Saturday, January 24, 2015

Swampwood Huts submitted!

I've been spreading my time too thin, so updating on the progress of things takes a back seat. I'm still doing stuff! Today, I wrapped up the cutfiles for the Swampwood Hut TLX kitbash.

Not a very impressive picture, but I needed to snap something for the kitbash tumbnail. Here's an aerial shot:

Kinda fun. I left the the square huts open, for no particular reason. Maybe they're falling apart. The kitbash judges will surely find some suggestions to make, but until then, I'll start making progress on converting the cathedral!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Building the TLX Swampwood set

It's about time, right? I've battled some serious motivation issues, some scheduling issues, some technical issues, and the holidays. Oh, the holidays! But, the new year is in full swing, and I've muscled out some printed pages from my aging printer. I *will* get this TLX conversion completed. I will.

The TLX stuff actually builds pretty quickly, even if it's not exactly thrilling work. In one distracted evening, I've got enough walls and posts for one or two huts, and I've got the trusses and tiles started. Once I'm done, I'll be able to build a whole bunch of different sizes and shapes of huts, and it'll be easy peasy to add on to it!

But, here's what I'm planning. First, I'll get the hut tile made for this round hut. That, and a small and hallway tile for square huts. Then I'll get a couple standard TLX roof pieces made, and... FINALLY... I'll try making some of the different special roof pieces. Yay.

If nothing goes wrong, then it's only cutfiles that stand in my way of releasing this conversion and moving on to the next thing.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Trying walls using stock photos

Here's a quick attempt at a wall using some free-to-exploit photography.

Not too shabby! I can easily imagine the post textures to go with it. I made sure to make the wall texture really wide, so I could drop it on angled walls, too. It might be tough to make double-height walls from something like this.

Still, it's pretty trivial to make walls like this, so I'd like to get a couple done and see what a set might look like. There are a lot of options out there for windows, doors and other decorations. It's really a matter of me getting better at blending them with arbitrary walls.

I'll see about floors, too.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New GIMP script - Make Bricks

It's slow as molasses, but it works! I've got a script that will let me create a complete wall of blocks where the size of bricks and bevel are customizable. As I type this, I see it working away. The bevel plugin that's being used on each brick is what's painfully slow. I need to tweak it's smarts so the bricks are stacked a little better. I am shifting them on each level, but not by enough. I need to enforce some minimum shift.

Now that I have the basics down, I can work on adding some more features, such as gaps between the bricks or eroding the edges somehow to roughen them up. Maybe automatically, randomly, chip the edges of the bricks and stuff.

Trying my own thing - white marble

Just dabbling in GIMP, following some YouTube videos and seeing what kind of results they yield. Here's a simple white marble wall:

I think I might play around with some more GIMP scripting. It'd be neat to write a script that lets me pick the source layer, the dimensions of the bricks, the size of the beveled border, etc. It would randomly pick bricks out of the source, add the bevel, and place it on the wall. That would let me quickly experiment with different settings, and would let me quickly make base textures (like sandstone, marble, stone?) and turn them into bricks.

Along with this, I will try to make some different wall features, such as pillars, alcoves, windows, doors and door frames, etc. Maybe some decorative stuff?

Then I'll play with some grunge brushes, adding cracks and imperfections, stains etc.

I think it would be cool to come up with some base styles from which additional kitbashing could be done.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ice CaveWorks, too!

I found this post inspiring. Specifically, making the caves icy simply by adjusting the color...

The second one I was just tinkering with adding 'sparkles' to. I think if I get the hang of the plugin, it would actually add a nice effect to the texture. Also, I would probably desaturate the image even more. Everything prints out darker than you'd normally want. Anyway, I really like the effect, and it's so simple, that I'd be crazy not to do it.

CaveWorks repackaged

Just some pics I whipped up to see what the old CaveWorks terrain looked like.

I played around with regular 3" and 6" walls...

 I played around with making TLX cliff walls...

Then I went ahead and made some walls that went above the standard 2" height. Lots of sets do this, so why not caves too?
I would imagine I could make at least two of each kind of wall, stitching together stuff here and there. The floors really need some TLC, more than the walls do. But, I think I might be able to work something out. Anyway, just tinkering around because I've always wanted caves...