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  • The big inspiration thread!

    Hi,
    lets post possible sources of inspiration for (fellow) mappers!
    Please, no discussion in here, no questions, no map requests, nothing!

    Just sources of inspiration. E.g. a movie title with a screenshot and a short description why it might be a possible source of inspiration. Or a link to an image of a building or a piece of machinery.



    Here is a website with many rendered images of oil-rig concepts:
    http://www.ciaas.no/
    If you want to build a realistic oil-rig you can take a few images from there and either stick to one or combine elements from a few of them.

  • #2
    Robert briscoe who is working on the mod dear esther for hl2 has an interesting dev blog. In this page there is some concept art that was made for him and i think its awesome. Especially the lighthouse.

    http://www.littlelostpoly.co.uk//devblog/
    KF-Crag_Final
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    • #3
      Originally posted by shadowwill View Post
      Robert briscoe who is working on the mod dear esther for hl2 has an interesting dev blog. In this page there is some concept art that was made for him and i think its awesome. Especially the lighthouse.

      http://www.littlelostpoly.co.uk//devblog/
      Indeed, I've been following that blog and that guy sure is talented.

      I find abandoned places quite inspiring, so here are a few addresses:
      http://www.hfinster.de/StahlArt2/archive-en.html
      http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten....utogallery.php
      http://www.designshed.com/lostamerica/index.html

      I think that guy's drawings are a good source of inspiration aswell:
      http://www.pringleart.com/?action=list&cat=dark_sector

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      • #4
        Chernobyl is great for abandonment, such a great atmosphere.
        KF-Crag_Final
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        • #5
          http://community.livejournal.com/abandonedplaces

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          • #6
            http://www.opacity.us/
            most extensive urban exploration site on the web; full of abandoned power plants, schools, hospitals, etc.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Imajus View Post
              http://www.opacity.us/
              most extensive urban exploration site on the web; full of abandoned power plants, schools, hospitals, etc.
              Dude thats badass!

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              • #8
                Here's a blog with amazing photos of waterfalls. If you ever need one:
                http://southeastwaterfalling.wordpress.com/

                Little low-res, but great for inspiration.
                Last edited by Murphy; 12-10-2012, 12:04 AM.

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                • #9
                  Resident Evil 1-3 had great climate with great spots (the game series). No need to post anything about it more I'd say. The more RE maps are here, the better I'd say, and best if they're story type like RE1 mansion.

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                  • #10
                    Usually using other games as a source of inspiration, especially in terms of layout. I'm currently using a Borderlands arena for inspiration of a layout. Not sure it works out, though. Corruption was based on a couple of rooms from a very old map of mine, DM-Vrais for UT... if you look closely, you can find the layout outlines.
                    When coming to visuals, take a close look to anything science fiction, suits me more than urban legends, Dead Space, Alien, and anything industrial, factories and so on.
                    [URL="http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198015450180/myworkshopfiles/"]Swanky's maps[/URL][URL="http://forums.tripwireinteractive.com/showpost.php?p=797380&postcount=1"]
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                    • #11
                      I would love to see some more London maps -
                      South bank between courtyard of shell building, festival hall and london eye
                      Inside battersea power station (if i did a map i'd love to make this.)
                      Leicester/trafalgar/parliament square. There's already a smaller park/square map that i haven't seen for ages it was good thou.
                      In+under the stands of a football ground.
                      Around docklands area, with millenium dome.
                      There's still so much of London that could be done it's a shame ppl don't attempt it.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dogbadger View Post
                        There's still so much of London that could be done it's a shame ppl don't attempt it.
                        Agreed

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                        • #13
                          Googlemaps StreetView... it's so badass!! The inspiration is all over the world
                          [url=http://steamcommunity.com/id/drunkenwolfer/][img]http://steamsignature.com/card/1/76561197965767478.png[/img][/url]

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                          • #14
                            http://www.busyboo.com

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                            • #15
                              http://imgur.com/gallery/gcpa0

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