Advanced rock formations in Vue

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Learn how to build complex rock structures basing on Vue terrains.Now you'll be able to build in Vue rock formations similar those from Mojoworld.

czarnyrobert on 12:21PM Sat, 08 May 2004


Vue Terrain editor is a great tool for terrain setting.
Unfortunately Vue terrains are planar funtions - which result is terrain elevation.
You can't directly build in Vue rock formations similar to Mojoworld.
If you are looking for more complex terrain shapes inside Vue, you have two solutions:
1) use rocks
2) use joined terrains positioned vertically
Of course both solution may be mixed, so you can obtain the best results.
I used this technique to build rocks for my scenes:
"Birth of new continents"
"Megaurchins Canyon"
In this tutorial I will show how was build the rock on which Megaurchins nest.
I assume that you are at least a mid advanced Vue user. I can not explain here every action - I will rather show you some ideas that you can apply and develop in your own works.

Tutorial Comments

Xpleet  1:41PM Tue, 22 April 2008

this is one neat tutorial BUT, how did you get a polycount over millions?

malaiarasan  6:06AM Thu, 09 August 2007

in this is it possible using metablob tool for combine all in one?

demondude  10:02PM Sun, 15 April 2007

One question: once you've joined the 6 terrains together, do they all come into the editor as one?

gendragon  6:04PM Sat, 24 February 2007


Dr_T  4:11AM Wed, 29 December 2004

Good tut. Never tought of doing such things with the terrain tool. thnx a lot.

gnurf  6:44AM Mon, 26 July 2004

Excellent tutorial, one of the best I have read at Renderosity.

A_  2:19PM Mon, 24 May 2004

very interesting! thanks for sharing. :)

Incarnadine  11:51AM Fri, 21 May 2004

Thanks for the tut. This technique may be applied to more than just vue. Some excellent tips and ideas. Thanks again.

petshoo  4:09PM Mon, 17 May 2004

Wow, fantastic tut! Thanks for sharing, your pictures a stunning!

sittingblue  4:34PM Thu, 13 May 2004

I loved your tutorial. I liked how you explained how to used bright, but different, colors to distinguish terrain and material. Thanks!! ;)

czarnyrobert  9:56AM Mon, 10 May 2004

The link to artis's website is shown under each thumbnail picture in their gallery, but here is the shotrcut to my site:


Sprryte  7:16AM Mon, 10 May 2004

Hi Robert, thank you SO much for posting this great tutorial - I'd like to understand more about how you mixed and made the rock material. Could you give your website here - or just message me with it? Thanks again for creating this tutorial! *It's great!

czarnyrobert  6:55AM Mon, 10 May 2004

Please, remember that best results you will get mixing this rock technique with SIMULATED AMBIENT LIGHTING. The tutorial about lighting is on my personal website.

gerberc  4:14AM Mon, 10 May 2004

Thank you very much for making and sharing this!! It's awsome and I'll certainly try the technique you describe!

FrenchKiss  1:48AM Mon, 10 May 2004

Wow Robert, this looks fantastic! Thanks ever so much!!

czarnyrobert  3:46PM Sun, 09 May 2004

Hi ! Don't be afraid to post anny comments, especialy some critics & requests for more details on some steps or further explanations. Let say, this tutorial is only first prototype, and thanks to your comments I will be able to improve it.

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