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mearrin69
09-03-2010, 09:20 PM
Might as well kick this off. Can't say as I really have *time* to engage in another challenge but this is one I can't pass up. So. One of my favorite fantasy/gaming genres is post-apocalyptic. I have a pretty large bookshelf filled with the stuff and just can't seem to get enough. Why not do it to New York City?

Well, here goes. I'm not sure where this is going - campy or artistic. If the lines and colors start looking really nice I might abandon the whole Gamma World thing and take it more real-world. Who knows. We'll see.

I copied the basic view from a NYC tourist map thingie (attached for reference).
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tilt
09-04-2010, 01:42 AM
cool Idea mearrin :)

geamon
09-04-2010, 01:55 AM
After thinking about it myself, I was thinking post-apocalyptic as well, but doing underground and using the current subway system as a base. I dunno if I'll find the time though.

Sapiento
09-04-2010, 02:35 AM
I was actually thinking about a post-apocalypse scenario, too. Would fit well in my PA portfolio. ;)

mearrin69
09-04-2010, 05:52 AM
Do join in. NYC's a big place!
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mearrin69
09-06-2010, 03:34 PM
Holy smokes. This is going to take a really long time. So much for multiple entries.

I've been redrawing with a little finer detail, after up-sizing the map quite a bit. Just looked a little rough for me and I'd eventually like to get some detail in there. This is the tip of Manhattan and a little of Jersey City. I'm just sketching in the ruins and adding a base color for now. Later I plan to drop in quite a bit of vegetation and maybe some "new construction" in certain places. I want to give an impression of what people are doing in the city now if I can...huts, cookfires, etc.

I'll keep sketching but I'm also going to try to detail the island's tip to make sure what I want to do is even feasible in the alloted time.
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tilt
09-06-2010, 04:09 PM
that looks good though... only a few square miles to go... :)

BurningChrome
09-07-2010, 12:33 AM
Looks Great!!! A lot of detail, I can't wait to see the finished product.

mearrin69
09-08-2010, 09:56 PM
OMG. This is going to take forever. Was working on this tonight (not enough yet to post an update) and listening to Pandora. Of course they played Cities in Dust (Siouxsi and the Banshees). I laughed a little.
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Diamond
09-08-2010, 10:10 PM
If you finish this and keep the same level of detail, you're my hero. It looks awesome.

mearrin69
09-08-2010, 11:40 PM
Thanks! Seems quite likely that I will have gone blind by that point, though.

Here's a section with roughly finished outlines and some initial color for the rubble laid in. I'll definitely be varying and shading it. This is just to define the areas.
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mearrin69
09-09-2010, 11:31 AM
Trying to figure out vegetation...I want the ruins to be nice and overgrown.
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mearrin69
09-09-2010, 10:35 PM
Very overgrown. My little tree experiments have told me that I need to do trees first and buildings later...else I'm going to have a lot of erasing to do on two layers. Too painful to contemplate so I'm doing trees now.
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edit: Good Bob. Just went and scrolled around in the map. It's so friggin' huge. I can't see how I could possibly finish this in two weeks...but I WANT to. I think it's gonna be fun. I will quite likely deplete my share of nibs.

moutarde
09-10-2010, 12:17 AM
It's a nice start :) I'm looking forward to seeing some textures find their ways onto all of these PA maps. I'm sharing your pain on the size though. Whose bright idea was it anyways to make New York so frickin big? :P

Steel General
09-10-2010, 08:29 AM
But if it wasn't big we'd have to call it 'The Average-Sized Apple' or something. :D

mearrin69
09-10-2010, 09:13 AM
Heh. @SG: too true. @moutarde: Nice job on the avatar. I have a teensy bit of texture going in the trees...but not much.
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Diamond
09-13-2010, 06:19 PM
edit: Good Bob. Just went and scrolled around in the map. It's so friggin' huge. I can't see how I could possibly finish this in two weeks...but I WANT to. I think it's gonna be fun. I will quite likely deplete my share of nibs.

I think this is a two month challenge instead of the usual one... isn't it? That's why we're allowed three entries.

mearrin69
09-14-2010, 03:32 AM
Heh. Just so. I meant to say two months. Had a home-life change recently (new puppy on Saturday) so work is slow on this.
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mearrin69
09-16-2010, 10:53 PM
Ah, Battery Park in (or after) the fall...

Still at it, when I get breaks from work and the puppy, but it's slow going.
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mearrin69
10-15-2010, 12:21 PM
WITHDRAWN :(

Eh. Not making much progress on this and I think my time is up. Let's call it dead for now...sorry to disappoint on the challenge. I should have realized this wasn't doable within the time allowed given my other commitments. I *will* finish it someday. It has potential.

RjBeals
10-15-2010, 03:15 PM
Thats a real shame mearrin. I was so looking forward to yours. But understandable about real life responsibilities - we all sort of have them.

Crayons
10-15-2010, 05:26 PM
It's a real loss. Is there really no more time? There's 2 weeks on the clock.