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Steel General
11-19-2008, 02:50 PM
Inspired by the floating castles of DragonLance & Moon's Spawn from the Malazan Book of the Fallen series I decided to create my own floating castle/fortress.

I started with Ascension's wonderful tutorial on making an asteroid, leaving out the steps that didn't really fit into what I was trying to do. The next step was the sky/clouds, the Gods of Google were with me and I found several quality tutorials on the creation of realistic clouds. Creation of the castle itself was fairly simple as it is essentially a series of stacked discs. I then let it loose on the CG Community. Through a lot of trial and error, and with plenty of immensely useful feedback (thanks again all :)) it gradually got to where I was fully satisfied with it.

So here it is... the Magus Aerie - home to the Council of Five; a group of wizards of nearly god-like power who lord over the planet of Animaar.

Bedwyr
11-20-2008, 02:31 AM
Ooh ooh, idea.

Second cloud layer with some wisps seeping and flowing around the edges to give them heft (use a smudge tool to tease the wisps out). Also maybe cut out a small section to reveal some rocky texture below (difference clouds + a reddish/orangish set of gradients).

Just some ideas if you want to keep playing with it.



edit: I rep thee my second repee.

torstan
11-20-2008, 12:06 PM
It looks awesome. I'm pretty sure I repped this in the WIP stages, but the work and care that went into this definitely deserves another hit.

Steel General
11-20-2008, 01:39 PM
It looks awesome. I'm pretty sure I repped this in the WIP stages, but the work and care that went into this definitely deserves another hit.

Thanks Torstan...

torstan
11-20-2008, 01:47 PM
Actually it looks like I repped you a little too recently so can't actually make it right now. I'll try to remember and do so when I can again.

Steel General
11-20-2008, 01:53 PM
No problem... :)

mmmmmpig
11-20-2008, 04:03 PM
This came together quite nicely SG.

Well done!

Al. I. Cuza
03-11-2010, 08:31 PM
Nice work. I have one question though: Was it intended that the surface of one disc is continued on the neighboring ones?

Steel General
03-12-2010, 07:45 AM
Nice work. I have one question though: Was it intended that the surface of one disc is continued on the neighboring ones?

Thanks... If I'm understanding your question correctly (and if not it's probably just me :)), the bottom most layers are all connected by the 'arms'.

Al. I. Cuza
03-12-2010, 08:58 AM
No, I meant that the texture of all levels of the fort is exactly the same. I think it would have been nice if would have changed the texture for every level of the fort.

Steel General
03-12-2010, 11:12 AM
Oh, OK - No I did that on purpose to give it the appearance that it was 'created' out of one big hunk of rock.

Al. I. Cuza
03-12-2010, 03:11 PM
That makes sense. Thanks for the clarifications. :)