Is there any list of who's doing what on the map, so that we don't duplicate one another's efforts?
Excellent question. There are so few object placers now, that any area is free fire zone for you to place.
That said, since I was the one to first place objects in France at Pas de Calais, I consider Pas de Calais Nord
as my personal Dukedom! So I will start a list:
1. Pas de Calais Nord = stickman
You are welcome to place anywhere else, France or Britain.
We generally limit our meager object placement time and resources to villages at and around the airfields for now.
This is because a lot of game play takes place near airfields.
I understand that there are new terrain textures for the villages, which we should concentrate placing objects on while leaving the urban textures alone because they are going to be replaced.
Yes, but there are two textures for villages, img0022 which Ben has primed for placement now (OK to place upon),
and img0024 which has not
yet been primed OK for placement.
Leave all urban areas alone for now. I will post pics of all the city and village textures so that you can ID them in game below, here.
These village textures represent actual villages that I could find on a map, I assume. Is there some way that I can identify them with the BOBII program or do I just need to find a map and identify them as best I can?
In Britain, the village textures are placed pretty well as to historical accuracy. Them Rowan boys (all Brits) did a damn good job
trying to make South England mapped right. The forests (raised) are also pretty well spot on, as our UK cousins may say.
You can ID the villages within game play (again, see me pics below) but may take some hours to get the "eye" for them.
A man can never have too many maps!
If you be serious about this, I suggest you gaffle up some maps of South England and Northern France.
If you do not yet possess the 1939 high resolution maps that JamesB had scanned (at his personal cost) of south England,
and you are truly serious about placing villages, then I will give you my JamesB map of the area of your intent.
I also have some 1939 high res maps of northern France that Osram gave me, though not as detailed as the Anglo maps JamesB got to us.
When created, should I post a screenshot to see if they are acceptable, and if so, send them to the BDG in a file so that they can be added to the official map?
If you are serious about improving the look of BoBII by populating the naked areas, post pics of your work here.
WORK! a 4 letter word if there ever was one! Say it over and over and over and over again! Sounds ugly!
COUGH! Anyway.. post some pics. Osram or Buddye will likely treasure your efforts and welcome into the ranks of the skeletal BDG.
Do the good people of Southern England object to someone from across the Pond trying to recreate their farms and villages?
AH! Our UK cousins can be very picky whence US ignorant Colonials try to mess with their sky, sea, and terrain!
Fear not so much about this, as they appreciate all efforts to make their Battle of Britain better.
Paul "Bader" will be the Editor, here. I throw rocks at him all the time. Sometimes they hit him in the head!
Could a simple farm be created on an open field somewhere, or is there too much of a chance that the landscape tiles will change?(In other words, should I just stick to the new village textures?)
Are you a city slicker? Ain't no buildings on open fields! Fields are for crops or pasture for meat stock. Beg pardon, amigo..
Plenty places on the "rural, agricultural" textures that we have now, to place farm buildings."is there too much of a chance that the landscape textures will change?"
I spent 3 months and placed thousands of buildings (old Rowan ones) from Southampton to Portsmouth, at cities
before WoV release.
Did not look all that good, but better than before, IMO, and can I say WORK, over and over again?
Then... things changed. New city textures. Waste no time on the cities, lest your precious time be wasted, they are not yet ready.
Uhmm.. do I expect the terrain textures to change? Yes, and all in time. One village texture, img0022, that ben made special for his village objects, I hope will stay the same with the same structure.
Herein, you can safely bet that your houses will not be blown down by a Hurricane!
Just to follow up on my post above, one idea that intrigues me is making a template(or several varieties) of a generic farm that could be applied on open fields across the map. Would this be a help to you?
I encourage you to make farm templates. Many varieties of them, the more varieties, they better look.
Have you ever cut and stacked hay? Threshed wheat?
Just keep the farm buildings away from the open fields/pasture. An occasional cow shed maybe appropriate in the middle of a pasture,
but I ain't sure if the English do so.
US Montana cowboys don't usually build cowsheds. The Herefords and Black Angus cattle best weather the winter blizzards
on open prairie best they can!
This is something that I will probably only be able to do in pieces, one little bit at a time, and not at any kind of fast pace. Please don't laugh, but it seems like a task that could be soothing, in a way, or do I not know what I'm getting myself into?
As the Object Placement "expert", I will advise you that it takes time to make it look good.
I can also tell you that once you've made a village that looks good, and placed true to it's geographical location,
your heart will swell with pride!
Like making good babies!
If you are tired and bored with just shooting things, and reckon to try to create something,
you've come to right place.