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The-Somberlain
06-17-2010, 01:50 PM
Well, I really don't know how long it is since I last posted something in this forum. I have been lurking here regularly but work has been hell this season and my free time is extremely scarce. However, as it usually happens, after periods of stress, my favorite escape is my world! So, I decided to travel to an area that I love, but is not as developed as I'd like it to be.

The map of Eredane by Dain (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10234-WIP-Eredane.-Home-made-version-of-Midnight-RPG-s-world) has been very inspiring and so here is my result. Not quite as nice but was worth the try. The banner-names of Dain is going to be a whole new school I believe!

I post it as a WIP mostly because I am sure someone will have a helpful comment or two and then I am also preparing some nice additions...when I have time!

Feels good to be back in imagination land guys!

Ilvarin
06-17-2010, 02:02 PM
Looking good so far. I really dig this style of map, the palette, symbols, etc. Looking forward to see it develop.

Steel General
06-17-2010, 02:06 PM
Lookin' good so far

Diamond
06-17-2010, 03:50 PM
Beautiful, just beautiful. Adding in those banners really does make a map hum and sing.

PokealypseNow
06-17-2010, 03:51 PM
Lookin real good - I like the old parchment look you've got.

One of the few things that's bugging me, however, is the white glow around some labels - it seems out of place on a map like this. If anything, I'd add a drop shadow that's filled out in the lightest parchment color you can find on the map. It'll still help your text pop, but at the same time still look like it was drawn / painted on.

Katto
06-17-2010, 05:27 PM
Wow, fantastic start! I agree with TheImperial, the glow doesn't fit. Perhaps you consider to desaturate the colors of the labels and banner? Or you could make two versions;)

Jaxilon
06-17-2010, 05:34 PM
Oh yeah, that has a real warm feeling to it. Thank you for posting it's very nice and I look forward to more.

The-Somberlain
06-20-2010, 11:00 AM
First of all thanks for all the comments and feedback! Here is an update on the map.

I tried to rework the geography labels and get rid of the white glow and make them glue better with the background. I also desaturated the labels and the banners. And finally I put some coat of arms for the castles of the region. These are very important sites as you can understand. Oh, I also changed the compass rose to something more...em, different! :P

There are some few things that I want to check and I shall call this one finished!

Katto
06-20-2010, 04:14 PM
Very good progress. Normally the coat of arms are not that similar, because they have to be differed easily during battles. If this is a small region it implies that the leaders are related in someway. Heraldry is an exciting topic, if you are interested just google around.

The-Somberlain
06-21-2010, 05:13 AM
Very good progress. Normally the coat of arms are not that similar, because they have to be differed easily during battles. If this is a small region it implies that the leaders are related in someway. Heraldry is an exciting topic, if you are interested just google around.

Indeed you are right about the coat of arms. But they are similar for a purpose. These castles belong to the same religious order, that worships the Sun God and that it protects this special area. So this is why I tried to have a common theme between all the coat of arms.

I hope it doesn't seem out of place now! ;)

cfds
06-21-2010, 06:32 AM
I think that the coats of arms are done perfectly: They can be distinguished quite easily since in battle they probably would look like on the thumbnail, being reduced to the distribution of colors (black with a white blob, red with a white blob and a black point, etc.). The shared motive gives a sense of common cause without disturbing the uniqueness of the arms.

Katto
06-21-2010, 06:46 AM
Hey, I didn't said they are bad. I just wanted to hear the story behind them.

The-Somberlain
06-21-2010, 10:19 AM
Katto, I didn't feel any "bad comments" were coming from you. It really is difficult to be in someone else's mind when you have just a map!

This is why we have a guild! We stick together and help each other. We provide feedback, we discuss maps and make up wonderful stories that help us escape this (sometimes) miserable reality!

As the guys at South Park, let's all sing together: "Imagination Laaaand...!!!"