What tools do you use when planning and designing a new MOC? Pen and paper? Or there is something more advanced?
I had the insane idea to try LDD to design my MOC and it was a nightmare. Since my MOC uses sets from castle fantasy, there are maybe 3D models ready to use for LDraw or other kind of software suitable for this task?
EDIT: I will go into further details to explain my issues better.
This is the list of sets I want to place in my MOC:
- 7036 Dwarves' Mine
- 7094 King's Castle Siege
- 7079 Drawbridge Defense
- 10193 Medieval Market Village
- 7037 Tower Raid
- 7029 Skeleton Ship Attack
- 7048 Troll Warship
- 7097 Trolls' Mountain Fortress
- A lot of smaller sets like 5614 The Good Wizard that do not take space.
- 6918 Blacksmith Attack
- 7187 Escape from Dragon's Prison
- 7188 King's Carriage Ambush
- 7189 Mill Village Raid
- 7946 King's Castle
I want to build a nice terrain where to place all those sets together. for example, a mountain where to place the Mine, and a hill to put the Blue Castle on top. The a river for the Drawbridge, a plain for the medieval village and the the mill, a coast for the harbor, a sea for the two ships, and another coast for the Troll fortress. I have yet to decide where to put the Red castle.
The whole MOC would require 10-14 big baseplates (my estimate). So planning the whole thing is very hard and I got lost with LDD very soon. To make things easier, it would help a lot if the software has the "size box" for the sets, so I have a way to understand how to place each set on the scene without having to build them from scratch, so I can concentrate on the terrain.
I have no clue on how to go forward on this, to design all the terrain and then get the component list (and it's cost) to build everything.