Request: Planetary Background Scenes

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Request: Planetary Background Scenes

#1 Post by Zanzibar » Wed Oct 01, 2003 4:47 pm

Here are a few bare-bones "concept" scenes I have rendered for your review/modification using POV-ray. Also included are the source files, so you can modify them appropriately (and output them in png format and the proper resolution/size).

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Used random rotation for the height field that generates the terrain, so the ground appears different for the different scenes. Again, feel free to modify and tweak for your needs.

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#2 Post by Zanzibar » Thu Oct 02, 2003 5:40 am

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This is a height field with some trees and grass. Don't ask me to render it with water or a galaxy right now, as it already takes forever to render even on my AMD Athlon 1700+ (well, maybe if I made test_render true... but that's not as good looking)... Just givin' you guys some more stuff to play with in POV-ray ;)

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#3 Post by Zanzibar » Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:06 am

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Re-render of first picture with terrain from 3rd picture. 2nd pic is a re-render using the night sky from the 2nd pic.

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#4 Post by Zanzibar » Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:30 am

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Re-render of night scene with 2 moons. Of course, some of the spiffy planetery maps or what not could be applied to the moons for an even "cooler" look... however, I don't have access to them. And yes, I know... the moons are in front of the clouds :(... if someone could fix that, that would totally rock ;) Also, making the moons appear in different phases would rule... but I think that's beyond my abilities...

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#5 Post by Moriarty » Thu Oct 02, 2003 11:04 am

Nice. But generally (and i'm just being picky here :) ), star-light isn't bright enough to be reflected from water.

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#6 Post by Zanzibar » Thu Oct 02, 2003 3:02 pm

Well, if the stars are as close and as bright as the ones in the picture... it would be reflected in the water!! Remember, this is an alien world... ;)
Anyhow... I think I've pretty much reached the limit of what I'm capable of doing with POV-ray. If someone else wants to take over for me, that would rock. Don't be afraid to play around with what I have done. Also, for other environment types... you just change the color of the sky, or the ground liquid, or possibly the texture over the terrain. Add some plants, or even delete the terrain all together (for an ocean world)... there are quite a lot of resources that you can use on the main pov-ray website. Oh, also to get the star/galaxy background to render you will need Chris Colfax's galaxy include file, found here.

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#7 Post by Zanzibar » Thu Oct 02, 2003 5:56 pm

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A re-render of the day scene with a green sky and red lava... see what did I tell you?? Anything is possible... Could probably use some of the 3.5 media and atmospheric effects to make the lava steam... (I don't know how to do that...)

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#8 Post by utilae » Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:32 pm

This stuff is way cool!!! :D

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#9 Post by Zanzibar » Fri Oct 03, 2003 3:39 pm

utilae wrote:This stuff is way cool!!! :D
Have you tried playing around with my source code yet?? it's even cooler when you do!! ;)

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#10 Post by Zanzibar » Mon Oct 06, 2003 2:14 am

here is a website for digital asteroid models for pov-ray that might also be able to be used as moons... (or maybe you need some cool pre-rendered asteroids... also wouldn't be too tough to make a spinning 3d pre-rendered animation...).

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#11 Post by Zanzibar » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:13 am

I think this thread needs a sticky... could the forum moderator please sticky this?? thanx!! :)

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#12 Post by That Guy » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:43 am

I can make things like that in 3d studio, all I need to do is applt a noise modifier, and find nice textures. I already have a great looking Mars planet scene, with a great night sky.

If you guy want, I could make a sample.
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#13 Post by utilae » Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:35 am

Yeah, why not.

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#14 Post by Zanzibar » Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:33 pm

That works... the more scenes we have, the more variety we get to have in the final release!! :)

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#15 Post by Extremepumpkin » Thu Oct 16, 2003 1:04 am

Here's my example (Done in Bryce, touched up in PS7):
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