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Clercon
05-05-2011, 05:09 AM
Ok so I've decided to do my first challenge ever :-)
This will be a map of the kingdom Armadien in the Etrakien world. Hopefully it will give me a chance to develop my style for more of a close up scale.
So far so good..........and hopefully I will find some time to finish this before june starts.

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LonewandererD
05-05-2011, 05:17 AM
So far so good indeed. Nice start Clercon :) .

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Clercon
05-05-2011, 06:04 AM
So far so good indeed. Nice start Clercon :) .

-D-
Thanks.....if I now just could find some time hidden away somewhere....

Clercon
05-05-2011, 06:39 PM
Here is a little update of the map. I've added some rivers, given the forest some clearer edge and I'm testing a bit with some farmland.
Now I need to create some icons for the cities.

Clercon
05-08-2011, 06:15 PM
A small update to the map. I've added some more mountains at the southern pass, cities, roads and borders. Don't know about the city icons, might redo them if I find the time. Next step will be labeling and border.

Clercon
05-09-2011, 06:21 AM
Another small update. Changed the city icons (They are from CC3) and tested some effects.

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Clercon
05-10-2011, 05:59 AM
I've added a map border, names for the cities and some small stuff. I'm nearing completion of the map, if you guys don't see something that is completely out of bounds. Some more names of mountains and countries. And by the way Armadien is the western country in the map and its capital is Armadia.

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Steel General
05-10-2011, 07:57 AM
I like the overall style, etc. but the labels are really hard to read at this point.

Ascension
05-10-2011, 09:02 AM
Agreed. You need a darker red or a brown. Still nice, though.

Clercon
05-11-2011, 05:03 PM
Thanks for your comments, which I have listened to. The labeling is now darker red, and brown in some areas. I've added some more names in this version as well, a compass and some adventures areas. I mean a map has to trigger your fantasy and give you inspiration to discover the place. So a bit of ruins and a Traal (humanoid troll like creatures) infected area is in place, and will hopefully make the map a bit more interesting. I've also changed the edge of the forest. It was a bit too uniform before, I think.

Clercon
05-12-2011, 04:23 PM
I’ve decided to call my map done. This is it (if you guys don’t find anything that sticks out completely)

Technical stuff:
The map is done in Photoshop CS5, a lot of layers and some finishing effects to give it the right feel and light. The city icons are from CC3 by Profantasy. Don’t remember which style but I can look that up if someone is interested.

Kingdom stuff:
Armadien is the most western kingdom in the old world. It is often called the “forest kingdom” for the obvious reason that the major part of the country is covered by forest. They are famous for their boat builders and their timber. A lot of the vessels that travel the seas are built here. In the north Armadien borders to the great dark barbarian forest. The border is heavily fortified and the river has become a natural border. It is by law forbidden to build a bridge over it.

In the south you find the border kingdoms that lie between Armadien and the city state Ankh-Bathor. The border kingdoms are seen as a buffer zone by Ankh-Bathor and the city supports them with both money and weapons. The city of Southpoint used to be a free city but was conquered 50 years ago by Armadien to strengthen their southern border. In the city there are still forces that want to break it free from the “oppressors”, probably supported by gold from Ankh-Bathor.

In a forest area between the border kingdoms, Armadien and Krug you have the “Traal infected woods”. Traals are troll like humanoids that are very strong and powerful but lack the technical skills that would give them the upper hand against humans. There are rumours though that someone is equipping them with weapons of steel, which of course is completely forbidden.

In the east Armadien borders to Krug, a very elitist country that are ruled by powerful warlords. Most of the trade between the countries goes via the needles pass, which is a very dangerous road to walk, famous for its robbers.

I hope you like it :-)

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jtougas
05-12-2011, 05:03 PM
Great story. Great Map. A win-win. :)

Clercon
05-12-2011, 06:22 PM
Great story. Great Map. A win-win. :)

Thanks, I'm glad you like it :-)
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