Resources & Tutorials

Several

of the quite essential terrain-making tutorials and resources can be hard to find sometimes... Until I get around to writing the definitive all-in-one Guide to Terrain Making... theres a selection of handy stuff below...All of these tutorials, resources and tools are, of course, the property and copyright of their original authors and I offer them here simply for convenient access - so if you learn how to make your own ground textures, or find your roads are easier to lay, or install in the first place - thank Beton, or Homer, or Alliex... * and mention them in your "credits" *

As well as tutorials theres a few links to software, utilities and data sources I've found handy at one time or another...

Alliex's Other Tutorials — All of Alliex's other Visitor tutorials... not quite as essential as the Roads one, but it's all interesting reading...

Alliex's Roads Tutorial — Alliexx's well-known tutorial series covers several initial aspects of terrain-creation... this one is probably the most useful, and covers the installation and basic use of the road parts and road tool - an essential step in initial build environment setup.

Betons Ground Textures Tutorial — Betons classic ground textures tutorial should tell you all you need to know to make your own custom ground texture tiles - Tutorial uses only freely available software...

Experimental Nanoterrain - 4096x4096 x 1m - Heightmap only. — This is a 4096x4096 - 1m cellsize experimental heightmap... Originally intended for testing small cell-sizes, it's actually quite a pretty landscape for a synthetic terrain!

Falklands 40K Source Files — Just the essential required source files for the Falklands Islands 40K scale test demo island... working version in the Downloads Section... Some people have found these files handy for looking at a basic set of working island files, plus - who knows, maybe someone might choose to take it on as a project someday...

High Pass Filter Plugin for Gimp — This is a basic hi-pass filter plugin for the Gimp art package... Photoshop has one of these by default, but if you use Gimp and you want to make proper MCO textures - you'll need this...

Homer Johnstons Road Tool Beta — All the different versions of Homers Road Tool in one package... Its really essential to read the whole instructions and discussion thread for this... http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=97074

KPTypes.dat — Back by special request from Old Bear, who noticed it was missing... this file will add all those keypoint types to your Visitor 3 locations menu... just place this file in your Visitor 3 main program directory.

Limnos Island Scale Demo - Source Files #1 — All the required Visitor 3 source files for the Limnos Island Scale Demo... working version in the 'Addons & Downloads' section... Includes matching streetmap data... Split archive - approx 305Mb in 3 parts...

Limnos Island Scale Demo - Source Files #2 — ...part 2 of 3

Limnos Island Scale Demo - Source Files #3 — part 3 of 3

Marksman's Defining Airports & Airstrips Tutorial v2.0 — All you need to know to get functional ILS on your airfield.

Random Object Placer — In the days before World Tools this was as good as it got... still very handy on occasions, this is a Visitor script for your "scripts" folder.

Snappable 50m 'pond object' — Standard Arma 2 pond object 50m tile - with added snap points.

SRTM DEM Data Download Interface for Google Earth — Install the free Google Earth, doubleclick this file, and it'll install a Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data overlay... you can visualise all the available data tiles and download directly...

Visitor Objects Template — Import this "dummy" .pew file into your project using Visitors "Project\Import Templates" option to automatically add (most) of the Arma2 and OA Artificial and Natural objects to your objects lists

World Tools Definitions for Arma 1 Veg — This file will add all the Arma 1 trees, bushes and plants to your Worldtools Forest Generator library... (with pictures)

WorldTools OA Veg definitions — This file will add the Operation Arrowhead Trees & Bushes to your World Tools objects definitions list - with pictures of each.

Yeonpyeong Island 1:1 scale Demo - Source Files — All the required Visitor 3 source files for the Yeonpyeong Island 1:1 scale Demo terrain... working version in the 'Addons & Downloads' section...

ZeroG's Mapmaking Tutorial - part 1 & 2 — This should NOT be the first tutorial you attempt... however, once you have the basic concepts under your belt you'll find a wealth of slightly more advanced procedures in this tutorial... Some essential reading once you're at the 'working with GIS' Realworld Data stage