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tomrommel123 Mar 2020 1:51 a.m. PST

I finished my rice paddies for my Vietnam games. I got the STL files from 3D Alienworlds. Here are pictures of the finished rice paddies:

More pictures and info about the build here: link

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 2:46 a.m. PST

Brilliant. I continue to be amazed by what can now be done with 3D printing and, if I do ever get into 20thC technology (let alone 21stC), I will try to emulate your work.

I did wonder at first if the water should be much muddier…but the lesson from Venice recently is that, if no longer eboing stirred up, the brownest water soon turns crystal clear. Now we want to see lots of footbridges and connecting banks and pathways…all with those curious strings of wire across them at ankle height.

and yes, your regular postings will be so welcome during this period of isolation.

Fitzovich23 Mar 2020 3:25 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting! Great looking terrain.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 3:31 a.m. PST

Very nice.

Legion 423 Mar 2020 8:04 a.m. PST

Very nice work ! But just a minor observation. The water looks too blue. The paddies I've seen in the ROK, and they are everywhere, were shades of brown or even black. link

You could just give the paddies and even streams a wash of dark brown and or black to get a color closer to those …

And you can't forget the smell of the paddies in the hot summer sun. Yuch ! frown

Hayes Wauford Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 8:29 a.m. PST

Cool! Nice work! Love your table shot at the bottom!

Oberlindes Sol LIC23 Mar 2020 2:56 p.m. PST

Really great stuff. The berms around them work well. Rice paddies I've seen in Thailand are usually below ground level, with a berm much like the ones in your pictures. The water is always darker and browner.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 5:49 p.m. PST

Nice job! I'd also consider giving the beds a coat of clear gloss or a thin layer of Woodland Scenics' "water effects".

Like L4, I have "fond" memories of Korean rice paddies, both in summer and winter.

Legion 424 Mar 2020 8:04 a.m. PST

Yes, no matter what the weather, the paddies in the ROK were there. They seemed to be everywhere most of the time! One of the most prevalent terrain feature thru out the countryside. The good thing about winter, in the ROK, the paddies didn't smell and no swarms of bugs flying around …

22 months with a forward deployed Mech Bn, '84-'85 and 2 tours on the DMZ was enough for me ! I had to get back to the world. Even though I was requested to stay for another tour or two a number of times by the higher command.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 8:40 a.m. PST

As a national of the Republic and born in Waterford, I would agree.

Do not mess about with the Paddies.

Rumour is that they were not too cautious in the Far East about the source of the fertiliser. Water is tricky to model in 3D, much easier on a 2d artwork. So much depends on the colour of the sky and the angle viewed.

I must agree these would look EVEN better with just a minor bit of work with a brown wash or varnish poured on and let settle. But you have certainly prompted some interesting discussion as well. We need that right now.

Legion 426 Mar 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

In the ROK and I'm sure in many other Asian countries they pretty much use just about anything as fertilizer !

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