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Ancient cities and towns get recreated a lot in games but I am hoping to find some images, illustrations, composites to use in a video. I realize they will have to be recreations but I am not looking for current images of dilapidated structures.

Take for instance, Assassin's Creed, a ton of ancient buildings and cities. Is there anywhere to buy anything like that?


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closed as too broad by JohnB Nov 23 '13 at 22:57

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The stuff you see in games is painted using photos as a general reference guidelines. Seeing as the camera wasn't invented until the 1800s it's doubtful you'll find photos of full cities. Illustrations may be a possibility, but I'd wager they would be fairly pricey. You could try finding photos of older middle eastern cities today. They may get close. – Scott Oct 9 '13 at 19:31
I'm just wondering if artwork similar to that used in games is available for purchase as stock images. Paying for illustrations is not feasible and I don't want ruins. Thanks though. – deecemobile Oct 9 '13 at 19:39
It's possible it's available via stock agencies, but it would seem to have a very limited market. As such, this question is essentially just asking us to do research for you. – DA01 Oct 9 '13 at 19:42
@DA01. No. Don't research. If you know, great. If you don't, don't worry about it. Thanks – deecemobile Oct 9 '13 at 19:44

Shutterstock's fantasy category has some nice images you might be able to use (or if you find a style you like you can contact the artist directly). I'd also consider navigating through a site like DeviantArt, where young artists showcase they work. Commissions are usually not that pricey.

You could also search for stock videos / footage, it's quite specific but some libraries can be huge, so it's worth a try (especially the 3D ones).

Some sites you might want to check:

I'd also consider asking 3D artists directly, too. Depending on the complexity, they could generate some simple images or animations for you, or point you in the right direction.

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What about using googles ketchup, the 3d models used on earth, as a starting point?

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I find ketchup makes a mess of my workstation. :) – Scott Oct 10 '13 at 7:16
that's probably the best approach at this time. thanks – deecemobile Oct 10 '13 at 19:42

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