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Discussion in 'Civ3 - Steampunk Scenario' started by KingArthur, Oct 7, 2007.

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  1. Blue Monkey

    Blue Monkey Archon Without Portfolio

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    I've got what I think is a decent version of the Portable Beam Weapon large icon. But I'm having trouble getting a good looking small out of it. Here's the RGB version of it. If anyone wants to take a crack at a small icon, feel free.

     
  2. KingArthur

    KingArthur Searching for the Holy Grail

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    I like it a lot BM. The legs look very much like an office swivel chair - in fact I wish I had one of those PBWs for the office.
     
  3. Blue Monkey

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    I think the original artist did use the legs of an office chair, as well as pieces of an electrolux vacuum cleaner, amongst other things.
     
  4. Blue Monkey

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    1. Well, here's a more SteamPunk than Googie version of the Portable Beam Generator. I'm more confident I can get a good small icon from it as well. What do you think?





    2. Here's a placeholder for the Ada Lovelace Institute Wonder



    View attachment 188413



    3. I've finally got my raw images for the current work organized (mostly). Expect more results in the nearly near future.
     
  5. Blue Monkey

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    If this looks good for the Martian Foreign Office then I'll do the palette indexing & upload the result.



    Edit: I'll catch the color correction on the right edge as well.
     
  6. jlvfr

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    Spooky and alien :)
     
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    I now have this image to work with:



    The original of what I posted above as the Mars Foreign Office is not red.



    If I adjust the tint on the pyramid image, the flat sands will work well for Mars & the sky will will be pink/reddish, leaving the one with craggy mountain scape for the Lunar wonder. I can also rework that one so that there is a starry sky rather than ominous clouds.

    Thoughts?
     
  9. jlvfr

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    Won't the "ominous clouds" even look better?
     
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    Depends on whether or not there is a lunar atmosphere in the mod's setting.
     
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    Oops! Got fixated on the "Mars Foreign Office" :blush:
     
  12. Blue Monkey

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    Here's another possibility for the MFO - a design image from Aelita:

     
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    My thoughts about the FO buildings is that they should look quaint and out of place. Something that the British would build at home transplanted to Mars or the Moon. Essentially just a fancy building with a bacground of red mars dust or white moon rock and rubble. I think that would be more fun.
     
  14. Blue Monkey

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    Actually, I had started thinking along the same lines. I'd like to try these figures with a background like you suggest:
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    I can CnP solely the figures onto an appropriate background, and similarly add a suitable colonial building (I'm thinking Anglo-Indian*), then reduce the whole to a monochromatic image - like the reddish one I posted above for Mars and a pale Lunar one. I'm thinking identical figures & identical building, different landscape. A little Terry Gilliam, a little Max Ernst.


    *
    Khalsa College
    Victoria Terminus
    Victoria Memorial
    Mysore Palace
    Valluvar Kottam

    IMHO Victoria Memorial is aesthetically the best choice, but ultimately it
    depends on which one works better on the technical side.


    EDIT:

    This is an extremely quick, raw, and dirty mockup to show what I mean -



    I could do something similar, but with NASA Mars imagery for the landscape. & obviously better color matching & edge smoothing.
     
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    I noticed the cloudbuster tech and improvement. Wilhelm Riech did experiments with these.(now called a DOR buster)
     
  16. Balthasar

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    Wow, and here I thought we invented it because it was a cool graphic.
     
  17. Blue Monkey

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    Kate Bush "Cloudbusting" 1985. I've been a major fan since I saw her on Saturday Night Live in 1979.
     
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    Looks good Blue.
     
  19. Blue Monkey

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    Consider it in the queue.
     
  20. Balthasar

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    I wish I had seen that picture before I did the icons....


    I like it. You're definitely on the right track.
     
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