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Diamond
07-28-2011, 09:22 PM
I loved those Lone Wolf books by Joe Dever, and have always wanted to try my own version of the world they're set in, Magnamund.

Here's a start. I put this together by cobbling together some of the maps from the books and a couple found online, then tracing a B&W base over them. I haven't decided what style I want to do this in yet. Right now I'm leaning towards a semi-realistic look, maybe with mountain chains drawn using Pasis' technique.

Diamond
07-28-2011, 11:12 PM
I added in some 'roughness' for terrain irregularities, as well as some color and rivers, etc. Next up will be mountains, I think.

eViLe_eAgLe
07-28-2011, 11:18 PM
Geeze.. You did that in 2 hours. Im in awe.

Diamond
07-28-2011, 11:43 PM
It wasn't as hard as it looks. ;) PS clouds and difference clouds to the rescue. :D

eViLe_eAgLe
07-28-2011, 11:52 PM
Ill keep that in mind ;)

Moe
07-29-2011, 12:41 AM
Congrats! That's a pretty nice basis for an excellent piece of work there.

The river delta in the west seems a lil' bit odd, though. I have to admit that this river entanglement confuses me being told that rivers never cross or split within the various river threads in the forum.
Sorry to mention that ;-)

>Moe

waldronate
07-29-2011, 12:52 AM
Judging from the huge fault going diagonally across the map, I'd say that what looks like a delta is more likely a badlands that has been partially submerged or shattered chunk of terrain that's cracked below sea level.

Diamond
07-29-2011, 01:43 AM
Well, that whole area is one huge swamp, but from what I remember of the books, yeah, it's earthquake-shattered and partially sunken. Don't blame me for the geography. :D

Yandor
07-29-2011, 03:30 AM
Haha nice, looks like a great start Diamond, can't wait to see what else you got under your sleeve for this one!

Diamond
07-29-2011, 03:39 AM
Forest, swamp, mountains, borders, cities, towns.

Phew.

nolgroth
07-29-2011, 04:29 AM
Looking really good.

Moe
07-29-2011, 06:13 AM
Judging from the huge fault going diagonally across the map, I'd say that what looks like a delta is more likely a badlands that has been partially submerged or shattered chunk of terrain that's cracked below sea level.
Convinced - I'd been irritated due to the direct connection between those badlands and the major rivers leading to the northeast.


Don't blame me for the geography. :D
never again ;-)

And your latest WIP is great! As simple as they are, I really love your border style (or are this streets? they don't lead into any settlement).
Can't await to see where this will end up.

>Moe

jfrazierjr
07-29-2011, 07:14 AM
Great idea... I have had similar thoughts on doing at least some parts of this world. In case you did not know, the books are legally back in "print" at http://www.projectaon.org, as well as some fan art and maps. This is thanks mainly due to the willingness of the original author Joe Dever to allow the project to re-compile those books for which he possessed ownership into html linked format. Of course, much of the artwork could not be included due to the time and effort it would take to obtain license to reprint their work, not to mention that in some cases, each book had 4+ cover art works.

Do you plan to make the area around Helgedad a bit more volcano-y?

Diamond
07-29-2011, 01:10 PM
As simple as they are, I really love your border style (or are this streets? they don't lead into any settlement).
Can't await to see where this will end up.
Yep, those are borders. I think I'm actually going to change them, make them more subtle, since there's so many of them they kinda overwhelm the landscape.


Do you plan to make the area around Helgedad a bit more volcano-y?
Yep, just need to come up with a good way of doing it. I also need to figure out how to do that petrified forest in the southern part of the Darkland, and also the two or three big rifts/canyons that are sprinkled here and there.

Scionical
07-30-2011, 09:31 AM
Loving this. It's bringing back a lot of great memories, adventuring as a Kai Monk and (eventually) as a Magnakai. Keep it up!

Diamond
08-03-2011, 02:13 AM
Sorry for the long delay between updates; I was helping my dad move house last weekend.

Anyway, here's another stage complete. I think the icepack, chasms, and lava bed turned out pretty decent.

jfrazierjr
08-03-2011, 07:46 AM
Dig it... not quite sure I like the volcano area... lava GOOD... but there should be a ton of volcano's and I would expect them to show up somehow(??))... but really don't know what to suggest<shrug>

Forests are quiet nice... my one complaint is that some of them seem to miss the texture that others have in nice detail... not sure if this was just an oversight or what... example: the forests in Summerlund and Durenor seem to be more hazy/blurred compared to the texture on the forests in Dessi. This appears to be a tillable pattern from CG textures, did it some areas get missed in a layer mask or some other type of layer adjustment?

Ice packs are cool... do you plan to add a few stray chunks also?

BTW, I LOVE the ocean texture you got going on....it's just beautiful... could you share what you did? I will say that i am not quite sure I like it on "this" map with the more "realistic" land textures though...

Moe
08-03-2011, 08:07 AM
That's a nice one!
Still excited about where this is gonna end up.

Those two dark gaps (close to Magador and Dessi), are those canyons or are they meant to be cracks in the paper surface?
If they are cracks I would suggest to enhance their look at a later point.

And lastly: the colours are quite nice. Like it.

>Moe

arsheesh
08-03-2011, 10:53 AM
This is turning out to b quite a lovely map Diamond. Great job, as usual.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Diamond
08-03-2011, 12:55 PM
Dig it... not quite sure I like the volcano area... lava GOOD... but there should be a ton of volcano's and I would expect them to show up somehow(??))... but really don't know what to suggest<shrug>

Forests are quiet nice... my one complaint is that some of them seem to miss the texture that others have in nice detail... not sure if this was just an oversight or what... example: the forests in Summerlund and Durenor seem to be more hazy/blurred compared to the texture on the forests in Dessi. This appears to be a tillable pattern from CG textures, did it some areas get missed in a layer mask or some other type of layer adjustment?

Ice packs are cool... do you plan to add a few stray chunks also?

BTW, I LOVE the ocean texture you got going on....it's just beautiful... could you share what you did? I will say that i am not quite sure I like it on "this" map with the more "realistic" land textures though...
Haven't added in volcanoes yet; there are indeed lots of 'em, and I'm still playing around with trying to find a good way to represent them.

I'm not seeing what you're talking about with the forests; I'll look at it closer when I get home tonight. There's no layer masking involved with them, just laid down with the pattern stamp tool.

The ocean is very simple, just a blue fill. The texturing you're seeing is just from the parchment layer on top of everything else. I think I have it set to soft light or something, so it doesn't interfere too much with the land, but enhances the ocean.

For the ice pack, I may add some extra chunks. Haven't decided yet.

That's a nice one!
Still excited about where this is gonna end up.

Those two dark gaps (close to Magador and Dessi), are those canyons or are they meant to be cracks in the paper surface?
If they are cracks I would suggest to enhance their look at a later point.

And lastly: the colours are quite nice. Like it.

>Moe
Those are big-ass chasms in the ground.

This is turning out to b quite a lovely map Diamond. Great job, as usual.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
Thanks. :D

Ramah
08-03-2011, 01:43 PM
I'm liking it but I can't help feeling that the style you used in your biker map (can't remember the name, sorry) would suit this much better. I had already pegged that style as being close to the Magnamund maps when I first saw it and it does seem a shame that you didn't use it here.

Still, looking good, Diamond. But then I would expect nothing less from you. :)

Ascension
08-03-2011, 04:55 PM
Dang, D, you're gettin pretty good at this mappin stuff. ;) Great colors.

Diamond
08-03-2011, 07:44 PM
@Ramah: Well, there's nothin' that says I can't do another version. In fact, I just might.

@Big A: Thanks!

jfrazierjr
08-04-2011, 07:47 AM
Haven't added in volcanoes yet; there are indeed lots of 'em, and I'm still playing around with trying to find a good way to represent them[ I can understand that! Perhaps that's what's throwing me off about the lava field....


Looking forward to seeing more....

Eilathen
08-05-2011, 06:02 AM
Nice map!

Although i like your own designs better...you always come up with such perfect continent-shapes (for my taste, anyway). Hope to see some personal projects soon ;)

Diamond
08-07-2011, 04:42 PM
Well, I added in the volcanoes. Not sure if I like them, but after days of screwing around with 'em, I can't find a way to do them that I like better, so for now it'll have to do.

Moe
08-09-2011, 06:46 AM
I like the vulcanos.

If you don't like them - maybe it would help the look, if you added small spots being the craters where the lava leaks from the depths?
Perhaps with some hard edges and darker lava inside?

Just an idea, as I said I like them ;)

>Moe

Diamond
08-09-2011, 01:23 PM
Yeah, that's a good idea. The way I have them now, there are craters, but they're all too round and I blurred the edges so much you can't really tell they're there. I think I need to go back and make them more irregular in shape and sharpen up the edges.