More work-in-progress in the planning and 3D modeling department. The shot below shows the aluminet fabric covering the courtyard...
This next shot is a wide shot from the side of our planned camp space. It shows a shipping container in the top right of frame (we're on the waiting list to get into the BRC Storage program, and hopefully we'll be able to make that happen for 2014), and a couple vehicles in the foreground at the bottom of the image. They're adapted from some freeware models I found online, which I was able to convert into a format I could use with the software, do a fair bit of tweaking to, and then completely re-textured. That was a fairly time-consuming process, but a lot less time-consuming than diving into making vehicle models from scratch - and it gave me an opportunity to tinker around more with my texturing skills.
And then here's a big overhead shot that shows the current state of affairs in 3D land. I cloned some of the vehicles I'd made to help fill in the design and work out placement. I still have a lot of work to do, but am pretty happy with the progress so far.
For anyone organizing a camp, especially a registered/placed camp, I highly recommend mapping out your camp in advance. Actually, I think the placed camp questionnaire requires you to submit a layout... but rather than just scribbling up something that looks like it may pass muster I suggest working it out in something that can get you accurate measurements. I already have and use tools like C4D, Photoshop, and Illustrator, but if you don't have your own software you could check out something like Sketchup
, which is free. You don't need to get super-detailed, just making some squares, rectangles, and circles to approximate the size and general shape of your camp's tents, shade structures, domes, and cars. That way you can make sure you have enough space for what you need, and aren't asking for more space than you need for the number of people in your camp.
Aside from the modeling, I also placed an order this week for some steel fittings I'll need for this year's new & improved courtyard support, as well as redesigned cooler tables. The new designs will be easier/quicker to get things set up on the playa, and also be sturdier. The sturdier courtyard support will let us add a couple more hanging chairs for lounging about.