View Full Version : The Roman Tribunal

07-07-2010, 08:51 AM
I've been tasked with making a map for our latest Ars Magica campaign, set to take place in Italy around 1220 AD. This is what I've come up with so far...still working on the rivers at this point. It took me about 4 bad starts before I got an effect that I liked for this map. I've used techniques from several different tutorials (notably Pasis' and Tear's) and twisted them around a bit to get a style that i liked. The plan at this point is to use the mountain symbol set from Ramah's Aronbor map.

Anyways, here it is so far. :)

07-07-2010, 02:05 PM
Looking good so far. I always like seeing 'real world' fantasy maps.

07-07-2010, 02:20 PM
I really like that stoney vibe you have going with the textures.

More please! :)

07-13-2010, 03:12 PM
Here's my latest wip. I haven't had as much time to work onthis as I would like. Vacation is coming soon however. :)

Gary N. Mengle
07-13-2010, 08:20 PM
Very shiny. As one of the GMs for this campaign, I approve!

However, Mt. Etna should be bigger.

07-13-2010, 11:32 PM
Looking most excellent. Any plans to add some subtle color to the mountains and forests to help differentiate them? Right now you really have to look close to see which are mountains and which are trees.

07-26-2010, 11:04 PM
I've made a little progress on the map. Now that some other things have cleared up, I should be able to make better progress on it.

07-27-2010, 10:52 AM
Looks absolutely stunning

07-28-2010, 03:01 PM
Agreed, the surface looks almost like felt.

07-31-2010, 12:58 AM
Made some decent progress the last couple of days. The Alps should be fun... :)

08-03-2010, 10:58 AM
Here's my latest WIP. I made good progress on the Alps and got the border put in. I still need to go in and highlight the Alps though.

08-03-2010, 02:11 PM
My word, that is a lot of hills. :S

Map's looking real good. I don't envy you placing all those one bit. Hehe.

08-03-2010, 02:39 PM
This is looking fantastic.

08-04-2010, 01:06 PM
This is coming along brilliantly! I love the style of hills and mountains, and I like the way that the overall style of the map fits together. There is nothing on the map that stands out as not fitting in with the rest of it. I am looking forward to seeing this finished!

08-04-2010, 01:32 PM
Looks really good. That's a lot of work in those hills and mountains and it really pays off.

I'd recommend not putting the light and dark border as an overlay over the map. The map has a hand-drawn/painted feel to it and there's no way it could be hand drawn to give that effect so it breaks the illusion a bit. I'd recommend placing that border over the plain parchment background instead.

08-05-2010, 09:07 AM
That's a good call on the Border, Torstan. I changed it and I like it much better. All credit for the hills/mountains goes to Ramah (and vhailor27 for making the brushes). :)

08-11-2010, 09:16 AM
This map is pretty much finished. I maybe have some fine tuning to do and need to check for spelling errors. :)

Steel General
08-11-2010, 04:42 PM
Nicely done!!

08-11-2010, 07:52 PM
Whoa, that's a lot of hills, rep for your patience in doing all that. One thing though, aren't there supposed to be some hills around Rome? I recall hearing Rome being called the city of seven hills, can't remember from where though; just a thought no big deal.


08-12-2010, 06:17 AM
Rome's hills are within the old city area, and would be WAY too small to be visible on a map of this scale. Not that this is very relevant, since all the orogenic features on the map are clearly of unrealistic proportions anyway. I suppose a symbolic cluster of hills could be placed around Rome, but that might just end up looking messy.

08-13-2010, 04:40 AM
Thanks Ghostman! I've learned a new word today: orogenic!