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River Boat

River Boat

The Yoshii river has been an important part of the Tsuyama Castle town.  It was acting like a second moat  to the south  but more importantly it was a busy trading route.  Travels on water needs boats and all sorts of river crafts appeared. This craft is designed to ferry people in comfort  either across the river or upstream or downstream.  

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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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Megaregions like them or loathe them?

Megaregions like them or loathe them?

Megaregions alone makes Opensimsulator the number One choice for 3D environments. CombineContiguousRegions = true this is the magic words in Opensim.Ini startup Megaregion lets you combine many 256 X 256 meter regions into a seamless larger region. Let me say from the start megaregion is work in progress not everything works 100%. Nevertheless if you take your time, familiarise yourself and understand the few quirks megaregions have you will find your effort well rewarded. Recently we converted our “The Lost Castle” opensimulator 0.7.3.1 20 region build to a megaregion and at the same...

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Tokae Light festival (Nara Japan) as seen in The Lost Castle 3D world

Tokae Light festival (Nara Japan) as seen in The Lost Castle 3D world

Our version of the Tokae Light festival (Nara Japan)  The Ukimidou will be part of our "Welcome to The Lost Castle" area.  

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Miyoko Solo and P3d display a dragonfly in The Lost Castle

Miyoko Solo and P3d display a dragonfly in The Lost Castle

I ike to show you more 3D art from Miyoko with a little help from the friendly p3d people. This time a dragonfly  and a Funkia wildflower from Japan. P3d is a nice way to show digital models and if you have a modern browser with WebGL enabled it will give you an interactive 3D view.  You can interact with the model  by using the small toolbar on the left side of the screen. We are still learning how to use this tool and we need to improve the way we texture. Technology like WebGL and html5 makes it possible to use the modern browser like a 3D viewer not having to download any  plugins. Please...

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The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

To cross the river was a tricky part of life and in 1620 there was no bridge across the Yoshiigawa. A ferry business  carrying  people as well  as produce and animals soon established itself on the north side of the river. Flat bottomed  boats  like the Koku and Takase boats were used. The river provided for transport but also provided food and soon a thriving fishing business also developed. River navigation can be treacherous and navigation aids like the small lighthouse guided river traffic at night. The Ferryman's house maybe looked something like this farmhouse style house with living...

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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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Opensim avatar making

I working year 1600 period japanese outfit and hair style by mesh model creation. 17世紀日本の服装とヘアスタイルをメッシュモデルで作っています。なぜなら一般的にはセカンドライフやOSグリットなどのアバタのヘアスタイルを見栄えよく作るには150プリムから200プリムもの多いプリムカウントが必要で、装着するとアバタの活動に支障が出てきます。しかしメッシュモデルで作りますと35プリムから40プリムでリアルな髪型が作れます。ユーチューブにムービーで随時紹介してますので、ご覧ください。 http://www.youtube.com/user/2010miyokosolo?feature

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The Lost Castle The Township layout

The Lost Castle The Township layout

The Lost Castle is work in progress. The area in Tsuyama  that we try to cover is roughly about  1.5 x1.5 km. In the simulator it is difficult to get a draw distance more than 1 km  the amount of data  is hard to handle. However this photo gives you an idea of where the moat is and the size of the  Township. What you can't see is the mountain range  to the south (that is in the top of the photo).

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