View Full Version : The Dwarven City of Redwall for Rhune: Dawn of Twilight

05-15-2011, 10:46 AM
So I'm really pleased with this one. I don't do a lot of city maps, but this year has had a couple and I'm really pleased with this one. This map shows the dwarven city of Redwall:


The city is tiered into Wards, with all non-dwarves restricted to the outer (and lower) wards. The dwarves are technologically superior in the region, and have cannon towers that make the city an almost impregnable fortress. The railways (remember, this is stormpunk :) ) provide the transport links to the outside world. It was fun to add some more decorative elements, including an elevation sketch. I really like how that turned out, and I think those touches are something we'll be seeing more of in the next few Rhune city maps.


This work is a commission and so is rights reserved. You can read a bit more about it on my blog (http://fantasticmaps.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/the-city-of-redwall/). The other Rhune maps are here:
The world map of Rhune (http://fantasticmaps.wordpress.com/worldmaps/jonrobertsmapwebres-2/)
The city states of Vallinor (http://fantasticmaps.wordpress.com/regional-maps/citiesofvallinorwieb-2/)
The cosmology and world tree of Rhune (http://fantasticmaps.wordpress.com/worldmaps/worldtreeweb/)

05-15-2011, 10:49 AM
this is great!

05-15-2011, 11:25 AM

05-15-2011, 11:46 AM
Love it man, and the coloring is superb! cheers, DJ

05-15-2011, 12:35 PM
That's super-duper nice. Have some rep!

05-15-2011, 01:18 PM
This is why I come to this site. Maps like this are just inspiring. Awesome job!

05-15-2011, 01:19 PM
Lovely jubbly is that map. :)

05-15-2011, 03:31 PM
Awesome as usual. :)

05-15-2011, 03:39 PM
If I hadn't just repped you for the Rhune map I would have done so for this one. It want right into my Inspiration folder. You have every reason to be pleased with this one, it is spectacular!


05-15-2011, 04:28 PM
That's so cool torstan! I really want to jump in and explore what lies inside the mountains. Hope to see more of this city!

05-15-2011, 06:02 PM
Great map!

05-15-2011, 07:10 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the compliments - I'm stunned. I really appreciate it.

05-15-2011, 09:00 PM
really nice map. nice job.

Steel General
05-16-2011, 07:45 AM
Beautiful stuff Torstan!

05-16-2011, 10:53 AM
I just got back from vacation and I'm so glad this one didn't slip past me! That is so stunningly cool. Great coloring, excellent side view, the whole thing is incredible, I love it.

05-16-2011, 11:54 AM
Absolutely stunning! Love the colours, love the design, love the side elevation drawing. Did you do the buildings in Illustrator?

It's flipping gorgeous! The angular streets are just so....'dwarven' - you can imagine them trotting down them in orderly rows pushing some new engine of doom.

05-16-2011, 01:05 PM

This was all in PS actually. The building outlines are all done with the shift key to lay down straight lines. Then shaded freehand. The overal structure was created using the shape tool and lots of octagons and guides :)

05-18-2011, 09:03 AM
Amazing map nice work, truly a piece of art. Really like the illustration up the top right hand corner and the concentric circles with dwarvish in them very nice!!

05-18-2011, 09:18 AM
Beautiful rendering there; love the elevation image. Dwarf after my own heart eh? Bravo!

05-18-2011, 10:37 AM
This actually looks surprisingly like a dwarven city I had been planning myself. Is this a you and me thing, or is this more of a widespread idea of dwarven cities than I thought?

05-18-2011, 04:14 PM
Most of us like to think of our dwarves in this regimented, organized, straight-line kind of thing and our elves more in tune with curves and ornamentation. It's profiling and profiling is bad :) but most of us do our fantasy races like this. Sure someone's going to pipe up about how their elves are blocky and their dwarves are frivolous but those folks are the rare ones.

05-18-2011, 04:36 PM
I blame Tolkien!

05-18-2011, 04:42 PM
I was referring more to the fact of a multiple tiered city build into the side of a mountain. But Tolkien practically defined the genre, for better or worse, and now we have to determine just how much our elves and dwarves fit in with the Tolkein stereotype, and just how much they don't.

08-18-2013, 05:11 PM
Great map - thanks for sharing.