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Offline Beefmo

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[WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

on: March 23, 2010, 12:57:03 pm
We'll call this technically first time poster :P

I was struck yesterday to work on a 32x32 mountain tileset for a visualiser and could really use some C&C. I should explain that the visualiser uses a construction method where blocks are seperated by floors vertically, so that every block has a floor above it, and in some instances below it aswell.

I started out with some mock tiles I whipped up and moved onto detailing and cleaning them. Thats where I've struck a dead end. I think I've lost alot of the "rock face" feel that I saw in my mockup. The ramps were a late addition last night just trying to get a feel for how they might look, just thought I'd get that one out of the way. So really I'm asking for a few extra sets of eyes to take a look and tell me what you think.

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 02:57:48 pm
I suggest sewing together the rocks in the centre, rather than having that same, dark gray outline. Might make it more rock-face-like?

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 04:30:23 pm
if the lighting on the top facet of your blocks were brighter it would help to distinguish the different planes and make the blocks look more dimensional.

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 10:56:35 pm


Decided to start from the mock again, tried working on smoother vertical tile transitions (but its kind of hard when its picking random tiles), softening the center floor tile edges and removing alot of the lines on the wall block faces... but it seems I added in more on the way... still trying for the rocky look  :(

Also adjusted the contrast which does seem to make it pop more, but I'm not sure if its a good thing. Maybe I took it too far, I dont really want it to stand out "too" much.

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 11:10:32 pm
Is this for a Dwarf Fortress visualizer?

If so, I like the current style, don't overcomplicate it or you will lose visibility and clarity.

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #5 on: March 23, 2010, 11:11:01 pm
I remembered seeing something like this in Super Mario RPG, maybe you can get some inspiration from there.

Watch out, it's kinda big...

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 01:02:33 am

This is just a quick palette edit of the first picture, but I think it can help. I'm not really sure why you went with blue, but just changing the hues, and upping the contrast can go a long way.

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010, 01:44:56 am
Blue can work ok, just shift the top face towards cyan (which also makes it lighter) and the right faces toward violet.  Also from the first version.



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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010, 03:57:43 am
To Gil: It is for a Dwarf Fortress visualiser called Stonesense. I realise a simpler style would probably work better, but then again it just a visualiser, and I suppose that it's me making a tileset for something I would like to see. Even if it doesnt fit well I can still call this practice! Since really this is my first attempt at a tile set :-[


To buddy90: Thanks for the ref, if anything it gives me a good sense for palettes, but the constant repitition in the tiling in that is something that I really want to try to avoid.


To setz & Tourist: Honestly... I dont know why I chose blue, I just started with it mocking up, and kinda lost myself :P I'm really torn between both your palette choices. I like the warmth that setz's gives, but on the other hand I like the cold feeling of the solid rock... so I'm really not sure which way to go. I'll keep messing around with palettes tomorrow.


But for now:





One using Tourists idea for the palette and the other with setz. This was working off the second mockup and also tried to smooth off the floor tiles to try to get to a more natural look, also lost the moss for a more simplistic look. I still think the contrast between faces isnt enough.. so like i said tomorrow is palette messing day! :P




Quick Update:



Tried smoothing the colour transition and removing the dithering after some concerns were brought up about conflicting style. Also tried upping the contrast between the faces, but I think It's looking too washed out now ><

Feels like this one isn't doing what I want it to :P So fresh eyes tomorrow and I think its back to the drawing board. I think I'll really try to lose alot of the jutting stones and try for more of a smooth but still rugged look for the faces.

« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 09:31:01 pm by Beefmo »

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Re: [WIP] 32x32 Isometric Mountain Tileset

Reply #9 on: March 26, 2010, 10:10:40 am
HAHA, this is crazy! I made an edit but it fudged itself when I saved it, so it got lost - but your latest edit contains everything my edit had in it - more dither structure on top of the rocks/floor pieces, plus more smoothing out on the floor + some anti-banding! : D awesome.

Ah, one thing. The bright shade feels a bit too bright, ESPECIALLY on the white-gray one. ease it up a bit : D
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