Ferme du Vieux Chêne

In the last post I told about boosting my cash-in-hand with collectables to move the story on a bit. When I left off, I’d just bought that second field – number 14 on the map. In this post I’m going to show you how I spent my ill-gotten gains.

I needed to create a new parking area at the east end of field 14 for my equipment complete with a shelter. Before doing this work, I turned off the autosave function in the game menu in case I made a mistake – anything you do to change the map is undoable!!! So you need to have a saved version that you can return to if it all goes wrong.

To make the necessary changes I had to access the construction menu. This can be done either from the vehicle dealer sell point or by pressing CTRL+P…

…while at the location where you want to do the work. It’s usually easier to start there. I’ve opened a new version of the map to show you the very basic’s. Here’s the landscaping screen…

…From there I need to select the painting option as I don’t intend to alter the underlying terrain but I will warn in passing that the Sculpting tools can be a bit fierce so you use them at your peril. From the Painting options I select the type of ground I want – in this case dirt…

…The size and shape of the painting ‘brush’ are controlled by N,M and V keys – but the F1 help screen will tell you that. All you need is a steady hand or the ability to accept that things aren’t quite as you intended😉 If you save manually as you go along you should be able to get a good result in the end though it may need a bit of practise first👍 Then you can add your buildings…

…All the painting and all buildings cost you money so you can’t afford to be too lavish if you’re on a budget – For example, I can’t afford the ‘small garage’ that I’ve used for illustration purposes. Anyway, that’s the how explained. Now to the end product. This is my vehicle shed and refuelling point…

…I’ve just started moving some of the equipment across from the farmyard. The open shed cost me €10K and the fuel station another €16K. Here’s what my new facility looks like from the air…

…I have subsequently added a small solar panel to provide power for the fuelling point – that’s not a requirement of the game; I just felt it was more realistic. The trees next to the dirt road in are my one indulgence – they cost me €1000 each, so €3K of mis-spend😉

Then I added a small workshop (cost €5K) to the farmyard…

…and this is how the farmyard looks from above…

These additions free me from having to visit the dealer for maintenance and fuel which cuts down on the amount of driving my tractors have to do and so saves some maintenance costs. Did I say tractors? Yes, the other item I spent my collectable money on was a small tractor to handle the light jobs and ease the burden on the 6716S. I treated myself to a Massey Ferguson 5S…

,,,with 105HP engine front-loader attachment. That was €86500 spent. It can handle spraying, fertilizing and transport work as you will probably see in the next post from Ferme du Vieux Chêne 😎👍

2 Comments

  1. I am really impressed, Martin, with the graphics and the ability to plan your landscaping and create an entire working farm. It would take some patience, which I think describes you!

    1. Thanks Debra 😎 The tools are a bit tricksy to use but if you have an idea of what you want to change then usually it can be done quite easily. Although it is ‘new’ I’ve tried to give it a more ‘used’ look with grass growing through the asphalt in places.👍

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