Per Eriksson

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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The Hiroshige art Gallery

The Hiroshige art Gallery

On this day 1858 Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) one of Japans much-loved artists life ended. Hiroshige travelled Japan and depicted landscape and Japanese life in early 1800. Looking at his art has helped me a lot in understanding some aspects of Japanese culture, art and architecture. Combined with lots of help from Miyoko Solo I now know a precious bit more. I thought it fitting to make a Hiroshige Art Gallery  close to the Main Castle in “The Lost Castle”  The paintings are a random selection, even though Hiroshige lived in the end of the existence of the Tsuyama Castle I think his art is still...

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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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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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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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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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