This Palace and Terrace Garden scene is based on the Achillion Palace and garden on the Mediterranean Island of Corfu. It consists of three levels of terraced garden plus a top level on which the palace is located. The palace is in the neo-classical style.
This very detailed scene has been created in 3ds Max 2012 and uses the mental ray renderer. All objects are textured. Sixty different textures are used in all. Most textures use mental ray's shaders and templates. 103 custom images are used in the textures. The images sizes range from 256 x 512 to 2048 x 2048 and most are in power of two resolutions. Most are JPG files plus a small number of PNG, TGA and TIF files.
The scene can be viewed in daylight or twilight by switching between two custom made scene states. The daylight state uses the mental ray daylight system. The twilight state is lit by eighty five lights plus an Omni 'moonlight'. All the lamp posts, lanterns and wall lights are lit. The palace interior has walls and floors to allow windows to be selectively lit.
The real world size of the palace and garden is 160m by 40m. A simple terrain extends this further, but is mainly there to show the product in a landscape setting.
Everything you see in the preview renders is included in the product except for the human figures which are only shown to help you appreciate the scale.
The scene contains twenty two cameras most of which have been used to produce the published preview images.
All the scene objects have been organised into hierarchical groups. All objects are editable polygons and have been cleanly modelled. The scene is 95% quads, 5% tris and no ngons. Key objects in the scene are:
-Stylish, three floor neo-classical palace. Features detailed Ionic and Doric Columns.
- Ornate steps between Terrace Levels.
- Two Arbors. Each 32m long with Orange plants (including fruit) along full length.
- Fountain with splashes, ripples and foam. Not animated.
- Seven types of vegetation: Lavender plant, Yucca plant, Yucca tree, Red Hot Poker flower, Yellow flower, Silver leafed shrub, blue flowered shrub.
- Four variations of the same type of Palm Tree.
- Two types of metallic fencing, two styles of stone balustrades and one type of stone fence.
- Wall lamps, hanging lanterns and two styles of lamp post.
- Monopteros (circular temple-like structure).
- Mediterranean style table and chairs plus attractive stone benches.
- Realistic grass (using 3ds Max Hair and Fur and an underlying grassy texture).
The product has a very high number of polygons which enables you to render good looking close ups throughout the scene. No sub-division has been applied but all models are sub-dividable.
All the preview renders were produced on a Windows 7 PC with 4gb ram.