Pearl watches from the parlor office as the new mattress is moved to the bedroom. She is very interested in getting out and pussyfooting around the house. So far, she is enjoying that room quite a lot…along with every sun-facing window that has a bird in it.
It has been less than 24 hours since we signed the papers on our new home, and already I am struck by the similarities and differences between this place and our former abode. As I reflect on our first day here, I am filled with a mix of nostalgia and excitement for the new experiences that await us.
One of the notable similarities between our old and new homes is their natural beauty. Our former place boasted sandy shores and salty sea breezes, while our new home is nestled amidst majestic mountains, offering breathtaking vistas of rolling hills and verdant valleys. Both places have a charm and serenity that is unique to their landscapes, and I find myself captivated by the beauty of each in its own way.
However, there are also differences that set our new home apart from our old one. The pace of life here seems to be more relaxed and laid-back compared to the bustling energy of our former spot. The people here are friendly and welcoming, with a strong sense of community that is palpable. The local shops and historic buildings exude a sense of charm and character that is distinct from the vibe of our old town.
Another noticeable difference is the outdoor recreational opportunities that our new home has to offer. While our old town provided access to sandy beaches and water activities, our new home boasts abundant hiking trails, scenic parks, and opportunities for outdoor adventures in the nearby mountains. The change in scenery presents new opportunities for exploration and adventure, and we are eager to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty that surrounds us.
As I sit in our new home, I am filled with gratitude for the memories we made in our old town and the new experiences that await us in this new place. While there are similarities and differences between the two, each with its own unique appeal, I am excited to embrace the new chapter of our lives here. It is a new beginning filled with possibilities, and I am eager to see how our journey unfolds in this picturesque part of the world.
Using simple techniques and free assets I recreated a real castle ruin in Blender and Unreal Engine.
Before you comment: The result is absolutely NOT perfect! From the lack of details on the ground to the low sample count of the final render, there are so many things I could have done better!
Also an important statement: Using seamless textures doesn’t mean, your final render will have less details. This only means that you have to add the details yourself! Especially for beginners, this can be quite hard or simply too much work as you are probably looking for easy techniques and quick results.
Having that said, this tutorial is absolutely not meant for professionals, or anyone who wants to make a portfolio peace to get a job.
Get to know more about the castle:
Real world heightmaps from Tangram Heightmapper:
(I do not know if you are allowed to use the heightmaps for commercial projects)
Free rock brushes:
Images to 3D models (tutorial):
Free Assets for Unreal Engine: Free Fog Sheet is in the “Blueprints” Project
Get the textures for free right here:
01:02 Texture Types
03:30 Unreal Engine
05:00 Result and Outro
This is a demo of Wonder Dynamics (not sponsored). You can get on the waitlist and they’re letting people use it for free right now. This is my experience with the software so far.
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