If you wanted to make a rock-pool (aka tide-pool) in Vue (or Poser-for-Vue), and you don’t especially want to get into a “model it all yourself” situation, what store content might be useful?
DragonsNest DragonsKeep might give you a quick-start on a terrain mesh, if you were just doing a top-down still-life view into a circular tide-pool. Drop a sand-textured bowl to cover over the volcanic cracks.
500 years of rolling around in the ocean? That’s going to make a rock rather mellow and smooth. Photo Props: Sea Washed Beach Rocks are modern high-res 4k-texture props for Poser by ShaaraMuse3D.
There are also Photo Props: Weathered Rocks from the same content maker, again with 4k textures. These could be suitable for making the rock-pool edges, especially if your pool is prehistoric.
And a big 60-prop Oceanic Submersion set.
Also needed would be whole lot of fine half-buried grit and small shell-flakes, bits of tiny organic debris, but that’s possibly best layered in afterwards with Photoshop or done as a 2D texture.
On the Cornucopia store there’s a nice tiny seaweeds pack for the temperate zone, at an even nicer low price. They are also ecosystems for Vue.
There’s also a free starfish there, but it’s a bit simple and naff. There’s a more impressive paid-for one Starfish by Barry Marshall plus a very lovely small Sea Crab of exactly the sort you’d see in a temperate rock-pool.
If you wanted to do a prehistoric rock-pool, Cornucopia has a number of authentic small prehistoric sea creatures that are not 400-foot dino-monsters.
Sadly the best crab-meat type of crab, Noggin’s Poser Crab is no longer sold. But Terrors of the Deep: Jellyfish is, and might make for a more a interesting picture element, draped over some rocks, and would add colour.
Sea-shells are fairly easily had. But perhaps add a few pieces of Pirate Treasure, peeking out from the sand?
Fast3D has some free Beach Creatures for Poser which are low poly, but could be used as very small ‘micro’ elements in the scene. There’s also a teeny-weeny barnacle you could probably mix into a Vue ecosystem used at very small size. Perhaps it could be added to the Seaweeds ecosystem (see above) at low frequency, to add variety.
Water and sand:
You’ll be needing some suitable water and sand, of course, but that shouldn’t to difficult in Vue. Big 8k sand textures should also be fairly easy to find or make.
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