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bartmoss
01-29-2011, 05:20 AM
Just started on this one; this is the "first wip posting". Basically I am working on the western coastlines right now. You'll see where this goes quickly I am sure. ;)

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bartmoss
01-29-2011, 06:55 AM
Basic coastlines are done, but they still need to be optimized.

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bartmoss
01-29-2011, 09:52 AM
Hmmmm. No, don't quite like this.

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Gidde
01-29-2011, 11:41 AM
I think the style might actually work if you just toned down the outer blue a bit.

Historyhead
01-29-2011, 03:33 PM
Here is my take on this continent that I haven't spent much time on over the past year or so. I really like where you're going with yours.

bartmoss
01-29-2011, 04:01 PM
My current problem is that I ended up with coastlines with way too many nodes. Inkscape can't handle this graphic anymore. The optimize path tool loses too much detail and I really, really do not want to delete nodes manually.

Naeddyr
01-31-2011, 07:36 AM
Ah! Is it Antarctica? Looking good.

daisygirl
02-06-2011, 08:45 PM
Did you ever finish this? That's the perfect world layout for an up coming D&D campaign!

bartmoss
02-07-2011, 12:43 PM
I manually re-drew the coastlines and ended up with something that Inkscape can actually cope with. Work can now continue.

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bartmoss
02-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Alright, a little more work gives me a new continental shelf as well. Colors are placeholders.

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bartmoss
02-07-2011, 05:39 PM
More work. Colors are from my last map that I posted ages ago.

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bartmoss
03-23-2011, 09:07 AM
More - fairly minor - work: Oceans have more shades of blue and some blur; land has an additional altitude layer.

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landorl
03-28-2011, 07:47 AM
I'm not sure that I like the blurred contours of the oceans with the crisp contours of the land. It's like you are mixing two different styles.

bartmoss
03-29-2011, 02:48 PM
Mh, you are perhaps right. The difference does look somewhat jarring.

bartmoss
04-02-2011, 12:54 PM
Some minor edits: Most noticable will be that I am using a flat background for the water now; I think it looks much cleaner now. Also I tweaked coastlines a bit.


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Historyhead
04-02-2011, 04:10 PM
Really looking good, especially with the tweaks to the coasts. I can't wait to see how this turns out.

bartmoss
04-02-2011, 04:41 PM
More coastline edits - and moved a bunch of islands around too. Last but not least the final mountain layer has been added.

What do you guys think of a very slight glow for the coastlines?

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Ascension
04-02-2011, 05:02 PM
That's some interesting coastlines - I especially like that area between the two landmasses. The island chains are cool, too.

jtougas
04-02-2011, 05:21 PM
Thats very good. :)

Omnigeek6
04-02-2011, 06:53 PM
Looks quite interesting... would I be correct that it's a supercontinent in the process of breaking up, with some volcanic island arcs in the north and west?

bartmoss
04-02-2011, 08:10 PM
Thanks guys.

Omnigeek - the base map is Antarctica, just without the ice cover.

bartmoss
04-06-2011, 09:12 PM
Minor update. I removed the coastal glow for now, since it really bogs down Inkscape.

First things first, I've found a use for this map, considering it is my favorite "continental" map. More details, including very basic ocean current / wind pattern maps etc available at http://enderra.com/2011/04/06/sandbox-step-1a-mapping-the-world/

Now, to today's updates - I began adding forests:

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What do you guys think? Textures are from http://www.jrcooper.com/gaming.htm - the author confirmed to me by email that they are free to use for whatever.

I've also added more islands.

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Every setting needs to have a caribbean.

Map now looks like this overall:

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Ryan K
04-06-2011, 11:13 PM
I'm liking it, mate :) Good colour pallette.

bartmoss
04-07-2011, 02:48 AM
Thanks.

Here's a swamps sample, texture from the same source (NW part of map).

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bartmoss
04-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Current WIP:

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Added lots of forests and some swamps. Last addition was the ice in the north. I am fairly happy with it, but it needs work:

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bartmoss
04-09-2011, 02:56 AM
And we have yet another update.

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I've fixed the ice sheet:

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And I've added a bunch of rivers:

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For the rivers, I am now actually using paths instead of manually painting them as I've been doing in the past. It is much easier, of course, once you realize it can be done (Thanks to RobA).

bartmoss
04-09-2011, 08:01 AM
Current WIP, and this is all the time I have probably until tomorrow. :'(

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