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Niall Mackay
02-24-2012, 09:02 AM
Hi,
so since this is my first bigger project in a longer time and the first one in GIMP (aside from the one following RobAs tutorial), i thought i'd post it here and maybe get some comments, critic and tips. Especially for the mountains, they are driving me nuts at the moment...

So, first step: My old hand drawn map.
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Again I followed the tutorial for the sea, grass and dirt layers. Then i jumped to the other mountain tutorial, i think the look better for a map with a smaller scale. But these mountains seem to do what they want...
First try: Looks like someone trodd on the mountains and stamped them into the ground. Not so good. And the rim is nearly as high as the peak...
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Unfortunaltely i already deleted the layers from the second and third try. They look a bit like the first one, and were awful.
Fourth try: I downloded that Felimage-Plugin and tried it with that. Turned out a bit better, but i still don't like it. The mountains are too big. And are cut through by the fjords.
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Fifth Try: Now i cut out the fjords from the selection before, and took a smaller noise. Worked best so far, i'm quite pleased how it works with the shoreline, but the landside edge is still not very nice to look at...
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And a complete map of the island so far:
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Now i'm off for a weekend of real-life mountain studies... perhaps that'll help. ;)

Thanks for any comments and tips on my mountain problem...
Have a nice weekend! :)

Niall Mackay
03-02-2012, 01:06 PM
Next take on the mountains:
I completely deleted all previous mountains and redid both of them, plus the southern one.

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The southern and eastern ones turned out pretty well, but the westen one ist still not what i'm trying to get...
The problem is, there are a coulpe of rivers supposed to run from a higer ridge on the eastern edge of the mountains through valleys into the fjord system. So i can't do it like i did with the southern one, or the rivers will cut through a whole ridge later... -.-

Enough for today, i'll probably try a bit more tomorrow.

Niall Mackay
03-23-2012, 01:50 PM
Played a bit with the rest of the mountains and the hill lands around them.
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Hills were done the same way as the mountains, following the tutorial, but with a gradient map from brown to darker brown with low opacity between the two embossed layers.

I think i'll consider this step done, finally. :)