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Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
« Reply #280 on: August 13, 2017, 11:10:22 AM »
I'm amazed! More words no, some emotions!

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Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
« Reply #281 on: August 13, 2017, 03:07:41 PM »
Beautiful sights, as always, and wonderful bats.
Come join me on a hike to St Edmea!

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Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
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« Reply #282 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

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Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
« Reply #282 on: August 14, 2017, 03:47:35 AM »

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« Reply #283 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!

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Re: Tour of Africa (Introduction) / True Earth / Updated 8-13
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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
« Reply #284 on: August 17, 2017, 03:19:33 PM »

- UPDATE 28: Tour of Africa (Johannesburg) -




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.





First National Bank Stadium - also known as Soccer City, is one of Johannesburg's most iconic landmarks. Its served as the home field for the South Africa national football team since its opening in 1989, and hosted the opening and final games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With a capacity of 94,736, it's also the largest stadium in Africa.





To make it into the city itself, one of the most traveled routes is over the Nelson Mandela Bridge - completed in 2003, its another one of the most famous 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.





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.





We've made it into the CBD - and there's no better time to see the city than during a beautiful South African sunset.





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.





At night is when the city really begins to come alive, however.








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.






-korver


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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.

« Last Edit: January 30, 2019, 09:09:42 PM by korver »

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
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« Reply #285 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

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
« Reply #286 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. 

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
« Reply #287 on: August 18, 2017, 07:12:10 AM »
Sumptuously!  &apls &apls &apls
Maestro, do not you plan to portray Russian landscapes?

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
« Reply #288 on: August 18, 2017, 07:21:21 AM »
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« Reply #289 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:

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
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« Reply #290 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:

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Re: Tour of Africa: Johannesburg / True Earth / Updated 8-17
« Reply #291 on: August 19, 2017, 02:57:02 PM »
Those dilapidating cooling towers :o

Cityscape is also nice as per usual :thumbsup: ;)
Come join me on a hike to St Edmea!

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Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22

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« Reply #292 on: August 22, 2017, 09:11:11 PM »

- UPDATE 29: Tour of Africa (Southern Africa) -




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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





Travel some 700 miles east along the Drakensberg Mountains and you'll uncover another one of South Africa's incredible natural wonders...





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.





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. The .gif is 12MB - might take a bit to load)





-korver


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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:

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« Reply #293 on: August 22, 2017, 10:25:43 PM »
Wow. Love Table Mountains and the agricultural scene.  &apls

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« Reply #294 on: August 23, 2017, 03:47:58 AM »
Amazing pictures again! :) Very cooool :)

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Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
« Reply #295 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
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« Reply #296 on: August 23, 2017, 07:46:11 AM »
Breathtaking!!
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Re: Tour of Africa: Southern Africa / True Earth / Updated 8-22
« Reply #297 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! ;)

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« Reply #298 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

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« Reply #299 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.

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