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Dave Murray
02-21-2010, 06:28 AM
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and am looking for some help/advice. I am relatively new to computer graphics and have been working on a game called Combat Patrol which is a WW2 game at the scale of single soldiers.

The first installment of the game is set in rural France/Germany in 1944-5. I am having some difficulty with the trees - here is an example and suggestions or help appreciated:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2757/4374796547_299cd0c840_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2720/4374796633_8d98827eb4_o.jpg

I am also working on the urban maps - here is another example - again any constructive criticism appreciated:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4374796629_40d096576f_o.jpg

Thanks

Steel General
02-21-2010, 12:18 PM
First off...Welcome Aboard!

I like what you have so far and I don't think the trees are all that bad. There are several sites (rpgmapshare, dundjinni, etc.) where you can download various trees, etc.
if you're not happy with the current ones.

Sigurd
02-21-2010, 03:51 PM
I always think the big issue with trees and brush is transparency. Your players are under the trees but they need to know when they're confronted with a trunk which is cover and normally they can't move it and they should really know what the terrain is like below the leaves. If the characters can logically be under the canopy it should be denoted in the map.


Sigurd

Xyll
02-22-2010, 12:24 PM
I think they look pretty good. the only one I have a major issue is with the stream it really does not fit in with the style of the rest of the map. It looks more like a filled in trench then a stream. It should probably flow off the map.

NeonKnight
02-22-2010, 01:56 PM
Looks cool. Not familair with the Style of Game, but looks good.

Welcome to the Guild!

Dave Murray
02-23-2010, 04:08 PM
Thanks everyone - I will try to spend some more time on it this weekend and post some (hopefully) improvements.

heruca
03-08-2010, 10:42 PM
Hi Dave,

I've been following the progress of your game's development on boardgamegeek. Those maps are looking pretty good.

You might try giving the trees a small, soft, black, "Outer Glow" effect in Photoshop, so that they don't blend into the map quite so much.

Super job on the shellhole graphics, by the way! Any chance you could tell me how you created them? Or could you post them as PNGs so that we could place them on our own maps?

RobA
03-08-2010, 11:05 PM
I wrote a tutorial ages ago on making somewhat realistic top view trees: http://ffaat.pbworks.com/TreeTutorial

If you can't figure that out, I can knock some off for you.

-Rob A>

Dave Murray
03-09-2010, 02:08 PM
Thanks Rob - that looks really useful - I will work my way through it and let you know how I got on.

Dave

Dave Murray
03-12-2010, 07:03 PM
Hi everyone - here is an update using some new models. Also included are some draft counters for the game - these are being done by someone else.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4428254300_6c3205763d_o.jpg