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Diamond
07-15-2011, 03:15 AM
Personal life has sorted itself out, so I'm in for this month, barring any unforeseen disasters.

This is going to be a representation of a Mars colonized at some point by humans, who rebelled against their home nations, developed their own societies, then fell into disaster and disarray when the terraforming began to fail and some unknown badness happened to Earth that prevented any kind of contact or resupply. Now, centuries later, there are new Martian empires, scrabbling tooth and nail to hold onto what water and resources remain.

And, hidden away in the deep deserts, desolate valleys, and underground labyrinths, the native Martians are stirring once more...

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Diamond
07-16-2011, 01:52 AM
Added some farmland and some forests.

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Jaxilon
07-16-2011, 03:52 AM
This is cool Diamond.

Diamond
07-16-2011, 04:34 AM
Thanks, Jax.

Here's another update, moving right along.

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Steel General
07-16-2011, 08:58 AM
Nicely done so far diamond, I really like the coloring.

arsheesh
07-16-2011, 10:15 PM
Hot damn that is cool! Great concept first off, and the terrain really does remind me of Mars. Beautiful map all around man!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

vman3force
07-16-2011, 10:22 PM
nice. like the redness of it all

Diamond
07-16-2011, 10:32 PM
Okee doke, here's another update, with most (all?) labelling done. I want to add in a few more things, but this is nearing completion, I think.

I know the scale isn't accurate, but meh. It's a compromise between reality and feasibility (of travel, and extent of national control).

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Diamond
07-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Well, I think this might be final, unless I can think of some other interesting stuff to put in there...

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Coyotemax
07-18-2011, 04:32 AM
I would be proud to call that map my own.. *snagged for inspiration folder*

ravells
07-18-2011, 09:17 AM
That works really well. A real beauty, Diamond!

barsoomcore
07-18-2011, 05:51 PM
That is a really beautiful map. From my username you might guess I'm a fan of all things Martian. :D

Nice work!

Diamond
07-18-2011, 05:53 PM
Thanks guys. I think I'm going to redo the Key; it looks kinda ugly as is, actually.

Diamond
07-19-2011, 04:45 PM
I re-did the key; I think it looks much better now. And now I think I'm done.

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ravells
07-19-2011, 06:22 PM
Beautiful. Just a thought, but I don't think the Key needs the word 'Key' in it. It will give you more room in the box.

Diamond
07-20-2011, 01:44 AM
But... I don't need more room in the box. :D

Jaxilon
07-21-2011, 12:12 AM
Yes but then you could draw a Martian in there instead :)

btw, this is excellent

Diamond
07-21-2011, 01:07 AM
Hmm. I'm not the world's best artist, but maybe I'll play around a bit this weekend and see what I can come up with, Jax...

arsheesh
07-24-2011, 02:05 AM
Smashing! Just smashing!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

tilt
07-24-2011, 03:22 AM
wow - looks fantastic Diamond - great work :)

RjBeals
07-29-2011, 01:55 PM
very cool. You make some very creative maps Diamond.

Diamond
08-01-2011, 12:15 AM
Thanks, fellas. Looks like I won't have time to draw any little Martians for it, though.

Moe
08-01-2011, 12:23 AM
Looks like I won't have time to draw any little Martians for it, though.
I'd really loved to see those ;-)

Very good work - The colours are perfect!

>Moe

Jaxilon
08-01-2011, 01:02 AM
I love this man but I will certainly miss the Martian.....dang....ok, I can't stand it.

Here you go, my 1 minute Martian for you to use as you wish or not, LOL

edit: hehe, I love the way he looks like a zombie maritan :)

Diamond
08-01-2011, 02:45 AM
LOL! That's awesome. :D Okay, I can't resist:

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Moe
08-01-2011, 05:00 AM
LOL! That's awesome. :D Okay, I can't resist:

And me fool spend a couple of minutes to search the lil' guy within the map itself :-D
Leave him there!

>Moe

LonewandererD
08-01-2011, 08:11 AM
Look out, the martians have taken control of the key! Loving it Diamond, I think I smell a winner... or possibly cookies.

-D-

Jaxilon
08-01-2011, 05:42 PM
Hehe, he's pretty cute on there. Maybe you should burn him into the key so he looks like he's stamped into it? Bevel/emboss inner type deal I forget what it's called in Gimp but maybe you know what I'm talking about. I had considered pulling my entry from the lite challenge and trying it here but I think I'm glad I didn't now :)