View Full Version : The Stormpunk world of Rhune

07-25-2010, 11:25 AM
Jaye Sonia has finally lifted the veil on Rhune: Dawn of Twilight (http://www.rhunedawnoftwilight.com/), which means that I can show off the map I did for him!


This was my first shot at a full blown world map in a more illustrative style. Iím also usually less organised with my decorations such as the compass and the border. In this case the world (nordic steampunk) needed a little something. With the place of the world tree in norse myth, and a culture rich with decorative touches, a knotwork border and a tree compass seemed to fit in nicely.

07-25-2010, 11:32 AM
Gorgeous - I really like the compass that was a great touch. Those mountains look nice and buttery, made me want to eat them :)

Side note, do you guys who do these knot-work borders get them from somewhere or do you actually do a segment by hand and then splice it all together? Reason being I would like to do one of them someday but haven't had the drive yet to actually draw one out.

07-25-2010, 11:33 AM
Amazing as usual!

07-25-2010, 11:41 AM
Thanks :)

I looked around the net for some knotwrok for inspiration, then drew a segment by hand. Then it's a matter of copy and paste to put one large section together. I did the line work first. Then I did a layer with colour. I made sure to colour a large section by hand and then copied and pasted that. By doing a large section you remove a lot of the obvious repeating. Also, the colour layer was an overlay layer - so it still picked up a lot of the background texture which also breaks up the repeating. Then the same for a light and shade layer to give it some body. It takes a little longer to do each layer separately, but it really helps to integrate it into the map.

07-25-2010, 12:03 PM
Looks awesome, torstan! I really love the steppes in the southern continent.

07-25-2010, 12:10 PM
hell, just looking at this map makes me want to experience the game setting. beautifully done!!!

07-25-2010, 01:56 PM
I could look at this all day; the colors, the things I can learn, the lil buildings. Great job, bro.

07-25-2010, 02:22 PM
Absolutely beautiful map. Glad you were allowed to share the image with us. :)

07-25-2010, 02:39 PM
Beautiful map Torstan. It reminds me a bit of some of the maps Djekspek made. It's the illustrative style I guess. The different symbols you created for the cities and holds look gorgeous.
Just south of the Narwood it looks like the trees are more sparse. Is that because of logging or something?

07-25-2010, 02:42 PM
Yep, it's great to have this up. I did this back in February I think - or possibly even earlier - and I've been itching to be able to show it since then.

The lighter forest south of the Narwood is where the trees thin out on the edge of an icy swamp. It's a distinctly blasted moor with particular terrain.

Steel General
07-25-2010, 02:44 PM
Fantastic! If I could do something even 1/10th as good as this I'd be happy.

07-25-2010, 03:20 PM
This is absolutely amazing. When I see your maps I realize how much I have to learn. Great job!

07-25-2010, 07:44 PM
Splendid work!

07-25-2010, 08:09 PM
Just awesome!!!

07-25-2010, 08:42 PM
Thanks :) I have to say it's one of my favourites - and a real watershed in the type of maps I've been doing. I've got a few in the works in this sort of style (but probably won't be able to post any of them for a while).

07-25-2010, 09:40 PM
I can see it in the banner for the gallery show, hope you don't lose your flair for region and battle scale :)

07-26-2010, 11:05 AM
That is just so absolutely gorgeous. I can't think of enough superlatives.

07-30-2010, 12:03 AM
Absolutely stunning! That map is a work of art.

08-05-2010, 04:34 PM
Thanks :) It's certainly the piece that I send round when pitching for work from companies. Seems to be doing well for me so far!

08-06-2010, 03:46 AM
Amazing job.
I really like the general color impression that this map leaves me, all those different shades of green and blue.

05-14-2011, 10:36 AM
Gorgeous work as usual! I love the subtle shift in tones!

05-15-2011, 10:38 AM
Thanks! It's great to see this one still getting a lot of love. I'm really enjoying working on the world of Rhune.

05-18-2011, 09:14 PM
Very nice work! I'm loving all the little details!

07-04-2011, 01:37 PM
This is amazing! I particularly love the forests. Would you mind telling us your secrets of the forests?

09-10-2012, 09:57 AM
I have to Agee that the compass tree is a beautiful touch. You got me thinking about other things that would make good compass points.

09-27-2012, 05:18 AM
Beautiful map, love the style of it :)

09-27-2012, 06:48 AM
This map is just amazing! I don't dare staring too long: it feels like I might fall right in!

Actually, that would be pretty awesome, come to think of it. Woah!

09-27-2012, 09:06 AM
Wow, that's some impressive thread necromancy. I'm not sure you'd want to fall into this world. There are a few too many crazed lightning automata and storm bunnies (http://www.stormbunnystudios.com/) - lots of fascinating ways to come to a sticky end.... :)

If you're interested in seeing more of Rhune, there's a G+ page (https://plus.google.com/b/105712711094619789832/posts) and fb page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/459998465321/) with loads of art on them, as well as the Storm Bunny Studios (http://www.stormbunnystudios.com/) company page.