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Scorched Desert Biome
By Robert Basler on 2015-02-13 14:50:11
Homepage: onemanmmo.com email:one at onemanmmo dot com

To take a break from moving the deck chairs about with unit movement, I took a couple of afternoons off to develop a second biome.

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This next screenshot is from about half-way through development of the new biome. It includes the new terrain textures as well as one of the giant crystal formations. It wasn't complete yet, but there was something I liked about this shot.

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A lot of my textures come from cgtextures.com but in this case, I was looking for black gravel textures and I completely struck out there. I got an idea to go to the pet store for fish tank gravel in different sizes and materials to photograph. $27 later I had five different samples. I shot those outside in a cookie sheet lined with black paper. I made a cliff-face texture from some photos I took of burnt driftwood last summer and I was done.

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The new biome also needed new terrain props. My wife showed me some cool rock candy crystals which gave me the idea to check out the Unity Asset store where I found these nice crystals and rocks. The rocks are from the same company that did the rocks in the Ash Flats biome.

Once I had all that in, I decided I didn't want to re-use the purple and yellow flowers, so I spent 3 hours with GIMP carefully cutting red flowers and stems out of a couple photos I took last summer. After tweaking crystal sizes and fixing all the floating props I think it turned out pretty well.

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