[SFM2] Close-Up detailed Garden/Forest Floor (Model & Map)

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A model/map of a close up garden/forest floor with grass and leaves. Might be useful for close up renders of the ground, "macro shots" of objects or for renders/movies where people are shrunk (for example with the Wasp or Stature models).

Installation instructions:

Extract the content of the archive into your Half-Life Alyx\game\hlvr_addons\ currentaddon folder. The model and sky can be used individually, but if you want to use the map you have to extract all three zip files in this project.

Standalone model

The stand alone model is called "justacloseupgardenSFM2". The model is by CC4.0-BY made by 3dhdscan from Sketchfab.

Sky Texture

The sky texture is accessible in Hammer or SFM2 (create animation set for new skybox) under "justasky_monbacktal.vmat". Sky is CC0 from Polyhaven.


The SFM2 map is called "macrogarden.vmap". The map was compiled with the lightinf from the monbachtal sky HDRI using VRAD3.


As the lighting is baked using VRAD3, one has to record the lighting for SFM2. I included a session file where this is already done. The file is called "ForestFloor.dmx". It is located in the standard director for SFM2 sessions.

Record Lighting yourself

To record map lighting yourself (if you DON'T use the provided session file),load the map in SFM2. Then load the map within the game engine using the console. To open the console, press the tilde key, load the map by using the command "map maps/macrogarden.vmap". When the map is loaded in the engine window, press the record button in SFM2. It doesn't matter for how long you record and you can abort the recording as well. The baked direct lighting should now show up. You can get control of the baked lighting by adding it to the model overview using the option "Create Animation Sets for Existing Elements". Lastly, in the console, use the command "disconnect" to unload the map to not bog down SFM2. Once you save the session you won't have to do this again. When you reload the session the lighting will still be there. The same procedure works for all of HL:Alyx's maps as well.


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Filename Downloads Created Filesize
  justacloseupgardenSFM2.7z   191 2022-01-21 14:27:31 106.68 MB
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  justamonbachtalSKY.7z   88 2022-01-21 14:27:32 11.62 MB
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  justamacrogardenmapSFM2.7z   90 2022-01-21 14:27:32 20.77 MB
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