Allright, so I needed a break from building tonight and finally sat down and started typing up a rough outline of the changes that I want to make. One thing I want to change for the overall article is to make the standard a little more universal, so "castle specific" things like dirt roads and CCC walls are going into their own section. Here's the breakdown.
New Intro, more noob friendly
BpB: Think I'm going with Ted's suggestion and making it non-optional.
Basic landscape features (common features?):
a. Cliffs: Maybe good starting place because they're almost always used, but might be overly complex and overwhelm a first time reader. Maybe have rivers first? Will of course be fixed for 8 bricks height.4.
b. Hills: Good follow up to cliffs, 4 brick height fixed.
c. Streams: No change.
d. Rivers: Ditch the 2 studs of green and have grey banks be the edge of the 8cre. This way they match up with streams better and are simpler.
e. Seashore: Ditch the 2 studs of green, make it 8 studs of tan? Again for simplicity.
f. Transitions to other colors: Just a little note about transitioning to other colors like white for snow, grey for rocky areas etc. Simple 4 studs of each (split the 8cre down the middle).
Advanced landscape features:
a. Studless water, as described earlier in this thread.5.
Castle specific features:
a. Roads: no change, except maybe loosen the color restrictions to allow for cobblestones, muddy tracks, etc. Maybe as subsections to roads.6, 7, 8, etc.
b. Walls: Ditch the whole "move to an 8cre" idea and just leave them centered. Made planning confusing and they fit along the edges of all 8cre types so why bother?
c. Wharfs: As per discussion I decided on 4 bricks tall (5 from water level) plus one plate for the surface. Matches with other height-related standards for simplicity. Examples will be given for making taller wharfs backed by raised terrain.
Features for other themes?
General landscaping tips
All thoughts and feedback appreciated. Oh, and none of these changes will be made official til after BrickCon so stick with the old article for anything you're building for this year's display.