View Full Version : Bandit Camp - Battlemat

04-04-2008, 11:13 PM
Here's a battlemat of a Bandit Camp I made for my weekly D&D group. Thanks to everyone that offered advice from the WIP thread here:

This was completely done in Photoshop with a lot a lot a lot of layers and quite a few masks. The final was printed to two sheets of 13"x19".

*edit* added a version without a grid

04-05-2008, 12:07 AM
Nice work grunging it up; that was just what it needed.

I hope the game was/will be as good as the map!

04-05-2008, 04:51 AM
Very pretty! It looks nigh on perfect to me.

04-14-2008, 09:46 PM
Would love to see a tutorial on how to create a battlemap of this caliber, but in any case it's a treat just to view it.

04-18-2008, 03:55 PM
This is truly a thing of beauty!! I mean that in every way shape and form. I'm giving you rep for this, and I was wondering if you would be willing to let me post a link over at the MapTools forums and point folks over here to look at it and if you don't mind, borrow it for their games.

04-18-2008, 04:34 PM
I've been meaning to mention what a great battlemap I think this is for some time. I've been a bit focused on other threads. Consider it mentioned. Great work, it looks fantastic. Perfect as printed map or for use in a VT.


04-18-2008, 08:37 PM
Yes its really nice - never did discover how the shadows were done. Surely not hand painted in Photoshop tho... :?
Anyway - I reckon a featured map candidate !

04-18-2008, 10:24 PM
Wow. Thanks for all the compliments! It was a big hit with my gaming group too.

@Fister - I have thought of making a short tutorial for some of the techniques I used. As soon as I have some free time I'm going to try and put something together.

@RPMiller - Feel free to post a link to it. The thought of others using a map I made is just, well cool! =)

@Redrobes - some of the shadows actually are hand drawn in Photoshop. Some are just default drop shadows too though. But the trees for example, are actually just one tree which I then copied, rotated and resized. Then to give them some depth and the illusion of volume, I painted on shadows "within" the trees as a sort of overlay using a tablet. I'm really happy with the way they came out. The tent shadows are hand done too. And yet the shadows from the walls are NOT drop shadows. That's actually one of the techniques I want to make a tutorial for.

04-18-2008, 11:22 PM
Done. :D I've asked folks to let you know if they use it.

Here is a link to the post I made: http://forums.rptools.net/viewtopic.php?t=3829

Would you mind posting a version without the grid though? Most VTTs are able to overlay their own grid and it is easier to line things up that way plus allows those of us that prefer different types of grids to use them.

04-18-2008, 11:51 PM
Would you mind posting a version without the grid though?

Done. Edited my original post. :)

04-19-2008, 12:03 AM
You sir, rock! Thank you!

04-19-2008, 09:28 AM
Hey, I had to create an account over here just to view that map (came from RPTools), and, it was worth it! Got any more stuff of that calibur?

04-19-2008, 10:05 AM
Loads of it :) The finished maps and featured maps might be your first stop. The monthly challenge entries are always good too.

oh and I cant wait for that battlemat tutorial. I think I have already repped once but I might make and exception and double it for the tut too.

04-19-2008, 10:44 AM
JFJohnny5, if you haven't yet, you should go look at the thread over at RPTools that I posted the link to. You are getting some serious high praise and it sounds like your map is going to get a lot of use.

04-19-2008, 11:27 AM
I posted a process overview in the tutorial section. Not a step-by-step walkthrough, but all I had time for this morning.

04-19-2008, 02:09 PM
Very, very cool map. I'm impressed!

I know this a longshot and I could probably whip together a useable one myself, but what about a version with the trees removed and desert instead of grass? Would fit perfectly into my Dark Sun game ... :-D

Even so, I definitely plan on using this.

04-19-2008, 10:02 PM
I really love the look and feel of the trees. Can you tell how you did them? I would give anything for a bunch of trees like that so I can stamp them down in Maptool :)