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mearrin69
11-03-2010, 11:02 PM
Hi all,
This is an encounter map for an adventure by Silver Crescent Publishing for its Realms of Twilight (http://www.realmsoftwilight.net/)campaign setting. Basically, the PCs are travelling through some trackless wastes and are ambushed by a tribe of scary barbarian type halflings called "nightlings". They're well hidden in the hills surrounding the PCs and have nasty blowguns. Halfway through the battle a group of shadows, attracted by the combat, burst onto the scene - the area is fairly infused with necromantic energy. It's one of those battles you love to hate as a player.

The WiP thread is here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?12289-Commission-Wastelands-Encounter...). I learned a lot working on this map and I may be doing more in a similar style if the publisher and I can work out an arrangement (we're trying to do a services barter sort of thing, since we're both small publishers).

Hope you like it.
M

tilt
11-04-2010, 04:19 AM
that ended up really nice - great job :)

Sapiento
11-04-2010, 04:25 AM
A fine map!

Katto
11-04-2010, 05:59 AM
Nice colors, good atmosphere. Well done!

Steel General
11-04-2010, 06:22 PM
Bravo! Well done...

mearrin69
11-04-2010, 07:04 PM
Thanks all. I'll apparently be doing a couple more of these for Silver Crescent as well as a map of a castle - in exchange the publisher is going to help me with some of the fuzzy bits of my mythology/cosmology, something at which I do not excel. So. Look for more of these in the coming weeks.
M

Sharpe
11-04-2010, 08:05 PM
Great atmosphere! Nice map. Love the trees and all the detail in the ground -- so realistic!

mearrin69
11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
BTW, I really like how the ground turned out too. I used a picture of cracked ground found at www.imageafter.com and edited out the out-of-scale stuff (grass, etc.) using clone stamp and paint tools. Then I separated out the cracks (dark) and little brush debris (light) into two layers so that I could amp them up while toning down the background texture. All of the little scrub and bone-like bits are painted into separate layers using sampled brushes that I got from a covermount disc in an issue of ImagineFX - $17 magazine on fantasy painting, but worth every penny.
M

mearrin69
03-26-2011, 07:24 PM
I'll just put the others in this series here as I do them. This is an encounter with some ?werewolves? at a campsite in an area of grasslands. Same WiP thread as before.
M

Edit: BTW, the hokey titling on thise probably won't be on the finals. It's just something I added while working on them...providing flattened, unlabled files to the client.

FrancoisGoulet
03-30-2011, 01:23 PM
I just love the realism! This one is going straight into my Inspiration folder (or my "mearrin69" folder into my Inspiration folder ;) )

mearrin69
03-30-2011, 01:40 PM
Hah. Thanks. I guess you've made it when you have your own folder in an inspiration folder. ;)
m

Ascension
03-30-2011, 03:23 PM
I put all of your stuff in my inspiration sub-folder called "best of the best".

geamon
03-30-2011, 03:24 PM
Ahh snap!!! THE BEST OF THE BEST! Good stuff as always mearrin.

mearrin69
03-30-2011, 03:26 PM
LOL. Well, back atcha.

FrancoisGoulet
03-31-2011, 12:59 PM
I put all of your stuff in my inspiration sub-folder called "best of the best".

I guess you made it when people "argue" about who has the best name for your inspiration sub-folder ;)

And I have one for Ascension too, so... ;)

mearrin69
04-06-2011, 08:29 PM
This one's mostly done - this is the last map in this three-map series. The WiP is located in the thread linked in the first post. I'll probably be making some small tweaks before it's absolutely final, and with the others too. Will post the final versions of these in my gallery when they're ready. Thanks for watching!
M

tilt
04-09-2011, 10:01 AM
I guess you made it when people "argue" about who has the best name for your inspiration sub-folder ;)

I'm used to getting my own folder on everybodys computer.. its called "trash can" *lol*