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Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP

Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/10/19 05:53 PM

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Greetings All,

Over the last couple of weeks I have taken a break from my airfield PE updates to return to a joint project that was started some time back by one of our resident 3D model artisans, Fullofit. He's had a passion for some time to see one of the most famous WWI Western Front landmarks in the WOFF landscape and took it upon himself to craft the needed item - the Abbey at Mont St Eloi. After he'd knocked together the undamaged visage he asked if I would take a crack at creating textures for it, which I did. And, as is often the case with these sorts of projects, one thing has led to another and I ended up building an entire facility for it with custom landscape tiles. Along the way Fullofit has built additional models that were needed for the facility that include the Abbey gate house, gate house keeper's residence, and wall sections. Also used in this, and also crafted by Fullofit for an earlier WOFF project, are the graves for the cemetery. He and I have things far enough along that it seems a good time to post a few teasers for you all to take a look at. Both Fullofit and Robert Wiggins now have a beta of the mod that they will be testing and if that goes well Fullofit will build the damaged version of the Abbey for a second facility file so that the look will change after the shelling of the facade by the Germans later on in 1915. While he is doing that I will be finishing up the needed landscape tiles for autumn and winter after which we hope to make the mod available to you all. So, without further ado...

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So many projects, so little time. smile2

Cheer!

Lou

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Posted By: AceMedic88

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/10/19 07:15 PM

Wow. That's amazing. Can't (patiently) wait!
Posted By: Trooper117

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/10/19 08:45 PM

Stunning stuff as usual old chap!
Posted By: Raine

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/10/19 09:59 PM

Wow! Can't wait for this one. Thank you!!!!
Posted By: HarryH

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/10/19 11:17 PM

Splendid work, Fullofit and Lou! Keep it up smile
Posted By: OvStachel

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/11/19 01:27 AM

jawdrop
Posted By: gaw1

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/11/19 01:34 PM

Nice!!!
Posted By: rtoolooze262

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/12/19 02:37 AM

Fantastic work!
Posted By: Shredward

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/12/19 08:21 AM

Those twin towers mark the gateway to Vimy Ridge and Jasta 11 territory in Bloody April. Well done !!!!
Cheers,
Shredward
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/18/19 05:37 PM

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Thanks for the accolades and encouragement folks, it is appreciated, and after the last week on this project, much needed. Fullofit and I had a fairly large curve ball thrown at us when it was discovered that there are landscape tile issues during the summer months with the in-sim town of Mont Saint Eloi. From the looks of things two of the main landscape tiles meet right where the town sits and neither one of them wishes to play nice with the other nor with the town mask itself. The following is how things look in the stock town when the many wheat fields turn to gold:

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After putting so much time and effort into actually having the abbey in the sim we did not want it perched on the edge of a town that looked so mismatched, with houses sitting in the middle of fields and numerous dead-end streets going nowhere. Soooooo, while Fullofit created eight new generic, low-poly houses that I could texture and use in the town, I took on the project of building two additional facilities with custom landscape tiles that would mask over the offending fields and allow me to redo portions of the town to get it all looking a bit more proper and to better tie it into the surrounding landscape. Keep in mind, when you drop a new facility into the WOFF landscape the tile for that facility wipes out any buildings and/or trees it covers, which means you have to repopulate the area you mask over, (thus the need for additional generic houses for the town). After a week this is where we are now at:

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Take note of the damaged abbey towers now completed by Fullofit, which is what you will see from 1916 onward once we have this one wrapped up. Props yet again to the devs for this fantastic sim and the unimaginable hours they must have put into it over the years, which every one of us who builds mods for it is painfully reminded of every time we take on the task.

Later all,

Lou
Posted By: HarryH

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/18/19 11:46 PM

Beautiful!
Posted By: HumanDrone

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/19/19 01:03 PM

I like the fellow flitting about in his aeroplane in the foreground! But to add to the praise of the others, this is really wonderful and I hope to be able to incorporate all this careful work someday!
Posted By: Deejan

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/24/19 09:08 PM

Lou, Fullofit

Awesome! Thank you both for taking the time to create these mods!
Cheers!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 12/25/19 02:52 AM

Cheers!

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Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/01/20 02:30 PM

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First of the new year teasers! Fullofit and I are getting close to done with this - very close.

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Posted By: Shredward

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/01/20 10:18 PM

What a great landmark, well known to soldier and airman alike !
Cheers,
Shredward
Posted By: gaw1

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/05/20 11:56 AM

awesome....have you left enough room to fly between the towers?
Posted By: loftyc

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/05/20 12:30 PM

Originally Posted by gaw1
awesome....have you left enough room to fly between the towers?


oh, I'm sure we'll find out...!
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/05/20 12:55 PM

It looks pretty tight, but if it is possible, it will give a whole new level of meaning to "thread the needle"!!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/05/20 07:44 PM

Gaw1, hope this answers your question.



Cheers!
Posted By: Sandbagger

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/05/20 08:40 PM

Now THAT is just showing off dance
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/06/20 01:15 AM

Sandbagger, are we not supposed to do that? driving
Posted By: vonBaur

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/06/20 01:23 AM

"If you build it, they will fly through it"
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/06/20 01:29 AM

yep
Posted By: Shredward

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/06/20 01:47 AM

like, Wow !
Posted By: Trooper117

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/06/20 11:47 AM

YIKES!...
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/08/20 03:13 PM

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Yes, well, that's all very nice, but real men do it with a DH-2 between the full towers.



winkngrin

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Posted By: Shredward

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/08/20 04:13 PM

I have a feeling this is not going to end well.....
In fact , history may have it wrong, and the truncation of the towers was not due to German shelling at all
Posted By: HarryH

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/08/20 04:51 PM

Haha, nice flying chaps. This is looking wonderful, congrats!
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/08/20 11:11 PM

Lou, salute



Shredward, mystery solved!
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/08/20 11:47 PM

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Oh, the humanity!

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Posted By: Shredward

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/09/20 04:04 AM

Just like a Hun :
Bring a sausage to a sewing bee
Posted By: Sandbagger

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/09/20 11:24 AM

Originally Posted by Fullofit
Sandbagger, are we not supposed to do that? driving


Ask Navarre - he died practicing yep
Posted By: Raine

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/09/20 01:31 PM

Doesn't one normally overestimate the size of one's sausage?
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/09/20 02:40 PM

eek
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/21/20 02:43 PM

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Good Morning All,

Fullofit and I have wrapped this one up and the file has been sent to Sandbagger for inclusion on his User Mods Page, but for those of you who might be itching to try this mod out and don't wish to wait, here is the link for a JSGME ready zip file: Abbey at Mont St Eloi LINK

For now this is a standalone mod so you will have to disable all the other airfield and landmark mods you may have installed. Keep Panama Red's PE Facilities Models enabled and do not worry about the overwrite warning you get as things will revert back when you uninstall the Abbey. You will have both versions of the Abbey, before and after the German shelling of late 1915. Let us know if you see any issues with this, though hopefully Fullofit and I have worked out all the kinks. Also, Robert will be adding this to his Consolidated Mods Package at some point in the not-too-distant future at which point you will be able to use it along with your other favorite mods. smile2

Enjoy!

Lou

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Posted By: Raine

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/24/20 12:17 AM

Lou, Fullofit,

Congratulations on this achievement! It's a beautiful piece of work. I'm about a thousand miles away from my PC all week so it will be a while before I can enjoy it. Thank you for all the great work.
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/24/20 01:54 AM

Raine, I should have expected you to check in on this work. You are the first to acknowledge this significant mark of WW1 history.

Best Regards
Posted By: Raine

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/24/20 03:45 AM

Robert, great to hear from you (and can't wait until this is in the Consolidated Mods (slave driver that I am)!

Cheers,

G
Posted By: BuckeyeBob

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/25/20 03:16 AM

Robert and Fullofit, great job! Can't wait for it to be integrated into the Consolidated airfields mod. Until then, maybe we should start a skills competition--who can fly the largest aircraft through the twin spiers? Unlike Fullofit, I don't recommend starting with a Zeppelin, however!

Maybe a Gotha? Only one way to find out!
Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/25/20 05:17 AM

Originally Posted by BuckeyeBob
Robert and Fullofit, great job! Can't wait for it to be integrated into the Consolidated airfields mod. Until then, maybe we should start a skills competition--who can fly the largest aircraft through the twin spiers? Unlike Fullofit, I don't recommend starting with a Zeppelin, however!

Maybe a Gotha? Only one way to find out!


Hi Bob, I can't take credit for this mod. It's the work of RAF_Louvert and Fullofit.
Posted By: BuckeyeBob

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/25/20 05:46 AM

Ah, shucks. My apologies to you and especially Lou!

My dotage is is apparently catching up with me sooner than I thought.
Posted By: stljeffbb

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/25/20 01:39 PM

Originally Posted by RAF_Louvert
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Good Morning All,

Fullofit and I have wrapped this one up and the file has been sent to Sandbagger for inclusion on his User Mods Page, but for those of you who might be itching to try this mod out and don't wish to wait, here is the link for a JSGME ready zip file: Abbey at Mont St Eloi LINK

For now this is a standalone mod so you will have to disable all the other airfield and landmark mods you may have installed. Keep Panama Red's PE Facilities Models enabled and do not worry about the overwrite warning you get as things will revert back when you uninstall the Abbey. You will have both versions of the Abbey, before and after the German shelling of late 1915. Let us know if you see any issues with this, though hopefully Fullofit and I have worked out all the kinks. Also, Robert will be adding this to his Consolidated Mods Package at some point in the not-too-distant future at which point you will be able to use it along with your other favorite mods. smile2

Enjoy!

Lou

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Beautiful!

Looking forward to putting this in game.

Regards,

Jeff
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/25/20 03:07 PM

Originally Posted by BuckeyeBob
Robert and Fullofit, great job! Can't wait for it to be integrated into the Consolidated airfields mod. Until then, maybe we should start a skills competition--who can fly the largest aircraft through the twin spiers? Unlike Fullofit, I don't recommend starting with a Zeppelin, however!

Maybe a Gotha? Only one way to find out!

Bob, you know I can make that model “fit” a Zep, Just sayin’ stirthepot
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 02:11 PM

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Fullofit, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 02:32 PM

Lou, you sound like my parole officer, ... erm, ... I mean my Commanding Officer. Yes, that’s the ticket.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 02:39 PM

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What we've got here is - failure to communicate.

Oh look, a parking meter.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 03:02 PM

A parking meter? Where?! I saw it first! Give! Give! Give!
Oh, it’s just Yoko Ono.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 03:08 PM

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Oh my god, no. And - and - she's singing. Make it stop! In the name of all that's holy, MAKE IT STOP!

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 03:32 PM

Quick! Drop a quarter in the slot. It works for parking meters.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 04:12 PM

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But what if it works like a jukebox instead? I'm not taking the chance.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 04:53 PM

Last time I dropped a quarter into the parking meter it displayed a 60. That means I lost 100 pounds.
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 06:22 PM

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I know where at least twenty of those pounds went.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 06:24 PM

The pub?
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 07:12 PM

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Yes, let's call it the pub. And a long, bulky coat should cover the pub quite nicely.

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Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 09:06 PM

Does my pub look big in this coat?
Posted By: Raine

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 10:01 PM

Fullofit! Louvert! You two louts knock off the chatter and come up and sit here in the front. When I was your age...
Posted By: Fullofit

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 10:18 PM

Ohhh, Moooom!
Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 01/26/20 10:51 PM

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Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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Posted By: RAF_Louvert

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 04/11/20 04:31 PM

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So folks, this mod has been finished and available for a while now and I was just wondering if any of you eagle-eyed aces, (apart from Fullofit), have spotted the little Easter Egg I placed in it. Seems appropriate to ask seeing as how tomorrow is Easter and all. biggrin

Post a screenie if you think you've found it.

Cheers!

Lou

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Posted By: Robert_Wiggins

Re: Abbaye de Mont Saint Eloi, another WOFF WIP - 04/11/20 07:20 PM

Well at my age, if it's not the size of an ostrich egg, I'll never find it!! biggrin
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