Let me introduce you some project. Some map project. It's just pre-, pre-, pre- …… pre-alfa but I'd like to share it with you. If I'll be able make all what I plan, then you'll get long-awaited map of Italian front.
I began this work some months ago but I present it only now because it was neccessary to test some ideas. I should say those tests were successful - all what I planned to make, I made and I'm glad with result. Surely, you heard that RoF engine doesn't match well to build real mountains but I suppose that right using of trees, new textures, bump-mapping and maybe extra objects for relief can help to built qualitative mountain landscape. I think screenshots prove it very well despite there is only initial version with default ground textures.
I didn't start to make whole Italian map at once because Italian front is too large to control all problems of building process. With map of less size, I'll learn where and to what I should give more attention during making of Italian map later.
This map will be made as island but landscape is real and taken from real part of Italian Alps. Of course I'll use this part in future Italian map. Who knows Alps very well can try to guess which region exactly I used for map.
At this moment, common relief is ready as well as water surfaces and 30% of forest. Next steps are:
- New textures
- New ground objects: buildings and trees
- Maybe relief objects: cliffs, waterfalls. I'm sure it'll be hard to release this point but I'll give my best. If it'll be possible not to use these objects without decreasing of landscape quality, then map will be ready earlier.
These all preparations should help me to make Italian map quickly enough (of course if they will be successful). Nevertheless, RoF community will gain anyway - either you'll get Italian map with unique landscape and mountain island as bonus or you'll get just one more island map for new air battles.
Map won't be so small. Whole map size now is about 128x128 km. Size of ground area is about 97x89 km
I'll inform you about process as possible.