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jtougas
05-03-2011, 06:05 PM
It's been a couple of months since I entered a challenge and this one seemed up my street as they say so, I present the Celestial Empire of Leggarium. I have NO idea what that means it just came to me while I was working on the outline of this map. I'm imagining a kind of Roman Empire type of thing with several nations making up the empire. We'll see how this goes. :)

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torstan
05-03-2011, 08:05 PM
Looks like fun - certainly lots of sea trading and travel. You appear to have a couple of flat topped mountains?

jtougas
05-04-2011, 04:14 PM
Looks like fun - certainly lots of sea trading and travel. You appear to have a couple of flat topped mountains?

Thanks. I didn't notice the mountains until you mentioned it I guess I "blew" them out during the color process. Having said that I decided to go another direction with this. I was going for more of a "hand drawn" look to this but I'm not sure I achieved that or not. Regardless I present the Celestial Empire of Leggarium version two. :)

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Ascension
05-04-2011, 06:19 PM
I'd tone down the bumpiness. I know you've been on this heavy texture kick for a while but I think it's distracting...especially since it's hard to see the lil forts and mountains. Colors and shapes look good, though.

jtougas
05-04-2011, 09:13 PM
I'd tone down the bumpiness. I know you've been on this heavy texture kick for a while but I think it's distracting...especially since it's hard to see the lil forts and mountains. Colors and shapes look good, though.

You've got a good point. I've been so wrapped up in the Godswrath stuff I didn't even give it a thought for this. I got rid of some of the texture and added some forests. (the whole area looked like various shades of desert).

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Steel General
05-05-2011, 06:41 AM
The 'less-bumpy' version is much better I think.

RjBeals
05-05-2011, 09:04 AM
honestly I like the textured version (more bumpy) better. But nice job overall. Lots of style here.

Tigon
05-05-2011, 10:41 AM
Looking good JT but I'm not sure the style of forest works too well at the 1:1 viewing scale (looks good on the thumbnail though). Some curious trades routes and some lovely choke points for campaigning.

Clercon
05-05-2011, 05:45 PM
Looks really nice, but I think I have to agree with RjBeals the textured version (more bumpy) looks a bit better in my opinion.

jtougas
05-06-2011, 06:44 PM
Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I decided that I was rushing this. Another "flaw" I have is trying to get everything done all at once. As I am fond of telling new members these challenges are to help you grow and learn new skills just as much as they are about the competition. I decided to start over and go for a more "artsy" kind of look. I also wanted to stretch my terrain editing skills a bit an am glad I did as I am learning more and more each time I open Wilbur. I also have to thank arsheesh his new Lothgar (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14610-Lothgar-WIP&p=152643#post152643) map gave me the inspiration to do this over again.

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RjBeals
05-06-2011, 08:51 PM
looking good - but I would suggest taking back some of that grunge map. It's a bit too much I think.

jtougas
05-06-2011, 10:16 PM
looking good - but I would suggest taking back some of that grunge map. It's a bit too much I think.

I think you're right. Here is tonights update. Most of the labeling is done along with some embellishment. I added forests again (but in a more limited fashion this time). Now I need to figure out a border for this. :)

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arsheesh
05-07-2011, 12:29 AM
Now that just looks fantastic JT! I thought the last map you did was great, but I like this one even better.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

jtougas
05-07-2011, 04:49 PM
Now that just looks fantastic JT! I thought the last map you did was great, but I like this one even better.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Thank you. It was your style that gave me the inspiration for this. :) Not much of an update. I added a border and a few more labels. I think I might be done with this unless something else pops into my head (or is deposited there by someone. :) ) I know in the grand scheme of things I don't really have much chance in the competition but that's ok. I learned some new techniques and got to take my creativity for a walk so it's a win for me regardless. :)

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Jaxilon
05-07-2011, 07:05 PM
Looking great JT!

jtougas
05-07-2011, 09:39 PM
Thanks Jax :)

Diamond
05-08-2011, 10:54 PM
Hey, that looks pretty fantastic. I LOVE the colors, and the labels really pop against them. Nice.

jtougas
05-09-2011, 02:23 PM
Thank you . :)

ravells
05-13-2011, 09:33 AM
Very nice indeed. Love the compass in the centre.