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  2. Back to Rural Again!

    Spectacular @The British Sausage great stuff. Such intricacy, and a unique look somewhere between midwestern US and european... Might be a silly question but is any of this grown or is it all placed? Have you thought about doing highlights for some of the pieces in your posts, so that others can download them? I just got back in the game after a couple years and this is a big source of inspiration!
  3. Yesterday
  4. Toronto

    Thanks for the Scotia link! I think the Porter plane (and a few Air Canada Jazz variants) are part of this SCAG gate set and prop pack... Not 100% sure though--I'm kind of overwhelmed by SCAG and other great airport content at this point.
  5. Last week
  6. Ree Industrial Gentrification

    I have embarked on a quest to turn a local industrial district into a gentrified upper-middle class dwelling area. I did not spent a lot of time on it, so it doesn't look promising. But it does look different, sort of. This is the next step of my large-scale plan to turn dirty and manufacturing industry areas into tight-knit residential neighborhoods filled with c.p. rowhouses. I already tried it once, 200 game years ago. Here is the result: Imagine, a large area full of Dead Forest Papers and both types of Patch's Paint slowly being bulldozed and rezoned into THIS. (I haven't given this district a name yet, so let's just call it Bayback or something.) Anyway, Bayback is such a success, I decided to do the same thing to Ree, an industrial district just like pre-gentrified Bayback, but... actually, it's just the same thing, but with one way roads. Here is Ree before the project started: Again, not much work has been done, but progress has been made: My plan is to turn it into another Bayback, but that will probably take another 200 ingame years. Anyway, I gotta get back to work.
  7. Il Pianeta Verde - The Green Planet

    IL PIANETA VERDE By Marcus G. Burke SS Ventura Cygnus Constellation A bright falling star crosses the night sky. It’s not falling, though! It stops, suddenly, and in a moment it’s not shining anymore. It’s not a star at all, actually. It’s a piece of metal that shines from the reflection of a real star, a yellow dwarf seeming to be closer than the other white dots in the sky. If your eyes were to zoom in and look at the flanks of this not-so-identified flying object, they would be able to recognize cubital letters, painted white in a tidy font, just a little bit worn, that says: “SS VENTURA” Closer to Bow, another inscription, that reads: “CC 236” And followed by smaller letters: “UNAF” Its shape reminds one of a arrowhead. Long and sturdy antennas dominate Bow, Stern, and Flank corners. The wide stern hosts three series of symmetrical engine bells, all turned off, even though there must be something creating energy inside, because the entirety of the vessel is illuminated like a giant Christmas Tree. Yes, that’s right! There’s life inside this thing. There’s life indeed! If you were to get closer to this metal beast, you would realize that the central part of the arrowhead is cylindrical, and rotates ad a constant rate. You would be able to spot people walking the outer corridor, full with windows. You would notice the furniture, the plants next to the doors. An automated cleaning cart dribbling waling personnel while drying the indrustrial floor after a good clean. Oh yeah. Passengers mostly wear working overalls, or military clothes. But there are children too! They are to be seen often running up and down the outer corridor, where you can find bars, shops, restaurants, arcades, and you would heard laughter, banter, and a plethora of ambience noise. The sounds of a city. A military woman decorated as Captain smiles as a group of youngsters runs by her. She’s quite young herself, even though she can count on her uniform for that wisdom look. What really set her apart from many other female officers like her, was her ID badge: “CPT. M. Covillon - UNAF” Capt. Covillon carries three small folders full of papers, tight in her arms. She’s in no rush and stops to chat with a civilian friend. Well, until she’s flanked by another militaryman, a mannequin asian with the same insignia as her. The man’s only presence is enough to distract Covillon from her chat and solicits her to say goodbye without him ever saying a single word. “Almost there…” The man suggests. His badge reads: “CPT. T. Daisen – UNAF” “Yeah. Few checks, probes, a recon round, and it should all come around…” “This phase is goin’take longer than the actual jump!” “Uh! Didn’t you know?” Covillon keeps walking with a smile, carrying not only papers but also good vibe from children and friends amongst the passengers. Daisen is contemplating something. When they reach the stairs, Daisen’s expression is tense enough to influence Covillon’s and put herself in a thinking spree, right in an area by the stairs and the elevator where people come and go, mostly military personnel from big internal automatic doors that lead to the bowels of the ship. While waiting for the elevator, Daisen probes Covillon’s folders by extending his neck. “You printed the Plan?” He asks her, calmly crossing her gaze. “Yes, Captain. It’s been all month, looking at you, listening at all of you, talking, deciding, blabbling about, while I had nothing more than reviews, reports, and feedback. No relevant stuff” “I’d say it’s your moment to shine, Captain…” “You can say that ‘loud, Daisen!” “So. Then. Can I take, maybe, a look? If you please…?” “Well… Sure! I can’t wait for an unoffician opinion before we begin!” Covillon offers Daisen one of her three folders she’s still keeping close to her chest, the blue one. Its label reads: “FADALIPE COLONIZATION PLAN” Covillon protects the other two folders, a red one and a green one, while Daisen inspects the blue one. What Daisen is interested in aren’t all the specifications and paragraph of detailed explanations (Covillon must have spent a week at least producing all that). What Daisen instintively looks for are the highlighted parts. Which are: “COLONIZATION PLAN – First 200 years Colonia Fadalipe – growth rate: 0,06% Pop. 535 – Forecast: 1.769 PASSENGERS LIST x GROUPS COMMAND ADM. Noritada Miyazawa - Commander CDR. Tetsuo Miyazawa - Captain COL. Lorenzo Calabresi – X.O. CPT. Louiis C. Rainey – Mamba CPT. Lei Shao – Resources CPT. Takumi Daisen – Navigation CPT. Maurelle Covillon – Cargo CPT. Jordan Finch – AEGIS CPT. Kai Finch – Defence CPT. Flavio Rizzo – CIC STORMO MAMBA” Daisen gets bored and browses to the more interesting parts: “PRE-LANDING CENSUS COMPAGNIA VENTURA: 200 CIVILIANS: 305 CLERICS: 30 FLIGHT CREW: 145” A few pages ahead… “MISSION TIME Y00/M01/D03/18h26m ARRIVAL SYSTEM SHEL026 EARTH YEAR 3895AD Sighting of Planet: Shel026-3 in System: Shel026 Exoplanet Earth-like -1.8% mass Gravity (compared to Earth) 0.98 H20: Yes Land/Sea ratio: 86%/14% (6,143/1) Atmosphere: Oxygen, Nitrogen, Argon (Earth-like conditions) Potential of cancerogenics and toxins in the air due to plant lifecycle. Location of First Landing Main Continent, Sector South-West, Colonia Fadalipe. Terrain: alluvional Climate: temperate, mild.” Few more pages, while the elevator cubicle, still invisible, arrives noisily at the doors. A sound that reminds jet engines inside an airliners that has just turned in at the gate. “Captain Daisen…?” “Yes, Covillon…” Still with his eyes on the papers. “Do you feel like we’ve just travelled a couple thousand light years?” “…” The elevator takes them in. Daisen’s index finger browses the control panel, until it pushes: “2”, “5”, “3”. He looks at the monitor above the doors, the numbers that reflect “253”, what he selected, and “48” on the right. In a short while, an arrow appears between the two numbers, pointing up, and the “8” of “48” slowly descends, making space for the “9”, and then so does the “4”, letting “5” come in its place, and “9” becomes “0”, and “1”, and so on. The elevator accelerates. And Daisen is still reading. “Did I say something… weird?” “No, no! Covillon, don’t worry! It’s just me! I have some problems quantifying two-thousand light years” Covillon lets herself to a little laugh of solidarity. “Come on! Captain Daisen! I thought… Being the leader of the Navigation Department… You’d know these kind of… answers” Before he can answer, Daisen gets voluntarily intoxicated with Covillon’s body odour, slightly laboured but intriguing. He inhales it as if it was impatient for the Sunday roast. At this stage he’s not interested in Covillon’s paper anymore, even though he’s still holding the blue one in his hand. “The thing is… I lead the department. But I am not the department!” “Oh. Yeah…” Replies Covillon with a grin. “That’s Thiago, right?” “Chi?” “Thiago Silva” “Urr… Yes! No, no! I was ‘bout to say Sjöberg, actually…” The elevator cubicle slowly reaches the maximum speed of 150 km/h, climbing rapidly now. There are no windows to notice movements, only a big mirror on the wall opposed to the doors. Covillon rests against the other wall, opposite the control panel. She instintively holds the steel handle, leaving echoes of her hand, while she still holds the folders at her chest. “Wasn’t Thiago the smartest?” Asks Covillon. “Well… Yes, in theory, arbitrarily speaking, Thiago Silva could triangolate our position in the cosmo with fragments of intormation in a few minutes, whereas experts can do it in a week.” “Well! You have one great resource in your department…” “Maurelle….” Surprised. Covillon throws her eyes open and holds the handle tighter, while Daisen gets closer with dramatic emphasis: “If you allow me… Thiago is just… A kid. As fast as he can be with calculus, he’s not going to have the experience and resilience for what awaits us…” Maurelle pouts. “And… What do you think… awaits us… Captain?” “…” The elevator announces the imminent arrival at the desired floor, and after braking with a certain vigor, forcing the two Captains to hold the handle firmly, it comes to a gentle stop at the 253rd floor, “THIRD FLOOR BELOW DECK” as it reads on the flourescent insignia on the wall of the corridor, opposite the elevators. Covillon and Daisen remain in the cubicle. “Captain?” With an alarm, the cubicle advices the occupants the doors are about to close, and Daisen promptly blocks them and plants a foot down to trick the sensor and keep the cubicle open. Daisen is suddenly again interested in the contents of the blue folder. “Here, you list all the amphibious forces but you seemed to have forgotten to point out who’s stationed where…” “Where?” This time it’s Covillon who’s approaching Daisen closely. She feels his body odour, which isn’t fresh of shower, but it is of aftershave. “Here. Here you say: “CAG 2 x Shuttle 8 x Fighters 4 x Multirole 1 x Marines Unit” Covillon listens and observes carefully – but upside-down – her own presentation on paper, following Daisen’s index finger. Then they cross gazes. Covillon is confused. Daisen is holding back his own tension and sighs. Covillon tries a defence: “I specified the contents of the Mamba Squadron, so that it can be subdivided for any particular need of the colony. A bit like making it available to everyone” Daisen gazes everywhere with contempt. Then he shuts the folder and hands it back to Covillon, and finally leaves the cubicle, turns around and stops to wait for her in the flow of other people. Covillon puts the folders back against her chest and flanks Daisen amongst the military people. The sight here is very different from that at Stern. At Bow there is only the bare minimum, and the rest is military equipment destined to authorized personnel, so you might notice security panels beside doors, cameras, fire extinguishers and communication stations. Corridors are narrower and the two Captains have to go through an automated security checkpoint. “The thing is…” Daisen inhales. “Marines don’t like being airline pilots” Covillon shuts eyes and lowers her hear hearing the topic. She refuses to accept, even if she expresses a supportive smile. She crosses Daisen’s look. “How’s it possible we’re still thinking this way? Even during a colonial scenario?” Daisen glances at her until he loses himself in other militarymen. All subordinates that salute, and at which he replies with abitudinary salute. Covillon finds herself doing the same, and their conversation is delayed and disturbed, but not ceased. “The thing is… The Admiral hasn’t come down to compromise when it regards the integrity and security of the ship” Covillon is even more confused. “What would that even mean?” “It would mean that he’s not going to land the entire Ventura Company, nor the Mamba Squadron…” “But, this way we’ll be vulnerable on the ground!” Daisen smiles sarcastically. He takes his time to answer. When he does, they are waiting in front of a TV screen with their badge clearly shown. “The Admiral doesn’t care what happens on the ground. The Admiral cares what happens onboard” At this point they are finally arrived at the military communal areas. There’s a waiting room and a door that leads to the actual meeting room. In the waiting room there’s space to relax and vending machines, nursed plants, clean air, and even dominated by an ample fountain that sprays fresh water. The ceiling is one great series of skylights. Maurelle Covillon would love to gaze at the stars, or maybe at the lust Green Planet, but there’s only deep space out there. (for now) “What doest this mean?” Covillon asks, sitting down on a sofa. She realizes she is in the company of other military people. “Hello, Captain Covillon” “Hello Rainey” “Daisen…” “Rainey…” “Good day, Captain Shao” “Good day to you, Captain Rainey” “Where are the others?” “I heard the Finch brothers at the bar. The big one’s voice is unmistakable” “Ahahaha” Daisen sits next to Covillon, after buying hot tea from the vending machine. “Would you like one, Captain?” Covillon smiles in a polite way, but shows the palm. “No, thanks. I still feel anxious for what you said a moment ago” “I am sorry…” Daisen sits more comfortably and abandons the tea on the coffee table, over the magazines. “It wasn’t my intention of agitating you” “Captain…?” Covillon insecurity grabs Daisen’s interest. He rests next to the profile of her face, admiring her balanced traits and wavy dark hair. “What do you think… awaits us… Captain?” Daisen sighs. The answer is difficult, and even more so before an important meeting, waiting outside the meeting room, in a waiting room that is rapidly filling with all the members of the meeting. He finds the courage to talk to her, but more discreetly, sottovoce. “Dark years, Captain... some Dark years…” Covillon is powerless after these words. Doesn’t know what to say. She’s not goint to sleep well tonight. CONTINUES…
  8. New Zealand

    The Natural Scenery is amazing!!
  9. Update

    As you may know I haven't updated this city journal for a few weeks so I decided to show the progress so far. Yes it's a little disappointing because some areas aren't fully developed but still at least I give you my progress on this Hawaiian island so far.I'm still waiting for some Hawaiian themed houses to developed so I'll wait to develop the housing areas.
  10. Los Angeles

    BTW, for how long or hours you have to make this perfect layout
  11. Vienna, Alt Stadt !

    Thank you,, here the region map ! Most of the North-West Central with Koln, Frankfurt, Dresden. South-West Central Switserland with Bern, Luzern, Zurich North-East Budapest, Parague and last South East Vienna, Slazburg and Insbruck ! So geographicly except Dresden and Budapest it´s quit correct ! Nervermind the colored lines these present part of the RHW highway system in progress, fast part created ! Plopable and part growable my cities evolve at growing and editing, what I like I make historical else will or grow or plopped acordingly. Simple use of 2x2, 4x4 or long 3x wide growable and ploppabele buildings. Road and rail infrastructure first to make the demensions right. Landmarks, parks distributed fill in road and streets at above mentioned sizes, zoning or plopping as above mentioned and you have my city ! Enjoy !
  12. Virgin Park

    Looking good!
  13. Hatsukaichi - The Port + Extra

    Simply marvelous waterside work! The theme and honor to it throughout is fantastic!
  14. Intermezzo

    @JP Schriefer - thank you, i wish someone could make some additions to CAL's canals...
  15. Royston - The Capital

    i like the coastal work and the stadium
  16. Introduction and overview

    Most of your views in mayor view are of the entire city tile, the entire block of small and medium tiles when zoomed-out can be seen surrounded by a lot of screen space. The large tiles usually don't fit in the screen area. This reminded me of slides in a slide show that are projected onto a canvas screen by a light projector. As you tell your story I get the sense that you are clicking from one slide to the next as in a slide presentation. As well, you only use 1 or 2 lines to explain the picture, and that makes it easy to enjoy the show --not too much reading. I think its a good thing, its unique, novel, and makes it very easy to follow and take interest in your story and pictures. Just in case you aren't familiar with slide shows, a slide show is a presentation using a series of projected images or photographic slides, digital slideshows are made with programs like MS Powerpoint.
  17. Earlier
  18. Episode 1 - building Central Park's Lake

    Nice video. I use this canal set as well, it's truly amazing.
  19. U1: The Price of Expansion

    Wonderful entry! It's great to see your pictures again
  20. Follow Up

    Nice vanilla scenes, keep working and sharing this with us
  21. Episode 1 teaser

    It is a fantastic picture, I like it !!
  22. Video Montage of Pololomia

    outstanding, sir you just got a new sub on yt
  23. Video Preview

    definitely look of middle east city, great job
  24. Nakahara 25: "Non Directional Art" (Mitsuya, Akashima)

    Very nice japanese downtown shopping strip ! Like the diagonal rail and elevated road sections. Nightview isn´t bad little above standard, but there are so much more very lovely japanese colourfull bat´s available wich enhances it even more... well done !
  25. The Beginning

    Thank You! I've made really lot of work. Im lerning how to build everything in this game. Im creating everything from pieces till I get a perfect end. I'm preparing a few new pictures with "bridge in progress". I've made a waterfront pier and much more. Now I need to build a big intersection up on the bridge and a piece of the main road to the city center. Se ya soon!
  26. Article #11 - Yuti: Downtown

    Beautiful pictures! The Downtown is very impressive. Good job!
  27. Niederbauen - Further Exploration

    Thank you very much @JP Schriefer. Yes, an awful lot @The British Sausage !
  28. Hong Kong

    @SC4L0ver Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed it @art128 Thanks for the comment! I was glad I was able to finally put some of your lovely buildings to use with this update @T Wrecks Thanks for the kind words! Your great lots really helped to make this update possible. The yellow crossings came from a mod I downloaded on this page on SC4Devotion here. It should work with the newest NAM installation I believe. @_Michael Thank you very much Michael! @TekindusT Thank you very much for the comment! HK is certainly on my bucket list, I'd love to visit there one day as well! Glad to hear that it brought back good memories @RandyE Thanks for the nice words Randy @kelistmac Thank you very much! I got a couple ideas while working on this from some of your HK recreations, glad you liked it I capture the traffic animations in the game using a program I downloaded called ScreenToGif, and the rain animations were made in photoshop. I pretty much just make a quick rain effect using a layer of noise, I motion blur it a bit, lower the opacity and play around with it a bit so it ends up looking like rain. I'll then make 4-6 layers like that and it ends up looking like a rain animation. I hope that described it decently enough, but feel free to PM me if you have any more questions @Akallan Thanks for the comment Akallan @Bastet69008 Thank you for the kind words! Yeah I just noticed that unfortunately, I coulda sworn I changed it before I did the update but I guess not I updated my plugins and retook the pictures where it was an issue so now everything should be LHD. @mike_oxlong Thanks for the comment! I was unfamiliar with the book, but from what I've seen it certainly seems quite interesting - I've always been fascinated with HK in that era and was considering doing a pic or two during that time (ultimately didn't have enough time, though). Maybe an idea for an update in the future, though @TowerDude Thank you very much! Your great Hong Kong SAR CJ was definitely an inspiration on this update, glad you enjoyed it! I love the quote as well, I never thought of it like that but it certainly makes sense. @MisterBlueStar4 Thank you! For this update it might be a bit hard to say because a lot of the time was spent building up my Plugins folder, but probably 2 weeks or so on and off while also working on other things. @sejr99999 Thank you very much for the nice comment! @JP Schriefer Thank you very much!
  29. Scenes from the City

    Thank you!
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