View Full Version : February/March Lite Challenge Entry : The HIVE

02-21-2011, 10:29 PM

This my base image. I'll be converting it into a Quatta Hive Map. Wish me Luck !!

In the NW area of the Tarsus region on the continent of Alteira lies the desert called Bakura. This desert is home to several Nomadic tribes of humans under the collective name of The Ta’Cottai. These fierce and reclusive tribes have ruled over this sandy bit of hell for centuries. There are many typical dangers here but the one feared by all dwellers here and in the surrounding regions is the ^^^^^^^^^^. It translates into “The Scourge” In all tongues.
The scourge are semi- intelligent ants of tremendous size . They live in underground “hives” such as are built by standard termites. The queens lay their eggs in broods which can lay dormant for decades .When they do finally hatch, they set forth like army ants leaving utter destruction in their path. The Ta’Cottai mostly avoid them when the broods are hatching. Destroying hives during dormant times and roving individuals at every opportunity. It is a right of passage to hunt and take antennae as trophy.
There once was among the Ta’Cottai a tribe who forsook all reason and honor to ally themselves with the Grey Scourge . This tribe is now “Quata” . This translates roughly into “The Shunned” The meaning is much deeper than that to Ta’Cottai. To them the Quatta not only don’t exist but never did. They are not hunted ,killed ,spoken to or even noticed. They are not worthy of being seen, thought about or remembered. If self defense requires they are squashed like a biting fly and left un-noticed where they fell.

The Quatta are however a very powerful tribe . Their alliance with the Scourge has allowed both species to flourish and their numbers to grow. The Quatta live in the hives and have ample food and above all water. Lots of water. Freed of the constant struggle to find food and water they have developed advanced forging and weapon making skills .A Scourge mounted cavalry unit is nearly unrivaled throughout the world and untouchable on the sands.
Their culture has advanced in other more subtle ways. Unlike their brethren they have developed to be very successful traders through the neighboring regions. They have become a powerful if hidden political power in most the surrounding courts.

02-21-2011, 11:27 PM
Sounds really interesting, looking forward to see where you take it :)

02-24-2011, 11:06 PM
Almost had to withdraw from this contest. My backup drive with ALL my TOOLS Took a dump. I don't Know if I'll be able to recover it ???:((:((:((:((:((

Wish Me Luck!! Any ways as fate would have it my WIP Was on the desktop so I'm still in it but with limited resources. I thought of trying a perspective map of the hive but due to limited time I am shooting for a multi-level instead. Here is the surface so far. Rock and sand as far as the eyes can see!! Broken only by a deserted / destroyed trader camp on the bluff, a disappearing trade route and of course the two exhaust chimneys of the HIVE!
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02-24-2011, 11:26 PM
Oh no! Good luck recovering your stuff!

And your texturing looks really cool :)

02-24-2011, 11:45 PM
Yeah, I hope your recovery goes well. I'm always stressed out during those things.

02-25-2011, 04:56 PM
I dig the volcano.

02-26-2011, 11:35 PM
WoW Do I Have A Headache. With bevel/emboss I sometimes have a REAL problem with looking away and it switches from one state to another. Any Ways The Chambers are supposed to be recessed. For me sometimes they are. sometimes they aren't. If this happens to everyone else let me know. I warned you in my introduction my methods were well perhaps insane is too strong a word. Let's use Bizzarre Shall we ??>:) Any ways here is the overall subterranean map. Before I cut it into it's respective levels.### LATEST WIP ### 33934

Sorry No Volcanoes today!:P Scourge mounds / Hives Are designed like real life Termite mounds. The upper cone has a main chimney and several secondaries . It is also extremely porous. It acts as a cooling tower and as ventilation of toxic respiratory gases.

Here I s A Grey Scourge Scout With Saddle, Hive marking And antennae paint. Just for fun. Anything to avoid the next step !! Layer Separation I've got to be Brain Damaged !!:mrgreen:33937

02-26-2011, 11:40 PM
ME Again. I just looked at the subject of last months Lite contest. MAN!!! I am a dime short and a day late again.:lol::lol::lol:

02-27-2011, 10:51 AM
I Need Some Advice !! Though neither Colour schemes are realistic , which looks better ?? Farm one or Farm Two ?? C&C Appreciated !

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AS Per Request Which is better light or darker ??

02-27-2011, 03:18 PM
It doesn't have to be 'realistic', it has to fit in general. Please post larger pics to give advice.

02-27-2011, 04:51 PM
I think the lighter one on the right looks nicer; more color variation.

03-02-2011, 10:56 PM
Just An update to let everyone know I am still in this! I got all the basic map done . Now its down to the details and the legend. Well as we all know "The Devil is in the Details" !!:roll: Well here is a couple of almost finished levels. C&C Please.


Man Do I need to clean up the egg piles !!

03-03-2011, 01:53 PM
I like the shadow around the egg chamber; it helps define the whole thing better; are you going to do that with all the levels?

Man Do I need to clean up the egg piles !!

A reputable doctor should be able to help with that... :D

03-03-2011, 03:37 PM
I like the shadow around the egg chamber; it helps define the whole thing better; are you going to do that with all the levels?

A reputable doctor should be able to help with that... :D

Thanks for catching that. All the layers have the bevel and drop shadow. Seems I forgot to turn it on for that layer. MEMO. Mapping on three hours sleep is BADDDDD !! :)

The Doctor said NO!!, The specialist said NO!!!! and Terminex said Hell NO !!!! So I guess I'll have to suit up and go it myself. Wish Me Luck I'M Going IN>

03-06-2011, 03:52 PM
Here is my almost finished version of the HIVE. It came in at 4.8 megs and the manager would only allow 4.77 . :lol::lol: So I had to resample it. I need to take a short break all that is left Hopefully is some decoration. C&C Welcome !!

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The original map is of a small town just east of St Louis. The piece of water is the Missouri river.

03-08-2011, 03:38 PM
I uploaded last night but the post never Took :?::?: Lets try again shall we !! Here for your enjoyment or Not is the final version of "The Hive". In explanation the main requirement of this competition was to use the roads from your Base map in the final. Well as I have admitted before I tend to see and do things alittle different. >:) >:). Roads are typically negative spaces running through positive spaces such as fields, forests or buildings. For this project it seemed to work better reversing their role . I used them as the walls that enclosed the chambers. I did use them really I did !!;) Anyways without further ADO...

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03-14-2011, 04:53 AM
fun idea... and well put together - i like all the levels in the map :)