View Full Version : A Planisphere of Her Majesty's Martian Colony

06-20-2011, 03:38 PM

This was my entry (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14893-May-June-2011-Lite-Challenge-Entry-A-Planisphere-of-Her-Majesty-s-Martian-Colony) in the May/June 2011 Light Challenge. Most of the work was done in Inkscape, including the paper texture and other effects. I also used QuantumGIS for tracing out the major landforms and projecting them, gdalwarp to reproject the DEM I used as a basis for the map, The GIMP for various minor tasks like resizing files and adding/removing alpha channels, and some custom programs written in Ruby to generate the graticules and the orbits.

My data sources were a Martian DEM from NASA, and various data (Tilts, radii, orbit eccentricities and other orbital parameters, and the math for the orbit and projection calculations) from Wikipedia, along with photos of Phobos and Deimos. The map is not meant to be an entirely realistic, representation of Mars, even ignoring the canals, reservoirs, cities, and railways, but the locations of major landforms is correct.

The fictional context is that the Victorians have developed an effectively reactionless drive that pushes against the "Luminipherous Ęther" and have used it to colonise Mars, where they are engaged in some form of terraforming project using canals to redirect water. Most of the city names are anachronistic jokes.

06-20-2011, 04:02 PM
I love this map!

06-20-2011, 05:00 PM
A real stunner! Lovely work. And all geographically correct too!!

06-20-2011, 05:22 PM
A real stunner! Lovely work. And all geographically correct too!!
Well Aereographically, and only roughly. I simplified the topography a great deal since I really didn't want to even consider doing hachuring over the entire surface. Just giving an idea of the boundary between Tharsis, the southern highlands, and the northern lowlands seems like enough.

06-20-2011, 07:13 PM
Whatever the case, it is a clean looking and beautiful map Hai-Etlik! Kudos man.


06-21-2011, 05:45 PM
Thanks for the compliments all. I'm definitely rather proud of it myself, I'm working on making it look good when printed at Ledger size so I can hang it on my wall.

Any criticisms? In the voting thread Ascension felt the colours were too muted. That was my goal as I don't particularly like overly bright saturated colours but it's good to get some critical feedback.

06-21-2011, 09:08 PM
Just a tad, not very much is all.

09-06-2011, 08:39 PM
A little update on this map, I'm entering it in the local regional fair (http://www.cowex.ca/) this weekend in the Computer Art category. For the printed version I decided to drop the textured background.

09-07-2011, 09:01 AM
ooh awesome! good luck with that!

09-07-2011, 12:19 PM
This is really cool! I love the concept and the Victorian style is spot on.

12-11-2011, 08:52 AM
Coming from both the GIS field and an avid boardgamer - this map is Fabulous! Hearty congrats on an inspired work, well done.