Wooden arch scene - now with particle grass!

Hi all,

I saw this arch in a garden this morning and decided I’d model it.


Now it just needs a scene… anyone got an idea of what? Something other than a garden perhaps?


Hi 3DMantis, that arch looks like the entrance to a railway tunnel. Like this one: http://www.qsl.net/wd8rif/img/kings1.jpg.

Hmm, it does I guess, although mine is more garden / decorative style.

A scene for it, what about a park?

It’s a cool idea, but I’m a little conserned about the “construction” of the arch.

  1. a few of the "X"s apear to be suspended in the middle of those squares by fishing wire or nothing (left side)?

2.Also, I would hope that the different pieces were jointed (ends angled to fit each other). This piece looks like it would blow over in a small gust of wind.

Suggestions: tighten up the structure. Angle the ends of the pieces for a tighter more sturdy fit/ look.

Its a nice piece, just needs some adjustments.

That’s called a “garden arbor”.

SpindleRift: Hmmm, yes I didn’t work for too long on it yet… I’ll see what I can do. This was purely from memory and I didn’t think much about the physics behind it. I’ll google for a few pictures of garden arches (or garden arbors, according to RetroJ.

Hmm… a park? That’s a bit of what I didn’t want. I’m wanting something more original.


Try a pool with some step-stones, the park in the background (not as the main subject). This will be a good point for practising Fresnel reflections and bring more “ooh and ahhh…” shiny stuff to comment for the community :wink: J/K

maybe a Portal (to Somwhere Else)… in a garden? :wink:

Hmmm I like the idea of the pool with the stepping stones… in fact I’d like to make that the main focus of the scene. Thanks for the idea… I’ll do some googling and see what I can come up with.

I’ll keep posting.


I decided to go for something like a bridge over a little stream lined with rocks , and trees on either side. Kind of inspired by Robertt’s Japanese Garden WC entry.

Anyway, here’s the bridge so far:


Comments welcome.


I started the basic scene. It was quite fun playing with particle grass. Here is what I have for grass at the moment.


Comments on the grass please.


Turn on OSA to smooth out your renders, and also turn shaded onto your grass so it reacts to lighting.

Thanks for the tip on the shading thing - made a big difference.

Here’s how it looks now:


These are just test renders so that’s why I leave AA and that kind of thing off.