My guide to creating a clean and realistic landscape.
About this creation
WARNING: The following contains my opinions about building and should only be heeded to some degree. None of what is expressed is law.
So, for the MOColympics, I was told to do a Whatever-scape. I went with a post-apoc-style battle scene in a desert area. I did not win, but I don't think that destroys the relevance of this tutorial.
Anyways, I have made a few grounds in the past, but I just did not think they were terribly realistic. I needed to do find a new style of ground. And I think I found it. Just like Ogres, cakes, onions, bands (that one was for you, Hannah), and parfaits, the ground has layers. So, it should be shown, and appreciated.
Step one is to add the base layer. For desert-scapes I tend to do tan. That does not mean that tan is the only color to use. For jungle, sand-green or dark green might work. I will have to do some experimentation.
Then you add the under layer. For desert, I do grey, like rock. Sorry, Nannan, I do not have enough to just do it in bley. However, I think the combination looks nice. Again, this is not the final rule for color.
Finally, the top layer. I like brown for desert. It's important when putting down the layers to add a few holes so you can see the lower layer. There is not point to have it there if you can't see it, right? I find this piece works rather well for that. Also, the higher the layer, the more holes should be shown.
Now you have your ground done. Next you add the stuff built in. You know, smashed walls, buildings, walkways, that kind of thing. You are probably thinking you would add the foliage now in stead of the buildings and permanent stuff, but no. Think about it. If you are going to put up a wall, you would not build around the plants. The plants would grow around the wall. Thus, walls first, then foliage.
NOW here is the last step. Put all of your people, explosions, and temporary stuff like that. Tada! You are done, and have yourself an excellent landscape/vig! Congrats.
Just a proof of concept vig. Notice the layers. The liquid water underneath, the dirty and compact ice, and then the fresh snow.
I love that little shrub.
A closer look at the layers. I told you it works.
So, I hope you learned something from this. Please feel free to try this out, and, hold on, class -Mr. Kelso! Put away that bottle of ink right now, Mr.!- Sorry. Anyways, I would love some new ideas, too. I know this is not the only way to go. If you guys know a better solution, I would love to hear it. Much appreciated, happy MOCing, and remember it's all in the details.
Reply to Admiral Aquila Well, I'm glad somebody found it useful. I really would love to hear somebody try this, and see how they like it for themselves.
Reply to Sebeus I Well, glad you enjoyed. I really do not like Grey and blay together as a rule of thumb, myself. However, this is the ground we are talking about. How many grounds have you seen with only one shade of color? I rest my case...