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Seraphine_Harmonium
04-27-2011, 02:04 PM
I am working on a map for a Celtic inspired campaign setting using the Pathfinder system.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5657081794_8b897c9f63_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26747731@N06/5657081794/)

Everything in this image is hand drawn. I am currently working on the image in GIMP, coloring it, labeling it, and so forth.

jtougas
04-27-2011, 03:05 PM
Very nice. :)

Ascension
04-27-2011, 03:52 PM
Looks good to me.

Ryan K
04-27-2011, 05:38 PM
Beautiful work :)

Seraphine_Harmonium
04-27-2011, 08:20 PM
Thank you all!

Diamond
04-28-2011, 08:03 PM
That looks mighty cool. Good coastlines.

Seraphine_Harmonium
04-28-2011, 11:21 PM
So, I had made some progress, but I might end up going back and changing a bunch of it. Sometime I will get around to posting an update on the map. I might post where the current image is, just to talk about the things I'd change, though.

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-01-2011, 05:09 PM
So here is one version of the Map that is OK, but not great.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5268/5675515137_1f48434832_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26747731@N06/5675515137/)
I had a go at making the parchment look happen entirely in GIMP, and while I am sure there is a way to do this, it just didn't work quite right. I may just end up doing the coffee/tea trick again. I generally like how that turns out.

I also will probably take Ascension's advice from the Avayevnon map thread and go back and draw the banner at the top by hand.

I don't quite like how the label for The Ice Shelf Turned out. I might be able to fix the curve to work better, but if not, I'll just have it on a diagonal.

The little Castles represent fortified settlements, meaning, there are people there, and there is either a fortress or otherwise a force capable of defending the village/town from attack.

Kaiser MacCleg
05-01-2011, 05:25 PM
Pencoed? Glynneath? Caernarfon? I feel right at home. :D

Looks great. I like the colours you've used. The only thing I might add would be a layer to give a bit of texture to the parchment layer - you can find a tutorial on how to do that here (http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials/old-pergament-paper).

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-01-2011, 07:03 PM
Pencoed? Glynneath? Caernarfon? I feel right at home. :D

Looks great. I like the colours you've used. The only thing I might add would be a layer to give a bit of texture to the parchment layer - you can find a tutorial on how to do that here (http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials/old-pergament-paper).
For some reason, my GIMP does not provide me with all features. I have to replace the step which says "Plastic Noise" with Solid Noise, but I think that would work fine. The Lighting . . .

Ok, that's weird. If I put the image through Old Photo, it seems to open up all the grayed out innacessible options. wtf? Ack! GIMP, why are you being so unnecessarily complicated?

davros
05-02-2011, 08:52 AM
I would try to lighten the parchment look myself. Its a bit dark in the middle. It seems to take away from the nice map you drew.

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-02-2011, 02:47 PM
I would try to lighten the parchment look myself. Its a bit dark in the middle. It seems to take away from the nice map you drew.

I agree with you. I don't think I can do much on that front with that particular image, but I'm working on a new file that I think will be much better.

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-05-2011, 11:36 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5691725049_1557142fab_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26747731@N06/5691725049/)
I like this parchment look much better. It's more natural, and easier to see. I'll eventually post a large image that makes the names easier to read, though I'm still playing around with size and whatnot. It is pencil-on-paper, colored with coffee (and apparently some accidental, but fully embraced grease spots). I made heavy use of the Dodge/Burn tool in image editing this map. The Compass-Rose is a modified Brighid's Cross, and the Symbols are Ogham characters for the initial letters in the Gaelic words for each direction. In this version I am making use of some castle and grass brushes that I am not certain I will keep.

Ascension
05-06-2011, 01:22 AM
Dig the parchment much more than the previous. The lil castles seem to fit well but the mountains look off, almost blurry or something.

Tigon
05-06-2011, 04:11 AM
Indeed, lovely parchment look to it.

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-06-2011, 08:26 AM
Dig the parchment much more than the previous. The lil castles seem to fit well but the mountains look off, almost blurry or something.

Perhaps they got a little smudged during parchmenting process. I can try replacing them with a set of brushes I found, but I'm not sure I want to. I'll probably try it, see how it looks, and go from there.

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-13-2011, 08:39 PM
It's been a while since I posted an update of this, but I think this version is a bit better.

I tried replacing the mountains with brushes, but it just wasn't working. They were nice enough mountains, but they were TOO clean, in comparison with the rest of the lines.

I altered the little castles, simplifying them. I've changed the layout of the text, inserted a title, and I've added more texture to the edges of the Parchment. Also, since I have now figured out the in-site attachment manager, I have managed to upload a significantly larger picture.

Huzzah!

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Seraphine_Harmonium
05-18-2011, 07:55 PM
So, here's a version where I am experimenting with adding some more forests, trying to clean up the mountains a bit, and fixing a few problems with lakes and rivers. Now, are there any other problems that I have missed?

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Ascension
05-18-2011, 08:20 PM
Need a scale so that we can figure out distances. :)

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-19-2011, 01:31 PM
Here you are: New image, complete with scale. Although at full size, the labels are a bit blurry, So I'll probably redo those. Not difficult. But it answers your question. Clearly things like individual trees and the forts are not to scale.

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arsheesh
05-19-2011, 01:49 PM
This is coming together quite nicely Seraphine, you've got a distinctive style here. BTW, are you building the setting online anywhere, such as the Obsidian Portal? I'm always curious to see what others are doing with their homebrew campaign settings.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ghostman
05-19-2011, 04:50 PM
Looks really good, although at a quick glance the swamps look very much like lakes.

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-19-2011, 09:11 PM
This is coming together quite nicely Seraphine, you've got a distinctive style here. BTW, are you building the setting online anywhere, such as the Obsidian Portal? I'm always curious to see what others are doing with their homebrew campaign settings.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
Cad Goleor (http://www.thecbg.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?191172.0)is posted as a setting on the Campaign Builder's Guild

Seraphine_Harmonium
05-20-2011, 05:31 PM
Is anything else needed? Any rivers, lakes, or anything that are breaking any rules?

jtougas
05-20-2011, 08:12 PM
Looks great. :)

ravells
05-22-2011, 06:41 AM
Can't see any 'rule breakers'. I really like your style. It's got a lot of personality to it. I'm a big fan of oversized icons on maps like these. I particularly like the way you've done the mountains. Great work and rep coming!