Takingyouthere: I believe that after about 110 entries I fully switched the CJ over into the dedicated CJ section. Annuq had many highlights and it holds up very well. But the thing is I went even further with both the quality and the layout, now Annuq had both rural and urban scenes and I really thought I could not go any further at the time. Well I developed my rural skills even more in Faverdale, and I reckon the best-looking urban work was in Garforth; that was my peak. Finally I combined the rural and the urban together in Erinsberg as one complete package. Furthermore Annuq was created in mid 2015, Erinsberg was made in early to mid 2016. Not only was I using filler sets that I once thought would never work (FrankU's parks and plazas for instance or SPAM), but there were new toys available which gave me further options. So Annuq is very good but it's not my best. It was a template for the progression I made last year.
JP Schriefer: Thank you! The 2016 highlights simply double down on all that you said.
mike_oxlong: It does take time and I had to do it on an industrial scale as I sought to complete a large city tile.
Highlights from Entries 101 to 110
From this point on we get to the VERY good stuff: starting from late 2015 in the CJ's history and moving forwards all the way to the present. And it only gets better moving towards the present. Now, most of the entries are from Annuq with a few towards the end from the rural city tile of Faverdale. So enjoy!
The heart of Annuq's downtown. Always go full W2W.
It was getting to the point where even that small area with the church required about thirty minutes or so to get right.
Another overview of Annuq.
Annuq's city centre east.
rsc204's TGN mod in action.
Being from Britain, roundabouts often feature as centrepieces to entrances to industrial and/or retail estates.
Annuq's city centre west.
This is probably the largest, compact, urban interchange I have ever built.
The coolest thing about newer versions of the NAM is the interconnectivity of avenues and the altered MHW.
The roundabout of grid-busting.
And now moving on to northern areas of Annuq.
As much as I love to build cities and create urban environments, I love to create rural areas and agriculture even more.
It is in agriculture and rural areas where one can truly grid-bust.
The greenhouses are from FrankU's farm fields set.
Since ionionion's OMCO filling gravel (MMP) has a wide range then it can cover streets and roads with dirt and grit.
The factory and large car park surrounded by fields and green areas was an industrial concept I should have explored more.
I also started experimenting with MMPs to expand the lots of buildings and ploppable structures. The car park is fully MMP. Inspiration for this came from Fasan's Krokanien MD work.
MMPs can also connect lots which are "incomplete" and not "self-contained".
A picture taken from Faverdale. The field dominating the picture is my favourite field, I used three MMP layers to create a thick, vibrant flowery look.
And back to Annuq.
This is in north-western Annuq.
Mixing W2W with semi-detached properties and apartments can yield some impressive results. It emulates what is seen in British cities with clumps of semi-detached housing, apartments, terraces and other W2W residential.
But while I build in a British way I mix up European, USA and British buildings together.
That offset house in the centre is the Stax house.
Eastern European Commie blocks are the best.
Welcome to Faverdale.
Faverdale was the first of three completed city tiles which I made in 2016.
2016 was the year where I worked out to create something reasonably realistic and then ran with it.
Faverdale's theme was that of rural settlements and the countryside. I did most of my best and varied MMP work in Faverdale: fields, forests, grassland, rocks, rivers, marshes and agricultural scenes.
It was in Faverdale that I heavily used SPAM: fences, buildings and MMPs. I'm glad I used it as it provides much needed agricultural variation.
Using one of Bipin's petrol stations. They work well: both in grungy urban environments and in rural ones too.
This Friday stayed tuned for more rural delights from Faverdale- which includes some of my most favourite countryside pictures ever.