View Full Version : Battlemap a Week [Battlemaps]

05-06-2012, 02:35 PM
I am going to post a finished battlemap each week to create a record of my cartographic practice from now untill I think that my work has reached a reasonably high level. Right now I hack together maps in maptool using free elements that I scrounge off of the internet. Hopefully with time, I can improve this to creating my own map elements and eventually to creating maps wholesale in photoshop at the level of some of the spectacular work that I see on these forums.

I'd like to start off with a map of a hellish broken bridge. I think that this represents my skill right now at making battlemaps, so it is a good starting point for this thread.


05-06-2012, 11:10 PM
Ambitious! Good luck with the endeavor.

This one is ... very red! I like the runes :)

05-13-2012, 02:50 PM
This week, continuing the current theme of cliff faces, I have a temple which has been broken off into the void. I think that the transition between the cliff and the stars is a little bit off, but it still looks ok.


05-16-2012, 03:06 PM
Keep up the good work. The more you make the better you get.

05-20-2012, 03:55 PM
This week I tried an experiment with overlays created from a photograph, with a simple snowy crevasse. It looks pretty good, but I still need some practice.


05-21-2012, 04:07 PM
Nice work! I recognize the edge overlays that dblade originally posted at Dundjinni. They really give depth and texture to a map.

06-04-2012, 02:45 AM
I missed last week, but I'm back with something a little simpler.


04-10-2013, 12:56 PM
I'm back after a long absence and at this point the thread should probably just be titled "Occasional Battlemaps by Caleth". I'll keep posting stuff occasionally as I make maps for games and such.

This time round I have a map that I made for a short Pathfinder adventure that I am writing. It is supposed to be a small prison dimension.

04-10-2013, 02:08 PM
Nice! I take it that the summoning circle is how new prisoners are sent to the prison?

04-15-2013, 05:51 AM
Here is the second part of the prison dimension that I posted last, across the bridge to the north.


04-21-2013, 12:43 PM
This time it is a small cavern, with a portal/shrine in the center.

In the adventure this was originally used for, the material which the circular steps were made out of was a major plot point, since ruins made of that material were spread across the world and the characters were trying to track down whoever made the ruins.


04-24-2013, 04:42 PM
Great thread! I'll be checking back here for more resources to use in my home games!

04-26-2013, 03:07 AM
With this map I'm playing around with my photoshop touch up job. It still needs a little work. More to come


04-26-2013, 01:13 PM
Hey, I just discovered this thread. I hope you keep posting maps. I really like that temple, it looks as though the wings are floored with raw gold!


04-30-2013, 08:31 AM
I've been procrastinating far more than usual this last week, which means more maps. Enjoy.

This one is big. I tried a slightly different method of layering my maps for this one but I'm not sure if I like it.


05-14-2013, 09:04 AM
It's been a while, but this time I have a map with a very different aesthetic. It came from a test that I did for my entry for the lite mapping challenge (which you should pop over and check out). This one wound up just looking kind of like a bunch of photoshop filters, but I am still working on finding a hand drawn looking finish for battlemaps.


- Max -
05-14-2013, 09:19 AM
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05-18-2013, 03:08 PM
I am continuing to experiment with different looks for my maps in photoshop, with this more organic map.

I'm not sure that the way I did the edges and grid lines is great, but how do you think it turned out?


- Max -
05-18-2013, 03:25 PM
pretty good one but the PS filter you apllied is pretty obvious

05-18-2013, 03:43 PM
Yea, I had to use the filter to cover up some dodgy PS work around the rim of the pit unfortunately.

03-27-2014, 12:13 AM
I'm going to use a good half of these maps, thank you for posting them!

04-09-2014, 01:12 PM
I don't suppose you've done any battle maps from the Dragonlance: War of the Lance campaign?

04-22-2014, 10:23 AM
"I'm going to use a good half of these maps, thank you for posting them!" Idem for me !