I'm currently debating an issue I am having here. I am in the process of making a small building for an environment that I am working on:
Here is my question: For buildings, is it worth it to make a high poly version of the building first, then baking it to a low poly?
Or is is best/easier to just use xNormal to generate a normal map from a Grayscale map?
I'm not sure how well I'll be able to replicate a nicely done high poly sculpt of this building: (Note, the following image was a reference, I had no intention of making an exact replica.
I won't be putting in the latticework, but how would I go about sculpting the roof tiles, then matching the diffuse to the roof tiles afterwards? Same goes for the roof tiling on this:
This is why I was considering simply generating a normal map from a grayscale. The results are nice, but for some things, a sculpt just does the job better, don't you think?