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Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL and SlyOwl

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:21 pm

Hey all,

Do your castle figs live in a world like this?
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Would you rather their surroundings were more like this?
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Check out DNL's new how-to article on landscaping with LEGO, full of tips and examples to put your Castle MOC into a more natural setting.

(Btw, no offense meant to the first examples given above. I simply wanted things with some figs on an unadorned baseplate.)

Edit - I've added an appendix by SlyOwl, derived from his long post on the second page of this thread.

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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby footsteps » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:52 pm

Nicely done, with lots of good (and bad) examples. The tree/foliage section was quite illuminating.

There are two peeron links within the article that don't appear to be active -- may be a coding error.

Some of the rocks examples made me a bit sea-sick trying to focus on the undulating surfaces. :)
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Athos » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:42 pm

Nice article of examples. I think it would be better if it had some simple 'how-to' illustration of some of the techniques.

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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby The Shadow Knight » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:45 pm

Hahaha. The bad example on the right is mine! :roflol: But I was taking pictures of the fig and I just used that as a background. I wasn't really concerned with the background that much, so please don't think that I can't build surroundings. :lol:
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Kevin1990 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:25 pm

its really an greate topic, but I think this is reallyfor advanced people I know I could never build mountains and differant hights like that It would take years for me not to menchan ALOT of bricks, and for kids who dont really have a full time job and a very low salarij this is basicly really inpossible, I do admit it looks way cool when you have levels in the sceneri but it would take alot of green bricks and slopes to create it.
so I am just keeping ti right now to the bassic plain low level stuff, and hopefully in a few years I can take a look at this topic again and finnaly build some great stuff like this. mostly the trees look amazing way beter then the standart lego tree's!

so all I got to say this is really great and the picture are amazing but its nothing for me :(
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby shmitty » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:43 pm

VERY !! helpful although it woulda been kinda nice to see how some of these harder techniques r done cause i was looking at some of these think :twitch: " how do they do that ". This post has given me a idea :eyebrows: :twisted:
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby LegoLord. » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:19 pm

Cool idea. I love Chris Edward island. ;-)
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Garbageman13 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:23 pm

A very nicely done topic! I love landscaping, and was impressed with all the MOCs. I'll definatly look back on this when I need help on my landscaping.

Thanks Daniel, and God bless.

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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby legokilt » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:07 am

I bow at the feet of the masters. Hope fully with some more parts (and money) I can make my castle's landscape more life-like. Thanks for posting this great article.
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby outcast » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:41 am

YES!

I have been waiting for a landscaping article for ages

Thank you so much. :D
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby medieval_total_lego » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:54 am

thank you dnl, very well done!
what about increasing the utility of this article with roads and paths?
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Teherean » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:19 pm

I already had a small sneak preview from DNL through PM, but it was nowhere near as awesome! Let's try some of this stuff.
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Bruce N H » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:44 pm

@Alan - oops, the coding error was mine (I used forum codes rather than html for the links). It's fixed now. Thanks for pointing that out.

@Shadow Knight - I hope no offense was taken as none was meant. I just wanted a couple of pics of figs on plain baseplates, and so intentionally chose things where there was no pretense of landscaping (rather than choose something where someone actually tried but did a bad job). That's why those two pics aren't clickable links, but the positive examples I gave in my initial post are, because I didn't want peoplel to follow the links as if I were casting aspersions.

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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Memsochet » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:18 pm

Kevin1990 wrote:its really an greate topic, but I think this is reallyfor advanced people I know I could never build mountains and differant hights like that It would take years for me not to menchan ALOT of bricks, and for kids who dont really have a full time job and a very low salarij this is basicly really inpossible, I do admit it looks way cool when you have levels in the sceneri but it would take alot of green bricks and slopes to create it.
so I am just keeping ti right now to the bassic plain low level stuff, and hopefully in a few years I can take a look at this topic again and finnaly build some great stuff like this. mostly the trees look amazing way beter then the standart lego tree's!

so all I got to say this is really great and the picture are amazing but its nothing for me :(



I think you might be very surprised as to what you can accomplish with very little bricks. I would even venture to guess that the very large mountain scenes don't actually use much more brick than what is seen on the outside. When I have time I'll post some pics I have of some rock-scaping I did for the base of a castle I was working on(it's still a WIP, but currently boxed while I focus on other things). Basically I used a bit of SNOT(several pairs of http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4213 and http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4315), a line of 4x plates, a line of 2x brick down one side of the plates and about 100-200 slope bricks per side(that might sound like a lot until you actually see that it's about a sandwich baggy full). The effect looks pretty good, and hides the fact that I was using raised base plates for the foundation of my castle. Now each side did take about 2-3hrs to do, but that was so I could make it look as random as possible.
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Re: Landscaping: a how-to article by DNL

Postby Kevin1990 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:18 pm

Memsochet wrote:
Kevin1990 wrote:its really an greate topic, but I think this is reallyfor advanced people I know I could never build mountains and differant hights like that It would take years for me not to menchan ALOT of bricks, and for kids who dont really have a full time job and a very low salarij this is basicly really inpossible, I do admit it looks way cool when you have levels in the sceneri but it would take alot of green bricks and slopes to create it.
so I am just keeping ti right now to the bassic plain low level stuff, and hopefully in a few years I can take a look at this topic again and finnaly build some great stuff like this. mostly the trees look amazing way beter then the standart lego tree's!

so all I got to say this is really great and the picture are amazing but its nothing for me :(



I think you might be very surprised as to what you can accomplish with very little bricks. I would even venture to guess that the very large mountain scenes don't actually use much more brick than what is seen on the outside. When I have time I'll post some pics I have of some rock-scaping I did for the base of a castle I was working on(it's still a WIP, but currently boxed while I focus on other things). Basically I used a bit of SNOT(several pairs of http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4213 and http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4315), a line of 4x plates, a line of 2x brick down one side of the plates and about 100-200 slope bricks per side(that might sound like a lot until you actually see that it's about a sandwich baggy full). The effect looks pretty good, and hides the fact that I was using raised base plates for the foundation of my castle. Now each side did take about 2-3hrs to do, but that was so I could make it look as random as possible.


Mm thanks well show me some picture and I would deffently try it :O anything for a beter landscaping:D
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