This one is called "Carillon IV : East of Eastur"Carillon IV was first colonised in 2482. In 2537 it became the new home of the Pasteract when they were exiled from Earth early in the fifth dynasty of the Resource Management World Government.In the 26th century, on the windy green plains of Carillon IV the New Primitives rode Arabian horses and herded boola beasts between the silver towers of long abandoned ancient Asamack Response citadels.They shared the world with half a dozen Pasteracht communities who had their main temple at the lakeside city of Eastur. The Pasteracht were cultural refugees from all the continents of Earth and they were signatories to the Old Charter with the rights of the Firstborn.Here a few wild horses gallop on the grassy expanses that stretch East from Eastur, overlooked by the colossal relics of the extinct Asamack civilization.
This was a reasonably quick and simple image but as I am near the beginning of my Terragen learning curve, I'm trying to learn at least one new thing each time and I definitely learned a few things with this one. Here it was mostly about the reflection shader and also control over going deeper into the layout and look of clouds. I wanted the Asamack Response towers (which were quick objects knocked up in Hexagon) to blend into the sky, breaking through the cloud layer to emphasise their distance and size, but at first they blended too well and the specular reflections looked like fragments of clouds. I was trying to make it a little visual puzzle to pick out the shape at the top of the two right hand towers but the puzzle was too hard until I added some colour to the reflection, dropped the reflectivity and increased the surface roughness. Now I feel it's just about right. The vibrancy of the image is quite high and I did spend some time messing about in photoshop and thinking about toning it down before deciding (as I quite often do) that I actually liked the way it came out of the render best and I wasn't going to alter it. I've kept the foreground very simple as I wanted the feel of an empty windswept plain and the terrain surface is very basic too (also got a little deeper into the possiblities there), but I kind of like it not over complicated. In my imagination, before making this image, the Asamack towers weren't anything like so massive but creating this art work fed back into how I now think of them and in a good way. Terragen is so great at conveying a sense of enormous scale, it's lovely to take advantage of that.