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So a few years ago I had a go at bating. Unfortunately due to computer issues I never got around to finishing any of them, and long since lost the files. A bit of a shame really; I was nearly done modeling these two sets of buildings, all they really needed were nightlites and some desaturating of the textures. Oh well.
Last weekend, for some odd reason, I decided to reinstall SimCity 4 and play it. But, after downloading a ton of new content, I found I still couldn't make the cities I wanted (mostly modern urban Dutch). The first thing that bothered me was the lack of varied in utilities, specifically pumping stations. So I looked up some modern pumping stations here in the Netherlands, and, the idiot that I am, downloaded gmax to see if I could make something of it:
The first one I had a go at was a largish sewage pumping station:
Unfortunately this is the material it is made out of, and I am not quite sure how to texture this. I have half a mind of simply modelling the panels instead of texturing it.
In the mean time I decided to model another pumping station, a small drainage pump this time:
It has the same issue with texturing, so oh well.
While looking through pumping stations here in the Netherlands, I came across this little thingy and decided it also really needed modelling (for a change it is an actual ground water pumping station!):
It is actually coming along quite nicely. I just need to finish the doors, add the rain gutter and some roof junk. I possibly need to figure out how to model a few pumps to fill the large frontal roof if the windows are going to be transparant (ugh...)
At the same time I was really annoyed by the power utilities in the game. So yeah...
I came across this funky little substation, and since it takes no effort to model had a go at it:
Not sure if there is interest in this sort of thing though.
I also created this substation (could also work as an industrial lot). I want to make it a wall to wall lot, but, as the roof is overhanging to the sides, I don't know how to go about it.
And, if I ever feel confident enough to do so, I'd love to have a go at this power plant. The turbine halls are simple enough, but the chimney seems daunting.
Anyway; thoughts and suggestions? Compliments or hate is also welcome. Oh, and IrfanView apparently does not like transparency. I hope you can ignore the black outlines on the images, they are not supposed to be there.
I came across a discussion in the forums a little while back of somebody asking about a well lot to use as a water source. Well (pun intended), I got to thinking, that might be really useful... I know I could certainly use something like that. So here you are - two simple ground well lots that have the exact same properties as the Maxis water tower. One of the lots includes a base texture and has more of a rural look. The other is simply the well with no base texture or props... you can add MMPs to give it whatever look you desire. Feel free to use one or the other (or both)...
None! (I can't believe I just wrote that)
Simply unzip the file and put the entire 'SimCougs Little Well' folder in your plugins. If you wish to use only one of the lots, simply delete the one you don't need.
This was really a one-off, simple lot... everything is Maxis based. I created it in a couple hours (including testing). If you run into any strangeness, please leave me a comment here.
For questions regarding this set, please feel free to visit my Lot Development Thread (SimCoug's Lot Den).
Maxis, you darn sonuvagun... great looking props!
It was working fine like 30 minutes ago no all of a sudden it will not run. The window opens but it is completely black. shows nothing. If I open the task manager, it shows "SC4Fix Pre3" as "Not Responding" If I kill the process and reopen SimCity 4, immediately after opening it says the same "Not Responding". In fact the SimCity 4 window always opens up to a "Not Responding" every time I open it.
Not sure how in 30 minutes time with nothing added to SimCity 4, it goes from running flawlessly to a 'not responding' state every time I open it.
Does anybody know what the problem could be?
I'm aware of the regular water and beach mods out there, aided in no small part by CorinaMarie's fantastic guides: here, but when it comes to the "inshore" stretch of water (as it's defined by Rivit in his beach mod), I don't really know how to search for available options (what do you search for??). I mostly use the green inshore option from Rivit's pack:
which I love, but when a situation calls for something a little different (beyond the options in Rivit's pack), I don't really know where to look...
Can anyone point me in the direction of some alternatives?
When dealing with a grayscale image, 8-bit,. what is the darkest RGB value that is still buildable land and what is the lightest water value? Like if I wanted to create a flat region with some water.
Various websites give all kinds of values for these, no two websites tell the same values, but none are correct. They end up being all land or all water despite that these websites claim that RGB value x is water and RGB value y is land.
For example one websites says RGB value for land is 88 and water 85 meaning that all three RGB values are 88 and water 85. but when I load an image to both Terraformer and SimCity 4 itself (ctrl alt shift r), it ends up being all water. This website was incorrect.
Another website claims that the values are 83 for water and 84 for land but that is still all water in both the game itself and terraformer.
I don't have any height mod or anything, so I don't know why that the values of these websites are not generating terrain like claimed.
There has to be a different value that is correct for land and water, but I seem to cannot figure it out. These websites seem to be incorrect.
What are the RGB values I need to use for land and water for creating maps? Thanks
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