View Full Version : South Noom and Surroundings - WIP

05-23-2011, 02:23 PM
This is the first significant map that I'm trying to make, and I'd love some feedback/suggestions!

The legend is missing, as are some country names. This is partially inspired by 19th century style maps, and by various atlases and I'd love to make the mountains in the same style as this map (http://maps.bpl.org/details_10520/?mcid=15), though I'm not sure how. The mountains running from northwest to southeast are supposed to be relatively tall, which is probably not clear at the moment.

Also, the map will be used eventually to represent expansion of one country, so the main features of the map will be cities, countries, and possible troop movements (hence I don't want the mountains to be too prominent, though still fairly noticeable).

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Large version is here (http://i.imgur.com/kuCK2.jpg).

Here's the smaller version:


Steel General
05-24-2011, 06:19 AM
I believe Ascension has a tutorial on making mountains similar to those (aka "Fuzzy Caterpillar).

Oh and this is looking quite nice so far. :)

Sergei Zybin
05-24-2011, 06:56 AM
Wow. This is great! I love states shapes - they are naturalistic!

05-26-2011, 09:44 PM
Found the tutorial, looks pretty useful, thanks! Though second thought maybe the current mountains actually do fit the map style better. I'll just sharpen them up a bit, or add more peaks.

In the meantime, most of the map is done. High-res version is here (http://i.imgur.com/Urbsf.jpg).

Low-res version:


05-26-2011, 10:45 PM
I think what you've got going with these mountains works much better than fuzzy caterpillars would. It's detailed enough to be clear, but not so much that it obscures anything.

Steel General
05-27-2011, 07:07 AM
I also like the mountains as you have them now.