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    Wip Google Sketchup Castle

    So, here is a shaded Sketchup model of a castle. I intend to build a town around this castle in full 3D for a campaign. Im going to try out moving around a 3d view during play with the PCs to show them im 3d what their characters are seeing. (I might also just look at it myself and describe it, but either way, nothing is missed)

    Before I move on however, any comments or critiques from the guild would be great.

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    The walls are 10' with a 2' parapet thats 6'' deep. The towers are 20' with a 2' parapet that is also 6'' deep. The buildings inside range in size from 9' to 15'. The gate is 14' including the parapet on top.

    I also uploaded the SKP file. (The license for the model is Creative Commons - BY - NC - SA)
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    Looking good. Seeing a Sketchup model again I want to fire up the software myself... must resist temptation.

    It's an effective, but rather simple model, meaning there's not many details. But if you are going to add more buildings you don't want too much detail anyway, because Sketchup will become too sluggish.

    Are you going to post your work on the town as well?
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    Yeah, I'll post as I develop the town. I can't figure out how I'm going to do roads though. I can't just make a grid of squared and parallel houses and roads. Any suggestions would be great!

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    Well, download models like these and have a look at how they created roads:

    - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...c4&prevstart=0
    - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...8&prevstart=24
    - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...4&prevstart=24
    - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...f1&prevstart=0
    - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...e3&prevstart=0
    - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...e&prevstart=12

    Long live Google Sketchup!

    (edit: I just downloaded the model from the last link. I must say: wow, what a great fantasy town! He even made two versions of this town: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...bc&hl=nl&ct=lc)
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    You could always just import an image to use as the base. Make a quickie map in Photoshop (or something) so that you can get some nice grass and roads then save it as a jpg (or something) and then import it into SU as a flat plane and then scale it up to suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    You could always just import an image to use as the base. Make a quickie map in Photoshop (or something) so that you can get some nice grass and roads then save it as a jpg (or something) and then import it into SU as a flat plane and then scale it up to suit.
    I had totally forgotten that I could do that! I could make the base in CC3 and then model it in SU!

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    I decided that It would look awesome in the castle was in the middle of a lake. I think that I'm going to make this a military fort with a few buildings instead of a town. Here's a few renders of a copy with a bridge and some water. I might work on the outer wall tomorrow. However, if I can get Ascension's idea to work well, I might end up starting a whole new copy.
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    The lake is a nice idea I think. You could even add towers and a drawbridge if you wanted
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    Neat stuff, looking forward to seeing how it progresses.
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    I'm working on the outer wall today, but I'm not at home and forgot my mouse. Trackpad towers are hellishly tedious.

    I'm doin 20' towers (same as the castle) ever 80' around the lake, leaving room for other buildings. Ugh.

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