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  1. Ancient Egypt

    Thank you very much @RandyE! I'm glad you enjoyed this trip back in time
  2. Show Us Your Overview of Your City/Town

    An overview of the Pyramids, Great Sphinx of Giza, and the surrounding Nile River. More in my latest CJ update here.
  3. Ancient Egypt

    @mike_oxlong Thank you! I hadn't actually read about that theory before - but it's certainly very interesting. I'd probably have to do some more research before I really buy into it (and there does seem to be some other stuff that hasn't been explained as of yet) - but some of the similarities are pretty striking, like how the smallest of the stars/pyramids is offset slightly to the east. @RobertLM78 Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it @Dreadnought Thank you very much! I really had to do my homework for this entry to make sure all the various areas were recreated faithfully and as accurately as I could in SC4. Glad you liked it! @Prophet42 Thanks for the high praise, much appreciated!
  4. New True Earth update - Ancient Egypt. Check it out here:

     

  5. Ancient Egypt

    Today, we're traveling back to 2500 BCE to Ancient Egypt to take a look some of the greatest man made wonders of all time, along with some of the stunning surrounding landscape. We begin with the The Great Sphinx of Giza - the most recognizable statue of Ancient Egypt - and even to this day, it remains one of the world's most famous statues. It features a lion's body with the head of an Egyptian king - and was carved of out limestone most likely during the reign of King Khafre (2558-2532 BCE). The Nile River was truly vital to Ancient Egypt in a number of ways - not just for crops and irrigation, but for also allowing ships to sail from city to city. Small docks like this one lined the edge of the river. The land surrounding the Nile River was nutrient rich, and had excellent farming conditions. The ancient Egyptians called the soil "The Gift of the Nile" - and a variety of crops could be planted such as wheat, figs, barley, melons, and figs. We move on to the pyramids - it took three generations to complete this complex, and it was well worth the wait. Despite their condition today - the pyramids were once coated in polished white limestone - one of the most incredible sights imaginable. Each pyramid has a series of chambers underneath - and are believed to be tombs for their namesakes. The Pyramid of Khufu - also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza - was the largest of these pyramids. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to still remain to this day. The Pyramid of Khafre is the second largest of the Pyramids (although it might look taller due the fact it's on a higher elevation) - but has a much more elaborate complex of chambers and was also once connected to the Sphinx by a walkway. The Pyramid of Menkaure was the smallest of the three - to set it apart and to give it a unique look, the lower portion is encased in granite. Finally, some overviews of the entire area. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Big thanks to @tariely, @redfox85, @RandyE, @RobertLM78, @raynev1, @mrsmartman, @Dreadnought, @CorinaMarie, @Toby Ferrian, @feyss, @The British Sausage, @Akallan, @Elenphor, @bladeberkman, @bobolee, & @SC4L0ver for the likes on the preview!
  6. Ancient Egypt (Preview)

    @Dreadnought Thanks for the nice comment! I tried adding some but they kept on disappearing into the MMPs so I don't know they're going to be visible in the final pics, lol. @RandyE Thank you very much! @The British Sausage Thanks! The Pyramids do have a texture on them, but it's not very visible from that angle. @SC4L0ver Thanks for the nice words!
  7. New True Earth update - Ancient Egypt (Preview). Check it out here:

     

  8. Ancient Egypt (Preview)

    @tariely There's plenty more to come so stay tuned @RobertLM78 Thanks! Yeah, I read a little bit about that theory and others, but there wasn't any definitive proof so I decided to leave it as is
  9. Ancient Egypt (Preview)

    Ancient Egypt (Preview) Ancient Egypt has always been a personal favorite place of mine - and I'm finally making it a reality in SC4. I recently found an awesome model online which I exported into a number of parts and assembled it in the game.. and the results are impressive. (If anyone is really interested in it, I'll try to contact the author to see if I can re upload it). From there it was a matter of custom lotting it and carefully removing the base textures - if anyone's interested, I did a guide on that process in my Year In Review entry. I'm planning on doing another detailed guide though soon on that and some other things. Anyways, I'm putting the finishing touches on this scene - its covering the Pyramids, Sphinx, Nile River, and some of the surrounding farmland.. expect to see the full update very soon! Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "London - Landmarks" Big thanks to @Tonraq,@Odainsaker, @RobertLM78, @bladeberkman, @tariely, @CorinaMarie, @Mr Saturn64, @Cyclone Boom, @nRVOUS, @kingofsimcity, @mike_oxlong, @Toby Ferrian, @feyss, @matias93, @jakis, @Fantozzi, @Pluispixel, @mrsmartman, @Dreadnought, @The British Sausage, @scotttbarry, @RandyE, @Akallan, @redfox85, @bobolee, @Angry Mozart, @sucram17, @SC4L0ver. @Krasner, @kelistmac, @europe.au, @geminijen, @Simmer2, @gigius76, & @raynev1 for all the likes!
  10. London - Landmarks

    @Tonraq Thank you! @RobertLM78 Thanks for the nice words! I wanted to try something a little different, glad you liked it! And yeah, that really surprised me too - I believe only very small ships and boats could make it through. @bladeberkman @tariely Thank you! Yeah, I really wanted to mix things up so I did a decent amount of rain pics - I really liked the feeling they had, same with some of the snow pics and nighttime pics in other updates. I didn't actually know much about the Old London Bridge before doing this update - it's amazing how some of these places looked like in the past! @Mr Saturn64 Thanks for the nice comment! I've actually used a handful of Maxis landmarks when applicable - even though a few of them are way off, there's still a couple of them that look quite nice for their age! I've used the Parthenon in my Greece updates, Taj Mahal for South Asia, Great Pyramid in my North Africa (Tour of Africa) update, and the Tower of London here is actually the Maxis one in addition to Big Ben. I'll actually be using plenty more during the remainder of the year where I'll really be touring the globe - so keep your eyes peeled.. @mike_oxlong Thank you very much! @TekindusT Thanks for the nice words! That's one of the favorite comments I get, when I hear that my pics bring back memories of being in that city! Glad you liked it @feyss Couldn't forget the Routemasters! Glad you liked it @Fantozzi I actually never thought of it that way Thanks for the comment! @_Michael Thank you very much! I had to search high and far for some close replacements on certain buildings I couldn't find - glad you liked it! @TekindusT Thanks for the info! Yeah, I think that's what I read. I can't say I've ever heard about Laser Doppler Vibrometry though before doing this update, I always learn something new @_Michael Thanks for the clarification! I read up about it very briefly and thought it didn't ring at all - I've updated the description slightly @The British Sausage Thank you! @Akallan Thanks Akallan! I don't have any more pics from that specific style (Well, maybe one or two that are similar.. ).. but those are going to be unveiled in a later update I have planned. Glad you enjoyed it! @Angry Mozart Thanks alot for the nice words! It's always cool hearing that you can "feel" some of the places I'm recreating - I really want to make it seem like the viewer is actually there @SC4L0ver Thanks for the comment! I have a couple of historical updates planned so stay tuned @kelistmac Thank you very much! We're traveling way back in time for my next update..
  11. Port de Caravella: Welcome to Suburbia

    Lovely pictures! The building selection is perfect as is the custom lotting
  12. Can't find it?... Ask here!

    @Tyberius06 I believe all the buildings in the upper right are by Xannepan - I recognized these ones right away: And the one in the lower right with the golden cross is by Ferox:
  13. New True Earth update: London - Landmarks. Check it out here:

     

  14. London - Landmarks

    For the final chapter of London, we're taking a look at some more of the city's most iconic landmarks. We begin with a look back in time to the 1200s - to the Old London Bridge. Constructed in 1209 - this bridge stood for over 600 years as the main route across the River Thames. While long gone, various drawings from the era depict a bustling bridge surrounded by medieval houses on both sides. Unfortunately, the design of the bridge led to its ultimate demise, as it impeded river traffic - and was eventually demolished in the 1800s to make way for a more modern bridge. The next stop is one of London's most awe-inspiring buildings - St. Paul's Cathedral. Designed by famed architect Christopher Wren and opened in 1708, it was part of a major rebuilding program after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London - and is one of the city's most popular attractions as well. The London Eye is one of the city's most popular attractions - located on the banks of the River Thames, it was the world's largest Ferris wheel when completed in 2000. If you can get past the long lines, the views of the city's South Bank from the top are incredible. We continue on with a trip to one of London's most famous bridges - Tower Bridge. Not to be confused with the original London Bridge (as seen in the first picture, since replaced with more modern versions) - this Victorian Gothic landmark has been one of the city's most distinctive sights since its completion in 1894. Close by Tower Bridge is another one of the city's famous landmarks - the Tower of London. This historic structure was built back in the 1190s and has served as a fortress, palace, and prison. Our next stop is one of the city's most famous squares - Trafalgar Square. Its named after the famed Battle of Trafalgar - a key British naval victory in 1805 - and it's been a popular gathering place for people (and pigeons) since 1840. The iconic Nelson's Column in the middle of the square is one of the city's most famous monuments. Our last stop is one of the world's most iconic buildings - Big Ben. This famous clock tower is located on the north end of the Palace of Westminster and has chimed since 1859. Recent maintenance repairs though means you'll have to wait until 2021 to hear it regularly again. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "London - The City & The Shard" Big thanks to @matias93, @RobertLM78, @The British Sausage, @Angry Mozart, @RandyE, @scotttbarry, @Odainsaker, @CorinaMarie, @tariely, @bobolee, @nos.17, @mrsmartman, @_Michael, @APSMS, @mike_oxlong, @mattb325, @SC4L0ver, @Mr Saturn64, @Dreadnought, @tonyr, @jakis, @Neto Dari, @gigius76, @raynev1, @Toby Ferrian, @Fantozzi, @Tonraq, @Elenphor, & @Pluispixel for all the likes!
  15. London - The City & The Shard

    @kelistmac Thanks for the nice comment! Glad you enjoyed it @raynev1 Thank you very much for the nice words! @SS3K Thanks for the comment! I actually found an okay model of the Houses of Parliament online which I made into a BAT for use in the game, for the final update. It's not perfect, but it gets the job done.
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