The build is finally finished. I am quite happy with the results, seeing as I had to cut my allowed time short. I realised after starting the build that my ideas were probably a bit ambitious for someone with my level of skills in the Second Life world. It does look better than I expected it to though so overall I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.
I must note here, that the build looks best, and was planned to be viewed at night. The part that took the longest and the part I like the look of the most was the probably the bridge it was particularly irritating at the time, all of the small fiddly little bits, and the building interface and I didn’t really get along very well. but in the end i think its OK
I added a little glow to some of the features in the build. After looking through a few scenes from lord of the rings I decided that I liked the ‘angelic’ feel that the elves had to them and i felt that this effect was appropriate. It also light’s the place up a little bit when viewed at night.
I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the treetop effect implemented in time so i just scrapped the idea, after doing so i realise that the bottom of the platform that was covered up due to the treetop effect I had in, was now visible and looks fairly ugly from the bottom. Also the tower\tree looks a little too crafted, I should have added a few branches into it.
The top platform of the tower I did like. Although the railings are a bit stolen from the bridge down below they still fit in. Bending them to the curve of the platform was not one of my favourite parts.
I build the tower first of all and finalised that before I got to the forest part. When my avatar decided to actually display itself almost at the end of the build i realised that i had built everything a bit too small. To overcome this in the little time i had left i had to stretch everything and make it bigger. I didn’t like the results of this development, it now meant that everything had to be squished together a lot more than anticipated and now it seems marginally claustrophobic when you first arrive.
Even after having a few mishaps close to the builds end, I stille feel that the finished product is not as bad as I originally anticipated. I wouldve added a few photos of the final product in but since its all squished and id have to take a lot of photos, its better just to go see it for yourself.