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Old 10-08-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Improved Villages Mod

All files, links and screenshots updated, all taken with Diveplane's Shadows, Mustang's Clouds, PeterP's HDR and SweetFX 1.4 with PeterP's settings in Spring.

Recommended for Helicopter Pilots;
My original version with blended textures from Toby23's Low'n'Slow and Enhanced Terrain Mod & Rocky's Trees here (321MB) in JSGME format;

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Toby23's Low'n'Slow & Rocky's DTAC Trees with this version here (392MB)


Recommended for Fighter Jocks;

Rocky's DTAC Terrain & Trees with this version here (842MB)

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Toby23's Enhanced Terrain & Rocky's Trees with this version here (341MB)

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Foxbeard's Terrain & Rocky's DTAC Trees with this version - Removed due to claims of Plagiarism (T@ker -> Foxbeard)

All versions are JSGME and 1.2.7 compatible

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Hey guys, I've been playing around with ideas for years on how to improve the towns and villages in DCS ever since I really started flying very low with DCS Black Shark as whilst the town textures look great flying an F-15 at 20,000ft, they're not so great in a helicopter at 50ft. All of my initial work hinged on aligning the 3D objects in game (houses, warehouses, etc) with the textures of the towns and adding additional 3D objects where needed to bring them to life, as it turns out I've been looking at it the wrong way!

Inspired to start work on this idea again by Rocky and Toby23's excellent terrain mods, I started playing around with the textures themselves and have created a mod compatible with both of these as well as the standard DCS terrain.

I have a lot of ideas on how to further improve these textures and add a lot more details, but for now I plan to release the current version and get some flying hours in again as I've been so focused on building these textures for the past month I've hardly logged any time on stick at all!

Below are some of the images of the new Towns and Villages that are in the final stages of testing with the boys and girls at the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion before I release them, shown with Stock, Rocky's DTAC and Toby23's Low & Slow Mod. I hope to have them available by the weekend.
First, here is the stock DCS without any Terrain mods:
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Here is what the mod looks like with my version:
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Here is what the mod looks like with Toby23's Low'n'Slow:
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Here with Rocky's DTAC Terrain & Trees:
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Here it is with Toby23's Enhanced Terrain
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Here it is with Foxbeard's Terrain Mod
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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amazing work. a really nice and fantastic add on. waiting for that for years now. . . thanks in advance!
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Yes, that looks incredible! Can't wait to try it out.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:16 AM   #4
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Just what I was thinking it'd be cool to have! Great mod!
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Looks great! Thanks!!
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I see you removed the 2D pictures of villages... those with flattened hoses. Is that correct? How is seen from distance when 10-20 such small villages should appear?
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I see you removed the 2D pictures of villages... those with flattened hoses. Is that correct? How is seen from distance when 10-20 such small villages should appear?
Effectively, yes I removed the existing textures containing the 2D village textures and replaced them with new ones with tree bases, dirt roads and some other small details which align with the structures.

As for how it looks when 10-20 should appear from a distance, the second and third images of each version show approximately 30 of these village tiles together.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:26 AM   #8
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Great Idea, highly appreciated
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:34 AM   #9
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Looks interesting. Looking forwards to try it when is ready.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:54 AM   #10
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finally some improvement on the Villages The WIP Shots look great so far..but I wonder If it would be possible to add some parking places, forecourts or stuff like that...so you don`t have just Buildings on the green Fields

Anyway great Job, and I am looking forward to this!
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