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  1. I think it is time to have my own place to dabble in.... Anyone who is following me can bookmark this page for future projects show and tell. If you have been following my pipe project here are the latest pics showing what you can do with them. For anyone asking about an MML for the set, I made one, therefore if you wish to use it, you now have that option. Release date has been tentatively set for Oct 1. Gorge crossing with rail network below.... 1 2 3 4 5 Simmer2/Nick
  2. Cephalonia (Countryside & Overviews)

    Our journey to Cephalonia concludes with one last trip through the countryside. From the winding roads, small farms, and stunning natural beauty - there's so many things that makes this island so beautiful, and makes it a fitting way to end our trip. Additionally, I'll be showcasing some more overviews of Cephalonia. We were last at Myrtos Beach - and after a fun day at the beach, we made accommodations at the nearby Plaza Myrtos for the night. Once nightfall hits, the only lights you'll find in the distance are that of the occasional boat or two. It's quiet and peaceful - but also quite beautiful. Our room in the villa happens to overlook the edge of the beach - so we get an excellent view of the sunrise. Fortunately, we didn't have to deal with any of the rain at the beach.. The rain finally lets up - but is quickly replaced by a blanket of thick fog for most of the evening. The Cephalonian countryside is crossed by a variety of winding roads. There's no such thing as a dull drive here - and between every twist and turn, the views are incredible. Small, charming churches like this one dot the countryside. Two last overviews of the Cephalonian countryside. And to wrap things up - a couple of full tile overviews. (Click for full size.) I hope you enjoyed your visit to Cephalonia! Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia (Myrtos Beach)" Big thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @RobertLM78, @CorinaMarie, @Fantozzi, @redfox85, @bobolee, @_Michael, @mike_oxlong, @Odainsaker, @Manuel-ito, @mrsmartman, @Jonas_Chaves, @raynev1, @Oerk, @scotttbarry, @RandyE, @bladeberkman, & @Talla 2XLC for all the likes!
  3. Paeng's Free Waters

    Version 1.01

    11,231 Downloads

    A Painter's Patch This will help the landscape painters among us - once installed you will be able to brush any flora MMPs right up to the shore and into the water of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers using ploppable water coming from SimPeg... You can camouflage any fixed shoreline or just create your own shores completely, no more plain straights and empty curves... ;-) Aside from tweaking the shore lines you can 'paint' MMPs inside the water without using any extenders or other workarounds. This patch will work for: PEG Ponds PEG Streams Note: This is not intended for use with the older 205 version of the streams, which have different IDs. PEG PPonds (Tahoe, including PEG Culverts and PEG Fords) PPond Canal Kit (inc. Docks, Locks and Bridges) SPAM Irrigation Canals (SPIC) DEPENDENCIES ~ none ~ Though the patches only make sense if you use any of the listed packages ;o) DEVELOPER NOTES After unpacking you'll find a folder 'zzz_Free_Waters' - it doesn't really need to be the very last thing to load, but make sure it loads after all ponds, streams and pponds... For a bonus the folder contains new larger water tiles as well - for the Ponds an additional 4x4 piece, for the Tahoe additional 2x2 and 4x4 pieces. They are in the 'Parks' menu along with the other water tiles. Note: The installed patch will NOT take effect on already plopped landscapes. You need to either re-plop existing ponds and streams or just save it all for your new developments ;o) And a word of caution - take it easy, brush by brush... else, before you know it, there is no more water to be seen! SUPPORT For questions and support, please see here: Happy painting ;o)
  4. Cephalonia (Myrtos Beach)

    Our next stop is Myrtos Beach - arguably the most beautiful location in all of Cephalonia. Due to it's remote location, you won't be able to reach it by foot - the only way to reach Myrtos Beach it is to traverse your way down a series of steep curves. If you're able to make it there however, you'll be rewarded greatly with warm waters, soft white sand, and the view of a lifetime. The day starts early for anyone wanting a prime spot at the beach - and the roads throughout the surrounding countryside are already starting to fill up with cars. The roads slowly start to get steeper and steeper - a sign that we're getting closer to the beach. As we start to see scree slopes dot the surrounding hills - it means we're just about there. We stop at an overlook and get our first good look of the beach. It's quite stunning.. but the first order of business is how to get down there. There's only one way, and it's not for the faint of the heart. A steep road filled with hairpin curves traverses down the mountainside - and when it gets busy, it only becomes that much more intimidating. But if you can make it down to the bottom, you'll be rewarded greatly. We're finally at the beach! We get a great spot and start soaking up the sun. A couple of Myrtos Beach panoramas (click for full-size). The beach in all its glory. If you can get past the huge crowds, there's really no other place like it on Cephalonia. It's a truly stunning natural wonder. And finally, various views of the beach and surrounding countryside from above. Myrtos Beach is truly a quite a sight to behold. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia (Rural Scenes)" Big thanks to @Artimus, @CorinaMarie, @Fantozzi, @Manuel-ito, @scotttbarry, @mike_oxlong, @_Michael, @RobertLM78, @RandyE, @Toby Ferrian, @Maloskero, @mrsmartman, @Neto Dari, @Marushine, @bobolee, @Prophet42, @Odainsaker, @redfox85, @GoKingsGo, & @SC4L0ver for all the likes!
  5. Show us your MMP work

    Here's a thread to show off all the work you've done with Mayor Mode Plops! Here's a Park in Hixon Courthouse I built. here two businessmen are making a deal that will finally give new life to an old abandoned factory lot.
  6. Cephalonia (Rural Scenes)

    For our next chapter of Cephalonia, we stay in the countryside - but this time, focusing on the small village of Anomeria and a number of surrounding rural scenes. Quaint villages like these dot the landscape for as far as the eye can see - while they may be small, they more than make up for it with their charm and character. Early morning in rural Greece is truly special - there's really nothing else like it. While most days are sunny and beautiful here - it's not uncommon for fog to roll in at the blink of an eye. ... rain showers are probably the only thing that can spoil your day here. But the rain is usually gone as quick as it rolls in. The golden sunsets of rural Greece are something that you don't want to miss out on. Nighttime here is quiet, yet beautiful. For centuries, small plots of land lined with stone walls have dotted the landscape. They're a cheap, efficient way to divide up fields. When viewed from above - rural Greece can be quite stunning. Myrtos Beach is off in the distance - and it happens to be our next destination Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia (Farmland)" Big thanks to @MushyMushy, @bladeberkman, @RobertLM78, @Toby Ferrian, @RandyE, @Fantozzi, @CorinaMarie, @scotttbarry, @Oerk, @Artimus, @redfox85, @bobolee, @_Michael, @Manuel-ito, @raynev1, @The British Sausage, @Elenphor, @Marushine, @Dirktator, @mrsmartman, & @JP Schriefer for all the likes!
  7. Cephalonia: Introduction

    The Mediterranean is one of the world's most beautiful destinations - and Greece's Cephalonia is one of its most spectacular islands. Between the soft sand, crystal clear water, beautiful landscapes, and perfect temperatures - any trip here is truly unforgettable. After previously exploring this theme earlier in 2016 - I've decided to expand on it quite a bit. I've detailed the remainder of the tile, covering every last bit of land with flora - and there's going to be a massive variety of new scenes to explore. We'll get the five-part series started off by taking a look at one of the defining features of Greece - the Ionian Sea. From there, it's off to the countryside to visit some of the beautiful farmland that covers the island. We'll then visit one of the many charming villages that dot the landscape - Anomeria. The fourth update will be a special one - a trip to Cephalonia's iconic Myrtos Beach. We'll then wrap things up with one last trip through the countryside, along with some overviews of the entire tile. With 100 pictures in total - it's going to be a truly incredible trip. We begin in a couple of days - you won't want to miss it! Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Greece: Part III" Big thanks to @RobertLM78, @TekindusT, @Tyberius06, @SC4L0ver, @CorinaMarie, @tariely, @redfox85, @Toby Ferrian, @_Michael, @Fantozzi, @Manuel-ito, @Maloskero, @raynev1, @mrsmartman, @bobolee, @RandyE, @Tonraq, @scotttbarry, @mike_oxlong, & @Marushine for all the likes!
  8. Cephalonia (Waterside)

    It's impossible to imagine Greece without the sea - so it's only fitting that we start our tour of Cephalonia with some scenes from the surrounding Ionian Sea. Thousands of years ago, Greek fleets once crossed these waters, engaging in massive wars. While things may be quite a bit different these days - the sea still remains vital. From enjoying a day out in the sun to taking your boat out on a cruise - this is one of the most picturesque locations in the entire Mediterranean. We begin with one of the many campgrounds that overlook the water here. It's difficult to imagine a more beautiful location. Hot air balloons are one of the best ways to view the island - the views from above are simply incredible. For those seeking a thrill - hang gliding is a popular activity throughout the region! While whale spottings are rare in this part of Greece - if you keep your eyes out, you just might get lucky and spot a few. Early mornings on the beach are spectacular. Quieter crowds and beautiful golden sunrises make this a great time to visit. Even in misty weather - the landscapes here are magical. The only concern might be the occasional rain shower.. If hang gliding wasn't enough adventure - you can also try out paragliding. With landscapes this stunning and crowds growing in the summer months - one hot air balloon might not be enough. The steep roads here that overlook the ocean offer some truly incredible views. The surrounding farmland of Cephalonia is just as beautiful - and it's where we'll be headed to next. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia: Introduction" Big thanks to @mike_oxlong, @GoKingsGo, @RobertLM78, @RandyE, @_Michael, @Fantozzi, @CorinaMarie, @Manuel-ito, @Toby Ferrian, @sucram17, @Elenphor, @matias93, @TMTS, @redfox85, @raynev1, @Marushine, @Odainsaker, @kingofsimcity, @bobolee, @juliok92012, @scotttbarry, @mrsmartman, @SC4L0ver, & @Jonas_Chaves for all the likes!
  9. Cephalonia (Farmland)

    One of the most beautiful sights in all of Cephalonia are the many rural farms that flank the hillsides. Despite Greece being infamously poor for farming (in ancient times, they would actually import many of their crops from other countries such as Egypt due to poor soil conditions) - conditions are just good enough here that a number of crops are able to grow. It's a simple beauty that makes it so special, one that has lasted for thousands of years. Small farmhouses like this one dot the landscape - with olives, wheat, and grapes being vital crops. In springtime, the blooming flowers put on a beautiful display - complimenting the natural beauty of the region. Sunsets here are quite magical. The Ancient Greeks needed a crop that would grow on the rough, rugged hillsides. That crop was olives - and these groves have dotted the Cephalonian landscape for thousands of years. Today, Greece is the world's third largest olive exporter - for many here, getting a good harvest is crucial. The rural roads here are quite beautiful. Surrounded by rows of cypress trees and endless fields - there's not many drives out there that can compare. Finding them is quite rare - but the occasional sunflower patch makes for a beautiful contrast of colors. The long abandoned farmhouse.. When viewed from above - you can really get a complete grasp of how beautiful Cephalonia is and everything it has to offer. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia (Waterside)" Big thanks to @redfox85, @RobertLM78, @Artimus, @RandyE, @Fantozzi, @bladeberkman, @Toby Ferrian, @scotttbarry, @CorinaMarie, @mike_oxlong, @TMTS, @mrsmartman, @Odainsaker, @bobolee, @kingofsimcity, @raynev1, @tariely, @GoKingsGo, @Namiko, @APSMS, @_Michael, & @Prophet42 for all the likes!
  10. Moscow

    For anyone going to Moscow, a trip down the heart of the city is a must. We begin our journey with a drive down Tverskaya Street - the most well-known road in all of Moscow. This crowded shopping district has existed since the 12th century, and the streets are lined with historic architecture wherever you look. Even with some light rain, its Russian charm is still undeniable. As we make our way around the city, the rain begins to pick up considerably. Endless rows of commie blocks dominate the surrounding landscape - their bleak repetitiveness serves as a fitting backdrop to the elements. October brings the first snow of the year - creating a beautiful atmosphere around many of Moscow's most famous landmarks such as the Lomonossov Moscow State University. Completed in 1953, its imposing facade has served as the perfect symbol of Moscow - a powerful city that serves as the financial, political, and economic capital of Russia. Once the calendar crosses over into December, temperatures plunge into the negatives as the entire city turns into a winter wonderland. Moscow is one of the coldest major cities in the world - with temperatures as low as -44F being recorded, it takes a lot to brave these months. While it may be cold outside, it's not cold enough to stop us from visiting one of Moscow's most famous tourist attractions, Red Square. Few places on earth can boast such a collection of historic buildings in one location - with the Kremlin, State Museum, St. Basil's Cathedral, and many more within walking distance. Once the seasons change and the elements begin to clear up, a beautiful, sleek city emerges. Despite still being in construction, the Moscow International Business Center (Moscow City) boasts one of the most impressive skylines in all of Europe (and in the world). Its one of a kind collection of skyscrapers on the banks of the Moskva River include the Federation Tower, City of Capitals, and Naberezhnaya Tower - all of which are equally stunning. While Moscow may be known for it's past historic architecture, Moscow City makes it clear that this is also a city with an eye on the future. NOTE: Two of these scenes (Moscow City & Red Square) feature a handful of sketchup models from sites like 3d warehouse, as there were no close replacements for certain buildings I needed. These are real models imported into the game with 3dsmax, they are like any other BAT you would use. Some editing was done though to add effects like extra nightlights and snow. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "2016: Year in Review"
  11. MMP Project

    Version 1.1.0

    180 Downloads

    MMP Project v1.1 Models not made by me. MMPS made by Ernestmaxis This zip only contains MMP's! 863 MMP's each files are 90 dedgree turnable! When clicking multiple times model will turn in mayor mode. Please remove the previous files you downloaded from me: Dutch prop pack MMP 1.0.0 MMP's (v. 1.0) I have changed the TGI range from over 267 MMP so the range that I use is more efficient. I you dont remove the previous MMP's you will have different objects when you try to rotate the object because of the same used ranges. Or you will get conflicts!!! Thanks for the help from all men on the community on Simtropolis and Simcity devotion! Hope you enjoy them! Dependencies: Bipin's Crane Collection V.1.0.2 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27379-bipins-crane-collection/ BLaM Antoine prop pack 1.1 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/18757-blam-antoine-prop-pack-1/ BNL MVE Benelux Flags 1.0 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/29631-bnl-mve-benelux-flags/ British Boxes Version 1.2 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/29965-british-boxes/ BSC TSC girafe French Road Signs http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2576 Dutch Built-up Area Signs http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/28401-dutch-built-up-area-signs/?tab=comments Dutch prop pack http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/28522-dutch-prop-pack/ BSC Mega Props - JES Vol01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=342 BSC Mega props - DAE vol01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=475 BSC Mega props - Gascooker Vol01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=397 BSC Mega props - Misc Vol01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=426 BSC Mega props - MJB Vol02 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1771 CSX Mega props - Vol03 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=461 CSX Mega props - Vol04 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=462 CSX Mega props - Vol07 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1574 EvilCoolKid props http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20052-ww2-german-props/ http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20056-ww2-allied-props/ http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20061-ww2-air-attack/ LBT Prop Pack 2 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/19044-lbt-prop-pack-2/ Mas71 JRP props vol.03 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1484 Mntoes - Prop pack1 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/12064-mntoes-proppack-1/ MMP Coal http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3343 Murimk bicycle props http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/25681-murimk-bicycle-props-with-mmp-bikers/ Murimk industrialprops resource http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27698-murimk-prop-pack-vol03-industrials/ Nams prop pack vol.1 https://www.toutsimcities.com/downloads/view/1780 Nams prop pack vol.2 https://www.toutsimcities.com/downloads/view/1882 NekoPropSet02 http://hide-inoki.com/bbs/phpbb2/download.php?id=1483&sid=b2ebfe2eba95e7a805f77f47037770c1 Nos.17 Essentials 08 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/30114-nos17-essentials/ Orange MegaProp V.01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1955 SCF European Truck Pack vol.1 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/25607-european-truck-prop-pack-vol-1/ SFBT Mammoet PTC http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3286 SFBT Spielplatz Props http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2540 SMEP-resident / -> Eagleland Project Resident Prop Pack 1 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/22669-eagleland-project-resident-prop-pack/ Totem pole 0 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/3345-totem-pole/ Urbanpack vol. 1 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3192 VIP vnaoned propspack vol. 1 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2979 WMP Ferry props 01 http://workingman-productions.co.uk/downloads/wmp_props.asp WMP Garden props http://workingman-productions.co.uk/downloads/wmp_props.asp WMP Garden props 02 http://workingman-productions.co.uk/downloads/wmp_props.asp WMP Villa props01 http://workingman-productions.co.uk/downloads/wmp_props.asp WMP Shack props01 http://workingman-productions.co.uk/downloads/wmp_props.asp R6 Prop Pack 2010 Vol1 https://www.toutsimcities.com/downloads/view/1686 Tip for Damn Manager users: For every object you will safe in your plugin the Damn Manager will make a DAMN_Root.dat. You also need to remove the Damn_roots for the item you have safed of the previous MMP of my packs. Refresh the Damn Menu items because your new MMP's have new corrected range.
  12. Tour of Africa: Central Africa

    The tour resumes as we look towards one of Africa's most iconic natural wonders - the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing some 19,341 feet tall - its Africa's tallest mountain and one of its most popular climbing destinations. Despite its height, its a relatively easy climb - its essentially a big trek to the top - but what you do need to watch out for here is the very real risk of altitude sickness. While the top might not be as impressive as it once was with many of its iconic glaciers melting due to climate change - it still offers some of the most incredible views the world has to offer. From Kilimanjaro, we travel north into Kenya to witness some of Africa's most stunning wildlife. Our first stop is the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve - home to some of the best wildlife on the face of the planet. You'll find elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, wildebeest, and countless others roaming these lands - even with declining numbers in recent years, there's still plenty here to observe and stare at in awe. The best way though to view them though is high above in a hot air balloon - despite the cost, its still certainly an experience that you won't want to miss out on. We continue north to another one of Kenya's wildlife gems - the incredible Lake Logipi. This algae-infested rift valley lake is home to countless lesser flamingos each year during migration - they make for a truly stunning sight among the many hot springs and geysers that dot the shoreline. Further north is where you'll find what some call the world's biggest swamp: the Sudd of South Sudan. The very name "Sudd" is Arabic for barrier or obstruction - and that's just what this swamp has been for thousands of years for the locals and outsiders alike. Not even the Roman Empire could get past it - Emperor Nero himself sent his troops up the White Nile, but the Sudd prevented any further colonization. These swamps have also have made the search for the source of the White Nile particularly difficult - its simply that big and difficult to navigate. Despite the nature of the swamps, the locals have lived here for thousands of years, usually setting up small huts on various islands across the swamps. Although seeing wildlife here can be rare - its still possible to see a thundering herd of elephants now and then making their way across the swamp. We begin making our way back down south through the rural landscapes of the Great Rift Valley. For as far as the eye can see, the lands here are crossed by an intricate pattern of huts and farmland, providing the locals just enough to make a living off of. Our final stop in Central Africa is another one of Africa's premier natural wonders - majestic Victoria Falls. The tribes here call it "the smoke that thunders" - which seems quite fitting as you can hear the water cascading down these sheer cliffs from miles away. At 355 feet tall, these might not be the world's tallest waterfalls - but they're certainly one of the most awe-inspiring - and a destination that anyone visiting here won't want to miss. (No photoshop used on the scene below) Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: East Africa" Big thanks to @RobertLM78, @_Michael, @Toby Ferrian, @Urban Constanta, @Manuel-ito, @Odainsaker, @CorinaMarie, @nRVOUS, @RandyE, @SC4L0ver, @bobolee, @raynev1, @mike_oxlong, @Namiko, @mattb325, @mrsmartman, @kelistmac, @matias93, @Marushine, @Jonas_Chaves, & @Akallan for all the likes!
  13. Tour of Africa: East Africa

    The tour continues on as we make our way to Madagascar and the many unique destinations that dot the shorelines. Our first stop however, will be at one of the many quaint fishing villages along the shore. The friendly locals have been fishing in these waters for centuries, and it remains one of the most vital economic activities in this part of the world. After a couple of days driving through the barren landscapes of rural Madagascar - we finally reach the stunning natural wonder of Isalo Massif. This national park is well known for its unique plant and animal life - and looks like something that came straight out of the Jurassic era. Hiking is popular in these parts, but do be careful - many of the rocks here are crumbling and it can be a long ways down.. On the west coast of Madagascar is where you'll find one of its most famed attractions - the endless forests of baobab trees. These are some of the most unique trees in the world - reaching heights as tall as 100 ft, they're hard to miss - and every trip to Madagascar should include a visit here. However, as with many natural wonders across the world - human activity has had a profound impact here, and could continue to cause bigger issues down the road. The trees originally didn't grow in isolated patches, but were once instead part of a great forest - one that's been cut down to a small fraction of its original size. While the locals have left the baobabs as a sign of respect, it should be noted that this area isn't a national park and could very well be subject to further deforestation and human activity in the years to come. Not too far away from the baobabs is where you'll find another one of Madagascar's wonders - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. These majestic karst formations have been carved into razor sharp pinnacles by groundwater and the elements, and this dramatic forest of stone is a destination that you won't want to miss. Plenty of unique plants and animals are found here as well, thriving in the unique elements - making for a truly unique trip. We board our boat and make our way back to the mainland, where we'll spend the next couple of days visiting a few more of the stunning villages that dot the shorelines of Mozambique. Between the pristine blue water, unique architecture, and perfect weather - there's few places in Africa that can rival their beauty. We move into the mainland, and the next destination is the wildlife haven of Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. With plentiful populations of giraffes and other unique animals, its a must-visit destination - and if you're lucky, you might even spot a couple of rare black rhinos along the way as well. Be on the lookout though for giraffe in particular - you never know when they might cross the road, feet away from your car.. The last stop is one of Africa's most beautiful and deadly locations - the stunning crater and lava lake of 11,385 foot tall Mount Nyiragongo. This volcano has a long history of violent eruptions, and with the last eruption coming in 2016 - you never know when it might be set off again. For the particularly adventurous tourist - you can hike up to the steep crater rim and take in stunning views of the world's largest lava lake. (No photoshop used - this goes for the previous one too. The lava lake is a big custom texture & prop I made, along with a couple Maxis smoke animations.) Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: Southern Africa" Big thanks to @Manuel-ito, @RandyE, @bladeberkman, @Fantozzi, @RobertLM78, @huzman, @Toby Ferrian, @_Michael, @CorinaMarie, @scotttbarry, @TekindusT, @bobolee, @Odainsaker, @mike_oxlong, @nRVOUS, @GoKingsGo, @raynev1, @Marushine, @The British Sausage, @mrsmartman, @SC4L0ver, @matias93, @Neto Dari, @Jonas_Chaves, @Akallan, @Namiko, & @Elenphor for all the likes!
  14. Entry no.27 - Highways of Dresden pt.2

    Continuing on from where I left off last week, we'll now go for a drive southbound on highway 702 from Looper Juction(C) to the city border. But first a short discussion about the numerous safety features commonly seen on 700-series highways in Pretoria; Noise abatement walls in urban areas of the metropolis are a common sight. These walls are between 5m(lubu style) and 6m high. I created a new wall set as in time for this entry as the lubu style was admittedly getting a little repetitive in the city. 700-series highways come equipped with either steel flex beam guardrails or concrete mediums to prevent crossover accidents. High mast lighting is standard in interchange areas. This type of lighting is more energy efficient and not as maintenance intensive as common street lighting. It's also very common in the city where I live. Interchange areas are also generally cleared of possible obstructions such as trees for increased safety in instances where a vehicle may leave the roadway i.e during an accident. System Overview A - "The Curveball" B - "The Web" C - "Looper Junction" D - "Z-Change" E - Underpass Rd./702 Interchange F - Esna Parkway Interchange/702 Interchange Soon after merging onto the 702 the highway goes into a short tunnel. This tunnel takes the highway under the L & SS Fastraxx commuter lines at the point where they diverge. Commuter service on the L line(top) is bi-direction while service on the SS line(bottom) is rush hour only as can be seen from the Morning rush hour commuter paths. Bi-directional long distance trains actually do run on the SS line but it's not shown in the paths since as we all know SimCity only cares for rush hour traffic The highway then curves southward This is a vital transportation corridor for the region which includes one of the two southbound freight lines and the only major highway & passenger rail line that continues southward to the remainder of the south shore borough and locations beyond. And that brings us to; D - The "Z-Change" The Z-Change is an interchange between highway 702 and Genosha Boulevard which is one of the main thoroughfares of the city. Spoilers for the unrecognizable before version close ups The primary component to this interchanges functionality is this little piece right here; I'm not quite sure if traffic is doing anything wonky in there but it more or less works as intended. It was pretty easy to come up with a name for this one, any way you look at it the Z is quite evident My favorite thing about this interchange is actually just watching the traffic flow through it. It's somewhat mesmerizing. A gif of the traffic flow is not quite the same, but here's a few in any case; usage total vehicle count north of the interchange: 9,123 total vehicle count south of the interchange: 3,450 Pano shots Can you spot the one change above? Ministry of Transportation internal report Safety rating - 3.5/5 Both on-ramp merge at fractional angles sans merging lane. Again not ideal but not terrible. It's the best option I had available as theres a rail viaduct which runs over the highway near by. Even the awesomeness that is NAM 34 does not allow for rail viaducts to pass over a diagonal 3 lane RHW piece or even a diagonal 2 lane RHW highway - but there is a workaround for the latter. Additional half point given for the safety features mention in the intro. Capacity rating(in relation to local congestion) - 4/5 On and off ramps are single lane only, however the off ramp from NB 702 has it own bridge and merges into Genosha Blvd in a new lane and does so without having to go through a single stop light. This extended ramp always traffic to exit the freeway at a greater speed and it's extended length prevents backups from forming. Likewise the opposite ramp is treated the same. This was necessary because these ramps lead to downtown Dresden and with this new higher capacity design I was able to remove a couple of redundant ramps at Looper Junction and streamline it's design. Design rating - 4.5/5 This rating is not to be confused with how good I think it is but rather it's how original/unique of a design it is. As explained and seen in the images above, there is an interesting little quirk in this interchanges design. Overall Grade - 12/15 Highway 702 exit 102 (aka "The Z-Change") The highest score of the 6 interchanges in the city! There was one major problem with the redesign/rebuilt of this interchange. The addition of new highway ramps and bridges may have made it far easier for vehicles to get around but at the same time it became much more difficult for pedestrians. There's little chance they're going to be able to safety cross the highway now on that overpass now. With this in mind a new pedestrian route had to be created otherwise the small pocket of development to the right of(east of) the 702 would be completely isolated between the highway and a rail corridor. At first I tried to build a pedestrian bridge, which is hard enough trying to accomplish over a RHW though there are few ploppable options. But there's a lot of grade changes in city including this location. It made it difficult to work with so a pedestrian tunnel was built instead under the 702. A bridge was built on the other side though, here's a teaser; I'll take a closer look at this bridge and where it leads to among other things next time. E - Underpass Rd/Highway 702 About 0.75 kilometers southwest of the Z-Change is the next interchange on highway 702. This interchange is much more conventional. Then again not every interchange has to be big and sprawling or an elaborate design. Sometimes we one can lose sight of what's really important in the real world and that is integrating interchanges into the community as well as physically possible. This interchanges small footprint and landscaping does just that, preserving the integrity of the community while fitting into a tight spot beside an important rail corridor. Click on the spoiler below only if you really want to see what things look liked before I switched over to the RHW. The interchange as it is today looking north looking west looking east looking south usage total vehicle count north of the interchange: 3,450 total vehicle count south of the interchange: 839 Ministry of Transportation internal report Safety rating - 4/5 All on & off ramps have merging lanes, though they don't get full marks as they're a little on the short side(due to space constraints). Capacity rating(relative to local traffic) - 5/5 On and off ramps are initially single laned but a second lane is added as the on off ramps approach the intersection with the road below, giving this interchange more then enough capacity to deal with local traffic conditions. Design rating(grade for the interchange only not the area around it) - 2/5 Your typical orthogonal interchange with a minimal foot point. One additional point given for the added interest created by the railways. Final Grade - 11/15 Highway 702 exit 104 There used to be a small interchange just south of this one. It was one of three additional interchanges in the city that were deemed superfluous and subsequently removed. It's just not realistic to have interchanges every half a kilometer. This location today F - Esna Parkway/Highway 702 A generic interchange located 1.25km south of Underpass at the edge of the city map. Esna parkway is the alternate route to downtown Dresden for traffic originating from points further south. Not much to see here, still need to do some work to improve the surrounding area as well. Maxis vers. Ministry of Transportation internal report Safety rating - 2/5 Your minimal Project Symphony interchange. Of course its still better than your basic maxis interchange which would be a 1/5. Capacity rating(relative to local traffic) - 2/5 On and off ramps are single laned with no merging lane. Esna parkway is not heavily used at this point, otherwise it would be a 1/5. Design rating - 1/5 An even simpler orthogonal interchange with a minimal foot point. This is more or less as basic as a RHW/Project Symphony interchange can get. Final Grade - 5/15 Highway 702 exit 104 bonus mosaic And that concludes the tour of the city's highway network. There's still the rail system to deal with but the next update won't be transportation based. I'll be switching things up a bit instead.
  15. Entry no.11 - Gravenhurst & The Trueno River

    There's some big infrastructure projects that I'm just about ready to present, but before that here's an extensive look at the Trueno river as it winds its way through Gravenhurst, a suburban area of the Middle East borough of Pretoria. Gravenhurst highlighted in red: Overview: The opposite angle: The idea with having white rocks on one side and not on the other is that the rock wall was constructed higher there for added protection since that's where the city is so not all the rocks get covered in algae or whatnot. Meanwhile the other side is more natural and lightly populated so the rock wall was not constructed as high, if at at. I also think changing the appearance makes it makes it look more interesting. South end of the river: Now for some, or rather a lot of close ups The west bank is somewhat flood prone as seen by how marshy the area is, but thankfully as mentioned the population is quite spares on that side: North of Manitoba Island is the mouth of Taylor creek. This creek is is one of the many streams which outflow into the Trueno river. As with many(but not all) creeks in Pretoria it was built as the area was urbanized and turned into an underground river. Which is quite typical of what happens IRL in most major cities in NA. The mouth Taylor creek where it emerges before joining the Trueno river: Water flow is normally very low except during and after a rainfall. Unsurprisingly much like a nearby abandon rail tunnel in Lindin City, underground creeks like these are very popular with local urban explorers. A typical view from inside the underground waterway: As for the more populated east side of the river, it's well protected from flooding by the rockwall - more accurately called a riprap or revetment. The popular West Coast Trail is the gravel pathway seen running along the west bank of the river: The trail continues down Jessica St. halfway through the town instead of directly along the waterfront. The property line of homes on Jessica st. goes right up to the riverbank here. The city had no interest in starting a prolonged and messy fight with the smug rich people living here in order to continue the path through their backyards. Home values are approx. 30% higher then similar homes on the other side of the street. All just for a having a property fronting the waterfront. The trail once again meets the riverbank at the end of Jessica St. where it then goes underneath the Rustaway bridge which carries GWR's Midland Sub(currently used): The Midland sub. was the second railway to cross the Trueno river overall but the first to do so within Pretoria's current city limits. This rail corridor was GWR's primary north-south rail line through the region for almost 100 years - from the time it was constructed in 1858 until the completion of Vandenburg tunnel under Cisco Bay in 1956. Bridge info: Name - The Rustaway bridge Type - Howe Truss Built in - 1919-1920 (replaced a bridge built in 1858) Design Life - unk Railway - Midland Subdivision(GWR) Total Length - 855ft (261m) Longest Span - 262ft (80m) Clearance - 102ft (31m) Average daily traffic - 0 (disused) Cost - unk unnamed trestle on the other side of Manitoba island Type - Wooden Trestle Built in - 1858 Design Life - unk Railway - Midland Subdivision(GWR) Total Length - 427ft (130m) Longest Span - n/a Clearance - 106ft (32.5m) Average daily traffic - 0 (disused) Cost - unk For the record here's a few shots of how the riverbed about a year ago before I started to have fun with mmp's: Quite the transition yes? And to close out this entry, a 360 degree view of Manitoba Island: RE: Your Comments! would of replied sooner but was a little delayed by Easter. MilitantRadical Thanks, lots more like that to come! Mymyjp Hey mymy, thanks for the comment. Btw is New Manshin on hiatus?(because of C:S) No updates in a while... SylvioJ Thank you! amazona I was wondering if I made the pano's too big, glad to hear that's not the case. Ultimate727 And the interchanges will only get bigger from here on out. Kim Sunwoo Awesome! They were my two favorite as well, that's why I had to put them first afterall.
  16. The old port

  17. Tour of Africa: Southern Africa

    The tour of Africa continues on as we visit the rolling hillsides of southern Zimbabwe. For as far as we can see, small villages dot the landscape - and the locals have lived in mud and thatched roof huts like these for thousands of years. Small plots of farmland are seen throughout the countryside - providing the locals just enough for them and their families. As we move west, we venture through a very different kind of landscape: the swampy marshlands of the Okavango Delta. This massive inland delta is unlike any other place on earth - and the wildlife is equally incredible. You can find massive herds of elephants, wildebeest, lions, zebras, and countless other species - so we get on a boat and get as close as we can. Further west is one of Africa's natural wonders - the harsh Namib Desert. You won't find too many settlements here, as the elements are far too inhospitable - but you still might find the occasional mining village, as this region is one of the world's largest diamond exporters. The former diamond mining town of Kolmanskop in southern Namibia had an unfortunate fate - once a rich little village, the entire area was abandoned once larger deposits were found closer to the shoreline. Nature soon took over, and many of the houses here are starting to fill up with sand. While today, the entire city remains a popular tourist attraction - its unknown how long it will last until its completely lost to the Namib. We move back south into South Africa - and we're sure to visit one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire continent - the vineyards of Franschhoek. Centuries old farms complete with Dutch architecture makes this one of the most charming places we visit on our tour - and there's few ways better way to spend a weekend than going out and tasting some of the local wines. Further south is where you'll find the legislative capital of South Africa - Cape Town. With a population of nearly 4 million, this is one of the largest metropolitan areas in all of Africa - and much of the city is surrounded by townships (slums). The locals have to deal with poor housing conditions and poverty - not to mention the polluting factories that dump waste right into the surrounding rivers and streams. The defining feature of Cape Town isn't an office building or any other man made structure - but instead the stunning Table Mountain that serves as one of the world's best backdrops. Its stunning any time of the day - but when the clouds and fog start to roll over the top and into the city, there's few places that are as magical. Travel some 700 miles east along the Drakensberg Mountains and you'll uncover another one of South Africa's incredible natural wonders... Tugela Falls majestically cascades some 2,972 feet down The Amphitheater, a stunning geological feature which contains some of the world's most impressive cliff faces. To get here will require days and days of hiking - but considering its widely regarded as having some of the world's greatest views from the top - its certainly worth it. The world's second tallest waterfall certainly doesn't disappoint - and it serves as the perfect end to our tour of Southern Africa. (No photoshop used - the cliffs are a custom mod of mine which can be found here. The .gif is 12MB - might take a bit to load) Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: Johannesburg" Big thanks to @NielsC007, @TMTS, @sucram17, @Akallan, @BC Canuck, @Elenphor, @mrsmartman, @SC4L0ver, @mattb325, @kschmidt, @Tonraq, @GoKingsGo, @Marushine, @kingofsimcity, @Namiko, @weixc812, @Toby Ferrian, @TekindusT, @Fantozzi, @raynev1, @nRVOUS, @bobolee, @RandyE, @Fargo, @Yarahi, @Jonas_Chaves, @Manuel-ito, @scotttbarry, @mike_oxlong, @CorinaMarie, @RobertLM78, & @_Michael for all the likes!
  18. Tour of Africa: Introduction

    So for my next series of updates, I have something a little special planned. Over the last couple months, I've been slowly accumulating a large collection of African scenes - and it's finally starting to come together. With nearly 40 different scenes (the pics below are just a small little teaser of what's to come - the tip of the iceberg ), it's going to be like nothing I've ever done before - an unforgettable tour of just about everything the continent has to offer. We'll start off the six-part series by taking a look at one of Africa's most iconic cities - Johannesburg. From there, we'll stay in Southern Africa, exploring a variety of natural scenes - including one of Africa's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, the Okavango Delta. Along with the world's second tallest waterfall - Tugela Falls. Animations are going to play a pivotal role in this series - it's going to be quite the sight From there, we'll head east - getting to visit East Africa and the beautiful Indian Ocean along the way. With a number of unique wonders like the Tsingy stone forests - visiting Madagascar is also must. It's off to Central Africa from there - where we'll get to explore wild Africa at its finest along with a number of natural wonders. Algae-rich lakes such as Lake Logipi attract countless lesser flamingos - and when they migrate, it makes for one of the greatest sights on the continent. We'll then head out to West Africa - visiting a number of small rural scenes, like the ones found in Rural Congo. And we'll wrap up in North Africa - after traveling through the Sahara, we'll get to see one of the continents greatest landmarks, the Pyramids. Additionally, as you might expect - there hasn't been a great deal of African themed custom content to work with. Because of this, custom content creation has been absolutely vital to this series. I've been creating various BATs from scratch on a massive scale to make some of these scenes possible: WIP: If anyone's interested in some of the stuff I'll be using over the next couple of updates, feel free to PM me. I don't know yet though how long it will take me to upload some of this stuff, there's still lots of various odds and ends that I need to sort out and I've been extremely busy with my CJ/MD as of late. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "Bohemia" @Jeffrey500 Thanks! Bohemia is certainly one of my dream destinations Might be a while though before I find the time to upload this stuff so feel free to PM me if you're interested in anything. @mike_oxlong Thanks I've been slowly accumulating a whole bunch of pics really since the beginning of the year and I'm finally finding the time to put them all into proper updates. @dabadon5 Thank you for the comment! @Simmer2 @_Michael Thanks for the kind words! @JP Schriefer Thanks for the comment! @tariely Thanks! I had to do a lot of fiddling around in 3dsmax to make sure the models were just perfect, glad you liked it @raynev1 Thanks raynev! @Akallan Thank you! When I first saw that village I knew I wanted to do the update. It's so magical! @RandyE Thanks for the comment! I was thinking the same exact same thing when I was working on those. I actually got started on a Yosemite update a real long time ago (late May of last year I think? Never made much progress on it though.) and whipped up a really fancy national park themed banner like the ones you mentioned. Perhaps I'll have to give a couple US national parks another go in the future @TekindusT Thank you! @jmsepe Thanks for the nice words! @kschmidt Thanks for the comment! Those houses were actually just released on the LEX, check them out here @Namiko Thank you, glad you liked the animation I've been trying to work more of those in to my updates here recently. And big thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @Fantozzi, @Jeffrey500, @mike_oxlong, @Tyberius06, @Simmer2, @matias93, @bobolee, @kingofsimcity, @bladeberkman, @RobertLM78, @CorinaMarie, @_Michael, @RandyE, @JP Schriefer, @SC4L0ver, @Marushine, @huzman, @Manuel-ito, @raynev1, @Akallan, @nos.17, @MushyMushy, @mrsmartman, @AlexSLM520, @Silur, @kschmidt, @juliok92012, @Elenphor, @Yarahi, & @Namiko for all the likes!
  19. Scenes From South America

    Our journey to South America begins in Baños, Ecuador - located in the Eastern Andes, this popular tourist resort town offers lots to do. From restaurants, hot springs, waterfalls, and plenty of other activities to keep you occupied - its an excellent destination for anyone wanting to get a taste of the region. We won't be staying here long though, as the neighboring Amazon awaits.. While Baños may be located in the Andes Mountains - it's also known as the "Gateway to the Amazon" due to its close proximity to many of the Amazon River's tributaries and streams, offering a direct route into the jungle itself. We rent a boat from one of the locals, and we're soon on our way - into the dense, humid climate of the Amazon rainforest.. We travel deeper into the Amazon, and it might be hundreds of miles before we reach the next town or village. The locals here live simple lives - while some are tucked away so deep into the forest that they haven't been reached yet by civilization - others live on the shores of the Amazon and its tributaries with limited contact. We get a chance to meet a group of them, high up on their stilt houses - the brief glimpse into their lives and customary rituals is quite fascinating. In this part of South America - much of the local economy depends on important natural resources such as oil to keep afloat. Lake Maracaibo, located in northern Venezuela, has been vital for the locals - outside of the Middle East, this is one of the world's largest oil producers since oil was first discovered here back in 1914. Much of the land surrounding the lake is surrounded by endless fields of oil pumpjacks - they've quickly become a common symbol of the region. We head back into Brazil and the next stop will be a common sight in many of the major cities. From São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro - favelas dot the outskirts and creep up along the mountainous hillsides. The people here might not have a lot - but they make the best of their situation for them and their families, creating makeshift houses from whatever they can find. Some 1,000 miles west is where you'll find our next destination - one of South America's greatest cities, Buenos Aires. The mighty obelisco rises some 221 feet above the surrounding Plaza de la República and the spaciously wide 9 de Julio Avenue - commemorating the founding of the city back in 1536, its one of the main landmarks in the city and one of its premier destinations. Our final destination takes us back to the Andes - and although much of the land here is inhospitable and harsh, there's still a number of small, charming villages and towns that you'll want to check out. The small village of Tocanao in Chile stands on the edge of the Atacama Desert - despite the lack of rain (this is the driest area on the face of the planet) - the people here have adapted quite well, making the most of a few small streams that run close by. The bell tower here dates from 1750 - built from volcanic stone, its a unique landmark that's quite striking. Note: For this update (and others) - custom content creation has been vital. I've been creating custom road texture sets (this is only a small portion of it - there's about 20 or so for the Banos pic), BATing various small buildings from scratch (1, 2,), making HD water textures, and much more. I don't know if any of this stuff will make it to the exchange soon as there isn't any documentation, a number of small things still need to be fixed/improved, and I've also been extremely busy with my CJ lately. In the meantime though, if anyone is interested in these then just send me a PM. Additionally, about the last update - the obscure BATs were not photoshopped in (that would be waay too much photoshop in my book) - they're all ingame BATs I got from 3d warehouse. The Petra pic used a bit more photoshop than usual - I made it a long time ago when I was still messing around with PS - but the pic still uses an ingame BAT from 3d warehouse with some extra effects around it (added lights, made the cliffs look better.) Anyways, if I'm doing a scene and I need something from 3d warehouse, I'll import it into 3dsmax, render it, and use it as a prop in my scene. They are like any other BAT you would use. I already wrote a number of moderately in-depth guides on this in my other "South America" update here - I might consider doing this again (more in depth) if there's enough interest. Also, all of my scenes with the crazy road textures are really just a big flat prop (ingame props, not some sort of crazy photoshop effect. That would be an excessive amount of photoshop in my book). I'll make a big texture, place it on the prop in 3dsmax, render it, and use that prop in Lot Editor. So it isn't some sort of post processing effect, these are ingame props, no different than any other prop you would use. I already made a guide on this here in my "Year in Review" entry (the Pisa picture) so feel free to check it out. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: Ancient Ruins - Pt. II Big thanks hanks to @Fantozzi, @kingofsimcity, @RandyE, @_Michael, @MushyMushy, @Jolteon, @CorinaMarie, @Yarahi, @mrsmartman, @mike_oxlong, @Manuel-ito, @matias93, @tariely, @raynev1, @Dgmc2013, @GoKingsGo, @Ducio, @Namiko, @Akallan, @Oerk, @scotttbarry, @Bastet69008, @schokoladeneis 1, @mattb325, @Elenphor, @Krasner, @juliok92012, @JP Schriefer, @Don_Pato, & @sucram17 for all the likes!
  20. Bohemia

    Located in the western Czech Republic, Bohemia is a region full of picturesque landscapes and charming villages. Few are as delightful as Hrensko - and its where we'll begin our tour. Founded back in the 15th century as a trading settlement on the Kamience gorge, its turned into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. Hrensko also serves as the entrance gate to Bohemian Switzerland National Park - but be sure to take in the village for a day or two before sailing down the Kamience gorge. The Kamience gorge cuts through the heart of the park, and riding a slow sailing boat down the river is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The steep cliffs are quite incredible, but remain quiet until our tour guide finds a rope attached to the other side and gives it a huge pull... The Umelý vodopád (artificial waterfall) comes gushing out of a small crack at the top of the rock cliff - creating quite the splash and the perfect photo opportunity. We emerge out of the gorge and start making our way through the heart of the park. After a few hours, we finally reach one of the most stunning tourist attractions in the area - the striking Pravcická brána, the largest natural sandstone arch in Central Europe. In 1826, an inn was built here and has remained a popular spot ever since - after a hard day of hiking, there's nothing better than a good meal here. Be sure to take advantage of the many paths that wrap their way around the arch to get a great view of the landscape - but remember that the top of the arch has been out of bounds since the 1980s due to heavy erosion from tourists. Our last destination in Bohemia is the impressive Pravcický kužel (Pravcický Cone) - one of the most imposing structures in the entire park. For the thrill seeker out there, its the premier destination in the entire park - but only the bravest of climbers would dare to take on these sheer cliffs in the dead of winter... During summer however, when things are a bit more manageable - rock climbers from all across Central Europe will take on the cone. For those who can scale up these challenging cliffs - hundreds of feet high with little to no room for error - they will be rewarded with some absolutely incredible views from the top. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Bohemia - its truly a timeless beauty. NOTE: In order to make this update, I really had to put my BATing skills to the test. I modeled and textured these BATs completely from scratch (1, 2, 3 - pictures taken from the Lot Editor window) specifically for the update - if anyone would like to try the models out for themselves then please PM me Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "Natural Wonders" @IL. Thank you for the comment! @BC Canuck Thank you I actually hadn't heard of the Danakil Depression either until recently - but once I first saw the mesmerizing colors I knew I had to give it a go. @tariely Thank you for the kind words! Yeah, I'm planning on releasing a bunch of stuff here at some point. I'm going to be insanely busy with my CJ for a bit as I get out a lot of older updates though, so probably once things settle down. But in the meantime, if there's anything you're after in particular, feel free to send me a PM and I'll see what I can do @mattb325 Thank you for the nice words! @elavery I just checked it out - quite stunning. The cliffs and lack of proper BATs though would be a concern, but I'll think about it in the future Thanks for the suggestion. @Mymyjp Thank you, glad you liked it! @gaiskerein Thank you for the comment and kind words! @TekindusT Yep, 100% certified photoshop free Thanks for the comment And finally, big thanks to @Manuel-ito, @RandyE, @matias93, @AlexSLM520, @bladeberkman, @Brooklyn81, @CorinaMarie, @tariely, @Odainsaker, @huzman, @mattb325, @scotttbarry, @nos.17, @_Michael, @Marushine, @Tonraq, @Jolteon, @Tyberius06, @jakis, @Fantozzi, @raynev1, @Elenphor, @Andrey km, @Yarahi, @bobolee, @SC4L0ver, @juliok92012, @Silur, @mayor11, @mrsmartman, & @Jonas_Chaves for all the likes!
  21. Ancient Ruins - Pt. II

    For the second part of our tour, we begin by traveling to the Middle East to take a look at one of the world's most unique set of ruins - Petra. Founded by the Nabataean civilization as early as 312 BCE, this ancient sandstone city flourished for centuries - and the construction of the Treasury in the 1st century CE was a time of considerable growth and prosperity for the civilization. By 106 CE the Roman Empire captured the city - while Roman influence can be seen throughout the complex, they still thrived as a trade center for many more centuries. Eventually though, the Romans moved their trade capital from Petra and the entire city faded into obscurity and was abandoned shortly afterwards. The ruins have remained a mysterious landmark since then - in fact, the whole facade of the Treasury is riddled with bullet holes after Bedouin tribesmen tried to break in, hoping to recover riches inside. To this day, the entire complex remains a popular tourist attraction in the area - be sure to visit at night when the entire complex is lit up by a stunning display of candles - its one of the most magical experiences imaginable. For our next iconic ancient ruin - we're traveling to the rural farmlands of southern England. Stonehenge was built between 3200 and 2000 BCE - making it by far the oldest ruin on our list. The druids who built this megalith used ingenious methods to move these rocks around - and although its not entirely agreed upon, most believe that some sort of earth ramp was used to lift the stones into perfect position. There's no better time to visit here than during midsummer sunrise - the stones themselves align to it perfectly, making it a magical experience that's one of a kind. We'll be taking an extended look at the Roman Empire next - and there's no better place to start than the famous Roman Forum in the heart of Rome. This impressive set of ruins was once the heart of the city, with the likes of Julius Caesar and other important Roman leaders once crossing these grounds. After several sacks of Rome though that led to the fall of the empire during the 400s CE, many of the rocks and stones were plundered extensively, leaving the entire complex a shell of its former self. Excavations and restorations began in the 18th century - and although much of the original structure is long gone, you can still get a glimpse of what these walls once held. Our next stop within the ancient Roman Empire is the famous Colosseum. First opening back in 80 CE, its size couldn't be rivaled - more than 50,000 people could watch the many events that were held here. Aside from the gladiator fights - the Colosseum was used for just about everything and remained an important site in the empire for hundreds of years. While much of the structure has been lost to time or plundered by enemies - there's still much of it remaining, making it one of the most popular attractions not just in Italy - but also the world. Our final archeological site is none other than the famous ruins of Pompeii, Italy. This ancient Roman city was founded between the 6th and 7th century - and continued to grow and flourish as an important trading center for centuries. However, in 79 CE, nearby Mount Vesuvius exploded - covering the entire city under a blanket of ash and pyroclastic materials. Although most of the town's inhabitants survived (nearly 80% evacuated before the eruption) - an estimated 2,000 people still lost their lives on that fateful day. After a series of excavations starting in the 1700s, the entire city has became a massive tourist attraction and one of the world's premier archeological sites. NOTE: Pretty much all the models in this update were downloaded and imported into the game from sites like 3d warehouse, as there were no close replacements for certain buildings I needed. These are ingame models imported into the game with 3dsmax, they are like any other BAT you would use. Besides the Petra picture where I added the lights and made the cliffs look a bit better - there was very little photoshop used at all. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Rest of replies for "Ancient Ruins - Pt. II (Preview)" @tariely Thanks for the kind words Yeah, I'd agree with you there, I could have probably added a couple more cars (I really wish there were more FA car props out there though). But, let's just say it's an early morning in Rome for now @mike_oxlong Thanks! Surprisingly my plugins folders aren't that big, but that's mainly because I have about 8 of them by now and I just swap them out constantly. Even if I could share my Plugins folders (I don't know if the admins would be down with that.. ).. you'd probably spend more time trying to navigate through my messy menus than actually playing the game @JP Schriefer Thanks! Glad you liked it. Petra has to be one of my personal faves so far And finally, big thanks to @scotttbarry, @AlexSLM520, @GoKingsGo, @Simmer2, @mrsmartman, @Akallan, @Odainsaker, @RandyE, @bobolee, @JP Schriefer, @tariely, @tonyr, @Manuel-ito, @_Michael, @Jolteon, @raynev1, @Fantozzi, & @kingofsimcity for all the likes!
  22. Tutorial : create a road

    Hello everybody, Today I post a video tutorial on the roads. often compliment me about my road (MMP) and ask how to do it well. I hope that it will meet the expectations of some people. I wish you a good viewing! See you soon for future new updates will happen soon! Rock : STEX - Murimk MMP Rocks - Pack 1 Road : LEX - RRP Draggable Paths ChrisAdamas3997 STEX - FrankU Heblem Sand addon STEX - VIP Carpack vol1 STEX - VIP Carpack vol2 STEX - VIP Carpack vol3 Vegetation : LEX - RRP Pasture Flora LEX - BSC - VIP girafe ashes LEX - BSC - VIP girafe bushes LEX - BSC - VIP girafe chestnuts LEX - BSC - VIP girafe feather grass LEX - BSC - VIP girafe lupins LEX - BSC - VIP girafe maples v2 LEX - BSC - VIP girafe narcissus LEX - BSC - VIP girafe norway maples LEX - BSC - VIP girafe oaks Various : LEX - Les Murets de l'Aubrac Orange TSC STEX - Bikes STEX - Nams 48people MMP STEX - VIP AubracWallMMP STEX - VIP RuralPack Thank you! Excuse me. I put the links of all MMPs used in this video. Thank you! Thank you! What is ASAP? Thank you for your comment! The speed of the video is x2.05. So I had about 20 minutes IRL to create this scene. Thank you Silur! Thank you for your nice comment! It takes a little practice at first to build straight roads. But one learns quickly! Thank you TekindusT! Thank you for your comment! Anything is possible with SC4! We learn new things every day, me too! Thank you. MMP routes have advantages, but also disadvantages. Everything depends on the context of their use. Thank you from the comment, I am glad that this is useful.
  23. Southeast Asia

    Our journey to Southeast Asia begins with a trip through the scenic, mountainous landscape of northern Vietnam. For thousands of years, terraces have turned these hillsides into effective farmland - with rice being the staple crop for many. For as far as the eye can see, these terraces stretch on into the distance - a never ending showcase of simple, rural beauty. Our next stop is the mysterious Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in The Philippines. Some 1,776 brownish-red hills dot the landscape for miles around, and a variety of wild myths try to explain their existence. Some legends state that the hills are the leftovers of massive pebbles thrown by giants many eons ago. Others believe that the hills have a cosmic connection, with each hill representing various stars and planets. No matter what the explanation, they still leave us in awe. The crater lakes of Kelimutu in Indonesia are one of the more remarkable destinations on our journey - the lakes are just as stunning as they are mesmerizing. The mineral rich water that fills each of these lakes changes color many times throughout the year, so each trip is truly a unique experience. Despite the ominous steam that emanates from the lakes, the volcano has actually been dormant for quite some time. Our next stop is the largest Buddhist monument in the world - Indonesia's Borobudur. Rain or shine, it's a truly impressive structure - we're amazed by the sheer quantity of artifacts on display. With over 2,500 relief panels and 500 Buddha statues lining the exterior, we've never seen anything like it before. Reaching the top brings incredible views of the surrounding landscape - but more importantly it signifies the end of a pilgrimage for Buddhists. As we start to head back north, a can't miss destination is Thailand's Phang Nga Bay, tucked away on the west coast of the country. With over 40 limestone islands jutting hundreds of feet into the air, it truly takes your breath away. We grab a boat and find a secluded beach on one of the islands - no better way to spend the day! As our journey begins to wind down, we make sure to visit one of the iconic landmarks of Southeast Asia - Cambodia's Angkor Wat. The world's largest religious monument never fails to disappoint - you could spend years exploring this vast complex. While the views from the outside are truly impressive, the interior is a different story. To our dismay, we find out that much of the complex has been looted in recent years, with bas-reliefs and relics fetching high prices on the black market. It'll take a little exploring around to find the rooms left in pristine condition - but it's certainly worth it. Our final stop is none other than one of the most impressive archeological sites in the world, Myanmar's Bagan. Over 10,000 pagodas were built on this vast desert plain nearly a thousand years ago - with a little over 2,200 remaining today. Despite constant earthquake damage (the ruins are built directly on top of a fault line) - the locals continue to rebuild these treasured ruins time and time again. No trip to Bagan is complete without a hot air balloon ride - despite the steep price, the incredible views for miles around make it a once in a lifetime experience. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "Moscow"
  24. Central Asia

    Our journey to Central Asia begins with one of the greatest environmental tragedies of the 20th century - the shrinking Aral Sea. In 1960, it was the world's 4th largest lake with a surface area of over 26,000 sq mi - but with the rivers feeding it being diverted countless times for cotton farming, it's less than 10% of that size today. While there have been small improvements in the northern half with a recently completed dam, the rest of the lake is still in dire straights, with entire parts drying up completely in recent years. To make matters even worse, the exposed seabed is littered with harmful chemicals and cotton fertilizers - which have blown over the surrounding landscape, causing a whole host of health issues for the locals who still live in the area. The ship graveyard of Moynaq in Uzbekistan is an eerie reminder of the past - once a bustling port, the city now lies nearly 100 miles from shore. Further north past the Kazakhstan border is the city of Aral'sk - just like Moynaq, this city used to be a vital seaport in the region. Many people's entire livelihoods depended on their catches, using this port for years - but now all that remains is rusted cranes and ships lining the harbour. There is hope however. While the southern half is likely on it's last leg - the Dike Kokaral, built in 2005, has been restoring water levels in the northern half of the sea considerably in recent years. There's been talk about the city once again becoming a port - but it'll take quite some time to get there. The next destination is the Nurek Dam of Tajikistan - one of the most impressive sights in all of Central Asia. Towering some 997 feet above the town of Nurek, this Dam was built by the Soviet Union from 1961-1980 was once the tallest dam in the world. Since overtaken, it's still the largest earthen dam in the world - there's really nothing else that compares to it. For many people of central Asia, nomadic herding is a way of life. The steppes of Kyrgyzstan are an excellent place to do this with plenty of places for cattle to graze - and the many small creeks and steams that line the valleys make great places to set up a yurt as well. Evenings are special here - there's a simple beauty to watching the sun set over an endless field of grass. Our next stop is the sacred Namtso Lake, located high up on the Tibetan Plateau. The locals believe that the waters here are sacred and pure, bestowed by Buddha himself - and can wash away the sins of mankind. A number of stupas are located around the perimeter of the lake - used for meditation and to make offerings, they have a vital role in the life of a Buddhist. We climb further into Tibet and soon approach Lhasa and the Dalai Lama's home - the Potala Palace. This is one of the must see attractions of Tibet - towering above the surrounding landscape, it's been a sight to behold for well over a thousand years. Snowstorms here are rare, but when they do occur it makes for a magical atmosphere. Travel some 300 miles west and you'll come face to face with the world's tallest mountain, 29,029 ft Mount Everest (Everest seen in the middle - the world's 4th tallest, Lhotse, can be seen directly below it), located on the Tibet/Nepal border. First climbed in 1953 by Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary - some 5,600+ have made the ascent ever since. Despite relatively low fatality rates compared to other 8,000m+ mountains - make no mistake, this is still one of the deadliest mountains in the world, especially in winter. In winter, no mountain on the face of the planet is more terrifying than the world's second tallest peak, 28,251 ft K2, located on the Pakistan/China border. With winter temperatures routinely in the -40Cs, huge gusts of 30-50MPH winds, and regular avalanches - it's not hard to see why no one's ever made a winter ascent here. With only a little over 300 people making the ascent in total - it's one of the most difficult climbs in the world, and lives up to the name "The Savage Mountain". Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "Southeast Asia"
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