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  1. Back to Rural Again!

    Replies: Namiko: Thanks a lot! Prophet42: Those would be the backalley / centre-of-the-city-block pictures- I'm glad you get great ideas for your cities. Akallan: I will be posting the odd montage video every two months or so... JP Schriefer: Thanks! Also, one can never go wrong with Ennio Morricone. Wallibuk: Thanks! The buildings are a mixture of American, European and British buildings. Urban Constanta: Cheers! Entry 11: Back to Rural Again! So as promised here are some more rural scenes. I managed to find a diagonal version of Diggis river set and combined with the orthogonal set makes for some great-looking small rivers! 1. The idea is a stream cutting through the fields, with some areas being fenced off to create wildlife habitats. 2. Combined with orthogonal corners and diagonal corners, creating a river becomes an exercise in grid-busting. 3. The path splits in two... One branches off towards a small tourist spot. 4. Another thing I'm working on is wild areas with a medium saturation of MMPs. It's not 100% saturation and it ain't a light saturation either... Medium! 5. I always enjoy painting in MMP gravel paths. 6. At first I was just planning on creating MMP fields, but throwing in a river adds a bit of much needed variety. 7. Full-sized image can be found here- http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img923/1006/x8Hb1c.jpg 8. One of my favourite scenes to create is the rail siding in the middle of the countryside. 9. I also throw in some SPAM fence sets in as well- brown, white and barbed wire. 10. And a bit above the bridge is the field which hugs around the river's edge... 11. Using Heblem's tropical grass I get this dark-green field which looks decent. Another <small> addition is a dirt-lined perimeter around some fields. 12. The petrol station faces out into the sea of dark green. 13. 14. As mentioned earlier the tourist spot is this small gazebo by the river. 15. Now my plans for this river is that it will run across the northeast corner of the city tile. LARGE VERSION: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img924/772/YZVYC7.jpg 16. And here is the picture of the playground. I posted this several days ago but here is the all-dolled-up version! Now then, the next entry will be something similar- more rural scenes. Enjoy! Lastly- WHY doesn't this site properly show mosaics?
  2. Dealing with Prop Pox!

    Replies: Akallan: Thanks a lot for your comment! Entry 7: Dealing With Prop Pox So all of those great pictures and scenes you saw in the previous have been lost. The reason why is that a week ago Pololomia suffered from Prop Pox. So I had to use an old back-up which is prop pox free- unfortunately it was dated three weeks ago. I haven't added too much in those three weeks, but still... All of those MMP scenes are gone. Oh well... But it did give me a chance to redo the outskirts of Pololomia and I believe I have found a better layout! Anyway enjoy the pictures! 1. Let's start off with a MEGA mosaic! Link to see the big version- https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/147x907q90/922/Eq1rSx.png 2. More sneak peaks of the city centre. 3. 4. 5. 6. And here is the new layout- look to the top of the picture and the outskirts look WAY better as they have now become less dense and there is more green space between them. Note some of these spaces have now been filled in with MMPs. 7. And now some more MMP goodiness! 8. I redid the FA neighbourhood and made it strictly attached to the road- there are no diagonal streets shooting off. 9. 10. 11. When I went to the Lake District a week ago, I was driving along the A66 and I noticed the layout of the trees amongst the fields: lines of trees for field perimetres, small clumps of woodland in the centre of fields, grassy areas marking the perimeter of a field, etc. 12. This got me thinking about how I could add woodland in the middle of my large MMP fields... 13. 14. A new development in my MMP farm/rural quest- wild meadows! 15. 16. Now THIS is what the rural/urban perimeter of Pololomia is going to look like- the grid meets organic MMPs, diagonal roads and FA roads! There will be another update next week!
  3. Creating realistic rural settings

    Replies: _Michael: Thanks! I spend a lot of my time expanding the city based on density transitions: high to medium, medium to low, low to medium, etc. kschmidt: Diagonals zones coming off FA roads was done to a limited extent by someone else- they however zones diagonal houses on an FA road but I took a perpendicular approach. FrankU's Dutch Parks are highly versatile and can provide posh fencing, low density tree fillers and cool looking paths. The horse race is a bit small and the diagonal downtown section has a little too much repetition but... It passes muster! I do love slotting in railyards into my industry. kelistmac: Cheers! I always go for large and gridbusting where possible- it's even possible to gridbust using strictly orthogonal streets and roads. Simmer2: Thank you! Your LOTs and BATs go some way to filling in my railways, industrial zones and rural areas. Entry 6- Creating Realistic Rural Settings Building urban areas is one speciality of mine and I do love industrial areas, but where I flourish in is with rural areas. Using MMPs I can create an organic look to a grid system of fields, or do some immense grid-busting. Listen up as I reveal some methods for creating highly realistic rural areas. 1. The 101 of Realistic Rural Scenes is rural/urban transitions and vice versa. 2. You will need fences bordering the fields, woodland filler tiles (or MMP trees), low density areas and of course the grunge roads found in Bipin's Industrial Essentials help too! 3. The city border can be all sorts: housing, light industry, a school, a large facility, a utility complex, etc. What matters though is there being a clear division between where the urban ends and the rural begins. 4. One method is mixing in fields with RCI zones. So when you move to the city outskirts there are fields either penetrating into the city area or there are fields surrounded by city blocks, etc. 5. The other crucial thing to consider is SPACE. 6. The smallest field needs to be at a minimum approximately 200 metres wide. Like the field above its width is 12 tiles across- or 192m. 7. In the North of Pololomia I mixed in fields with industrial blocks. This can make building to the grid very interesting and thus rather Americanized. Remember: SPACE, fillers and clear rural/urban divisions. 8. It's perfectly normal to have an industrial estate or business park to suddenly emerge from the countryside and farmland. But these kind of areas often have a lot of green space, trees and again SPACE. 9. Rural/urban transitions come in all shapes and sizes. For instance the railway marks the separation between an outer city suburb and the countryside. 10. In the future I will show the full area and you will appreciate the layout, size and detail involved. In these teaser pics though and in this one we have a bit of MMP gridbusting. Gravel/tarmac MMPs can go in any direction, as can walls and flora- EXPLOIT THIS to the max! 11. The next big challenge of rural/countryside scenes are the fields themselves. DO NOT use plopped field/crop lots. These have little to no variation and so make the grid stand out like a sore thumb. Because of the fields variation/(organic irregularity) your eyes are drawn to the fields, thus rendering the orthogonal roads less obvious and intrusive. 12. But MMP fields -- and I have taken great inspiration and artistic license from Ln X here -- make fields realistic. Why? Fields are organic and plants are sprouting in a chaotic fashion. Laying down MMPs emulates this chaotic distribution and so the entire field becomes this large painting- subtle variation of one theme. 13. I will explain more about MMPing fields in a future entry- but the basic process is usually mixing two flora MMPs together to create a thick, detailed look. 14. MMPs can also extend lots which seem very confined. The industrial buildings in the centre have more presence because of the dirt truck stop. This is just one small example of how texture MMPs and vehicle MMPs can produce incredibly realistic scenes with only three or four MMPs being used. 15. Using Ilive's Reader and the Lot Editor, 1x1 residential buildings can be changed into parks with no base texture. 16. I'm only just beginning to explore this technique but the results produce astonishing off-the-grid images. The buildings are surrounded by MMPs which create the illusion of a large lot, but the reality is this- these are 1x1 park tiles which have a house in the centre and a transparent texture. For the longest time I have always wanted to do something like the above and finally my dreams are coming true! Well... That wraps up this entry. And next week another entry. Stay tuned.
  4. An Introduction to The URS

    Welcome to The URS! What is The URS? Well... 1. The URS stands for Urban/Rural/Scenic. 2. This CJ will cover all sorts. 3. Lush, green suburbs... 4. With rich details and some nice patterns. 5. Commercial areas and civic complexes... 6. With some realistic spacing and division of areas. 7. Diagonals are covered too! 8. And I throw in all kinds of fillers to make areas look interesting. 9. And what about the urban, W2W and inner city areas? 10. No problem! 11. But we are forgetting industry! 12. And of course the MMPs! 13. Rougher, low-wealth and rundown areas are also covered in The URS. 14. Old content meets new content. You will see old plugins effortlessly fit in with new content, new mods and new fillers. 15. And of course every area and every city will have its own feeling to it. So that's The URS in a nutshell. This month and the next I am working on a city tile. After that I'll be specialising in a particular area: farms, industry, forestry, suburbs, seaports, power plants, etc... There will be weekly updates. So... See you around and I hope you have enjoyed these pictures.
  5. Hey all! friday was day i decided i do something with fact we cannot draw narrow FLOWABLE river. And I find out best solution, this is 5th version(in my opinion) - i tried many combinations, like build it onto shallow canal (because of limit height of water in shallow canal is too small, its undoable..) Big chance is poop water can be even better (didnt try yet) What is recommended: many networks! (on screenshot you can see five "networks" along each other - still easiest version of it, so this isnt something you want with big cities with so many roads) When you place quay on ground, you can see one side with terrain with other height than the flat one. It seems like a small thing what you cannot use for. Well. For flowable trench it is enough. I placed national road (i wanted road with no sidewalks, like i saw in video on Seychelles - its idea from there). Under it I placed quay (sometimes you have no luck with terrain glitching (when yes, select quay node at bad terrain area, with alt key move it straight and back..after some time you hopefully understand how its changing..). Then i placed trench next to national road (as close to quay wall as possible). Then you need two lane plain street (purpose is only cover glitched terrain - ANY PED or CAR can use it). And finally road you want next to two lane plain street and connect with national road. Voalá, water flows, no one is flooded (maybe i have mod, so i can place even building "onto" water with no problem). Known issue: terrain glitch shadow on left side. Easily can be hide with vegetation on slope areas, on flat areas ploppable asphalt and maybe dirt or whatever. Once you place quay correctly, you won. But you really need patience to reach this effect. Hope you enjoy! This was my last time before vacation After that i make short vid-guide (just no time yet) Let me know what you think? What would you improve? Or so..
  6. 関地町楠木町.jpg

    From the album Nakahara

    View of Sekichi-cho on Chiyoko City, Watanabe Prefecture, Nakahara featuring legendary forest of Chioka.
  7. The Posthouse

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    184 Downloads

    The Post House The Post house is a small resident building in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. It is an English rural building built in late 18 century. Name, “The Post House”, is written in gothic lettering on façade, but most likely the name has nothing to do with the mail or post office. The road is called Post Street, so I guess the name of the building comes from here. My BAT is very similar to real building, but not an exact copy. The back side and the extension is my imagination. However, I have got inspiration from 3D Warehouse Sketchup model of this house, but the BAT 100 % my own work. I haven’t used 3D Warehouse model’s textures as I feel that better result can achieve if I use my own texture bases. In real life the Post House is most likely a resident house, but I offer the BAT as CO$$ office. I need small rural offices for my SC4 plays, so I made this as such. I have included a red brick variation of this BAT and it is a R$$ residential building The model is HD and with Maxis and Dark Night version. Night versions share IDs, so if you have both versions in the city, those will most likely conflict. It has a custom foundation, so it is slope friendly. Dependencies BSC MEGA Props CP Vol01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1180 Vortexture Vol1 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3211 Vortexture Vol2 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3237 BSC MEGA Props Gascooker Vol01 http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=397 Grfe_props_pack_LE_elms.dat http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3347 Grfe_props_pack_LE_daisy.dat http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3251 Grfe_props_pack_LE_ashes.dat http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2854 Girafe Hedges http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3002 (The house model is not needed, only the model grfa_3Hedges.dat) Girafe Lindens http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2869 The Post House Lot 1x1, 1x2, 2x2 Capacity satisfied CO$$ 11 Building Value 76 Bulldoze Cost 210 Pollution Air: 1, Water: 1, Garbage 4 Water Consumed 12 Power Consumed 1 Godmanchester House Lot 1x1, 1x3, 2x2 Capacity satisfied R$$ 11 Building Value 259 Bulldoze Cost 210 Pollution Air: 1, Water: 1, Garbage 4 Water Consumed 2 Power Consumed 1 Godmanchester House 45 degree Lot 3x2 Capacity satisfied R$$ 13 Building Value 317 Bulldoze Cost 210 Pollution Air: 1, Water: 1, Garbage 4 Water Consumed 2 Power Consumed 1 © 2016-7 Bombardiere
  8. SANTANA ISLAND - Winter View 01

    Do you think that today is June 2017? Today is March 1951 !!!
  9. Hello! This is my first attempt to make relatively detailed map, it is inspired from Aegean Region of Turkey and from my home town Atça. It is Atça-Meander River Turkey map from my favourite map maker Mr Miyagi, map theme is Owl's Mediterranean Temperate Theme There will be small towns and they will be mostly focused on agriculture. No big cities no traffic jams (I hope) will exist on this project just like in real life. I won't be able to detail too much because of performance issues so I will try to keep it balanced. I will be sharing process and if you have something to say just share it with me that would be nice Here is the first shot near meander river:
  10. Replies: Ducio: Thanks and no worries, the old one was way to industrial for its size. kschmidt: Thanks and I agree, the game does tend to upgrade to med wealth quickly. Ironically, they then go abandoned and get twice as many low wealth living there but nevermind. Entry 3: Were back on track! So, don't panic I haven;t started the city again this time, instead I've done the expected and normal thing and expanded the city that we finished with last time. Anyway lets jump right in. So, when we last left off, the population of Harrington and its surrounds was growing at quite a steady pace. There was a place to take your trash, farm jobs for all and some competitive farmers for all your commercial needs! Lets see how things have changed shall we/ Firstly, we expanded northwards and eastwards from the centre of the area moving further away from Harrington. Eastwards, where the lack of other buildings and no zoning laws allowed some sizeable farms to start up has seen the biggest growth of the two directions with the area now looking like this and providing a large portion of job opportunities for the area. While Northwards, the recently named Berrin Woods meant that due to mainly laziness, the farms were a lot smaller in size and less dense. This area also saw the growth of Berrin, where the local farmers, tired of having to traverse the forests on a dirt track set up camp and built a small chapel (OOC: Not that I'm religious, I just grew up in a village and every village had a church at its centre) , some basic trailer style homes and some rather out of place row houses but oh well, as long as they're happy. Meanwhile moving back into Harrignton we saw the first merger of two settlements when, some rather cheap and inexplicably unappealing houses were built between Harrington and Henburn. (OOC: This is why in future maps you'll see a prefix after Henburn's name (eg Henburn-Har-). I plan on doing this with ever town that grows into another one with the main (usually largest) town giving its prefix to the other settlement). Meanwhile, to the south, across the river another small town, Roweaton sprung up and quickly gained some traction with its growth. Lets see if the eagle eyed can see why this might be (before you look at the next picture). Yep, you guessed it (or didn't, I don't know). Roweaton has the regions first decdicated commercial ventures! Due to a lack of space and the reluctance of the farmers to sell their land in Harrington, market stall owners decided to set up proper businesses to the south. Harrington district council didn't mind that much though, they own all the local ferry services and as that was the only way into and out of Roweaton, they were making a tidy profit off of it. [ Roweaton didn't care either. In fact, they cared so little about the lack of actual ways to get to Roweaton they built the areas grandest structure in the form of this permanent market hall! Commercial progress has been made! In fact, farmer Pippin and Poppin were the only ones who weren't overly excited by the developments but oh well, progress has to be made! Speaking of which that's all the progress we have for now so I guess, we'll have to go make some more! EDIT: Oh and we just hit 10k people in the region! Till next time!
  11. SM2 Abandoned Train Stop

    Version 1.0.0

    287 Downloads

    SM2 Abandoned Train Stop. This train stop has been sitting in my hard drive for too long. Time to release it!. Best plopped in those seedy parts of town....or industrial areas perhaps. Plop cost 3000 Bulldoze cost 300 Power req 44 Capacity 7500 It still acts as a passenger station plus it will let freight trains go through it. No dependencies and as a bonus it is also Maxis vanilla rail compatible. Works like a charm! Enjoy. Simmer2
  12. So I started building RHW(new to RHW btw) to reduce regional traffic then I notice that the trucks are constantly changing lanes or doing a zigzag movement........please help!!! Here's a photo https://www.dropbox.com/s/6gij4k6il26idqj/20170329_232144.jpg?dl=0
  13. Bern, der Schweizer Kapital !

    Bern, der Schweizer Kapital ! This month we first visit the land of watches, chocolate, cheese and beyond ! This month three part "Show us what your building" took some effort away of this CJ build but gives a showcase of what might lies beyond the city building corner; specialy I like to see the grow of the SFBT Bern set wich would be awesome. Landmarks for this city aren´t well available so a lot to research. This map just like the Munchen map covers a imaginative part of the Berner land. Let´s start with innercity area ! Bern tram network got like a T shape in the downtown area, line to right going to the station area ! Kirchenfeld area accros the river on the left, houses a lot of educational facilties like the State library, Natural and Historic Museum. Rural west of Bern developing into a modern town ! Swiss gantry is quit different from German & middle european one´s , not completly acurate but to give this a little bit of accent I now use the swiss gantry mod with faded pole´s to give it a more modern look ! To conclude some pictures of the city tile ! The basic city layout is established, next time we continue filling in some gapes. This city will be on of the three swiss cities in this series ! Hope you enjoyed this CJ and see you back next time !
  14. Expanding of farms

    Some progress on the the actual farming around the little town and a bit more residential development
  15. Grayon Bay

    From the album Mayon Province !

  16. Mayon Ocean

    From the album Mayon Province !

  17. Sampson Woods 2

    From the album Mayon Province !

    Sampson Woods
  18. Sampson Woods 1

    From the album Mayon Province !

    Sampson City
  19. Mayon City South Woods 2

    From the album Mayon Province !

    Mayon City South Woods 2
  20. Cape Grayon Town

    From the album Mayon Province !

    Cape Grayon Town
  21. Mayon City South Woods 1

    From the album Mayon Province !

    Mayon City South Woods
  22. Cape Hartford Surroundings

    From the album Mayon Province !

    Cape Hartford Surroundings
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