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Kropotkin30331 Oct 2013 9:55 a.m. PST

Hi all,

This week I have been having a go at using Google Sketchup to make a random 3D terrain generator. In a nutshell I've created squares that correspond to different types of terrain such as bad-going, clear, woods and hills as well as roads and rivers. The squares are given random names so you never know what will come out of the bag. Once the squares are built up into whatever size board you want you can save it and set it up using your own real terrain. Here are a few pictures.Sketchup allows you to rotate the board to see the battlefield from each side's perspective as well as zoom in or out.




I got the idea from the old Muster the Troops website


and thought it would be good to try something similar in 3D.
One thing that makes it not entirely random is if you pick a road or river. Then you need to add other road or river squares to make the terrain feature "work". Squares can be rotated to make the topography fit.

Hope you guys like it. Comments and crits welcome.

Bigger pics on the blog.

Marcus Maximus31 Oct 2013 11:42 a.m. PST

What a great idea thanks for sharing Nick.

getback01 Nov 2013 1:49 a.m. PST

Genius. Any chance you could post a tutorial or share some files? Would like to give this a go but have never done any 3D modelling before.

Kropotkin30301 Nov 2013 4:26 a.m. PST

Thanks for the encouragement guys.

I have made a tutorial on using Sketchup to make a wooded hill on the blog. Its quite picture heavy so i won't post it here. As far as posting the files I'm at present not too sure about that as my models have used someone else's trees. They are free to import into any model you make, but I'm not sure about onward distribution.


Badgers01 Nov 2013 5:45 a.m. PST

Excellent stuff!

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