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    Making a Custom Foundation


    Please PM STomnibus for any questions about this article.

    NOTE: Tutorial is for users who know the basics of GMAX/BAT, Plugin Manager, and Lot Editor already.


    Before you start this tutorial you will need to make sure you know the basics of GMAX/BAT. If no, then please try this tutorial to help you in making a simple house.

    A foundation is the 'block' you see under a building when its placed on a slope.


    These are made simply by making a 'block' the exact same size as the lot itself. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make your own foundation for a 1x1 lot. Let's Go!

    1. Open the BAT
    2. Make sure all the settings are correct.
    3. Go into Top view (hotkey 'T')
    4. Since we are making a foundation for a 1x1 lot we will need to make the foundation model a 16x16 'meter' block (16x16 little squares).

    5. Select the 'Rectangle Tool'
    6. Start in a corner and drag it out till it is an exact 16x16 square
    7. Center the rectangle on the XY axis.
    8. Add the 'Extrude' Modifier and set it at '-55' so that it will go below the plane.
    9. Texture it if you feel necessary.

    10. Now we must set it up for Rendering.
    11. Go to the BAT Section and open up the Parameters Rollout.
    12. Refit the LOD's
    13. Select 'Foundation' under MODEL TYPE
    14. Now go to the Export Rollout and Select 'High' and click EXPORT
    15. This won't take too long because its just a big block.

    16. When it finishes, close out of BAT and open up the Plugin Manager
    17. Select your file and drag it into the "FOUNDATION" category (above "Prop")
    18. Give it a name you will remember and apply changes, click ok, exit Plugin Manager.
    19. Now open up the Lot Editor
    20. Open up the Small Flower Garden.
    21. Open up the Foundation Selector and find your foundation.

    22. If it is not on there, then make the lot a 2x2 and then it should appear. When you select it, set the lot back to 1x1 and don't touch the foundation menu anymore. Save the lot as a new file. Exit Lot Editor.
    23. Open up Simcity 4 Rush Hour (RH required) and open up a new city.
    24. Do some terraforming so you will have slopes, cliffs, etc.
    25. Give the city a name and find your 'modified' flower garden.
    26. Plop a 10 of them in a 2 row 5 column system on a slope. you should be able to see your foundation.


    27. That's it, good job!

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