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3D Oshidori duck

3D Oshidori duck

Making 3D models of most things nature is always a big challenge a daunting task. Miyoko and myself working together  and coming up with a bit different versions as always it is work in progress. The two male ducks are in Ukimidou region of The Lost Castle no doubt eagerly waiting  for the arrival of some female ducks to make the family complete. The Oshidori is much-loved  in Japan and Eastern China. The males strikingly colourful plume is a spectacle in itself almost cartoonish looking. The brightness of the male is offset by the more subtle look of the female.  They are migratory...

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The Lost Castle Christmas New year

The Lost Castle Christmas  New year

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday time. It is a Festive time in The Lost Castle In Year 1616 I am sure Mori Tadamasa would not have celebrated Christmas but I bet he was happy some 400 years ago to see his Tsuyama Castle town being borne. For us TLC started purely as a test, us uploading mesh to our test opensimulator. It did not take long for us to fall in love with Tsuyama Castle but to rebuild the existing mesh model "created by Honey" and make it work in Opensim was a big undertaking. Tsuyama Castle town after you get to know it is a very cleverly designed township it is not only practical,...

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Building a new Donjon Opensimulator and Blender at work.

Building a new Donjon Opensimulator and Blender at work.

The lost Castle has a main keep or “The Donjon” It was one of the first buildings we made  and it is a mix of prims, sculpties and for a good measure a few mesh items made it in the end. It was all linked in one overly large  file and every time  you got  close to the building  things started to get a bit sticky. What about if we build a new one from mesh alone?  Start up Blender and get to work, many triangles later I mean thousands and thousands ,   we have a new Donjon. A Japanese Castle is a structure with graceful lines, simple and clean. It is a post and beam construction,...

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The Shimafukurou owl a 3D Model.

The Shimafukurou owl a 3D Model.

The shimafukurou is an endangered breed of owl found on Hokkaido in Japan only 130 -150 birds are still alive . The shimafukurou (or The Blakiston's Fish Owl) is one of the worlds largest owl, it is an iconic bird that signifies Hokkaido. In the past it inhabited the whole of Hokkaido but now it can only be seen in the eastern areas. Shimafukurou is revered by the Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japan as a Kamuy (divine being) called Kotan koru Kamuy (God that Protects the Village). To understand more how the Shimafukurou is regarded by the Ainu people the short story translated by Deborah Davidson “Where...

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The Lost Castle Ukimido Welcome area in opensim

The Lost Castle Ukimido Welcome area in opensim

Lately we have spent our time creating a welcome area for The Lost Castle. Miyoko suggested we include the ambiance of the  Ukimido Pavilion located on the Sagi pond at Nara, Kansai as our main building and welcome place. It sounded like a brilliant idea, a few days later Miyoko is on her way  to Nara to take photos and get a feel for her new 3D project. Meantime  I worked on the  terrain for the megaregion we hope to attach to OS Grid a bit later. The intention is to create a mountain landscape region containing mainly nature. A place for exploring and maybe a place where you can find...

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The Lost Castle down by the Yoshii river

The Lost Castle down by the Yoshii river

  Miyoko is spending some time by the Yoshii river, adding a smaller temple together with  trees, grasses, tracks and roads. Yoshii river acts as a natural moat to the south of The Lost Castle . The main entrance to the castle is from the south. To enter the castle you first have to negotiate the river then a moat after that  a maze of gates and walkways. We are 3D modeling outside the moat at the moment. When Tsuyama castle was built  a township formed between the river and the moat,  a few inns, shops and houses  that later become  Tsuyama City.  As the castle was situated on a busy...

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