Preproduction day 03: vector quest.

Today I’ve found some interesting sources for vector data:

The first one: a vegetation classification of Gilford Pinchot National Forest:

I will have to process it to use it as autogen (what kind of trees and all that stuff). As far I can see the main class is Hemlock trees. There is no a lot of diversity.

Although I have not yet a way to distribute it, maybe I will play, a little, generating my own custom tree textures.

I’ve found information about streets and roads from openstreetmaps and USGS but I haven’t checked them yet. I will use it to generate a mask in photoshop for the nocturnal texture. In this way I will gain an extra time generating that variation.

The downside of the day: I have not found yet any hangars reference, so I’m afraid that I will have to create “an interpretation” of them.

Preproduction day 02: references

Although my heart asks me to re-make Flying M Ranch, I’ve decided finally to choose Packwood. The reason is I have more information of this small airport and I undertaken a commitment with this location: In 2006 I tried make this scenery for fs9 but due the lack of time, references and knowledge I was no able to finish it.

In this first stage I’m searching references, not only images but also videos in youtube. And I’m amazed because there are several good examples:

Landing at Packwood (55S) by andyw248

Landing at Packwood, Washington by kodiak68jones 

Cessna 170 wheel landing Packwood by fishdoc55 

At the same time I´m checking the quality of the orthophotos from NAIP program. They are a little outdated (2009 and 2011) and they will need a deep color retouch but I hope that won’t be too much problematic.

The main drawbacks are the two hangars. As it happened to me in 2007 I am not finding photos or references. Nor the buildings around the airport. Streetview only shows Packwood´s main street (great source for some small buildings) but nothing from the airport surroundings 😦 I will try to contact with the authors of the videos).

More tomorrow: vectorial resources!

scenering jam session: preproduction day 01

ImageWhen I´m angry & frustrated I need let go a lot of energy. The best method I know is do it in a creative way. Yeah, due boring several reasons my frustration level is at its top, so I’ve decided to push myself into a strange-alike-jazz-jam-session but “à la scenery design”.

The idea is stop for a while LEMT´s development (I need step back little from it) and gimme 7 days to make a little scenery. Yep, you have heard correctly: to make an scenery in 7 days. Obviously it won’t be at the same complexity level that LEMT but I want to challenge myself to make something more interesting than to put some objects from a library over a orthophoto.

So this week I’m going to make a preproduction task: I want to collect all the possible references from a small airstrip, all the inspirational photos and videos, testing some methods with several scenery design tools, and the next week, close the door of my room until I get an interesting location for FS.

Briefly, I want to challenge my texturing/modelling skills and all the learned knowledge in the last year under over-stress deadline.

I have two candidates: Packwood (55s) or a remake from Georender´s classic: Flying M Ranch (OR05) (BTW why did he left us behind??? He was the best! I don´t forget his terrific platform´s texture in Emma Field. I spent so many hours studying it).

And now, I need to study carefully which will be the choose one. Tomorrow, the solution.