year, I love how it turned out - full of energy, just like the city itself.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/e1p96rq6gghs08b/SydneyNight.jpg?dl=1)

 

South America (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg514746#msg514746)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/vuws2thhrfcaqg2/SouthAmericaBanner.jpg?dl=1)

 

Buenos Aires and it's world famous 9 de Julio Avenue + Obelisco. The textures made for the streets turned out really nice and it ended up being a gorgeous scene. Simple, small details such as illumination added to the street lights in Photoshop (inspired by the style of MilitantRadical) can add a lot to a scene.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/no1faxv6so06jr5/BuenosAires.jpg?dl=1)

 

Santos, Brazil. Whenever it's December, I always seem to visit Bastet69008's and elavery's great MDs/CJs to take my mind off the fact that it's 5 degrees outside and snowing.  So I think it's pretty clear where the inspiration for this picture came from :P

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/h4xmu3c67oab6l4/Santos.jpg?dl=1)

 

One last photoshopped waterfall. For a waterfall as truly epic as Iguazu Falls, I felt it certainly deserved it.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ib8y2xlnfi012u/Iguazu.jpg?dl=1)

 

Itaipu Dam was one of my bigger projects, and demonstrates the possibilities of importing sketchup models into the game - bringing to scenes to life that you thought would never be possible. I already did an extensive tutorial on the process of getting this behemoth into the game - you can check it out in the tutorials section of my last entry here (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg514746#msg514746). I'd also recommend getting acquainted with some of the basics of 3dsmax - a good guide on that can be found here (http://community.simtropolis.com/forums/topic/48094-exporting-3ds-maxgmax/).

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6u2i0pbamt94bqk/Itaipu.jpg?dl=1)

 

I normally don't like using Sketchup models to entirely create a scene (generally low quality) - but the Paramaribo house set (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/collection.html?id=u75b64c27-da53-437b-a355-49f486deb677) I stumbled upon had some really excellent modeling. The building textures though weren't the best in-game, so some rain and a touch of extra grime added in after the fact really helped out.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5gxuruyziy8frpk/Paramaribo.jpg?dl=1)

 

Bonus Pictures (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg514746#msg514746)

 

The cradle of life - Ngorongoro crater. As a whole, the spawnable flora from Xannepan's animal generators found on SC4Devotion are greatly underused. Outside of obvious choices like the African safari type scenes shown below - there's plenty of uses. Even just a couple plops of the buzzard generator over a natural habitat can help bring a scene to life. Even after making a number of wildlife related pictures in 2016, there's still many possibilities left over - something I intend to explore more this year.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/td5zj2z3fl76y74/Ngorongoro.jpg?dl=1)

 

While I was pleased with how the Lagos scene turned out, I really wanted to make a nice grid buster scene. For Yaounde, a variety of techniques were used. For starters, I did the entire scene backwards then flipped it horizontally once I was done to give it a fresh perspective while remaining true to real life. As for the actual scene itself, the FA 22.5 and 67.5 cars included in Orange's prop pack (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1955) were vital. Additional techniques were used such as slightly offsetting orthogonal buildings along the edges of FA roads and hiding the rough corners with flora. Custom content creation was extensive for this scene - not only did it require custom textures for the roads but it also marked my first serious venture into BAT, as I created the Yaounde Cathedral from scratch (although it's still very much a WIP).

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/qayxjg3vcado3s0/Yaounde.jpg?dl=1)

 

My first snowy city scene, Prague, required me getting creative. Essentially, my strategy was the following: since a number of the buildings in this picture were custom imported BATs, I had control in 3dsmax to give them snow textures on the roofs. Since all the other buildings didn't have snow - I pretty much copied and pasted the snow from the models that had the snow on them to the ones that didn't have any. The base textures didn't need any photoshop work as I designed the texture to be snowy from the very beginning. At the time, that strategy worked decently, but it was incredibly tedious. Since then, I've done a little experimenting and I think the best way forward would be a method such as the one used by pingpong (http://community.simtropolis.com/omnibus/simcity-4/reference/photoshopping-snow-scene-plus-turning-off-the-shadow-r252/). I would only suggest playing around with the "Selective colors" adjustment to make the whites a little more whiter.

 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/cqj60g405kqm5vh/Prague1.jpg?dl=1)

 

NOTE: All images on True Earth are hosted from dropbox, which seems to have more issues than other image hosts unfortunately. If you are unable to view any of the pictures in this journal thus far, I have dumped everything from 2016 into an imgur album here (http://imgur.com/a/l11Hu).



-korver


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reddonquixote: Thanks so much for the nice words. Ever since I saw that great Cristo Redentor BAT you released, I've been itching to put it to good use. Finally got the opportunity to, and I'm glad you liked it :)

vester: Thanks ;D

Kitsune: Thanks for the comment :) I wish I'd been to half the places as you have! Maybe one day...

brick_mortimer: Thanks for the kind words and that comparison ;D

dyoungyn: Thanks, I appreciate it!

compdude787: Thank you! :)

vortext: Thanks for the kind words!

kbieniu7: Thanks for the comment! It's always nice to hear about the small details that I put into my scenes - sometimes, it's the smallest details that can have the biggest effect, bringing a scene to life and making it seem truly real. I'd probably have to agree with you there on Prague, it certainly ended up being one of my favorite pics of the year. And as for Poland - it's something that I have given some thought about before. I really love Krakow and its square, but of course both you and Jeckyll/Mankowsky already made some really nice recreations of it. So I don't know if I'm gonna make a third :P But there might be other places I could consider.

Title: Re: True Earth / Year in Review: 2016 / Updated 3-7
Post by: Badsim on March 08, 2017, 03:17:15 PM
Well … It seems you’re stuck in the « Of Special Interest this Year »  section  ;D , finally the most proper place for your pictures : simply the greatest SC4 show I’ve ever seen … hats off to you . &apls &apls &apls &apls




... I'm still slightly burnt out.. but I am finally starting to finish up a couple of updates, so I will be unveiling those shortly.



Indeed , I understood ( thanks for the amount of informations ) how all these mirages are technically possible … but physically ? ? ?  When I see the time I spend for a single mono scene update with an area not even close in sizes to any of yours , I seriously wonder if korver isn’t the name of a secret  team of 12 dangerous SC4 fanatics !  ???  $%Grinno$% What esle to say …

Take care and take your time to keep on to stagger us so systematically and irremediably. There's so many striking places on earth I would like to see SC4-ified by you ... but no need to dress a list , I'm confident on your choices and surprises are a significant part of the pleasure you give us here . Thank you .  ;)

C.
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: korver on March 10, 2017, 02:24:24 PM

- UPDATE 13: Moscow -


(http://imgur.com/AGcWK73.jpg)
 

For anyone going to Moscow, a trip down the heart of the city is a must. We begin our journey with a drive down Tverskaya Street - the most well-known road in all of Moscow. This crowded shopping district has existed since the 12th century, and the streets are lined with historic architecture wherever you look. Even with some light rain, its Russian charm is still undeniable.

 

(http://imgur.com/ZFx9Mfi.jpg)

 

As we make our way around the city, the rain begins to pick up considerably. Endless rows of commie blocks dominate the surrounding landscape - their bleak repetitiveness serves as a fitting backdrop to the elements.

 

(http://imgur.com/MTDGaHH.jpg)

 

October brings the first snow of the year - creating a beautiful atmosphere around many of Moscow's most famous landmarks such as the Lomonossov Moscow State University. Completed in 1953, its imposing facade has served as the perfect symbol of Moscow - a powerful city that serves as the financial, political, and economic capital of Russia.

 

(http://imgur.com/3t43A87.jpg)

 

Once the calendar crosses over into December, temperatures plunge into the negatives as the entire city turns into a winter wonderland. Moscow is one of the coldest major cities in the world - with temperatures as low as -44F being recorded, it takes a lot to brave these months. While it may be cold outside, it's not cold enough to stop us from visiting one of Moscow's most famous tourist attractions, Red Square. Few places on earth can boast such a collection of historic buildings in one location - with the Kremlin, State Museum, St. Basil's Cathedral, and many more within walking distance.



(http://imgur.com/1mJoYby.jpg)


Once the seasons change and the elements begin to clear up, a beautiful, sleek city emerges. Despite still being in construction, the Moscow International Business Center (Moscow City) boasts one of the most impressive skylines in all of Europe (and in the world). Its one of a kind collection of skyscrapers on the banks of the Moskva River include the Federation Tower, City of Capitals, and Naberezhnaya Tower - all of which are equally stunning. While Moscow may be known for it's past historic architecture, Moscow City makes it clear that this is also a city with an eye on the future.

 

(http://imgur.com/dJvlg2O.jpg)

 

NOTE: Two of these scenes (Moscow City & Red Square) feature a handful of sketchup models from sites like 3d warehouse, as there were no close replacements for certain buildings I needed. These are real models imported into the game, they are like any other BAT you would use. Some editing was done though to add effects like extra nightlights and snow.

-korver


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Badsim: Thank you very much for the kind words and high praise :) Your work on AntigOne has had a huge influence on how I play the game and there's been countless ideas that I've gotten from it, so thank you (and that Grand Prismatic.. one of the coolest things I've ever seen made for this game!) Anyways, I've learned to work extremely fast in SC4 over the years (probably due to me realizing that if I spend too much time on one scene, I get bored and quit).. so that's part of how I get so many scenes done. I just need to hope I don't get too burnt out though :P as I do want to keep this going for a while.


Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: kbieniu7 on March 10, 2017, 02:44:03 PM
Oh dear... According to your summary - it's been a great year! A lot of amazing shots. The advices of "behind-the-scenes" for sure will be helpful for somebody. And they are prove that you're going to surprise us more times!
And you know... if you decided to take Kraków one day, we will definetely cheer you up, especially at SimCityPolska ;)

Regarding Moscow - briliant... as always  &apls I think our Russian colleagues could say (and judge ;) ) about the degree of reality you've put in those photos, but for me it's exaclty what I image about Russia's capital - snowy Red Square, giant pre-fab block quarters and horribly wide roads (often without median between directions - you could have build more of such there ) ;)

So, let's look into the English dictionary for a new word of appreciation... resplendent... that sounds good for all this crafstmanlike-prepared scenes  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: Silur on March 10, 2017, 03:05:39 PM
Yes, I am from Moscow. Amazing accuracy Red Square and other places. Very accurately convey the spirit of the city. Tverskaya street transferred not exactly, but very similar. I think a great artist KORVER not running with the SC4 models, but with the help of Photoshop using Google Earth . Excellent and very truthful picture. I like it a lot!  :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: art128 on March 11, 2017, 03:02:21 AM
Being a fan of Moscow, I must say this update was spectacular. It's safe to say this is now my favorite. :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: compdude787 on March 11, 2017, 09:24:56 PM
Wow, that looks awesome!!! I like how even the freeway looks like a custom model. That huge university in the third picture looks like quite an imposing building.
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: dyoungyn on March 11, 2017, 11:25:01 PM
Indeed it truly does look totally awesome.  It is so hard to believe that this was done in SC4.  Understand a lot of it was photoshoped, still I can see remembrance of SC4 in most of them.   &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: Bipin on March 12, 2017, 12:18:52 AM
This dropped my jaw like few other things have.  :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: Alan_Waters on March 12, 2017, 11:11:52 AM
I'm also a Muscovite. Fantastically transmitted mood of the city. Even small inaccuracies do not notice, and if you take into account the possibilities of SC4 - brilliant work!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: FrankU on March 13, 2017, 07:29:20 AM
This is all way too impressive for a simple guy like me!
Wow...  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: Nanami on March 14, 2017, 10:03:01 AM
Couldn't say much.... This MD never fail to amaze me for the incredible pictures! Great works! &apls

Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: c.p. on March 14, 2017, 09:12:44 PM
This MD is amazing beyond belief :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: vortext on March 18, 2017, 12:42:46 PM
Absolutely amazing, sc4 realism taken to the next level!   &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Moscow / Updated 3-10
Post by: Themistokles on March 19, 2017, 03:11:09 PM
that rain image :shocked2: no, all of them...
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: korver on March 22, 2017, 10:19:00 PM

- UPDATE 14: Southeast Asia -


(http://imgur.com/u634xYE.jpg)
 

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.


(http://imgur.com/BQC2MwS.jpg)


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.
 

(http://imgur.com/kpQb6ME.jpg)


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.


(http://imgur.com/Qt5qlLv.jpg)

 
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.


(http://imgur.com/28iLCvR.jpg)


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!


(http://imgur.com/dJDWFxi.jpg)


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.
 

(http://imgur.com/sXZ9vuo.jpg)

 
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.


(http://imgur.com/XsWAau0.jpg)


-korver


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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 (http://i.imgur.com/swBR8od.jpg) pic sorta shows what I did (I moved the highway prop away a bit to show the pylons.) + here's (http://i.imgur.com/bNRobRL.jpg) 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! :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: Silur on March 23, 2017, 04:03:16 AM
Stunning views. Enjoy each of your picture. Great!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: carlfatal 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
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: feyss on March 23, 2017, 08:11:56 AM
Well, same comment here: it's amazing  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: Akallan on March 23, 2017, 11:21:01 AM
As I said on Simtropolis: great photos! :D
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: 911Diva on March 23, 2017, 11:50:03 AM
Wow these are truly beautiful!  Great talent!!
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: Simmer2 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.

(http://i.imgur.com/i17Tg4o.gif)

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: Eblem on March 23, 2017, 10:30:03 PM
 Great work! &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: ChiefZDN on March 24, 2017, 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.
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: APSMS on March 24, 2017, 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 :-[).
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: kbieniu7 on March 24, 2017, 09:50:17 AM
Unimaginable! A true (literally) wonderland! In HD, coulour and stereo! And live!  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Southeast Asia / Updated 3-22
Post by: Akallan on March 24, 2017, 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:
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: korver on April 02, 2017, 04:33:46 AM

- UPDATE 15: Central Asia -


(http://imgur.com/8QqLGrk.jpg)
 

Our journey to Central Asia begins with one of the greatest environmental tragedies of the 20th century - the shrinking Aral Sea. In 1960, it was the world's 4th largest lake with a surface area of over 26,000 sq mi - but with the rivers feeding it being diverted countless times for cotton farming, it's less than 10% of that size today. While there have been small improvements in the northern half with a recently completed dam, the rest of the lake is still in dire straights, with entire parts drying up completely in recent years. To make matters even worse, the exposed seabed is littered with harmful chemicals and cotton fertilizers - which have blown over the surrounding landscape, causing a whole host of health issues for the locals who still live in the area. The ship graveyard of Moynaq in Uzbekistan is an eerie reminder of the past - once a bustling port, the city now lies nearly 100 miles from shore.


(http://imgur.com/BFq3UXR.jpg)


Further north past the Kazakhstan border is the city of Aral'sk - just like Moynaq, this city used to be a vital seaport in the region. Many people's entire livelihoods depended on their catches, using this port for years - but now all that remains is rusted cranes and ships lining the harbour. There is hope however. While the southern half is likely on it's last leg -  the Dike Kokaral, built in 2005, has been restoring water levels in the northern half of the sea considerably in recent years. There's been talk about the city once again becoming a port - but it'll take quite some time to get there.
 

(http://imgur.com/DlVOmfQ.jpg)


The next destination is the Nurek Dam of Tajikistan - one of the most impressive sights in all of Central Asia. Towering some 997 feet above the town of Nurek, this Dam was built by the Soviet Union from 1961-1980 was once the tallest dam in the world. Since overtaken, it's still the largest earthen dam in the world - there's really nothing else that compares to it.


(http://imgur.com/6kdtnXe.jpg)

 
For many people of central Asia, nomadic herding is a way of life. The steppes of Kyrgyzstan are an excellent place to do this with plenty of places for cattle to graze - and the many small creeks and steams that line the valleys make great places to set up a yurt as well. Evenings are special here - there's a simple beauty to watching the sun set over an endless field of grass.


(http://imgur.com/ju4bkPC.jpg)


Our next stop is the sacred Namtso Lake, located high up on the Tibetan Plateau. The locals believe that the waters here are sacred and pure, bestowed by Buddha himself - and can wash away the sins of mankind. A number of stupas are located around the perimeter of the lake - used for meditation and to make offerings, they have a vital role in the life of a Buddhist.


(http://imgur.com/Ip449zN.jpg)


We climb further into Tibet and soon approach Lhasa and the Dalai Lama's home - the Potala Palace. This is one of the must see attractions of Tibet - towering above the surrounding landscape, it's been a sight to behold for well over a thousand years. Snowstorms here are rare, but when they do occur it makes for a magical atmosphere.
 

(http://imgur.com/JL1msGa.jpg)

 
Travel some 300 miles west and you'll come face to face with the world's tallest mountain, 29,029 ft Mount Everest (Everest seen in the middle - the world's 4th tallest, Lhotse, can be seen directly below it), located on the Tibet/Nepal border. First climbed in 1953 by Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary - some 5,600+ have made the ascent ever since. Despite relatively low fatality rates compared to other 8,000m+ mountains - make no mistake, this is still one of the deadliest mountains in the world, especially in winter.


(http://imgur.com/r6WbbAB.jpg)


In winter, no mountain on the face of the planet is more terrifying than the world's second tallest peak, 28,251 ft K2, located on the Pakistan/China border. With winter temperatures routinely in the -40Cs, huge gusts of 30-50MPH winds, and regular avalanches - it's not hard to see why no one's ever made a winter ascent here. With only a little over 300 people making the ascent in total - it's one of the most difficult climbs in the world, and lives up to the name "The Savage Mountain".


(http://imgur.com/R1Zdvc0.jpg)


-korver


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Silur: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them :)

carlfatal: Welcome back - thank you for stopping by :) Always cool to hear that about my work, glad you enjoy it! I definitely plan on keeping this up for a while, so keep your eyes peeled ;)

feyss: Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed it!

Akallan: Thank you for the kind comments Akallan, much appreciated :)

911Diva: Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed it!

Simmer2: Thank you for the comment! Always a pleasure to use your MMPs in my creations.

Eblem: Thanks for stopping by, appreciate the kind words :)

ChiefZDN: Thanks for the comment :) Rural scenes like these fortunately don't require a whole lot of mods - it's pretty much all MMPs and a handful of buildings.

APSMS: Thank you for the kind words! Endora is actually one of my all time favorite MDs, it's truly spectacular. Although if I had to describe my MD, it would probably be closer to Huston/MilitantRadical in terms of PS usage instead - not quite on the level of Endora where things like extravagant ships and buildings were completely PSed in. I add alot of effects in PS, but a lot of what Endora did would be "off limits" for me :P

kbieniu7: Thanks for the nice words! :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: manga rivotra on April 02, 2017, 08:01:38 AM
Exceptional as every time!  ::)
My favorite is definitely the one of Kyrgyzstan's steppes : I can not imagine a more perfect reproduction !  :satisfied:
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: Simmer2 on April 02, 2017, 10:46:22 AM
Korver does it again &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: c.p. on April 02, 2017, 12:00:06 PM
Outstanding, once again. :thumbsup:  My favorite is the ship graveyard of Moynaq.
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: feyss on April 02, 2017, 12:17:38 PM
Wow! I often like to say 'my favourite picture is that one or this one', but it would be difficult for me to choose here  ;)

BTW, the dried-up docks are really a great idea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: Alan_Waters on April 02, 2017, 12:34:25 PM
Simply unreal!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: vortext on April 02, 2017, 01:01:19 PM
Wow the mountains and steppe are just breathtaking!  &apls

Also, think I asked this before but would you consider releasing some of your BATs, in particular eyeballing the smaller huts (not just these shown now, also those in the previous update and in the Africa update as well iirc).
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: reddonquixote on April 03, 2017, 02:59:44 AM
Another amazing release. The ship graveyard is very cool  :satisfied:
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: noahclem on April 03, 2017, 03:15:08 PM
Quite the journey catching up with all the goings on here! Don't even know what to say. I'm halfway between excited to borrow some of the ideas, wanting to visit these places, and giving up on SC4 entirely because I could never accomplish anything like this :D  Thanks for your amazing work and inspiration  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: carlfatal on April 03, 2017, 05:29:07 PM
Superawesome again!  :thumbsup:

I mean, I ran out of superlatives.  :D

What happened, when you started the game the first time? Your work is such a "dive in" from reality into a pixelpuzzle and back, it´s difficult to stop viewing, and you simply started it this way?  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: eugenelavery on April 04, 2017, 06:11:50 PM
I liked this update so much I had to comment here at SC4D is addition to Simtropolis.
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: vinlabsc3k on April 05, 2017, 02:16:16 AM
I can't describe your mastery!!
:o &apls :o &apls :o &apls :o &apls :o &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: kbieniu7 on April 08, 2017, 07:49:35 AM
Oh, man... those ships laying on the sandy dry bed of the former lake is just enormous. Terrain work and vegetation play as some grate details, but the ships themselves creates a little horrifying atmosphere. That's probably the most mysterious photo of SimCity I've ever seen.  &apls

And a great plus for Nurek Dam. Dams are always on plus  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: Themistokles on April 08, 2017, 08:33:23 AM
We need a new jaw-drop smiley.

And I probably need a new jaw.

Splendid. Makes me want to jump on the Trans-Siberian. &hlp
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: Nanami on May 15, 2017, 01:55:58 PM
I might be very late for this but, let me jump into train (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClnQO4cWEAEXmRz.jpg) after seeing that breathtaking SE Asian update . :o :o :o :o

It's very accurately represent it or atleast very much like how it should be. I really like that terraced rice field mmp work as well as the whole update. Your work never fail to amaze me!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

As for the latest update, its great as well  &apls &apls

:thumbsup:. Even, I can't do that for now because I don't install big mods. I usually install at most 10 mods.
my 5.5gb southeast asian plugins still far from capable on doing it  $%Grinno$%
Title: Re: True Earth / Central Asia / Updated 4-1
Post by: Dantes on May 20, 2017, 05:54:50 AM
 :o Holy flying spaghetti monster!  :o
 ??? I think I see a little piece of paradies!  ???
I am dead ?  ;D
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: korver on May 31, 2017, 08:04:28 PM

- UPDATE 16: Patagonia -

(http://imgur.com/b8KgUq0.jpg)


Our journey to Patagonia starts off in the countryside. Sheep farming is common across much of southern South America and the Falklands - introduced to the region in the late 1800s, the constant demand of sheep wool and meat ever since has kept this a vital economic activity. With the sheep population outnumbering humans 10 to 1 - you're bound to see them wherever you go.


(http://imgur.com/uZXHEo8.jpg)


Our next stop is Ushuaia, Argentina - the southernmost town in the world. Abandoned and wrecked ships dot the harbour, such as St. Christopher  - a reminder of how unpredictable the waters of the Beagle Channel can be. With dreary, foggy days being the norm here - these boats seem to fit right in.


(http://imgur.com/FPX7sFx.jpg)


Ushuaia is located on the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) archipelago - a name that comes from Spanish explorers observing the local Yaghan people's tradition of constantly keeping a fire stoked to deal with the chilly weather.  In autumn however, the landscape itself turns into a "land of fire", coming alive with a beautiful display of red, orange, and yellow foliage. With much of the year being best described as bleak - it's a dramatic change that's quite stunning.


(http://imgur.com/CXLrfny.jpg)


In Patagonia, much of the land consists of barren plateaus and grasslands - one of the few ways to get around is by taking the Pan-American Highway, the world's longest motorable road. While much of the surrounding landscape is rather plain, there always seems to be something interesting if you look hard enough - and in this case, don't be surprised if you see a couple of llamas grazing the lands.


(http://imgur.com/JmbOdrf.jpg)


Patagonia is dotted with countless rivers, creating great canyons as they slowly carve away the landscape. The Rio Pinturas Canyon of Argentina is perhaps the best example in all of Patagonia - it's just as dramatic as it is beautiful. Another destination you'll want to be sure to visit is the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), tucked away in the surrounding granite cliffs - few places in South America and even the world can compare to its collection of ancient rock paintings.


(http://imgur.com/RdBwZMg.jpg)


Our last stop might be the most spectacular of them all. Rising nearly 10,000 feet above the surrounding Patagonian landscape in relative isolation, the mountains of Chile's Torres del Paine will take your breath away. Catching a good view of them is quite difficult, with heavy clouds often covering the peaks and violent storms frequently battering the area. It only seems fitting however - this is truly one of the most untamed places on Earth and a can't miss destination of Patagonia.


(http://imgur.com/AIlqscn.jpg)



-korver


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manga rivotra: Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the steppes :thumbsup:

Simmer2: Thanks for the comment :)

c.p.: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

feyss: Thanks for the comment, appreciate it!

Alan_Waters: Thank you! :)

vortext: Thanks for the high praise! As for the huts used in the Africa update, most of those are already available - I just used some of the Manchou Pack03 on the LEX and some of nihonkaranws's buildings from ST. I think you could be refering to the "Amazon" update, though - pretty much all of those I got off of 3d warehouse. They aren't particularly good quality though, so I had to be careful on how I used them and from what zoom angle I took the pics from. I have no idea who the authors are so I probably won't be able to release them, however. I am actually working on my own set of huts that I BATed from scratch though which are nearing completion and I'll be using them in upcoming updates, so I'll be able to release those if you're interested when I'm done.

reddonquixote: Thanks, the graveyard seems to be a popular pic ;D

noahclem: Thanks for the kind words, always cool to hear when my work inspires others. I just hope you're kidding about the whole quitting thing, though :P

carlfatal: Thanks for the comment :) Some of my scenes from when I first started were pretty atrocious, lol. Even if I still had them, they would never see the light of day :P I just had to practice, practice, practice.

eugenelavery: Thanks for stopping by :thumbsup:

vinlabsc3k: Thanks for the praise :)

kbieniu7: Thank you :) I was really going for that spooky mysterious vibe on that pic so I'm glad you liked it :thumbsup:

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

Nanami: Thanks for the kind words and for the k-point, much appreciated :)

Dantes: Thanks for the comment ;D

Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: Simmer2 on May 31, 2017, 11:18:56 PM
Masterful &apls &apls

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: reddonquixote on June 01, 2017, 05:34:17 AM
More breathtaking imagery  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: vester on June 01, 2017, 08:18:54 AM
WOW. Breathtaking. Hard to believe this is Simcity.
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: feyss on June 01, 2017, 08:48:16 AM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/F9DzQnxx6ZZNm/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: Nanami on June 01, 2017, 08:51:13 AM
Yet another great images! :thumbsup:
the mountain in the last picture just..... well, steep...  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: Alan_Waters on June 01, 2017, 10:47:50 AM
I still can not believe that this is done by the resources of SC4. Incredible!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: Themistokles on June 01, 2017, 03:58:23 PM
What feyss said &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: mattb325 on June 01, 2017, 04:31:41 PM
Truly, truly beautiful  :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: Akallan on June 02, 2017, 08:36:46 AM
Wonderful images! The first is bluffing, I love these pastures with these few farms that seem abandoned. "Rio Pinturas Canyon" is also superb, we really realize the relief and everything spring well!

Great and thank you again for the huge work, it was an update I was looking forward to! :popcorn:

 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: praiodan on June 04, 2017, 01:46:50 AM
Boggles the mind.  :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 5-31
Post by: Dantes on June 04, 2017, 06:37:32 AM
I like your detailed urban city!  ;D Your landscape is epic beautyful!
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: korver on June 10, 2017, 06:19:54 PM

- UPDATE 17: Český Krumlov -

(http://imgur.com/WgcQZis.jpg)


Today we take a tour through one of Europe's most charming cities - Český Krumlov, located in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. We begin in Svornosti Square - the town square located in the heart of the city. Its been here since medieval times - and today its lined by a number of old shops and antique stores.


(http://imgur.com/zbwrQWc.jpg)


The Český Krumlov State Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Built on top of a steep cliff on the banks of the Vlatva River, the views from here are great - especially during sunsets. Its one of the most marvelous sights in the entire region - built back in the 13th century, today it houses a museum with exhibitions running frequently.


(http://imgur.com/D1EG0Ao.jpg)


Nighttime is often quiet here - making it a good time to get away from the crowds. The Virgin Mary statue located in the middle of the old square is one of the best sights at night - its hard to miss.


(http://imgur.com/fI2hbbP.jpg)


Christmas markets are a time tested tradition in central European towns and cities - and the one hosted yearly in the town square is quite the popular attraction. With its towering Christmas tree, countless stalls, and falling snow - it truly makes for a magical atmosphere.


(http://imgur.com/As7vEWX.jpg)


The Vlatva River snakes and loops around the city, adding to the charm of the old town. Restaurants and shops are located along its banks, making for a picturesque experience - especially during the colors of fall.


(http://imgur.com/TZNSDx7.jpg)


One of the most amazing times to visit Český Krumlov is during autumn - the fall foliage, crisp weather, and smaller crowds all make it a perfect time to visit the city. The atmosphere coupled with the historic buildings of the old town makes it a fairytale experience!


(http://imgur.com/LIivVG1.jpg)



-korver


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Replies

Simmer2: Thanks for the comment!

reddonquixote: Thank you for the praise :)

vester: Thanks, glad you liked it!

feyss: Thanks ;D

Nanami: Thanks for the kind words. Mountains like that aren't easy to do, but I think I did a pretty good job getting that steep mountainous look ;)

Alan_Waters: Thank you, glad you enjoyed it :)

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment! ;D

mattb325: Appreciate the kind words, thanks for stopping by :)

Akallan: Thanks for the comment - glad you enjoyed the canyon and the farms! It took quite a while to get that barren, old look to them - but I think all that work paid off ;)

praidodan: Thanks! Appreciate the comment :)

Dantes: Thanks for the praise, glad you enjoyed my landscapes and cities :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: Nanami on June 11, 2017, 01:14:11 AM
Another update! your work never cease to amaze me :thumbsup: . Since I dont know that much about the city in that area in the world, is road in real life on such town that narrow? it must be very hard to navigate car throughout the town though..
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: Samu64d on June 11, 2017, 03:37:52 AM
Your work is one of the best CJ ever   &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: romualdillo on June 11, 2017, 07:38:01 AM
As always, you've nailed it!   &apls Another masterpiece for your growing collection!
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: c.p. on June 11, 2017, 09:16:18 AM
Unbelievably charming &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: Akallan on June 11, 2017, 09:34:01 AM
Beautiful as always. A small update, but very beautiful and the charm of this small village is taking! The picture in the autumn is fabulous! I also want to say that it does not seem to me that you do not have much use PS (except for the lights and the mist), it always proves your talent as a director! Congratulations! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: manga rivotra on June 11, 2017, 04:01:13 PM
This makes long have you evolved alone in your own category, but I see that you still manage to surpass yourself !  ::)
I particularly like these last 2 updates. The first mosaic of your Patagonia's update is a real canvas masterpiece. I think probably the most beautiful picture I've seen in a MD. &apls &apls &apls
Thanks you very much.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: Krasner on June 11, 2017, 04:52:10 PM
It's like a touristic guidebook without any real picture needed  :D As always, very enjoyable to look at - the complexity of this town looks very auhentic to me, you greatly used these few oddly angled czech buildings  (which are from a korean blog I remember, all of a sudden  &idea)
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: praiodan on June 12, 2017, 12:24:29 AM
This is simply incredible. I've been to many places in Czechia and, despite the fact that there a lot of lovely towns, Krumlov indeed is overwhelmingly charming. And what shall I say? You nailed it!  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: feyss on June 12, 2017, 04:39:56 AM
I always wanted to go there. You perfectly portrayed it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: Themistokles on June 16, 2017, 01:58:34 AM
Having just travelled close to this region, this feels incredibly recognisable. And such a charming place. Great job as always!

edit:is this monastery a bat of yours or is it available somewhere? :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Český Krumlov / Updated 6-10
Post by: Abrams124 on June 17, 2017, 07:48:08 AM
My mind is in pieces again  &apls
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: korver on July 05, 2017, 11:21:01 PM

- UPDATE 18: South Asia (Preview) -


For our next destination, we're traveling to an area very rarely seen in SC4... India and South Asia. As you might imagine, it has been quite the hassle finding suitable buildings - but after many, many hours of scavenging around - and even doing some BATing in addition to bringing in some custom models I found... I've been able to track down *just* enough to make it work.

The full update is nearing completion, but in the meantime - here's a couple of previews to enjoy :)


One of the most impressive structures in the world... Delhi's Red Fort.

(full size link here (http://i.imgur.com/mCm3YPC.jpg))

(http://i.imgur.com/mCm3YPC.jpg)


One of the many beautiful tea plantations that dot the rolling hillsides of rural Sri Lanka.


(http://i.imgur.com/qDtDP5o.jpg)


-korver


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Nanami: Thanks for the kind words :) Many of the streets in the town are about that narrow - but I'd agree with you that the bridge is probably just a bit too small. Perhaps I should have used a smaller car there, or just shrunk down the cars a bit more for that scene so it would be a little less obvious :P Thanks for the feedback!

Samu64d: Thank you for the high praise!

romualdillo: Thanks for the comment - glad you enjoyed it!

c.p.: Thank you for the kind words!

Akallan: Thank you! Yeah, I didn't use much PS on the update at all. But in general, I don't use as much PS as you would think :P There were some fun pics in the past like Victoria Falls/Angel Falls, but I don't really plan on making pics like that anymore. I only use it to make whats already in the scene look a bit more interesting, or to perhaps give a certain scene a feeling (like for example, that dark, ominous filter I gave my Moynaq pic.)

manga rivotra: Thanks for the praise, always cool to hear that regarding one of my pics :thumbsup:

Krasner: Thanks! Yeah, I've been wanting to use some of those buildings for quite some time, so I'm glad I was able to give them a good home ;)

praiodan: Thank you! Always good to hear from someone who's been to the area. Glad you enjoyed it.

feyss: Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it :)

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment, always good to hear that :thumbsup: I actually didn't make that one though - I believe you're talking about buildings featured in the "Český Krumlov State Castle"? It's actually a collection of buildings (not one building) - I believe some are random assorted buildings from SCPolska and a few are from Wallibuk. Unfortunately though, I believe the DL link to the main building in that complex became broken recently ("Town gate") &mmm

Abrams124: Thanks for the comment ;D

Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: reddonquixote on July 06, 2017, 01:31:48 AM
I don't understand how you do it... looks amazing  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: vester on July 06, 2017, 03:54:23 AM
Its always a joy to see your updates.
The last two is no exception.  :thumbsup:


Still amazed that this is sc4.
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: kelis on July 06, 2017, 07:16:48 AM
I have no words for that picture of Delhi's Red Fort  &apls &apls &apls I really like how you did those slums too... fantastic job  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: Akallan on July 06, 2017, 09:53:35 AM
Wonderful, I love the roads you have made for the Red Fort, and without forgetting this impressive viaduct railway, great work ... It is breathtaking, the tea is superb also. You always make us dream korver, thank you! &apls
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: Simmer2 on July 06, 2017, 12:22:36 PM
Can't get enough of those tableaux, bravo  &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: mattb325 on July 07, 2017, 04:46:04 AM
Fantastic! Made me want a cuppa %BUd%

The MMPs are just mindblowing
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: Nanami on July 07, 2017, 09:15:29 AM
Well I think parts of asia that mostly seen in SC4 are from East asia and Middle Eastern (if that count). You already done these "SC4 rare themed" area before (Central Asia and Southeast Asia) which reminds how great your works are!  :thumbsup:
cant wait to see the rest!

oh also, view this entry with civ 5 asian backsongs (pick indians) give much more atmosphere in it as I try to feel it.
Title: Re: South Asia (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-5
Post by: manga rivotra on July 09, 2017, 01:18:42 PM
Unbelievable !!!  :o Only 2 pics and i fall from may chair.  :D
The tea plantation seems to be a very good shot of a real photographer. This is amazing.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: korver on July 10, 2017, 01:54:42 PM

- UPDATE 19: South Asia -

(http://imgur.com/v8ZIWJH.jpg)


Our journey to South Asia begins with a trip to the countryside - and the timeless rural beauty of the many tea plantations that dot the Sri Lankan countryside. The ones near Kandy are perhaps the most well-known - they've been making the famed Ceylon Tea ever since the British first colonized this area back in the 1800s. As the hillsides climb higher and higher, the strength of the tea leaves increases accordingly - making this one of the strongest teas in all of South Asia. No trip is complete without having a cup first - so make sure you make a stop over at the Ceylon Tea Museum first.


(http://imgur.com/qDtDP5o.jpg)


The Indian Ocean is one of the most beautiful places on the planet - and it doesn't get much better than the thatched roof resorts of the Maldives. This island country south of India is world-renowned for its sunny weather, pristine beaches, and stunning resorts - from the diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, there's always something exciting to try out.


(http://imgur.com/r5tpDgx.jpg)


We now move into India, and our first destination is the famous Ganges River in Varanasi. This is the most sacred river to the Hindus, who make up 80% of India's population - and by cleansing in it, they wash away their sins. All sorts of religious ceremonies and festivals are held here - and for any Hindu, it's a lifelong ambition to make it here at least once. Sadly though, modern times have been tough on the river - pollution levels have reached staggering heights, and it's now one of the most polluted waterways in the world. An ambitious cleanup project is planned in the upcoming years - but little progress has been made thus far.


(http://imgur.com/N36tQBo.jpg)


We move north to the capital of New Delhi - where you'll find some of the most stunning buildings in all of India. Our next stop is one of the most unique structures in all of India - the Lotus Temple. This flower shaped Baha'i House of Worship has become quite a famous attraction - with over 70 million tourists visiting since it was first opened back in 1986. Under Baha'i law, all religions and faiths are welcome here - making it a popular social event place in the city.


(http://imgur.com/0f3wlIm.jpg)


Wanting a centerpiece for his new capital, Indian king Shah Jahan had the particularly impressive Red Fort built in Delhi from 1639 - 1648, which contains a massive complex surrounded by towering red walls. This grand fort holds pavilions, offices, workshops, mansions, expansive gardens, and just about anything else a king could ever need - no wonder he inscribed the words "If there is a paradise on Earth, this is it" inside.

(full size link here (http://i.imgur.com/mCm3YPC.jpg))


(http://imgur.com/mCm3YPC.jpg)


Our last stop is the most iconic landmark in all of India - none other than the world famous Taj Mahal. Wanting a grand tomb for his wife, Indian emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra from 1631 - 1648 and covered it with gleaming white marble - and to this day it remains one of the most marvelous buildings on the face of the planet. Starting in 2004, tourists have been able to view it at night - making for one of the most magical experiences imaginable.


(http://imgur.com/azzdHM8.jpg)



-korver


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Replies

reddonquixote: Thank you! I use a variety of different methods - mainly custom lotting, MMPing, BATing, making custom props, bringing in custom models, etc in my scenes and the key is to find a way to tie everything together perfectly. Sometimes I may not have a whole lot to work with - but trying to stretch what I do have as far as it can go is vital.

vester: Thank you very much for the comment, appreciate it :)

kelis: Thank you! The slums were a bit tricky, as I had to balance out getting just enough variation while also choosing the slums that had a certain Indian styled element to them. I think they turned out quite nicely :)

Akallan: Thank you for the comment! Those roads took quite a while to make, I'm glad you liked it :thumbsup:

Simmer2: Thank you! Appreciate it :)

mattb325: Thank you for the kind words! :)

Nanami: Thanks for the comment! I think I may have to take you up on your suggestion ;)

manga rivotra: Thanks for the comment! Glad you liked it :)

Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: Alan_Waters on July 10, 2017, 02:10:59 PM
Master of Science in MMP  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: kelis on July 10, 2017, 02:43:36 PM
Another fantastic update right here, I enjoy alot with these pictures, I try to look as close as I can to see all the details. Fantastic job once again  &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: dyoungyn on July 10, 2017, 03:01:22 PM
I agree that wonderful realistic job displaying India in it's true nature.  The beach scene with huts on the docks are spectacular.  If this is a BAT, the you must share :) 

Again, wonderful job and looking forward to more.   On the topic of South Asia, would love to see some of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: reddonquixote on July 11, 2017, 01:56:16 AM
I think the Ganges scene is one of my favourites ever. I'm instantly reminded of the Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby video. You could make a really cool video with a montage of all your scenes. The world is an amazing place  ;)
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: Dantes on July 11, 2017, 08:51:59 AM
Is this simcity or is this a view in another universum ? Impressive.  :o
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: seraf on July 11, 2017, 09:00:18 AM
Those scenes look amazing. The first picture looks almost like a different game!  &apls And picture with Taj Mahal looks splendid  &apls &apls &apls Great work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: tiankafei067 tiankafei067 on July 11, 2017, 09:07:31 AM

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Hello and welcome to my MD: True Earth. My main objective is simple, I try to recreate places across the globe that are generally unseen and unique to the world of SimCity 4. With an eye for detail and realism, I hope to really bring these places alive - and through my storytelling I want to make this MD a truly memorable experience.

Click on any banner below to go directly to the post that update is located on :)
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Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: Simmer2 on July 11, 2017, 11:41:52 AM
Absolutely fantastic &apls &apls
Title: Re: South Asia / True Earth / Updated 7-10
Post by: Silur on July 13, 2017, 07:31:57 PM
And again, this is unreal beauty!!!  &apls &apls &apls

And damn Photobucket - someday I'll leave him
It's a dirty creature
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: korver on July 13, 2017, 10:21:53 PM

- UPDATE 20: Ancient Ruins (Preview) -


So, as you may have seen in the past.. one of my favorite scenes to make in SC4 are ancient ruins. So I figured.. why not create an entire update (or two) devoted to just that? Right now, I'm creating a variety of scenes covering some of the world's greatest civilizations.. Azetc, Mayan, Incan, Roman, and maybe even a few that you haven't heard of ;) I hope to get a full update out soon so stay tuned - but in the meantime, here's a little taste of what's to come:



(http://imgur.com/B5CfZSm.jpg)


Former home of the great Mayan empire, located deep in the Yucatán rainforest... Chichén Itzá.



-korver


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Alan_Waters: Thank you ;D

kelis: Thanks for the comment and kind words! I should mention that many, many years ago - your incredibly detailed Berlin recreation was one of the CJs that got me really interested in SC4 - so it's always an honor to hear that coming from you :thumbsup:

dyoungyn: Thanks for the comment! It is indeed a BAT (I don't photoshop BATs in) - its a model I downloaded off of 3d warehouse. I'd like to get the author's permission first before I send any of those models to people though - I actually already asked the author of the BAT if that would be okay since I already got someone asking about it over on ST). Hopefully if he agrees I'll be able to send it to you.

reddonquixote: Thank you for the comment :) That's a great idea in regards to the video, I should give that some serious consideration down the road ;)

Dantes: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it :thumbsup:

seraf: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the Taj, it's surprising how good some of those Maxis models can be haha.

Simmer2: Thank you for the kind words! :)

Silur: Thanks! I'm sorry to hear about what happened with your pics - I *still* can't believe what they did. I mean $400?? That's just ridiculous. ???

Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: Simmer2 on July 13, 2017, 10:27:30 PM
First! Phenomenal &apls
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: dyoungyn on July 14, 2017, 12:18:04 AM
Love your detail of work. 

I also loved your detailed job on famous sites and cities in the Southern Pacific. 

Being on several U.S. Naval ships I have seen pretty much every country in the Pacific and can relate.

If you get the permission to share the beach/sea huts, would love them :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: Alan_Waters on July 14, 2017, 04:28:28 AM
As always, photographic accuracy.  &apls &apls &apls
Have you received any offers from National Geographics? ;D ;)
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: manga rivotra on July 14, 2017, 06:55:07 AM
The use of MMPs here is in perfect harmony with the ground texture and the result is stunning !  :o
I can not imagine better result!  Wonderful work as always ! &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: Akallan on July 15, 2017, 05:06:59 AM
korver, you're too fast! I have not had time to comment on your previous update that you have already made a new one. Your work is always as beautiful, I like the image of the Maldives, you would seem to be on holiday! But my favorite is Ganges River, it's a gorgeous picture with the buildings next to the water. The story is well transcribed. Good job, thank you! &apls

Your latest update looks great too. An image, but superbly done, I can not wait to see the sequel! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: Nanami on July 16, 2017, 09:02:38 AM
^^ my first reaction is pretty much like Akallan post above.

Man these pictures... they're always awesome. the maldives and ganges river from the south asian update definitely the best on that entry IMO! :thumbsup:

And new incoming update? will we see some ancient ruin from all other world? would be interesting to see some from the huns invasion to rome ;D
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-13
Post by: seraf on July 17, 2017, 07:26:56 AM
Now that looks promising (like everything you post  :D ) can't wait to see more!  :thumbsup:

I looked at all your updates and they are simply stunning. This is one of best CJ I've ever seen  &apls (and the fact that I saw here quite a few of my BATs has nothing to do with my praise  :D ) Though I must say I love the way you used the Leaning Tower  &apls &apls :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: korver on July 20, 2017, 10:28:22 PM

- UPDATE 21: Ancient Ruins -


(http://imgur.com/HZ7jaFy.jpg)


Note: I ended up doing more scenes than I was expecting, so it ended up being too big for one update - there will be a part 2 of this update coming out soon.

Our tour of some of the world's most impressive ancient ruins begins with Mayans and one of their most famous sites - the ruined city of Chichén Itzá. From approximately 550 CE - 800 CE, the entire city remained an important ceremonial site - but it was eventually captured by the rival Toltecs in 987 CE. The Toltecs added their own structures and temples to the complex, until it was ultimately abandoned for mysterious reasons in roughly 1180 CE. While much of the city is long gone, there's still many sites worth checking out, such as the Plaza of a Thousand Columns and the Pyramid of Kukulkan. It's one of the most stunning destinations in all of Central America - and an experience you won't forget.


(http://imgur.com/B5CfZSm.jpg)


We make our way towards the Caribbean Sea to explore another one of the Mayan civilization's most famous sites - Tulum. Between the stunning ruins, pristine beaches, and picturesque views of the Caribbean - its one of the most incredible landmarks in the area. Rain or shine, its a destination that's hard to top and certainly worth checking out.


(http://imgur.com/4vrHWJO.jpg)


While the Mayans were certainly one of the most important civilizations in all of Mesoamerica - another influential site in the area predates anything they built by hundreds of years. The ancient ruins of Teotihuacan are just as mysterious as they are awe-inspiring. Who built it, and when? Although many are divided on the subject, its believed that either the Toltecs or Totonacs built it, back in the 3rd century CE - and it quickly developed into one of the world's largest cities. The Aztecs of Central Mexico incorporated the site into their own civilization nearly a thousand years later, and it eventually became one of their most important religious and economic sites. Today, the entire complex remains a premier tourist destination right outside of Mexico City - and the Pyramid of the Sun is a can't miss attraction.


(http://imgur.com/C9Ekbk5.jpg)


Africa is where you'll find our next famous archeological site - the ruined, walled city of Great Zimbabwe. Founded back in the 11th century CE, the Shona people built these stunning buildings as a royal palace for their kingdom of Zimbabwe - in fact, the very name "Zimbabwe" meant "stone houses" in their language. The whole area remained an important trading area for centuries, but was ultimately abandoned in the 1450s - and no one is completely sure why.


(http://imgur.com/L6WW0Xb.jpg)


We now move into South America - and the first stop is the ancient city of Tiahuanaco, located high in the Bolivian Andes. The Tiwanaku civilization flourished here from 100 CE to 1250 CE - and they were one of the most powerful civilizations in the entire region. Noted for their architecture, roads, sculptures, and other advanced cultural aspects - they were the precursor to the Incas and played a major role in how they designed many of their structures. Today, all that remains of this once great structure is a few gates, statues, and walls - but you can still tell that this was a civilization that was far ahead of their time.


(http://imgur.com/ECNaCfA.jpg)


Our last archaeological site is one of the premier destinations in all of South America - the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. This legendary site was believed to have been built back in 1450 CE, around the height of the Incan empire. For the next 100 years or so, it remained a sacred religious site for Incan leaders - and it's also believed to have been a royal estate for some of the most important rulers of the time. Despite its grandeur, this ancient city couldn't last forever - in the mid 1500s, the city was mysteriously abandoned, right around the time Spanish conquistadors made their way into the area. While there's no evidence the two ever interacted - its certainly possible that a smallpox outbreak could have wiped out the entire city. For nearly 400 years, the entire site laid in ruin, with nature overtaking its walls - until American archeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the site in 1911, with renovations soon underway. It may be tough to find on a map and even tougher to reach on foot - but for those who make a trip, its a once in a lifetime destination.


(http://imgur.com/iKJFxXU.jpg)



-korver


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Replies

Simmer2: Thanks! ;D

dyoungyn: Thank you! I haven't heard back yet unfortunately, but I'll keep you informed. Always cool to hear that about my South Pacific update too, glad you enjoyed it :)

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the comment! No, not yet unfortunately :D

manga rivotra: Thank you! Yeah, I was extra careful with the grass there to make sure I didn't overdo or underdo it, and to make sure what I picked would match up with the terrain texture. Glad you liked it :)

Akallan: Thanks for the comment - the Ganges scene was quite tricky but I think I pulled it off quite nicely, glad you enjoyed it :)

Nanami: Thank you! The Ganges scene seems to be quite popular :) I am planning to do a number of ruin scenes from the Roman Empire here for the next update - I've actually been doing alot of research on them in particular and I've been throwing around the idea of doing some sort of Roman Empire update in the future, set back in the times of Ancient Rome. But that would have to be a bit down the line ;)

seraf: Thank you for the comment and for the praise! :) It's been a pleasure to use your fantastic BATs in my CJ, and when I first saw that Leaning Tower - I knew I had to put to good use ;)

Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: Akallan on July 21, 2017, 12:03:29 AM
It's just beautiful! Machu Picchu Terraces are extremely realistic and detailed! You are a genius, magnificent!

It would be fabulous to do something about ancient rome or about antiquity in general. There is much to see even from Greece or Egypt, the Mediterranean basin is rich in culture (Carthage, Syracuse, Rhodes, etc ...).

Good continuation! &apls
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: reddonquixote on July 21, 2017, 08:13:10 AM
Beautiful work! The birds flying overhead are a very nice touch too  :thumbsup:

These remind me of scenes from Age of Empires.. only a 1000 times better  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: Tyberius06 on July 21, 2017, 10:19:37 AM
It's amazing! :) Simply magnificent! :)
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: manga rivotra on July 21, 2017, 10:40:31 AM
I love this update!  :o
Everything is absolutely perfect and your dexterity with the MMPs reaches unmatched records, especially in the photo of Tiahuanaco where every plant and every square meter of paving or sand seems to have always been laid there.  &apls &apls &apls
Moreover, everything is reproduced with the details that create realism as it is accumulation of people at the foot of the Teotihuacan steps or their displacement that seem to be done in small groups of tourists.
All in all it is exceptional and a treat to watch! Thank you to share this  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: Alan_Waters on July 21, 2017, 11:13:35 AM
I absolutely do not understand how you do it!  ()what() :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: tomvsotis on July 21, 2017, 07:45:57 PM
honestly there really isn't anything to say beyond "woOooOOoooooooOOOoOoOoOoowwwwwwwwwww"
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins / True Earth / Updated 7-20
Post by: mattb325 on July 22, 2017, 03:57:18 PM
Gosh.....that Machu Picchu scene...just brilliant
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-24
Post by: korver on July 24, 2017, 11:04:07 PM

- UPDATE 22: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II (Preview) -


Our tour of the ancient world continues on.. after taking a look at a number of famous ruins from Central & South America in the first update, we're continuing on into Europe & Asia in Part II.

I'm putting the finishing touches on a few more Roman ruin scenes so I hope to get the full update out soon... but here's a little bit of what I've done thus far:


The Colosseum

(http://imgur.com/M5LdWLY.jpg)


Petra by Night

(http://imgur.com/yNgtdzT.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Akallan: Thanks for the kind words! I'm certainly planning on doing an update of that sort down the road... Ancient Egypt certainly sounds enticing ;)

reddonquixote: Thank you! I think those Maxis buzzards are probably becoming my signature :P

Tyberius06: Thank you! :)

manga rivotra: Thank you for the praise! I really went all out with the MMPing there, glad you liked it :)

Alan_Waters: Thank you! The answer generally involves a loooot of clicking.. and a lot of patience.

tomvsotis: Thanks ;D

mattb325: Thanks, glad you enjoyed Machu Picchu :)

Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-24
Post by: Tyberius06 on July 25, 2017, 12:14:23 AM
Wow! Seeing your pictor of the Colosseum, my first thought was that you posted a RL image to compare with your work! :D :D :D Dear, that looks fantastic. Last year I was in Rome and was inside this magnificent building, I spent the whole day discovering the Colosseum and walk through on the Forum Romanum. Amazing buildings! :)

Petra night picture is also amazing!
Thank you to sharing these!

- Tyberius
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-24
Post by: Akallan on July 25, 2017, 02:11:43 PM
Egypt, an excellent idea, is a bottomless theme! :D

Very beautiful preview, the coliseum makes dream! Petra ... Looks not SC4, but a real photo! :popcorn:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II (Preview) / True Earth / Updated 7-24
Post by: Themistokles on July 26, 2017, 03:12:04 PM
Those roads snaking their way around the Colloseum...

...

*back after collecting my jaw*

..and the beauty of Petra. Would so love to go there some time.

*adding one more line to the to do-list*
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: korver on July 26, 2017, 11:18:30 PM

- UPDATE 23: Ancient Ruins (Part II) -

(http://imgur.com/jpQovud.jpg)


For the second part of our tour, we begin by traveling to the Middle East to take a look at one of the world's most unique set of ruins - Petra. Founded by the Nabataean civilization as early as 312 BCE, this ancient sandstone city flourished for centuries - and the construction of the Treasury in the 1st century CE was a time of considerable growth and prosperity for the civilization. By 106 CE the Roman Empire captured the city - while Roman influence can be seen throughout the complex, they still thrived as a trade center for many more centuries. Eventually though, the Romans moved their trade capital from Petra and the entire city faded into obscurity and was abandoned shortly afterwards. The ruins have remained a mysterious landmark since then - in fact, the whole facade of the Treasury is riddled with bullet holes after Bedouin tribesmen tried to break in, hoping to recover riches inside. To this day, the entire complex remains a popular tourist attraction in the area - be sure to visit at night when the entire complex is lit up by a stunning display of candles - its one of the most magical experiences imaginable.


(http://imgur.com/yNgtdzT.jpg)


For our next iconic ancient ruin - we're traveling to the rural farmlands of southern England. Stonehenge was built between 3200 and 2000 BCE - making it by far the oldest ruin on our list. The druids who built this megalith used ingenious methods to move these rocks around - and although its not entirely agreed upon, most believe that some sort of earth ramp was used to lift the stones into perfect position. There's no better time to visit here than during midsummer sunrise - the stones themselves align to it perfectly, making it a magical experience that's one of a kind.


(http://imgur.com/fKOXjaX.jpg)


We'll be taking an extended look at the Roman Empire next - and there's no better place to start than the famous Roman Forum in the heart of Rome. This impressive set of ruins was once the heart of the city, with the likes of Julius Caesar and other important Roman leaders once crossing these grounds. After several sacks of Rome though that led to the fall of the empire during the 400s CE, many of the rocks and stones were plundered extensively, leaving the entire complex a shell of its former self. Excavations and restorations began in the 18th century - and although much of the original structure is long gone, you can still get a glimpse of what these walls once held.


(http://imgur.com/O2a2VKp.jpg)


Our next stop within the ancient Roman Empire is the famous Colosseum. First opening back in 80 CE, its size couldn't be rivaled - more than 50,000 people could watch the many events that were held here. Aside from the gladiator fights - the Colosseum was used for just about everything and remained an important site in the empire for hundreds of years. While much of the structure has been lost to time or plundered by enemies - there's still much of it remaining, making it one of the most popular attractions not just in Italy - but also the world.


(http://imgur.com/M5LdWLY.jpg)


Our final archeological site is none other than the famous ruins of Pompeii, Italy. This ancient Roman city was founded between the 6th and 7th century - and continued to grow and flourish as an important trading center for centuries. However, in 79 CE, nearby Mount Vesuvius exploded - covering the entire city under a blanket of ash and pyroclastic materials. Although most of the town's inhabitants survived (nearly 80% evacuated before the eruption) - an estimated 2,000 people still lost their lives on that fateful day. After a series of excavations starting in the 1700s, the entire city has became a massive tourist attraction and one of the world's premier archeological sites.


(http://imgur.com/ap1Iluq.jpg)


NOTE: Pretty much all the models in this update were downloaded and imported into the game from sites like 3d warehouse, as there were no close replacements for certain buildings I needed. These are ingame models imported into the game with 3dsmax, they are like any other BAT you would use. Besides the Petra picture where I added the lights and made the cliffs look a bit better - there was very little photoshop used at all.


-korver


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Replies

Tyberius06: Thanks once again :) Sounds like an awesome trip, I really hope I can make it there one day. I've actually been working on a couple other Rome pics (besides these).. so perhaps I'll do a full fledged Rome update sometime down the road :)

Akallan: Thanks for the kind words :) Egypt should be fun, but I just hope that I'll be able to find enough decent BATs first :P

Themistokles: Thanks, glad you liked it :)

Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: dyoungyn on July 27, 2017, 12:15:07 AM
Does indeed look like Roman.  I play and enjoy the Roman times/war games.  I use my imagination and see the rustling and bustling Kingdom it once truly was a marvel.  Great job.
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: mattb325 on July 27, 2017, 04:00:26 AM
Beautiful...petra is stunning and the pompeii scene is breathtaking. You really should tell us which game you're playing, because it's surely not sc4  ;)
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: Dantes on July 27, 2017, 11:46:16 AM
Is this Simcity ? This is great art! Art! Wonderful art!  :bnn:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: manga rivotra on July 28, 2017, 09:46:06 AM
With this particular angle, I really took some time to understand that the pic of Pompei is indeed a pic from the game.  :o
Incredible precisions !  &apls &apls &apls
It is once again exceptional and it seems that you are still improving! Thank you for sharing your art  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: korver on July 28, 2017, 03:18:29 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone :)

Just for clarification, pretty much all the models in this update were downloaded and imported into the game from sites like 3d warehouse, as there were no close replacements for certain buildings I needed. These are ingame models imported into the game with 3dsmax, they are like any other BAT you would use. Besides the Petra picture where I added the lights and made the cliffs look a bit better - there was very little photoshop used at all.
Title: Re: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 7-26
Post by: vinlabsc3k on July 28, 2017, 11:26:25 PM
Great updates korver!! &apls &apls &apls

I really appreciate your kind and nice words for the archeological sites of my country! &hlp ()flower()
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: korver on July 31, 2017, 03:03:15 AM

- UPDATE 24: Scenes From South America -

(http://imgur.com/EP92tGn.jpg)


Our journey to South America begins in Baños, Ecuador - located in the Eastern Andes, this popular tourist resort town offers lots to do. From restaurants, hot springs, waterfalls, and plenty of other activities to keep you occupied - its an excellent destination for anyone wanting to get a taste of the region. We won't be staying here long though, as the neighboring Amazon awaits..


(http://imgur.com/tfgKovL.jpg)


While Baños may be located in the Andes Mountains - it's also known as the "Gateway to the Amazon" due to its close proximity to many of the Amazon River's tributaries and streams, offering a direct route into the jungle itself. We rent a boat from one of the locals, and we're soon on our way - into the dense, humid climate of the Amazon rainforest..


(http://imgur.com/oWdYgo9.jpg)


We travel deeper into the Amazon, and it might be hundreds of miles before we reach the next town or village. The locals here live simple lives - while some are tucked away so deep into the forest that they haven't been reached yet by civilization - others live on the shores of the Amazon and its tributaries with limited contact. We get a chance to meet a group of them, high up on their stilt houses - the brief glimpse into their lives and customary rituals is quite fascinating.


(http://imgur.com/8cfPZ9h.jpg)


In this part of South America - much of the local economy depends on important natural resources such as oil to keep afloat. Lake Maracaibo, located in northern Venezuela, has been vital for the locals - outside of the Middle East, this is one of the world's largest oil producers since oil was first discovered here back in 1914. Much of the land surrounding the lake is surrounded by endless fields of oil pumpjacks - they've quickly become a common symbol of the region.


(http://imgur.com/YWN4IzS.jpg)


We head back into Brazil and the next stop will be a common sight in many of the major cities. From São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro - favelas dot the outskirts and creep up along the mountainous hillsides. The people here might not have a lot - but they make the best of their situation for them and their families, creating makeshift houses from whatever they can find.


(http://imgur.com/dl8KNwp.jpg)


Some 1,000 miles west is where you'll find our next destination - one of South America's greatest cities, Buenos Aires. The mighty obelisco rises some 221 feet above the surrounding Plaza de la República and the spaciously wide 9 de Julio Avenue - commemorating the founding of the city back in 1536, its one of the main landmarks in the city and one of its premier destinations.


(http://imgur.com/9RVZCnA.jpg)


Our final destination takes us back to the Andes - and although much of the land here is inhospitable and harsh, there's still a number of small, charming villages and towns that you'll want to check out. The small village of Tocanao in Chile stands on the edge of the Atacama Desert - despite the lack of rain (this is the driest area on the face of the planet) - the people here have adapted quite well, making the most of a few small streams that run close by. The bell tower here dates from 1750 - built from volcanic stone, its a unique landmark that's quite striking.


(http://imgur.com/xClqFAP.jpg)


Note: For this update (and others) - custom content creation has been vital. I've been creating custom road texture sets (http://imgur.com/J17fimw.jpg) (this is only a small portion of it - there's about 20 or so for the Banos pic), BATing various small buildings from scratch (1 (http://imgur.com/SPKxeGg.jpg), 2 (http://imgur.com/CXwGlAA.jpg)), making HD water textures (http://imgur.com/3e5gbFa.jpg), and much more. I don't know if any of this stuff will make it to the exchange soon as there isn't any documentation, a number of small things still need to be fixed/improved, and I've also been extremely busy with my CJ lately. In the meantime though, if anyone is interested in these then just send me a PM.

Additionally, about the last update - the obscure BATs were not photoshopped in (that would be waay too much photoshop in my book) - they're all ingame BATs I got from 3d warehouse. The Petra pic used a bit more photoshop than usual - I made it a long time ago when I was still messing around with PS - but the pic still uses an ingame BAT from 3d warehouse with some extra effects around it (added lights, made the cliffs look better.) Anyways, if I'm doing a scene and I need something from 3d warehouse, I'll import it into 3dsmax, render it, and use it as a prop in my scene. They are like any other BAT you would use. I already wrote a number of moderately in-depth guides on this in my other "South America" update here (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg514746#msg514746) - I might consider doing this again (more in depth) if there's enough interest.

Also, all of my scenes with the crazy road textures are really just a big flat prop (ingame props, not some sort of crazy photoshop effect. That would be an excessive amount of photoshop in my book). I'll make a big texture, place it on the prop in 3dsmax, render it, and use that prop in Lot Editor. So it isn't some sort of post processing effect, these are ingame props, no different than any other prop you would use. I already made a guide on this here in my "Year in Review" (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg514746#msg514746) entry (the Pisa picture) so feel free to check it out.


-korver


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Replies

dyoungyn: Thanks for the comment :)

mattb325: Thanks for the kind words, glad you liked it! It's SC4, just with a looooot of custom content :P

Dantes: Thank you! :)

manga rivotra: Thanks for the comment! I tried to grid bust there a bit, I think it turned out pretty nice :)

vinlabssc3k: Thanks! I have more coming from Italy, so stay tuned ;)

Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: Themistokles on July 31, 2017, 08:29:18 AM
This is, as usual, stunning beyond belief. The favelas are so well made I really can't take my eyes off them :o
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: Alan_Waters on July 31, 2017, 10:24:06 AM
Simply fantastic! ::)
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: Dantes on July 31, 2017, 01:12:40 PM
Last week I read a book about the history of Cobacabana. Before that I saw a documentary about Rio de Janero. I wanted to know more. I think your updates are a great art and we would have to build a museum for your pictures!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: Kitsune on July 31, 2017, 05:53:34 PM
amazing ! Having been to the obelisk in Buenos Aires that photo is extremely realistic.
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: Akallan on August 01, 2017, 05:44:27 AM
All the pictures are beautiful, all! Usually, I always have a small preference for one or the other, but this is very complicated. As much as the small town, the Amazon or the oil fields are well done. With perfect accuracy, it is breathtaking! &apls

This reminds me of the first update on South America which was amazing, I hope you will make a new one again, it is a wonderful continent with Africa! You might also try to do something about the Nordic countries (or first Egypt  :P)?
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: bombardiere on August 01, 2017, 08:49:09 AM
Simply amazing.  :o It is hard to tell where SC4 end and photoshop begins.

Your BATs look good too. May be you could release these as a Prop Pack with models only, so you don't have to bother with too much extra work on the documentation etc.
Title: Re: Scenes From South America / True Earth / Updated 7-30
Post by: vinlabsc3k on August 03, 2017, 10:37:13 AM
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vinlabssc3k: Thanks! I have more coming from Italy, so stay tuned ;)

Glad to read, so I'll wait with trepidation! ;)

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to compliment the new update!! &apls &apls &apls
My mind is going blank after reading your MD. ?=mad)=
Title: Re: Natural Wonders / True Earth / Updated 8-4
Post by: korver on August 04, 2017, 03:42:37 PM

- UPDATE 25: Natural Wonders -


(http://imgur.com/6s91SwC.jpg)


Our world is full of incredible natural wonders that keep us in awe. Today we're going to take a tour around the globe (except Antarctica - that's probably going to be a separate update down the road ;)) - visiting a few of the most unique and stunning natural wonders our planet has to offer.

Note: This update contains a few gifs (4MB and 6MB) - it was difficult to get them any smaller.


Africa
Danakil Depression - Ethiopia


Our first destination can be found in the hot, humid climate of northern Ethiopia. The alien like world of the Danakil Depression is known for its incredibly colorful sulfur pits - and also being the home of the hottest temperatures on earth. With temperatures reaching as high as 125 degrees, you won't be able to stay here long - just long enough to load up your camel with salt and continue on with the journey.


(http://imgur.com/KaKozUN.gif)


Asia
Sigiriya - Sri Lanka


On the small island nation of Sri Lanka in South Asia is where you'll find our next location - the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. This stronghold was selected by King Kasyapa of the Ceylon civilization back in the mid 400s CE as a new capital - and it was truly ahead of its time. The original structure featured a massive city perched on top of the rock, with expansive gardens and trails leading around the entire structure. Little of it remains - but it continues to keep tourists in awe to this day.


(http://imgur.com/qCvdSbz.jpg)


Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Northern Territory



When you think of Australia - one of the first things that comes to mind is its stunning Uluru (Ayers Rock), dramatically rising some 1,142 feet out of the outback. Uluru is the original aboriginal name for the area - and it has no specific meaning behind it. They believed that the rock has a great spiritual meaning - and was created at the dawn of time. To this day, those visiting it are urged not to climb the rock out of respect to these beliefs - and taking photographs of certain areas is also strongly urged against.


(http://imgur.com/YCNXm8L.jpg)


Europe
Holuhraun Lava Field - Iceland


We're traveling to the Arctic for our next destination - the volatile and unpredictable Holuhraun Lava Field. This lava field is the size of Manhattan and its been growing at an unprecedented rate - and its also been spewing out a record-breaking amount of lava and sulfur dioxide in recent years. Hiking is surprisingly allowed here - but make sure you watch your step, especially with lava that can reach temperatures as high as 1,470 degrees Fahrenheit.


(http://imgur.com/cdUDwHp.jpg)


North America
Nares Strait - Canada/Greenland Border


We're staying in the Arctic for our next sight - and you'll find the stunning Nares Strait located on Greenland's wild west coast. This pathway to the North Pole is lined with dramatic fjords and mountains - and with some of the most inhospitable temperatures on earth, every trip is an adventure.


(http://imgur.com/mCj2BjG.jpg)


South America
Devil's Throat (Iguazu Falls) - Brazil/Argentina Border


Our tour wraps up with one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in all of South America - the majestic Devils's Throat of Iguazu Falls, located on the Brazil/Argentina border. This is a sight unlike any other on earth - water cascades from 3 different angles down nearly 300 feet of sheer rock, creating a thundering splash that can be heard for miles around. This is nature at its best - and its a destination that you won't want to miss out on.


(http://imgur.com/FKlIsUL.jpg)



Note: a lot of these pictures required extensive custom content creation, and although it may look like it - there actually wasn't that much photoshop being used at all. The Iguazu Falls & Danakil Depression gifs are completely unedited - the in game animations were recorded using ScreenToGif.

For those wondering where I got Sigiriya, it was downloaded here (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/f51013d7aea8dbb6869297c2a6eaec2a/Sigiriya-Lions-rock-Sinhalese) and imported into the game as a big BAT - some small editing was done though at the top to add things like better looking trees. Ayers Rock was made using the in game terraforming tools, but had a couple edits to the terrain mod and the clouds.

As for the pics from the Arctic - the main use of photoshop was adding reflections to the water (in the Greenland pic), giving the lava a little life/making it glow a bit (the lava itself is real), and adding some mist/clouds in general as well. I created an entire set of textures for those pics - consisting of two parts. First one being just a simple terrain mod - consisting of fairly basic cliff/ground texture mods. Here's a demonstration (http://imgur.com/ngEYig1.jpg) of some of the base textures/cliff textures at work. Secondly, I also finally figured out a while back how to create overrides for the JENX terrain paints: 1 (http://imgur.com/A0z4rYl.jpg), 2 (http://imgur.com/BV5NHby.jpg).

And again, these aren't some sort of photoshop effect or whatever, they're just overrides of the in game terrain paints. For those interested, here's the pics completely unedited: here (http://imgur.com/EMCEuHx.jpg) and here (http://imgur.com/RIyGK3j.jpg) (the lava is usually supposed to be used at day, so I had to make some enhancements for the night time image.)

So yeah, there's finally legit lava + glaciers in the game ;D There's still plenty of work to be done and they don't have proper icons yet so they're sorta hard to use, so it could be a while for a release on anything. But as always, if anyone is interested in something then please PM me and I can send you what I've completed thus far.


-korver


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Replies

Themistokles: Thank you! Glad you liked it :)

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the comment as always :)

Dantes: Thanks for the kind words and nice comment :)

Kitsune: Thanks! Nice to hear that it measures up to the RL one :thumbsup:

Akallan: Thank you for the kind words :) I probably won't be making it back to South America for a while unfortunately. But I do have a series of Africa updates which I'll be unveiling here shortly.. ;)

bombardiere: Thanks! Yeah, that's what I'm sort of thinking about doing - I have a lot of other African BATs too I've been working on, so perhaps that would be the best route to take. There wasn't really much photoshop used in the update - the main use of it was for filters/adding a little mist in a few pics/rain in the favela pic. Everything else in the update is an actual BAT or lot or MMP - only a few small cosmetic edits were made like adding lines between the power poles in the Tocanao pic for instance.

vinlabssc3k: Thanks! I actually have so much from Italy that it might take a whole series of updates to unveil all of it.. but I probably won't be done for a while though.

Title: Re: Natural Wonders / True Earth / Updated 8-4
Post by: bladeberkman on August 04, 2017, 06:16:50 PM
Wow. Your picture of the Danakil Depression left me speechless right from the start. Uluru looks so real! Every one of your updates is better than the last. I can't imagine how long it must take to get every detail just right. Thank you for continuing to share your work.
Title: Re: Natural Wonders / True Earth / Updated 8-4
Post by: reddonquixote on August 04, 2017, 07:03:45 PM
Another beautiful and diverse set of recreations. Nares Strait is my favourite, you have done an amazing job with the reflections. Well done  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Natural Wonders / True Earth / Updated 8-4
Post by: manga rivotra on August 06, 2017, 01:46:24 PM
Your buildings of the previous update are very successful and the texture imitating the Amazon river is spectacular, it seems that you have all the talents!  ::)
In this update, I like, like many, the Nare Strait photo with stunning reflection effect, a true masterpiece, but also Uluru where the work with the MMPs is simply incredible.  &apls &apls &apls
I can not imagine the number of hours you have spent playing so perfectly the Australian bush, and once again the result is sensational.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Natural Wonders / True Earth / Updated 8-4
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 06, 2017, 02:41:19 PM
Wow !!! Just unbelieveble! HOW?! How can this be done in SC4 ?!  &mmm &mmm &mmm
PERFECT!!!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Bohemia / True Earth / Updated 8-4
Post by: korver on August 08, 2017, 07:28:07 AM

- UPDATE 26: Bohemia -

(http://imgur.com/KfVptcq.jpg)


Located in the western Czech Republic, Bohemia is a region full of picturesque landscapes and charming villages. Few are as delightful as Hrensko - and its where we'll begin our tour. Founded back in the 15th century as a trading settlement on the Kamience gorge, its turned into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. Hrensko also serves as the entrance gate to Bohemian Switzerland National Park - but be sure to take in the village for a day or two before sailing down the Kamience gorge.


(http://imgur.com/qYUw0UC.jpg)


The Kamience gorge cuts through the heart of the park, and riding a slow sailing boat down the river is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The steep cliffs are quite incredible, but remain quiet until our tour guide finds a rope attached to the other side and gives it a huge pull...


(http://imgur.com/LjQImZ1.jpg)


The Umelý vodopád (artificial waterfall) comes gushing out of a small crack at the top of the rock cliff - creating quite the splash and the perfect photo opportunity.


(http://imgur.com/DcWZ6NF.gif)


We emerge out of the gorge and start making our way through the heart of the park. After a few hours, we finally reach one of the most stunning tourist attractions in the area - the striking Pravcická brána, the largest natural sandstone arch in Central Europe. In 1826, an inn was built here and has remained a popular spot ever since - after a hard day of hiking, there's nothing better than a good meal here. Be sure to take advantage of the many paths that wrap their way around the arch to get a great view of the landscape - but remember that the top of the arch has been out of bounds since the 1980s due to heavy erosion from tourists.


(http://imgur.com/nGLTNZx.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/u2WqDZb.jpg)


Our last destination in Bohemia is the impressive Pravcický kužel (Pravcický Cone) - one of the most imposing structures in the entire park. For the thrill seeker out there, its the premier destination in the entire park - but only the bravest of climbers would dare to take on these sheer cliffs in the dead of winter...


(http://imgur.com/6llNsxn.jpg)


During summer however, when things are a bit more manageable - rock climbers from all across Central Europe will take on the cone. For those who can scale up these challenging cliffs - hundreds of feet high with little to no room for error - they will be rewarded with some absolutely incredible views from the top.


(http://imgur.com/a34KTju.jpg)


I hope you enjoyed your visit to Bohemia - its truly a timeless beauty.


(http://imgur.com/0D8LQDY.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/1WWQKkY.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/GDeqtEo.jpg)


NOTE: In order to make this update, I really had to put my BATing skills to the test. I created these BATs completely from scratch (1 (http://imgur.com/yGMEp4e.jpg), 2 (http://imgur.com/omAPfes.jpg), 3 (http://imgur.com/jLZxZ8J.jpg) - pictures taken from the Lot Editor window) specifically for the update - if anyone would like to try the models out for themselves then please PM me :)



-korver


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Replies

Alan_Waters: Thank you! I'm always trying to push SC4 to the limits :)

manga_rivotra:: Thank you for the comment! It took forever to do Uluru - mainly because I kept on overdoing the flora or not putting enough at first. I think I eventually found the sweet spot though to get that authentic Outback look :)

reddonquixote: Thanks! Glad you liked the reflections, I had to do a lot of tinkering with them to make them look natural.

bladeberkman: Thank you for the kind words! I don't really keep track on how long it takes to do these updates, it's probably too many hours to count anyways haha :P

Title: Re: Bohemia / True Earth / Updated 8-8
Post by: Simmer2 on August 08, 2017, 10:26:33 AM
Again...(http://i.imgur.com/41XYy76.gif)
Title: Re: Bohemia / True Earth / Updated 8-8
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 08, 2017, 11:01:23 AM
It's incredible! So it is impossible to do!
Title: Re: Bohemia / True Earth / Updated 8-8
Post by: Akallan on August 09, 2017, 11:29:53 AM
Excellent! I love all the little details that are everywhere in every picture, especially the one with climbers and rope! ;D
Title: Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
Post by: korver on August 13, 2017, 03:03:41 AM

- UPDATE 27: Tour of Africa: Introduction -

(http://imgur.com/jL06ZQS.jpg)


So for my next series of updates, I have something a little special planned. Over the last couple months, I've been slowly accumulating a large collection of African scenes - and it's finally starting to come together. With nearly 40 different scenes (the pics below are just a small little teaser of what's to come - the tip of the iceberg ;)), it's going to be like nothing I've ever done before - an unforgettable tour of just about everything the continent has to offer.


We'll start off the six-part series by taking a look at one of Africa's most iconic cities - Johannesburg.


(http://imgur.com/QEqH30a.jpg)


From there, we'll stay in Southern Africa, exploring a variety of natural scenes - including one of Africa's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, the Okavango Delta.


(http://imgur.com/7iw09lL.jpg)


Along with the world's second tallest waterfall - Tugela Falls. Animations are going to play a pivotal role in this series - it's going to be quite the sight :)


(http://imgur.com/M1Z7qpd.jpg)


From there, we'll head east - getting to visit East Africa and the beautiful Indian Ocean along the way.


(http://imgur.com/PDeycO5.jpg)


With a number of unique wonders like the Tsingy stone forests - visiting Madagascar is also must.


(http://imgur.com/lYuhqOW.jpg)


It's off to Central Africa from there - where we'll get to explore wild Africa at its finest along with a number of natural wonders. Algae-rich lakes such as Lake Logipi attract countless lesser flamingos - and when they migrate, it makes for one of the greatest sights on the continent.


(http://imgur.com/5LlWMsU.jpg)


We'll then head out to West Africa - visiting a number of small rural scenes, like the ones found in Rural Congo.


(http://imgur.com/nN71vsk.jpg)


And we'll wrap up in North Africa - after traveling through the Sahara, we'll get to see one of the continents greatest landmarks, the Pyramids.


(http://imgur.com/85nQBU7.jpg)



Additionally, as you might expect - there hasn't been a great deal of African themed custom content to work with. Because of this, custom content creation has been absolutely vital to this series. I've been creating various BATs from scratch on a massive scale to make some of these scenes possible:


(http://imgur.com/KXyn7gr.jpg) (http://imgur.com/L5c54HA.jpg) (http://imgur.com/1NXowNK.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/sK5ykDj.jpg)


WIP:

(http://imgur.com/YfkZPgD.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/BcTGSTf.jpg)

If anyone's interested in some of the stuff I'll be using over the next couple of updates, feel free to PM me. I don't know yet though how long it will take me to upload some of this stuff, there's still lots of various odds and ends that I need to sort out and I've been extremely busy with my CJ/MD as of late.


-korver


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Replies

Simmer2: Thank you :D

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the nice comment as always Alan!

Akallan: Thank you for the comment! That's one of my personal faves - I'm terrified of heights IRL so that's about as close as I'll ever get to rock climbing :D

Title: Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 13, 2017, 11:10:22 AM
I'm amazed! More words no, some emotions!
Title: Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
Post by: Themistokles on August 13, 2017, 03:07:41 PM
Beautiful sights, as always, and wonderful bats.
Title: Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
Post by: Dantes on August 14, 2017, 03:47:35 AM
Your BAT is fantastic! &apls &apls &apls I like your new Update. I like all Updates!  :P
Title: Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
Post by: manga rivotra on August 17, 2017, 02:55:04 PM
Your buildings are actually of an excellent level and as always your pics are breathtaking.  ::)
In the "Bohemia" update, I especially like The Kamience canyon and the Pravcický kužel, the texture of the rock is so successful that the picture looks real.  &apls &apls &apls
In the update "Tour of Africa" I particularly like the pic presenting a village of Congo. Everything is perfectly reproduced: the food crops, the layout of the huts: I repeat myself but it is exceptional.  :thumbsup:
Did you make the Tsingy stone yourself too ? , as they are really successful!
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: korver on August 17, 2017, 03:19:33 PM

- UPDATE 28: Tour of Africa (Johannesburg) -

(http://imgur.com/qoRG5ZE.jpg)


Our Tour of Africa begins with one of Africa's most iconic cities - Johannesburg. With nearly 4 million people in its metropolitan area - this is South Africa's largest city, and has one of the best skylines in all of Africa. With a unique combination of various architecture styles and plenty of famous landmarks to boot - there's plenty to do and see here. The famous Orlando Power Station was in use for nearly 50 years - but since the late 90s, its been transformed into a tourist center, with colorful murals painted on its walls and base jumping becoming a popular activity.


(http://imgur.com/I6dnZaC.jpg)


To make it into the city itself, one of the most traveled routes is over the Nelson Mandela Bridge - completed in 2003, its one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Construction of the bridge was quite tricky, as it directly runs over 43 different rail lines - but construction was completed without disrupting any of them, and its been a popular tourist attraction ever since.


(http://imgur.com/QEqH30a.jpg)


At night, this bridge turns into a spectacle - for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the bridge's lighting system was upgraded extensively, and a new rainbow colored scheme was installed. If you can make it here at night - the striking color show will certainly be worth it.


(http://imgur.com/8GQMMCM.jpg)


We've made it into the CBD - and there's no better time to see the city than during a beautiful South African sunset.


(http://imgur.com/Wc7QDzE.jpg)


Despite a little fog and rain - the landmarks here are still quite stunning, like the Carlton Centre. Completed in 1973, its been the tallest office building in Africa ever since.


(http://imgur.com/G27o9bx.jpg)


At night is when the city really begins to come alive, however.


(http://imgur.com/JbPkgim.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/URWU9Cw.jpg)


The streets of Johannesburg are typical of any other African metropolis - there's people and cars filling every last inch of pavement. It may be chaotic, but the life and energy of these streets makes visiting this city a special experience.


(http://imgur.com/OX2TCkh.gif)



-korver


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Replies

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the comment, glad you liked it :)

Themistokles: Thank you! Took a while to make everything but I'm pleased with the result :)

Dantes: Thanks for the kind words!

manga rivotra: Thank you for the comment! And thanks for the nice words regarding Bohemia too :) The Tsingy rocks are also made by me - it's actually just one small rock BAT that I mirrored and flipped around a bunch. I then used a bunch of MMPs around it to help hide any repetitiveness.

Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: Dantes on August 18, 2017, 03:21:16 AM
I need to rend a poet! I need words! New words for this MD!  :o &apls &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: bombardiere on August 18, 2017, 03:38:53 AM
A great update. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I can recognise many buildings used so now I can  better understand how you do your magic. :) Similarly when you before posted Bat previews of rock formations and etc. I can see how cleverly your create your own special models.

African house BATs could be useful. 
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 18, 2017, 07:12:10 AM
Sumptuously!  &apls &apls &apls
Maestro, do not you plan to portray Russian landscapes?
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: Simmer2 on August 18, 2017, 07:21:21 AM
 &apls &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: manga rivotra on August 18, 2017, 01:28:43 PM
I did not imagine that a power plant could become such a work of art  :). And speaking of art, once again what you propose is admirable.
As always, the details are crucial as this work between ground texture and MMPs reproducing gravel, sand and different kinds of grasses more or less dried around the power plant: absolutely perfect and so hard to achieve !  &apls &apls &apls
Nights pics are really gorgeous and it is very impressive to see what you can do with commonly used bat.
Thank you for continuing to inspire us!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: feyss on August 19, 2017, 06:42:04 AM
I missed a lot of updates... They were all fantastic  ;)

I also appreciate your last gif. It shows that you can also make a living city with the game's roads instead of eye-candy lots  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
Post by: Themistokles on August 19, 2017, 02:57:02 PM
Those dilapidating cooling towers :o

Cityscape is also nice as per usual :thumbsup: ;)
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: korver on August 22, 2017, 09:11:11 PM

- UPDATE 29: Tour of Africa (Southern Africa) -

(http://imgur.com/453XOLY.jpg)


The tour of Africa continues on as we visit the rolling hillsides of southern Zimbabwe. For as far as we can see, small villages dot the landscape - and the locals have lived in mud and thatched roof huts like these for thousands of years. Small plots of farmland are seen throughout the countryside - providing the locals just enough for them and their families.


(http://imgur.com/u6hddBd.jpg)


As we move west, we venture through a very different kind of landscape: the swampy marshlands of the Okavango Delta. This massive inland delta is unlike any other place on earth - and the wildlife is equally incredible. You can find massive herds of elephants, wildebeest, lions, zebras, and countless other species - so we get on a boat and get as close as we can.


(http://imgur.com/7iw09lL.jpg)


Further west is one of Africa's natural wonders - the harsh Namib Desert. You won't find too many settlements here, as the elements are far too inhospitable - but you still might find the occasional mining village, as this region is one of the world's largest diamond exporters. The former diamond mining town of Kolmanskop in southern Namibia had an unfortunate fate - once a rich little village, the entire area was abandoned once larger deposits were found closer to the shoreline. Nature soon took over, and many of the houses here are starting to fill up with sand. While today, the entire city remains a popular tourist attraction - its unknown how long it will last until its completely lost to the Namib.


(http://imgur.com/VetHaCp.jpg)


We move back south into South Africa - and we're sure to visit one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire continent - the vineyards of Franschhoek. Centuries old farms complete with Dutch architecture makes this one of the most charming places we visit on our tour - and there's few ways better to spend a weekend than going out and tasting some of the local wines.


(http://imgur.com/Worb1Mg.jpg)


Further south is where you'll find the legislative capital of South Africa - Cape Town. With a population of nearly 4 million, this is one of the largest metropolitan areas in all of Africa - and much of the city is surrounded by townships (slums). The locals have to deal with poor housing conditions and poverty - not to mention the polluting factories that dump waste right into the surrounding rivers and streams.


(http://imgur.com/FAOZSFi.jpg)


The defining feature of Cape Town isn't an office building or any other man made structure - but instead the stunning Table Mountain that serves as one of the world's best backdrops. Its stunning any time of the day - but when the clouds and fog start to roll over the top and into the city, there's few places that are as magical.


(http://imgur.com/KKgEByv.jpg)


Travel some 700 miles east along the Drakensberg Mountains and you'll uncover another one of South Africa's incredible natural wonders...


(http://imgur.com/M1Z7qpd.jpg)


Tugela Falls majestically cascades some 2,972 feet down The Amphitheater, a stunning geological feature which contains some of the world's most impressive cliff faces. To get here will require days and days of hiking - but considering its widely regarded as having some of the world's greatest views from the top - its certainly worth it.


(http://imgur.com/VJawcAB.jpg)


The world's second tallest waterfall certainly doesn't disappoint - and it serves as the perfect end to our tour of Southern Africa.

(No photoshop used - the cliffs are a custom mod of mine which can be found here. (https://www.dropbox.com/s/nd14w2nzrw8hxos/TugelaCliffs.dat?dl=0) The .gif is 12MB - might take a bit to load)

(http://imgur.com/mTpL0be.gif)



-korver


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Replies

Dantes: Thank you for the kind words!

bombardiere: Thanks for the comment :) Yeah, I was looking around for African house BATs and there was pretty much nothing out there unfortunately - so I just made my own. Hopefully I'll get them to a point where I can release the pack sometime down the road.

Alan_Waters: Thank you :thumbsup: I do hope to return to Russia for an update sometime later on, but I'm not too entirely sure when that will be. It would really be a shame to let SimHoTToDDy's great Pulkovo airport he released earlier this year go unused, wouldn't it? ;)

Simmer2: Thank you! :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thanks for the kind words! I always put a lot of work into those transitions, so I'm glad you noticed :thumbsup: The more I experiment with and try to make my MMPing seem more realistic - the more I realize that its the small details like those that can really make a scene come to life.

feyss: Thank you! I plan on incorporating more functional scenes like that into my updates in the future ;)

Themistokles: Thank you, glad you liked it :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: bladeberkman on August 22, 2017, 10:25:43 PM
Wow. Love Table Mountains and the agricultural scene.  &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: Tyberius06 on August 23, 2017, 03:47:58 AM
Amazing pictures again! :) Very cooool :)

- Tyberius
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: kelis on August 23, 2017, 06:44:08 AM
Beautiful !! I like all the pictures, but once again I'm in love with your slums... you make an amazing job creating this zones  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: Simmer2 on August 23, 2017, 07:46:11 AM
Breathtaking!!
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 23, 2017, 09:11:06 AM
Great! Just photos! I am impressed! ::)


It would really be a shame to let SimHoTToDDy's great Pulkovo airport he released earlier this year go unused, wouldn't it? ;)
Of course I agree! ;)
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: manga rivotra on August 24, 2017, 01:49:57 PM
Your little houses in Zimbabwe are splendid.  :o
The adobe of the walls really seems a product of the clay sand of the ground: it's amazing!
And this waterfall  ::) , the color and appearance of the cliffs is particularly successful. I suppose you created the texture?
Magic, one again !  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: korver on August 25, 2017, 01:28:40 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone :)

Manga Rivotra - Thanks for the kind words. The cliffs were indeed a custom cliff mod that I made - if you or anyone else is interested in it, I actually just uploaded it to my dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nd14w2nzrw8hxos/TugelaCliffs.dat?dl=0. I might have played around with the "TerrainTexTilingFactor" and/or the "MaxNormalYForCliff" values in my terrain controller though, so keep that in mind if you're looking for the best result.
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: Akallan on August 25, 2017, 03:47:27 PM
Unbelievable! Your BATs are very well done, the marshes are simply breathtaking! :popcorn:
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
Post by: reddonquixote on August 25, 2017, 04:40:03 PM
Wow.. lots of amazing updates I've missed. I think my favourite thing about your scenes is how you manage to successfully overcome "the grid".

You've done a great job with the BATs you made, including the textures. Its great seeing some RDQ prop-pack releases being put to such great use as well  :thumbsup:

I'd like to know what you used to do the stony edges around the dam in the vineyards image - is that MMPs or a terrain mod?

Orlando power station is really well done  &apls &apls



Title: Re: Tour of Africa: East Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-26
Post by: korver on August 26, 2017, 01:07:14 PM

- UPDATE 30: Tour of Africa (East Africa) -

(http://imgur.com/tyJpaSF.jpg)


The tour continues on as we make our way to Madagascar and the many unique destinations that dot the shorelines. Our first stop however, will be at one of the many quaint fishing villages along the shore. The friendly locals have been fishing in these waters for centuries, and it remains one of the most vital economic activities in this part of the world.


(http://imgur.com/PDeycO5.jpg)


After a couple of days driving through the barren landscapes of rural Madagascar - we finally reach the stunning natural wonder of Isalo Massif. This national park is well known for its unique plant and animal life - and looks like something that came straight out of the Jurassic era. Hiking is popular in these parts, but do be careful - many of the rocks here are crumbling and it can be a long ways down..


(http://imgur.com/Eidc1JL.jpg)


On the west coast of Madagascar is where you'll find one of its most famed attractions - the endless forests of baobab trees. These are some of the most unique trees in the world - reaching heights as tall as 100 ft, they're hard to miss - and every trip to Madagascar should include a visit here. However, as with many natural wonders across the world - human activity has had a profound impact here, and could continue to cause bigger issues down the road. The trees originally didn't grow in isolated patches, but were once instead part of a great forest - one that's been cut down to a small fraction of its original size. While the locals have left the baobabs as a sign of respect, it should be noted that this area isn't a national park and could very well be subject to further deforestation and human activity in the years to come.


(http://imgur.com/NwLyeIj.jpg)


Not too far away from the baobabs is where you'll find another one of Madagascar's wonders - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. These majestic karst formations have been carved into razor sharp pinnacles by groundwater and the elements, and this dramatic forest of stone is a destination that you won't want to miss. Plenty of unique plants and animals are found here as well, thriving in the unique elements - making for a truly unique trip.


(http://imgur.com/lYuhqOW.jpg)


We board our boat and make our way back to the mainland, where we'll spend the next couple of days visiting a few more of the stunning villages that dot the shorelines of Mozambique. Between the pristine blue water, unique architecture, and perfect weather - there's few places in Africa that can rival their beauty.


(http://imgur.com/ObFr7Qt.jpg)


We move into the mainland, and the next destination is the wildlife haven of Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. With plentiful populations of giraffes and other unique animals, its a must-visit destination - and if you're lucky, you might even spot a couple of rare black rhinos along the way as well. Be on the lookout though for giraffe in particular  - you never know when they might cross the road, feet away from your car..


(http://imgur.com/hbic9ao.jpg)


The last stop is one of Africa's most beautiful and deadly locations - the stunning crater and lava lake of 11,385 foot tall Mount Nyiragongo. This volcano has a long history of violent eruptions, and with the last eruption coming in 2016 - you never know when it might be set off again. For the particularly adventurous tourist - you can hike up to the steep crater rim and take in stunning views of the world's largest lava lake.

(No photoshop used - this goes for the previous one too. The lava lake is a big custom texture & prop I made, along with a couple Maxis smoke animations.)


(http://imgur.com/932eBlu.jpg)



-korver


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Replies

bladeberkman: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Tyberius06: Thanks for the comment, appreciate it :)

kelis: Thank you for the kind words kelis!

Simmer2: Thank you! :thumbsup:

Alan_Waters: Thank you! Hopefully I'll find time in the future to put it to good use :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thanks for the comment! I spent a while making sure those textures looked just right -I really wanted them to blend in like you mentioned :)

Akallan: Thank you for the nice comment, glad you liked it :)

reddonquxiote: Thanks for the kind words - always nice to hear that from you regarding the BATs :) Your prop pack has been truly been invaluable for some of the scenes I've been working on too - and I hope to find more uses for it in the future. As for the rocky edges, I used nbvc's Rock 'n' Stones: http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27092-rock-n-stones/. I will note though that I made a duplicate copy of the MMP, shrunken 50% with model tweaker for some finer detailing - but I think you should be fine with just the base set.

Title: Re: Tour of Africa: East Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-26
Post by: vester on August 26, 2017, 02:31:36 PM
H Korver

Dont reply a lot on your MD. Do press like on most of your posts (if not all)

Had an old (old=not very active) BSC member stop over in his way back, yesterday.


Let just say it, he WAS amazed and so am I, every update your post


BTW: You ask on an earlier update if your should up load your content. The answerd there is: YES, YES, YES. please do!!!


 &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls



Looking forward to your post kesh (marrakesh), the red city.
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Central Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-28
Post by: korver on August 28, 2017, 03:04:37 PM

- UPDATE 31: Tour of Africa (Central Africa) -

(http://imgur.com/V2wVkKd.jpg)


The tour resumes as we look towards one of Africa's most iconic natural wonders - the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing some 19,341 feet tall - its Africa's tallest mountain and one of its most popular climbing destinations. Despite its height, its a relatively easy climb - its essentially a big trek to the top - but what you do need to watch out for here is the very real risk of altitude sickness. While the top might not be as impressive as it once was with many of its iconic glaciers melting due to climate change - it still offers some of the most incredible views the world has to offer.


(http://imgur.com/6rXYgf0.jpg)


From Kilimanjaro, we travel north into Kenya to witness some of Africa's most stunning wildlife. Our first stop is the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve - home to some of the best wildlife on the face of the planet. You'll find elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, wildebeest, and countless others roaming these lands - even with declining numbers in recent years, there's still plenty here to observe and stare at in awe. The best way though to view them though is high above in a hot air balloon - despite the cost, its still certainly an experience that you won't want to miss out on.


(http://imgur.com/XI3T6lB.jpg)


We continue north to another one of Kenya's wildlife gems - the incredible Lake Logipi. This algae-infested rift valley lake is home to countless lesser flamingos each year during migration - they make for a truly stunning sight among the many hot springs and geysers that dot the shoreline.


(http://imgur.com/5LlWMsU.jpg)


Further north is where you'll find what some call the world's biggest swamp: the Sudd of South Sudan. The very name "Sudd" is Arabic for barrier or obstruction - and that's just what this swamp has been for thousands of years for the locals and outsiders alike. Not even the Roman Empire could get past it - Emperor Nero himself sent his troops up the White Nile, but the Sudd prevented any further colonization. These swamps have also have made the search for the source of the White Nile particularly difficult - its simply that big and difficult to navigate. Despite the nature of the swamps, the locals have lived here for thousands of years, usually setting up small huts on various islands across the swamps. Although seeing wildlife here can be rare - its still possible to see a thundering herd of elephants now and then making their way across the swamp.


(http://imgur.com/JY8btxi.jpg)


We begin making our way back down south through the rural landscapes of the Great Rift Valley. For as far as the eye can see, the lands here are crossed by an intricate pattern of huts and farmland, providing the locals just enough to make a living off of.


(http://imgur.com/qsk2Z1V.jpg)


Our final stop in Central Africa is another one of Africa's premier natural wonders - majestic Victoria Falls. The tribes here call it "the smoke that thunders" - which seems quite fitting as you can hear the water cascading down these sheer cliffs from miles away. At 355 feet tall, these might not be the world's tallest waterfalls - but they're certainly one of the most awe-inspiring - and a destination that anyone visiting here won't want to miss.

(No photoshop used on the scene below)


(http://imgur.com/5aHOQcH.gif)



-korver


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vester: Thank you for the kind words - always cool to hear that about my work (especially from older players too :)) I'm planning on releasing a lot of stuff eventually - but my schedule is going to be really really tight until the end of the year so finding time to perfect everything and get it "release ready" will be difficult. In the mean time though, anything is available upon request :)

Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Central Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-28
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 28, 2017, 03:42:28 PM
Unattainable height! Watching your work is a pleasure!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Central Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-28
Post by: feyss on August 29, 2017, 05:44:47 AM
Better than IRL   ;)
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Central Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-28
Post by: kelis on August 29, 2017, 10:42:01 AM
As I wrote you on Simtropolis, the full update is fantastic, but the last pic/Gif is just stunning, great job as always. I really enjoy with your cj, I'm visiting some nice places around Earth.
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Central Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-28
Post by: Tyberius06 on August 29, 2017, 11:35:24 AM
It's really amazing. The waterfall is so nice! I like that you showed that one without any photo editing (photoshop) :) Thanks for that! :)

- Tyberius
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: Central Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-28
Post by: Themistokles on August 30, 2017, 11:57:42 AM
Totally fenomenal! Especially love the Rift Valley shot.
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: West Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-30
Post by: korver on August 30, 2017, 04:51:39 PM

- UPDATE 32: Tour of Africa (West Africa) -

(http://imgur.com/w9JEGUc.jpg)


Our tour resumes in West Africa - and for anyone traveling across this landscape, you'll find countless mud and thatched roof huts dotting the land for as far as the eye can see. The ones we see here in Rural Congo are simple, yet beautiful - they've been a staple for the locals for thousands of years, and for good reason. They're easy and efficient to build - and they withstand the elements fairly well.


(http://imgur.com/nN71vsk.jpg)


We travel further west through Nigeria and into Benin, but from this point forward, the only transportation option is by boat. We've entered one of the many swampy lagoons that dot the shoreline, and with a little help from the locals, we'll soon find one of the most unique destinations in all of Africa.


(http://imgur.com/J1NUqcK.jpg)


We've made it to Ganvie, Benin - called the "Venice of Africa", there's really nothing else like it in the world. When translated into English, Ganvie literally means "we survived" - a reminder of events that happened hundreds of years ago. The Tofinu people that lived in the area needed a way to escape the slave trade - so they moved to stilt houses on top of the surrounding Lake Nokoué. It was their only option - and they were finally able to find peace here.


(http://imgur.com/AJrx4nO.jpg)


West Africa is known particularly well for its beautiful beaches and scenery - and few can compare to the ones you might find on the coastlines of Ghana. With their natural beauty and an occasional shipwreck or two like the ones found in Fete - these beaches have attracted countless tourists from across the globe.


(http://imgur.com/iyxoBuJ.gif)


As we make our way further west through the dense jungle, its a common sight to see local markets dot the landscape in countries such as Guinea. Just about everything imaginable is sold here - livestock, poultry, yams, sweet potatoes, and of course, lots and lots of green bananas. We take a look around, picking up a couple pieces of authentic African clothing as well - a beautiful reminder of our tour.


(http://imgur.com/vwHPZQ4.jpg)


Although elephants have been hunted to the point of near extinction in West Africa due to the demand for their ivory tusks, there's still a number of places to find them if you look hard enough. Niokolo-Koba National Park in Senegal is one of the best remaining spots, and jungle safaris are one of the most popular tourist attractions. Move slowly, though - you never know when a wild chimpanzee might dart across the road in front of you..


(http://imgur.com/c9Hv54y.jpg)


Our last stop is one of the most historically important cities in all of West Africa - Timbuktu. This desert city was once a great trading post for goods traveling from West to North Africa - back in the 1300s, you might have even seen the legendary Mansa Musa (emperor of the Kingdom of Mali) pass through these streets with his caravan. Musa himself played a pivotal role in this history of Timbuktu - with a net worth of over $400 billion, he built mosques wherever he went. This included the great Djinguereber Mosque back in 1327, among others - all of which would be turned into universities and helped to turn Timbuktu into a great educational city as well. When you walk through these streets, you really feel like your stepping back in time - not much has changed over the years, and its truly a one of a kind experience.


(http://imgur.com/ZPWvVaT.jpg)



-korver


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Replies

Alan_Waters: Thank you for the nice comments Alan, much appreciated :)

feyss: Thank you :thumbsup:

kelis: Thank you! Glad you liked the gif - I've been trying to work those into my updates recently when possible :)

Tyberius06: Thanks for the comment! I haven't been using as much editing anyways these days - but I did want to have some unedited pics too.

Themistokles: Thanks for the kind words - glad you enjoyed it :)

Title: Re: Tour of Africa: West Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-30
Post by: kelis on August 31, 2017, 03:47:05 AM
Well done !! I never heard about Ganvie, I've been reading a little bit about its story and I found it very interesting.

Thank you Korver for these updates and for these wonderful places that you show us  &apls &apls

P,S: How do you make those GIF ?
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: West Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-30
Post by: metarvo on August 31, 2017, 08:22:16 AM
Finally there's more to Timbuktu in SC4 than merely a pre-installed region.  ;D  I'm mesmerized by the terrain in this update; the crowds, the wildlife, and the trees make this feel like it's not even a game anymore.  I wish I was on that safari through that national park.  :)

Moving back to the previous update, it's hard to tell it's a grid-based game with farms that are laid out so naturally.  Victoria Falls is nice, too — I had to do a triple-take.  ;D

Beautiful, Korver.  Just beautiful.

 &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: West Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-30
Post by: Simmer2 on August 31, 2017, 08:27:47 AM
Sublime!  &apls &apls

(You better stop, I'm running out of superlatives) :D

Nick
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: West Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-30
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 31, 2017, 10:33:42 AM
Fantastic!  ::)
Particularly I was finished off by fishermen in boats. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: West Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-30
Post by: korver on August 31, 2017, 06:37:34 PM
Thanks for the comments everybody :)

kelis - The rain effect in the shipwreck scene was actually a photoshop effect I used (I pretty much just made 6 different variations of a rain effect I was using and turned it into an animation). The rest of them though recently have been recorded directly from the game, using a program called "ScreenToGif".
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: North Africa / True Earth / Updated 9-1
Post by: korver on September 01, 2017, 03:10:18 PM

- UPDATE 33: Tour of Africa (North Africa) -

(http://imgur.com/swvx8YS.jpg)


The tour continues as we venture into North Africa, and our first destination is the ancient royal capital city of Fez, Morocco. In the heart of Fez's medina (an ancient walled city, without streets) you can find the stunning Chouara Tannery, one of Africa's most unique wonders. For nearly a thousand years, the locals have been tanning and dying their hides here - if you can get past the pungent odor (its suggested to hold mint leaves near your nose while visiting) it's a destination that you won't want to miss.


(http://imgur.com/9NpYW9n.jpg)


After an extended trek through the Sahara Desert - we find ourselves at the shores of one of Africa's disappearing wonders, the once great Lake Chad. Climate change and overuse by the locals have turned much of the lake bone dry, and its estimated that the lake is only about 1/20 of the size it once was back in the 1960's. While much of the lake is long gone - there's still a number of small communities dotting the receding shorelines, with the locals adapting to the changes and making the best of what they have.


(http://imgur.com/cjmn3lv.jpg)


We venture back out into the Sahara - and for anyone traveling in these parts, its vital to know where the closest oasis is. Water is a precious resource here - and it could be hundreds of miles before you find the next closest source.


(http://imgur.com/pofYFxG.jpg)


After traveling east through the seemingly endless Sahara Desert - we finally reach the Red Sea. This salty, hot sea is some to some of the most unique animals and underwater flora in the world, and the coral reefs here are quite amazing. While other coral reefs around the world are slowly dying due to climate change - the ones here are unique in the fact that they don't bleach and are extraordinarily resistant to rising temperatures.


(http://imgur.com/5RnU7xo.jpg)


We travel into Egypt - and no visit is complete without a trip to the legendary Nile River. The world's longest river runs through the heart of the country, providing farmers much needed water and making this one of the most populated regions in all of North Africa. Riverboats run for much of the rivers length here, making it an excellent way to get up close views of the surrounding villages and archeological sites.


(http://imgur.com/SImh7q1.jpg)


The tour wraps up with one of the most famous landmarks in world and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world - The Pyramids of Giza. These unmistakable structures were built by the rulers of ancient Egypt back in 3000 BCE - primarily as tombs for pharaohs and queens. Despite the fact that their sparkling white limestone exterior is long gone, as well as many of the surrounding structures - they've stood the test of time like few structures on the face of the planet. Be sure to visit at night - the entire complex comes to life as the pyramids are lit up - an unforgettable sight.


(http://imgur.com/85nQBU7.jpg)



-korver


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Replies

kelis: Thanks for the comment! Always cool to hear that about my work :) I hope my other reply cleared things up (I use ScreenToGif mostly).

metarvo: Thanks for the kind words! I wanted to show people the "other" Timbuktu ;D I'm glad you liked it!

Simmer2: Thanks for the comment! :) There's still plenty more to come though, so don't worry ;)

Alan_Waters: Thank you! :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Title: Re: Tour of Africa: North Africa / True Earth / Updated 9-1
Post by: vester on September 01, 2017, 03:35:17 PM
Wow. You just keeps me amazed, nothing less.

 &apls &apls &apls

I was almost expecting to see a picture of the blue men of the desert (https://www.google.dk/search?safe=off&dcr=0&biw=1216&bih=585&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=blue+men+morocco+camel&oq=blue+men+morocco+camel&gs_l=psy-ab.3...18020.19313.0.19536.6.6.0.0.0.0.202.738.2j2j1.5.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..1.1.202...0i30k1.Eh3XRMNUb0s) walking over a sand dune. ;)

Their skin have a blue tone from the dye used to color their clothes.


Do hope you would release all your bats, maybe as prop packs.
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: North Africa / True Earth / Updated 9-1
Post by: Themistokles on September 02, 2017, 03:01:35 PM
My god.

I just dropped my jaw and it got all sandy. How do you even do this, and at that speed as well?
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: North Africa / True Earth / Updated 9-1
Post by: vinlabsc3k on September 02, 2017, 04:46:16 PM
Sorry for the lack of comments, but no internet in my vacation (intentionally).
Now I'm back and although repetitive the last two and half pages are amazing!! :o
:) &apls :) &apls :) &apls :) &apls :) &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: North Africa / True Earth / Updated 9-1
Post by: dyoungyn on September 02, 2017, 08:33:31 PM
Wow, words alone cannot describe the level of detail.  Completely amazing work &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Tour of Africa: North Africa / True Earth / Updated 9-1
Post by: Alan_Waters on September 03, 2017, 11:35:25 AM
I run out of words to describe your adorable works. It is an art worthy of large exhibition grounds!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: korver on September 06, 2017, 03:09:26 AM

- UPDATE 34: Greece - Part III -


(http://imgur.com/eDyYtPt.jpg)


Our tour of Greece begins with one of its most recognizable landmarks - the iconic windmills of Mykonos. Windmills used to be a defining feature of the Greek landscape - you could find hundreds of them dotting the various islands. Today, only a handful remain - and the ones in the best condition can be found on the island of Mykonos. Built back in the 16th century, they once harassed the powerful northern wind into grinding wheat. While no longer operational, they still serve as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.


(http://imgur.com/S3JMNwL.jpg)


We continue to tour the islands - this time, stopping in Crete and visiting its famous ruins of Knossos. Called "Europe's oldest city" - people once settled here as far back as 7000 BCE. The first major palaces were built back in 1900 BCE and became one of the greatest sights in the Mediterranean - it was far more complex and flamboyant than any of the other palaces in the region. Around 1700 BCE, massive earthquakes struck the region - initially destroying the palace. Over the next couple hundred years, the palace was destroyed and rebuilt a number of times, due to volcanoes, more earthquakes, and invaders - and was ultimately abandoned around 1375 BCE. While much of it remains in ruins today - there's still plenty to do and explore, making it another popular tourist destination.


(http://imgur.com/h20tMxO.jpg)


We head to the mainland where we'll visit Greece's most famous landmark - the Parthenon. Part religious temple (dedicated to the goddess Athena) and part treasury - this iconic structure was built between 447 and 432 BCE and stands high over Athens, at the top of its monumental Acropolis. While the structure was in decent condition for many centuries - a Venetian siege back in 1687 caused much of the damage you see today, as nearly 700 cannonballs were launched into its famous columns.


(http://imgur.com/TatIMji.jpg)


We head further north, into the incredible landscapes of Meteora. Since the early 14th century, the local monks have been building monasteries high up on these steep rocks - there's really no other place like it on Earth. While most would associate Greece with the sea and sunny days - its not uncommon to see snow here, as the mountains will essentially block out gusts from the sea, causing massive temperature swings. No matter what time of the year you visit though - Meteora will still take your breath away.


(http://imgur.com/8U3l8AP.gif)


We head back into the Aegean Sea to visit one of Greece's most beautiful islands - Santorini. A massive volcano blew the top off of this island back in 1646 BCE - drastically changing the look of the island and turning it into one of the most unique destinations in all of the Mediterranean Sea. Today, beautiful white villas flank the steep cliff sides - and the views from the top make for an unforgettable trip.


(http://imgur.com/v6qjx4w.jpg)


We head back south - making sure to stop at one of the most stunning ruins in all of Greece, the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion - located just south of Athens. The Ancient Greeks picked the perfect spot to honor their God of the Sea - the views of the ocean from here are absolutely incredible. Built back in 440 BCE, it was never fully completed - but still served as an important place of worship for many decades.


(http://imgur.com/F5SeRZa.jpg)


Our last stop is one of Greece's most beautiful and stunning destinations - Navagio Beach, located on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. Back in 1980, the freightliner MV Panagiotis crashed into the beach after a night of stormy conditions - and it's been abandoned ever since, giving the beach its famous nickname of "Shipwreck Beach". Between the crystal clear water, pristine sand, and towering limestone cliffs - its a perfect place to spend the day.


(http://imgur.com/NTJm7ZE.jpg)


Note: To make the Navagio Beach scene, instead of using a cliff mod - I ended up creating my own BAT (http://imgur.com/XGTnzTP.jpg) to get the best result. If anyone is interested in the model and wants to try their hand with it - feel free to PM me  :)



-korver


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Replies

Alan_Waters: Thanks again for the supportive comments! :)

dyoungyn: Thanks for the nice words! :)

vinlabsc3k: Thanks for stopping by - glad you liked it :)

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment ;D I have a lot of various projects I've been working on over the course of the year and I'm finally starting to put the finishing touches on them - hence all the updates right now.

vester: Thank you! Yeah, I'm planning on some proper releases of some stuff eventually - but I'm going to be really busy with my CJ here so it might take a little bit. In the meantime though - if there's anything in particular that you or anyone else is interested in, feel free to send me a PM :)

Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: dyoungyn on September 06, 2017, 04:41:10 AM
Wow, just totally stunning. 

I have always loved the Mythological times of the Greeks not only during the Greek Gods time but also during the Roman occupation time frame.  It totally amazes me these temples are still standing in ruins due to man kind of destruction over land occupation.   
Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: vinlabsc3k on September 06, 2017, 08:27:05 AM
Great update!! &apls &apls &apls

I was at these places:


(http://imgur.com/TatIMji.jpg)(http://imgur.com/8U3l8AP.gif)(http://imgur.com/v6qjx4w.jpg)(http://imgur.com/NTJm7ZE.jpg)
Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: Alan_Waters on September 06, 2017, 10:16:24 AM
Great!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: Simmer2 on September 06, 2017, 11:43:11 AM
μεγαλοπρεπή &apls &apls


Nick
Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: TheTeaCat on September 06, 2017, 12:15:02 PM
Astounding! Truly astounding!  &apls &apls

This is art. Pure and simple. Your pics just take my breath away.
I am lost for words, as every superlative has already been used I think (judging from previous comments).

I have shown these pics to people who have never played the game and their reactions match mine.

TTC
Title: Re: Greece - Part III / True Earth / Updated 9-6
Post by: Themistokles on September 08, 2017, 03:40:05 PM
Risking it becoming something of a theme in my comments, I call this update

absolutely jawbreaking.

I wish I could go back to Greece.
Title: Re: Cephalonia: Introduction / True Earth / Updated 9-8
Post by: korver on September 08, 2017, 10:10:46 PM

- UPDATE 35: Cephalonia: Introduction -

(http://imgur.com/sv9P1tl.jpg)


The Mediterranean is one of the world's most beautiful destinations - and Greece's Cephalonia is one of its most spectacular islands. Between the soft sand, crystal clear water, beautiful landscapes, and perfect temperatures - any trip here is truly unforgettable.

After previously exploring this theme earlier in 2016 (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17466.msg509693#msg509693) - I've decided to expand on it quite a bit. I've detailed the remainder of the tile, covering every last bit of land with flora - and there's going to be a massive variety of new scenes to explore.

We'll get the five-part series started off by taking a look at one of the defining features of Greece - the Ionian Sea.


(http://imgur.com/3TifPQt.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/fPQRL2I.jpg)


From there, it's off to the countryside to visit some of the beautiful farmland that covers the island.


(http://imgur.com/0EzDGq9.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/RhZnAJ9.jpg)


We'll then visit one of the many charming villages that dot the landscape - Anomeria.


(http://imgur.com/mu25P3u.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/LAdXSnE.jpg)


The fourth update will be a special one - a trip to Cephalonia's iconic Myrtos Beach.


(http://imgur.com/o85f8Br.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Yq262m8.jpg)


We'll then wrap things up with one last trip through the countryside, along with some overviews of the entire tile.


(http://imgur.com/ozIOfTF.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/1AqAB6M.jpg)


With 100 pictures in total - it's going to be a truly incredible trip. We begin in a couple of days - you won't want to miss it!


-korver


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Replies

dyoungyn: Thanks for the kind words! I definitely agree with you - ruins have always fascinated me (as evidenced by some of my previous updates.. :P) It's truly incredible that some of these structures have been standing for several millennia!

vinlabssc3k: Thank you! It's always cool when I recreate places that people have been to - I hope to make it there myself one of these days..  ;)

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the nice comment as always! :)

Simmer2: ευχαριστώ! :)

TheTeaCat: Thank you for the wonderful comment! It's really an honor to hear that about my work, I'm glad you enjoyed it so much  :thumbsup:

Themistokles: Thank you for the kind words! It looks like your wish is coming true - we're staying in Greece for a good while longer..  :P

Title: Re: Cephalonia: Introduction / True Earth / Updated 9-8
Post by: tomvsotis on September 09, 2017, 04:43:47 PM
Quote from: TheTeaCat link=topic=17466.
I have shown these pics to people who have never played the game and their reactions match mine.

Just wanna echo this. My gf and I have been to Greece several times on holidays, and she was astonished by how accurately these pics represented its landscape!
Title: Re: True Earth / Cephalonia: Introduction / Updated 9-8
Post by: kelis on September 10, 2017, 05:22:45 AM
Beautiful pictures as always !! It would be nice to jump and swim in one of those fantastic waters  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Cephalonia: Introduction / Updated 9-8
Post by: carlfatal on September 10, 2017, 07:36:39 AM
After a time of absence I needed days to look at all the pictures in all these breathtaking updates of your´s. And as there simply is no word to describe, how accurate, how patiently puzzled your work here is, or how much knowledge and abilities were needed to achieve these scenes, I stay with a simple "wow".

I also showed picture of your MD to people off of the SC4 community, and all of them considered your work as pure art, not as part of a game. I definately would like to hear, what some Will Wright would have to say, if he would have a look into here!  ;D

Thank you for sharing this to us!  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Cephalonia: Introduction / Updated 9-8
Post by: Alan_Waters on September 10, 2017, 09:50:07 AM
When do you find time? This is very scrupulous work!
As always - delicious! &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Cephalonia: Introduction / Updated 9-8
Post by: Themistokles on September 11, 2017, 02:23:43 PM
My wish might have come true, but now I want to go to Greece even more :P (even though, from a travelling perspective, I am actually more fond of northern and central Greece and not so much the Aegean islands; no doubt, the look spectacular though)

Yet, I continue to wonder, how many MILLENNIA does that take to make with all those mmp's? I'm like dead after a hundredth of that amount and I still think I do quite a lot of mmp'ing $%#Ninj2
Title: Re: Cephalonia (Waterside) / True Earth / Updated 9-12
Post by: korver on September 12, 2017, 08:52:08 PM

- UPDATE 36: Cephalonia (Waterside) -

(http://imgur.com/pMllyfH.jpg)


It's impossible to imagine Greece without the sea - so it's only fitting that we start our tour of Cephalonia with some scenes from the surrounding Ionian Sea. Thousands of years ago, Greek fleets once crossed these waters, engaging in massive wars. While things may be quite a bit different these days - the sea still remains vital. From enjoying a day out in the sun to taking your boat out on a cruise - this is one of the most picturesque locations in the entire Mediterranean.


We begin with one of the many campgrounds that overlook the water here. It's difficult to imagine a more beautiful location.


(http://imgur.com/UrdFbfj.jpg)


Hot air balloons are one of the best ways to view the island - the views from above are simply incredible.


(http://imgur.com/6Rj1O0g.jpg)


For those seeking a thrill - hang gliding is a popular activity throughout the region!


(http://imgur.com/c9Yywhq.jpg)


While whale spottings are rare in this part of Greece - if you keep your eyes out, you just might get lucky and spot a few.


(http://imgur.com/1ZfPCgn.jpg)


Early mornings on the beach are spectacular. Quieter crowds and beautiful golden sunrises make this a great time to visit.


(http://imgur.com/AeGkyPx.jpg)


Even in misty weather - the landscapes here are magical.


(http://imgur.com/fhnORND.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/3TifPQt.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/zHG4rHF.jpg)


The only concern might be the occasional rain shower..


(http://imgur.com/v4qmKXq.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/9NF9aZY.jpg)


If hang gliding wasn't enough adventure - you can also try out paragliding.


(http://imgur.com/ZDgVW54.jpg)


With landscapes this stunning and crowds growing in the summer months - one hot air balloon might not be enough.


(http://imgur.com/LJrGabp.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/riVukdi.jpg)


The steep roads here that overlook the ocean offer some truly incredible views.


(http://imgur.com/I7furZR.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/gfaZHPb.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/v7TGfGu.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/xwzKNLD.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/fPQRL2I.jpg)


The surrounding farmland of Cephalonia is just as beautiful - and it's where we'll be headed to next.


(http://imgur.com/5AOLOmE.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/70aMkO7.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

tomvsotis: Thanks - glad you two enjoyed it! :)

kelis: Thanks for the comment and kind words!

carlfatal: Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate the nice words - glad you liked it :)

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the comment! The key has really been better time management - I could have done better in that department in 2016 so I made that my number 1 priority this year :)

Themistokles: Thank you! For the most part, I try to work at a brisk pace - and if I find any mistakes with the MMPs or anything that needs perfecting, I'll deal with that later on :P

Title: Re: Cephalonia (Waterside) / True Earth / Updated 9-12
Post by: Themistokles on September 13, 2017, 02:35:55 PM
Those winding roads are just magical. I love how the roadsides blend into the landscape so evenly and naturally.
Title: Re: Cephalonia (Waterside) / True Earth / Updated 9-12
Post by: manga rivotra on September 13, 2017, 03:44:57 PM
I disconnect just 2 weeks and I miss 7 incredible update !  ::)
I do not think I have seen since I have consulted this site since its beginnings, a member as productive and talented.  :o
Once again dozens of pictures really sumptuous and a talent that is growing more and more in the "bating".
The Chouara Tannery in Fez and your African rural houses, specifically that of Ganvie, are remarkable, and as always MMPs are so well used that I can no longer even recognize them :
I just admire a perfect reproduction, each pics !  &apls &apls &apls
I sincerely hope that you will never have a problem of hosting for your images because they deserve to be seen and seen again for years.
Thank you for this great work and the various Bat and textures you have share.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Cephalonia (Farmland) / True Earth / Updated 9-14
Post by: korver on September 14, 2017, 10:22:24 PM

- UPDATE 37: Cephalonia (Farmland) -

(http://i.imgur.com/j5JjzIN.jpg)


One of the most beautiful sights in all of Cephalonia are the many rural farms that flank the hillsides. Despite Greece being infamously poor for farming (in ancient times, they would actually import many of their crops from other countries such as Egypt due to poor soil conditions) - conditions are just good enough here that a number of crops are able to grow. It's a simple beauty that makes it so special, one that has lasted for thousands of years.


Small farmhouses like this one dot the landscape - with olives, wheat, and grapes being vital crops.


(http://imgur.com/jM2WA9D.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/4Z5iJpt.jpg)


In springtime, the blooming flowers put on a beautiful display - complimenting the natural beauty of the region.


(http://imgur.com/BK03Tov.jpg)


Sunsets here are quite magical.


(http://imgur.com/0EzDGq9.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/pzsPlss.jpg)


The Ancient Greeks needed a crop that would grow on the rough, rugged hillsides. That crop was olives - and these groves have dotted the Cephalonian landscape for thousands of years.


(http://imgur.com/me76ksa.jpg)


Today, Greece is the world's third largest olive exporter - for many here, getting a good harvest is crucial.


(http://imgur.com/aBv4IJD.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/NoKRps9.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/CTpkWMZ.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/WqNhTT2.jpg)


The rural roads here are quite beautiful. Surrounded by rows of cypress trees and endless fields - there's not many drives out there that can compare.


(http://imgur.com/rZdAj1y.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/0FdCdNP.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/xnduUEB.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/AZOLy6R.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/burUDdN.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/LT4mSAe.jpg)


Finding them is quite rare - but the occasional sunflower patch makes for a beautiful contrast of colors.


(http://imgur.com/urDxab4.jpg)


The long abandoned farmhouse..


(http://imgur.com/n0hbgFM.jpg)


When viewed from above - you can really get a complete grasp of how beautiful Cephalonia is and everything it has to offer.


(http://imgur.com/RhZnAJ9.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/T1TOpJw.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Themistokles: Thanks for the kind words! :)

manga rivotra: Thanks for the praise, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've been moving at a brisk pace lately and I still have many updates to go - so be on the lookout ;) Hopefully, I'll find some time here eventually to release some of the BATs I've been working on too.

Title: Re: Cephalonia (Farmland) / True Earth / Updated 9-14
Post by: vinlabsc3k on September 15, 2017, 12:10:49 AM
:o :thumbsup:
As always a MMP masterpiece.
They look like paintings!!
I can't imagine the size of your plugins folder. ???

&apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Cephalonia (Farmland) / True Earth / Updated 9-14
Post by: reddonquixote on September 15, 2017, 05:36:55 AM
How do you produce these amazing artworks faster than I can look at them!  ()what()  ;D

I really like the rainbows, they are a very clever touch, so are the hot air balloons. All the images are of course, breathtaking   &apls &apls
Title: Re: Cephalonia (Rural Scenes) / True Earth / Updated 9-16
Post by: korver on September 16, 2017, 10:31:58 PM

- UPDATE 38: Cephalonia (Rural Scenes) -



(http://i.imgur.com/h0i6fik.jpg)


For our next chapter of Cephalonia, we stay in the countryside - but this time, focusing on the small village of Anomeria and a number of surrounding rural scenes. Quaint villages like these dot the landscape for as far as the eye can see - while they may be small, they more than make up for it with their charm and character.


(http://imgur.com/j9GLFuE.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/YYkw78U.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/ZaO8nh0.jpg)


Early morning in rural Greece is truly special - there's really nothing else like it.


(http://imgur.com/MvOny29.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/5WhIMPx.jpg)


While most days are sunny and beautiful here - it's not uncommon for fog to roll in at the blink of an eye.


(http://imgur.com/gmSshpw.jpg)


... rain showers are probably the only thing that can spoil your day here. But the rain is usually gone as quick as it rolls in.


(http://imgur.com/eYWoNSJ.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Fa1UXuk.jpg)


The golden sunsets of rural Greece are something that you don't want to miss out on.


(http://imgur.com/mu25P3u.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/i0NiSnV.jpg)


Nighttime here is quiet, yet beautiful.


(http://imgur.com/udO5hdW.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/xF9lB8Q.jpg)


For centuries, small plots of land lined with stone walls have dotted the landscape. They're a cheap, efficient way to divide up fields.


(http://imgur.com/zrgkEuy.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/LAdXSnE.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/zdZf3Ys.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/g0DmGN4.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/CICAWmT.jpg)


When viewed from above - rural Greece can be quite stunning.


(http://imgur.com/HG0Dzzd.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/lNHIphc.jpg)


Myrtos Beach is off in the distance - and it happens to be our next destination :)


(http://imgur.com/z5A9S40.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

vinlabssc3k: Thank you very much! Surprisingly, MMP heavy scenes like these don't necessarily require a massive plugin folder. However, I've been working on a bunch of urban scenes lately and my plugins folder has been growing out of control :P

reddonquixote: Thanks for the kind words! I had a bunch of various projects I was working on earlier in the year and I'm finally getting to the point where I'm finishing them up - hence the huge amount of updates all at once ;D

Title: Re: Cephalonia (Rural Scenes) / True Earth / Updated 9-16
Post by: manga rivotra on September 17, 2017, 02:16:27 PM
As in reality the small walls bring a lot to the beauty of these rural landscapes and the different kind o fields are superbly reproduced (I have a preference for olive groves, very realistic).
A real delight to watch.  :thumbsup:
The overviews are also breathtaking, it looks like aerial photos ! A great update as always !  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Cephalonia (Rural Scenes) / Updated 9-16
Post by: korver on September 17, 2017, 11:11:10 PM
As in reality the small walls bring a lot to the beauty of these rural landscapes and the different kind o fields are superbly reproduced (I have a preference for olive groves, very realistic).
A real delight to watch.  :thumbsup:
The overviews are also breathtaking, it looks like aerial photos ! A great update as always !  &apls &apls &apls

Thank you :) I have to thank Simmer2 for those great walls - his SM2 stones MMP set has been invaluable in making some of these scenes.

I still have a few more scenes from the countryside coming up later on - so stay tuned :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Cephalonia (Rural Scenes) / Updated 9-16
Post by: carlfatal on September 18, 2017, 01:58:02 PM
Still if I try to imagine, that this amount of stunning pictures is the work of one year, - still then I can only repeat reddonquixote: I can´t look that fast at them as you produce them...  $%Grinno$%

Greatgreatgreat... I have no favorite, never have one, I am not able to choose between but I definately love your Cephalonia series, as it reminds me on a trip once there. Rural Greece is beautiful indeed. And your pictures reflect it in a perfect way.  &apls
Title: Re: Cephalonia (Myrtos Beach) / True Earth / Updated 9-18
Post by: korver on September 19, 2017, 01:55:01 AM

- UPDATE 39: Cephalonia (Myrtos Beach) -

(http://imgur.com/mKUBOcj.jpg)


Our next stop is Myrtos Beach - arguably the most beautiful location in all of Cephalonia. Due to it's remote location, you won't be able to reach it by foot - the only way to reach Myrtos Beach it is to traverse your way down a series of steep curves. If you're able to make it there however, you'll be rewarded greatly with warm waters, soft white sand, and the view of a lifetime.


The day starts early for anyone wanting a prime spot at the beach - and the roads throughout the surrounding countryside are already starting to fill up with cars.


(http://imgur.com/DuOtutO.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/ZyAMNxd.jpg)


The roads slowly start to get steeper and steeper - a sign that we're getting closer to the beach.


(http://imgur.com/9yum95S.jpg)


As we start to see scree slopes dot the surrounding hills - it means we're just about there.


(http://imgur.com/sCuUDxa.jpg)


We stop at an overlook and get our first good look of the beach. It's quite stunning.. but the first order of business is how to get down there.


(http://imgur.com/lxkwqLz.jpg)


There's only one way, and it's not for the faint of the heart. A steep road filled with hairpin curves traverses down the mountainside - and when it gets busy, it only becomes that much more intimidating. But if you can make it down to the bottom, you'll be rewarded greatly.


(http://imgur.com/o85f8Br.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Od5Vaks.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/conYrMx.jpg)


We're finally at the beach! We get a great spot and start soaking up the sun.


(http://imgur.com/jckSQlY.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/m5uFdwk.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Yq262m8.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/VjLV4IO.jpg)


A couple of Myrtos Beach panoramas (click for full-size).


(http://imgur.com/htcXpvJ.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Oj5QEVR.jpg)


The beach in all its glory. If you can get past the huge crowds, there's really no other place like it on Cephalonia. It's a truly stunning natural wonder.


(http://imgur.com/x4JIrzk.jpg)


And finally, various views of the beach and surrounding countryside from above.


(http://imgur.com/m9KsiOo.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/LgC2AoM.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/UNwTlFI.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/mSLuyKD.jpg)


Myrtos Beach is truly a quite a sight to behold.


(http://imgur.com/j26C7hg.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

manga rivotra: Thanks for the kind words!

carlfatal: Thank you! Yeah, that gets mentioned alot lol :P I have a lot of projects I'm finishing up so expect a lot more updates to come ;) Glad you enjoyed it!

Title: Re: (Cephalonia) Overviews & Countryside / True Earth / Updated 9-22
Post by: korver on September 22, 2017, 12:51:03 PM

- UPDATE 40: Cephalonia (Countryside & Overviews) -

(http://imgur.com/9Fvpdqv.jpg)


Our journey to Cephalonia concludes with one last trip through the countryside. From the winding roads, small farms, and stunning natural beauty - there's so many things that makes this island so beautiful, and makes it a fitting way to end our trip. Additionally, I'll be showcasing some more overviews of Cephalonia.

We were last at Myrtos Beach - and after a fun day at the beach, we made accommodations at the nearby Plaza Myrtos for the night. Once nightfall hits, the only lights you'll find in the distance are that of the occasional boat or two. It's quiet and peaceful - but also quite beautiful.


(http://imgur.com/1AqAB6M.jpg)


Our room in the villa happens to overlook the edge of the beach - so we get an excellent view of the sunrise.


(http://imgur.com/1vfhmOo.jpg)


Fortunately, we didn't have to deal with any of the rain at the beach..


(http://imgur.com/7KYkBr9.jpg)


The rain finally lets up - but is quickly replaced by a blanket of thick fog for most of the evening.


(http://imgur.com/JVxYebn.jpg)


The Cephalonian countryside is crossed by a variety of winding roads. There's no such thing as a dull drive here - and between every twist and turn, the views are incredible.


(http://imgur.com/m3ehZfr.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/ivba5ZR.jpg)



(http://imgur.com/UlMTyYq.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/YL8qb4S.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/MHo78gK.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/SqsKNX5.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/DYCdfYl.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/O83N4sw.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Y3GMvdk.jpg)


Small, charming churches like this one dot the countryside.


(http://imgur.com/tP9qZbk.jpg)


Two last overviews of the Cephalonian countryside.


(http://imgur.com/eJoTdqp.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/ozIOfTF.jpg)


And to wrap things up - a couple of full tile overviews. (Click for full size.)
I hope you enjoyed your visit to Cephalonia!


(http://imgur.com/YQ7el30.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/1LORrag.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/Bk6Z9Ht.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/j3OlMQe.jpg)


-korver


Title: Re: (Cephalonia) Overviews & Countryside / True Earth / Updated 9-22
Post by: TheTeaCat on September 22, 2017, 02:21:45 PM
You have surpassed yourself once again! These are incredible skills you display.

Its just mindboggling what you do and I've seen some amazing MD's over the last 14 years I can tell you  &apls

I love the overview shots!

Derry

Title: Re: (Cephalonia) Overviews & Countryside / True Earth / Updated 9-22
Post by: manga rivotra on September 22, 2017, 04:58:09 PM
2 updates of remarkable beauty one more time!  :o
The relief is spectacular, perfectly reproduced and the 2 last ones overview are a great tribute to Sim City.   &apls &apls &apls
And the discreet photoshoping is exceptional as usual. In this domain I have a preference for the first night image, totally hypnotic.  :popcorn:
Title: Re: (Cephalonia) Overviews & Countryside / True Earth / Updated 9-22
Post by: carlfatal on September 23, 2017, 12:55:27 PM
You have surpassed yourself once again! These are incredible skills you display.

Its just mindboggling what you do and I've seen some amazing MD's over the last 14 years I can tell you  &apls

I love the overview shots!

Derry

There is nothing more to say.  $%Grinno$%

Halt, stop, one thing! Like always I am irritated by the speed, you build scenes like these. To be honest, Yann once made something like this in his Corse MD (also a pure beauty of an MD). But he never was that fast.
 
And well, if I am allowed to hop into music as another kind of art: Beethovens work ist mostly done by using a rubber, he needed really much time to come to an end with his compositions. On the other hand we all know Mozart, who only needed a pencil and a paper to create his music in one flow without bigger editing.

So this is, how it feels to look at your pictures. This is the real outstanding for me. You seem to have not a concept but masses of full scenes in your head, and you only need to draw them out. That is crazy, that is pure genius!

Wonderful pictures, can´t get enough. And I am also showing them to friends, who don´t know SC4, and also they look at them and get speechless.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Prague / Updated 9-24
Post by: korver on September 24, 2017, 02:53:25 AM

- UPDATE 41: Prague -

(https://imgur.com/jKyJyeS.jpg)


Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most picturesque cities in all of Europe. It's a city steeped in history - once the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia, its been a cultural, political, and economic center for centuries.

The first stop in our tour is the Petrín Lookout Tower - located at the top of a small hill, this 62m tall Eiffel Tower lookalike offers stunning views of the city.


(http://imgur.com/pttKERR.jpg)


Not too far away is another one of Prague's famous landmarks - St. Vitus Cathedral. Construction took nearly 600 years, finally completing in 1929 - but this magnificent Gothic cathedral was well worth the wait. Countless religious and coronation ceremonies have been held here - making it one of the most important landmarks in the city.


(http://imgur.com/IZo1pED.jpg)


To make it into the old town, you'll have to cross the Charles Bridge, spanning the Vlatva River. Completed in 1402, this stunning Gothic styled bridge is one of Prague's most famous landmarks and one of the world's most famous bridges.


(http://imgur.com/ttOE0oU.jpg)


We've made it into the famed old town. With the incredible Týn Church and Astronomical Clock close by, this stunning town square is steeped in history.


(http://imgur.com/UA0MvZL.jpg)


The aforementioned Týn Church (fully known as the Church of Our Lady before Týn) is one of the world's most beautiful Gothic churches - built back in the mid 1400s and completed by the mid 1600s, it towers some 260 feet above the surrounding rooftops of Prague. The cathedral also serves as a gallery of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque works  - its a historic site in Prague that anyone visiting here should be sure to visit.


(http://imgur.com/HjfnJHw.jpg)


Like many other similar cities and towns across Bohemia and Central Europe, Prague enjoys a rich tradition of Christmas markets. Starting in early December and ending by early January, the stalls here have an unbelievable amount of goods on sale - from treats, decorations, handmade goods and more. For those braving the elements - the selection is second to none and its a trip you won't soon forget. No Christmas market is complete though of course without an enormous Christmas tree - and the ones here can get as high as 100 feet tall, making it truly a sight to behold.


(http://imgur.com/OdoGfxB.jpg)


(http://imgur.com/rJtvAWE.jpg)


Once nightfall hits and the snow begins to clear - you can get a clear view of the twinkling lights and all the magic this place has to offer.


(http://imgur.com/zpQMbqX.jpg)


Another one of Prague's famed traditions is the legendary fireworks display that takes place on New Year's Eve - the entire town gathers in the square and surrounding streets to take in the breathtaking views.


(http://imgur.com/mYL18aD.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

TheTeaCat: Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated!

manga rivotra: Thanks for comment, glad you liked it :)

carlfatal: Thank you very much! Always nice to hear that about my work ;) I have lots many more updates coming up, so stay tuned ;)

Title: Re: True Earth / Prague / Updated 9-24
Post by: manga rivotra on September 26, 2017, 01:03:26 PM
This square in front of the Tyn Church is a true masterpiece, day and night and even more under the snow.  :o
 I love all the details that make the photo so lively and also those that add even more realism, like this snow accumulation on the least sloping roofs, or the fact that it is less snow on roads where traffic cars is allowed.
Everything is always extremely thoughtful and nothing is left to chance.
It is a very impressive work in addition to being sublime aesthetically.  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Prague / Updated 9-24
Post by: kbieniu7 on September 27, 2017, 05:45:39 AM
Just passing by... but I couldn't at least say, that it's wonderful! All the people, cars, stands ant the entire rush on the Market Square and Charles Bridge are so alive!  Makes me want to come back to the real Prague!

Aboslutely magnificient work  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Prague / Updated 9-24
Post by: Tyberius06 on September 27, 2017, 10:31:18 AM
Whoops I've missed a few updates. The Prague pictures are very nice, specialy the church and cathedral. I love the christian religious buildings although I'm not a religious person, but during all my travellings accross to Europe in the last couple of years I was visiting a lot of churches and cathedrals, because I love the architecture of them.
I guess you collected these churches from one of the online 3D modell warehouses, or did you made them? Because they would worth a release... :)

Thanks for showing these pictures!

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 9-28
Post by: korver on September 29, 2017, 12:29:59 AM

- UPDATE 42: Paris (Part 1/3) -

(https://imgur.com/fIjTx7p.jpg)


Paris is the capital and largest city of France and has been one of the world's most important cities for centuries. This timeless city is known for its fashion, food, literature, entertainment, and culture. In addition, it's widely known as being an important international business and commerce center - making it a truly global city. Paris also boasts some of the world's finest architecture and much of the city was renovated in the mid 1800s by architect Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Over the next three updates we'll be taking a look at some of its most iconic sights and landmarks.

We'll begin with a trip down one of the city's most famous avenues - the Champs-Élysées. First completed in 1670 and redeveloped many times since, its impressive tree-lined streets are surrounded by many of the city's most luxurious shops, cafes, and theaters. On Bastille Day (July 14th), it's also home to the largest military parade in Europe.


(https://imgur.com/YLCqYUo.jpg)


The next stop is one of the city's most stunning cathedrals, the famous Notre-Dame de Paris. Opened in 1345, this awe-inspiring building is considered to be one of the world's finest examples of French Gothic architecture.


(https://imgur.com/HsixrY5.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/waz74CC.jpg)


La Défense is Europe's largest purpose built business district and is where you'll find just about all of Paris' skyscrapers. The uniquely shaped Grande Arche in the middle is the centerpiece of the district - opened in 1989, it serves as a monument for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.


(https://imgur.com/ZQUecYv.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/cW2vEb0.jpg)


The Louvre is another one of Paris' premier destinations - inside you'll find the famous Mona Lisa in its art museum.


(https://imgur.com/U1aXH6R.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/cCDJLa0.jpg)


Our last stop for today is the Gare du Nord - first built back in 1846, this famous train station has been rebuilt time and time again to expand it's capacity. Today, it's the world's busiest train station outside of Japan and connects Paris with a number of other cities across France.


(https://imgur.com/j4TKB31.gif)


(https://imgur.com/53yqs6n.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

manga rivotra: Thanks for the nice comment as always, much appreciated! When I was making that custom square texture I really paid attention to those small details, glad you noticed it ;)

kbieniu7: Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the kind words :)

Tyberius06: Thank you very much! Nah, unfortunately I didn't make them, that would take forever lol. Pretty much all of the special buildings came from 3d warehouse.

Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 9-28
Post by: art128 on September 29, 2017, 09:53:40 AM
I live in Paris. This is of great interest to me. :)

So far you did a great job with it. Despite there not being a lot of skyscraper from La Defense available, you did well with that was on the exchanges.

You can leave your pictures at 1280px resolution imo, you don't have to resize them.
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 9-28
Post by: dyoungyn on September 29, 2017, 01:39:05 PM
Wow, totally amazing.  What makes your master pieces so wonderful is your level of detail for actual sites around the work.  I like to compare you pics with the actual google maps 3D image of the same site.  For your Paris "La Défense" scene, every detail is spot on except for one minor detail; google maps no longer shows the park to the right in front of the "Grande Arche" which appears to be updated with a few new minor buildings and a globe in the "UGC Ciné Cité La Défense". I do understand you are displaying the 200th anniversary of the revolution.

Still yet, totally amazing the ABSOLUTELY love the detail especially with the plaza's and "Cemetery of Neuillyin" the back ground.
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 2/3) / Updated 9-30
Post by: korver on September 30, 2017, 08:55:11 PM

- UPDATE 43: Paris (Pt. 2/3) -

(https://imgur.com/wsD1tsf.jpg)


Our tour picks back up with a trip to La Madeleine - one of the city's most recognizable churches. Originally designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army - its Greek style sets it apart from the rest. Since its completion in 1842, it's been one of the most popular attractions in the city.


(https://imgur.com/FdKKoj5.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/AlTOWXw.jpg)


The Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe is one of the most beautiful theaters in the city and one of France's six national theatres.


(https://imgur.com/K4ds7SI.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/92nKEey.jpg)


The Palais Garnier is one of Paris' most grand opera houses - opened in 1875, it's a true masterpiece.


(https://imgur.com/WywWuwB.jpg)


The next stop is one of Paris' most unique landmarks - the Centre Pompidou. Completed in 1977, this enormous colored building is covered in a maze of pipes going in every direction - and has housed a popular art museum ever since.
(Animation might take a little bit to completely load)

(https://imgur.com/ewauF4T.gif)


(https://imgur.com/YRyVLtR.jpg)


Our last stop today is one of the world's most famous landmarks - the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1889 for the Universal Exposition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution - this 986 foot tall tower became the world's tallest freestanding structure for over 40 years. It's remained an icon of Paris and France ever since.


(https://imgur.com/DjBnfTl.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/IMTfp1W.jpg)


-korver


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art128: Thank you! My monitor actually isn't too big so anything bigger than 960 gets cut off, so I'll probably keep on resizing down a bit if that's fine.

dyoungyn: Thank you very much for the kind words and feedback! :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 2/3) / Updated 9-30
Post by: art128 on October 01, 2017, 04:12:59 AM
Beautiful!

Only one thing though, for the roads around the Opera Garnier, i would have used avenues instead, to give a better sense of size.
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 2/3) / Updated 9-30
Post by: kbieniu7 on October 01, 2017, 08:05:11 AM
Incroyable!

I was in France a week ago, but I've never been to Paris, so I'm happy to have at least a glance of its beauty in your photos. The Eiffel Tower surrounded by autumn-coloured trees and a slight fog is the best, just outstanding! 
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 3/3) / Updated 10-3
Post by: korver on October 03, 2017, 08:02:41 PM

- UPDATE 44: Paris (Pt. 3/3) -

(https://imgur.com/efRYaW5.jpg)


Our trip to Paris continues with a trip to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) - one of Paris' most beautiful churches, often drawing comparisons to the Taj Mahal. Located on top of a small hill in the heart of the city, the church is visible for miles around.


(https://imgur.com/GdNCRQ2.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/jhMsQor.jpg)


The next stop is Place de la Concorde - Paris' most famous square. Originally designed in 1755, this square is unlike anything else in the city - complete with a massive authentic Egyptian obelisk in the middle.


(https://imgur.com/8x98AuQ.jpg)


The Panthéon, located in Paris' Latin Quarter, is another one of the cities most famed landmarks. Originally modeled after Rome's Pantheon and built as a church - it now functions as a mausoleum for many of France's most famous citizens.


(https://imgur.com/e3509b8.jpg)


The Bourse de commerce is one of the city's most unique buildings, both in shape and function. It was originally used as a place to trade grain upon completion in 1763, then as a stock exchange, and more recently, plans are underway to transform it into a major art museum.


(https://imgur.com/tci85Ib.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/ZyYUvfZ.jpg)


The 689 foot tall Tour Montparnasse is the tallest skyscraper in Paris - and is hard to miss. Upon completion in 1973, the building was heavily criticized for its style and for being out of place - and as a result, buildings over 7 stories tall were banned from the city center. A massive renovation is slated to begin in 2019.


(https://imgur.com/fHW0xIo.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/H1HU2Xq.jpg)


Our tour of Paris ends with one of the city's most famous landmarks - the Arc de Triomphe. Built between 1803 and 1836, this iconic monument serves as a tribute to French soldiers lost in wars and has important military leaders engraved on its walls. For those wishing to get up close - make sure you use the underground tunnels instead of dodging the traffic..


(https://imgur.com/5W8BpZI.jpg)


-korver


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art128: Thanks for the comment! Yeah, on second glance that would have been a good call. Thanks for the feedback :thumbsup:

kbieniu7: Thank you for the kind words! Glad you liked it :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 3/3) / Updated 10-3
Post by: Badsim on October 04, 2017, 09:40:34 AM
Hi ,

The trip to Cephalonia was simple ( I mean whithout striking BATs  ::) ) and simply delicious & breathtaking … and , as I told you by PM , I was happy to see how your MD evoluates with such detailed updates . :thumbsup:

About Paris ( passing by Prague … ) ? Incredible , of course  -  these words are going so strangely well together here . Not so much by the quality of your pictures ( we start to be used to your standard  - alas !  :P ) than by that avalanche of pictures , knowing the amount of work behind each of them  … yeah , incredible . &apls &apls &apls  The Grande Arche , Sacré-cœur and Pantheon both BATed by frogface many years ago would deserve a better version … on the contrary  , the asphalt texture of Place de l’étoile ( Arc de Triomphe )and its layout is truly stunning . :o

What else to say ? Too much things , really , this is coming too fast for us , mere mortals ... $%Grinno$%


Cédric.
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 3/3) / Updated 10-3
Post by: art128 on October 04, 2017, 11:28:12 AM
Very nice again!

One thing though, between Montparnasse tower and station, it's a pedestrian area so there are no roads.
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 3/3) / Updated 10-3
Post by: bombardiere on October 05, 2017, 06:36:01 AM
Once again really great work.  &apls I find it hard to believe that this is ages old Sim city 4 that you use as base.   :o Especially Cephalonia looks like from postcards, not from 14 years old isometric game.

I have built a Paris for long time but I have not got anything close to what you have done.  :thumbsup: However, a question about Paris. What you used for Louvre? Not the triangle, but for old Palace? I have not found anything that would replicate it nicely for my city.
Title: Re: True Earth / Paris (Pt. 3/3) / Updated 10-3
Post by: Orange_o_ on October 06, 2017, 05:37:22 AM
I do not remember that I had uploaded the Place de la Concorde? But it is a beautiful work !!!
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Canary Wharf / Updated 10-8
Post by: korver on October 08, 2017, 05:55:23 AM

- UPDATE 45: London (Canary Wharf) -

(https://imgur.com/2XK1LM1.jpg)


London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It's a city known for its culture, history, and traditions - and is one of the world's most visited cities. Additionally, it's one of the world's greatest commercial, financial, and industrial centers - and is widely known as a truly global city.

Over the next three update updates I'll be covering some of the city's most incredible sights and landmarks - starting with Canary Wharf.  This major banking district is located on the Isle of Dogs on the banks of the River Thames - and has been home to some of the busiest ports in the world over the years.

Today, its best known for its incredible collection of skyscrapers like the 771 ft tall One Canada Square (lower middle below, with the pyramid top), 655 ft tall 8 Canada Square (HSBC Tower, lower left below), and the 655 ft tall 25 Canada Square (middle skyscraper below, citigroup signage) - which are among the tallest in the United Kingdom.


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-korver


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Replies

Badsim: Thank you very much for the nice comment, glad you enjoyed it all! :) I definitely agree - it would be great to have some updated versions of those landmarks (and some proper versions of various buildings that haven't been released yet like The Louvre). If only Xannepan was still around.. :P

art128: Thanks for the comment! Yeah, unfortunately I missed that, I'm blaming the blurry Google Earth image I was working from $%Grinno$%

bombardiere: Thanks for the nice words! The buildings around the outside were made up of lots of various props from a Debussyman prop pack here: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1501.

Orange_o_: Thank you! It's actually a custom texture I made :P

Title: Re: True Earth / London - Canary Wharf / Updated 10-8
Post by: Silur on October 08, 2017, 03:17:35 PM
Perfect work and wonderfull ! You can show us more and more ...  :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Canary Wharf / Updated 10-8
Post by: Simmer2 on October 09, 2017, 12:11:14 AM
That last pic made me rush to go grab my umbrella... &apls

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Canary Wharf / Updated 10-8
Post by: siemanthepieman on October 09, 2017, 06:17:12 AM
I have taken to Googling the locations you create to see just how accurate they are and every detail I cross check is accounted for and superbly done.

Amazing effort, all of your updates are just so cool to see.
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Canary Wharf / Updated 10-8
Post by: kelis on October 10, 2017, 05:03:51 AM
I'm so sorry, I had no time to comment in the last updates and you deserve all the words that we can write here...

About Paris, as I said in the other page, I can feel every place, every street that you've made...I can see myself again walking around that city...
your recreation is fantastic and one more time you brought back my love about recreations... I've made some recreations during my SC4 years...
always wanted to recreate Paris... maybe I will do it some day... anyway yours is perfect and I know that because I felt that while I was looking at it...

Canary Wharf is also really well done, one of the most beautiful CBD around the world... I can't wait to see the city itself, I always find London hard to recreate...

Greetings and keep up the good work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / London - The City & The Shard / Updated 10-10
Post by: korver on October 10, 2017, 10:09:21 PM

- UPDATE 47: London (The City & The Shard) -

(https://imgur.com/wNReKsr.jpg)


Our trip to London continues with another look at its incredible skyline. After taking a look at Canary Wharf in the first update, we're taking a look at London's other main financial district - The City of London, also known as The City, along with The Shard today.

One of the city's most distinctive skyscrapers is the 591 foot tall 30 St Mary Axe (also referred to as the Gherkin, due its resemblance to a cucumber). Since opening in 2004, it has received many awards for its unique style and ecological footprint.


(https://imgur.com/uvZgO95.jpg)


Another rainy day with three of London's tallest buildings - Tower 42 (Completed 1980, 600 feet tall), 99 Bishopsgate (Completed 1976, 341 feet tall), and 122 Leadenhall Street (Completed 2014, 738 feet tall - also known as the cheese grater).


(https://imgur.com/Ib7Ps9f.jpg)


A couple various shots of The City.


(https://imgur.com/hlnnnbm.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/GpQWGgx.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/v4GEXz7.jpg)


The Shard has become one of London's most recognizable buildings since opening in 2013 - rising 86 floors and 1,016 feet tall, its the tallest building in the United Kingdom and offers breathtaking views from the top.


(https://imgur.com/THWOqSs.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/8K0WJFa.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Silur: Thanks! There's plenty more to come ;)

Simmer2: Thank you! You might want to keep it close by the the last London update, too :D

siemanthepieman: Thank you very much, glad you liked it! :) I always have Google Earth up 24/7 to make sure I get as many details as possible :P   

kelis: Thanks for the nice comment! It's always cool to hear from people who've been there - glad you enjoyed it! I've been amazed by some of your incredible recreations in the past - it would be pretty awesome to see Paris in your hands too ;)

Title: Re: True Earth / London - The City & The Shard / Updated 10-10
Post by: bladeberkman on October 11, 2017, 12:21:05 AM
This is so cool.  &apls Great mix of buildings; they complement each other well. Sometimes it can be challenging to blend old and new in a given area because the quality of the content is so different — models keep getting better with time. However, you’ve done it in a way that is convincing and the result is beautiful.  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / London - The City & The Shard / Updated 10-10
Post by: Alan_Waters on October 11, 2017, 10:45:51 AM
I'm shocked!
Title: Re: True Earth / London - The City & The Shard / Updated 10-10
Post by: vinlabsc3k on October 11, 2017, 12:43:05 PM
Wow!! &apls &apls &apls &apls
Amazingly amazing!! :P
Title: Re: True Earth / London - The City & The Shard / Updated 10-10
Post by: Akallan on October 11, 2017, 02:43:24 PM
Holalala, I missed a lot of your latest updates! Anyway, it's breathtaking, the pictures of London in the middle of the night, great! The city of Paris is superbly realized, the "Arc de Triomphe" is my favorite!I'll stay tuned for future updates! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / London - The City & The Shard / Updated 10-10
Post by: kelis on October 12, 2017, 10:29:58 AM
Fantastic job as always !! It had to be hard to create right? London has a lot of complications to be recreated, especially those narrow streets...

 &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Landmarks / Updated 10-15
Post by: korver on October 15, 2017, 06:15:31 PM

- UPDATE 47: London (Landmarks) -

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For the final chapter of London, we're taking a look at some more of the city's most iconic landmarks. We begin with a look back in time to the 1200s - to the Old London Bridge. Constructed in 1209 - this bridge stood for over 600 years as the main route across the River Thames. While long gone, various drawings from the era depict a bustling bridge surrounded by medieval houses on both sides. Unfortunately, the design of the bridge led to its ultimate demise, as it impeded river traffic - and was eventually demolished in the 1800s to make way for a more modern bridge.


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The next stop is one of London's most awe-inspiring buildings - St. Paul's Cathedral. Designed by famed architect Christopher Wren and opened in 1708, it was part of a major rebuilding program after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London - and is one of the city's most popular attractions as well.


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The London Eye is one of the city's most popular attractions - located on the banks of the River Thames, it was the world's largest Ferris wheel when completed in 2000. If you can get past the long lines, the views of the city's South Bank from the top are incredible.


(https://imgur.com/6m9Oz3O.jpg)


We continue on with a trip to London's stunning Tower Bridge. Not to be confused with the original London Bridge (as seen in the first picture, since replaced with more modern versions) - this Victorian Gothic landmark has been one of the city's most distinctive sights since its completion in 1894.


(https://imgur.com/BVeIn95.jpg)


Close by Tower Bridge is another one of the city's famous landmarks - the Tower of London. This historic structure was built back in the 1190s and has served as a fortress, palace, and prison.


(https://imgur.com/OrlcLTo.jpg)


Our next stop is one of the city's most famous squares - Trafalgar Square. Its named after the famed Battle of Trafalgar - a key British naval victory in 1805 - and it's been a popular gathering place for people (and pigeons) since 1840. The iconic Nelson's Column in the middle of the square is one of the city's most famous monuments.


(https://imgur.com/uo1f2Uj.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/QGWV1Hd.jpg)


Our last stop is one of the world's most iconic buildings - Big Ben. This famous clock tower is located on the north end of the Palace of Westminster and has chimed since 1859. Recent maintenance repairs though means you'll have to wait until 2021 to hear it regularly again.


(https://imgur.com/jUtTRZu.jpg)


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-korver


Special thanks to vortext for allowing me to use his unreleased cobblestone road textures on the streets surrounding the Old London Bridge picture and others in this MD! Much appreciated :)


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Replies

bladeberkman: Thanks! I had to do a lot of looking around to find the right buildings, and there was certainly a lot of demolishing and redoing various areas before I finally got the perfect look I was after :)

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the comment :thumbsup:

vinlabsc3k: Thank you very much! :)

Akallan: Thanks, glad you liked it! I have alot more coming, so stay tuned :)

kelis: Thanks! The most difficult aspect was definitely getting the roads the right angle - and also finding enough decent FAR/diagonal buildings. I think it turned out pretty nicely though :)

Title: Re: True Earth / London - Landmarks / Updated 10-15
Post by: Tyberius06 on October 16, 2017, 11:28:15 AM
:D :D :D It's London and it's raining... So typical! :)
Amazing pictures again!   &apls &apls &apls &apls
 
- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Landmarks / Updated 10-15
Post by: TheTeaCat on October 16, 2017, 02:30:19 PM
WOW!!

Living in London and having been to all of these sights you shown (well except the original London Bridge) all I can say is ... you are bang on the money! Perfect recreations. It felt like I was there.

The only thing that seems out of place is the concrete pilings for the London Bridge, The originals were stones, wood and mud that had to be refilled almost on a daily basis but I am nitpicking here.

A truly fantastic set of updates.  &apls

Derry   
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Landmarks / Updated 10-15
Post by: Badsim on October 18, 2017, 06:32:05 AM
Extraordinary … as  always .  &apls &apls &apls

Can’t still believe in such amount of scenes when I feel the amount of work behind each of them … And perfect timing to proclaim « God Save Korver ! »  ;D

Cédric
Title: Re: True Earth / London - Landmarks / Updated 10-15
Post by: Alan_Waters on October 18, 2017, 09:14:49 AM
As always, visual ecstasy! &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt (Preview) / Updated 10-20
Post by: korver on October 20, 2017, 07:36:18 PM

- UPDATE 48: Ancient Egypt (Preview) -


Ancient Egypt has always been a personal favorite place of mine - and I'm finally making it a reality in SC4. I recently found an awesome model online which I exported into a number of parts and assembled it in the game.. and the results are impressive. (If anyone is really interested in it, I'll try to contact the author to see if I can re upload it). From there it was a matter of custom lotting it and carefully removing the base textures - if anyone's interested, I did a guide on that process in my Year In Review entry earlier in the year. I'm planning on doing some more commentary and guides in the future though :)

Anyways, I'm putting the finishing touches on this scene - its covering the Pyramids, Sphinx, Nile River, and some of the surrounding farmland..  expect to see the full update very soon! :)

 
(https://imgur.com/9X1hVAH.jpg)

 

(https://imgur.com/reVbBIF.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Tyberius06: Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed it! ;D

TheTeaCat: Thanks for the comment and feedback! I think the texture on the pilings for that model was actually stone, but it was scaled way too small and ended up looking like concrete from that distance :P I'll be sure to scale up the textures before rendering in situations like that though in the future :)

Badsim: Thank you very much for the nice words!  :thumbsup:

Alan_Waters: Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt (Preview) / Updated 10-20
Post by: Akallan on October 21, 2017, 05:21:29 AM
I can not wait to see more! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt (Preview) / Updated 10-20
Post by: art128 on October 21, 2017, 09:27:25 AM
Seems i missed some updates. The previous update about London was really well made. Good job with the old bridge.

Ancient Egypt looks promising!
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt / Updated 10-21
Post by: korver on October 21, 2017, 06:23:45 PM

- UPDATE 49: Ancient Egypt -

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Today, we're traveling back to 2500 BCE to Ancient Egypt to take a look some of the greatest man made wonders of all time, along with some of the stunning surrounding landscape. We begin with the The Great Sphinx of Giza - the most recognizable statue of Ancient Egypt - and even to this day, it remains one of the world's most famous statues. It features a lion's body with the head of an Egyptian king - and was carved of out limestone most likely during the reign of King Khafre (2558-2532 BCE).


(https://imgur.com/9X1hVAH.jpg)


The Nile River was truly vital to Ancient Egypt in a number of ways - not just for crops and irrigation, but for also allowing ships to sail from city to city. Small docks like this one lined the edge of the river.


(https://imgur.com/ydmBlcL.jpg)


The land surrounding the Nile River was nutrient rich, and had excellent farming conditions. The ancient Egyptians called the soil "The Gift of the Nile" - and a variety of crops could be planted such as wheat, figs, barley, melons, and figs.


(https://imgur.com/EfqDUHf.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/NKWaZ5k.jpg)


We move on to the pyramids - it took three generations to complete this complex, and it was well worth the wait. Despite their condition today - the pyramids were once coated in polished white limestone - one of the most incredible sights imaginable. Each pyramid has a series of chambers underneath - and are believed to be tombs for their namesakes.

The Pyramid of Khufu - also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza - was the largest of these pyramids. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to still remain to this day.


(https://imgur.com/qSXDrwz.jpg)


The Pyramid of Khafre is the second largest of the Pyramids (although it might look taller due the fact it's on a higher elevation) - but has a much more elaborate complex of chambers and was also once connected to the Sphinx by a walkway.


(https://imgur.com/B6XWFYC.jpg)


The Pyramid of Menkaure was the smallest of the three - to set it apart and to give it a unique look, the lower portion is encased in granite.


(https://imgur.com/TwA5riG.jpg)


Finally, some overviews of the entire area.


(https://imgur.com/reVbBIF.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/N61Kzca.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/yZ9PE6b.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/COGGzER.jpg)


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-korver


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Replies

Akallan: Thanks for the comment!

art128: Thank you very much for the nice words!

Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt / Updated 10-21
Post by: carlfatal on October 22, 2017, 06:08:20 AM
Paris, London, now Ancient Egypt...whatever you start, it comes out as a an eyecatching SC4-wonder.  &apls


Thank You again for all the pictures!  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt / Updated 10-21
Post by: Akallan on October 22, 2017, 08:53:38 AM
Beautiful, nothing more to say! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt / Updated 10-21
Post by: art128 on October 22, 2017, 12:48:29 PM
Absolutely stunning!
The only thing i have to say is that the Nile is actually quite far from the pyramid... Was it running through there in ancient times or did you put it close for the sake of the pictures?
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt / Updated 10-21
Post by: M4346 on October 23, 2017, 07:21:37 AM
Absolutely stunning!
The only thing i have to say is that the Nile is actually quite far from the pyramid... Was it running through there in ancient times or did you put it close for the sake of the pictures?

The course of the Nile has changed quite significantly over the millennia, and it was indeed a lot closer to the pyramids than it is today.

Anyway, as a huge fan of Ancient Egypt and its history (and Rome and Greece) this is amazing! Great job!  &apls &apls &apls

PS. I still occasionally, nostalgically fire up Pharaoh and Cleopatra.
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Egypt / Updated 10-21
Post by: Simmer2 on October 24, 2017, 01:17:17 AM
wow..... &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: korver on October 30, 2017, 09:46:45 PM

- UPDATE 50: Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) -

(https://imgur.com/tnMCwjT.jpg)

For the next three updates we'll be taking a look at one of the world's greatest civilizations - the Roman Empire. We'll take a look at the humble beginnings, rise to power, and eventual downfall of this incredible empire - and all the major events along the way.

Our look back into the past begins in 753 BCE - and Rome, the eventual capital of the empire, is founded on Palatine Hill by Romulus. It's still the Iron Age - and the only structures you'll find here are thatched roof huts. It may not look like much right now - but soon, the city will start to take shape.


(https://imgur.com/JQQrdH3.jpg)


By 509 BCE, major changes are starting to take place in Rome. The last king has been expelled, which marks the beginning of the Roman Republic. Rome now has a constitution and a Republican government - and some of its first grand structures are starting to be built on Capitoline Hill, such as the Temple of Jupiter.


(https://imgur.com/25gQhWM.jpg)


As the Republic starts to expand - its clear that having appropriate infrastructure to keep up will be vital. Some of the first aqueducts are built around 312 BCE, providing much needed water to some of the Republic's most important cities.


(https://imgur.com/3QBUtQ5.jpg)


While the empire is growing rapidly - its also attracting the attention of outside invaders. The Carthaginian leader Hannibal and his troops wanted a piece of the Republic - but an invasion from the south (modern day Tunisia) would be too predictable and would be easily countered. Ingeniously, he led his troops (and an entire herd of elephants!) north into Iberia and across the Alps - on route to Italy in a surprise sneak attack.


(https://imgur.com/dEB2KzQ.jpg)


While Hannibal achieves his goal of making it into Italy without facing the Roman navy or land garrisons - his next big challenge will be trying to defeat a much larger Roman army at the Battle of Cannae. Despite being outnumbered, he uses brilliant military tactics to take down the Romans and secure a crucial victory, one that causes the Romans to fear him for years to come. Even to this day, Hannibal is widely regarded as one of the greatest military leaders of all time.


(https://imgur.com/gqYZR14.jpg)


Despite a couple defeats, the Roman Republic continues to move forward and prosper. Rome is expanding greatly - and a number of magnificent structures are beginning to be built. In 46 BCE the Forum of Caesar is built for Julius Caesar - and serves as a meeting place for the Senate. Rome's power is continuing to grow - and we'll be taking an depth look at the height of Rome in the next update.


(https://imgur.com/ST3brfz.jpg)


-korver


Note: For these Roman Empire updates (and others) - many of the special objects you see here like the buildings and people were models I downloaded from 3d warehouse. Stuff from the STEX and a few of my own creations were used also though. Here's a pic (https://imgur.com/KtahBCu.jpg) of about everything I exported - I even went so far to make soldier MMPs (https://imgur.com/iHA2Xmy.jpg) for these updates. I used 3dsmax to export them as BATs (models) for the game - I then turned them into various props and MMPs, they are just like anything else you would use.


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Replies

carlfatal: Thanks! I've been trying to tour the world with some of my recent updates - and with some of my upcoming ones too, so stay tuned :)

Akallan: Thank you very much!

art128: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! The river actually used to be much closer as M4356 mentioned - I couldn't believe it either, it's amazing how much things can change over time.

M4346: Thanks for the nice comment! I've heard a lot about those games but I haven't actually tried them out - so perhaps I'll have to give them a go one of these days ;)

Simmer2: Thanks! :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: art128 on October 31, 2017, 03:08:18 AM
Absolutely stunning. The aqueduct scene is my favorite of this update. Looking forward to the circus maximus and coliseum.
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: Akallan on October 31, 2017, 11:20:14 AM
Magnificent! In my opinion, one of the most beautiful updates, probably because I really like the history of Rome / S.P.Q.R.
The most beautiful scene is the battle, it makes me want to play Rome Total War 2, you are amazing! Thank you for this titan job you have been providing for so long! :squirrel:
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: Tyberius06 on October 31, 2017, 12:45:28 PM
Hello Rome: Total War! :D :D :D

Amazing scenes and pictures! :)
 &apls &apls &apls &apls

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: Themistokles on October 31, 2017, 02:56:16 PM
Woooooo ...

                        ...

                                                 ... oooow!

Love that city scene. Love Roman architecture, Roman cities, Roman Empire. Love Rome, ancient and modern.

 :satisfied:


                   (ps. not advocating smoking.)
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: feyss on November 01, 2017, 04:57:19 AM
It reminds me of Caesar IV, Rome Total War and Grand Ages: Rome  :D

Great pictures of course! I'm always amazed to see stuff I didn't even expect to be available for the game  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: kbieniu7 on November 01, 2017, 07:03:43 AM
Wooaaaw...  ??? Pyramids, Roman Empire? After gheography we're going to learn some history in next updates? True Earth: True History  ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Roman Empire (Pt. 1/3) / Updated 10-30
Post by: Seaman on November 01, 2017, 01:51:41 PM
My deepest respect, sir. I can only imagine how your own ideas are challenging you, but it is breathtaking to see you nailing it!  &apls
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 2) / True Earth / Updated 10-30
Post by: korver on November 01, 2017, 10:10:16 PM

- UPDATE 51: Roman Empire (Pt. 2/3) -

(https://imgur.com/qOrXpJh.jpg)


Our journey through the ancient Roman Empire continues with a trip to the Roman Forum - constructed shortly after the completion of Caesar's Forum, it plays a vital role in the infancy of the Roman Empire - holding processions, elections, and trials - and also for being one of the most important meeting places in the city.


(https://imgur.com/ZmSpQC9.jpg)


The Circus Maximus is continually improved over the years, and is given its final shape during the reign of Caesar in 46 BCE. The Romans loved chariot racing and for hundreds of years, this site was one of the premier racetracks around. Once fully developed, it became the model for other circuses all throughout the Roman Empire.


(https://imgur.com/Fn2T7Vt.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/ZaXG6l7.jpg)


In 64 CE, much of Rome is devastated in the Great Fire of Rome. Six days of flames ravage the city, destroying many of the city's most prized monuments. The summer winds fanned the flames even more, causing roughly 70% of the city to be left in smouldering ruin.


(https://imgur.com/GUGXD7I.jpg)


After the Great Fire, much of the city is rebuilt - and couple new grand buildings are built as well. The Colosseum was the most impressive structure of them all, first opening back in 80 CE. The largest amphitheater ever built, it held gladiator fights, mock sea battles, and just about everything else imaginable.


(https://imgur.com/X3zszAL.jpg)


Our last sight is The Pantheon - opened in 126 CE, it was one of the city's most important temples to worship the Roman Gods.


(https://imgur.com/9rX2nie.jpg)


-korver


Note: For these Roman Empire updates (and others) - many of the special objects you see here like the buildings and people were models I downloaded from 3d warehouse. Stuff from the STEX and a few of my own creations were used also though. Here's a pic (https://imgur.com/KtahBCu.jpg) of about everything I exported - I even went so far to make soldier MMPs (https://imgur.com/iHA2Xmy.jpg) for these updates. I used 3dsmax to export them as BATs (models) for the game - I then turned them into various props and MMPs, they are just like anything else you would use.


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Replies

art128: Thank you very much!

Akallan: Thanks for the kind words! I had to do a lot of research to make sure the battle scene was set up correctly, glad you liked it :thumbsup:

Tyberius06: Thanks! I haven't actually played it yet - but maybe I should considering all the comments ;)

Themistokles: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

feyss: Thanks for the nice comment! :)

kbieniu7: Thanks! I'm glad you like these historical updates, I have a few more planned as well later on ;)

Seaman: Thank for the nice words :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 2) / True Earth / Updated 10-30
Post by: art128 on November 02, 2017, 12:45:05 PM
Breathtaking update. The Circus Maximus overview is seriously one of the best SC4 shot ever made.
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 2) / True Earth / Updated 10-30
Post by: Simmer2 on November 02, 2017, 01:11:20 PM
Absolutum dominium &apls &apls

Simmer2
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 2) / True Earth / Updated 10-30
Post by: noahclem on November 02, 2017, 02:10:19 PM
Really amazing  :o  I would say that I have no idea how you could make something like this but you explain it :D
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 2) / True Earth / Updated 10-30
Post by: manga rivotra on November 03, 2017, 11:43:31 AM
I missed some updates, maybe even more exceptional than usual.  ::)
It seems that with your talent the graphics and the technical limits of the game disappear a little more each update., which is very motivating in addition to being very impressive as this game will approach its 15th year.  :satisfied:
Thank you for presenting masterpieces after masterpieces!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 2) / True Earth / Updated 10-30
Post by: kelis on November 03, 2017, 12:46:57 PM
Yep, I missed some updates too, I'm sorry for that my friend. As I said once, you deserve all kind of words that we can write while we watch your updates.

I'm really enjoying with your vision of the Roman Empire, great job  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 3) / True Earth / Updated 11-3
Post by: korver on November 03, 2017, 10:55:19 PM

- UPDATE 52: Roman Empire (Pt. 3/3) -

(https://imgur.com/Gm5XYmt.jpg)


For our last chapter of the Roman Empire - we're taking a look at the fall of the Empire. While the Roman Empire was still growing, close attention had to be paid to its borders to make sure invaders wouldn't get in - a sign of things perhaps to come. Hadrian's Wall was initially opened in 128 in Britain to make sure that various tribes couldn't make their way inside.


(https://imgur.com/mCZOyEZ.jpg)


By the 200s and 300s though, the Roman Empire was clearly in a state of great decline. In 284 the empire split into two - the Western and Eastern Roman Empires - and the Western Roman Empire was soon in trouble. Rome was left in a vulnerable position and had fallen from power - so capital was moved to Milan and later Ravenna. In 402, an up and coming Visigoth leader - Alaric I - made his was through Italy and was looking to invade as many cities as possible. It didn't end well for him though in the Battle of Verona - as general Stilicho was able to hold him off and force his retreat.


(https://imgur.com/GmMdNzm.jpg)


Alaric would return however, and swiftly made his way to the weakened former capital of Rome in 410. He led the Sack of Rome - and his men looted whatever they could find. After several previous sackings, Rome a former shell of itself.


(https://imgur.com/9uWe2y7.jpg)


One more sack in 455 by the Vandals would truly mark the beginning of the end. Rome was left with only a few hundred people - and the rest of the empire was in complete shambles. In 476, Emperor Romulus was deposed by the barbarian Odoacer - marking the end of the Western Roman Empire.


(https://imgur.com/yZRLPzB.jpg)


While the Western Roman Empire was clearly no more - the Eastern Roman Empire and it's capital of Constantinople would survive and even thrive for nearly 1,000 years afterwards. However, it was in the 1200s that everything started to fall apart. The crusades left the city in a vulnerable position, and the nearby Ottomans could sense it. In 1453, their fearless leader Mehmed II led an army nearly 100,000 strong to the gates of the city, to conquer the city he always dreamed about leading.


(https://imgur.com/5CwXdbP.jpg)


Constantinople had a famed series of defensive walls running along its perimeter - and it was widely believed that no one would ever make it past. However, a use of new technology would prove to be its downfall. The Ottomans brought up to 70 massive cannons with them, and bombarded the city for 53 straight days. The Byzantines of Constantinople tried their best to continually rebuild the walls - but they were no match for Mehmed II's siege.


(https://imgur.com/5lChCOH.jpg)


May 29th, 1453 would mark the end of the Fall of Constantinople - Mehmed's men quickly invaded the city after destroying the walls - looting, pillaging, and destroying what they they could find. After 24 hours though, he ordered his men to stop with the city in complete shambles. "What a town this was! And we have allowed it to be destroyed!" proclaimed Mehmed. With Constantinople now in the Ottoman's hands - the last vestige of the Roman Empire was no more.


(https://imgur.com/5EloySH.jpg)


-korver


Note: For these Roman Empire updates (and others) - many of the special objects you see here like the buildings and people were models I downloaded from 3d warehouse. Stuff from the STEX and a few of my own creations were used also though. Here's a pic (https://imgur.com/KtahBCu.jpg) of about everything I exported - I even went so far to make soldier MMPs (https://imgur.com/iHA2Xmy.jpg) for these updates. I used 3dsmax to export them as BATs (models) for the game - I then turned them into various props and MMPs, they are just like anything else you would use.


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Replies

art128: Thank you very much, glad you liked it :thumbsup:

Simmer2: Thank you! ;D

noahclem: Thanks alot for the nice comment! Yeah, I usually get a lot of questions so I figured it would be best to explain a bit on how some of these scenes are possible :)

manga rivotra: Thanks for the comment and for the nice words! It's amazing how old the game is and how strong its still going, long live SC4! :)

kelis: Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 3) / True Earth / Updated 11-3
Post by: Akallan on November 04, 2017, 10:14:04 AM
I do not know what to say, seriously ... All your updates are beautiful, but it exceeds everything (in my opinion, it is obviously a matter of taste). The present Rome is naturally beautiful city and full of history, and I am Italian so that interests me a lot, but ancient Rome is even more exciting, you do well to go through Constantinople too. The Roman Empire at its peak was impressive, and you have transcribed the story in picture in SC4.

You should think about doing more historical and theatrical updates, you do it very well. I thank you for this magnificent work, the scenes of battles are superb, I hope you will make scenes of naval battles for a future update even if it will be another era or nation (the English led huge naval battles for exemple)!

Thank you again!  &apls &apls &apls

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 3) / True Earth / Updated 11-3
Post by: Simmer2 on November 04, 2017, 11:50:08 PM
Epic!!!!
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(https://i.imgur.com/YaZNzkt.gif)
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 3) / True Earth / Updated 11-3
Post by: manga rivotra on November 05, 2017, 04:23:08 PM
This triple update on Rome will stay long in the memories!  :o
An absolute mastery of MMPs and loting, plenty of detail and a keen sense of aesthetics to produce a history lesson ......... what else can we ask for?  ::) Oh yes, I know, a new update, whatever the place or time, I want to be amazed once again!  ;)
Thanks you very much !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Roman Empire (Pt 3) / True Earth / Updated 11-3
Post by: metarvo on November 05, 2017, 09:53:38 PM
Beautiful retelling of Roman history, Korver!  :thumbsup:  The pictures of progress from construction to destruction tell the story in thousands of words, and the story itself is well written.  Details such as the stone architecture and the crowds bring the scene to life.
Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 1/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-6
Post by: korver on November 06, 2017, 02:47:34 AM

- UPDATE 53: Rome (Pt. 1/2) -

(https://imgur.com/vxhoKY0.jpg)


After taking a look at Ancient Rome - we'll now take a look at this incredible city in the modern day. Our trip to Rome begins with a trip to one of Rome's most famous squares - the stunning Piazza Navona. This square dates back from the 1st century CE, and was originally the site of many great athletic games over the years. Today, it serves as the perfect gathering place for locals and tourists alike.


(https://imgur.com/pkZRBRv.jpg)


Rome has nearly 2,000 fountains - but perhaps the most impressive of them all is the incredible Trevi Fountain. This baroque masterpiece was completed in 1762 and has been one of the most popular destinations in the city ever since. It's been said that if you throw a coin into the pool with your right hand over your left shoulder - you'll ensure a trip back to Rome in the future.


(https://imgur.com/HOeLwzN.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/BsIxS8g.jpg)


Perhaps the most well preserved building of Ancient Rome, the Pantheon remains to this day as a temple to the Roman Gods. The circular oculus at the top allows light to enter, as well as the rain and any other natural elements. While there's numerous ways to get to the Pantheon, you can't go wrong with the time-tested solution: a horse drawn carriage through the streets of Rome.


(https://imgur.com/UTdRCFb.jpg)


Located entirely inside of Rome, The Vatican might be the world's smallest country, but it holds many treasured landmarks. St. Peter's Square is one of the world's most famous squares - it's 283 columns, standing 55 feet tall each are truly unmistakable. Papal audiences are held here regularly, drawing big crowds - but its Easter and Christmas Masses are by far the largest, drawing tourists from the world over.


(https://imgur.com/yXVai63.jpg)


On a steep hillside in the heart of Ancient Rome is where you'll find one of the world's most famous staircases - the Spanish Steps. These 135 steps connect the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) at the bottom to the Trinità dei Monti church at the top - and making the climb is something that you won't want to miss. The millions of tourists over the years making the climb hasn't come without a price, however. With the staircase falling into a state of disrepair, with weeds and cracks taking over - a multi-million dollar restoration was called for and recently completed.


(https://imgur.com/B1mkmoJ.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Akallan: Thanks for the nice comment! I've certainly thought about doing some more ancient updates like Mesopotamia, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, perhaps even the Aztec/Mayan civilization. It would probably be a while though before I seriously attempt it again due to the massive amounts of custom content those sorts of updates require.

Simmer2: Thank you! :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thank you very much! There's actually going to be a quintuple series of Rome updates :P - as I'm doing modern Rome for the next two :) Glad you enjoyed it!

metarvo: Thanks for the nice words - glad you liked it! I wanted to really capture the empire from start to finish as best I could, with as many major events as possible included to really bring it to life.

Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 1/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-6
Post by: art128 on November 06, 2017, 11:37:26 AM
I actually had to search the Spanish stairs on Google Earth because i didn't know about them. Interesting structure. Very nice update! St Peters square really is an impressive architectural project.
Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 1/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-6
Post by: mattb325 on November 08, 2017, 01:02:38 AM
Another brilliant entry - you've really captured the spirit of modern-day Rome  &apls
Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-8
Post by: korver on November 08, 2017, 02:02:10 AM

- UPDATE 54: Rome (Pt. 2/2) -

(https://imgur.com/V8ckkEa.jpg)


Our tour of Rome continues on with one of the world's most famous buildings - the Colosseum. Opened in A.D. 80 and seating more than 50,000 spectators, this impressive arena was home to countless gladiator fights for more than 400 years. While a good portion of the structure has been lost throughout the centuries, there's still plenty left to explore - making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.


(https://imgur.com/Lu7kT8p.jpg)


Once the heart and marketplace of the city, today the Roman Forum lies in a sprawling heap of ruins. With likes of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony once walking across these grounds - there's history everywhere you go. The entire complex was abandoned shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire and quickly fell into a state of disrepair - much of the stone here was used by the locals, leaving many of the legendary temples incomplete. Finally, near the end of the 18th century, large scale excavations started to take place, preserving this legendary landmark. The entire complex remains sunken under the street level  - the result of countless excavations over the years.


(https://imgur.com/Dw9WVgE.jpg)


One of the most beautiful and romantic spots in all of Rome is the heart-shaped Villa Borghese park, located in the center of the city. The Giardino del Lago (Lake Garden) is a popular destination - there's no better way to spend a day than renting a boat and rowing across these peaceful waters. With cherry trees dotting much of the park - spring is a truly magical time of year here.


(https://imgur.com/5bZ62LW.jpg)


The next stop is the Verano Cemetery - a spot with plenty of history as many famous people have been buried here over the centuries. Since it's founding in the early 19th century, its been one of the cities most important cemeteries ever since.


(https://imgur.com/gthJrEx.jpg)


Just behind St. Peter's Square in The Vatican lies the stunning dome of St. Peter's Basilica - standing 448 feet tall, it's by far the tallest historic building in the area. Regarded by many as being one of the holiest Catholic shrines on the face of the planet - it's been the traditional burial site for popes and other important religious figures since the 10th century. To this day, the structure remains a place of pilgrimage - with the pope making common appearances for liturgies.


(https://imgur.com/QEqmOUi.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/J8r5dhz.jpg)


-korver


Note: Just for clarification - the roads in these Rome updates are made up of either MMPs, Lot Editor textures (like around St. Peter's Basilica), or just a massive texture on a prop (like the Colosseum). They were not "photoshopped in" - and neither were the buildings (most were existing BATs on the STEX/LEX, and a few were custom BATs that I got from 3d warehouse, exported them, and used in the game).


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Replies

art128: Thanks for the nice words! Yeah, it's not known as well as some of the other major landmarks - but it's one of my favorites for sure :)

mattb325: Thank you very much! Glad you liked it :)

Also thanks to Seaman for the karma point :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-8
Post by: Akallan on November 08, 2017, 06:22:33 AM
Beautiful korver, as usual! You're still going as fast as I see, I did not even have time to see your first update of Rome! I remember, at the very beginning that you started True Earth, the updates were more distant. Now, there are every week, you are extremely well honed, it shows that you perfectly master your techniques and the tools you use. You download your BAT, you modify them, you use them in the LE, you make your textures, etc ... I think that your speed comes from there. Because the work you show normally takes a lot of time, but you do it quickly and well. In any case, I am not able to do what you do in such a short time, it is very impressive.

I hope you are not out of breath and you always have ideas for your next updates, the forums need someone like you!


Quote from: korver
Note: Just for clarification - the roads in these Rome updates are made up of either MMPs, Lot Editor textures (like around St. Peter's Basilica), or just a massive texture on a prop (like the Colosseum). They were not "photoshopped in" - and neither were the buildings (most were existing BATs on the STEX/LEX, and a few were custom BATs that I got from 3d warehouse, exported them, and used in the game).

I do not think it's necessary to say it, it's been a long time since we know your work and your skills. You do not need to justify your work at each of your updates ... One more thing, let's imagine (even if it's not true) that you use a lot of PS, this is your right and nothing forbids it somewhere, your images remain an art form anyway. You do not need to apologize for anything good! :squirrel:
Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-8
Post by: manga rivotra on November 08, 2017, 03:26:45 PM
It is fascinating to see that Rome is a city that remains beautiful over the centuries ......, or it is your perfect reproduction that sublimates the reality!  ::)
A nice wink to see The Colosseum and the Pantheon in their current state of conservation. The pic of the Colosseum is also extremely realistic.  :o
As for the bucolic park Villa Borghese and the cemetery, they are a real source of inspiration.  &apls &apls &apls
A big thank you again!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Rome (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-8
Post by: noahclem on November 08, 2017, 03:39:59 PM
Absolutely stunning work  &apls Never ceases to amaze me. Is it allowed to share BATs created with other people's models from 3D warehouse? There's definitely some things I wouldn't mind trying out  ::)
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 1/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-10
Post by: korver on November 10, 2017, 02:14:49 AM

- UPDATE 55: Berlin (Pt. 1/2) -

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After taking a look at Rome in the last couple of updates, we're now taking a look at another one of Europe's great cities - the capital of Germany, Berlin. The city is filled with famous monuments - and the first couple that we'll visit are located on the banks of the Spree River. The Alte Nationalgalerie (the long museum at the top of the picture) was opened in 1876 and houses an impressive collection of artwork and is one of the city's most popular attractions. The Berliner Dom towards the bottom part of the mosaic was opened in 1905 and is one of Europe's most impressive cathedrals.


(https://imgur.com/kCa7Kmu.jpg)


Berliner Dom at night.


(https://imgur.com/FSug1j0.jpg)


The Victory Column (Siegessaule) and its roundabout can be found in the Tiergarten - opened in 1873, it was built to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War.


(https://imgur.com/IvJYtC6.jpg)


The Reichstag was originally opened in 1894 to house the German Empire's Imperial Diet. A massive fire in the 1930s along with damage from World War II led to the structure falling into disuse as the parliament used other buildings in the city. Eventually, it was partially refurbished in the 1960s and had an entire renovation in the 1990s, giving it a unique, modern look. The building once again is home to the German parliament.


(https://imgur.com/tsxcvwZ.jpg)


Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall) is another one of the city's most famous landmarks - opened in 1869, it serves as the home of the mayor and the government of the Federal state of Berlin.


(https://imgur.com/fAyz3zr.jpg)


The Fernsehturm TV Tower is Berlin's most prominent landmark - rising 1,198 feet tall, its the tallest building in Germany. The views from the top are truly extraordinary.


(https://imgur.com/yjh2rsS.jpg)


Fernsehturm is located close to Alexanderplatz - one of the city's most famous squares and one of its most vital transport hubs for over 100 years.


(https://imgur.com/qSV58yd.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Akallan: Thank you very much for the nice words! It's difficult keeping up this pace, but I'm going to try to keep it going for a while :) And unfortunately about that last message, the main reason why I added it was because of another message I got on my CJ on ST (see the London - Landmarks entry..).. and I really need to make sure that there's no confusion on what I'm doing to make the fancy roads and buildings.

manga rivotra: Thanks once again for the kind words, much appreciated! Glad you liked it.

Noahclem: Thank you very much for the nice comment! Unfortunately I believe I'd need the authors permission first though in regards to those buildings.

Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 1/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-10
Post by: noahclem on November 10, 2017, 09:50:13 AM
Great work  &apls  it's a really interesting change to see you work on more modern or "traditional" SimCity stuff.  There's certainly a wealth of nice Berlin buildings that you've put to good use and I really like the way you've done the river. A couple of things remind me a lot of stuff I'm working on at the moment: reusing the Arch de Triomphe roundabout without the Arch and with extra connections and using the Amsterdam Centraal train shed on a different station. The tram stuff is also really nicely done, including the diagonal avenue intersection (lot?), the catenaries, and the sidewalks. I don't know if you're familiar with my partially-finished work on the tram networks but you're welcome to use what you like from them :)
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: korver on November 12, 2017, 01:34:54 AM

- UPDATE 56: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) -

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Our trip to Berlin resumes with a visit to another one of its oldest and most famous landmarks - Brandenburg Gate. Opened in 1791, it was built on orders by Prussian king Frederick William II to commemorate the restoration of the country after the early Batavian Revolution. It's amazed locals and tourists alike ever since.


(https://imgur.com/iYl6Hq0.jpg)


The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the city's most famous squares, constantly filled with action. With its historic twin cathedrals on both sides, Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom, its a sight you won't want to miss.


(https://imgur.com/WGBuMEe.jpg)


Deutscher Dom at night.


(https://imgur.com/5lMowL6.jpg)


A view of the streets of Berlin - with one of its most famous avenues, the Unter Den Linden cutting across towards the top.


(https://imgur.com/KiaCMix.jpg)


Staatsbibliothek is a prominent universal library constructed in 1903, located on the famous Unter Den Linden. At night time, it's truly spectacular.


(https://imgur.com/mK4abSq.jpg)


Unter Den Linden from above.


(https://imgur.com/hezq5Av.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

noahclem: Thank you very much for the nice words! I wanted to do something a little different from my usual style for this update (and for a few more to come) - glad you liked it :thumbsup: Even though there were lots of fantastic Berlin BATs available - I still had to find some creative replacements for a few :P (like the train station) - but I think it turned out pretty nicely. I've seen some of your fantastic textures in the past - I don't know yet if I'll be doing any recreations that feature any more tram lines, but if I do - I'll be sure to take a look :)

Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: art128 on November 12, 2017, 03:11:09 AM
Marvelous work on Berlin. The avenue that splits in the middle in the last picture is very well made.
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: Tyberius06 on November 12, 2017, 04:00:38 AM
 &apls &apls &apls &apls

I love these scenes, I want to go to Berlin now and visit these landmark in live! :) It was already on my to-do list anyway, but now it came up a little bit on that list.

Thanks for showing these nice pictures!

- Tyberius
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: kbieniu7 on November 12, 2017, 05:46:32 AM
Yes, that's truly an amazing update! I've never been to Berlin, altough I would really like to visit it one day :) The pictures are excellent, especially thanks to a lot of available bats from this city ;) I like how you try to mix the old and modern and socialist architecture (especially near Alexanderplatz).  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: noahclem on November 12, 2017, 11:34:47 AM
Beautiful update again  &apls  Love your creative solutions with the traffic networks and ability to create realistic looking squares and pedestrian areas and the BAT selection is top notch!
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: Akallan on November 12, 2017, 01:10:35 PM
Beautiful, I'm going to Berlin in January, I can compare and see how accurate you are! ;D Great job!
Title: Re: Berlin (Pt. 2/2) / True Earth / Updated 11-11
Post by: kelis on November 13, 2017, 08:59:50 AM
As I told you I've been there, Berlin is also my favourite city in Europe... maybe is not the most beautiful city but it has something that I like a lot...

I like the pictures as always and I enjoy watching all those places again, thanks for share  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: korver on November 22, 2017, 01:44:54 AM

- UPDATE 57: Hong Kong -

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zs7a7ew4zbehqwi/HongKongPreviewBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Today we're taking a look at Hong Kong - this global financial hub and port city boasts one of the world's most stunning and recognizable skylines. This city was originally under British rule for 99 years - but in 1997 it returned to China and now is a special administrative region (SAR).

We're starting off in Kowloon - located on the mainland across Victoria Harbor, it's well known for its markets and endless apartments. The streets are constantly crowded, it's an area that's always filled with energy and activity.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/0jl7t0mj0mjk88v/KowloonStreets.gif?dl=1)


Hankow Road is one of Kowloon's most famous roads - with countless signs and advertisements crowding the streets, its one of the city's most distinctive sights.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/mhj0lb60pskk996/KowloonDay.jpg?dl=1)


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6zytyqra6pmcj5h/KowloonNight.jpg?dl=1)


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/jynbg940rtgmvjc/KowloonRain3.gif?dl=1)


Tian Tan Buddha is one of Hong Kong's most famous attractions and offers incredible views of the city. Since it's opening in 1993, it has become well known in the city as a symbol of Buddhism and nature.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ln2b9flg1t1ta4p/BigBuddha.jpg?dl=1)


At night, the skyline of Hong Kong is even more amazing. Here we take a look at the Bank of China Tower - one of Hong Kong's most distinctive and remarkable buildings. Standing 1,205 feet tall, it was Hong Kong and Asia's tallest building for two years after its completion in 1990.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/9wbjjjzp5gvfj7i/BoC.jpg?dl=1)


The 1,227 foot tall Central Plaza is another one of the city's most beautiful skyscrapers, it originally opened in 1992 and overtook the Bank of China Tower as the city's tallest until 2003.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6k0lu0yzyepkkfm/CentralPlaza.jpg?dl=1)


In 2003, Two International Finance Center was completed and overtook Central Plaza as the city's tallest at the time, standing 1,352 feet tall. Another one of Hong Kong's most famous skyscrapers can be seen close by as well - The Center was completed in 1998 and is currently the city's 5th tallest with a height of 1,135 feet tall.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/p6h32ec566ve6nc/CenterIFC.jpg?dl=1)


Hong Kong's tallest building is the International Commerce Centre - rising 1,538 feet tall, this incredible building took nearly 8 years to build and was finally completed in 2010. It's currently the world's 10th tallest building, and the views from the top are truly extraordinary.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6n4b4b3ngz2al2/ICC.jpg?dl=1)


-korver


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Replies

art128: Thanks! Took a while to get it just right (and actually looking like the real thing), glad you liked it :)

Tyberius06: Thank you very much, always cool to hear that :thumbsup:

kbieniu7: Thank you very much! It was important as you mentioned to mix styles, but not to overdo it either :P I think I found the right proportions though, glad you liked it!

noahclem: Thanks for the nice comment! :)

Akallan: Thank you very much! I hope it measures up :P

kelis: Thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed it.

Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: dyoungyn on November 22, 2017, 08:41:23 AM
Wow, reminds me of my many times I have enjoyed Hong Kong; still amazes me every time I visit.

Great job and exacting detail ::)
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: Alan_Waters on November 22, 2017, 09:02:47 AM
Incredibly cool! I admire your art! &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: bombardiere on November 22, 2017, 09:42:06 AM
So many great updates and great cities.  &apls It must be hard work to find out all those BATs.  :o

I love to see your updates, even if I don't comment those allways.  :)
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: vortext on November 22, 2017, 10:00:10 AM
I love to see your updates, even if I don't comment those allways.  :)

Same, been lurking each one and constantly amazed with the level of detail.  &apls

Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: noahclem on November 22, 2017, 12:44:43 PM
Great bat selection as always and the use of animation really brings things to life (ok, that sounds a little silly/redundant but you know what I mean). Clever use of those airport bats as part of the tower base--though I don't understand how the roof line at the middle end of that was accomplished. I've used that set for other stuff as well, but mainly just a convention center roof as the lack of night lights reduces their usefulness in many situations. That dirty, HD tenament (PvM?) is a favorite bat of mine but one that's difficult to find a niche for--of course you've found that perfectly here :D  Ditto the ICC and all the other really tall towers, for that matter.
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: feyss on November 22, 2017, 01:07:53 PM
Perfect!  ;)
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: brick_mortimer on November 22, 2017, 01:14:04 PM
Wow, seeing the world from my couch and loving it!

Are you going to do Chep Lap Kok as well?
I still remember approaching the airport through lot's of low hanging clouds and suddenly seeing a fishingboat next to the plane when we came out of the clouds and hit the runway  :)
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: Akallan on November 23, 2017, 07:43:11 AM
Wow! It's amazing! The level of detail, the buildings used, everything is really well done. The atmosphere of the city gives really good with the images of night, we see that everything is very alive everywhere, it's great!

But the detail that makes all the difference is the yellow pedestrian crossings (a thought for Kelis)! :P

Seriously, excellent! :squirrel:
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: art128 on November 24, 2017, 04:44:37 AM
Absolutely stunning update again! (i feel like i'm repeating myself, but i cannot express differently how i feel when i see each of your updates)
I have always loved Hong Kong in general so when i see it recreated in Simcity, I feel happy!
Quite frankly you nailed it with the elevated walkways using Glenni's props.

Though Hong Kong is LHD....  ;D
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: mattb325 on November 24, 2017, 04:45:25 PM
Stunning!

It's nice to see paulvmontfort and bixels work displayed so deftly  ;)
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: kelis on November 25, 2017, 03:48:16 AM
Wow! It's amazing! The level of detail, the buildings used, everything is really well done. The atmosphere of the city gives really good with the images of night, we see that everything is very alive everywhere, it's great!

But the detail that makes all the difference is the yellow pedestrian crossings (a thought for Kelis)! :P

Seriously, excellent! :squirrel:

I had problems so that it works correctly in the new versions of NAM but in the first recreation that I made around 2008 I used the yellow  pedestrian crossings ;D

Well as I said, I like so much Kowloon, you have really captured that feeling that Kowloon has. Congratulations once again  &apls &apls
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: Nanami on November 25, 2017, 10:23:53 PM
Its really dense but yeah as what do you expect from HK... Yup another great work here...
Title: Re: Hong Kong / True Earth / Updated 11-22
Post by: reddonquixote on November 27, 2017, 12:09:19 AM
 &apls &apls &apls

So many updates I missed. Amazing work as always  :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: korver on November 27, 2017, 07:17:55 AM

- UPDATE 58: Los Angeles -

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/hvrlm5c8kagna8d/LA2Banner.jpg?dl=1)


Today we're going to be taking a look at the United States' second largest city - Los Angeles - the "City of Angels". Its a city filled with iconic skyscrapers and landmarks - such as the beautiful Bullocks Wilshire building. Completed in 1929, it's one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco style, and was one of its most prominent department stores. In 1978, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5hdzjy5v42ktsoc/Bullock.jpg?dl=1)


Hollywood Hills is one of LA's most beautiful areas - its winding, hilly streets are surrounded by stunning mansions, home to many of the city's wealthiest people.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/1svphxrcdpuck8h/HollywoodHills.jpg?dl=1)


Running through the heart of the city, the Los Angeles River was filled with concrete in the 1930s and is one of the city's most unique sights.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/jlpd1u0pkc2gncg/LARiver.jpg?dl=1)


The LA area is home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Venice Beach is one of the city's most popular destinations, and can get quite crowded during the summer months.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/rjeia78oejp7akt/VeniceBeach.jpg?dl=1)


The Staples Center is one of Los Angeles' premier entertainment venues. Completed in 1999, its home to a number of professional sports franchises, such as the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, the WNBA's Sparks, and the NHL's Kings.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/8d6ycdu370rg9u9/StaplesCenter.jpg?dl=1)


The famous Griffith Observatory was completed in 1935 - this building offers incredible views of downtown LA and the nearby Hollywood Sign, and is also home to an wide array of science and space displays for locals and tourists alike to enjoy.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/r2ka64c1p7tx23q/GriffithObservatory.jpg?dl=1)


The Hollywood Sign is one of the world's most famous signs, and can be seen for miles around. It's been one of LA's most iconic attractions and popular tourist destinations since its completion in 1923 (when it originally spelt out "Hollywoodland").


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/aqoy4ex3c8va063/HollywoodSign.jpg?dl=1)


The Capitol Records Building was completed in 1956 and is another one of the city's most iconic buildings. Resembling a stack of records, this building has remained one of the country's most famous recording studios ever since.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/0bcnjahvo84ilgo/CapitalRecords.jpg?dl=1)


Our last stop is LA's Financial District - its filled with stunning skyscrapers like the U.S. Bank Tower and Gas Company Tower.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ll4o9xg0ranru9/1.jpg?dl=1)


From 1989 to 2017, the 1,018 foot tall U.S. Bank Tower (formerly known as the Library Tower) was the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles (since surpassed by the 1,100 foot tall Wilshire Grand Center).


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ovuv3uzhw4195w/LibraryTower.jpg?dl=1)


LA at night is truly extraordinary.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/hrkzkm6qbzl4h4n/DowntownLANight.jpg?dl=1)


-korver


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Replies

dyoungyn: Thank you very much, glad you liked it!

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the nice words! :)

bombardiere: Thank you very much! Finding the HK BATs wasn't too terribly difficult (I just downloaded every HKABT BAT on ST and put them in my plugins :P) - it was the more obscure stuff from various Japanese sites that really took a while to track down.

vortext: Thanks for the comment, much appreciated :)

noahclem: Thank you very much! Those airport pieces are my secret weapon, they seem to look good wherever I put them :P I reduced the occupancy size to 1x1x1 in reader though and put them on 1x1 lots so they overhang alot, which gives alot more flexibility - I think that answers your question if I'm understanding it correctly.

feyss: Thank you! :)

brick_mortimer: Thanks for the comment! I'm actually working on a different airport behind the scenes right now for another update - its taking forever though, and I have a few other updates to work on so we'll see. ;)

Akallan: Thank you very much! I saw that mod a while back and I knew I had to put it to good use :) I think that crosswalk mod and the Asian styled elevated road mod really gave it that HK look in the end :)

art128: Thanks! I had to get creative with those walkways, glad you liked them :) And yeah, I coulda sworn I turned it to LHD before making the recreation but I was working on a couple other RHD recreations at the time and I guess I forgot to change it back when I took the pics :P I updated it though so everything should be correct now.

mattb325: Thank you very much for the comment!

kelis: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! :) I think it should actually work with the newer versions of NAM too - fortunately I never ran into any issues getting the mod working.

Nanami: Thanks! I wanted to get it as dense as possible ;D

reddonquixote: Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed it :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: feyss on November 27, 2017, 07:40:09 AM
I really like the second picture. The terrain mod is well chosen   :thumbsup:

Other pictures are great too of course  ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: Nanami on November 27, 2017, 08:13:47 AM
Ah LA... one of the entertainment capital of the world..

You probably done a very great job on remaking LA (consider my previous attempt to create it in 2015 which is rather failed). As one of the scene, the Hollywood Hills, its really awesome how the default maxis mansion can be turned into a multi billion dollars mansion realistically there. The traffic obviously create the real atmosphere of the city etc..
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: Ralfger on November 27, 2017, 06:06:28 PM
Just amazing!  &hlp
The LA beach is incredible - do you use a terrain mod or how did you achieve that look??? :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: citybuilder234 on November 27, 2017, 06:22:29 PM
Where is the Wilshire Grand Tower??
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: Akallan on November 27, 2017, 06:50:32 PM
Well, I'm not disappointed! A wonderful update, I love the capitol and the last image of night. Very nice job! The small residential areas are very beautiful too ... In fact, to put it simply, everything is beautiful! :thumbsup:

Where is the Wilshire Grand Tower??
The building you are quoting has finished its construction in 2017, so it is normal not to find it in the LEX or STEX, maybe a day will come! ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: Simmer2 on November 28, 2017, 01:26:00 AM
That last tower, looks like the one that got busted up by the alien ship in the old Independence Day movie!

Excellent composition  &apls

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: kelis on November 28, 2017, 11:54:47 AM
I love downtown !! Never been there but it must be a fantastic city and definitely you nailed  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: korver on November 29, 2017, 04:46:18 PM
Thanks for all the comments everyone. Much appreciated :)

feyss - Glad you enjoyed it :thumbsup: I've been asked about that terrain mod before - if you or anyone else is interested in it, I posted a DL link here. (https://www.dropbox.com/s/c8uv8qxwr0qxaa4/AndesTerrainMod.zip?dl=1)

Nanami - Thanks! I figured this would be my one and only chance to use those Maxis Mansions (which are surprisingly decent, especially with KOSC's lovely lotting), so I wanted to put them to good use ;)

Ralfger - Thank you very much! I believe I used the Sahara Terrain Mod (https://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/31347-sahara-terrain-mod/) to achieve that look on the beach.

citybuilder234 - Unfortunately, it hasn't been released yet as Akallan mentioned ;)

Akallan - Thank you for the kind words Akallan! :)

Simmer2 - Although it's been about 15 years since I last saw it, I still remember that epic scene ;D Thanks for the comment :)

kelis - Thank you very much kelis, glad you liked it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: Tyberius06 on November 29, 2017, 04:55:52 PM
Well, probably (and as I see others don't have this problem) you bombed us a lot of nice pictures with the recent updates, but I can't see any of them, because somehow the google chrome don't want to load in the imgur pictures. Neither here on SC4D or over there at simptropolis. The other page at least I can see the links, but than I got an error message that I was redirected to an unsafe page, if I do wish to continoue, and after that I get an other error page, which says that the imgur can't load in and something about an infinit redirecting loop...
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: korver on November 29, 2017, 05:04:40 PM
Hmmm.. that's odd, I'm not sure what would cause that &mmm

Are you able to view dropbox image links fine? (I believe about all the pictures I posted in this MD from 2016 are still dropbox links) If so, I could upload some of the pics from the recent updates to dropbox instead and update the links so you could see them.
Title: Re: True Earth / Los Angeles / Updated 11-27
Post by: Tyberius06 on November 29, 2017, 05:13:55 PM
I would be more than happy! Yes, dropbox is fine I have account for google drive, dropbox and onedrive too... :)

Anyway i chacked with opera browser as well, and the same results. I don't know why it is happening. The same applies Haljackey's pictures too, but after I got the second error page and refresh the Simptropolis page his pictures show up correctly (just on the simptro page, because if I want those pictures open to an other window in which case the browser was open the picture in imgur, I got the error page again.), but yours do not, and that's really odd... :(

Thanks in advance your effort!

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / Toronto / Updated 11-29
Post by: korver on November 29, 2017, 09:06:10 PM

- UPDATE 59: Toronto -

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/k0c9kzwyx9qt9gt/TorontoBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Toronto is the capital of Ontario - and with nearly 6 million people living in its metropolitan area, its the largest city in Canada as well. The city is a global center of banking, communications, and business - and its location makes it a vital transportation hub in the region. The city boats one of the best skylines in all of North America - with its downtown filled with an array of stunning buildings.

Our first stop is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Located on a small island in Lake Ontario, this waterfront airport was first opened back in 1939 as the city's first commercial airport and and has remained one of Canada's busiest airports ever since.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/d3kk16gh8atanvu/BillyBishopAirport.jpg?dl=1)


Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Port of Toronto has been connecting Toronto to the rest of the globe for nearly a century. Its convenient location - close by to railways, highways, and other shipping routes - has made it one of Canada's most important inland ports.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/zrndq03zy2p2rot/RainyDayDocks.gif?dl=1)


The downtown is filled with towering skyscrapers - such as the 951 foot tall First Canadian Place on the left.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/gt2ze5vemeud5cn/TorontoCBD2.jpg?dl=1)


One of the rare big snowfalls in the city.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5ykexyn61r6wk6/Toronto.jpg?dl=1)


A few of the city's recently completed skyscrapers: the 715 foot tall Bay Adelaide Centre West and 688 foot tall Ritz-Carlton Toronto.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/qkr44cc15jka0kk/TorontoNight.jpg?dl=1)


The 688 foot tall Ritz-Carlton Toronto was completed in 2011 and is one of the city's most luxurious hotels.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/vfl9t7fkv4zo2x0/RitzCarlton.jpg?dl=1)


Our last destination will be the city's most iconic landmark...


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/uscwb28kome88c3/Toronto2.jpg?dl=1)


No trip to Toronto is complete without a trip to the famed CN Tower. First opening back in 1976, this 1,815 foot tall tower was the world's tallest freestanding tower upon completion. Be sure to visit the 360 degree rotating restaurant and the viewdeck at the top - on a clear day you can barely make out the skyline of Niagara Falls some 40 miles away.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/4pjd6mnz7itc7hg/CN%20Tower.jpg?dl=1)


-korver


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Replies

Tyberius06: I went ahead and swapped out the pictures in both the LA and Hong Kong updates - let me know if that helped :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Toronto / Updated 11-29
Post by: Tyberius06 on November 30, 2017, 05:25:30 AM
Thank you very much Korver!
Now I can see the pictures (Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Toronto). All of them is very beautiful. Toronto is an other place on my list to visit! :)
I can see a few funny solutions, which I've never thought about. On the One of the rare big snowfalls in the city. picture, the left upper corner there are multiple buildings put together, do you remember what is the white roof building on the upper side of the diagonal road above/next to the triangle shape building? White roof, circle shape enteriour... It's kind of familiar, but I'm not sure about it.

Thanks in advance! :)

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / Toronto / Updated 11-29
Post by: feyss on November 30, 2017, 11:10:12 AM
Cities full of skyscrapers has always been the thing I like the least in MDs, but here everything seems to be at the perfect place. With LA and now Toronto, you managed it perfectly.

Thanks for the link btw  ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Toronto / Updated 11-29
Post by: Kitsune on November 30, 2017, 11:15:28 AM
Cities full of skyscrapers has always been the thing I like the least in MDs, but here everything seems to be at the perfect place. With LA and now Toronto, you managed it perfectly.

Thanks for the link btw  ;)

I've heard a lot people say Toronto is the most sim city city out there  :D
Title: Re: True Earth / Toronto / Releases / Updated 12-1
Post by: korver on December 01, 2017, 12:22:07 PM
Appreciate the nice comments! :)

Tyberius06 - Thanks for the comment! Glad to hear that you can see the pictures now :thumbsup: The building in question is Reddonquixote's Melbourne Aqauarium. In order to use it, you'll need his HD Prop pack (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3432) (I used the MN one I think for that specific file - and you'll only need the Aquarium files from it if that's all your using). I pretty much just shrunk down the occupancy size of the Aquarium down to 1,1,1 and put it on a 1x1 lot so I could plop it anywhere, including right up next to diagonal street corners. I went ahead and uploaded the lot and desc files for it though in any case to my dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/30kmdahlnp2gqff/RDQAquariumLot.zip?dl=0) (just make sure it loads it after the original files).

feyss - Thank you very much for the nice words! :)

Kitsune - I can certainly see why :D Thanks for stopping by.
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: korver on December 02, 2017, 03:25:27 AM

- New Zealand (Preview) -


For my next update, we'll be taking a look at one of the world's most beautiful countries: New Zealand. With majestic mountain ranges, geysers, glaciers, fjords, and waterfalls dotting the landscape - along with some of the of the world's most beautiful cities - any trip here is truly unforgettable. The full update is going to be a bit larger than usual and I'm still putting the finishing touches on it, so enjoy a couple preview updates in the meantime :)


We'll start off in the countryside on the South Island - with the sheep population outnumbering people 7 to 1 - expect to see plenty of them for as far as the eye can see!


(https://imgur.com/hddPqO5.jpg)


One of the country's most stunning natural wonders - Sutherland Falls, located in Fiordland National Park on the South Island.


(https://imgur.com/HoixVwL.jpg)


-korver


Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: Seaman on December 02, 2017, 04:16:50 AM
that's sheep!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: vortext on December 02, 2017, 05:11:56 AM
The water reflection in the lake is just beautifully done.  &apls

that's sheep!  :thumbsup:

and two cows!  :D
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: reddonquixote on December 02, 2017, 03:22:33 PM
Can't keep up  :D

New Zealand is exciting, can't wait to see more. LA and Toronto very good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: Unconstantean on December 02, 2017, 04:49:18 PM
just speechless  &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: mattb325 on December 02, 2017, 09:44:58 PM
That picture of Sutherland Falls is spot on  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview / Updated 12-2
Post by: art128 on December 03, 2017, 04:09:45 AM
Absolutely mesmerizing landscapes. Man and this is just the preview! Looking forward for the full update!
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview #2 / Updated 12-5
Post by: korver on December 05, 2017, 05:46:35 AM

- New Zealand (Preview #2) -


New Zealand is getting close to completion, but in the meantime enjoy one last preview before the full update :)


Fiordland National Park holds another one of the country's most incredible natural wonders, Milford Sound. It's one of the world's most impressive fiords.


(https://imgur.com/ZdSieEI.jpg)


New Zealand is known for its geysers, and few can compare to its impressive Pohutu Geyser. Erupting up to 20 times a day, it can reach heights up to 100 feet tall.


(https://imgur.com/VGvRihW.jpg)


I'll also be taking a close look at the country's largest city, Auckland. Its Sky Tower is truly spectacular, as is the rest of the skyline which I'm currently finishing up.


(https://imgur.com/FWo0ZD0.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Seaman: It's New Zealand, so expect to see a lot of them :P There's going to be even more in the final update, too ;D

vortext: Thank you very much! Glad you liked the reflection :thumbsup:

reddonquixote: Thank you! I have a lot of stuff I'm finishing up here at the end of the year, so it might be tough to keep up :P

Unconstantean: Glad you liked it :)

mattb325: Thank you very much! :)

art128: Thanks for the kind words!

Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview #2 / Updated 12-5
Post by: metarvo on December 05, 2017, 07:05:53 AM
New Zealand is a place I've thought about going before — the natural beauty is stunning.  That geyser would be a real treat to see.  Nice update, Korver!

 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview #2 / Updated 12-5
Post by: Akallan on December 05, 2017, 11:14:32 AM
Simply magnificent! The mountains are dream, your updates with images over-mmp miss me a little! Great job, thank you! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview #2 / Updated 12-5
Post by: Simmer2 on December 05, 2017, 12:04:27 PM
Stunning mountain scene  &apls &apls

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand: Preview #2 / Updated 12-5
Post by: kelis on December 07, 2017, 04:22:21 AM
Stunning scenes my friend !! The Sky Tower is beautiful  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-8
Post by: korver on December 08, 2017, 06:50:14 AM

- UPDATE 60: New Zealand -

(https://imgur.com/DA2VyjD.jpg)


Today we'll be taking a look at one of the world's most beautiful countries - New Zealand. With geysers, mountains, fjords, and waterfalls dotting the landscape - along with some of the of the world's most beautiful cities - any trip here is truly unforgettable.

We'll start off in the countryside on the South Island - with the sheep population outnumbering people 7 to 1 - expect to see sheep and plenty of them for as far as the eye can see.


(https://imgur.com/hddPqO5.jpg)


You may get stuck in a traffic jam or two here as well..


(https://imgur.com/mbwGX3j.jpg)


New Zealand is a land of incredible natural wonders, and one of its most beautiful destinations can be found deep in Fiordland National Park. Cascading 1,904 feet from Lake Quill, there's really no other place on Earth like the incredible Sutherland Falls.


(https://imgur.com/HoixVwL.jpg)


Further north in Fiordland National Park is another one of New Zealand's wonders - Milford Sound. This incredibly grand fiord is a natural treasure, with towering peaks and pristine forests surrounding its shores. Not surprisingly, the fiord is a popular cruise ship destination as well.


(https://imgur.com/ZdSieEI.jpg)


Our last stop on the South Island is none other than New Zealand's tallest point - 12,218 foot tall Mount Cook. The Maoris of the Ngai Tahu tribe who live here believe the mountain has a sacred connection as well - Aoraki (as its referred to in their language) is believed to be the most sacred of ancestors from which they descend.


(https://imgur.com/2mPyO48.jpg)


New Zealand is also a land of geysers - and some of the most amazing ones can be found in Rotorua. The famed Pohutu Geyser erupts up to 20 times a day - at heights up to 100 feet tall - making it one of the most popular attractions in the area.


(https://imgur.com/VGvRihW.gif)


Our last stop will be in New Zealand's largest city - Auckland. Founded back in 1840, it's served as an important industrial and business center ever since, as well as being one of the chief seaports in the region. The skyline is home to a variety of stunning buildings - but they're all dwarfed by the magnificent Sky Tower. Rising 722 feet above the city, the observation deck offers some truly incredible views of the city - and if you're brave enough, bungee jumping as well.


(https://imgur.com/FWo0ZD0.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/486SbxD.gif)


St. Patrick's Cathedral in the heart of downtown is one of the most beautiful sights in the city.


(https://imgur.com/OWHWcjo.jpg)


Some overviews of Auckland's stunning skyline.


(https://imgur.com/Lgs7OVR.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/eYAtPND.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

metarvo: Thanks! I certainly agree, I would love to go there one day :thumbsup:

Akallan: Thanks for the comment and nice words! :)

Simmer2: Thank you very much!  :)

kelis: Thanks! Glad you liked the Sky Tower picture :)

Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-8
Post by: metarvo on December 08, 2017, 07:51:27 AM
Looks like those cars are going to be stopped for quite a while.  ;D  The closest thing to that kind of a traffic jam I've had was having to stop for cows in the road once — sheep are considerably rarer here, though I have seem them on farms from time to time.

That traffic animation of Auckland is truly impressive, as is the night overview.  Nice update!

 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-8
Post by: reddonquixote on December 09, 2017, 03:08:27 AM
Nice! I'm particulalrly drawn to the night scene with the church, but all are very good collection of scenes  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-12
Post by: vinlabsc3k on December 13, 2017, 08:36:09 AM
Amazing as always!! :o
I can't view Los Angeles and Toronto images. :crytissue:
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-12
Post by: korver on December 15, 2017, 02:07:08 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone! :)

metarvo - Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the various types of traffic jams you might find in New Zealand ;D

reddonquixote - Thanks for the kind words! Glad you liked the church scene :thumbsup:

vinlabsc3k - Thank you very much! I had to change those links to dropbox because the imgur links weren't showing for some, unfortunately it seems like dropbox is still blocked in some countries perhaps?  Anyways, the links on the ST version of the entry are still on imgur so you can try those in the meantime.
Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-12
Post by: Seaman on December 16, 2017, 12:15:35 PM
that's even more sheep!

(and I think at least one of them was, in fact, a hobbit!)

Title: Re: True Earth / New Zealand / Updated 12-12
Post by: Akallan on December 17, 2017, 10:58:13 AM
Beautiful images! The images with the mountains are beautiful, the city is very beautiful. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: korver on December 20, 2017, 07:46:19 AM

- UPDATE 61: Canada -

(https://imgur.com/Hd6CN0n.jpg)


After taking a look at Toronto, today we'll be touring the rest of Canada, another one of the world's most beautiful countries. Our tour starts off on the Eastern shores, in the Newfoundland province. The small town of Red Island Harbour is quite picturesque - and the locals here make their living off some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, the Grand Banks. Wintertime can be quite beautiful - if you're lucky, you might get to see a unique wonder that rarely occurs across the globe: pancake ice.


(https://imgur.com/OHyCQK2.jpg)


We travel south to Nova Scotia - where lighthouses dot the coastlines. One of the most famous ones is Peggy's Point Lighthouse - built in 1868, it's one of the areas most famous landmarks and one of Canada's most photographed lighthouses.


(https://imgur.com/wgQjrMg.jpg)


Our next stop is Quebec City. Located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec's capital is one of the most historic cities in all of Canada, and in fact is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It's most famous landmark however is the stunning Château Frontenac - built in 1893, this grand hotel is one of Canada's most spectacular buildings.


(https://imgur.com/0Mav2BI.jpg)


Not too far away is Montréal, the most populous city in Canada's Quebec province and the second largest city in the country. After Paris, it's the largest primarily French-speaking city in the world. Since it's founding as a small colony on Montréal Island back in 1642, it's transformed into an international metropolis ever since.


(https://imgur.com/03G9Fbp.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/6wORbbx.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/n0Idd81.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/daLxjjf.jpg)


We travel into Manitoba where we'll take a look at it's largest city and capital - Winnipeg. Known as the "Gateway to the West", the city is a railway and transportation hub and has a vibrant downtown area.


(https://imgur.com/jEghW7l.jpg)


Canada's great prairies are superb for farming - and have made Saskatchewan known as the breadbasket of Canada. Small rural farms like this one can be seen virtually everywhere.


(https://imgur.com/f7zPzvw.jpg)


We head into Alberta, stopping in the "Gateway to the North" - Edmonton. This city of nearly 1 million is home to one of North America's northernmost skylines, filled with highrises like the 441 ft tall ATB Place (formerly known as the Telus Plaza).


(https://imgur.com/16LK2Fm.jpg)


Our next stop will be in Northern Alberta - in the city of Fort McMurray. Due to its location near valuable oil sands, massive industrial complexes have sprung up and smokestacks can be seen for miles around.


(https://imgur.com/FNVz9xy.jpg)


We head north, venturing into the Arctic - visiting the capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, it's the only city for hundreds of miles around - and wintertime can be especially brutal here. The YK Centre sign has been an icon in the city for decades, tracking the frigid temperatures. With temps reaching as low as -51 C - make sure you dress warmly!


(https://imgur.com/ItJpuNE.jpg)


As we travel further north into Nunavut, the temperatures drop even further - the local Inuit hunters who live here make igloos their home, and have done so for thousands of years. They do a great job of shielding them from the elements - and from the occasional nosy polar bear, too...


(https://imgur.com/lRpO0C6.jpg)


Iqaluit is Nunavut's capital - its a city filled with simple yet beautiful architecture. Colorful houses and unique structures like the igloo-shaped St. Jude's Cathedral make this city of 7,700 people stand out. Iqaluit's name literally means "many fishes" - and has long been a prominent fishing location, but stocks have been declining in recent years.


(https://imgur.com/yFBmQqp.jpg)


We travel back south, and along the shores of Great Bear Lake is where we'll see one of Canada's most awe-inspiring sights - the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora borealis, these colorful lights in the sky are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere.


(https://imgur.com/y49REu3.gif)


Our last stop in the Arctic is the Mackenzie River delta - where we'll get to see one of Canada's most unique natural wonders, the Pingo. These mounds of soil are filled with a core of expanding ice and usually a small pool of water at the top - and when the ice melts, the pingo collapses. Their name originates from Inuvialuktun word for "small hill" - and can reach huge diameters, sometimes as many 2,000 feet wide.


(https://imgur.com/HMKYvv2.jpg)


Our next stop is Calgary - the largest city in Alberta and home of the Calgary Stampede. The city's skyline has seen expansive growth in recent years - giving it one of the most impressive skylines in all of Canada.


(https://imgur.com/GFpTII3.jpg)


The towers of Eigth Avenue Place (completed in 2011 and 2014) rise above the city - they're some of Canada's most spectacular skyscrapers.


(https://imgur.com/HqvsJBL.jpg)


For those wanting to get away from it all, there's no better place than the Canadian Rockies. Stunning lakes like Moraine Lake are nestled between pristine forests and towering peaks - and their turquoise color (caused by glacial flour) is truly mesmerizing.


(https://imgur.com/ttL9auu.jpg)


We make our way to Canada's western coast, stopping to take a look at some of the totem poles that dot the shorelines. The ones here at Stanley Park in Vancouver are one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, and are one of the most recognizable cultural symbols of Western Canada.


(https://imgur.com/DK4NZSJ.jpg)


Our last stop in Western Canada will be Vancouver's downtown - it's one of Canada's best, filled with sleek and modern buildings like the Bentall Centre.  Despite a little rain, it's truly one of Canada's most beautiful cities.


(https://imgur.com/O9kUN8t.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/IVnliZ4.gif)


-korver


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Replies

Seaman: Thanks for the comment! I wanted to make sure I had enough sheep in the countryside pics, I think I accomplished that :P

Akallan: Thanks! Glad you liked the mountains!

Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: metarvo on December 20, 2017, 08:45:20 AM
Awe-inspiring snow scenes here!  :o  ;D  The bright red roofs stand out on the snow like nothing else does.  I had heard that snowy climates often have bright houses — I wonder if this is what inspired the introduction of the different colored metal roofs which we have now in the States.  ;D  I think this is the first time I've seen an igloo in SC4, or even a polar bear for that matter.  Beautiful update!

 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: reddonquixote on December 20, 2017, 09:24:50 AM
As good as your cities are, your nature scenes steal the show every time  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: manga rivotra on December 20, 2017, 02:24:40 PM
I think someone once said that you are a real artist when you have managed to make a forest of smokestacks something beautiful. &Thk/( ....
In fact, no doubt no one has said that  $%Grinno$% but it is clear that, as always, everything here is realistic, perfectly reproduced, captivating and clearly splendid ! &apls &apls &apls
I think we can see a certain poetry in these natural or rural landscapes, these snowy cities, or even these industrial complexes!
In summary I love it! Thank you for giving us all this inspiration every week.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: feyss on December 20, 2017, 04:22:11 PM
Top  :thumbsup:

Those frozen landscapes are my favourites  ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: Badsim on December 21, 2017, 06:32:11 AM
Hi korver ,

Absolutely serious work , as usual , that’s hard to comment each of your updates with all superlatives they deserve and I’m not from a generation for which to press a « like » button is an automatism ,  ::) ,  but yeah , I « Over-like » all that you’re doing … with a preference indeed your rural/nature scenes and old historical city centers .

It has been a rich and inspiring year admiring your recreations , wish you the best and the same creativity for 2018  .

 &apls &apls &apls

Cédric.
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: mattb325 on December 21, 2017, 10:54:45 PM
 :clap:
Lovely as always
 :clap:
Title: Re: True Earth / Canada / Updated 12-20
Post by: APSMS on December 23, 2017, 09:14:12 PM
I imagine one of those breadbasket farms belongs to our resident farmhand Fred. ;)

Incredibly picturesque updates!
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: korver on December 25, 2017, 06:59:48 PM

- UPDATE 62: Mosaics & Bonus Pictures -


A collection of some of my favorite buildings and cities from across the globe that didn't make it into other updates this year - enjoy!


The Grand Canal
Venice, Italy



(https://imgur.com/oJhCAeO.gif)


Commerzbank Tower
Frankfurt, Germany



(https://imgur.com/pFgupRo.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/7P7wq50.jpg)


Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai, China



(https://imgur.com/HQwsDZN.jpg)


Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo, Japan



(https://imgur.com/rHHjkl8.jpg)


Transamerica Pyramid
San Francisco, California, USA



(https://imgur.com/7lLsaFG.jpg)


Downtown Chicago


(https://imgur.com/jEV1PdT.jpg)


And finally, a couple more mosaics and panoramas from Sydney.


(https://imgur.com/grwEScH.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/f4yIUNW.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/7HWpYjN.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/xF0mqXt.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/0yh6M9S.jpg)


Every New Year's Eve, Sydney is home to one of the world's most amazing fireworks displays. Its truly a sight to behold.


(https://imgur.com/7rj5ZVT.jpg)


Note: As with a number of my other updates, lots of custom models had to be imported into the game from various sites like 3d warehouse.


-korver


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Replies

metarvo: Thank you very much! I'm not too sure on why exactly the houses in the Arctic are so colorful, but it's certainly quite beautiful and inspired me to do the pic ;)

reddonquixote: Thanks! Glad you liked the nature scenes :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thank you very much for the nice comment! :)

feyss: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! :)

Badsim: Thanks for the nice words, glad you liked it! I'll probably be moving towards doing more rural/nature scenes in 2018, so stay tuned :) And also thanks for your fantastic work with the VIP Terrain Mod - I was finally able to put it to use with a few pics in this update and it's truly stunning :)

mattb325: Thanks for the comment :)

APSMS: Certainly could be ;) Thanks for the nice words!

Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: kelis on December 26, 2017, 06:11:08 AM
This is really beautiful ! Looks like we love the same cities and buildings ! I have no words for that Venecian picture, It should takes a lot of time and effort...

Thanks once again for your amazing job Korver 😉
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: Alan_Waters on December 26, 2017, 07:59:41 AM
Terrific! Particularly shocked by the park and the highway with a bridge. Unfortunately, such an overpass in the game is impossible. Terrific! You are a master-creator!  &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: vortext on December 26, 2017, 08:54:09 AM
OMG Venice!!!  :o   &apls &apls  &apls

Out of curiosity I just have to ask how you did that. Obviously it's a render of a premade model but how many parts does the ingame city consist of? And how did you manage the waterways? And the lighting? So many questions.  :D

Honestly I'd love to see a 'making of' entry sometime, doesn't matter which of your beautiful recreations, as I think it'd be really interesting to see how you go about.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: art128 on December 26, 2017, 11:52:55 AM
Stunning work on Venice... For a moment i thought that was a real picture. :)

The other mosaics are very well made too, love the skytree. Good job on Chicago too.
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: mattb325 on December 26, 2017, 03:01:47 PM
All amazing pictures, but Venice is just stunning! How many batted pieces were involved in making that?...it boggles the mind  :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: Themistokles on December 26, 2017, 05:39:30 PM
Venice is always the crown of cities and your rendition is spectacular ;D Also loved the Canada episode (and that's an understatement because I've run out of superlatives). I especially like the rural sceneries.

Outstanding work this year! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: Akallan on December 27, 2017, 02:12:28 PM
Venice... :o It is a magnificent achievement and impressive! Congratulations! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: reddonquixote on December 27, 2017, 09:20:53 PM
Venice is a masterpiece. Korver, you are a modern day Canaletto  &apls &apls

Amazing job with Sydney as well of course  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Mosaics & Bonus Pictures / Updated 12-25
Post by: kbieniu7 on December 28, 2017, 03:24:55 PM
Wow, wow, wow... just don't know how to start commenting...

Just would repeat that Venice picture is incredibily incredible. Just so.

As well as igloo's picture from Canada and high-altitude wievs on New Zealand mountains.

Incredible  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic New York City / Updated 12-29
Post by: korver on December 29, 2017, 06:08:31 PM

- UPDATE 63: Historic New York City -

(https://imgur.com/a7XIWKV.jpg)


For my last two updates of the year, we're taking a look at one of the world's greatest cities - New York City, in the past and in the present. Today, we're going back in time once again - to take a look at historic New York City, primarily in Midtown Manhattan. Pretty much all the pictures will be set in 1935 - but I went even further back with a few.

We'll begin with a look at one of the city's most iconic landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. Opening in 1886, it was originally a stunning bronze color like depicted - but as oxidation set in over the years, it transformed into its trademark green by the 1920s.


(https://imgur.com/xkmVYxY.jpg)


The Plaza Hotel is another one of New York City's most iconic structures - since its completion in 1907, its been one of the city's most opulent and extravagant hotels. Horse drawn carriages were the primary way to get around when it was first completed and they were a common sight on the streets.


(https://imgur.com/0Dn5CPc.jpg)


The Chrysler Building was opened in 1930 and is one of the city's most beautiful Art Deco skyscrapers. For a brief period of time, it was the world's tallest building - only to be surpassed by the Empire State Building a few years later.


(https://imgur.com/6XcIP4Q.jpg)


The stunning Empire State Building was world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970 - and to this day it remains one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers. It's one of the city's Art Deco masterpieces.


(https://imgur.com/5XH1xXM.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/7yiqO7b.jpg)


The Sherry-Netherland is another one of New York City's Art Deco gems. Opening in 1927, it rises 560 feet over Central Park and is one of the city's most beautiful hotels.


(https://imgur.com/OeikJpR.jpg)


Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and has been one of the city's most crowded transportation hubs ever since.


(https://imgur.com/HCarc7P.jpg)


Bryant Park dates back to 1847 and has been one of the city's most popular spots ever since. The surrounding New York Public Library was added in 1895 and is currently the world's fourth largest library.


(https://imgur.com/Tpx2zTm.jpg)


The buildings of the Rockefeller Center were completed in the 1930s and are another fine example of the city's Art Deco style during this period.


(https://imgur.com/NDOMbxk.jpg)


The stunning Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was completed in 1931 and was the world's tallest hotel for over 30 years.


(https://imgur.com/TxMWVls.jpg)


The nearby Chanin Building was opened in 1929 and was widely known for its beautiful brick and terra-cotta facade.


(https://imgur.com/OgUpom1.jpg)


The Helmsley Building is another one of the city's most recognizable buildings during this period - and is known for the road running directly through it.


(https://imgur.com/4kFJgtt.jpg)


Times Square has long been one of the city's most crowded and popular destinations - and is surrounded by beautiful buildings like the One Times Square Building.


(https://imgur.com/uoWMZ7M.jpg)


The Brooklyn Bridge is another one of the city's most recognizable landmarks - first opening back in 1883, it finally gave the people of the city a way to cross the river without using the ferry.


(https://imgur.com/mhH3GMP.jpg)


New York City used to have one of the country's most extensive el-rail lines - throughout the early 1900s they were widely used, but soon fell into disuse and were eventually torn down.


(https://imgur.com/7l0PtYJ.jpg)


A couple of snowy and rainy days in New York City.


(https://imgur.com/aXXvRw5.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/biWOEt4.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/qAkl6iB.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/mXU1epL.jpg)


Some more assorted views of Manhattan.


(https://imgur.com/FJMagma.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/EQz7NYg.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/pktYpv5.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/J66KHKY.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/DGQryt9.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/6sXgFki.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/5NTyKQa.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/SQEf6hg.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/ugLzsN5.jpg)


A few more nighttime views from across the city.


(https://imgur.com/QClQJaA.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/mcVVU48.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/h7Dwt2w.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/KK2e1Av.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/8pVvRbY.jpg)


One of the many beautiful parks that dot the city - Madison Square Park.


(https://imgur.com/tBaueTD.jpg)


Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park dates back to 1857 and has been an urban oasis ever since.


(https://imgur.com/Yb4xmyn.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/kRmQsG4.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/3QVDbRI.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/UHZloJv.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/hRSZVYh.jpg)


An overview of stunning Central Park.


(https://imgur.com/yjd8JeK.jpg)


Finally, a few overviews of Midtown Manhattan in all its glory.


(https://imgur.com/LWf2HzR.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/eLkPikM.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

kelis: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it! :)

Alan_Waters: Thanks! Yeah, unfortunately those highway props I rendered aren't functional, but they look pretty close to the real thing in any case :) Glad you liked it.

vortext: Thanks! Pretty much I had to divide everything onto 16x16 tiles or smaller, or else gmax wouldn't accept the LODs, so it took a while to get everything rendered. I'm not sure on the exact number, but it was quite a few :P I used some plop water pieces for the waterways, but I did use some editing on the ripples, reflections, and lights to get the most out of the scene. I might consider some sort of guide when I have some free time ;)

art128: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed the mosaics :)

mattb325: It took forever and was almost too much for my PC to handle, but it was worth it :P Thanks for the comment :)

Themistokles: Thank you very much for the kind words! :)

Akallan: Thanks for the nice comment :)

reddonquixote: Thank you very much for the nice words :thumbsup:

kbieniu7: Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed it :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Historic New York City / Updated 12-29
Post by: art128 on December 29, 2017, 08:34:26 PM
I'm at loss of words here. Even Broadway is extremely precisely made.
Shame there's no good quality ESB or GE Building though. Also where's the flatiron!?
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic New York City / Updated 12-29
Post by: reddonquixote on December 30, 2017, 01:26:37 AM
My favourite is the second to last one, with the view of central park, and the airship is a great touch  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic New York City / Updated 12-29
Post by: dyoungyn on December 30, 2017, 08:07:34 AM
 &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls Very Impressive!

 I have and still am very amazed on humans ability to build taller and taller at leaps and bounds. 

I see you even have the Woolworth building, Manahattan, NY was truly a U.S. achievement for the tallest in the world in the summer of 1929. 

Again, amazing detail and absolutely love this type of city building.
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic New York City / Updated 12-29
Post by: mattb325 on December 30, 2017, 06:09:33 PM
New York called, and it wants its city back  :D

Amazing! I thought the Sydney/Vienna/London (etc, etc) scenes would have been difficult to top, but amazingly you've outdone yourself  &apls

Many others have attempted to recreate New York but come unstuck. It's so lovely to see Reddonquixote, Aaron Graham, JP schreifer, darknonno, parisian, diego del llano (and others who have released NY content over the years...sorry if I've missed anyone) Bats being used to such stunning effect.

The central park mosaic blew my mind  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic New York City / Updated 12-29
Post by: Akallan on December 30, 2017, 06:48:54 PM
Beautiful, the night views are breathtaking! It seems that there are no limits for you! :o
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City / Updated 12-31
Post by: korver on December 31, 2017, 01:50:44 PM

- UPDATE 64: New York City -

(https://imgur.com/VposHnj.jpg)


After taking a look at historic New York City - we'll take a look at this incredible city in the modern day. The Statue of Liberty is one of New York City's most iconic landmarks - originally bronze when it was completed in 1886, it turned green over the years due to oxidation and has greeted millions of immigrants coming into the United States.


(https://imgur.com/lEwAugB.jpg)


The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the city's most famous landmarks - at the time of its opening in 1883, it was the world's longest suspension bridge and quickly became known across the globe.


(https://imgur.com/fFVai7E.jpg)


Lower Manhattan boasts some of the world's most incredible skyscrapers. In the early 1900s, Art Deco high rises like the incredible Woolworth Building dominated the skyline, and the entire area quickly became an important financial and business hub. Today, Lower Manhattan continues to grow upwards with buildings like the World Trade Center complex after the original twin towers fell on September 11th, 2001.


(https://imgur.com/LpLN7Tm.jpg)


Snowy days can be quite stunning in New York City - especially among the high rises of Midtown Manhattan.


(https://imgur.com/nivcZ1a.jpg)


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the city's most unique and beautiful buildings - designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it's been a popular attraction since its opening in 1959.


(https://imgur.com/fBSN9Pp.jpg)


Since its opening in 1857, Central Park has been an oasis in the heart of the city and one of its most popular destinations.


(https://imgur.com/vJTyClv.jpg)


The United Nations Headquarters was completed in 1952 by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. The complex has served as the official world headquarters of the UN ever since.


(https://imgur.com/RuMHyUZ.jpg)


Madison Square Garden is one of New York City's most famous venues - from professional basketball, hockey, boxing, concerts, and more - there's always something going on here.


(https://imgur.com/JFeQkOm.jpg)


The Empire State Building was opened in 1931 - standing 1,250 feet tall, it has remained an icon of the city ever since and is particularly striking at night.


(https://imgur.com/ns1rGEy.jpg)


A mosaic of Midtown Manhattan at night - one of the world's most awe-inspiring skylines.


(https://imgur.com/nGJdgjw.jpg)


Thanks once again to everyone for your support throughout the course of 2017!


-korver


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Replies

art128: Thanks for the comment! :) Yeah, it's a shame about some of those buildings - I actually felt that the quality of the Maxis landmarks was okay, but the scale was the main concern. I was thinking about doing a scene with the Flatiron Building, but the quality of the models out there wasn't the greatest and didn't really do it justice.

reddonquixote: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I had to make sure to include at least one zeppelin to really get that 1930s NYC feeling ;)

dyoungyn: Thanks for the kind words! :)

mattb325: Thank you very much! I tried to get as much variety as possible from all the great NYC authors out there and the final result was quite stunning! :)

Akallan: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! :)

Title: Re: True Earth / New York City / Updated 12-31
Post by: art128 on December 31, 2017, 05:17:04 PM
Splendid work on New York again.

I have to admit i was a bit disappointed you didn't make a picture with the twin towers but eh, it's been done already in the paste so yeah.

Happy New Year! And to start the year greatly, welcome to the Classics!
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City / Updated 12-31
Post by: reddonquixote on December 31, 2017, 06:23:33 PM
Central park is beautifully done, and stunning night scenes as well  &apls &apls

(Now wondering if I should have made a Statue of Liberty that aligns to the grid though...  &Thk/( )
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City / Updated 12-31
Post by: manga rivotra on January 01, 2018, 05:22:21 PM
Quote
Finally, a few overviews of Midtown Manhattan in all its glory.
Oh yes this is glorious !  :o , like all that you do in fact!  ;)
I do not think there's enough superlative to describe what you've achieved this year, but one thing is for sure, as soon as I'm lacking in inspiration or just when I want to take full eyes, I come here see your work and I realize that this game definitely has no limits in your artist's hands!  &apls &apls &apls
Thank you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City / Updated 12-31
Post by: korver on January 19, 2018, 04:05:12 PM
Replies

art128 - Thanks for the nice words! Yeah, I was thinking about including a pic with the twin towers, but I ended up just doing the two updates for the 30s and present day. I might revisit NYC sometime later on, doing more historical recreations from throughout the city's history - so I'll be sure to keep them in mind for any possible update.

Also, thanks for moving me into classics :thumbsup:

reddonquixote - Thank you very much! Yeah, that was a bit of a shame that it didn't line up perfectly - but even with the statue being off a bit the scene still turned out pretty nice :thumbsup:

manga rivotra - Thanks so much for the nice words, I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I really appreciated all the nice comments you posted throughout the course of 2017, they mean a lot to me :)
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City / Updated 12-31
Post by: kbieniu7 on January 21, 2018, 12:05:07 PM
The panorama over the Manhattan, both during the day and night, is breathtaking :o one can really feel the amount of... everything. Both the city itself, as well as your work that you had to put there  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: korver on January 30, 2018, 01:49:10 PM

- UPDATE 65: Japan (Preview) -

For our next destination, we're traveling to another one of the world's most beautiful countries - Japan. We'll be taking a look at some of the country's most stunning landmarks, skylines, landscapes and more. I'm getting close to finishing it up, but in the meantime - here's a little preview of what's to come :)


Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

(https://imgur.com/b92s90y.jpg)


Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi

(https://imgur.com/AUarFj2.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

kbieniu7: Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed the pictures! :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: Gugu3 on January 31, 2018, 03:31:28 AM
Great pictures as always!
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: dyoungyn on January 31, 2018, 09:25:50 AM
My all time favorite and longest time living and oldest population, lovely Nippon (Japan).  I have spent 14 years in this wonderful country and their culture and history goes back thousands of years and Japan is recognized as the oldest country in world history as China was in dis-array and India could not even create a wheel at the time. 
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: Themistokles on January 31, 2018, 12:11:49 PM
So well done, as always! The realism level of the cross-roads and the temple with its torii is outstanding, and also a quite interesting visualisation of the dualism of Japanese society.
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: reddonquixote on February 01, 2018, 12:28:27 AM
The crossing is amazing can't wait to see more  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: mattb325 on February 04, 2018, 01:32:01 AM
Ahh - I love the crossing  :thumbsup:. I've walked across there in real life (and hit my head on the exit signs that hang from the ceilings on the nearby railway station... I guess they don't quite make them for tall westerners)  :D) But it looks almost identical to how I remember it  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: metarvo on February 04, 2018, 07:47:06 AM
Stunning crosswalk scene!  It almost has a way of drawing you into the atmosphere of the area.  The peaceful temple is the perfect foil for the bustling cityscape.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful land that is Japan.  Good work!

 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: korver on February 13, 2018, 07:38:12 AM
Replies

Gugu3 - Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

dyoungyn - Thank you very much! I think you'll enjoy what I what in store for the full update! :)

Themistokles - The contrast between the scenes is one of the reasons why I picked Japan, it's really such a fascinating and incredible country. Thanks for the kind words!

reddonquixote - Glad you liked it, thanks for the nice words! :thumbsup:

mattb325 - Thank you very much! Always good to hear it resembled the real thing :thumbsup:

metarvo - Thanks, glad you enjoyed the crosswalk scene!
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: carlfatal on February 13, 2018, 04:34:43 PM
I am not the most active member but I always have to llok into Your MD if I visit SC4D. But I am totally sorry, cause I am running out of superlatives. I love the Venice picture, and wow, Your picture of Frankfurt is really close to the original (I mean, I am living there, not at this place in the center but...).
But hey, I have no words anymore, I am still overwhelmed by the NY pics and this Tolyo crossing... Forgive me!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan (Preview) / Updated 1-30
Post by: geminiasp on February 18, 2018, 12:38:04 AM
Oh my... your pictures and places are absolutely breathtaking.  :o

I looked at this because I noticed you were doing Japan (YAY!). I had to check out all your other works as well, these are amazing! I have no other words.
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: korver on February 25, 2018, 01:25:22 PM

- UPDATE 66: Japan -

(https://imgur.com/32d6SSE.jpg)


Today we'll be taking a look at one of the world's most beautiful countries - Japan. With an impressive mix of new and old structures, landscapes, natural wonders and more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe. Our tour begins with a trip to the famous Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, located near Hiroshima on the western side of the country. It's one of the country's most sacred sites and popular tourist destinations - its 45 foot high Torii Gate is truly breathtaking.


(https://imgur.com/AUarFj2.jpg)


We travel east to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan - where we'll visit one of the country's most iconic landmarks: the famous Golden Pavilion. Originally completed in 1397, this site has been a symbol of Kyoto for centuries. Despite being completely rebuilt in 1955, this famous Zen temple still retains its charm and beauty - and its famed gold leaf exterior attracts plenty of tourists.


(https://imgur.com/6MiVSJM.jpg)


Japan is a country that's also known for its stunning countryside - and its rice paddies are one of the country's most famous sites. With nearly 80% of the country covered in mountains, terraces like these can be seen for miles around.


(https://imgur.com/x0e9nFh.jpg)


Japan is also one of the world's largest tea producers - and beautiful tea plantations are a common sight in the countryside.


(https://imgur.com/9oPH97C.jpg)


Not too far away is another one of the country's most iconic sights: Mount Fuji. Standing 12,388 feet tall, it's also an active stratovolcano with the last eruption coming in 1708. This legendary mountain has also been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is considered one of the country's most sacred destinations.


(https://imgur.com/pXKK7lt.jpg)


With nearly 40 million people in its urban area, Tokyo is the largest urban area not just in Japan but also the entire world. Formerly known as Edo, it became the country's capital in 1868 and has transformed into a global economic and financial hub. The city is filled with stunning landmarks, such as it's famed Shibuya Intersection. This "scramble" intersection is said to be the busiest in the world and every light sends hundreds of people in every direction.


(https://imgur.com/b92s90y.jpg)


The next stop is one of Tokyo's famous landmarks - the Tokyo Tower. Completed in 1958, it stands 1,092 feet tall and is the country's second tallest structure. The observation deck offers extraordinary views of the city - and is a must visit for anyone traveling to Tokyo.


(https://imgur.com/OsEEUPV.jpg)


Our final stop is Tokyo's famous Shinjuku skyline - located in the heart of downtown, it's filled with stunning modern high rises and is especially impressive at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/Q2Stdpo.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

carlfatal: Thanks for the kind words, glad you're enjoying the updates :thumbsup:

geminiasp: Thank you very much for the nice comment :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: dyoungyn on February 25, 2018, 03:51:10 PM
Completely AMAZING!!!  Again, brings back memories of time long past. 

By the way, see the attached cropped "Look OUT", cars are about to hit us, the light is green!
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: korver on February 25, 2018, 04:09:06 PM
Thank you very much for the nice words dyoungyn!  :)

Thank you for bringing that to my attention as well - I've updated the picture accordingly.
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: feyss on February 25, 2018, 06:19:27 PM
Awesome pictures   ;)

The tea and rice plantations look so real  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: korver on February 28, 2018, 06:29:30 PM
Thank you very much for the kind comment feyss :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: reddonquixote on March 01, 2018, 01:11:57 AM
Another beautiful set of artworks. Agreed, the plantations are particularly nice  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: mattb325 on March 01, 2018, 01:25:24 AM
Those rice paddies and plantations are especially well done...it must have taken a fair bit of time  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: art128 on March 01, 2018, 01:51:00 AM
Pretty awesome work on this rendition of Japan. It looks fabulous. The Shibuya crossing picture is one of the best creation I have ever seen since I started playing this game.

Shinjuku is well done too.
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: kbieniu7 on March 02, 2018, 03:55:38 PM
What could I say beside "it's awesome"! It's hard to find any, beause that' how it looks like! Like always! ;)

My favourite photo is from Shibuya. To be honest, I have never been a fan of Japan, I didn't know much about it. But, as I watch from time to time some vlogs at YT, there is one very popular Polish youtuber who lives in Tokio, in Shibuya... and thank's to his movies, there's a one place among your photos that I could, at least virtually, "recognize" ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Japan / Updated 2-25
Post by: Badsim on March 03, 2018, 03:29:48 AM
Stunning update …  &apls &apls &apls   Rice paddies and tea plantations show MMP work at its finest level ( are you , besides , a drawer ?  ::) ) and Shibuya intersection gave me the urge to look at Baraka movie ( Ron Fricke , 1992 ) once more , fortunately I’ve got the DVD so I can look at it when I can’t bear the world anymore , just watching at it just through my little ant perimeter and depressing daily TV news … Your pictures aren’t only technically striking , they’re nurturing ( Not sure of that translation for Bienfaisant in french  ()what() ) . Thank you . :thumbsup:

C.
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: korver on March 27, 2018, 06:22:22 PM

- UPDATE 67: Pacific Islands -

(https://imgur.com/K9r5hfl.jpg)


Today, we'll be taking a tour across the Pacific Ocean - exploring some of its most beautiful landscapes, villages, landmarks and more. We begin in Hawaii, where we'll be taking a look at one of the Pacific's most stunning natural wonders - the Nā Pali Coast. Stretching fifteen miles long, these rugged cliffs dramatically rise nearly 4,000 feet above the ocean, making for an unforgettable sight.


(https://imgur.com/6khvHxC.jpg)


Coastal waterfalls dot the shorelines, and can be quite the stunning scene - especially after a heavy rainfall.


(https://imgur.com/sKlxJHh.jpg)


We make our way a couple thousand miles East for our next stop - Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. This remote and isolated chain of islands is widely known for their amazing diversity, with many species found no where else on earth. Pinnacle Rock, located on Bartolome Island, is the islands' most recognizable landmark - formed by an underwater volcanic explosion, wind and erosion over time has given it a distinctive "shark tooth" look.


(https://imgur.com/dIbO7fU.jpg)


Futher South is the Pacific's most mysterious landmark - the Moai of Chile's Easter Island. No one knows for sure how they were constructed, but it's believed that they were built to honor deceased ancestors and to protect the locals from invaders. Special thanks to Simmer2 for sending me the models!


(https://imgur.com/DC0nKu5.jpg)


Travel a couple thousand miles West and you'll find one of the Pacific's smallest yet most beautiful capitals - Adamstown, located in the Pitcairn Islands. There's a simple beauty here - from the car-less streets, to the Norfolk pines that flank the hillsides, and to the great South Pacific sunsets - it's certainly worth a visit.


(https://imgur.com/tOht4wp.jpg)


Kiribati is our next destination - this low lying island republic stretches some 3,000 miles east to west, and contains plenty of uninhibited islands - which despite their beauty, are in danger of being washed away by rising seas.


(https://imgur.com/EA97GFS.jpg)


Our next stop is Tahiti's Bora Bora, one of the Pacific's most iconic atolls. With extremely shallow waters surrounding the entire atoll, it gave the locals the chance to build numerous resorts and huts right on top of the water, giving unmatched views for anyone staying the night.


(https://imgur.com/QT2LEL2.jpg)


Bora Bora is truly incredible from above.


(https://imgur.com/h0yXwtw.jpg)


We travel further West, stopping in New Caledonia to visit Nouméa's striking Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Since its opening in June 1998, it's been one of the region's most important and popular landmarks, celebrating the local Kanak culture.


(https://imgur.com/6UK8HZM.jpg)


Our tour wraps up with a visit to one of the Pacific's most unique villages - Fiji's Navala Village. This 200 year old village is known for its traditional housing - with nearly 1,000 people living in it's many bures, or thatched roof houses. Nestled in the heart of rural Fiji with a stunning mountain backdrop as well - it's truly one of the Pacific's most picturesque locations.


(https://imgur.com/q0oEGE4.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

reddonquixote: Thanks for the kind words, glad you're enjoying the pictures :thumbsup:

mattb325: Thank you very much for the nice comment :)

art128: Thanks for the high praise, glad you liked it :thumbsup:

kbieniu7: Thank you very much for the comment! I found it in a similar fashion, on a YT video one night - and I was truly amazed. I just had to bring it into the world of SC4 :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Badsim: Thank you very much for the nice words! Glad you enjoyed the MMPing and Shibuya scene - I used to be a big drawer, and still do from time to time, atleast when my SC4 schedule allows for it :P I haven't seen Baraka, but it looks extremely fascinating - I'll have to check it out some time ;)

Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: Ehanson on March 27, 2018, 07:01:50 PM
Stunning work as always! &apls And with winter's cold grip still holding on into Spring (at least here in Chicago) watching a travel show called Globe Trekker the other day run a special on the Carribean and now your pictures of the South Pacific make I'm about ready to book a flight to a warm tropical island.

Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: mattb325 on March 28, 2018, 02:22:13 PM
My gosh, you've nailed Bora Bora. I expect google earth will come knocking soon asking for their pictures back  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: feyss on March 28, 2018, 03:11:53 PM
Beyond perfect!  ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: Simmer2 on March 28, 2018, 03:13:32 PM
................. &apls

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: PaPa-J on March 28, 2018, 09:50:18 PM
I have been a member since 2009.  I have never been a steady member, I come and I go.  Real life shows up and I can't spend as much time with the game like I would like or I just loose interest and I don't come around.  I have never really looked at the MD's very much, don't know why, just never sparked my interest I guess.

Anyway, I was board yesterday and I entered the MD area and came across your thread and boy did my chin drop.  I had to start at the beginning so I could take in everything. Just finished tonight.  The work you do is so amazing. I can't even begin to understand how you do what you do with the game and PS.  I thought for a while that maybe I should just stick to the child boards and leave this to the masters. I thought better of it.  LOL

All I can say is, you are truly a master.  I am in awe.
 &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: noahclem on March 29, 2018, 06:46:21 AM
Just had a chance to catch up on the last few months and, if it's even possible, I was pleasantly surprised. While perhaps not as massive and challenging as some of the other projects (good God, that New York, which has always been something of a SimCity holy grail, is incredibly impressive) but I thought it captured the feel of downtown Chicago so well that I remembered how it felt to be there and somehow got the unique vibe of the city from it. I worked for a while at the old Mercantile exchange, sometimes literally in the shadow of the Willis Tower and have generally fond memories of the city--though I don't think I'd want to live in a city more than 30% that size ever again  $%Grinno$%  The landscapes and rural scenes set a gold standard for what's possible in that area and your usage of MMPs is inspired. I'm curious how you made those nice looking streets in Sydney--texture mod or lots? Whatever it is it looks great  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: manga rivotra on March 29, 2018, 05:20:14 PM
As always, I absolutely love everything.  &apls &apls &apls
What to say, your distant reefs especially are breathtakingly realistic and just so beautiful!  :o
I do not even dare to imagine the time you had to place all these MMPs of reefs and rock underwater so accurately and intelligently.
As for the last mosaic, what amazes me the most beyond the gardens totally "off grid", it is the quality of the texture of the river and the placement of the rocks and other gravels delimiting the riverbed: that's all simply splendid!
And besides, I discovered the history of the island of Pitcairn.
So, a big thank you for this great journey!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: Seaman on March 30, 2018, 03:54:14 AM
I really want to climb into my monitor and into your pictures to stay a couple of weeks on these islands!  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: Akallan on March 30, 2018, 01:26:37 PM
Beautiful, all this makes you want to be on vacation! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: reddonquixote on March 30, 2018, 08:04:21 PM
More spectacular scenes.. I think my favourite is the atoll... very cleverly well done  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: vinlabsc3k on March 31, 2018, 06:14:46 AM
As always your works are stunning!! &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
I can't believe that these images are from SimCity 4! :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Islands / Updated 3-27
Post by: korver on April 03, 2018, 05:03:53 PM
Replies

Ehanson - Thanks for the comment! It was actually snowing here over the last couple of days - and I definitely had the same thought ;)

mattb325 - Thanks for the comment, glad you liked Bora Bora :thumbsup:

feyss - Thank you! ;D

Simmer2 - :thumbsup:

PaPa-J - Thanks for stopping by! It always means a lot when I hear from people who aren't as active on the site - so I'm really glad you liked the updates, and hopefully there will be much more to come down the road :)

manga rivotra - Thank you very much! These were some of my trickier MMP scenes and it required a lot of precision (and re-dos) - so I'm glad you like the final product :)

noahclem Thanks for the nice words - glad you've been enjoying the updates :thumbsup: I've always loved Chicago's skyline, it's one of my personal favorites and has such a unique vibe as you mentioned - so I'm glad you liked it. I've been giving some serious thought to a dedicated Chicago update down the road as well, so stay tuned ;) As for the road textures, they're pretty much a whole bunch of lots I made with textures - if you're interested, I uploaded the texture pack here. (https://www.dropbox.com/s/dlmxgz74e32x73h/SydneyTexturePack.dat?dl=0)

Seaman - Thanks, glad you enjoyed the pictures! ;D

Akallan - I thought the same thing while working on the update :P Thanks for the comment!

reddonquxiote - Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed the atoll!

vinlabsc3k - Thank you very much for the comment :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: korver on April 05, 2018, 12:07:19 AM

- UPDATE 68: Lagos (Preview) -

For our next destination, we're taking a trip to Africa and visiting the continent's largest city - Lagos. We'll be taking a look at some of the city's most crowded markets, iconic landmarks, and even a glimpse into the future to see new developments on the city's Atlantic shoreline. It's one of my most ambitious custom lotting projects yet, and the full update is just about done - but in the meantime, here's a little preview of what's to come :)


Lagos is home to some of the world's most crowded streets - and it gets especially busy near its famous Idumota Market, where you could be stuck in traffic for hours behind countless yellow Danfos buses.


(https://imgur.com/mqzqd2R.jpg)


A view of Downtown Lagos.


(https://imgur.com/UwkdK4P.jpg)


-korver


Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: fantozzi on April 05, 2018, 12:36:27 PM
I discovered a pig!

A ... and a Mercedes SL 300.

What a great composition of ambient light and colours, what a stunning richness of details, what a mess in the streets.

Wonderful work on the water.

Makes me think Lagos could need some prop pox to solve infrastructural problems.   
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: kelis on April 05, 2018, 03:26:14 PM
The last picture is out of this world !!  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: brick_mortimer on April 05, 2018, 03:41:30 PM
Back to Africa, cool
(cue Africa by Toto :D)

The HD cars look awesome!
Can't wait to see the full update &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: PaPa-J on April 05, 2018, 04:06:57 PM
That traffic jam is intense, glad I'm not in that mess.  Your water does look stunning.  Great Job!  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: mattb325 on April 06, 2018, 04:12:27 PM
I love the chaos of the scene! You could easily do a "where's wally/waldo" in that street scene. Although, with the Nigerian Bank on the corner, I'm sure the scammers would find him first  $%Grinno$%
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos (Preview) / Updated 4-4
Post by: seraf on April 06, 2018, 05:21:49 PM
This game is 15 years old and yet you still manage to make those scenes look better than some of the new games  ;D  Your work is amazing  &apls &apls I love the busyness of Idumota Market.
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: korver on April 08, 2018, 11:57:25 AM

- UPDATE 69: Lagos -

(https://imgur.com/XEwd6xV.jpg)


Today, we're taking a trip to Lagos, Nigeria - home to some 21 million people, it's not just Africa's largest city but also one of the largest cities in the world. As you'll see in the pictures below - the streets here can get unbelievably crowded, and played a part in the country moving its capital to the more centrally located (and more spacious) city of Abuja in 1991. The city has continued to grow since then however - and has further developed into a financial center for all of Africa.

While today, Lagos is a city known for its sprawling markets, crowded housing districts and busy streets - there was a time when the city was a little less chaotic. Here in 1910, the city was just beginning to grow - with the first steam tramways crossing the streets.


(https://imgur.com/8O3MBbF.jpg)


By the 1960s and 1970s, the city was growing rapidly and quickly became known for its intensely crowded streets - and Nnamdi Azikiwe street in the heart of the city is one the city's busiest. Markets like Idumota Market spill out onto the streets and can make traveling anywhere quite difficult.


(https://i.imgur.com/ttrQeXi.jpg)


Another view of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Idumota Market in the 1980s. While the streets are usually crowded at all times of the day - it gets especially bad during rush hour, and you could be stuck in a traffic jam for hours behind an endless stream of yellow Danfos buses. There's a reason why they call them "go-slows".


(https://i.imgur.com/ACl3zQL.jpg)


We move forward to current times to take a look at one of the city's most iconic landmarks - the Lagos Central Mosque. Opened for worship in 1988, its distinctive Ottoman style minarets can be seen from nearly everywhere in the heart of the city. Close by is another one of the city's most important markets - the sprawling Balogun Market, widely recognized as one of the best places to buy fabrics in the city.


(https://imgur.com/eJ539i6.jpg)


For our next sight, we're making a brief stop on the mainland - where it's a common sight to see wood merchants and sawmills dotting the shorelines. There's a number of bridges crossing the lagoon to get here - with the most stunning being the Third Mainland Bridge, which wraps around the perimeter of the shoreline for nearly 40,000 feet, and is usually filled with the city's iconic buses.


(https://imgur.com/5hgwLdN.jpg)


We head back South across Lagos Island to take a look at the city's Central Business District. Many of the country's most important corporations, financial institutions, and major commercial banks are headquartered here, and it serves as a financial center for all of West Africa.


(https://imgur.com/UwkdK4P.jpg)


For our last scene, we're taking a glimpse into the future to visit the city's Eko Atlantic development, being built on the city's reclaimed Atlantic shoreline on Victoria Island. This new development will house some 250,000 residents and include a variety of commercial and financial developments as well, leading some to call it a modern African Wall Street. While the development won't be completed for years to come - it still gives hope that it will transform the city into an even larger financial hub.


(https://i.imgur.com/0YpRMrD.jpg)


-korver


Special thanks to Maloskero for rendering some of his beautiful buildings in HD for this update! Much appreciated  :)


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Replies

fantozzi: I might have forgotten the original chicken you suggested on my original Lagos picture, but I'm sure that comment inspired me to hide some livestock here and there occasionally in my ultra crowded scenes :) The prop pox sounds like it could work - but I think they'd want to have the Fix on hand first in case it got out of hand :P Appreciate the nice words. :thumbsup:

kelis: Thank you very much! :thumbsup:

brick_mortimer: Thanks for the nice words :thumbsup: Glad you enjoyed the HD cars, those were a pain to render but it was worth it :P

PaPa-J: While I'd like to visit the city one day - I would certainly not want to get stuck for hours in one of those traffic jams $%Grinno$% Thanks for the comment!

mattb325: Where's Waldo sounds like a great idea :D (I actually hid a couple props in there, but Fantozzi already found one of them :P) Thanks for the comment :thumbsup:

seraf: Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed the crowded market scene :)

Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: Alan_Waters on April 08, 2018, 01:19:42 PM
It's grandiose, Maestro!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: manga rivotra on April 08, 2018, 02:36:28 PM
I was expecting to be even more blown away than usual when I read in the preview "It's one of my most ambitious custom lotting projects yet" ... and I must say that it goes well beyond hope. :o
I think you did one of your best updates, and in any case one of my favorites (and there are many who have marked my spirit).
I lack superlatives, but it is clear that I will come back to admire each image of this update often and with delight. &apls &apls &apls
It's really splendid! Thank you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: mattb325 on April 08, 2018, 03:33:18 PM
Wow. Where do I start!!!! :thumbsup:

Did you texture that mosque? The gold dome is just beautiful. I know that many of the buildings in the pictures come from the 3d warehouse but if you ever get bored of MDs,  then I think you would make an excellent batter   &blush

The 3rd mainland bridge is incredible but that waterfront scene of Victoria island just blows me away. Just incredible. It must have taken hours  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: PaPa-J on April 08, 2018, 06:32:39 PM
The Central Mosque is outstanding, love the work you put into it. The Third Mainland Bridge is beautiful, still can't figure out how you work the network.  Great job!
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: Simmer2 on April 09, 2018, 01:12:44 AM
You keep raising the bar!!

I think we can all agree that "you won SC4" :D

Nick
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: brick_mortimer on April 10, 2018, 02:07:08 PM
...
I think we can all agree that "you won SC4" :D
...

:D
Title: Re: True Earth / Lagos / Updated 4-8
Post by: korver on April 12, 2018, 07:48:38 PM
Replies

Alan_Waters - Thank you very much! :)

manga rivotra - Thanks for the nice words, I'm glad you enjoyed the update :)

mattb325 - Thanks for the comment and kind words :) Yeah, a lot of the buildings in this update had to be BATed from scratch - unfortunately all I could find on 3d warehouse for Lagos was a bunch of textured boxes lol. A couple props were "re purposed" from models I got off the internet like the Danfos vans (which I still had to retexture later on) - but other than that, I had to do a lot of the models from scratch like the Mosque, the building with the Coca Cola sign, the Nigerian Bank building, the Bridge, the ground props for Eko Atlantic and a couple other small things.

PaPa-J - Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed the mosque :) That bridge is actually just a model of a bridge I created with a bunch of car props modeled on. While I've been doing a mix of functional and lot editor scenes recently - nothing in this particular update is functional unfortunately. It's mainly a showcase of the potential of Lot Editor/MMPs/custom BATs.

Simmer2 - Thanks for the nice words :thumbsup:

brick_mortimer - :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: korver on April 16, 2018, 09:56:15 PM

- UPDATE 70: U.S. Skylines -

(https://imgur.com/yMqWYoa.jpg)


Today, we're returning to the United States to cover a few more of the country's most stunning skylines. After already taking a look at the iconic skylines of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago in previous updates - we'll be viewing St. Louis, Portland, Houston, and Philadelphia today.


St. Louis, Missouri

We begin in the Midwest - with our first stop being St. Louis. This major city sits right on the Mississippi River and is home to the iconic Gateway Arch, which towers 630 feet above the surrounding skyscrapers. It holds the title of being the tallest man made monument in the United States and serves as a symbol of the city's past - a true "Gateway to the West" for pioneers.


(https://imgur.com/lVEJwbI.jpg)

(https://imgur.com/xEtnxYM.jpg)


Portland, Oregon

Located in the United States' Pacific Northwest, Portland has one of the United States' most unique skylines with a mix of historic buildings and post modern skyscrapers like the 509 foot tall KOIN Tower. The "City of Roses" sits right under the shadow of Mt. Hood, and can offer some stunning panoramas:


(https://imgur.com/nS7ocgT.jpg)


It's usually rainy here, but snowfalls can happen during the winter months - it's always a special sight.


(https://imgur.com/gOp0yNE.jpg)


Houston, Texas

We're headed to the South for our next city - Houston. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, oil production was booming and the city's skyline saw massive growth, with the 1,002 foot tall JPMorgan Chase Tower (1982) and 992 foot tall Wells Fargo Bank Plaza (1983) rising above the rest. A massive oil glut however soon followed and the city's skyline became stagnant for decades - but construction has picked back up in recent years.


(https://imgur.com/AW8XDhv.jpg)

(https://imgur.com/y3SaYAD.jpg)

(https://imgur.com/gTJaUOU.jpg)


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Our last stop today will be on the East Coast - where we'll visit the "City of Brotherly Love" and home of the Philly Cheesesteak - Philadelphia. Once the capital of the United States, it's a city noted for its historic buildings like Independence Hall and Philadelphia City Hall - but in recent years, the skyline has been growing rapidly as well. With the 1,121 ft tall Comcast Technology Center (2018) and the 974 ft tall Comcast Center (2008) joining an already impressive skyline - it's truly one of the country's most stunning skylines.


(https://imgur.com/0bNfQZw.jpg)

(https://imgur.com/6MmLZ6D.jpg)


Special thanks for the photographs used in this update:

St Louis night (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St_Louis_night.jpg), CCSA2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en), Daniel Schwen | Portland at Dusk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/90642235@N04/19400834865), CCSA2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/), Alejandro Rdguez | Houston night (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Houston_night.jpg), CCSA2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), eflon | Philadelphia from South Street Bridge July 2016 panorama 3 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Philadelphia_from_South_Street_Bridge_July_2016_panorama_3.jpg), CCSA3 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), King of Hearts/Maps and stuff. Each photograph has the same license as the original, was resized, sharpened/blurred, and given a filter, border and vignette.


Don't forget to like and comment!


-korver

Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: siemanthepieman on April 17, 2018, 03:09:06 AM
I always enjoy seeing the real life inspiration/locations for what people create in game. It's easy to see why you were inspired by the shots you have shown. Flawless recreations as well. A great post all round (as always).
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: reddonquixote on April 17, 2018, 07:45:28 AM
Great idea for a picture series  :thumbsup:

Very well executed, of course  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: PaPa-J on April 17, 2018, 10:24:50 AM
Being from the mid-west I like the St. Louis shots. St. Louis is on the other side of the state from me but I have been there and through there many times. Your recreation is spot on.  :thumbsup:  Great work.  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: mattb325 on April 18, 2018, 05:20:04 PM
Excellent recreations! I love seeing the real-life and SC4 pics side-by-side  ;D
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: brick_mortimer on April 19, 2018, 04:07:34 PM
Glad you picked less obvious US cities to show your amazing skill.

Of these cities, I've only visited St. Louis, but it looks perfect!
Even Bush Stadium with the red seats in the picture, cool  ()stsfd()

Portland, Houston and Philly are on our to-do to-travel list :)
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: korver on April 19, 2018, 10:18:53 PM
Replies

siemanthepieman: Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed the SC4 pics and the RL pics. :thumbsup: I might to that a little more from time to time, to show off some of my inspirations.

reddonquixote: Thanks for the comment, glad you liked it! :)

PaPa-J: Thanks for the nice comment! Hopefully I'll be able to do a few more scenes from the midwest in the future ;)

mattb325: Thank you very much for the comment! Glad you liked the side by side comparison.

brick_mortimer: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it :) Same here - I'd love to visit a few of those cities one day.
Title: Re: True Earth / U.S. Skylines / Updated 4-16
Post by: feyss on April 22, 2018, 06:29:28 AM
Your pictures make me more want to visit those cities than actual pictures  :D

Great job as usual. I really like the concrete texture for the Houston highway and the parking lots everywhere in the city  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / San Francisco / Updated 4-23
Post by: korver on April 23, 2018, 03:15:55 PM

- UPDATE 71: San Francisco -

(https://imgur.com/MCvbeew.jpg)


Today, we're taking a look at another one of the United States' iconic cities - San Francisco. This hilly city sits on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay in Northern California - and since it's founding in 1776, it's evolved into a cultural, commercial, and financial center. With plenty of famous landmarks and attractions dotting the city - it's also one of the country's top tourist destinations as well.

We'll start the trip off in the city's Central Business District - with a number of the city's tallest buildings like Transamerica Pyramid, 555 California Street (formerly Bank of America Center), and 345 California Street in full view.


(https://imgur.com/m5KgnKZ.jpg)


A view of San Francisco's stunning skyline at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/NfAKUC0.jpg)


At the center of the city's skyline is the distinctive, pyramid shaped Transamerica Pyramid. Upon its completion in 1972, it was the world's 8th tallest building - and even though it's not the tallest skyscraper in the city anymore (since surpassed by the 1,070 ft. Salesforce Tower, completed this year), it's still the most iconic.


(https://imgur.com/mQkVhYH.jpg)


We venture out of downtown and onto the city's infamously hilly streets - and it gets especially steep on Lombard Street. This street is famously known for a one block stretch where it zigs and zags down the hillside - and these 8 hairpin curves have given it the title of "The Most Crookedest Street In The World". The crookedness serves a purpose, too - as it was intended to slow down vehicles and to reduce the steep gradient of the hillside, all while offering incredible views of the city.


(https://imgur.com/HGg3YlO.jpg)


Located northwest of Lombard is the stunning Palace of Fine Arts. Constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, this Greco-Roman palace and attraction - complete with a rotunda and columns - has remained one of the city's most popular landmarks ever since. Art exhibitions are still shown regularly, and it also serves as a park and popular wedding destination.


(https://imgur.com/AtCE5a1.jpg)


Our next destination can be found on top of the city's steep Telegraph Hill - the beautiful Coit Tower. Built as a gift from the late socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit, this 210 foot tall art deco tower has remained an icon on the San Francisco skyline ever since its opening on October 8th, 1933.


(https://imgur.com/eBHfh7e.jpg)


For our next destination, we catch a ferry ride at Pier 33 to visit "The Rock" - Alcatraz Island. This small island in San Francisco Bay was developed in the mid 1800s with military fortifications, a lighthouse, and most famously - a prison. Once a small military prison, it quickly grew in size and served as a federal prison from 1934 to 1963, housing some of the country's most hardened criminals like Al Capone. The rugged terrain and frigid water made it the perfect place for inmates - and the unforgiving punishments handed out here gave it a harsh reputation. Although it's been abandoned for decades - it's still one of the city's most well known landmarks and tourist attractions.


(https://imgur.com/YTMXgIM.jpg)


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is located in the heart of the city and is another one of the city's most distinctive landmarks - the current building was constructed in 1995 and houses some 33,000 pieces of artwork. It's one of the world's largest modern and contemporary museums - any visit here is sure to inspire the mind.


(https://imgur.com/ZljpjyG.jpg)


The earthquake of 1906 brought much devastation to San Francisco and its skyline - and the old city hall was one of its most prominent buildings brought to rubble.  The new San Francisco City Hall, re-opened in 1915, has remained an icon on the skyline ever since with its distinctive Beaux-Arts Dome rising 307 feet above the city.


(https://imgur.com/2cTpHVe.jpg)


Last but not least is the city's most iconic landmark - the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. This 8,981 foot long suspension bridge spans a narrow straight connecting San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean - and has been open for traffic since 1937. Despite the name, the bridge is actually painted in a brilliant "international orange" color, and it makes for a truly stunning sight, day or night.


(https://imgur.com/SgMaYi7.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/AOTJ2JS.jpg)


Don't forget to like and comment!


-korver

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feyss: Thanks alot for the comment :thumbsup: If you or anyone else is interested in that override, it's the Maxis Highway Concrete Retexture (https://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/31344-maxis-highway-override-concrete-retexture-by-bipin-mgb-samerton/) on ST - hopefully I'll find some more uses for it, it's really quite a lovely set :) And yeah, as with a lot of US cities I had to make sure there was plenty of parking ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / San Francisco / Updated 4-23
Post by: PaPa-J on April 23, 2018, 04:47:33 PM
Another masterpiece! &apls You do good work, and your story is superb.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / San Francisco / Updated 4-23
Post by: manga rivotra on April 24, 2018, 02:46:31 PM
Your work on the reflections on the water, clouds and also effects of blur on the night photos is so fine and sophisticated that the illusion of having a real photo could not be better!  :o
It is once again sublime and one denotes the immense work to achieve this result.  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / San Francisco / Updated 4-23
Post by: mattb325 on April 24, 2018, 05:22:48 PM
Another excellent job! Coit Tower and Lombard St are particularly impressive. I've always felt sorry for the residents on that street and the little side street. Nothing but tourists all day every day  :P
Title: Re: True Earth / San Francisco / Updated 4-23
Post by: Themistokles on April 27, 2018, 09:17:48 AM
Good job with the Coit Tower, how you managed to make a Maxis building look good. I am much impressed. &apls

And the image right before the one with the Coit Tower reminds me of Zeroing city... oh good old times ::)
Title: Re: True Earth / San Francisco / Updated 4-23
Post by: korver on April 29, 2018, 04:07:44 PM
Replies

PaPa-J: Thank you very much for the comment! :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thanks for the kind words, glad you liked the update! :)

mattb325: Thanks for the nice comment :) While I'm sure the views would be incredible - I don't know if I'd want to deal with all that commotion every day :P

Themistokles: Thank you for the comment! :) The Maxis landmarks actually aren't that terrible really - the main issue I've had with them is the scale (some of them like the Rotes Rathaus were hideously undersized :P). Fortunately it wasn't that much of a concern in this update and the lighting on some of them was actually pretty nice. Also, thanks for mentioning Zeroing City - I actually never checked it out before your comment, but there's lots of inspiration there for sure :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics / Updated 4-30
Post by: korver on April 30, 2018, 06:49:23 PM

- UPDATE 72: New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics -

(https://imgur.com/0pXiUM1.jpg)


Today, were returning to the Big Apple - New York City - to take another look at this incredible city's most famous landmarks along with a number of mosaics to further showcase the skyline.

We begin our trip to New York City with a look at Lower Manhattan and the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. With the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center opening in 2014 along with a number of other buildings - and with more on the way - its becoming one of the city's premier office spaces yet again. Other sights here include the famous Woolworth Building - the world's tallest building for nearly 20 years - and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge upon opening in 1883.


(https://imgur.com/9vPF2Yp.jpg)


New York City's Financial District is one of the world's leading financial hubs and is home to a variety of historic and modern skyscrapers. The eight-block long Wall Street runs through the heart of the district and is home to the New York Stock Exchange - by far the world's highest valued stock exchange.


(https://imgur.com/Xo5P2LE.jpg)


Amongst the sea of skyscrapers sits one of the city's most beautiful natural landmarks - The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park). This 25 acre public park has remained a green space on the southern tip of Manhattan since the 1700s, and has offered both locals and tourists a place to relax and enjoy the scenery.


(https://imgur.com/cRvGrrt.jpg)


Past the tip of Southern Manhattan is where you'll find Liberty Island and one of the city's most famous landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. This gift from the French has stood tall for nearly 150 years, representing friendship and enlightenment.


(https://imgur.com/Uh1gXvk.jpg)


We now head to Midtown Manhattan to take a look at a few more of the city's most famous landmarks, beginning with the beautiful Chrysler Building. Following its completion in 1930, this 1,046 foot tall Art Deco skyscraper briefly held the title as the world's tallest building until the completion of our next landmark.


(https://imgur.com/irngo15.jpg)


The famed 1,250 foot tall Empire State Building took the crown in 1931 and stood as the world's tallest for nearly 40 years. With a variety of stunning lighting schemes throughout the year - it makes for one of the city's most distinctive sights at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/5lculUJ.gif)


The skyline of Midtown Manhattan is beginning to change rapidly with an influx of supertall skyscrapers like Jean Nouvel's 53W53, formerly known as Tower Verre. This 950 foot tall building is set to open in early 2019 and sits in the heart of midtown, adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art. With Art Deco masterpieces like the Rockefeller Center close by - it makes for quite the contrast, and its striking design will be hard to miss.


(https://imgur.com/iEtB8fT.jpg)


We now turn our attention to a few of the city's other famous tourist attractions - such as the Lincoln Center. This iconic center was opened in 1962 and is home to a number of performing arts organizations like the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic. With a variety of theaters, a library, and even a school - this 16 acre complex is truly the city's premier performing arts destination.


(https://imgur.com/hZ6DWEq.jpg)


The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 by a group of prominent businessmen and politicians - which included eventual president Theodore Roosevelt. Since then, its turned into one of the most visited museums in the world, with nearly 5 million exploring the countless displays and exhibits here. Once you get done visiting the museum - scenic Central Park is right next door, and the fall foliage makes for one of the city's most stunning sights.


(https://imgur.com/QXmv8va.gif)


A couple mosaics of Midtown Manhattan - showcasing a wide variety of architectural styles.


(https://imgur.com/U2eEwEt.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/n0Ak5IN.jpg)


Our last stop is one of the world's most famous intersections - Times Square. This major commercial intersection sits at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and has been dubbed "The Center of the Universe" for its bright lights, billboards, and famous destination status. Between the Broadway plays, restaurants, and entertainment venues - there's always something to do here, day or night.


(https://imgur.com/skKLUW0.jpg)


Don't forget to like and comment!


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics / Updated 4-30
Post by: PaPa-J on May 01, 2018, 10:15:44 AM
Another fabulous update! &apls  I like that little marina in the first pic, is that yours? if not who's is it?

I also like your work with the .gif's of the Empire State Bldg and the Central Park.  Makes the photo's come to life.
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics / Updated 4-30
Post by: feyss on May 02, 2018, 05:27:19 AM
The central park gif is amazing  :thumbsup:

The other pictures too, of course. I can even see that you achieved to use that annoying Maxis police station in a relevant way  :D
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics / Updated 4-30
Post by: korver on May 04, 2018, 10:13:44 AM
Replies

PaPa-J: Thank you very much for the comment - happy you enjoyed the gifs :) The marina was made up of nbvc's seawall pieces/boat set on ST and I also used the Stanley Seawall set from ST outside the marina as well.

feyss: Thanks for the kind words, glad you liked the Central Park pic :thumbsup: And yeah, that's probably one of the very, very few places where that Maxis police station actually looks decent :P
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics / Updated 4-30
Post by: brick_mortimer on May 04, 2018, 03:49:40 PM
San Francisco... Thanks for taking me back to that very unique and wonderful city :)
Such a nice city, too bad about those earthquakes ;D

I love how you worked with the terrain, the steep hills... It must have been hard making this city, wow...
And yes there's even a cable car hidden somewhere  :)

The picture (photo?) of Alcatraz by night is very beautiful.
If you're ever in the neighbourhood of Frisco, visit Alcatraz. Yes it's touristy, but visiting the an awful prison with the sight and sounds of the happy city in the background is impressive.
According to the park rangers the worst part of doing time on the Rock were the sounds of people being free in the city that were carried to the prison by the wind...  &mmm

Ah New York City, the most frackin' awesome city in the world!
Thanks for visiting The City That Never Sleeps (Lat.: Malus Magna) again  &apls

So much to look at, so much to look at :popcorn:

I'll start out by pointing out an "error":
The boats in North Cove Marina are much, much bigger and a tiny bit more expensive than the boats in your picture :D

Your reconstruction of Battery Park is spot on!
Just outside the lower right-hand corner of your picture is Battery Gardens, a place where you can have a drink with a view on Lady Liberty.
Just take the 4 or 5 subway to Bowling Green, walk through the park and enjoy a relaxing moment.

The .gif of the Empire State Building is great! The different colours are a true part of the ESB!

Like @feyss said: the .gif of Central Park and the Museum of Natural History is amazing!

The picture of Midtown truly shows how a really big church like St. Patricks Cathedral is hardly visible between the skyscrapers.
The same goes for Grand Central Terminal  :P
And yes, even the Trump Tower looms ominously in this update...

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Don't forget to like and comment!
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Done and done :D
Title: Re: True Earth / New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics / Updated 4-30
Post by: reddonquixote on May 05, 2018, 05:27:49 PM
Some really nice work there.. especially impressed with Battery Park and the Brooklyn Bridge interchange.  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: korver on May 08, 2018, 02:24:39 AM

- UPDATE 73: Western U.S. -

(https://imgur.com/0gNpqzh.jpg)


After viewing some of the United States' most iconic cities and skylines over the past couple of updates - today we'll be taking a road trip through some of the country's most stunning national parks and other impressive sights from the West.

We begin our trip through the West in Southern Arizona - where we'll be visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Established in 1937, it's a thriving community of plants and animals - and the only place in the United States where you'll get to see the impressive Organ Pipe cactus.


(https://imgur.com/ljPZle2.jpg)


After making our way through Organ Pipe's many winding roads, we now travel north towards the Arizona/Utah border to visit our first National Park and one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders - the Grand Canyon. This five-thousand foot deep gorge was created over a period of 15 million years - and it's truly one of nature's best masterpieces.


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Dawn_on_the_S_rim_of_the_Grand_Canyon_%288645178272%29.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/ZW0W0jb.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/EOOTfIa.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/4c08v5L.jpg)


Monument Valley can be found further East, towards the Arizona/Utah border. This iconic symbol of the West lies in the middle of Navajo Nation, and offers stunning views any time of the year.


(https://imgur.com/yEqIKqU.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/EiXylRD.jpg)


We take a brief stop at Capitol Reef National Park - it might be less visited than a few of the other iconic parks close by, but it's just as beautiful. Small farms and orchards like the Gifford Homestead offer a beautiful contrast to the stunning red rock backdrop.


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Gifford_Farm%2C_Capitol_Reef_National_Park.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/CnSfXiU.jpg)


Utah's Canyonlands National Park is our next sight - and this endless maze of canyons, buttes, and other dramatic rock formations can take your breath away.


(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3828/9068664005_9092b76ce9_b.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/6s59D8s.jpg)


Although snow here can be rare, it makes for quite the exceptional sight - especially from the air.


(https://imgur.com/liByybK.jpg)


We travel further north for our next destination - Arches National Park. Landscape Arch is the 5th longest natural arch in the world and is one of the park's most awe-inspiring sights.


(https://imgur.com/cFdfdce.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/9jIGyKA.jpg)


We start heading towards the West Coast to view a few more natural wonders - but before then, we take a brief stop to visit one of the West's desolate ghost towns. It's been over a century since the gold rush, and nature has long since taken over - these long abandoned towns are truly frozen in time.


(https://imgur.com/g3s8G06.jpg)


Rural western California can be quite rugged and barren in some places - with only the occasional oil field in the distance breaking up the view.


(https://imgur.com/wTsIk1m.jpg)


Our next stop is Sequoia National Park - we get a first hand look at some of its imposing Sequoia trees, some of which can tower over 200 feet tall. In the midst of a heavy snowstorm, it's a real winter wonderland.


(https://imgur.com/Qrm6LVe.jpg)


The last stop on our journey is Yosemite National Park - one the most impressive natural wonders on the face of the planet, formed by glacial activity millions of years ago.  Massive rock formations like El Capitan tower nearly 3,000 feet over Yosemite Valley - and is a popular destination for rock climbers. But only the bravest would dare to take it on during a heavy snowstorm..


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/YosemitePark2_amk.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/wo8eyJ8.jpg)


Half Dome is another one of Yosemite's most impressive sights - with one of its sides being completely sheer and the others being smooth and rounded, it gives it the appearance of a dome being cut right in half. It's one of the park's most iconic destinations - and cable routes offer brave tourists a route straight to the top for incredible views.


(https://imgur.com/rNWuHgW.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/jg6grKb.jpg)


One last view of Yosemite - an overview of the entire valley from above. I hope you enjoyed your trip to the West! :)


(https://imgur.com/zlSajRD.jpg)



Special thanks for photographs used in this update:

dawn on the S rim of the Grand Canyon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/61456446@N06/8645178272), CCSA2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/), Murray Foubister | Gifford Farm, Capitol Reef National Park (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gifford_Farm,_Capitol_Reef_National_Park.jpg), CCSA4 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en), Towneb | Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yenchao/9068664005), CCND2 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/), Chao Yen | Yosemite valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YosemitePark2_amk.jpg), CCSA2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en), AngMoKio.


Don't forget to like and comment!


-korver

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brick_mortimer: Thanks for the enthusiastic comment, appreciate the kind words :) For SF - the terrain was certainly annoying to deal with, but having a really restrictive slope mod saved me from having too much trouble ;) I actually did have to cut one pic out of the update (Nob Hill) because it was still a little bit too steep and the restraining walls everywhere looked really silly :D Don't know if I'll visit SF any time soon though - but if I do ever visit, Alcatraz is definitely on the list.

Thanks for the nice words on NYC as well. Appreciate the heads up on the marina - on second glance I think it might need a bit of a re do :P Glad you liked the GIFs too - I've found that they really add an extra dimension to some of my scenes, so I'll see if I can keep on incorporating them into future updates ;)

reddonquxiote: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed Battery Park and the interchange :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: feyss on May 08, 2018, 03:50:05 AM
What could we say, except that your pictures are again flawless?  ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: Themistokles on May 08, 2018, 04:04:05 AM
Must admit that it pains to say it, but I love the roads. The textures, the sweeping curves, how the roads integrate in the park in your New York update. It's very well executed. You pay a lot of attention to detail and it really pays off.

And now I want to go to the US again. Oh well, sometime maybe. ::)
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: art128 on May 08, 2018, 05:45:14 AM
Absolutely stunning landscapes.
I will admit i have never been a fan of desert/bush landscapes like that, but you pulled it off really well.

The second from last picture looks like a real photograph. Breathtaking. Not to say that the others don't of course hehe. :)


Good job on the New York scenes too! I wanted to comment but didn't know what to say apart from "nice work" ..
I like how you used that round building for the corner on the Battery Park picture. Also the highways leading to the Brooklyn Bridge, awesome!
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: PaPa-J on May 08, 2018, 10:55:59 AM
Really impressive photos.  Your landscape work is outstanding.
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: Seaman on May 08, 2018, 11:15:41 AM
I assume there are some SC4 pictures in the mix of your latest post, but it's hard to tell which one is which... It seems, your skill reached a level where you actually have to point out the SC4 landscapes!  :D
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: dyoungyn on May 08, 2018, 12:44:26 PM
WOW, just simply put, WOW &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls

I grew up n the state of Utah and have been to just about every national part in Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and South Western Colorado. 

Arches is truly a sight to see and how you were ever able to create something created by wind and rain for thousands of years is completely stunning.
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: brick_mortimer on May 09, 2018, 04:20:25 PM
 :o
He's not only the master of urban scenes, but also of the natural scenes!

Choosing campers as the vehicle of choice in your picture of Organ Pipe Cactus NM is very apt from what I've seen with my own eyes :D

Grand Canyon NP... truly wonderful, and truly Grand. It's a pity no picture /movie can give the same feeling you have when you're standing there gawking down in awe.
And yes, for all you unbelievers, it's very green when you're standing on the rim of the canyon. It's just that they never show you that part on the pictures so everybody thinks it's a desert up there :)

Thanks for taking us to John Fords favorite place (a.k.a. Monument Valley NTP), love the .gif!
It's the spot where we decided to ignore the "no-off roads-clause" of the car rental agreement. Thank God the layer of red dust was gone by the time we had to turn the car back in ;D

The pictures of Canyonlands NP look superb, especially the snowy one.

Arches NP... How did you do Landscape Arch? Did you make the model yourself? ???

Thanks for adding the ghost town and the oilfield in this update.
This adds to the roadtrip feel of your post :thumbsup:

But the most stunning picture is your recreation of Half Dome...
Really... I had to pick up my jaw from my keyboard...

I don't know if you do requests, but I would love to see these wonders of nature in SimCity 4:
Devils Tower NM
Grand Teton NP
Yellowstone NP
and Badlands NP

Please, pretty please  $%Grinno$% $%Grinno$% $%Grinno$%
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: korver on May 13, 2018, 09:13:10 PM
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feyss: Thanks for the nice words! :)

Themistokles: Thanks for the nice comment! Glad you enjoyed the roads, even if it pains you to say it :D 

art128: Thank you! Yeah, usually those desert scenes are difficult to pull off correctly and usually they look sorta funny in SC4 - but I think I pulled it off for this update and I'm glad you liked it :thumbsup: Glad you enjoyed NYC too!

PaPa-J: Thanks for the comment! Glad you liked the landscaping work :thumbsup:

Seaman: Thank you very much for the nice words! :)

dyoungyn: Thank you for the comment! :) I've been to a couple of the parks myself, including Arches (it's been quite a while, though) - and it's something I'll never forget. Definitely some of the most breathtaking scenery I've ever seen! As for the SC4 scene - Landscape Arch is a custom BAT I created with a bunch of MMPs around the perimeter.

brick_mortimer: Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed the pictures :thumbsup: The Landscape Arch scene was made with a custom BAT, some terraforming and lots of MMPs - very time consuming but the final result was worth it :) I've actually given a number of the parks you mentioned some thought, I'm hoping that at some point I'll be able to return to the West for another update down the road. I actually left Yellowstone open so it could potentially be the centerpiece of a second update, probably covering some of the northern Parks and other attractions in the area so we'll see ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: mattb325 on May 13, 2018, 11:16:36 PM
The scenes from western USA are just amazing!!!! I absolutely love the half-dome. It's almost indistinguishable from the photo  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Western U.S. / Updated 5-7
Post by: Akallan on May 14, 2018, 11:32:38 AM
Unbelievable! What a beauty these images! I love your urban scenes in the previous updates (a while ago that I have not logged in and I only see it now), but your work MMP is always more enjoyable to see in my opinion is my preferences! Congratulations! &apls  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / London / Updated 5-14
Post by: korver on May 14, 2018, 03:09:08 PM

- UPDATE 74: Sights From London -

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/m1vy4e4gu8ve66i/LondonSightsBanner.jpg?dl=1)


Today, we're returning to London to take a look at a number of iconic sights from across this amazing city. Our first stop is Piccadilly Circus - first constructed back in 1819, its become one of the world's most famous intersections over the years. Today it connects five different streets - Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, The Haymarket, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street - and is an important meeting place and one of London's most popular attractions.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/hgeqcrdvekqla64/PiccadillyCircus.png?dl=1)


The Palace of Westminster is another one of the city's most iconic Landmarks. Sitting on the edge of the River Thames, it's hard to miss - and its famed Big Ben clock tower is one of the world's most recognizable buildings. The entire structure has been expanded, rebuilt, and renovated a number of times since its original construction back in 1016 - and now is home to the House of Commons and House of Lords.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/soj5qcz22ogkcfp/PalaceOfWestminster.jpg?dl=1)


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/hsqgutjbn7mgwka/Westminister.png?dl=1)


The suburbs of London are filled for as far as the eye can see with terrace lined streets.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/xnga0rlbj2bkztm/LondonSuburbs.jpg?dl=1)


Park Crescent has been one of London's most recognizable estates since its completion in the early 1800s. Complete with a private garden, these curved terraces are well known for their elegance.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/4fidh4wxlf27058/ParkCrescentRain.gif?dl=1)


A view of iconic St. Paul's Cathedral at nighttime with a couple of the City's other landmarks - including the stunning Millennium Bridge and London Stock Exchange.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/vrr9nll0pnpszs3/StPaulsMN.jpg?dl=1)


A nighttime rainfall in Canary Wharf - one of London's most important financial districts.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1er9t8hnnvx4fq/CanaryWharfNightRain.jpg?dl=1)


The skyline of London's other financial district - The City - is ever evolving and changing. Our trip concludes with a glimpse into the future to see a number of newly completed and soon to be completed skyscrapers towering over the historic city core - a truly breathtaking sight.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/gsr06nv5gvceihx/LondonCBD.jpg?dl=1)


Don't forget to like and comment!


-korver


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Replies

mattb325: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed the update! :)

Akallan: Thank you very much for the nice words! Although I've been doing a lot of urban scenes lately, I have a few other MMP related projects that I hope to get completed eventually so be on the lookout ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / London / Updated 5-14
Post by: kbieniu7 on May 14, 2018, 03:28:56 PM
I've just ran trough some of my photos from London, where I was 3 years ago, and randomly decided to enter sc4d after a while, to see what's new. And what I see? True Earth from London! Oh dear, I have a feeling like I'm back on those narrow and rushy streets, looking at taxis and policemen at Picadilly Circus, walking on the Millenium Bridge and sitting in a red double decker stuck in a traffic jam by St. Paul's Cathedral... Enourmous and... alive!... as always!  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / London / Updated 5-14
Post by: korver on May 16, 2018, 01:20:35 PM
Thank you very much for the nice comment kbieniu7 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: korver on May 21, 2018, 02:04:12 PM

- UPDATE 75: Rio de Janeiro -

(https://imgur.com/vyJmrCO.jpg)


Located on Brazil's Atlantic shoreline, Rio de Janeiro is widely recognized as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Between the perfect beaches, iconic landmarks, tropical weather, and friendly residents - there's plenty of reasons to visit and enjoy this one of a kind destination.

The city was founded back in 1565 by the Portuguese - and its strategic location on Guanabara Bay allowed it to become an important port city throughout the years. Since then, the city has expanded greatly and nearly 14 million people now live in its metropolitan area.


(https://imgur.com/62YQ5hi.jpg)


Rio is a city known for its income inequality - while luxurious apartments dot the shoreline, favelas can be found hugging the steep mountainsides.


(https://imgur.com/o6iTanN.jpg)


Rio's Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens) are a popular attraction in the city and are known for showcasing a wide variety of trees and plants - including over 900 different varieties of palm trees.


(https://imgur.com/Eowloht.jpg)


The Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain is the city's most iconic landmark - it's become a cultural icon over the years as well and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


(https://imgur.com/geRw5xk.jpg)


The iconic Maracanã Stadium comes to life at nighttime - the home of Brazil's national football team since 1950, it's one of the world's most famous stadiums.


(https://imgur.com/yksH6zi.jpg)


Famed Sugarloaf Mountain is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and is known for its resemblance to a loaf of concentrated cane sugar. Cable cars take tourists and locals right up to the top and offer incredible panoramas of the city.
 

(https://imgur.com/rmY1Y43.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/vJy24aC.jpg)


Rio is known for its beautiful beaches and Copacabana Beach is one of the city's best. From New Year's Eve celebrations, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, concerts, and more - it's become a destination that's known the world over.


(https://imgur.com/Y9LMqGd.jpg)


One last look at Copacabana Beach and busy Atlantic Avenue during one of Rio's beautiful sunsets.


(https://imgur.com/sA9g6P6.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: emanuelfranco0390 on May 21, 2018, 03:58:06 PM
Wonderful, like a paradise.

What Terrain Mod is that?
What beach mod is that?

Thanks. Regards.
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: reddonquixote on May 22, 2018, 04:48:45 AM
At last, I can see the London update, was only appearing as blank white boxes before. Great work, the person who made Parliament House really did do an amazing job with it, and Korver you have showcased it really well  :thumbsup:

Rio is really nice too, fantastic aerial shots of the Bay and the Sugarloaf mountain  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: feyss on May 22, 2018, 05:57:02 AM
I had to listen to this while reading your last update:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAiHEQblKeQ

(Yeah I know it's not even Brazilian)


Great pictures as usual! The last one is clearly the most realistic beach I've seen in this game  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: PaPa-J on May 22, 2018, 09:18:13 AM
Nice! I especially like the Christ the Redeemer. 
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: Themistokles on May 22, 2018, 03:03:49 PM
You've done it again! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: noahclem on May 22, 2018, 05:40:42 PM
Incredible stuff!! I can reliably visit here to gaze in wonder  :D You do such a great job putting amazing bats in scenes that make best use of them--I'll single out the Chrysler building for special praise--not to mention all the custom models made for these scenes. I love the grid breaking and your custom road textures like in Piccadilly Circus, downtown Manhattan, the Lagos highway curved bridge underpass, and the road along the beach in Rio (not grid-breaking but fantastic result). Keep up the mind-blowing work  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: mattb325 on May 26, 2018, 07:12:50 PM
Phenomenal work, again. The Rio overview and Sugarloaf mountain...wow! The London skyline is also very well done...that update is a great example of what can be achieved with existing custom content  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Rio de Janeiro / Updated 5-21
Post by: korver on May 27, 2018, 12:54:47 AM
Replies

emanuelfranco0390: Thanks for the comment! Most of the terrain mod is actually just extensive MMPing and the Sugarloaf Mountain is actually a big BAT that I plopped. I did make a custom cliff mod however which is pretty visible in the favela scene and I also made a custom beach mod as well - if you're interested in either then shoot me a PM and I'll see if I can track them down in my plugins.

reddonquixote: Glad you can see the London update now - due to all imgur links being broken on ST for a while I had to upload that entry to my dropbox instead which seems to always have issues.. I'll try to get it coverted to imgur here soon. Appreciate the comment and thanks for the kind words as always :thumbsup:

feyss: Thanks for the nice words and great song too :thumbsup:

PaPa-J: Thanks for the nice words! :)

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment! :)

noahclem: Thanks for the comment! Appreciate the nice words, glad you've been enjoying the last couple of updates :thumbsup:

mattb325: Thanks for the kind words - glad you liked London and Rio :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: korver on May 28, 2018, 12:26:21 AM

- UPDATE 76: Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders -


(https://imgur.com/mHTcsi4.jpg)


Today, we're taking a trip down under to experience some of Australia's most iconic natural wonders - and we'll also be visiting a number of sights across the country's vast Outback.

We'll begin with a visit to the legendary Great Barrier Reef, located on the country's northeastern shoreline. Stretching over 1,600 miles long, it's not just the world's largest coral reef but also the worlds largest living organism.


(https://imgur.com/UAss8UR.jpg)


The reef's rich biodiversity is unparalleled with nearly 10,000 marine species calling it home - and has become well known for its vibrant display of colors. In recent years however, the reef has taken a massive hit from rising temperatures and coral bleaching. Many of the reef's most famous species like the giant clam are dying out and other parts of the reef have become unrecoverable.


(https://imgur.com/E7vxqs9.jpg)


Byron Bay has some of the country's premier beaches - located in northern New South Wales, it's known the world over for its excellent surfing and near-perfect weather.


(https://imgur.com/LquKp1l.jpg)


Australia is a country known for its wildlife - and the iconic Kangaroo is one of the country's most famous mammals. With over 50 different native species, they can be seen in grasslands, forests, and even in parts of the Outback.


(https://imgur.com/pLXrWAm.jpg)


While much of the Outback is barren and empty - you can still find the occasional farm among the rural dirt roads that cross the landscape. Windmills are vital here to power many of the Outback's cattle stations.


(https://imgur.com/5fQnQ8C.jpg)


After traveling across the vast southern Outback - we finally reach the The Pinnacles, located in Nambung National Park in Western Australia. These weathered limestone formations make for an other-worldly landscape and have become one of Australia's most well-known tourist attractions.


(https://imgur.com/gnkhf6b.jpg)


In addition to its beauty, the Outback is also known for its natural resources. Gold and other valuable resources are mined in massive open pit strip mines like Kalgoorlie's Super Pit.


(https://imgur.com/vfBg1pN.jpg)


We venture even deeper into the Outback to visit a few more of Australia's most iconic rock formations. Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles) are located in Northern Territory's Red Centre - these giant rounded boulders are one of the country's most unique sights.


(https://imgur.com/nyJwAMa.jpg)


Kata Tjuta - or the Olgas - can be found in the southern part of the Northern Territory and are another one of the Outback's signature sights. Meaning "many heads" to the Australian Aborigines, these rounded domes are both imposing and mysterious.


(https://imgur.com/XFLuVMP.jpg)


Our last stop today is one of the country's most iconic natural wonders - the stunning Uluru (Ayers Rock), which dramatically rises 1,142 feet out of the Outback. Uluru is the original aboriginal name for the area - and it has no specific meaning behind it. They believed that the rock has a great spiritual meaning - and was created at the dawn of time. To this day, those visiting it are urged not to climb the rock out of respect to these beliefs - and taking photographs of certain areas is also strongly urged against.


(https://imgur.com/RPm1WLO.gif)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: Themistokles on May 28, 2018, 03:04:02 AM
This is so beautiful... from the reef to the outback and the farms and the impressive rocks. :o

Also can't believe I missed the London update! The feeling is so much there, as Kamil said you really feel what it is like to walk in these alleys. And isn't it St Dunstan-in-the-East that you have managed to put in there?
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: eggman121 on May 28, 2018, 03:10:30 AM
Nice work  :thumbsup:

Being from country Victoria I have some knowledge about these areas but alas most of us Aussies live in the cities and regional centers.

Quiet an achievement there Korver. You really have put a positive spotlight on the country I live in. Good Stuff!

-eggman121

Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: reddonquixote on May 28, 2018, 05:06:47 AM
I have never been to the outback, the thought of it makes me cringe. Now I don't feel like I need to, these scenes are amazing.

The kangaroos are hilarious, where did you find them?

The Barrier Reef is beautifully captured. Its very sad about the bleaching, tragedy really.

Great work again  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: dyoungyn on May 28, 2018, 06:56:27 AM
Wow and howdy mate.  You hit this square on the nail.  I have been all around Australia while in the U.S. Navy and by far my most favorite area is the Great Barrier Reef near Townsville; reminds me of small coastal/mid-west town. 

Your Outback is wonderful and again reminds me of the tours I would take. 

Great job and keep your real world sites alive.
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: Alan_Waters on May 28, 2018, 10:10:15 AM
This is not a game, it's already high art! Bravo!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: korver on May 30, 2018, 02:46:16 PM
Replies

Themistokles: Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed the London and Australia updates :)

eggman121: Thanks for stopping by, appreciate the nice words! Hopefully I'll be able to do a few more Australian cities down the line as well ;)

reddonquixote: Thanks for the kind words! I have to thank Xannepan for the kangaroos (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2901), hes been responsible for a lot of the great wildlife featured in this MD :)

dyoungyn: Thanks for the nice words! Always good to hear that reminds you of the real thing! :thumbsup:

Alan_Waters: Thanks for the nice comment! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia / Updated 5-27
Post by: Akallan on May 30, 2018, 03:38:22 PM
Oh yes, it's beautiful all these latest updates! I'm always amazed to see everything you can do, it's nice! The images are supremely well done, I love the career, and everything else obviously! But careers are not always easy to do, but there you have it! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders / Updated 5-27
Post by: korver on June 01, 2018, 02:43:13 PM
Thank you very much for the kind words Akallan! :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: korver on June 08, 2018, 09:14:47 PM

- UPDATE 77: Chicago -


(https://imgur.com/lzGtvDM.jpg)


Today, we're traveling to Chicago - the Windy City - to take a look at a number of this city's most iconic landmarks, from the past to the present.

We'll start off with a look at one of the city's great railroad terminals - Grand Central Station. Built in 1890, stations like these helped to transform the city into one of the most important railroad centers in all of North America. Here we see a scene from its heyday in the early 1930s - unfortunately due to dwindling passenger numbers, the entire station was razed in 1971.


(https://imgur.com/62UTa2z.jpg)


Completed in 1925, the 462 foot tall neo-Gothic Tribune Tower quickly became one of the city's most famous skyscrapers.


(https://imgur.com/IYMWMKS.jpg)


When it opened in 1930, the massive 4,000,000 square foot Merchandise Mart was the world's largest building and became an important retail destination.


(https://imgur.com/HSEaMEp.jpg)


We move forward to present day to visit the home of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs - historic Wrigley Field. Nicknamed "The Friendly Confines", this legendary ballpark has been home to the Cubs since 1914 and is well known for its ivy covered outfield walls, hand operated scoreboard, and rooftop bleachers across the street.


(https://imgur.com/ZhJfK4a.jpg)


Located in Grant Park, Adler Planetarium can be found overlooking the city's beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Since opening in May 1930, its been one of the city's most popular tourist attractions ever since.


(https://imgur.com/kybwObO.jpg)


In the suburb of Plano is where you'll find the famed Farnsworth House, located on the banks of the Fox River. Designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951, it's one of the area's most unique sights.


(https://imgur.com/5gNLxJg.jpg)


Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago's 3,300 foot long Navy Pier has been one of the city's most popular attractions for nearly a century. Centennial Wheel stands nearly 200 feet tall and is an iconic part of the city's skyline.


(https://imgur.com/FjrNzRx.jpg)


A view of the Chicago Loop and River North districts. Trump International Hotel and Tower can be seen soaring above the skyline in the lower half of the picture - built in 2009, it's the city's 2nd tallest building and reaches heights of nearly 1,400 feet. Towards the top is a view of Millennium Park, which features a number of landmarks such as Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Wrigley Square, and the highly reflective Cloud Gate.


(https://imgur.com/yQXaeQZ.jpg)


A look over over Chicago's Magnificent Mile district, which features a number of the city's tallest buildings - such as the John Hancock Center, 900 North Michigan, Water Tower Place, and Park Tower. The Chicago Water Tower can be seen as well - built in 1869, it's the United States' second oldest water tower and is well known for surviving the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.


(https://imgur.com/CnyJs2h.jpg)


One last view of downtown Chicago, featuring the city's tallest and 3rd tallest buildings - the iconic Willis (Sears) Tower and Aon Center.


(https://i.imgur.com/uEngihq.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: PaPa-J on June 09, 2018, 08:13:35 AM
Been to Chicago several times and you have captured this city perfectly.  I had to share this with my wife, she was born and raised on the south sub-burbs of Chicago.  She is astounded.  She can't believe these are pictures from the game I love to play so much.

Great Job! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: Krasner on June 10, 2018, 07:30:58 AM
Great  :thumbsup:The picture with that Mies Van Der Rohe house with the trees refelcting in the pond facing the terrace is breathtaking  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: Themistokles on June 10, 2018, 03:25:34 PM
Wow! The shoreline by the Farnsworth house and the old station area are just awe-inspiring :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: korver on June 11, 2018, 09:33:20 PM
Replies

PaPa-J: Thank you very much! Glad you two enjoyed the update :thumbsup:

Krasner: Thanks for the comment! Appreciate the nice words on the Farnsworth House picture :)

Themistokles: Thank you for the kind words! Glad you liked it :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: fantozzi on June 12, 2018, 10:13:24 AM
Wow! The shoreline by the Farnsworth house and the old station area are just awe-inspiring :o

I agree - how the water and the white birds ad peace and floating - like, for an instance, time stands still and breathing on its peak turns from flowing in to flowing out (like a moment of balance between land and sea) - that's truely impressive. Korver is able to catch the moment of equilibrium like no one else.
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: Akallan on June 12, 2018, 02:12:58 PM
Everything is wonderfully well done! Great job! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: korver on June 13, 2018, 09:22:35 AM
Thank you very much for the nice comments Fantozzi & Akallan! :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Chicago / Updated 6-8
Post by: art128 on June 13, 2018, 01:00:12 PM
Damn, Aon Center really is massive. Quite a bunch of nice updates recently, great work!
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: korver on June 14, 2018, 04:40:31 AM

- UPDATE 78: Melbourne -


(https://imgur.com/i6CkS02.jpg)


Melbourne is the capital of Australia's Victoria territory - and with nearly 5 million residents, it's also the country's second largest city. Known for being one of the world's most livable cities, it features plenty of things to do and see - from famous attractions, historic landmarks, and scenic sites. Today we'll be taking a look at this amazing city.

Our tour of the city begins with a scene from the past - Melbourne's Flinders Street Station in the early 1900s. Opening in 1910, it quickly became one of the city's most important and iconic railway stations - and the surrounding streets were constantly busy and bustling.


(https://imgur.com/14tU7bD.jpg)


Although not quite as hectic these days, the station still remains as one of the city's most important transportation hubs.


(https://imgur.com/GPgGxRm.jpg)


Located in Yarra Park, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground has been home to the Melbourne Football Club since 1858 and Australia's national cricket team since 1877.


(https://imgur.com/J5nXlCR.jpg)


The 394 foot tall Melbourne Star ferris wheel can be found in the city's popular Dockland district and offers spectacular views of the city.


(https://imgur.com/eVp9BJP.jpg)


The Yarra Valley is just a short drive from the city and is known for producing some of Australia's finest wines.


(https://imgur.com/vBzr9kh.jpg)


A late summer evening in the suburbs of Melbourne.


(https://imgur.com/WskMIeP.jpg)


The Shrine of Remembrance is located in the city's King Domain parklands and was opened in 1934 as a tribute to honor the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I.


(https://imgur.com/FLh2Y5b.jpg)


The Arts Centre Melbourne is a performing arts center located in Southbank and features a number of important theatres and concert halls. The centre's distinctive spire rises over 500 feet tall and is extraordinary at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/AoGqhj4.jpg)


Melbourne is a city with a wide range of architectural styles, from old to new. Here we see the famous Neoclassical State Library of Victoria - built in 1856, it's gone through a number of renovations through the years and has become one of the world's largest exhibiting libraries. Right across the street is the modern Melbourne Central Shopping Centre - complete with a 690 foot tall office tower, it's become one of the city's premier destinations.


(https://imgur.com/Ce6D9Vi.jpg)


A view of the eastern end of the CBD, featuring a number of the city's tallest skyscrapers such as Nauru House, 101 Collins Street, and 120 Collins Street.


(https://imgur.com/U6NKuPq.jpg)


One final mosaic showcasing the city's iconic skyline, featuring skyscrapers such as Eureka Tower and the Rialto Towers.


(https://imgur.com/Z6dyFIo.jpg)


-korver


I would like to take a moment to thank all the custom content creators who helped make this update possible! I'd like to give a special thanks to noahclem for giving me access to his amazing unreleased tram set - if you haven't seen the "NORO Trams and Textures" thread already, I'd highly recommend checking it out here (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=16937.0) :) Big thanks to Reddonquixote as well for all his awesome Melbourne content released over the years and for the tram stops used in the update :)

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art128: Thanks alot for the comment, glad you're enjoying the updates! The Aon Center sure is massive, but I can't help but think that Darknono overscaled it a bit :P
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: Akallan on June 15, 2018, 09:46:18 AM
I know my comment is not original at all ... Well, that's beautiful! Everything is beautiful, and my god this little river that passes through the vineyards! :O
The suburb is superbly done too, it must have taken a long time to do it! &apls :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: manga rivotra on June 15, 2018, 10:32:41 AM
As always, it's absolutely awesome.  :o
I missed a lot of update that I discover with happiness now.  ::)
I love everything, but I have to say that the landscapes of Western U.S amazed me the most! The old urban scenes of Chicago and Melbourne appeal to me a lot too. The 2 mosaics of the Flinders Street Station are sublime, as much by the details as by the atmosphere created by your photoshopping. In short, it's art and it's a great pleasure to watch!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: noahclem on June 15, 2018, 03:05:11 PM
Lovely update  &apls Perfect chance to show off RDQ's batting. The trams turned out great  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: Themistokles on June 15, 2018, 03:55:09 PM
Really good, as always &apls Especially love the old picture of the station, the suburbs and the Yarra valley.
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: PaPa-J on June 15, 2018, 06:43:25 PM
Another great update, beautiful shots!  &apls

In the first photo, the one of Flinders Street Station, were all those sims part of the lot or were they plopable? Maybe even, dare I say, photo-shopped in?
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: Durfsurn on June 15, 2018, 07:39:29 PM
Incredible! I'm constantly, and absolutely stunned as always Korver!
Title: Re: True Earth / Melbourne / Updated 6-14
Post by: mattb325 on June 18, 2018, 01:48:29 AM
Amazing images! I love the farnsworth house scene (that water, oh boy!) and the Navy pier in the Chicago update.

As for the melbourne update. Just stunning! It's great to see so many of Reddonquixote's excellent bats shown off with your CJing talent  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: korver on June 19, 2018, 02:31:54 PM

- UPDATE 79: Pacific Northwest -


(https://imgur.com/X1aF8Q8.jpg)


The Pacific Northwest is a geographic region of the northwest United States - and also usually encompasses the southwestern part of Canada as well. Well known for its majestic mountains, lush forests, modern cities, and more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe. Today we'll be taking a look at some of the area's most spectacular sights.

Our trip begins in scenic Olympic National Park - located in western Washington, this vast wilderness is one of the world's best preserved temperate rain forests.


(https://imgur.com/CRcI6zH.jpg)


The Pacific Northwest is home to a number of major cities like Portland - also known as the City of Roses. The Old Town's White Stag Sign is one of the skyline's most distinctive and recognizable landmarks.


(https://imgur.com/6D8y5C5.jpg)


An overview of downtown Portland featuring the KOIN Center, Wells Fargo Center, and the U.S. Bancorp Tower.


(https://imgur.com/11ZLqIs.jpg)


Our next stop is the Emerald City - Seattle. The famed Space Needle offers incredible views of the city - built for the 1962 World Fair, it quickly became the city's most iconic landmark.


(https://imgur.com/odKYRdv.jpg)


Safeco Field, home of MLB's Seattle Mariners since 1999.


(https://imgur.com/BQTQJyi.jpg)


A look at downtown Seattle at night with a few of it's most iconic skyscrapers in view - such as the Columbia Center, Seattle Municipal Tower, and the Smith Tower.


(https://imgur.com/dgbTg7j.jpg)


We travel north of the border to visit one more of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic cities, Vancouver. Scenes like the one below are common here - with the city core being filled with countless modern glass condominiums.


(https://imgur.com/riE1fFR.jpg)


A look at downtown Vancouver - the large Bentall Centre is one of the city's most popular destinations.


(https://imgur.com/KbMVqTH.jpg)


We start heading South to take a look at some of the Pacific Northwest's most amazing natural wonders, starting with Washington's majestic Mount Rainier. Rising 14,411 feet tall, it's the tallest point in the Cascades and can be seen all the way from Seattle, nearly 100 miles way.


(https://imgur.com/5t9pJmj.jpg)


Rising 11,249 feet tall, Mount Hood is Oregon's highest peak and is another one of the region's most impressive mountains.


(https://imgur.com/AhYrEzl.jpg)


Our last destination is one of America's most prized natural wonders, Oregon's Crater Lake. After the eruption of Mount Mazama nearly 8,000 years ago, the caldera filled up with rain water and snow melt - giving it a mesmerizing azure hue.


(https://imgur.com/HcobCFO.jpg)


-korver


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Replies

Akallan: Thank you very much for the comment, glad you liked the pictures :)

manga rivotra: Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed the old city scenes and the rest of the updates :thumbsup:

noahclem: Appreciate for the nice words! Thanks again for the tram set :thumbsup:

Themistokles: Thank you very much for the comment! :)

PaPa-J: Thanks for the comment! The people in that scene are MMPed, and come from both the Nams MMP set and the Delecto sets. While many of the other scenes in the update are functional and use the NAM networks (meaning I can't MMP people on the roads), I had to make that scene non functional so I could place people on the roads so I converted some of the tram textures that noahclem graciously sent me into Lot Editor textures and created some custom lots. I also had to reduce the size of the occupant size property of a few buildings and props in iLive's reader to get a few of the MMPs even closer to the buildings.

Durfsurn: Thank you very much for the kind words! :)

mattb325: Thanks alot for the nice comment, glad you enjoyed Chicago and Melbourne :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: Alan_Waters on June 20, 2018, 09:48:24 AM
The first time I see that the artistic masterpieces were written by the game.
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: korver on June 21, 2018, 10:20:49 PM
Thank you very much for the comment Alan_Waters! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: Tyberius06 on June 24, 2018, 02:17:32 AM
Really nice pictures again! I really like the Crater Lake picture! :)
Nice work!  &apls &apls &apls

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: manga rivotra on June 24, 2018, 12:25:20 PM
Another great update !  &apls &apls &apls
indeed your landscape are outstanding, so realistic !  :o
I'm curious, what do you use to create your so precise relief, sc4terraformer or something else?
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: korver on June 25, 2018, 08:55:46 AM
Thank you very much Tyberius06! Glad you liked Crater Lake :thumbsup:

Appreciate the nice words manga rivotra! I've tried using SC4Terraformer in the past but I always had problems getting it to run properly - so I'm using SC4 Mapper 2013 for all my nature scenes.
Title: Re: True Earth / Pacific Northwest / Updated 6-19
Post by: art128 on June 25, 2018, 10:26:52 AM
Stunning landscapes and cityscapes!
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: korver on June 27, 2018, 03:31:31 PM

- UPDATE 80: Shanghai -


(https://imgur.com/CiooPYR.jpg)


With a population of nearly 25 million, Shanghai is one of China's largest cities and an important international business and financial center. From small market town in the 1200s, prosperous colonial port city in the 1800s, and finally a rising global economic hub in the present day - it's a city with an impressive history and a bright future. Today we'll be taking a look at a number of the city's most iconic landmarks and districts.

With a number of vital rivers crossing the city - the waterfront has always played an important role in Shanghai's past and present. The Bund is where we'll begin our tour of Shanghai - this waterfront district along Zhongshan Road runs alongside the Huangpu River and contains many of city's most historic buildings - it was truly quite the spectacle during it's heyday in the early 1900s.


(https://imgur.com/eC6lrBo.jpg)


Overlooking the northern end of The Bund is the iconic Broadway Mansions - since it's completion in 1934, this timeless Art Deco hotel has served as a symbol of Shanghai.


(https://imgur.com/WH9RDg5.jpg)


Since the early 1900s, Nanjing Road has been the city's main shopping street and is constantly buzzing with tourists and locals, day or night.


(https://imgur.com/1OkWFpg.jpg)


The striking design of Shanghai Stadium is one of the city's most unique sights - it's been the home of Shanghai SIPG Football Club since it's opening in 1999 and has hosted a number of important events as well.


(https://imgur.com/UP88ydw.jpg)


Located in the heart of Shanghai's shopping district in Puxi, the distinctive Tomorrow Square tower rises 934 feet and is one of the city's tallest buildings.


(https://imgur.com/WKk5OMd.jpg)


A view of Shanghai's Pudong district and CBD overlooking the Huangpu River - with the centerpiece being the stunning 2,073 foot tall Shanghai Tower. Completed in 2014, it's currently the world's second tallest building.


(https://imgur.com/gvtdQhu.jpg)


A final of view of Shanghai's skyline at night, featuring many of the city's most impressive buildings such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, Bank of China Shanghai, and the futuristic Pearl Oriental TV Tower.


(https://imgur.com/mCEBe6K.jpg)


-korver


Special thanks to noahclem for the tram textures used in the Bund picture - much appreciated :thumbsup:


Art128: Thanks for the nice words! :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: Seaman on June 28, 2018, 01:33:22 AM
I mean, it would be pretty nerdy, but I am thinking of a photobook. "Korver's trip around the world" with high gloss pictures you can look at while sitting in an armchair. I guess, it would feel like a mix between national geographic and "Where's Waldo".

Good job, again, korver!  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: Alan_Waters on June 28, 2018, 09:12:29 AM
It's grandiose! There are no other words.  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: art128 on June 28, 2018, 10:48:06 AM
Shanghai is definitely a beautiful city.

Be careful though, the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower is overhanging on the avenue, might be a little dangerous for those sims driving around it. :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: gaoting on June 28, 2018, 07:03:07 PM
Korver,It' s so wonderfuil.Is the shanghai center Tower's lot made by you?it's nice!I hope you will release it.Next time ,you may be able to release Beijing, ;D
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: reddonquixote on June 28, 2018, 10:42:57 PM
I've missed a few updates.

Great job with Melbourne of course. You've captured the scenes really well, the wide suburban streets in particular. You have showcased Flinders Street Station beautifully.

Some lovely mountainous scenes in Pacific Northwest update, you always do the natural scenes really well.

 &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: mattb325 on June 29, 2018, 03:38:13 AM
Shanghai is brilliantly executed. I really love the vibrancy of the historic picture  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: korver on June 29, 2018, 08:28:30 PM
Replies

Seaman: Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed this episode from my trip around the world :thumbsup:

Alan_Waters: Appreciate the comment, happy you enjoyed the update :)

art128: Thank you very much for the comment! Yeah, unfortunately I sorta realized that after the fact but let's say that it's elevated a little bit off the road and the cars can drive under it for now ;)

gaoting: Thanks for the nice words! The Shanghai Tower is a custom model I got online and I converted it into a SC4 BAT. I have a few more Asian cities in mind for some upcoming updates and I've given Beijing some thought recently, so we'll see. ;)

reddonquxiote: Appreciate the nice words as always! Glad you enjoyed the updates, had a great time finally getting to use all of your excellent Melbourne BATs :thumbsup:

mattb325: Appreciate the kind words, glad you enjoyed the update and the historic Bund :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: PaPa-J on June 30, 2018, 01:32:20 AM
Really nice work.  Another masterpiece.
Title: Re: True Earth / Shanghai / Updated 6-27
Post by: korver on June 30, 2018, 06:37:29 PM
Thank you very much for the nice words PaPa-J! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: korver on July 03, 2018, 09:49:47 PM

- UPDATE 81: Scenes From Hong Kong -


(https://imgur.com/3XwRwAN.jpg)


With a population of nearly 8 million, one of the world's most recognizable skylines, and a thriving business sector - Hong Kong is one of the world's most important global cities. Today, we'll be taking another look at this city's famous skyline and much more as we further explore Hong Kong Island, the mainland, and more.

We'll begin with another look into the past - back at the turn of the century, Hong Kong was still was still growing British colonial establishment. The city's port along Victoria Harbour continued to grow and grow throughout the years and was often crowded with junks, sampans, and other maritime vessels.


(https://imgur.com/vdZRdWH.jpg)


Opening in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport, or Chek Lap Kok is the city's main airport and is located on reclaimed land outside Lantau Island in the western portion of the city. The distinctive Y-shaped terminal is said to resemble an airplane in flight.


(https://imgur.com/YY60MlF.jpg)


Just outside the airport is where you'll find Seaview Crescent and Tung Chung Crescent - two of the city's most impressive residential high rises.


(https://imgur.com/KmT0ETd.jpg)


A rainy day in the city's Wan Chai District - home to the sleek Central Plaza.


(https://imgur.com/tb2si7r.jpg)


A late night in central Hong Kong with a view of The Center.


(https://imgur.com/1hgFhDq.jpg)


The rain picks back up again as we visit the the city's Admiralty District - which features many of the city's most iconic skyscrapers like the Bank of China Tower, Lippo Centre, and the Pacific Place complex.


(https://imgur.com/niRthSJ.jpg)


A view of Hong Kong's stunning Union Square and the neighboring New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter at night. Rising 1,538 feet tall, the towering International Commerce Centre is the centerpiece of the complex and the city's tallest building.


(https://imgur.com/W4rDLew.jpg)


Our visit concludes with one last overview of Hong Kong's spectacular skyline and Victoria Harbour at sunset.


(https://imgur.com/bC8ej2a.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: gaoting on July 04, 2018, 04:31:30 AM
你真的太厉害了,已经是相当接近了,而且比如会展中心这类没有的插件你也做出来了,强!都不由得用中文夸你了,哈哈,GREAT JOB!
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: PaPa-J on July 04, 2018, 08:31:05 AM
 &apls Amazing, simply amazing.  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: Seaman on July 05, 2018, 04:04:35 AM
Are we even playing the same game here?  ;)

Gratulations, korver. I think you've outdone yourself.
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: belfastsocrates on July 05, 2018, 05:11:19 AM
That last skyline picture is absolutely spectacular.
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: noahclem on July 05, 2018, 12:27:19 PM
Spectacular views of the Northwest and Far East  &apls  You've really done a fantastic job in recreating it all, definitely consistent with your normal standards or exceeding them  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Hong Kong / Updated 7-3
Post by: korver on July 06, 2018, 07:53:45 PM
Replies

noahclem: Thanks for the nice comment, glad you're enjoying the updates! :)

belfastsocrates: Thank you very much for the kind words on the HK skyline overview :)

Seaman: Thanks for the nice words and for the karma point, much appreciated :thumbsup:

PaPa-J: Thank you very much! :)

gaoting: 非常感谢你 Appreciate the kind words! :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: korver on July 10, 2018, 04:29:19 PM

- UPDATE 82: Mexico City -


(https://imgur.com/UCntOUi.jpg)


Today we're taking a look at one of the world's most populated cities - Mexico City. Sitting 7,400 feet above sea level, the capital of Mexico is home to some 22 million people in its metropolitan area. This center of finance, communications, and industry sprawls over 2,000 square kilometers - few cities can compare to its massive size.

Mexico City is also one of the world's oldest cities - and before it was the massive urban area that it is today, it was once the center of the great Aztec Empire. Their capital of Tenochtitlán was founded in 1325 and was truly a sight to see with it's many canals and the great Templo Mayor overlooking the city's center.


(https://imgur.com/BmSx1k2.jpg)


The mysterious ruins of Teotihuacan are one of present day Mexico City's most famous sites. Believed to have been built by either the Toltecs or Totonacs, the complex quickly developed into one of the world's largest cities but eventually fell into ruin for reasons unknown.


(https://imgur.com/GRIDm7f.jpg)


A hot, smoggy summer's day in Mexico City. Here we see the city's most iconic skyscraper - Torre Latinoamericana - completed in 1956, it's said to resemble a mini Empire State Building and has notably survived a number of large earthquakes throughout the years.


(https://imgur.com/M08comS.jpg)


In the heart of the city is Chapultepec Park - this massive urban oasis is one of North America's largest parks and is home to a number of landmarks and monuments like the impressive Chapultepec Castle.


(https://imgur.com/kzhfOXf.jpg)


The Paseo de la Reforma runs diagonally through the center of Mexico City and is lined with modern high rises - and the distinctive Mexican Stock Exchange building is hard to miss.


(https://imgur.com/tx3jOsH.jpg)


A nighttime view of the Paseo de la Reforma with a few more of its most impressive skyscrapers on display - 807 foot tall Torre Reforma and the 738 foot tall Torre Mayor, the city's tallest and 3rd tallest buildings respectively.


(https://imgur.com/iQNofN2.jpg)


Our tour concludes with a trip to the city's iconic public square - The Zócalo. With the famous Metropolitan Cathedral and Palacio Nacional close by, it's an area that's steeped in history and a can't miss destination.


(https://imgur.com/ERJ3UC3.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: PaPa-J on July 11, 2018, 05:14:23 AM
I love the ruins, they look spectacular.  I like how you tell your story. It's like you live there and are giving us foreigners a tour. Great job!  &apls   
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: 0715463494 on July 11, 2018, 06:19:14 AM
MAN IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. &apls &apls &apls.Wish i had the patience to do stuff like that $%Grinno$% $%Grinno$% :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: bladeberkman on July 11, 2018, 10:04:49 AM
Astonishing as always!  &apls I really appreciate the painstaking street-level details. You should consider making/releasing a T-21 mod (or several  :D).
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: korver on July 14, 2018, 02:01:17 PM
Replies

PaPa-J: Thanks for the nice comment - glad you enjoyed the story :)

0715463494: Thank you very much for the comment! Glad you liked it :thumbsup:

bladeberkman: Thanks for the nice words! Currently everything is very much in a WIP stage - but I am considering revisiting some of this stuff later on so we'll see :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: Themistokles on July 14, 2018, 03:55:37 PM
Wow is the right word for this. I've always wanted to visit Latin America but it is soooo faaaar awaaaaaaaayyyyyy :(

Anyway, as always you did a great job recreating this. (I only miss the blood stains on the temple stairs...)  ;)

And a question, the tram tracks - are they discontinuous by intention? If so, that's a innovative way of showing either bustling city growth and redevelopment... or corruption (building project suddenly unexpectedly ran out of money).  ;D
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: Akallan on July 15, 2018, 06:02:16 AM
Wow, what work! The pyramid is superb, just like the city! Very good update! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Mexico City / Updated 7-10
Post by: korver on July 15, 2018, 08:19:31 PM
Themistokles: Thanks for the nice words! I was thinking about possibly going down that route in regards to the temple.. but I wanted to keep things PG I suppose ;) As for the tram track - those are actually supposed to be the city's Metrobus dedicated bus lanes. Technically there's supposed to a bit of a curve there on that specific intersection to connect the bus lanes, but since the bus lanes start and stop all over the place anyways I let that one little part slide (and, it would have been a pain to make that specific piece :P)

Akallan: Thank you very much for the comment, glad you liked the update! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / 1970s NYC / Updated 7-19
Post by: korver on July 20, 2018, 09:18:36 AM

- UPDATE 83: 1970s New York City -


(https://imgur.com/fMb0eay.jpg)


After previously taking a look at New York City in the 1930s - today we're taking another trip back into the Big Apple's past and seeing how it looked in the 1970s. Plenty of famous skyscrapers were being built all over the city, and other areas of the city looked quite different than they do today - it was truly quite an interesting time in the city's history.

Our trip into the past begins in Midtown Manhattan - after a brief stop at the famed Empire State Building, we make sure to visit the always crowded Times Square. Brightly lit billboards, taxi cabs, and big crowds can be seen for blocks - any trip to this iconic intersection is unforgettable.


(https://imgur.com/uDsT32L.jpg)


A look down Park Avenue with the old Pan Am building in view.


(https://imgur.com/tl3ptRQ.jpg)


One more view of mid 1970s Midtown Manhattan with a number of prominent skyscrapers under construction.


(https://imgur.com/pSlWjVC.jpg)


A look at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium - with numerous World Series runs and the heroics of "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson, it was an exciting time to be a Yankee fan in the late 70s.


(https://imgur.com/lcItYLw.jpg)


The iconic Brooklyn Bridge was constructed in 1883 - spanning the East River, it connects Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan which will be our next destination.


(https://imgur.com/iS8rAnK.jpg)


The World Trade Center towers were constructed from 1968-1973 and dominated the skyline of Lower Manhattan for nearly 30 years. Upon completion, they were the world's tallest buildings for a brief period of time and one of the city's signature sights.


(https://imgur.com/h9jHpjj.jpg)


The Twin Towers at nighttime were truly spectacular.


(https://imgur.com/UP3kvNI.jpg)


One last view of Lower Manhattan's impressive skyline in the 1970s.


(https://imgur.com/5s44WNF.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / 1970s NYC / Updated 7-19
Post by: PaPa-J on July 20, 2018, 09:25:30 AM
The construction scene of the Twin Towers is outstanding.  Love what you did with it.
Title: Re: True Earth / 1970s NYC / Updated 7-19
Post by: art128 on July 20, 2018, 10:29:56 AM
Both Mexico City and NYC are absolutely breathtaking. I quite liked the historic pictures of Mexico.

I liked the WTC.
Title: Re: True Earth / 1970s NYC / Updated 7-19
Post by: korver on July 21, 2018, 11:12:27 PM
PaPa-J: Thank you very much - glad you liked the Twin towers scene :thumbsup:

art128: Thanks for the nice words, happy to hear you're enjoying the updates :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Tokyo / Updated 7-31
Post by: korver on July 31, 2018, 09:01:47 PM

- UPDATE 84: Tokyo -


(https://imgur.com/VmezkTa.jpg)


Today we're taking a closer look at the capital of Japan - Tokyo. With nearly 40,000,000 people in its metropolitan area, it's not only one of the world's most populated areas but also a vital global city with important business and finance sectors. With a mix of new and old architecture, and plenty of iconic buildings - there's lots to see and explore in this famed city.

We'll be arriving to the city's center via bullet train - where the scenic landscape of rural Japan can be enjoyed traveling at speeds of nearly 200 mph.


(https://imgur.com/uHRYZkK.jpg)


We finally arrive in Tokyo - getting off at Tokyo Station, one of the country's busiest railway stations. It's a mix of new and old here in the city's Marunouchi district - sleek, modern office buildings can be found right next door to the great canals of the city's imperial palace.


(https://imgur.com/uV6YFXn.jpg)


Today, the grounds near Marunouchi house the city's grand imperial palace - but once were home to the majestic Edo Castle. Built in 1457, the castle was home to the powerful Tokugawa shoguns for centuries, but was eventually destroyed by fire a number of times and never rebuilt. Only moats and ruins of the original structure survive to this day.


(https://imgur.com/CLiR50r.jpg)


Our journey through modern Tokyo resumes with a visit to the famed Shibuya Crossing - often said to be the world's busiest intersection.


(https://imgur.com/php3Kuu.jpg)


Ginza is another one of the city's most iconic districts - this popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo is well known for its elegance and luxury.


(https://imgur.com/yEhBafc.jpg)


The iconic bright orange and white Tokyo Tower was opened in 1958 and quickly became one of the country's most prominent landmarks.


(https://imgur.com/s0lCB52.jpg)


A view of the 2,080 foot tall Tokyo Skytree - opening in 2012, it's the country's tallest structure and is particularly striking at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/TRoCKdr.jpg)


We'll conclude our trip with a look at Shinjuku from above - one of Japan's most impressive skylines and leading business districts.


(https://imgur.com/E41RqtQ.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Tokyo / Updated 7-31
Post by: Akallan on August 01, 2018, 06:37:01 AM
Beautiful work korver! Seeing this gigantic bustling city in SimCity 4 is impressive, the last picture is beautiful. I love all these viaducts that cross and these great avenues, good job! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Tokyo / Updated 7-31
Post by: korver on August 02, 2018, 07:31:18 PM
Thank you very much for the nice words Akallan!  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Tokyo / Updated 7-31
Post by: vinlabsc3k on August 07, 2018, 07:11:39 AM
As always your works are outstanding!! 5x :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Tokyo / Updated 7-31
Post by: korver on August 07, 2018, 03:33:06 PM
Thank you very much vinlabsc3k! :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Madrid / Updated 8-8
Post by: korver on August 08, 2018, 02:17:43 PM

- UPDATE 85: Madrid -


(https://imgur.com/9V6OWFy.jpg)


Today we're visiting the capital of Spain - Madrid. This metropolis of 3 million residents is situated on a high plateau in the heart of the country and is well known for its temperate climate, elegant avenues, beautiful parks, and famous landmarks. There's plenty of attractions to see here - so let's take a close look at this beautiful capital city.

Our tour gets started off in the outskirts of Madrid where we'll be visiting the legendary El Escorial palace. This iconic landmark was originally constructed in the 16th century and has plenty of history - through the years it's served as a monastery, museum, library, pantheon, basilica, and most importantly the burial place of Spanish kings for nearly 600 years.


(https://imgur.com/AtIXO4v.jpg)


With favorable conditions much of the year, the arid landscapes surrounding Madrid are ideal for growing olives. Massive plantations can be seen for miles in the countryside.


(https://imgur.com/tCDpV2c.jpg)


We finally arrive in the heart of the city and our first stop is the impressive Palacio Real. The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family until 1931, it's the largest royal palace in all of Europe.


(https://imgur.com/EhyE8kz.jpg)


The towers of Puerte de Europa are one of the city's most distinctive sights and serve as symbolic gate into the city.


(https://imgur.com/YDItziZ.jpg)


The Cuatro Torres Business Area (Spanish for "Four Towers Business Area") is home to a number of the country's tallest buildings.


(https://imgur.com/ImKteno.jpg)


Completed in 1953, Edificio España is one of the city's tallest and most iconic buildings. It's currently undergoing renovations and plans to open as a hotel next year.


(https://imgur.com/NF3bmg4.jpg)


Our tour concludes with a look down the city's Gran Via avenue - one of Madrid's most popular and famous tourist destinations.


(https://imgur.com/TKRC4nD.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Madrid / Updated 8-8
Post by: ramrec on August 09, 2018, 04:37:00 AM
Impressive job, very detailed and realistic (I can assure, as I am from Madrid  :thumbsup:).

Just a point. The "Palacio Real" (Royal Palace) is not the residence of the Kings of Spain. It is just used for official events and can be visited by the public throughout the year. The Royal Family resides at "Palacio de la Zarzuela" located in the outskirts of Madrid.

Anyway, amazing update.
Title: Re: True Earth / Madrid / Updated 8-8
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 09, 2018, 09:34:09 AM
It's grandiose!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Madrid / Updated 8-8
Post by: korver on August 10, 2018, 04:59:43 PM
ramrec: Appreciate the comment and kind words! Thanks for alerting me about the Palacio Real, oops :P Apparently it was the official residence until 1931, so I've updated the entry accordingly :thumbsup:

Alan_Waters: Thank you very much for the comment!
Title: Re: True Earth / Madrid / Updated 8-8
Post by: PaPa-J on August 11, 2018, 03:35:16 AM
Outstanding update! I particularly like the landscape work on the Olive groves.  Great job.
Title: Re: True Earth / Madrid / Updated 8-8
Post by: korver on August 11, 2018, 06:30:40 PM
Thank you PaPa-J! Glad you liked the olive grove scene :)
Title: Re: True Earth / The Balkans / Updated 8-12
Post by: korver on August 12, 2018, 07:40:45 PM

- UPDATE 87: The Balkans -


(https://imgur.com/eNwcJn0.jpg)


Today, we're taking a look at one of Europe's most beautiful and unique regions - The Balkans. From picturesque cities, villages, farmland, natural wonders, and more - this area is filled with sights that will take your breath away. We'll begin in one of the region's most important cities - the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, it's one of the continent's oldest cities and has a number of notable landmarks. Beogradanka (Belgrade Palace) is one of the city's most recognizable skyscrapers and rises high above the historic old town.


(https://imgur.com/J4QB46A.jpg)


Entire districts of the city are filled with commie blocks - these huge, repetitive apartment buildings often dominate the landscape around them.


(https://imgur.com/nfSkTRR.jpg)


The Balkans are filled with picturesque farming villages for as far as the eye can see.


(https://imgur.com/DlcSr2k.jpg)


The Balkans are known for their natural beauty as well - the stunning waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park are particularly impressive.


(https://imgur.com/ipXRCiG.jpg)


Romania's Bran Castle is our next destination - this famed landmark is often associated with Dracula and many believed that he lived here at one point. Although there's little proof to support this - it could have been the home of Vlad the Impaler at one point.


(https://imgur.com/i1WqJAN.jpg)


As we make our way south, we finally get our first view of the Mediterranean Sea - and we'll be stopping in Greece's Ano Symi for the night. This picturesque seaside village is filled with colorful buildings and is gaining a reputation as one of the area's most beautiful destinations.


(https://imgur.com/fFnbmcf.jpg)


The tour concludes with a visit to one of the Mediterranean's most stunning destinations - Croatia's Dubrovnik. The walled old town was completed in the 16th century and is well known for its well preserved white stone buildings. With beautiful views of the Mediterranean from the city's riviera - any trip here is unforgettable.


(https://imgur.com/kyC3KKl.jpg)


Special thanks to manga rivotra for some of the road textures used in this update - much appreciated :)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / The Balkans / Updated 8-12
Post by: PaPa-J on August 12, 2018, 08:49:26 PM
Bran Castle is outstanding.  Love it.
Title: Re: True Earth / The Balkans / Updated 8-12
Post by: art128 on August 13, 2018, 03:34:37 AM
Absolutely stunning work once again! Dubrovnik looks spectacular. I quite liked the commie blocks of Belgrade too.
Title: Re: True Earth / The Balkans / Updated 8-12
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 13, 2018, 09:42:11 AM
Korver, how do you do it?  ()what()
Title: Re: True Earth / The Balkans / Updated 8-12
Post by: korver on August 14, 2018, 12:43:41 AM
PaPa-J: Glad you enjoyed the Bran Castle scene, thanks for the comment! :)

art128: Thanks for the nice words, glad you liked the update :thumbsup:

Alan_Waters: A lot of patience and free time, I guess :D
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: korver on August 16, 2018, 09:43:03 PM

- UPDATE 86: São Paulo -


(https://imgur.com/1hdfOr3.jpg)


Today we're visiting one of the world's largest urban sprawls - the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo. With nearly 40 million people residing in it's massive urban area, it's one of the world's most populated cities.

São Paulo is an important financial center and is well known for its unique landmarks and interesting architecture - and there's no better example than Paulista Avenue. Home to a number of large banks and financial institutions, it's one of the city's most important avenues.


(https://imgur.com/Qc3LFUr.jpg)


While São Paulo is home to many of the country's wealthiest citizens - the outskirts of the city are a different story. It's a city known for its income inequality and favelas can be seen for miles.


(https://imgur.com/xcdkbnj.gif)


While the city center of São Paulo is located quite a bit inland - the Brazilian state of São Paulo still gets to enjoy a beautiful stretch of Atlantic shoreline with a number of popular resort towns such as Santos. It's a popular vacation destination for locals and tourists alike - and the port and container terminal here is vital for the entire country.


(https://imgur.com/PMQt7pm.jpg)


We return to central São Paulo - visiting one of the city's most well known landmarks and important transportation hubs - the beautiful Victorian Estação da Luz (Luz Train Station).


(https://imgur.com/DLlv6fa.jpg)


The impressive Ipiranga Museum is a well known history museum in the heart of the city and is a popular tourist attraction - it's currently undergoing an extensive restoration however and will re-open in 2022.


(https://imgur.com/ZAlea1m.jpg)


The recently completed Cidade Jardim Corporate Center can be seen standing right next to a neighborhood of slums - this sort of income divide can be seen in many places across the city.


(https://imgur.com/5Pgykdc.jpg)


The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge was completed in 2008 and spans the Pinheiros River - it's one of the city's most amazing sights and is quite striking at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/1rfHxmL.jpg)


A final mosaic of São Paulo's impressive skyline, featuring a few of the city's most famous high rises - such as the curvy Edificio Copan, Edifício Itália, and the Banespa Building.


(https://imgur.com/m7jjhtu.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: Seaman on August 17, 2018, 03:18:56 AM
Nice, korver! Again, I am actually learning something! The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is amazing, never seen it before.

Soo... you have a BAT for it, right?  &Thk/(
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: Tyberius06 on August 17, 2018, 03:42:20 AM
Really nice work, korver! :) Both Sao Paolo and the Balkans :) I specially like the road/texture work on the waterfront :)
what is that diagonal skysraper on the last (long) image by the diagonal AVE, above the weavy shape building?

Thanks!

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: art128 on August 17, 2018, 03:45:19 AM
I've shown this update to a friend who lived in Sao Paolo for 3 years. He told me this was quite impressive and he recognized everything. Well done!
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: PaPa-J on August 17, 2018, 05:27:47 AM
I stand in awe of your mastery. I must say though, your plugin folder must be 30g in size. LOL
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: korver on August 19, 2018, 06:04:45 AM
Seaman: Appreciate the comment, glad you liked the update! Yeah, unfortunately no one made that bridge yet - or anything remotely like it - so I had to use a custom BAT for the scene.

Tyberius06: Thank you very much! The São Paulo update required a lot of custom made BATs I got online - and that diagonal building (Edifcio Italia) was one of them.

art128: Thanks for the nice words! Good to hear that he recognized everything :thumbsup:

PaPa-J: Thank you very much! I actually have around 10 different Plugins folders that I use for this MD, it's the only real way I can possibly stay organized while constantly changing building styles. It's not quite 30GB - but they're still pretty big regardless :D
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: PaPa-J on August 19, 2018, 06:50:15 AM
PaPa-J: Thank you very much! I actually have around 10 different Plugins folders that I use for this MD, it's the only real way I can possibly stay organized while constantly changing building styles. It's not quite 30GB - but they're still pretty big regardless :D

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: Akallan on August 19, 2018, 10:04:39 AM
I will not make a long speech to describe the beauty of this work. So, let's just say it's crazy and beautiful! &apls :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / São Paulo / Updated 8-16
Post by: korver on August 19, 2018, 10:02:53 PM
Thank you for the kind words Akallan! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Asian Skylines / Updated 8-22
Post by: korver on August 22, 2018, 09:47:19 PM

- UPDATE 88: Asian Skylines -


(https://imgur.com/DdMpJf6.jpg)


Today, we're returning to Asia to see a few more of the continent's most impressive skylines. After already taking a look at Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in previous updates, today we'll be visiting Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

We'll begin our tour in Seoul - the capital of South Korea. This city of nearly 10 million offers a stunning contrast of new and old architecture - and it's no more apparent than in the city center where the ancient Namdaemun temple sits right next door to modern high rise offices and apartments.


(https://imgur.com/XO9LwRd.jpg)


Seoul's distinctive 63 Building is one of the city's most recognizable sights and is covered with an exterior of glimmering gold glass.


(https://imgur.com/sc59gk0.jpg)


Taipei's impressive Taipei 101 was completed in 2004 and was the world's tallest building for a number of years.


(https://imgur.com/ETcVNOW.jpg)


We move into Southeast Asia for our last three sights, starting with Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Rising high above the chaotic, bustling streets below is the stunning Baiyoke Sky Hotel - this 1,014 foot tall skyscraper is one of the world's tallest hotels and offers great views of the city.


(https://imgur.com/Fd2G5cL.jpg)


Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, is our next destination - and its skyline is dominated by the impressive Petronas Towers. Standing 1,483 feet tall, they were briefly the world's tallest buildings until being surpassed by Taipei 101.


(https://imgur.com/ipoiIBD.gif)


The tour concludes with a look at Singapore's CBD. This small island nation may only be 278 square miles big - but is well known for having one of the continent's best skylines with plenty of modern highrises along its waterfront.


(https://imgur.com/e3zay3S.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Asian Skylines / Updated 8-22
Post by: art128 on August 23, 2018, 04:18:55 AM
Well I expected to see the Lotte World Tower from Seoul. Pretty great update. The parks on the shoreline of Seoul are neat.
Title: Re: True Earth / Asian Skylines / Updated 8-22
Post by: manga rivotra on August 26, 2018, 02:12:25 PM
You are a master in absolutely all styles, it is really amazing!  &apls &apls &apls
And in bonus, you are extremely productive,  we are lucky to have you, thank you the artist!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Asian Skylines / Updated 8-22
Post by: korver on August 27, 2018, 08:15:28 AM
art128: Thank you, glad you enjoyed the pictures. :) There's a possibility that I'll do a separate Seoul update down the road - so you might get to see it eventually ;)

manga rivotra: Thank you very much for the kind comment :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: korver on August 28, 2018, 06:47:23 AM

- UPDATE 89: Historic Europe -


(https://imgur.com/R67oPnJ.jpg)


Today, we're taking a historical look at some of Europe's most iconic landmarks. I wanted to capture as much of Europe's impressive history as possible, so I've done scenes from a variety of different eras - hope you enjoy this trip back in time!


The Acropolis and Parthenon - 400 BC
Ancient Athens



(https://imgur.com/pnD5jVZ.jpg)


The Colosseum - 50 AD
Ancient Rome



(https://imgur.com/1bMnEWx.jpg)


Montelbaanstoren - late 1700s
Amsterdam, The Netherlands



(https://imgur.com/KxOSS8p.jpg)


Trafalgar Square - 1880
London, England



(https://imgur.com/OgXGYHS.jpg)


Eiffel Tower - late 1800s
Paris, France



(https://imgur.com/U93Ev9N.jpg)


Place De La Concorde - early 1900s
Paris, France



(https://imgur.com/pdL6BoO.jpg)


Brandenburg Gate - early 1900s
Berlin, Germany



(https://imgur.com/Kc1iYxz.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: PaPa-J on August 28, 2018, 07:46:08 AM
Why do I make plans to travel the work and see the sites?  I just need to read your MD.  Great work Korver.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: Alan_Waters on August 28, 2018, 09:31:55 AM
I'll never be able to understand how you can create masterpieces so quickly and so masterfully.
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: art128 on August 28, 2018, 09:40:28 AM
Funny how Paris didn't change much in 200 years. Really like that Berlin picture, reminds me of Peterycristi's historic Berlin MD (http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=11659.0). :) (Sadly all pictures are long gone.)

Here's two challenges/ideas for you:

Try to make a Singapore special featuring the F1 grand prix and a Paris special featuring the building of the Metropolitain with cut and cover works, submersed caisson in the Seine and beautiful viaduct.
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: Akallan on August 28, 2018, 12:00:56 PM
Simply great to see these old scenes! The Place de la Concorde in Paris is my favorite, even if they are all beautiful. It's just beautiful to see Paris at this time with booming motoring! A fabulous job, thank you korver! &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: korver on August 29, 2018, 07:43:58 AM
PaPa-J: Thanks for the comment! I usually get the same feeling when I'm working on some of these updates $%Grinno$%

Alan_Waters: Let's just say I'm an extremely efficient person :P Glad you liked it!

art128: Thank you - his work was actually some of the inspiration behind that scene, I remember being amazed by that great Brandenburg Gate scene years ago. Unfortunately none of the pics seem to be working anymore :( Thanks for the ideas too - I have about a million projects I need to finish up though lol so we'll see.. :P

Akallan: Thanks for the nice words! The early 1900s and late 1800s were such a fascinating time in Paris - glad you enjoyed my little showcase of that era. Maybe I'll have to revisit it sometime later on ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: mattb325 on August 30, 2018, 04:17:45 PM
This latest entry is stunning. I especially like how well you've captured the ancient scenes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: korver on August 31, 2018, 04:36:01 AM
mattb325: Thank you very much for the comment! Glad you liked the ancient scenes :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: noahclem on August 31, 2018, 06:54:49 PM
Awesome updates  &apls &apls

Wish the tram pics used my system ;) I should know better to ask but are the lighthouse from Amsterdam or the tower on top of Gare D'Orsay in the last pic available anywhere?
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: art128 on September 01, 2018, 03:10:34 AM
Noah: the dome on top of the Gare d'Orsay building is the Dome des Invalide by Frogface. (https://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/4529-dome-des-invalides/)

The other building is Amsterdam's montelbaanstoren by TatooedMillionaire. (https://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/17195-amsterdam-montelbaanstoren/)
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: korver on September 05, 2018, 11:32:28 AM
noahclem: Thank you very much for the nice words! I actually tried to use some of your textures in that Brandenburg Gate scene - but I couldn't find any overlays that would line up properly with the other textures I was using so I had to make do with another set.

art128: Thanks for posting the links :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: manga rivotra on September 05, 2018, 03:07:03 PM
I have the impression to see real beautiful old postcards.  :o
As always, no detail is missing and everything is done with great taste including photoshoping with these slight cracks as old photos worn by the years.
A feast for the eyes !  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Historic Europe / Updated 8-28
Post by: korver on September 07, 2018, 11:30:18 PM
Thank you very much for the comment manga rivotra! Glad you enjoyed it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
Post by: korver on September 20, 2018, 05:55:26 PM

- UPDATE 90: The Andes -


(https://imgur.com/vmK1oFW.jpg)


Today, we're taking a trip to South America and visiting one of the world's most impressive mountain ranges - The Andes. Running for over 4,000 miles along the continent's western edge, they're the world's longest mountain range and offer no shortage of incredible sights to keep you in awe.

Our journey to the Andes begins in Ecuador - and after several days of riding through the rugged hillsides, our train finally arrives in the little town of Alausi. Home to one of the world's highest railway stations - this traditional Andean village is quaint yet beautiful.


(https://imgur.com/lpowidB.jpg)


We'll be catching a plane to La Paz for the next leg of our journey - and not far from the outskirts of the city is the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya. The top lift here is some 17,785 feet above sea level - and was one of the most popular attractions in the area for decades as it allowed great winter skiing from November to March. Unfortunately, it's mostly a ghost town now as the local glaciers have all completely retreated - and the only thing that gets the lift going these days are massive snowfalls.


(https://imgur.com/Fap4Mzc.jpg)


We travel south through the Bolivian Altiplano for our next destination - the blood red waters of Laguna Colorada. The algae and other microorganisms here attract large numbers of James's flamingos, making for quite the sight to watch.


(https://imgur.com/E92XJsO.gif)


The western border of Bolivia is home to a number of dramatic peaks, such as Nevado Sajama. Towering nearly 8,000 feet above the Altiplano landscape, this 21,463 foot tall peak is one of the Andes' most majestic sights and has been a sacred destination for centuries by the ancient Uru peoples.


(https://imgur.com/FT0JT5x.jpg)


We start heading west for the last leg of our journey, crossing through the mountainous hillsides of rural Peru. The locals have cultivated their crops on these steep inclines for centuries - and these small rural farms are quite impressive from up close and afar.


(https://imgur.com/COoEVV1.jpg)


Our last destination is the Andes' most famous Landmark - legendary Machu Picchu. This massive citadel was built at the height of the Incan Empire in approximately 1450 CE and remained a vital site for over a century until it was mysteriously abandoned. Only in the early 1900s was the site rediscovered by archeologist Hiram Bingham and became the world famous destination that it is today.


(https://imgur.com/RavQ4t4.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
Post by: Akallan on September 22, 2018, 02:18:55 AM
What work! I really like the impression of relief in the image with the fields! It's a wonderful update, you can admire all the images without getting bored! Simply excellent! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
Post by: huzman on September 22, 2018, 07:16:25 AM
That's a heck of job! Wonderful, to say the least.
Brought back some wonderful memories and feelings as I spent quite a few years in the Northern part of the Andes. The Nevado Sajama is particulary awesome.
Congrats and thanks.
Title: Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
Post by: korver on September 24, 2018, 07:42:33 PM
Akallan: Thank you for the nice words! I'm happy you enjoyed the update :)

huzman: Thank you very much for the comment! Glad to hear that my update brought back some good memories :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
Post by: Seaman on September 25, 2018, 01:21:19 AM
I had to smile a lot when I saw the picture with the flamingos. I just had the thought, that it could be done by modding the ingame gulls which used to fly over the landfills and then hide the landfill under this beautiful texture/landscape. Ridiculous, I know. But it made me smile :).
Title: Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
Post by: korver on September 25, 2018, 11:49:12 AM
Thank you for the comment Seaman!

For the flamingo scene I was lucky enough that Xannepan made a great flamingo generator here (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2924) that made things pretty straight forward - but perhaps I'll have to consider that technique too in the future $%Grinno$%
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
Post by: korver on September 26, 2018, 06:54:30 PM

- UPDATE 91: Scenes From Patagonia -


(https://imgur.com/Hc9hjXA.jpg)


Our trip through South America continues on today as we return to Patagonia to get a closer look at some of the region's most impressive sights. Few places on Earth can rival Patagonia's natural beauty - the landscapes here are truly magical. We'll begin our journey in the colorful, charming mountain village of El Chaltén to rest and stock up on supplies. Located in close proximity to some of the area's most beautiful scenery, its become one of the most popular destinations in the entire region.


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ros17wnsectk6o9/ChaltenRioMosaic.jpg?dl=1)

Note: due to compression issues I had to upload this mosaic to Dropbox - if you can't see the link then I also uploaded the more compressed version to imgur as well here. (https://imgur.com/oO79zjF.jpg)


We head north through Chilean Patagonia and eventually reach Queulat National Park - one of the best places in the region to see glaciers. The park's "hanging glacier" is quite dramatic - it's slowly sliding off the edge of a 3,000 foot cliff and the ice crashes here are truly spectacular.


(https://imgur.com/GUjxX4W.jpg)


After spending a few days in the park, we start to head back south, traveling through some of Chile's most scenic rural landscapes. The valleys around Coyhaique are particularly beautiful and are filled with small cattle farms.


(https://imgur.com/soyUZkY.jpg)


For the thrill seeker, there's always plenty to do in Patagonia - such as kayaking down the turbulent waters of Salto Grande.


(https://imgur.com/qG6UUsK.jpg)


We'll soon come face to face with another one of Patagonia's impressive mountains - Cordillera Paine. If you can brave the five to six hour hike, you'll be rewarded with one of South America's finest views:


(https://imgur.com/q1YnnJm.jpg)


Our journey today concludes with an overview of the majestic Torres del Paine and some of the beautiful surrounding landscape.


(https://imgur.com/uVX6ECP.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
Post by: Durfsurn on September 26, 2018, 07:30:58 PM
 :shocked2: :shocked2: :shocked2:

 &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
Post by: bladeberkman on September 26, 2018, 11:07:22 PM
These last two posts have left me totally speechless, lol. I know many have already said this: It’s hard to believe this is still SimCity. The MMP-ing on that picture of the winding river and cattle farms is outstanding. I can’t take my eyes off it. And the colors in that flamingo scene — gorgeous! Thanks again for sharing your work with us. This is pretty magical stuff.  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
Post by: Alan_Waters on September 27, 2018, 01:12:38 PM
From under your brush came a new unrivaled masterpiece!  &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
Post by: manga rivotra on September 28, 2018, 11:04:25 AM
You managed the feat of reproducing in Sim City 4 mountains with an accuracy worthy of google map but with a rendering much more superior.  :o
Not only the photoshopping with these images of glaciers that seem to perfectly fit the curves of the mountain, but especially the work on the terrain with simple Sim City tools and placement of rock props for example is extremely impressive.
And as always the result is sublime and can be more real.  &apls &apls &apls
The photo of Salto Grande is thrilling, especially since you managed it with some more than 10 years old rocks props.
You are a magician!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
Post by: korver on September 30, 2018, 03:42:23 PM
Durfsurn: :thumbsup:

bladeberkman: Really appreciate the kind comment - I'm glad you've enjoyed the MMPing in these recent updates :)

Alan_Waters: Thank you for the comment and nice words! :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thank you very much for the comment!  :) I always appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm, it always helps keep me going.  :)
Title: Re: Patagonia Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 9-30
Post by: korver on October 01, 2018, 12:53:24 AM

- UPDATE 92: Scenes From Patagonia - Part II -


(https://imgur.com/NNfdBi6.jpg)


For the final chapter of our Patagonian journey, we're visiting a few more of the region's most incredible scenes. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, and ice fields dominate the landscape - any trip to this extraordinary place is unforgettable.

While the region is world-renowned for it's natural features - there's also a number of charming villages here that you'll want to visit as well. Chile's Chiloé Island is located in northern Patagonia and is home to a number of quaint, charming fishing villages like Castro - where colorful stilt houses line the waterfront.


(https://imgur.com/XjKbfxC.jpg)


As we venture deeper into rural Patagonia, we're sure to check out one of the many cattle markets that can be found in the mountainous countryside. Cattle farming is a massive industry in the region and many depend on it to make a living.


(https://imgur.com/qNCvhvI.jpg)


Wind swept plateaus dominate the barren, flat landscape of southern Argentina - giving the region a stark beauty. The locals still manage to brave the elements and make a living out here, with sheep farming being one of the most important activities in the region.


(https://imgur.com/rL1UiKR.jpg)


We travel further south towards the Chilean border to get a look at one of Patagonia's most majestic sights. The massive Perito Moreno Glacier can be found close by and is one of the world's largest glaciers and is actually growing in size (compared to a vast majority of the world's glaciers that are currently shrinking at an alarming rate) - and rises nearly 240 feet above the water's edge. Watch out for routine ice crashes here - as they can create quite the splash!


(https://imgur.com/7MUwlPB.jpg)


We finally get a good look at one of the region's most awe-inspiring sights - Mount Fitz Roy.


(https://imgur.com/SLG28R2.jpg)


Our trip to Patagonia concludes with a plane ride over the incredible Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Covering some 6,500 square miles, it's the world's largest non-polar ice field and truly a sight to behold from the air.


(https://imgur.com/Rz41xGK.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: Patagonia Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 9-30
Post by: Seaman on October 01, 2018, 03:42:11 AM
(https://imgur.com/XjKbfxC.jpg)

oh man, that water is pretty. Even the houses have matching reflections and the light distorsions from what looks like stuff floating around... the result is gorgeous!
Title: Re: Patagonia Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 9-30
Post by: Akallan on October 01, 2018, 01:29:25 PM
Just amazing! :popcorn: &apls
Title: Re: Patagonia Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 9-30
Post by: korver on October 02, 2018, 04:10:51 AM
Seaman: Thanks for commenting, glad you liked the water - took a while to get it just right :thumbsup:

Akallan: Thank you very much :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: korver on October 05, 2018, 03:50:00 PM

- UPDATE 93: Into The Amazon -


(https://imgur.com/g3Cq9kU.jpg)


Our trip to South America finishes with a trip deep through world's largest rainforest - the Amazon rainforest. Covering nearly 3 million square miles, its massive scale is truly hard to comprehend - and the rich diversity in plants and animals here is unlike anything else on earth. To truly appreciate it though, you'll need to get up close and personal, traveling deep into the depths of the jungle - and today we'll be experiencing this region like never before.

We'll be starting our journey in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown - this Caribbean port city is located right on the edge of the forest and is known for its unique architecture. Often said to resemble a fairy tale castle, the 19th century Gothic Revival Georgetown City Hall dominates the city's skyline and is hard to miss.


(https://imgur.com/BBnNA4y.jpg)


After our brief stay in Georgetown, we start venturing into the Amazon, traveling on a number of rural dirt roads through densely wooded areas. We finally reach one of the Amazon River's many small tributaries and board a motorized canoe to get an even closer look at the heart of the forest. The rich diversity of the forest is on full display - countless types of trees, plants, birds, and other animals can be seen wherever you look.


(https://imgur.com/YwAc8fU.jpg)


The Amazon River and its many tributaries are truly extraordinary at sunset.


(https://imgur.com/GsFiLNb.jpg)


Although there's been great changes to the Amazon in this region due to human intervention - Yanomami tribes can still be seen dotting the deep rainforest, still practicing their long held traditions and beliefs. Many of these tribes have never even seen the outside world - which sadly makes them extremely susceptible to all sorts of diseases when mining and logging companies unlawfully invade their lands.


(https://imgur.com/PachMUj.jpg)


While the Amazon rainforest is still mostly intact and deforestation numbers have dropped in recent years - there's still large areas where massive, irreversible damage has already been done.


(https://imgur.com/XUPdbfW.jpg)


After a plane ride and a couple nights of trekking through the forest - we finally reach our end destination, Guyana's stunning Kaieteur Falls. The world's highest single drop waterfall doesn't disappoint, and is one of the Amazon's premier destinations. For those wanting an even closer view, a massive stone juts out in front of the falls - offering an incredible experience with these majestic falls.


(https://imgur.com/rYmoRGz.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: mattb325 on October 06, 2018, 03:01:06 AM
I've missed a couple of updates...but that glacier! and those waterfalls!

Holy moly  &dance

Did you bat the georgetown city hall from scratch? I'm assuming you'd be quite adept with 3ds by now... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: Alan_Waters on October 06, 2018, 05:10:41 AM
I still do not understand how you get such a natural water. The waterfall and the rainbow are simply amazing!
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: Badsim on October 06, 2018, 12:56:26 PM
Hi korver ,

I haven’t commented for months but didn’t miss any of your updates , of course … that’s difficult to add something new , your work is always incredible , at the same time that’s expected from you and we can’t get used with …  $%Grinno$%  A few years ago , when the site was more active , this MD would have been moved to the  HoF , promptly . I don’t know how to request officially to the Devotion staff for this to happen but it has to happen .  ::)

At least do I know how to thank you for that continuous amazement and , obviously , the hugest SC4 works since … 2003 .

 &apls &apls &apls
 
Cédric.   
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: korver on October 07, 2018, 02:17:04 PM
mattb325: Thanks for the nice words! :) Georgetown City Hall was entirely modeled and textured from scratch (although a few of the railings and the flag ware free models I got off the internet and imported into the scene). I think it's probably my most ambitious custom BAT at this point - took seemingly forever but I think it turned out pretty nicely.

Alan_Waters: Thank you very much for the comment! The waterways were made using combination of either JRJ's muddy transparent water, dogfights's muddy water, and another custom muddy water mod I made. A slight reflection was added to the water in photoshop after I was done with the scene as well.

Badsim: Thank you so much for the praise and k-point, much appreciated :thumbsup: It would be wonderful to see the staff here put together another HOF election one day - I think it's been over 5 years at this point so it's probably about time for another one ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: mattb325 on October 07, 2018, 05:42:52 PM
I thought so, it is a very good model  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: fantozzi on October 08, 2018, 06:29:28 AM
I found this  :wings: slightly modified :wings: entry on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannerism):

Stylistically, Korverism encompasses a variety of approaches influenced by, and reacting to, the harmonious ideals associated with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and early Michelangelo. Where High Renaissance art emphasizes proportion, balance, and ideal beauty, Korverism exaggerates such qualities, often resulting in compositions that are asymmetrical or unnaturally elegant.[3] The style is notable for its intellectual sophistication as well as its artificial (as opposed to naturalistic) qualities.[4] It favors compositional tension and instability rather than the balance and clarity of earlier SC4-layouts.

Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: huzman on October 08, 2018, 09:33:08 AM
Leave it to fantozzi to find things like this. Chapeau!
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: vinlabsc3k on October 09, 2018, 02:34:46 PM
These updates are GORGEOUS!! &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
Post by: Akallan on October 10, 2018, 03:28:25 PM
A little update, but it throws a lot of eyes! Everything is beautiful ... But these waterfalls ... Simply amazing! Thank you for these pictures korver! :o
Title: Re: True Earth / Amazon Pt. 2 / Updated 10-11
Post by: korver on October 11, 2018, 02:57:56 PM

- UPDATE 93: Into The Amazon - Part II -


(https://imgur.com/HbCyxg6.jpg)


For the last leg to our journey through the Amazon, we're visiting some of the region's most spectacular natural wonders. From incredible waterfalls, tepuis, rivers, and more - this is truly one of the world's most magical places.

We'll get started off in world's largest city that can't be reached by road, Iquitos, Peru. The city's Belen District is one of the area's most distinctive sights, with the entire district being built on wooden stilts to withstand the rising waters.


(https://imgur.com/fMaRnUx.jpg)


Unfortunately, deforestation has taken a toll on the surrounding region - and here's no better example than in the areas surrounding BR-163. While this Brazilian highway finally made long distance transport accessible for many in the region, it also opened the door to large scale logging projects on a scale never before seen.


(https://imgur.com/Jz8UD9B.jpg)


We make a brief stop in the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo to stock up - for decades, this important port city has served as a gateway into the Amazon and is well known for its distinctive wooden Dutch colonial architecture.


(https://imgur.com/onPY0ND.jpg)


Autana Tepui is one of area's most notable natural wonders and is spectacular up close. It's a sacred mountain with lots of history as well - the local Piaroa Indians believed that it's actually the trunk of a great tree which once loomed over the Amazon and dropped the fruits of life into the forest. However, one day another God and his nephew cut down the mighty tree, greedily trying to get all of the fruits at once - and all that we see today is the trunk, Autana.


(https://imgur.com/Swi7i0N.jpg)


Last but not least is the incredible Angel Falls. Falling nearly 3,200 feet off the side of the massive Auyan-tepui, the world's tallest waterfall doesn't disappoint and any trip here is sure to amaze you.


(https://imgur.com/3bKnR1P.gif)


One last overview of stunning Auyan-tepui from above with its many majestic waterfalls.


(https://imgur.com/5SZRBPp.jpg)


Replies:

mattb325: Thank you! While I've used a lot custom models from sites like 3d warehouse over the years, I've reached the point where I've already used most of the good stuff and I'm having to BAT stuff from scratch more and more. It does take a lot of time but I am improving my skills quite a bit - and the increased quality of the BATs over the online models is always nice :)

Fantozzi: You're too kind - thanks for the nice words :thumbsup:

vinlabsc3k: Thank you very much! :)

Akallan: Thanks for the comment - glad you enjoyed the update! :)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Amazon Pt. 2 / Updated 10-11
Post by: mattb325 on October 11, 2018, 03:54:44 PM
Amazing pictures again! No one does waterfalls quite as well as you  :thumbsup:

The paramaribo houses look great...maybe you'll be tempted to release your own bats one day (hint hint  &idea)
Title: Re: True Earth / Amazon Pt. 2 / Updated 10-11
Post by: korver on October 12, 2018, 03:28:27 PM
mattb325: Thanks for the nice words, glad you're enjoying the waterfalls :thumbsup:

Alot of the custom BATs I've been working are still in a WIP state and haven't been properly modded yet etc - but if I find some free time down the road I might try to pack some of it together into some sort of prop pack, so we'll see :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Amazon Pt. 2 / Updated 10-11
Post by: fantozzi on October 13, 2018, 12:13:07 PM
A Korver prop pack would be a perfect christmas gift.
Title: Re: True Earth / Amazon Pt. 2 / Updated 10-11
Post by: Themistokles on October 13, 2018, 03:04:18 PM
Great pictures as always! And deforestation is an important and very tragic topic. The scale of the depletion of our nature is horrifying.
Title: Re: True Earth / Amazon Pt. 2 / Updated 10-11
Post by: Akallan on October 13, 2018, 03:11:52 PM
You will think that I do not know anything else that "it's beautiful" ... But it's true, there is nothing else to say when seeing your images, they are beautiful! :D Always full of details and so realistic, but I think the first image is part of my favorite of all your updates! It's just crazy, the level of detail and houses on the water. You sell dreams! Congratulations! :popcorn:
Title: Re: True Earth / Industrial Scenes (Preview) / Updated 10-15
Post by: korver on October 15, 2018, 07:55:16 PM


- UPDATE 94: Industrial Scenes (Preview) -


For our next two updates, we're taking a look at a wide variety of industrial scenes from across the globe. From heavy industrial zones, seaports, refineries, warehouse districts, mining projects and much more - it's going to be quite the showcase. There's going to be two separate updates, so stay tuned - but in the meantime, here's a preview of what I have in store.

Also, I want to give a special thanks to Simmer2 for all the fantastic lots and models used in this update :thumbsup:


Abandoned factories and train depots in Czestochowa, Poland.


(https://imgur.com/i7JJ3EK.jpg)


A view of a rusted and run down oil refinery in rural Albania.


(https://imgur.com/J8PGDHZ.jpg)


Small refinery and oil pipelines crossing the Canadian Arctic.


(https://imgur.com/4upju0J.jpg)


Oil refineries in northern Alberta, Canada.


(https://imgur.com/kXshICo.jpg)


A view of the many warehouses and factories that line the Los Angeles River.


(https://imgur.com/CL6HkOb.jpg)


Heavy industry in Norilsk, Russia.


(https://imgur.com/gciVbQy.jpg)


Abandoned seaports like this one in Aral'sk, Kazakhstan can be found on the shores of the disappearing Aral Sea.


(https://imgur.com/5fuR6bs.jpg)


-korver


---


Replies

fantozzi: Well, I can't make any promises as of yet or give any timelines (I still have a massive batch of updates I need to finally finish up) - but it is something I'm looking at down the road.

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment and nice words - the scale of the deforestation going on is quite sad indeed.

Akallan: Thank you very much for the comment - I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Industrial Scenes (Preview) / Updated 10-15
Post by: dyoungyn on October 15, 2018, 10:07:24 PM
Wow, completely WOW &apls

It is so disappointing to see what man has done to mother earth with rusting and abandoned metal polluting the land.  It truly is such an embarrassing and disgusting reality of everything we take for granted and thankful for not realizing the devastating damage we all are doing to mother earth. 

God bless this earth we all live in.
Title: Re: True Earth / Industrial Scenes (Preview) / Updated 10-15
Post by: art128 on October 16, 2018, 12:08:30 AM
Stunning industrial scenes. Quite liked Norilsk, but i have a very big liking to anything soviet/russian.
Title: Re: True Earth / Industrial Scenes (Preview) / Updated 10-15
Post by: Alan_Waters on October 16, 2018, 10:20:19 AM
I was not in any of these places, but the atmosphere, the mood ...
BRAVO!!! &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Industrial Scenes (Preview) / Updated 10-15
Post by: Simmer2 on October 16, 2018, 11:07:29 AM
I may have made the models but you made them shine even though they are rusty  :D

Bravo &apls &apls

Simmer2
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Part I / True Earth / Updated 10-18
Post by: korver on October 18, 2018, 05:26:48 PM

- UPDATE 95: Industrial Scenes - Part I -


(https://imgur.com/6ILU4No.jpg)


Today, our tour of the world's industrial areas begins with a look at a number of refineries, seaports, train yards, and more. We'll begin in East Chicago, Indiana - where heavy industrial areas can be found along the shores of Lake Michigan.


(https://imgur.com/2XhJnK9.jpg)


A scene from Czestochowa, Poland - where abandoned factories and train depots surround the city's rail lines.


(https://imgur.com/i7JJ3EK.jpg)


Railway roundhouse and train yard in the Midwestern U.S.


(https://imgur.com/wLc41du.jpg)


A view of a rusted and run down oil refinery in rural Albania, located on the Patos-Marinza heavy oil field.


(https://imgur.com/J8PGDHZ.jpg)


Nighttime view of an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia.


(https://imgur.com/PEXwNoo.jpg)


Small refinery and oil pipelines crossing the Canadian Arctic.


(https://imgur.com/4upju0J.jpg)


Refineries, factories, and a maze of pipelines stretch on for as far as the eye can see in Fort McMurray, Alberta.


(https://imgur.com/kXshICo.jpg)


Pump jacks and oil refineries in rural California.


(https://imgur.com/gEGp4yk.gif)


A look at the massive, colorfully painted cooling towers of Johannesburg's Orlando Power Station.


(https://imgur.com/QOM5hx5.jpg)


Located in Australia's Outback, the Kalgoorlie Super Pit was the world's largest open cut gold mine for many years.


(https://imgur.com/4xdMmce.jpg)


A view of Fisher Body Plant 21 - a long abandoned automobile factory in Detroit, Michigan.


(https://imgur.com/d68U5Ov.jpg)


We're traveling back in time for the next scene - to 1930's Chicago, where the city's meatpacking district and rail yards made it one of the country's most important industrial centers.


(https://imgur.com/jTNa31D.jpg)


Seaports, factories, and refineries line the shores of Pig's Eye Lake - located just outside St. Paul, Minnesota on the Mississippi River.


(https://imgur.com/z8o8Gf7.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/yz91VWe.jpg)


A snowy day in the mining town of Norilsk, Russia.


(https://imgur.com/T2ZVAUe.jpg)


-korver


Replies


dyoungyn: Thank you very much for the nice words, appreciate the comment :)

art128: Thanks for the comment, glad you liked the Norilsk scene :)

Alan_Waters: Glad you enjoyed the update :)

Simmer2: Thanks for the kind words and for your incredible contributions to the community over the years :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Part I / True Earth / Updated 10-18
Post by: Simmer2 on October 18, 2018, 08:36:12 PM
Thank you korver

Fantastic compositions! Can't wait to see part2.

Simmer2
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Part I / True Earth / Updated 10-18
Post by: dyoungyn on October 18, 2018, 10:13:55 PM
Korver,

Would love to see some credit due to the U.S. for the Bingham Kinney Kit Cooper mine in the mountains of West Utah.  Still yet to be the largest open pit mine for Copper digging deeper into the mountain range.  Man as literally displaced an entire Mountain else-where. 
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Part I / True Earth / Updated 10-18
Post by: Tyberius06 on October 19, 2018, 04:56:46 AM
Woooow korver!

These are some really serious industrial scenes. Beautiful work!  &apls &apls &apls

- Tyberius
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Pt II / True Earth / Updated 10-28
Post by: korver on October 28, 2018, 11:20:37 PM

- UPDATE 96: Industrial Scenes - Part II -


(https://imgur.com/RJc9j0p.jpg)


The industrial scenes conclude today with a wide variety of pictures from across the globe - and we'll begin the tour in Aral'sk, Kazakhstan. Due to the Aral Sea drying up, the seaport and nearby factories have been abandoned for decades - although with talks of a new dam, things could change around in the near future.


(https://imgur.com/5fuR6bs.jpg)


A few views from Rotterdam, The Netherlands - home to one of the world's largest seaports.


(https://imgur.com/lME3hGh.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/1qloUhK.jpg)


A smoggy, hot day at the Port of Toronto.


(https://imgur.com/tkmGWFs.jpg)


Solar farms in the Western U.S.


(https://imgur.com/z3gIbxh.jpg)


Wind farms in rural California.


(https://imgur.com/hWksAoe.jpg)


A rainy day in Maracaibo, Venezuela - home to some of the world's largest oil pump jack fields.


(https://imgur.com/ATPisEt.jpg)


A look at the Swan Mill Power Plant (Svanemølleværket), located in an industrial area in Copenhagen, Denmark.


(https://imgur.com/baRq1NF.jpg)


A smoggy day in Johannesburg, South Africa - where the famous Nelson Mandela Bridge crosses a heavily industrial area filled with factories and railyards.


(https://imgur.com/InBG4xp.jpg)


A scene a 1940's Chicago - where meat packing warehouses line the Chicago River.


(https://imgur.com/73IbDni.jpg)


A few more scenes from Norilsk, Russia - where pollution from the nearby nickel smelting factories have turned it into one of the world's most polluted cities.


(https://imgur.com/HhRXgfB.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/gciVbQy.jpg)


Heavy industry on Zug Island, located in Detroit, Michigan.


(https://imgur.com/hboFRmR.jpg)


A look at the areas surrounding the Los Angeles River - filled with warehouses for as far as the eye can see.


(https://imgur.com/nKQYTuQ.gif)


(https://imgur.com/CL6HkOb.jpg)


-korver


Replies

Simmer2: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed the update :thumbsup:

dyoungyn: Thanks for the comment! I've actually done a little research on the Bingham Kinney Kit Cooper mine before when I was studying scenes for the Western U.S. update and I might give it a go in the future. There's still some more scenes from the Western U.S. I want to do (and maybe another Industrial update) down the road, so we'll see ;)

Tyberius06: Thank you very much for the kind words!
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Pt II / True Earth / Updated 10-28
Post by: art128 on October 29, 2018, 05:20:57 AM
Absolutely splendid and well made industrial scenes again!
Title: Re: Industrial Scenes - Pt II / True Earth / Updated 10-28
Post by: Alan_Waters on October 29, 2018, 08:54:55 AM
There is no need to stomp shoes in the march to a wonderful exhibition ... A wonderful exhibition with great views of the world has already come to us.
Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. I / True Earth / Updated 10-31
Post by: korver on October 31, 2018, 10:34:59 PM

- UPDATE 97: Sights From Sydney - Part I -


(https://imgur.com/wdmZEFY.jpg)


Over the last couple of weeks, I've been quietly putting the finishing touches on my Sydney Harbour recreation - and now with the tile just about complete, it's time for another look at the Harbour City. I'll be splitting the tour into two parts - and for the first part today we'll be taking a look at some scenes from the CBD, Royal Botanic Garden, and more. No trip to Sydney is complete however without a visit to the world famous Sydney Opera House - so that's where we'll begin our journey. Enjoy!


(https://imgur.com/JgMLtko.jpg)


A few overviews of the CBD:


(https://imgur.com/RS3P7DT.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/tQxEsng.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/xmZN1cj.jpg)


A few of the city's most distinctive skyscrapers - Australia Square, Deutsche Bank Place, & 1 O'Connell Street.


(https://imgur.com/aI6BcKO.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/kaVjeDU.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/EydX6in.jpg)


A closeup view of Sydney's impressive MLC Centre. Standing 748 feet tall, it was the tallest building in the city from 1977-1992.


(https://imgur.com/DeQF7Nk.jpg)



(https://imgur.com/UhCxZtQ.jpg)


A number of assorted scenes from in and around Sydney's world famous CBD.


(https://imgur.com/BMvKcTy.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/Mcaxe3I.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/OgAzVVa.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/7MDDNtp.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/PK0W5T7.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/nSzb9xC.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/DPjUEvM.jpg)


Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden is one of the world's most impressive urban parks and has been a popular destination in the city since opening back in 1816.


(https://imgur.com/pYtoJqa.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/kIRcBlk.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/7OscH8T.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/SFOch3P.jpg)


Sydney truly comes alive at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/CBLDi6e.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/x9eUigv.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/Hfv3YxD.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/nMyUxfn.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/OxATium.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/NpYsVdr.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/y3HULia.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/9nIZJc8.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/yybiJVJ.jpg)


Finally, a couple overviews of Sydney and it's famous harbour.


(https://imgur.com/soHSMmO.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/Q9eugEs.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/VcV67cD.jpg)


-korver


Thanks to art128 & Alan_Waters for your kind comments on the previous update! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. I / True Earth / Updated 10-31
Post by: Alan_Waters on November 01, 2018, 09:09:41 AM
In my native, Russian language there are not enough definitions praising these masterpieces, and even in English, with which I am very bad, all the more.
Grand !!!
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. I / True Earth / Updated 10-31
Post by: dyoungyn on November 01, 2018, 09:14:48 AM
Wow,

Even better then the first time.  I have been to Sydney four separate times while in the U.S. Navy and always moored at the Ausy Navy Port on the other side of the park.  Your details are spot on, GREAT job.
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. I / True Earth / Updated 10-31
Post by: manga rivotra on November 03, 2018, 12:13:40 PM
I think we can easily say that your industrial scenes are by far the most perfectly reproduced in Sim City! No competitor, really.  ;)
As for Sydney, I am fascinated as much by your attention to detail in parks, including this very fine work with MMPs to reproduce the landscaping of vegetation, the slight deterioration of turf on the edge of the aphalt or the behavior of walkers on the paths and lawns, and by your aerial views which are incredibly realistic!  :o
Someone who is not used to your perfect mastery of the game, might think that it is a photo or an artistic drawing as the constraints of the game seem to evaporate when you create.
I do not get tired of your magic! Thank you for the show. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 11-5
Post by: korver on November 05, 2018, 10:31:18 PM

- UPDATE 98: Sights From Sydney - Part II -


(https://imgur.com/Wf1v6ca.jpg)


Our trip to Sydney concludes today with a wide variety of scenes from the CBD, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay, Lavender Bay, and much more. We'll begin with a few more views of Sydney's impressive downtown - enjoy!


(https://imgur.com/hzvqaD7.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/3uc4pEJ.jpg)


A rainy day at the iconic Sydney Tower - the Southern Hemisphere's second tallest observation tower.


(https://imgur.com/LJVwcoi.jpg)


A number of scenes from around Sydney's iconic harbour and Circular Quay:


(https://imgur.com/4RxdWys.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/JuLw7Bf.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/J6i2CZv.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/uwduKbm.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/VlRJ7xS.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/4SNHjcl.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/TftDLCc.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/8WbCSeD.jpg)


Lavender Bay can be found north of the city's CBD and is one its wealthiest and most livable suburbs.


(https://imgur.com/QSlI7L0.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/yZXjSE1.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/OBDYVAC.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/9kMRlw1.jpg)


Sydney's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens are truly an urban oasis - and make for a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.


(https://imgur.com/kz16Nig.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/Xfpw6PK.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/dl7Rff2.jpg)


A couple more scenes from the CBD and around the city's Botanic Gardens:


(https://imgur.com/xLtPX7m.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/IpcLPUg.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/EL8IK6E.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/xUifcqT.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/FYXICCj.jpg)


A few mosaics of Sydney's impressive skyline and harbour - with a look at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as well.


(https://imgur.com/utuR8Y4.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/wh0WkLO.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/rJp6aU9.jpg)


And finally, a few more overviews and panoramas of Sydney in all its glory:


(https://imgur.com/oKt2km9.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/9AtKLds.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/pkB8tLk.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/oEDYy0Q.jpg)


-korver


Thanks to Alan_Waters, dyoungyn, & manga rivotra for your kind comments, much appreciated! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 11-5
Post by: dyoungyn on November 05, 2018, 11:47:11 PM
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!  Brings back memories of the time when I was in the U.S. Navy making a port visit and marching in a parade downtown for military week.  Truly a memorable moment.  I can just see where the route could have been in your detail job of glorious Sydney.  Would love to see some of the Navy Pier and the luxurious "Pots Point" and up the hill down "Macley St". Along this street is some very nice little hotels here and there and with the tree lined route really reminds me the U.S. only in Australia. 
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 11-5
Post by: Simmer2 on November 05, 2018, 11:59:46 PM
Great Scott!!

That last pic takes the cake!

Simmer2
Title: Re: Sydney Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 11-5
Post by: metarvo on November 06, 2018, 08:35:19 AM
Outstanding!  I especially like the garden area and the night pics of the Circular Quay.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. / Updated 11-9
Post by: korver on November 09, 2018, 05:51:02 PM

- UPDATE 99: Midwest U.S. (Preview) -


For our next update, we're returning to the United States to take a look at a number of scenes from the Midwest. From picturesque farmland, heavy industrial areas, famous landmarks, iconic skylines, and more - there's plenty to see and experience here, so we'll be taking an in depth look at the region. The update will include a scene from each and every Midwestern state - there's still a few more scenes I need to finish up though, so in the meantime here's a preview of what's to come:


Quaint family farms - a common sight just about everywhere you look in the Midwestern U.S.


(https://imgur.com/SOQTmf0.jpg)


Much of the Midwest U.S. is an endless plain of farms and fields - and from the air you can truly grasp the scale.


(https://imgur.com/OjDRSGD.jpg)


We'll see a few of the region's most impressive landmarks as well, like iconic Mount Rushmore.


(https://imgur.com/CgTOFmB.jpg)


We'll be taking a look at a number of Midwestern industrial areas as well - like the heavy industrial regions that surround Lake Michigan and more.


(https://imgur.com/LCOiM8L.jpg)


There will be plenty of cities included as well - with scenes from Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis - and even some scenes from the tiny Midwestern capital city of Pierre, South Dakota.


(https://imgur.com/QXlWc2L.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/vriBb6G.jpg)


-korver


Replies:

metarvo: Thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoyed it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Simmer2: Thank you very much for the comment and kind words! :)

dyoungyn: Appreciate the kind comment - I'm glad the update was able to bring back some memories of the city :) I'm not sure yet if I'm going to expand the recreation even further, but if I do - I'll take a look at recreating a few of the other places you mentioned as well :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. (Preview) / Updated 11-9
Post by: dyoungyn on November 09, 2018, 08:57:51 PM
Great job.  Keep going West to the Mountain States of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah.  Utah does indeed have the greatest National Parks that are absolutely beautiful that man is slowly ruining by vandalism.  Denver is truly the largest city in the mountain states. 
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. (Preview) / Updated 11-9
Post by: art128 on November 10, 2018, 03:50:26 AM
Some great updates are coming...

Not like the others weren't already great though.  :satisfied:
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. (Preview) / Updated 11-9
Post by: Tyberius06 on November 10, 2018, 05:11:48 AM
Hi korver!

Geeez, Man, your Sydney recreation is amazing, specially the harbour part. So many unfamiliar buildings. Those piers on picture 4, 7 and 9 (same as 4 just day time), what are those? I mean for example I know that boat piers are NBVC marina, but what are main buildings? And yepp, last image is just simply breath taking...  &apls &apls &apls

Midwest U.S.
Harbour scene is really nice here as well, and the Zoom out on the last picture too!  &apls Awesome work!

- Tyberius
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: korver on November 13, 2018, 10:13:37 AM



- True Earth: The 100th Update -

After two and a half years - True Earth has finally reached its 100th update. :bnn:

To celebrate the occasion, we're taking a look back at some of my finest pictures in one massive mosaic. From sprawling cities, stunning natural wonders, charming villages, iconic landmarks, and so much more - we've traveled to so many incredible places from across the globe these last couple of years, and there's still so much more to come.

Thanks once again to everyone for your support and encouragement over the years :thumbsup:


(https://www.dropbox.com/s/2j1f74h9qhr0q69/100Pics.jpg?dl=1)

Note: due to compression issues I had to upload this mosaic to Dropbox - if you can't see the link then I also uploaded the more compressed version to imgur as well here. (https://imgur.com/ilRZ4XE.jpg)


-korver


Replies:

dyoungyn: Appreciate the nice words - I'll probably take another look at the Western states again later on so stay tuned ;)

art128: Thanks for the comment and kind words!

Tyberius06: Thank you very much for the comment! The piers were mainly constructed with pieces from the Stanley Seawalls set on the STEX, some of NBVC's various pieces, and some airport teminal pieces from one of the ACE packs on Simtropolis.
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: fantozzi on November 13, 2018, 10:44:58 AM
(https://abload.de/img/korver100szd5t.png)

 &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls  %BUd% &apls &apls :clap: :clap: :clap: &apls &apls  %BUd% &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: art128 on November 13, 2018, 10:59:28 AM
Wow, 100 updates already? Jeez, time sure flies by. Congrats!  &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: Alan_Waters on November 13, 2018, 11:49:31 AM
BRAVO!!!
 &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: metarvo on November 14, 2018, 08:28:45 AM
Congrats on 100 updates Korver!  This mosaic is a fitting update, as it illustrates just why you've made it this far.  You've shown us some of the most breathtaking SC4 scenery out there, with the realism that a real-world-based MD requires.  I'm looking forward to the next 100, for sure.  Amazing work!

 &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: manga rivotra on November 14, 2018, 11:00:28 AM
100 updates and I was totally blown away at least 100 times.  &apls &apls &apls
Thanks to your work, we know that this good old SC4 that we adore, can offer scenes of a beauty and an incredible realism in expert hands.
It's a pleasure for the eyes and a great motivation for us, mere players.
A big thank you for that.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / 100th Update / Updated 11-13
Post by: PaPa-J on November 15, 2018, 05:54:51 AM
100 Updates!  WOW!!!! Great work!
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. / Updated 11-18
Post by: korver on November 18, 2018, 10:49:30 PM

- UPDATE 101: Midwest U.S. -


(https://imgur.com/rIa6MKH.jpg)


Today, we're taking a trip near the center of the United States - a region also known as the Midwest U.S. Although much of the land here is flat farmland - there's more than meets the eye, and the region is home to come of the country's finest cities, landmarks, natural wonders, and more. We'll be taking a look at each and every state in the region - and we'll begin in North Dakota. As with the rest of the Midwest U.S. - small family farms are a common sight here just about everywhere you look.


(https://imgur.com/SOQTmf0.jpg)


Our next stop is South Dakota, where we'll visit one of the region's most famous landmarks - iconic Mount Rushmore. This symbolic monument was constructed in the 1930s and features four of America's most famous presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.


(https://imgur.com/CgTOFmB.jpg)


A few hundred miles east is South Dakota's capital city of Pierre. This tiny city may only have 13,646 residents - but it more than makes up for it with charming old streets and picturesque views of the Missouri River. The South Dakota State Capitol building is located in the heart of Pierre and can be seen from all around.


(https://imgur.com/xiiKv0D.jpg)


Small shops and businesses line the streets of the town's center.


(https://imgur.com/m2bHT2P.jpg)


A view of the semi-rural areas just outside the center of town.


(https://imgur.com/LWXgbb9.jpg)


A look at some of the rail yards and small industrial districts that can be found just east of the city's center.


(https://imgur.com/LC3Xv2k.jpg)


Finally, an aerial view of the city and the nearby Missouri River.


(https://imgur.com/ruwg39J.jpg)


We travel east into Minnesota and visit its largest city, Minneapolis. The city's skyline is one the region's finest and is quite stunning at nighttime.


(https://imgur.com/KnJqB2e.jpg)


From there, we travel northwest into the neighboring state of Wisconsin. With beautiful fall foliage and picturesque waterfalls scattered around the area, it's one of the region's best kept secrets.


(https://imgur.com/Xefh3R6.jpg)


Southwest of Wisconsin is our next stop - rural Iowa. Grain silos are a common sight here and across the rest of the Midwest, towering over the flat farmland.


(https://imgur.com/uMuu55B.jpg)


The Midwest has a rich history as well - some 200 years ago, the Oregon Trail crossed Nebraska's countryside and was a vital route for traders and fur trappers.


(https://imgur.com/M9xAZrH.jpg)


South of Nebraska is our next destination, Kansas - where it's nothing but farmland for as far as the eye can see. The entire Midwest is often collectively known as America's breadbasket - and the entire country depends on these harvests.


(https://imgur.com/OjDRSGD.jpg)


We travel into Missouri to visit one of the region's most important cities - St. Louis. Its iconic Gateway Arch is one of the Midwest's most famous landmarks.


(https://imgur.com/BP7IjIz.jpg)


Located in southern Ohio, Cincinnati is another one of the region's largest cities - and is home to a number of iconic Art Deco skyscrapers like the 574 foot tall Carew Tower.


(https://imgur.com/yORRrhi.jpg)


We travel into southern Michigan and make a brief stop in Detroit - the Motor City. Best known as the center of the U.S. car industry for a century, it's one of the region's most important cities and boasts an impressive skyline as well.


(https://imgur.com/QXlWc2L.jpg)


From there, we venture to the shores around Lake Michigan for the last leg of our journey. The endless farmlands are replaced with a sea of heavy industry in many places - like in East Chicago, Indiana - home to one of the Midwest's largest industrial zones.


(https://imgur.com/LCOiM8L.jpg)


The tour finishes up in Illinois with an aerial view of the region's largest city - Chicago, better known as the "Windy City".


(https://imgur.com/vriBb6G.jpg)


-korver


Replies:

fantozzi: Thanks for all of the support, appreciate the banner ;D :thumbsup:

art128: It's flown by for sure :D Appreciate for the nice words!

Alan_Waters: :thumbsup: Thanks for all the kind words and support over the years!

metarvo: Thanks for the kind comment - glad you've enjoyed the updates! :)

manga rivotra: Thank you very much for the nice words as always, much appreciated :thumbsup:

PaPa-J: Thanks for the comment and support :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. / Updated 11-18
Post by: Alan_Waters on November 19, 2018, 09:21:26 AM
Amazing landscapes, as always. I'm enjoying.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. / Updated 11-18
Post by: mattb325 on November 20, 2018, 02:23:34 PM
I love the aerial shot of Pierre. Just amazing  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. / Updated 11-18
Post by: noahclem on November 20, 2018, 05:32:44 PM
Excellent update  &apls &apls

Being from South Dakota, born in Nebraska, growing up with Minneapolis as the closest big city, and later living in Wisconsin and Chicago this update hits quite close to home and is certainly something I'd never have expected, not least from someone with your talent. Very cool to see. I'll tell you that your Pierre looks a good bit better than the real one :D
Title: Re: True Earth / Midwest U.S. / Updated 11-18
Post by: dyoungyn on November 20, 2018, 05:38:14 PM
Great Update.  Love the detail.  Your pix of St. Louis reminds me of "The Last Ship" season 2 at which the world was infected with a virus, government collapsed and "The Last Ship" created the United States of America's capitol of St. Louis. 
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: korver on November 22, 2018, 02:05:20 AM

- UPDATE 102: World War II (Preview) -


For the next update, we'll be taking a look at a number of scenes from one of the most significant wars in human history - World War II. Our look at the war will cover some of the most pivotal and defining moments from 1939 to 1945 - here's a preview of what's to come:


The Siege of Leningrad
Late 1941



(https://imgur.com/RcDKq86.jpg)


Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7th, 1941



(https://imgur.com/4XEmhN5.jpg)


American Troops Landing on D-Day
June 6th, 1944



(https://imgur.com/Gnz0eI6.jpg)


Berlin Towards the End of the War
1945



(https://imgur.com/43P7SCb.jpg)


-korver


Replies:

Alan_Waters: Appreciate the kind words! :)

mattb325: Thank you very much for the comment - glad you liked the Pierre shot :thumbsup:

noahclem: Thanks for the nice words! I haven't done a lot of scenes from the Midwest before so I really wanted to explore the area more in depth - glad you liked the pictures!

dyoungyn: Thank you for comment, glad you enjoyed the update! I haven't seen the series - but I do see the resemblance ;)
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: Alan_Waters on November 22, 2018, 10:59:10 AM
Very atmospheric, as always. With great taste and precision.
Separately, I want to express my great gratitude for your memory of this terrible time.
Thank you very much!
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: art128 on November 22, 2018, 11:39:34 AM
Nice. Some Epic scenes of WW2 coming, really cool. Looking forward to them!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Nice work on the midwest BTW, Chicago feels authentic to the real counterpart. :)  &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: dyoungyn on November 22, 2018, 09:38:35 PM
And yet another awful eye opening reality example of the damage "man" has caused due to selfishness.  Great display of the devastation war causes. 
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: PaPa-J on November 23, 2018, 06:24:14 AM
You must really be really digging into the farthest reaches and deepest depths of the internet to find all the lots and plops you use.

Great work. I Love it.
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: Badsim on November 24, 2018, 10:15:53 AM
Hi ,

… banally extraordinary , these two words are going so well together here . And always a mystery for me to understand how  you do manage to do so much works in a such short time .  /wrrd%&

Have seen that finally there’s a new HoF election , is it necessary to wish you good luck ?  ;D

Congratulations for all the hard work constantly done ! &apls

Cédric.
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: fantozzi on November 24, 2018, 12:47:28 PM
Berlin 1945:


(https://static2.businessinsider.de/image/5a847af842e1cc0e5a4cd98b-1400/gettyimages-3375375.jpg)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/Manila_Walled_City_Destruction_May_1945.jpg/800px-Manila_Walled_City_Destruction_May_1945.jpg)

(https://www.stadtmuseum.de/sites/default/files/styles/mfp_popup/public/mediapool/gallerie/ruinen-berlin-1945-cecil-newman.jpg?itok=mo9GhVyT)

(https://www.stadtmuseum.de/sites/default/files/styles/mfp_popup/public/mediapool/gallerie/berlin-1945-panzer-t-34-kurstrasse-spittelmarkt.jpg?itok=esGD5AhM)

(https://www.stadtmuseum.de/sites/default/files/styles/mfp_popup/public/mediapool/gallerie/008-cecil-newman-berlin-1945-kleine-andreasstrasse-friedrichshain.jpg?itok=nDM3Cmei)



With all respect, Korver, I admire your work, but so far you didn't get the subject right. Please try again.


https://www.stern.de/panorama/berlin-am-ende-des-2--weltkriegs-und-heute---fotos-im-schieberegler-der-geschichte-6200848.html (https://www.stern.de/panorama/berlin-am-ende-des-2--weltkriegs-und-heute---fotos-im-schieberegler-der-geschichte-6200848.html)

Removed first image.  While the staff respects the intent to show the horrors of war, it is a bit more graphic/grisly than we generally permit on the forums, getting toward Site Rule #2 material.  Also fixed one of the image tags on one of the middle photos. -Alex/Tarkus, Admin
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-22
Post by: mattb325 on November 24, 2018, 03:46:46 PM
It's always a horrible reminder to see man's shocking inhumanity towards his fellow man over ideological differences. I do appreciate the pearl harbor scene...very realistic 
Title: Re: True Earth / WWII / Updated 11-24
Post by: fantozzi on November 25, 2018, 03:56:46 AM
Korver, did you have a look on the link to the "Stern" page? The splitted movable pictures - showing today's situation on the left side and WW2's situation on the right side. Thought you might like this idea of a splitted picture present/past.


**************************************************************************
The major problem is: how do you want to display something completely out of joint, absurd, excessive and without any measures - how to display something like this realistic? Realism is, when we can judge and measure and analyze things.

The Philosopher Theodor W. Adorno said in 1949: "To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbarism." You can't give a realistic pitcure from what happened in Auschwitz. It was beyond what the term reality can support. Every picture you do will be belittlement, because the hell exceeded the capability of our understandings and so of our means of representation.
 
That is why Adorno said such marrowy words.

Imho - if you want to do something on the cruelty of war you have to leave your good sense ("bon sense" - original words by Rousseau, adopted as "common sense" to english), the whole concept of realism behind. A realistic impression ends at the gates of Auschwitz. Like when Dante Alighieri enters hell: “All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” In the case of WW2 - abandon common sense when you enter here.

(https://www.repro-tableaux.com/kunst/edvard_munch_11004/der-schrei-munch-museum-oslo.jpg)

So for us to get closer to the circumstances far beyond of what is understandible, to catch a glimpse of the evil, we have to leave that ground of realistic art - of realistic pictures. That is a main objective of modern art and it's important to understand it is a serious objective. How can we get accees to these things beyond our imagination, beyond our capablities of understanding? How can we find expressions, means to describe things that lost any measure?

One of the best readings about this – and I really recommend it – is a report for "The New Yorker" written in 1963 from the Eichman-Trial in Jerusalem. The reporter by this time was Hannah Arendt. This report is online (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1963/02/16/eichmann-in-jerusalem-i).

**************************************************************************

But, Korver, at the end this is only my view and all I felt was the need to explain why I'm not so happy with your latest updates. That isn't meant as critique on your artwork. This doesn't mean I want to judge your work. I just wanted to make some remarks about a subject being difficult in general, not specialy because of your treatment. Everything's fine about this. And I think at this points it's easy to speak in the name of the whole community: we all enjoy your work.

But ...  :laugh:

... me personally, if I wanted to show WW2 in a picture, I would do the following. In my city, Heidelberg, far from the touristic center, there is a tiny plaza in between narrow alleyways - it's called "plaza of the synagoge". What is frightening about this plaza - there is no synagoge. It is empty.

It looks like this:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ae/Platz_Synagoge_Heidelberg.JPG/640px-Platz_Synagoge_Heidelberg.JPG)

I would go with this - what this little plaza is telling. Okay - to show absence is a pretty heavy task. Normally you want to fill pictures with a lot of colours and objects. But when you want to reach this coldest point of humanity one perhaps has to give up what he likes and to show extinction itself. Like you did on the Nakasaki-picture which is probably the best. Not to show what can be seen but to to have an emptyness like a question mark.

A brilliant variation of showing absence is this little cartoon by mordillo:

(http://scienceofmeaning.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Mordillo-tree-chopped-down.png)

With the shadow still there in the last picture he creates a "wrongness", a gap. And it's easy to understand what he is talking about: the shadow is the memory. The memory stays, while the people are gone. One could say memory is the conscience of absence - of the people and things they aren't anymore. I think those gaps - like the missing tree - they are a means to talk about WW2.

Sorry for the wall of text, I was churning and felt a need to say all this.
Fantozzi
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-24
Post by: korver on November 25, 2018, 06:26:16 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind words on the preview entry :thumbsup:

After some deliberation - I've made the decision of putting the full World War II entry on hiatus for the time being.

After re-evaluating the pictures, and after taking feedback into consideration - I've decided to approach some of the scenes differently, so there's a number of pictures that I'll be redoing. Additionally, I felt that there was too much packed into the final update - so I'll probably be breaking it down into multiple updates in the future.

There's currently no timetable as for when the updates will get released - I'll still need to sit down and think about how I want to approach it. In the meantime however, I have a few older CJ updates from earlier this year that I haven't gotten around to posting yet - so I'll be posting those very shortly.

-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-24
Post by: fantozzi on November 25, 2018, 11:48:53 AM
I felt that there was too much packed into the final update - so I'll probably be breaking it down into multiple updates in the future.

I would support this idea. There's nothing wrong in showing the big battles of WW2 and the details on the Pearl Harbor picture, like the splashes from the machine gun fire, they are impressive. Another challenge could be the german submarine blockade of England or the fighting in the north african dessert. Another very interesting and almost forgotten chapter are the italian soldiers on the small greek isles. Those hundreds of small greek isles were controlled by fascist italian army during WW2. But when WW2 ended some of the solders were simply forgotten by the italian state without a working gouvernement. Many of those italian soldiers in Greece for one, even two years they still believed it was war and did their patrols on these isles in the mediterranian and they thought it was evil propaganda from radio that war had ended - so as they did get no new command they continued to defend their little greek islands against the "enemy" long after war.

There are other chapters of WW2, I personally think, you can't tell them adequate in SC4. The human desaster, the Holocaust, the war against civilians. Hamburg, Berlin and Nagasaki and Auschwitz, the ghetto of Warsaw.

That doesn't mean you can't make pictures of WW2 at all. I don't want to be a moralizer ... and maybe simply to stay on the topic of epic battle scenes may do the trick? I wasn' concerned about your work but about some comments not aware how tasteless it sounds when they demand for "more". I know, they aren't evil guys. But I felt ashamed by those comments on your preview. 

I appreciate you considering this. Thank you, Korver.

 
Title: Re: True Earth / World War II (Preview) / Updated 11-24
Post by: Badsim on November 25, 2018, 01:16:25 PM
My dear friends , fantozzi , korver ,

By the past , I’ve had to feel a certain embarrassment with an update by kelis depicting concentration camps , how pure was his intention .

I said … nothing . I simply stayed stupidly pensive . Stupidly pensive and stupidly sad . Stupidly sad but seriously ashamed .

Fortunately for our mental health , nothing of what we can think  , at its full consciousness or not , lasts … and because that’s how it is ,  before my consciousness have the good idea to move to something else , for sure infinitely more important :

Such truthful reaction , fantozzi , deserves a K-point .

Such intelligent reaction  , korver , deserves a K-point .

And when the  karma system  requested  me a reason and because we need to be short with  62 characters only , I wrote : Because .

Thanks to Alex for having removed the first picture … independently to the site rules ( but not that much ) , if you think about it , fantozzi , it was a perfect counterexample of what you try ( and brilliantly succeed as far as I’m concerned )  to say .

Respectfully .
 
C.
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 11-25
Post by: Tarkus on December 01, 2018, 08:11:15 PM
Congratulations, korver, on True Earth being part of the SC4D Mayors' Diary Hall of Fame Class of 2018!

(http://sc4devotion.com/images/TrueEarth_HoF.png)

-The Mayor's Diaries Hall of Fame Committee and SC4D Staff
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 11-25
Post by: art128 on December 02, 2018, 03:57:33 AM
Congratulations!   &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 11-25
Post by: PaPa-J on December 02, 2018, 04:22:04 AM
Way to go Korver!!!!   &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 11-25
Post by: Alan_Waters on December 02, 2018, 04:55:34 AM
Worthy appreciation worthy master. Congratulations!
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 11-25
Post by: mattb325 on December 02, 2018, 01:45:51 PM
Congratulations!  :thumbsup: &apls &apls &apls
Title: Re: True Earth / Updated 11-25
Post by: fantozzi on December 14, 2018, 08:54:57 AM
Honor to whom honor is due. Finally. As the question never was "if" but only "when". And Korver being in the Hall OF Fame, it's an honor on both sides, I guess - even the SC4D Hall of Fame is honored by houseing Korvers artwork.
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: korver on December 16, 2018, 06:55:00 PM

- UPDATE 103: Ancient Wonders -


(https://imgur.com/8q5yufo.jpg)


First and foremost, I would like to give a big thanks to everyone who voted for True Earth in the HoF election & a big thanks to the staff for putting together another election! I'm thrilled and honored to get elected into the HoF :)

Thanks as well for all the kind comments! :thumbsup:

- - -

Today, we're taking a trip back in time and covering each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although many of them have been destroyed several millennia ago - these remarkable structures still stir the imagination to this day. We'll begin with the oldest wonder first - and the only one still standing to this day. Enjoy!


The Pyramids of Giza
2500 BCE



(https://imgur.com/t7a8xL5.jpg)


The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
500 BCE



(https://imgur.com/taSvkAx.jpg)


The Construction of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
450 BCE



(https://imgur.com/QGTxKm7.jpg)


The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
350 BCE



(https://imgur.com/mIpFsRW.jpg)


Temple of Artemis
300 BCE



(https://imgur.com/wbWHoRd.jpg)


The Colossus of Rhodes
250 BCE



(https://imgur.com/VcbP1sW.jpg)


The Pharos of Alexandria
400 CE



(https://imgur.com/MgOujxF.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: dyoungyn on December 16, 2018, 08:03:10 PM
WOW!!!!!  I love the Roman Total War games and all these sites are monuments of wonders that Romans aim to capture to enrich the agricutural/fishing dreams of the time long past.  You must have had to create all these sites for your views.
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: fantozzi on December 16, 2018, 10:56:29 PM
In his short life, Alexander the Great founded 10 cities. He's so famous that is name is present in almost every language. And many people don't know if they order an "Iskender Kebap" the order an Alexander Kebap" - as Iskendar is nothing else as the arab name of Alexander.

The same with the tomb of King Mausolos of Cara that became so famous, that we call tombs built like houses all around the world "mausloeum".

Regarding the aspect of some of those wonders we have only little knowledge. So how creativity and accuracy join together here and form such descriptive pictures not only of the monuments but - in those many details - of ancient times, this is intriguing. I'd wish I could add sound of yelling people and donkeys and creaking wood.

Those pictures would enhance every history book.
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: art128 on December 17, 2018, 12:33:33 AM
Funny, I was talking about these with a coworker the other day.

Spectacular work. I have to say I quite like the shot of Rhodes.
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: mattb325 on December 17, 2018, 01:06:07 AM
Magnificent! I love every splendid detail in that shot of Rhodes. It is just incredible  :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: Alan_Waters on December 17, 2018, 10:15:07 AM
Eyes get great pleasure.
Thank you, Korver!
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: manga rivotra on December 18, 2018, 11:55:15 AM
I am delighted to see new wonders from you, this time Ancient Wonders.  ;)
Not a surprise this is brilliant !  &apls &apls &apls
I will always remember the shock I felt seeing your first update, Lake Bogoria. Everything was there already: precision, creativity, intelligence and tru art simply.
And it is since that day that I look forward to your entrance to the Hall of Fame, where among the outstanding your talent is still out of the ordinary. My look on this game has changed thanks to you and I probably love it even more.
Thank you for everything !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / Ancient Wonders / Updated 12-16
Post by: noahclem on December 19, 2018, 02:08:47 PM
Wonderful  &apls   ;D  Have to say the Colossus is my favorite as well. Too bad that dang oracle said not to rebuild the thing.
Title: Re: True Earth / The Himalayas / Updated 12-19
Post by: korver on December 20, 2018, 10:27:41 AM

- UPDATE 104: The Himalayas -


(https://imgur.com/6LsnGub.jpg)


Today, we're taking an epic trip through the roof of the world - the majestic Himalayan mountains. It's one of the world's most imposing and beautiful regions - few places across the globe can compare. We'll start off in the outer Himalayas first, with a visit to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa - its iconic Potala Palace is home to the Dalai Lama and has been a spectacular sight to behold for centuries. From there, we'll travel south through Bhutan and into India and Nepal - getting to take in some of the region's most impressive peaks like mighty Mount Everest. After continuing to travel westwards, we'll finally reach Pakistan towards the end of the update where we'll come face to face with the world's deadliest mountain, K2. Enjoy!


(https://imgur.com/zKR0T98.jpg)


Kangchenjunga - India / Nepal Border
8,586m tall, the world's 3rd tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/4kl7MJ6.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/u5c7xnL.jpg)


Makalu - China / Nepal Border
8,485m tall - the world's 5th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/lWf6FqM.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/EG9688W.jpg)


One of the Himalaya's most dramatic man made sights - the cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery in Pako, Bhutan.


(https://imgur.com/mz1ElJF.jpg)


Cho Oyu - China / Nepal Border
8,188m tall - the world's 6th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/wXcDEu0.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/NeFZigN.jpg)


Mount Everest / Sagarmatha / Chomolungma - China / Nepal Border
8,848m tall - the world's tallest mountain.
Also visible is Lhotse - 8,516m tall, the world's 4th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/HXrlnuq.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/65asGFG.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/S6ZeEsz.jpg)


A closeup of the legendary summit of Mount Everest.


(https://imgur.com/YmDijON.jpg)


Manaslu - Nepal
8,163m tall - the world's 8th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/UXLzR3y.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/HqyO9bw.jpg)


Annapurna I - Nepal
8,091m tall - the world's 10th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/6qO2lfk.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/Lh1RGuT.jpg)


One of the most important cities in the region, the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu is filled with timeless temples like the Nyatapola. Even after major earthquakes in 1833, 1934, and 2015 - it still stands tall, a testament to its sturdy construction.


(https://imgur.com/wTBnpst.jpg)


Dhaulagiri I - Nepal
8,167m tall - the world's 7th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/2lD6U03.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/2KwTXrr.jpg)


Nanga Parbat - Pakistan
8,126m tall - the world's 9th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/SRLbWBK.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/mQ2z5M4.jpg)


The landscapes of rural Pakistan can be especially beautiful.


(https://imgur.com/fzSVpX4.jpg)


A view of the central Karakorums - not too far from our final destination.


(https://imgur.com/Isb42Xa.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/QoPKI0m.jpg)


When traveling through the Himalayas, a blizzard is the last thing you want to get stuck in. Fortunately, it passes over our base camp quickly - and we'll be approaching the summit soon of one of the world's deadliest mountains..


(https://imgur.com/vdRg327.jpg)


K2 / Chhogori / Godwin Austen - Pakistan / China Border
8,611m tall - the world's 2nd tallest mountain.
Also visible at the bottom right of the picture is Broad Peak - 8,051m tall, the world's 12th tallest mountain.


(https://imgur.com/7UCvSJ2.jpg)


(https://imgur.com/pRVWMnk.jpg)


Attributes for the photographs used in this update:

Makalu and Chamlang (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Makalu_and_Chamlang.jpg), CCBYSA2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), Craig Taylor | Cho Oyu (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cho_Oyu.jpg), CCBYSA3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Mark Horrell | Mount Everest as seen from Drukair2 PLW edit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mount_Everest_as_seen_from_Drukair2_PLW_edit.jpg), CCBYSA2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), original by shrimpo1967 & derivative by Papa Lima Whiskey 2 | Manaslu view from Timang (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Manaslu_view_from_Timang.jpg), CCBYSA3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Solundir | Way to Annapurna Base Camp (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Way_to_Annapurna_Base_Camp.jpg), CCBYSA4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en), Trilok Shrivastava | Dhaulagiri - view from aircraft (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dhaulagiri_-_view_from_aircraft.jpg), CCBYSA3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Sergey Ashmarin | Nanga Parbat The Killer Mountain (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nanga_Parbat_The_Killer_Mountain.jpg), CCBYSA3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en), Tahsin Anwar Ali | Baltoro glacier from air (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baltoro_glacier_from_air.jpg), CCBYSA2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en), KhRizwani | K-2 and Virgin peak (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:K-2_and_Virgin_peak.jpg), CCBYSA4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en), Guilhem Vellut | Each photograph has the same license as the original, was resized, sharpened/blurred, and given a filter, border and vignette.


-korver


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Replies:

dyoungyn: Thanks for the nice words! Glad you enjoyed the update :)

fantozzi: Thank you very much for the praise and kind words - appreciate the comment :)

art128: Thanks for the kind words! :thumbsup:

mattb325: Thank you very much - glad you liked the Rhodes scene! :)

Alan_Waters: Thank you very much for the comment! :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thanks for the kind words - much appreciated! I'm really glad to hear how much you've enjoyed my updates over the years - glad to hear that I've served as an inspiration as well :thumbsup: Thanks for all of your support!

noahclem: Thank you very much for the nice words :)
Title: Re: True Earth / The Himalayas / Updated 12-19
Post by: Seaman on December 20, 2018, 03:47:36 PM
[The glaciers... clouds... so real... but how...?]

wooooowwww!


oh korver, your trips around the world do pack some emotions! :)
Title: Re: True Earth / The Himalayas / Updated 12-19
Post by: PaPa-J on December 20, 2018, 05:34:20 PM
Truly fantastic, very awe inspiring.  Love your work.
Title: Re: True Earth / The Himalayas / Updated 12-19
Post by: Themistokles on December 23, 2018, 02:43:02 AM
Just as stunning and epic as ever! :o
Title: Re: True Earth / The Himalayas / Updated 12-19
Post by: korver on December 23, 2018, 09:45:26 PM
Themistokles: Thank you very much - thanks for commenting!  :)

PaPa-J: Glad you enjoyed the entry! :thumbsup:

Seaman: Thanks for the nice words! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / China / Updated 12-25
Post by: korver on December 25, 2018, 10:56:38 AM

- UPDATE 105: China -


(https://imgur.com/EY9qh8L.jpg)


Today, we're taking a trip to one of the world's most beautiful countries - China. The landscapes, landmarks, and natural features here and truly extraordinary - and I'll be showcasing some of the country's best in this update.

We'll begin with a look at one of the world's most famous landmarks - the legendary Great Wall of China. Constructed nearly 3,000 years ago to keep out invaders from the north, much of it still stands today and is one of the country's most iconic destinations.


(https://imgur.com/HC2R26Z.jpg)


China's rural areas are among the world's most beautiful - and the landscapes of Guilin seem like they're out of this world. With massive, dramatic limestone hills surrounding picturesque Chinese farmland - any trip here is incredible.


(https://imgur.com/1myVhuc.jpg)


Another one of China's most beautiful rural features are the stunning rice terraces of Yuanyang County. They snake and maze around the mountainsides for as far as the eye can see - and can come in just about any color imaginable, making for an extraordinary sight.


(https://imgur.com/5ineGFI.jpg)


Xi'an's Terracotta Army is another one of the country's cant-miss destinations. Over two millennia ago, China's Emperor Qin had an entire army - over 7,000 life size soldiers, horses, and more - built and buried with him to protect him in the afterlife.


(https://imgur.com/ReYwWH1.jpg)


The Forbidden City is one of the country's most iconic landmarks and is a popular tourist destination in the heart of the country's capital, Beijing. This former Chinese imperial palace was built in the 15th century for the Ming emperors and covers over 180 acres - and today is one of the world's largest museums.


(https://imgur.com/DtRV2FT.jpg)


A special administrative region of China, Hong Kong has one of the country's (and the world's) most impressive skylines. At nighttime though is when the entire city truly comes to life.


(https://imgur.com/7UywJ9o.jpg)


We'll conclude the trip with a visit to one of the country's largest and most important cities - Shanghai. This center of finance and business has grown rapidly since its days as a small colonial port city and now has one of the world's most stunning CBDs - with the centerpiece being the 2,073 foot tall Shanghai Tower, the country's tallest building.


(https://imgur.com/oUne0O3.jpg)


-korver
Title: Re: True Earth / China / Updated 12-25
Post by: art128 on December 25, 2018, 11:41:13 AM
Absolutely stunning update!!!

The rice terraces has to be one of the most beautiful SC4 picture I have ever seen.  &apls &apls

Please tell me there will be a full update on Beijing and Hong-Kong..  ;D


800 Replies, congrats!  &apls &dance
Title: Re: True Earth / China / Updated 12-25
Post by: mattb325 on December 25, 2018, 01:45:12 PM
Wow. All seven pictures are extraordinary, but the first four just blow my mind  :o The great wall, the terracotta army..... but how did you get those rice terraces so perfect?!!! Amazing  :satisfied:
Title: Re: True Earth / China / Updated 12-25
Post by: PaPa-J on December 25, 2018, 01:51:41 PM
The work you do is spectacular Korver.  Tell me how the great wall was done.  Is it a lot or mmp or what?  It really is incredible.
Title: Re: True Earth / China / Updated 12-25
Post by: Themistokles on December 26, 2018, 11:06:56 AM
Wow! :o :o :o

Those rice fields, I can't even imagine how you made them... ???
Title: Re: True Earth / Middle East / Updated 12-29
Post by: korver on December 29, 2018, 05:59:28 PM

- UPDATE 106: Middle East -


(https://imgur.com/SYTIiGK.jpg)


Today, we're taking a trip to the Middle East and visiting some of the region's most incredible sights - from stunning skylines, quaint villages, dramatic landscapes, and much more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe.

We'll begin the trip with a visit to one of the world's most iconic landmarks - the Pyramids of Giza. These legendary pyramids have stood tall for over 4,000 years and are the last remaining wonder of the Ancient World.


(https://imgur.com/4djFP27.jpg)


We travel into Israel for our next destination - the amazing cliffside monastery of Mar Saba. Built in the 5th century, this walled complex is the Judean Desert's largest monastery and is one of the region's most distinctive sights.


(https://imgur.com/X1lK2Rw.jpg)


Another one of the region's most iconic sights are the ruins of Petra, Jordan. This rose colored city was built as early as the 5th century and flourished for centuries until it was mysteriously abandoned.


(https://imgur.com/nf9LcN4.jpg)


While much of the Middle East is barren desert and mountains - there's still plenty of fertile, cultivable landscape if you know where to look. Oman's Ghubrah Bowl is flanked by terraced farmland and small rural villages - making for a beautiful sight.


(https://imgur.com/hnS9uEf.jpg)


With the entire region being rich in oil reserves - refineries are a common sight in many parts of the Middle East.


(https://imgur.com/aB9jd3N.jpg)


The final destination in our trip is one of the world's most impressive cities - Dubai. The windsail-shaped Burj Al Arab stands 648 feet high over the coastline and is one of the city's most unique landmarks.


(https://imgur.com/v6YyQQs.jpg)


Few skylines on the face of the planet can compare to Dubai's - and the world's tallest building, the 2,717 foot tall Burj Dubai is truly a sight to behold.


(https://imgur.com/rnU3D1f.jpg)


-korver


Replies:

art128: Appreciate the nice words, thanks for commenting! I might do some more city updates later on so stay tuned ;)

mattb325: Thank you very much, glad you liked the update! The terraces along with a number of the other pics required some custom MMPs to get just right.

PaPa-J: Thanks for the kind words! The Great Wall is a series of custom models I made and placed them on overhanging 1x1 lots to use in the game.

Themistokles: Thanks for the comment - appreciate the nice words :)
Title: Re: True Earth / Middle East / Updated 12-29
Post by: mattb325 on December 30, 2018, 02:04:08 PM
Those pics of Petra and Mar Saba....it's not even simcity anymore!  :o
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: korver on December 31, 2018, 02:05:26 PM

- UPDATE 107: World Tour -


(https://imgur.com/WRqVMH0.png)


For the final update of the the year, we're going on a trip around the globe - and experiencing some of the planet's most incredible cities, landmarks, villages, natural wonders, and much more. With 100 pictures in total, it's my largest update by far - so please sit back and enjoy the show! :)


1.
Melbourne Birds-Eye
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


(https://imgur.com/R3P107d.jpg)


2.
Sydney by Night
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


(https://imgur.com/OfBbyfW.jpg)


3.
Uluru Aerial
Northern Territory, Australia


(https://imgur.com/GA1Z9Yc.jpg)


4.
Auckland From Above
Auckland, New Zealand


(https://imgur.com/7Pm3HpE.jpg)


5.
Violent Volcanoes in New Zealand
Mount Ngauruhoe, North Island, New Zealand


(https://imgur.com/rDLVsFQ.jpg)


6.
A View from New Zealand's Glacier Country
Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand


(https://imgur.com/mHgVr4u.jpg)


7.
Traditional Housing in Rural Fiji
Navala Village, Fiji


(https://imgur.com/QWmmEoP.jpg)


8.
Adamstown Aerial
Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands


(https://imgur.com/0KrZnjr.jpg)


9.
Bungalows in Paradise
Bora Bora, French Polynesia


(https://imgur.com/NpzSgu3.jpg)


10.
Bora Bora Birds-Eye
Bora Bora, French Polynesia


(https://imgur.com/LnmHnQH.jpg)


11.
Autumn in Japan
Daigo-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan


(https://imgur.com/zOxtJu0.jpg)


12.
Midnight in Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan


(https://imgur.com/fvQeXcV.jpg)


13.
Nighttime in Singapore
Downtown Singapore City


(https://imgur.com/7V2gCqV.jpg)


14.
A View over Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


(https://imgur.com/xs6q6D2.jpg)


15.
A Cloudy Day at Chek Lap Kok
Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong SAR, China


(https://imgur.com/n6MKVj6.jpg)


16.
A Rainy Day in Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China


(https://imgur.com/JGkSn1m.jpg)


17.
Wintertime at the Great Wall
Great Wall of China


(https://imgur.com/q1dz1lt.jpg)


18.
Heavy Industry
Norilsk, Siberia, Russia


(https://imgur.com/gciVbQy.jpg)


19.
A View over Frozen Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia


(https://imgur.com/n9zI1Nl.jpg)


20.
The Roof of the World
Mount Everest, Nepal/China Border


(https://imgur.com/r9sB6Bi.jpg)


21.
An Overview of the Taj Mahal
Agra, India


(https://imgur.com/lFjiIn3.jpg)


22.
Nighttime at the Red Fort
Delhi, India


(https://imgur.com/j172gkJ.jpg)


23.
Dubai at Twilight
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


(https://imgur.com/hS9cRU9.jpg)


24.
Fortress in the Judean Desert
Masada, Israel


(https://imgur.com/uH7Wi25.jpg)


25.
The Great Pyramids at Midnight
Giza, Egypt


(https://imgur.com/lmpMV7D.jpg)


26.
The Ancient Temples of Abu Simbel
Aswan, Egypt


(https://imgur.com/VaujZUG.jpg)


27.
A Postcard from Tanzania


(https://imgur.com/Tsr6DEM.jpg)


28.
Sunset in the Townships
Rural South Africa


(https://imgur.com/odBbKWd.jpg)


29.
Lagos Rising
Eko Atlantic Project, Lagos, Nigeria


(https://imgur.com/yQpJxMx.jpg)


30.
Nighttime at the Djinguereber Mosque
Timbuktu, Mali


(https://imgur.com/hmDZHzY.jpg)


31.
Sunset in Chouara Tannery
Fez, Morocco


(https://imgur.com/JpdC8sT.jpg)


32.
Market Day in Ghardaïa
Ghardaïa, Algeria


(https://imgur.com/ZK4XuWQ.jpg)


33.
Bardaï Birds-Eye
Bardaï, Tibesti Region, Chad


(https://imgur.com/A3i2Pcj.jpg)


34.
Antarctica, the Land of Extremes
Paradise Bay, Antarctica


(https://imgur.com/QUv4fAz.jpg)


35.
Copacabana by Night
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


(https://imgur.com/jBz0oSw.jpg)


36.
A Satellite View of Rio
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


(https://imgur.com/lfETUIb.jpg)


37.
Dense Development in São Paulo's CBD
São Paulo, Brazil


(https://imgur.com/VTfKMtq.jpg)


38.
Aerial View of the Pantanal
Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil


(https://imgur.com/YgoIewn.jpg)


39.
A View over the Falls
Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil Border


(https://imgur.com/fmkjYO9.jpg)


40.
A View of the Old Town
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay


(https://imgur.com/kbKj6U8.jpg)


41.
A Patagonian Church
Puerto Varas, Chile


(https://imgur.com/caPcNhA.jpg)


42.
Whiteout over Cerro Torre
Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile


(https://imgur.com/uhKmDJG.jpg)


43.
A Storm in the Southern Andes
Torres del Paine, Patagonian Chile


(https://imgur.com/nwwg39n.jpg)


44.
A View Over Patagonia
Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Argentina/Chile Border


(https://imgur.com/7m90noB.jpg)


45.
A Nighttime View of Gran Torre Santiago
Santiago, Chile


(https://imgur.com/yNhZ5xj.jpg)


46.
The World's Most Dangerous Road
North Yungas Road, Bolivia


(https://imgur.com/TQaymY4.jpg)


47.
Farming the Hillsides
Rural Peru


(https://imgur.com/COoEVV1.jpg)


48.
Downpour at Machu Picchu
Andes Mountains, Peru


(https://imgur.com/DyxJfU5.gif)


49.
Cotopaxi Eruption
Andes Mountains, Ecuador


(https://imgur.com/adtDsvL.jpg)


50.
Jewel of the Andes
Lake Quilotoa, Ecuador


(https://imgur.com/Y3Popuy.jpg)


51.
Sunrise in Baños
Tungurahua Province, Central Ecuador


(https://imgur.com/miI4PGE.jpg)


52.
A City in the Jungle
Manaus, Brazil


(https://imgur.com/jiL1Z4T.jpg)


53.
A Rainy Day at Roraima
Mount Roraima, Venezuela/Brazil/Guyana Border


(https://imgur.com/4c2echJ.gif)


54.
A Small Village in the Jungle
Rural Costa Rica


(https://imgur.com/QG6ujUw.jpg)


55.
A Unique Wonder
Pitch Lake, Trinidad and Tobago


(https://imgur.com/NO68iut.jpg)


56.
Mexico City Overview
Downtown Mexico City, Mexico


(https://imgur.com/LRO19Lm.jpg)


57.
Sunset in LA
Central Los Angeles, California, USA


(https://imgur.com/DsWclNX.jpg)


58.
The Search Goes On
Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA


(https://imgur.com/QBDx664.jpg)


59.
Glen Canyon Aerial
Northern Arizona, USA


(https://imgur.com/Rxuipfq.jpg)


60.
Wintertime at the Grand Canyon
Northern Arizona, USA


(https://imgur.com/WVLOZhr.jpg)


61.
A Winter Wonderland at Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA


(https://imgur.com/zGVOU2Q.jpg)


62.
Pierre Birds-Eye
Pierre, South Dakota, USA


(https://imgur.com/ruwg39J.jpg)


63.
Somewhere Along Route 66
Western USA


(https://imgur.com/1eFjS5m.jpg)


64.
Endless Fields
Midwestern USA


(https://imgur.com/Z3yto3O.jpg)


65.
Downtown San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, USA


(https://imgur.com/InncXVH.jpg)


66.
The Windy City
Chicago, Illinois, USA


(https://imgur.com/vy5O3xT.jpg)


67.
A Look Over Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


(https://imgur.com/e49D0Uw.jpg)



68.
Downtown Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, USA


(https://imgur.com/5l9qBwU.jpg)


69.
A Cloudy Day in Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


(https://imgur.com/O23iHXH.jpg)


70.
Montreal by Night
Montréal, Quebec, Canada


(https://imgur.com/x2ZjlrW.jpg)


71.
The Big Apple
Midtown Manhattan, New York, USA


(https://imgur.com/MKVPPsV.jpg)


72.
Winter in NYC
Midtown Manhattan, New York, USA


(https://imgur.com/fVsqP1d.jpg)


73.
A Rainy Day in Liverpool
Liverpool, England, UK


(https://imgur.com/u85AbsS.jpg)


74.
A Seaside Castle
Dunnottar Castle, Scotland, UK


(https://imgur.com/cCisOwX.jpg)


75.
A Scene from Rural England
Central England, UK


(https://imgur.com/cF11u0E.jpg)


76.
Heavy Rain at Stonehenge
Wiltshire, England, UK


(https://imgur.com/De4TdTZ.jpg)


77.
Sunset in the Suburbs
London, England, UK


(https://imgur.com/bpUoSCN.jpg)


78.
A Look Over Canary Wharf
London, England, UK


(https://imgur.com/J4ApaAl.jpg)


79.
A View of Big Ben
London, England, UK


(https://imgur.com/W020hF6.jpg)


80.
Springtime in Paris
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France


(https://imgur.com/HN1fiAz.jpg)


81.
Low Tide at Mont Saint Michel
Normandy, France


(https://imgur.com/gR6jVyK.jpg)


82.
The Grand Place
Brussels, Belgium


(https://imgur.com/r61yTX4.jpg)


83.
Modern Architecture
The Hague, The Netherlands


(https://imgur.com/vW1oz8v.jpg)


84.
A Grand Cathedral
Cologne, Germany


(https://imgur.com/B56WShb.jpg)


85.
Berlin By Night
Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany


(https://imgur.com/huWdO9r.jpg)


86.
A Night View of Prague
Prague, Czech Republic


(https://imgur.com/KnNG0KV.jpg)


87.
Reflections on the Danube
Budapest, Hungary


(https://imgur.com/CGt1B9C.jpg)


88.
Commieblocks in Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia


(https://imgur.com/XdzdKsw.gif)


89.
Dusk in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia


(https://imgur.com/Lf5T0To.jpg)


90.
The Colosseum by Night
Rome, Italy


(https://imgur.com/6GBO0fK.jpg)


91.
A Cliffside City
Ronda, Spain


(https://imgur.com/8mGUkde.jpg)


92.
A Cliffside Castle in Portugal
Castle of Marvão, Portugal


(https://imgur.com/Gy1E7yz.jpg)


93.
A View Over the Gran Via
Madrid, Spain


(https://imgur.com/93jO2gO.jpg)


94.
150 Years in the Making
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain


(https://imgur.com/jEPtAvx.jpg)


95.
Farming in the French Alps
Chamonix, France


(https://imgur.com/Gfl2ZQs.jpg)


96.
Contra Dam from Above
Verzasca, Switzerland


(https://imgur.com/O6WhxWO.jpg)


97.
Skiing Down the Slopes
Swiss Alps


(https://imgur.com/srMEYJB.jpg)


98.
Blizzard over the Landwasser Viaduct
Swiss Alps


(https://imgur.com/dkdms7p.gif)


99.
A Birds-Eye of Hallstatt
Hallstatt, Austria


(https://imgur.com/BeZ7or6.jpg)


100.
Matterhorn Aerial
Swiss Alps


(https://imgur.com/UPHYOra.jpg)


Thanks so much once again everyone for your support throughout 2018! Happy New Year SC4Devotion :)


-korver


mattb325: It's SC4 with a bunch of custom made BATs :) Thanks for the comment! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: dyoungyn on December 31, 2018, 04:21:16 PM
COMPLETELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   You really out-did yourself.  Love the creative re-creations of famous sites around our mother earth.  I must note that the Manhattan Skyline is changing every day and new "Skinny" scrapers are popping up every where in NYC. 
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: Alan_Waters on December 31, 2018, 06:47:13 PM
I am very surprised! A lot of creative work! Bravo! &apls &apls &apls
Baikal is amazing!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: Badsim on January 01, 2019, 08:56:50 AM
Outrageously astounding , that’s the only words  coming in mind at first .

Then , thinking ; if we didn’t have some SC4 well known items , sometimes just here and there , we could think you have created a SC4-ification program to handle any real picture in a split second , a kind of filter . Whatever your technics , your explanations and the time you have to devote to this , your work and the amount of work become less and less understandable … and that’s precisely the point I enjoy the most ; while living in a world running after absolute transparency , mystery is the last interest , poesy and piquancy of  life . ( for me , at least but … I’m getting old and have tendancy to talk nonsense . $%Grinno$% )

+1 , of course … and welcome to your MD to its new nest . Better late than never . :P

C.
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: pressus on January 02, 2019, 06:49:14 AM
New Year - new vision of the game ;)
This is great - a real artistic collection! &apls
SC4 has an interesting future all the time.
I congratulate the imagination, good taste and precision of workmanship.
Impossible becomes possible, creative and inspiring! It is a great feast for the eye.
I'd like to wish the author and all fans of the game a successful New Year! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: Tyberius06 on January 02, 2019, 10:34:04 AM
Well it's pretty heavy stuff... Beautiful world tour! Thanks for the Hungarian Parliment view! I love those mentioned reflections on the river. Budapest has amizing night view around the Danube.
Thank you very much this amazing picture show!

- Tyberius

PS: +1 from me as well
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: Seaman on January 02, 2019, 03:18:34 PM
Well that's a firework if I've ever seen one!
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: fantozzi on January 03, 2019, 03:30:30 AM
Happy new year to you, korver. And thank you for making me dream about this world.
Title: Re: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31
Post by: manga rivotra on January 15, 2019, 11:31:16 AM
How To express my reaction to this update with words  &Thk/(:
Wow .......... How is that possible? .............. Wow again, and 100 times WOW!  :o
I don't know if you realize that in 1 update you did more than any player will dream to do in one life on this game. We touch here the surreal!  &apls &apls &apls
The illusion of seeing real photos is such that we sometimes have to look several times to realize that they are well drawn from the game, as far-off views as closer views especially reproductions of South-American mid-sized cities are breathtaking realism.
More than usual, everything is there: the perfect reproduction/choice of building, the details placed in the right place to the millimeter (MMPs, texturing) and the absolute control of the light. I love this weekly show that you offer us: every time we believe that you will not be able to surpass yourself, and each time you prove the opposite with mastery.
2018 was epic, 2019 will probably be even more ! Thanks you Master !  :thumbsup:

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