View Full Version : November/December Lite Challenge Entry: Hagarin Observatory

12-09-2011, 06:20 AM
All right, this is then my official post for jumping into the contest.
Nothing much to show yet but at least I fulfill the "5 days rule" to be able to participate. Just hope I'll be able to finish it up in time.

Lots of people have decided to go for a region map so I decided to do something else.
The map will be about an observatory hidden in the woods.
The design will be a blend of battle map (kind of), 2D elevation and small region area to show where it's located. The whole thing will have a nice (hopefully) frame with bits of artworks. The sketch is already done and I will scan it properly when finished. It's A3 size.

12-09-2011, 08:24 AM
Looking nice ;) I see you took the challenge seriously! :D

12-09-2011, 02:53 PM
Dain, that looks excellent even in sketch form - I'm eager to see more updates and a finished product!

12-12-2011, 08:20 AM
Thanks for your comments,
This challenge brings me a lot of pleasure. Hope it'll give you the same for your eyes at term.

Still many things to do. Cast shadow for instance, that will change a lot of things, and the frame as well.
The building itself will be cut in half.
Right side will be a view from outside
Left side will show the inside of the building so it will be more "mappy".

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12-12-2011, 09:45 AM
Lovely, lovely hatching on that terrain. It looks quite awesome possum! You've really pulled all the stops!

12-13-2011, 04:40 AM
I do like this kind of hatching. I've been practicing this for a long time now and always miss them if I don't use them everymonth. It's a kind of personal therapy to release the daily stress. And it's free :D

Next update:
I need now to do the cast shadow and polish everything up a little bit
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12-13-2011, 06:15 AM
I'm voting for you if I can use this for my sandbox campaign tonight :D. One of the most important rules of sandbox refereeing/DMing - good enough is good enough :) so I have to do a rush job on about 5 dungeons in the next hour. :P

12-13-2011, 07:06 AM
Of course you can!
This is actually why I always try to draw map that can be used straight away by rpg players, whatever their world may be. It'll be an honor ;)

Found some time to get work done. Still bits to do here and there
I wonder if I need/ must draw something on the area above the north sign... any ideas?

This time, it is a proper scan/ stitch, because of the A3 size. If there is any issue with what have been done, please let me know.

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12-13-2011, 08:00 AM
No, I'd leave the bit there open. It looks more like an observatory, the little man looking into space and so forth.

12-13-2011, 11:40 AM
Beautiful work. Very smooth combination of map/ elevation/ locator map.

I'm imagining a critical set of observations being made on a cold winter night, and the cranky astronomer on duty angrily climbing down and plugging the chimney on his side of the building, when for the fourteenth time a cloud of dense pine smoke and sparks obscures the target stars, not to mention setting alight his best fur coat. "If I told Ostronimius once I've told him a thousand times 'the seasoned maple at evening, the pitchy pine logs in daytime'! Grrrr. Witless whelp."

12-13-2011, 12:30 PM
Wow, great entry. You're sure to get alot of votes for this.

12-13-2011, 12:36 PM
Stunning Hatching!!! I love this and have snaffled it for my inspirations folder!

12-13-2011, 04:51 PM
Thanks, it's good to hear people like it. I did give some sweat on it ;)

Nearly finished, got to finish up the top right map and get some fresh mind to figure out whether I need to add something else. Still some dots here and there as well.
Any idea welcome, of course

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12-13-2011, 04:55 PM
This is really excellent Dain. The only thing I wondered about when I looked at it was if it might pop a little more if the border was darker. If it was me I think I would create a copy and grab my charcoal pencil and test out the idea. I wouldn't risk it on the original until I was sure I liked the outcome. As it is I think this will be a hard one to beat.

12-13-2011, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the advice, didn't think about it.
Now that you're telling me, it looks obvious :(

12-13-2011, 07:07 PM
Wow...a really stunning piece of art! The hatching and inking is really masterfully done. Plus, the fact that it is from the world of Midnight earns it double bonus points. The Sarcosan imagery is all very cool.

12-14-2011, 08:01 AM
Just to stick my oar in the water - you've done a beautiful work. My immediate reaction seeing your latest wip is appreciation. I like it. I admit, I too am stuck on hatching marks. And, you are right to note it is inexpensive therapy :-)
Regards, Gary

Steel General
12-14-2011, 08:20 AM
This has turned out quite nicely, love the way you've integrated the border.

12-14-2011, 08:36 AM
looks fantastic Dain, great job as usual. As others have said, wonderful hatching, but also loving the whole composition, 3 levels of map :)

12-14-2011, 02:22 PM
All right, last update. Let's call it finished ;)

Thanks all of you for your precious advice and comments. Really appreciated ;)

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