PDA

View Full Version : The Blackmarsh Lowlands



jtougas
04-04-2011, 09:03 PM
In the time before man when only the fey races walked the lands, the Gods were pleased. Their subjects were loyal and cared for the Gods creations. One of the Gods thinking himself better than his fellows took a hand at creation and made man. This angered the Gods but they let the creation stand to watch what would happen. Man was inquisitive, violent, passionate and many other things indeed. Man took without asking and changed the land to better suit himself. The Feyborn retreated before this new threat and the Gods were displeased. The god who thought himself better was banished to live out the life of man and the other Gods made the rains fall hard and for many months until the lands were washed clean. Man was not so fragile however and survived the cleansing. Now man clings to existence in this great lowlands with floods and the anger of the Gods......

Obviously I don't have enough to do :) This is me playing with Wilbur and some GIMP stuff. I liked it enough to keep working on it and post it. I'll probably add some labels and call it done.
34851

Diamond
04-04-2011, 10:51 PM
I like the backstory; cool idea!

ravells
04-05-2011, 11:50 AM
Beautiful colours, JT! Nice backstory too!!

jtougas
04-05-2011, 03:32 PM
I like the backstory; cool idea!


Beautiful colours, JT! Nice backstory too!!

Thanks :) I'm trying to keep the "creative" machine going for the Caravan Adventure so I'm writing all the time.. :)

Now for a question. Does this look better without the mountains? I can't decide (although it is supposed to be lowlands..)

Mountains Version
34863

Non Mountains Version
34864

bartmoss
04-05-2011, 04:30 PM
I think I prefer the mountain. How does it look with the mountains AND the stronger bevel for the rivers?

Wannabehero
04-05-2011, 05:17 PM
I also prefer the mountainous version, but you could maybe give the mountains a tan/brown hue and soften them up to make them more like steep hills. That might be more in keeping with the lowlands concept.

jtougas
04-05-2011, 05:25 PM
I think I prefer the mountain. How does it look with the mountains AND the stronger bevel for the rivers?

Here it is with the mountains AND the stronger bevel
34867




I also prefer the mountainous version, but you could maybe give the mountains a tan/brown hue and soften them up to make them more like steep hills. That might be more in keeping with the lowlands concept.

That's a good idea. I'll try it. Thanks :)

bartmoss
04-06-2011, 12:21 AM
Here it is with the mountains AND the stronger bevel


Okay I think I prefer this version. How about toning down the color changes (towards white) just a little bit? And yeah, trying brownish mountains is probably a good idea too, they will look lower that way and you want ot create lowlands here.

Ryan K
04-06-2011, 12:33 AM
Are the blue areas the inundated areas, or is that ocean/sea? If the latter, I would suggest perhaps outlining the coast, for enhanced clarity? If the former ... well ... cool!

jtougas
04-06-2011, 01:47 PM
The blue is water that hasn't receded yet. I got lucky with the height field and it gave me some nice "almost flooded" areas. :)

arsheesh
04-06-2011, 03:11 PM
Hi there Jtougas,

I tend to agree with Bartomoss, the latest version (with mountains and beveled rivers) is my favorite, but I would try toning down the bright Green of the flood planes. I know that you want to show that these areas are nearly flooded, but that bright green just does not look like the color of natural vegetation to me. Otherwise, looking really good!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

jtougas
04-06-2011, 06:03 PM
Hi there Jtougas,

I tend to agree with Bartomoss, the latest version (with mountains and beveled rivers) is my favorite, but I would try toning down the bright Green of the flood planes. I know that you want to show that these areas are nearly flooded, but that bright green just does not look like the color of natural vegetation to me. Otherwise, looking really good!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Thanks :) And good point. Here's where I am now. I toned down the colors and the mountains which I made a brownish color and added a blur to round them off somewhat.
34887

arsheesh
04-06-2011, 06:22 PM
Ooh, no that I like! Great job. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

jtougas
04-07-2011, 06:23 PM
After the time of the flood, man clinged to the rocks and hills of the land. As the land changed and the water receeded he came together with others of his kind and built towns only a few as only a small number of men had survived the Gods wrath. Fearful and petulant, man named the things around him. Names that would remind him of the Gods fury. Whispers of rebellion against these Gods that would try to destroy him. Other things grew in the land as well. Fell evil things that man was sure were placed by the Gods to finish thier task. All this man survived and the Gods began to wonder....


Ooh, no that I like! Great job. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
Thanks :) I started to label this (finding a interesting font that was readable is always a chore for me) Obviously the names reflect the rather dismal nature of this land...
34928

bartmoss
04-07-2011, 10:49 PM
Looking good now, I agree that the brown hills make it look much better - it definitely looks swampy now.

Diamond
04-08-2011, 01:18 AM
I definitely like the way this is turning out. One thing that is extremely hard to see though, are the cities. Is there a way you can emphasize them somehow, maybe with a soft outer glow or something?

jtougas
04-08-2011, 05:57 PM
I definitely like the way this is turning out. One thing that is extremely hard to see though, are the cities. Is there a way you can emphasize them somehow, maybe with a soft outer glow or something?

That's a good point. I went back and made the icons a little bigger and a little blacker so that they would stand out more. This map is relatively small (1024x1024) which I think also made them disappear somewhat. Having said that I think I'm done with this. I finished labeling it and added a border and a compass. This was a neat project as it got my writing mojo cranked up and I learned some new
techniques. :)
34949

gamefreak651
04-08-2011, 06:03 PM
Awesome map and story it sounds very interesting. I would have bought it if it was a book.