View Full Version : September/October Entry: K-City Downtown

09-26-2010, 01:12 PM
OK, I'm in. Who can't resist to make a city map :lol:?
I will try to create K-City Downtown, modern style, in Bryce. I've never done this before, but first experiments look good :).

09-26-2010, 01:26 PM
Cool. My only suggestion is to vary the heights of the buildings a little bit...will look a little boring if they're all the same height. Also, adding some greebles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeble) to the tops of the buildings might be cool. Finally, this looks more like a business park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_park) than a downtown area. If you throw in some nice landscaping I think it'd complete that look. If you did, then you could make the area beyond the part you're detailing into a carpet of buildings to give some background. Just some thoughts.

09-26-2010, 01:35 PM
Thanks M. Im in a very early phase and different building heights will come as well as some landscape scenery.

09-26-2010, 02:20 PM
Looking good...:)

Aval Penworth
09-27-2010, 08:09 AM
Welcome to the challenge, friend. You have certainly taken a different approach. Nice.

09-27-2010, 08:48 AM
Thanks Aval, I wonder how much time I must invest to get the level of detail I have in mind.

Aval Penworth
09-27-2010, 09:51 AM
"I wonder how much time I must invest to get the level of detail I have in mind. "

Knowing you, and your eye for detail... A LOT. But (for the rest of us) it will be worth it

09-27-2010, 10:52 AM
that's looking great.

09-28-2010, 04:47 PM
Thanks RJB and JT! I am progressing very slow with this map, had to change the buildings with round elements from a heightmap to boolean objects (not finished yet) and started with the park to set a scale. Adding greebles, like mearrin suggested, would be nice for the roofs, but I think it is not possible in the way as it is in 3DMax or Blender (scripts) for Bryce. If I have the time to implement this the only way I see at the moment is with the bump or displacement effect (I am a noob to Bryce and try to learn it a bit with this map).

09-28-2010, 05:04 PM
Wow..I fee like I could swim across the river..Just awesome.. :)

10-02-2010, 03:24 PM
I think that I can add the 'latest WIP' tag now. Here is what I have so far:

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10-02-2010, 04:06 PM
Wow that is awesome. Great job. I feel like I could take a walk in the park.. :)

10-02-2010, 04:23 PM
I thought something like that ;)

10-03-2010, 05:54 AM
This is looking amazing:)

10-03-2010, 05:10 PM
Thanks Avengeil! I am quite happy with the results so far; never thought of making a map in Bryce, but this is what the challenge is for: trying new things. Here is the next update

Steel General
10-04-2010, 08:56 AM
This is looking fantastic so far...

10-07-2010, 05:09 PM
Thanks SG. The map is nearly finished. I wanted to add a compass rose and a legend in the final map. Took more time than I expected.

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10-07-2010, 05:56 PM
Looks really great. I absolutely love it :)

Aval Penworth
10-07-2010, 07:45 PM
Well done mate. Very cool.
I gotta learn how to do that.

So can you also do fantasy style buildings?

10-09-2010, 09:32 AM
Finally finshed :D

### Latest WIP ###

10-09-2010, 09:55 AM
wow. that's freakin awesome. Great job !

10-09-2010, 11:00 AM
Oh my this looks good:)

10-09-2010, 12:27 PM
Man how am I supposed to compete against 3D rendering. CHEATER :P

10-09-2010, 12:34 PM
Simply beautiful! I know I'm biased about 3D stuff but this sort of thing shows you why !

10-09-2010, 01:47 PM
Awesome Just Awesome... :)

10-09-2010, 02:16 PM
Okay, this looks really good. I'm almost positive I'll vote for it as is, but to me, it still seems like it's missing something. I wish I could tell you what it is, but I can't put my finger on it. I don't think the blue-gray background is doing you any favors either; it just seems kind of hum-drum up against the amazing model. I wonder what it would look like at night? What about a texture on the road, and maybe some lanes and traffic lights? I don't know, I'm just throwing things out there now..

Either way, you're a beast. This looks incredible.


10-09-2010, 03:55 PM
Thanks girls/guys! I'm very glad you like it :)

geamon: all weapons are allowed ;) and you have a very nice map in the challenge!

IG: as an enthusiastic Sim City 4 player I know that a lot of things are missing to improve the overall atmosphere, but this my first try in Bryce and if I had to create this map again I would make a lot of things different. Adding things like garbage cans and traffic lights demands a large library of objects you have, I'm just at the beginning to create something like this. I tried to cheat the program in raising the whole scene above the horizon to get more sky into the picture, but Bryce is more clever than I am.

I tried to implement street lines, but haven't managed it. Is there a way to reduce the roads in the template to a simple path in PS?

Aval Penworth
10-16-2010, 06:27 AM
It does look very cool. You have inspired me to learn Bryce (just downloaded it). I would have liked to have seen some variation in facade style and colour. But I am probably about to find out it is harder to do than I realise.

10-16-2010, 12:09 PM
Thanks Aval. Everything is possible, but it takes time. For the next map in Bryce I think I will know how to do it, the manual is 1500+ pages :).

Aval Penworth
10-16-2010, 07:39 PM
Thanks Aval... the manual is 1500+ pages :).

Oh No! What am I getting myself into?!! :shock::shock::?:

10-16-2010, 08:24 PM
Wow, very cool Katto!