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Summer tiles for Jan Tuma's seasonal upgrade

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I felt the summer tiles needed a bit more green rather than the patches of browns through most of the year. I also used Bandy's city tile upgrades to organize the buildings and streets. I've painted and/or touched up all the folders for Jan Tuma's seasonal upgrade. I'm just working a bit more on the Early_Spring folder. I'm adding some lighter color to the greens and even spring flowers to the trees and bushes. the pics are just a WIP. But almost done.  I any of you are interested in this I'll post it for sure. Some of you might not like the green. Maybe too much? Let me know.

 

 

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Some spring flowers WIP:

 

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Bandy organized the cities over a year ago. But he only did the summer tiles (I think). I had to add the city configuration to the "Snow" and "DEEP_SNOW" tiles and add the snow. I did no work with the Terrain Editor to do this stuff. I only painted over Jan Tuma's work. I have no idea how to even get the TE to start up correctly. It crashes for me every time I try something. I would love to make larger, straighter fields on the tiles. But then I would have to move trees and things. That, I don't know how to do. Yet. I just need to do a Spring and Fall set. Not sure just yet how I want them to look. Very dull for Fall, and lighter green with flowers and such for Spring. Early_Spring will have just a trace of snow on the ground.

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I think the open countryside is a big improvement. the greener hues look much more natural, as does the reduced contrast between different fields. Also the greener shades reduce the [revious 9exxessive IMHO) visual prominence of trees. At the same time this reduces the visibility of repeating patterns, both for fields and trees.

 

Only think I really don't like about the countryside is the odd whitish areas on the trees; they don't look at all realistic to me (and I have seen plenty of Hawthorn and the like in flower).

 

The other thing I don't like, from the original, is the buildings and towns, where I think the default ones are much better. Apart from the odd green roofs (oxidised copper???), the buildings themselves look like office or tenement blocks from a large city. The effect to my eye is that the small towns look like somebody has uprooted a central business or industrial district from a large city and plonked it in the middle of the countryside. Even as part of a large city, such areas of 'block buildings' would need surrounded by larger areas of less block-like buildings. As a complete small town they look particularly out of place, even tho they have here been well blended in with surrounding simulated foliage.

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I like it! After you finish it.......a complete seasonal tileset for Stephen's Eastern Front would'nt hurt anyone.

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TE's not hard to set up at all. Use the WoE terrain editor, even for 'desert' tiles -- of the two (and both suck) it's the better one.

Having the texture list ini is the important thing -- which may need to be (re)built by hand. Time consuming, but fairly easily done. Just follow the tile sequence from the terrains original _data.ini

 

I could send you my WoE-Based FE Terrain Editor, if you want Quack. Right now, it's got the old Gibralter terrain/tiles in it, so you may have make some "adjustments" (like, creating a separate one for Jan Tuma's tile --which is HIGHLY recommended!!)

 

TOD creation takes some practice, and I've never learned the ins-and-outs of importing new 3d objects for buildings and such.

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I ended up going over all the different seasons and tweaking them all. I changed the colors of all the "Town" houses and added color to the trees. I touched up tiles etc, etc. I even had to re-do a bunch of the water .tga's in each folder. Still not done but here are a few pics of some of the seasons: Remember I just tweaked the original work by Jan Tuma. I didn't create anything new.

 

 

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These are looking very nice. Are you planning to upload them when you're done?

 

I sure will. I'm almost done. Need to work on the Spring folder a bit more.  I'm adding a couple of new churches too. Well not "new" but one will have a red steeple and another with a green steeple. They will be scattered around. When I was in Austria and Germany a few years back I noticed all the little towns had multiple small churches. Each one had a different colored steeple (red or green). It was very cool to see them stick up above the little towns. I figured it would look cool from the air as well for FE.

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SERIOUSLY good work there. The stonework effect on the church and other buildings is a work of art.

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SERIOUSLY good work there. The stonework effect on the church and other buildings is a work of art.

The stone work is from the original church .bmp. I just changed the roof colors and tiles. I added a bit of stained glass too.

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I'm going to add a few more tiles that don't have trees. More big fields looks much better. BTW I've been working on the Verdun terrain.  Adding more roads too

 

 

 

 

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Whatever happened with this terrain upgrade?

It looks as a very nice improvement for Jan Tuma's terrain. :bye:

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I'm looking at the dates I made these posts and I'm wondering the same thing! Holy cow it's been almost three years already? I guess it's about time I just post the damn terrain already. I keep making changes and adding new objects (thanks to Stephen1918 and Geezer) and new tiles. Enough already. I can post it then make updates when needed. Ok I'll start packing it all up for you guys. It will have to be a few separate downloads because of the size of the terrain files and all the ground objects I would have to add. Not tooting my own horn but well worth it. Thanks for the kick in the pants von Oben.

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Hi

 

Yes 3 years is a long time tinkering with terrains.

I've done some flight sim terrain modding myself in the past, so I know what you mean, there is always something to improve.

 

Looking forward to try your terrain upgrade!

 

Cheers

 

vonOben

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I'm looking at the dates I made these posts and I'm wondering the same thing! Holy cow it's been almost three years already? I guess it's about time I just post the damn terrain already. I keep making changes and adding new objects (thanks to Stephen1918 and Geezer) and new tiles. Enough already. I can post it then make updates when needed. Ok I'll start packing it all up for you guys. It will have to be a few separate downloads because of the size of the terrain files and all the ground objects I would have to add. Not tooting my own horn but well worth it. Thanks for the kick in the pants von Oben.

 

Hi,

 

Your terrain looks very good!!!

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I know I keep saying I will post the Verdun terrain. But I cant find the time to pack it all up. It is a big file that would require three or four separate downloads. Since I lost the main files a few months ago its been hard to finish. I need a good kick in the pants to get it done. Maybe by Christmas :deadhorse:

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