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Overhill was a small village in the Westfarthing, to the north of Hobbiton and The Hill, marking the end of the short road that ran past Bag End and Bagshot Row.

This is ArdaCraft's recreation of Overhill, a small village of the Shire from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Located just a few miles over the hill from Bag End it also lies within the bounds of the Westfarthing. Overhill contains a few features typical of a village such as an inn and farmland surrounding it but also contains a small orchard, post office and graveyard to distinguish itself from others.

Overhill's farmlands were planned out by Benzathoth, our resident horticulture expert using a crop rotation system. This means that whilst some fields are in use to grow wheat, some others are left to rest in order to replenish the nutrients that were used to grow crops in a previous year.

Note that in some screenshots wool is used in trees as a placeholder texture.

Overhill forms part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to Glov for leading this project, and to the entire community of builders for helping out.

Overhill can be viewed from above on ArdaCraft's dynmap. There is no download avaliable, but ArdaCraft is a non-whitelisted server which anyone is welcome to come and explore, provided they have installed our modpack first.

All information can be found in our website at http://ardacraft.me/.

Credit to https://twitter.com/CrankerManMC For Renders
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06/26/2016 6:37 am
Level 45 : Master Fox
LimeeFox avatar
GG you got my respect. That is rare :o
06/26/2016 5:41 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
GiantDinko avatar
It's so beautiful! I love it, thanks for this world! :D
06/25/2016 6:19 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Cake
JakBB avatar
It's nice to have a render on one of your projects, but this one honestly has way too much lens flare.
The flare is often used to hide areas without much detail, but your map, especially with Conquest has a lot of detail that the render could benefit from.

EDIT: also the blur doesn't help...
06/25/2016 7:12 pm
Level 43 : Master Architect
CrankerMan avatar
can you tell me what lens flare you're talking about?

And the blur is only in the back of the scene to highlight the rest
06/26/2016 6:28 am
Level 39 : Artisan Cake
JakBB avatar
The back of the image is really bright, I guess you can't really call it a lens flare, but it has a similar effect.

The thing I'm trying to say is that your render feels like highly color corrected picture of a miniature, which is good for most of projects you do renders for, but what I always liked about Ardacraft is how it felt real and unique, you could feel the atmosphere, the humid air, the smell of grass and all that stuff, with your render that kind of gets lost, because the colors look more playful, and it overall feels just different.

But that's just the way I feel about it, I hope you don't mind the feedback :)
06/26/2016 6:41 am
Level 43 : Master Architect
CrankerMan avatar
I actually agree with you about the choice of style. This one is definetly one of my weaker renders this year.

For some reason Conquest_ and C4Ds render engine don't really look good in close up renders (or at least I didn't manage to get it to look good).

The only thing I disagree with is the "bright glare = similar to lens flare".
It's a common misconception that lens flares are always bright and blinding.
But they can also be subtle (most of the time they are (or the artists tries to), just not in pop media).(example)
06/26/2016 8:43 am
Level 39 : Artisan Cake
JakBB avatar
Ok so lens flare is the wrong term :)

About close up shots with C4D, Conquest relies all on Connected Textures and Metadatas, which I guess you don't have when converting the save file to an OBJ, it would require someone to recode whichever OBJ converter you use, and I don't see that happening anytime soon :(
06/26/2016 8:53 am
Level 43 : Master Architect
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Nah that's not the issue. The meta-data textures are available.
It's just that the resourcepack looks weird in C4D renders (imo)
06/25/2016 12:40 pm
Level 29 : Expert Architect
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Looks amazing !
06/25/2016 4:45 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Procrastinator
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Look cool
06/25/2016 2:57 am
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Blockhead
Mine Maus Craft
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I love it <3
06/25/2016 1:57 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Senpai
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AWW ITS SO CUTE, You make the best hobbit stuff.
06/24/2016 8:12 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Musician
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I can't get over how pretty this is.
06/24/2016 7:29 pm
Level 48 : Master Artist
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Well done as always guys!
06/24/2016 7:32 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Network
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Thank you as always!
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