Like the title suggests, I’m trying to redesign the Kingdom of Gilneas in Ue4, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Gilneas, it is a zone in World of Warcraft, I’ve heavily admired it for years, since it was released, and the very early concept. I like how it feels a lot like an English city, the dark atmosphere still feels beautiful, the sheep roaming the rolling hills, and etc. I’ve attached some images for your viewing pleasure. I’ll try to depict the dark skys, the thick grey clouds, and the fog of the whole zone in the images, the handpainted art style, the trees, it feels like a painted picture, but it is a 3D asset, I’d like to achieve that feel with my redesigned version, granted… I’d like a little more of a realistic aspect to my version.
Things I’m struggling with so far is the lighting, I don’t know how to achieve the darkness that Gilneas has, while still remaining … bright? I think that is the word for it, maybe it is because Blizzard implements very little real dynamic lighting, but the objects aren’t overly shadowed or dark, they are illuminated, and the atmosphere looks like it is stuck in a permanent storm. Anyone who can help me achieve this look, I’d REALLY appreciate it, and try to pay you back anyway I can.
This is the reference image that’s why. THAT IS Gilneas…
@ OP, Use a directional light and a sky light, set the sky lite to have very little power, as well as the directional light.
Adjust the light colour of the directional light.
Use an exponential height fog. Alter the colour of the fog to somewhat match the scene here. Also increase its density, start distance and so on.
Which do you want? :You can’t do hand drawn and realistic XD
Hand drawn stuff is exactly that, you either hand draw it and scan it in, alter it in Photoshop, or hand draw it entirely in photoshop.
For more realistic stuff you could use cgtextures.com for source images, manipulate them however you want.
The art style can take a while to get how you want, it takes time and effort. That being said, I do’t see anything overly complicated in any scenes ive seen of this place (Don’t play Wow btw)
So I’ve decided I’ll just form the landscape as best as I can since I have no idea how to turn an .obj into a heightmap, my new problem is that I can’t get the foliage color to look the same as the grass material below it, Blizzard managed to do theirs perfectly, probably because they aren’t working with highly detailed foliage. So anyway, I’d like to know how I can grab the color of my landscape and use it for my texture, don’t just drop a link here to some other topic, because I’ve seen those topics, and I’ve seen how they don’t explain what freaking nodes they’re using, a guy showed me how to do it awhile back, but … I can’t get in contact with him anymore. so DONT link me to some other topic where they explain how to do this, but don’t explain the nodes. - or they expect you to figure out how to do it, just with attaching an image of their material setup.
Here’s an image of how things are looking so far, trees are straight out of speedtree, the lighting of the scene is very bad, and I’m struggling over all.
Side by side comparison; game is on right, UE4 is on left