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Murtauh
01-05-2012, 10:10 AM
I still have a long way to go to completion, both geographically and politically, but I want to share the current state of my first digital map. It only displays regions and oceans at this time. Comments and critique are always welcome. I can answer questions regarding background info and whatnot.

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Here's a major update from the last one. I added 'biomes', rivers, cities, and roads. I still have mountain ranges as well as a few visual tweaks to make.

The map's too large now, as i had to enlarge it to add the extra details. Here's the DevientArt Link. (http://abstractality.deviantart.com/#/d4lg04k)


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I don't like the look of the biomes, so I've replaced the water and land textures with a higher res version. Personally, I like it better this way. I'll get an image link up soon.

Kazou
01-06-2012, 02:56 AM
That map looks quite good, what programs did you use? Anyways, it looks kinda like thinner + taller version of the British Island... (Not the Irish part) Anyways, how do you pronounce Vvara? It's quite hard to figure out.

Saule
01-06-2012, 08:30 AM
Looks nice! :) I like the font, it fits the style of the map.

Murtauh
01-06-2012, 09:50 AM
Kazou, it's just pronounced Vah-rah. Also, I greatly expanded the map. I'll link to it when I'm out of school and can access Devient Art.

Murtauh
01-06-2012, 12:20 PM
Looks nice! :) I like the font, it fits the style of the map.

Thanks. I'm actually having an acquaintance who does calligraphy make some stylized names, which Im going to scan in to replace the current font.


Oh, and to answer your question Kazou, I use GIMP.

Kazou
01-06-2012, 01:43 PM
Thanks. I'm actually having an acquaintance who does calligraphy make some stylized names, which Im going to scan in to replace the current font.


Oh, and to answer your question Kazou, I use GIMP.

Oh cool, I use GIMP for grids and stuff, now I just want dirty and quick map drawn with paint... I know it sucks but GIMP takes way too much time for me *Is being lazy like usual*

Murtauh
01-06-2012, 04:34 PM
Ah, well, I love this newly-discovered hobby. I'm thinking of possible careers pathways.


Anyway, here's the updated map. (http://fav.me/d4lg04k) I'll also be putting it in the original post.

Kazou
01-07-2012, 11:36 AM
Did I say it looks good? Scratch that... It's an awesome looking simple map (I like simple maps, too realistic ones give me a headache.). Too bad I don't have this kind of skill myself.

dangerdog15
01-07-2012, 03:50 PM
I'm with Kazou. I love good and simple. And:) this map is really nice.

silverhead
01-07-2012, 06:17 PM
I like it. It's quite simple by now, but it should be easy to add more elements. You're definitely on the right track.

By the way, it reminds me a bit of Westeros, with its vertical orientation.

Murtauh
01-07-2012, 08:44 PM
Thanks everyone! Tomorrow I'm having a calligrapher that works at the high school I attend come over to my house to do the lettering for the map. I'm also planning (much later down the road) to commission some city maps to be made. My father knows an architect, so I think I have that covered. I've got some very rudimentary points for the politics, and it seems very "Roman." Basically, there's a High King (Currently it's the Avenaerus dynasty, with Ardias being the current monarch), and three senators from each province. I really took a lot of inspiration from George RR Martin, and Westeros (the feel of a dynamic, realistic system), so yes, I tried to have the same basic shape and size so that the fundamentals will work.

Luros itself is about the same sized landmass as Europe. Avia has an Italian-esque climate, and the northern portion of Vvara has a cold climate. In truth, Vvarenhal is almost exactly where Winterfell falls, latitudinally. Esos, however, woulod be much farther north than King's Landing.

In the end, most fantasy maps pick up an england-esque appearance, Westeros included.

Murtauh
01-07-2012, 09:16 PM
Here's a comparison to Europe. It's only a rough comparison. i haven't quite worked out the scale yet. http://abstractality.deviantart.com/art/Luros-as-scaled-to-Europe-278232708

silverhead
01-08-2012, 04:36 AM
I've got some very rudimentary points for the politics, and it seems very "Roman." Basically, there's a High King (Currently it's the Avenaerus dynasty, with Ardias being the current monarch), and three senators from each province.

The shadow of Rome looms large. They set the base for most of the politics we use nowadays, crafted most of our culture, and ran an empire as big and sophisticated as it was never seen before or after. It's hard to shake off that kind of influence. You shouldn't be too worried about it :-)