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Landscaping ideas

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:44 am
by roerich
Reviving and reposting this thread from here the old forums

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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:38 am
by Luxray
Didn't berry already make that first picture as part of his Druadachs claim? :)

The system works!!

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:41 am
by roerich
I think so!

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A view of the Dragonfields from the south. In the background we see the Dragontail Mts. transforming into the mesas of the Druadach Highlands. The small mesa next to Dragonstar can be seen in the foreground on the right, Dragonstar is just outside the picture.
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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:15 pm
by spineinside
I thought about college of Winterhold seeing these certain shapes, it's quite interesting idea for a set of buildings,
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When it comes about wide cliffs and mountain slops it would be very natural to arrange a sort of floral rock shelf enviro:
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We already have in-cave narrow canyons, lovely to have them in the exterior world:
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some other pre-occupated locations abandoned or destroyed by nature
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pass between peaks
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so in love with this tonight...
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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:46 am
by vrolok
Some pictures, hopefully something might be useful, I tried to pick some interesting ones. Is it okay to leave them here?

Southern River
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Stone Columns
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Whiterun
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North
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Northern River
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Mountains
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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:23 am
by worsas
Is it okay to leave them here?
Sure. Nice photos.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:11 am
by roerich
Yup, this thread is pretty much free-for-all. A place to share interesting and inspirational pictures of Skyrim-relevant landscapes.

And nice stuff indeed. The Whiterun photos are spot on.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 9:34 am
by roerich
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Northshore

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Saarthal

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 1:46 pm
by Luxray
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Interesting rock formation (again from Skye)

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 1:26 pm
by roerich
Silly Luxray, that's clearly Colovia.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:09 am
by roerich
Solitary mountains and vasts forests encircles Lake Ilinalta of Falkrentheim.
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The high altitude tundra plateau of White Hold is home to large herds of wildlife.
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The Jeralls. Impassable most of the year, except for the daring caravans going through Pale Pass.
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Approaching the majestic Mount Arnthor near Winterhold, one can see remains of some of the earliest Atmoran settlement.
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Legendary Snow-Throat.
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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:44 pm
by Fullmetalnyuu
Hey guys, I was just browsing on tumblr and came across some interesting architecture that I thought might fit into the forests of The Rift or Falkreath holds. Translated from http://www.agetorp.se/backstugan/backstugan.htm: In the early 1800s a man named Little Jon lived in this so called earth cabin (swe. ‘backstuga’) located in southern Småland, Sweden. An earthen cabin is built partially buried in the ground, in this case there’s three walls of stone and one wall made of wood. In Sweden earthen cabins was common in the forests from the 1600s until the late 1800s

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Here are some interiors:

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I think it'd be interesting to happen upon little homes like this in the woods of Skyrim, inhabited by alchemists or hunters. Thoughts?

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:42 pm
by Luxray
Welcome! That is indeed an interesting concept. Thanks for sharing it :)

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:13 am
by roerich
Velkommen på brættet!

Indeed, those would be nice to have for the more forested areas. I once makeshifted something like this for a witch cabin, but it hasn't made it into our mod yet. Would also make great homes for hermits, highwaymen and small Hörme groups.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:43 pm
by roerich
Allright, a few hours of makeshifting later...

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Here's the cabin of a solitary hunter/trapper type character, using the cabin as a seasonal home when out hunting for longer periods of time. This would fit nicely in a small grove in the southern Solitude Forest. It would actually also be a nice player home. The (possibly aging) hunter could give the player the location of the cabin (and his blessing to use it), after doing a small task or whatever for him.

This was quite fun to make, but obviously a finished set would be easier to implement more commonly. Hardly a priority right now though, and I think makeshifting goes a long way. The interior can manage (although I'm nearing my quota for using galleon meshes outside of their natural habitat), but the exterior would really benefit from a moss-covered roof.

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Edit: It's possible to make the roof look good better as well with available assets.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:38 pm
by berry
Wow, that looks rad as hell :o I can't believe I missed this discussion and the proof of concept. It would be fantastic to have some assets like these; three possible ways to employ that idea come to my mind:
  • a forest cottage, pretty much as seen in roerich's concept, with two grass textures - one for Haafinheim and one for Falkreath
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  • White Hold tundra houses, with shingle or thatch roofs starting to be overgrown with local brown/orange grass; also I can't help but I'd love to see Whiterun houses having whitewashed walls - maybe we could use Nord farm set as a basis for retexturing?
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  • Hjaal houses - a burrow in the swampy hill in fact, with just a wooden facade. Like this ↓, but much more savage and run-down, to be accompanied with tribal huts.
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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:25 pm
by roerich
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Snow whale

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:29 am
by Scamp
We're not actually going to have snow whales, are we? Might as well include the Dirt Patch then :D

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:07 am
by roerich
Implementing them as creatures ingame probably isn't feasible, no. But I wouldn't mind references to them in the most remote mountainous areas, like: dialogue references, echoing whale noises as a random wilderness sound, whalebones found across the frozen peaks, etc.

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/79265/?

And, we already have the Dirt Patch texture

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:26 am
by Scamp
Oh, I'd love to see some of those whale bones high up in the mountains. That would certainly add a very nice touch for anyone familiar with the story.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:15 am
by Tes96
These pictures are all great but many of them lack snow. The 1st PGE seems to imply that most of Skyrim is snow (apart from the southwestern border like the Reach) and not how it's portrayed in TES 5. Someone correct me if I'm mistaken.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:02 pm
by Scamp
Tes96 wrote:These pictures are all great but many of them lack snow.
Well, the idea isn't to implement exactly what's seen on those pictures. Besides, most of Skyrim is snow, but not all of it, especially not some of the holds and regions specifically mentioned in these posts (such as the Druadach Highlands).

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:49 am
by Scamp
Kilkreath mountains as seen from Haafinheim:

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Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:19 am
by Oh Bother
berry has a good point with the sod roofs, but I think they should be fairly widespread in rural areas of most of the warmer holds. (They'd still serve to insulate pretty well in the snowier holds but you won't be able to see the dirt under the snow, so.)

In medieval Scandinavia, sod roofs were extremely common because dirt is cheap and it insulates better than homes made out of only wood and/or stone. I was extremely disappointed when all the homes in Skyrim had thatch or tile roofs. Wiki has a good rundown of it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod_roof

Particularly interesting to me is this reconstruction of a Viking-age chapel and longhouse in Iceland, both with sod roofs.
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Of course, those are in much better shape than the ones in Skyrim ought to be, so they'll probably be more akin to these ones.
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(That last one is actually in Montana but I think it fits the theme)

This also allows for roof goats, which, if they could be properly implemented, I think would add a nice little bit of extra weirdness to the world.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:30 am
by liamewilliam
All these pictures are so beautiful. These landscaping ideas are amazing.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:32 am
by henrywilson03
Stunning landscaping shots!!

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:20 am
by medricmozz
These landscaping ideas are really nice. All the photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots.

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:44 am
by sarahmark
I really liked all the landscaping designs you shared in this thread. Please keep sharing!

Re: Landscaping ideas

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:42 pm
by PeLe18
Wow, maybe we should start building houses with sod roofs again? I can't be the only one who likes the look medieval scandinavia had going on