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Ghostman
07-04-2012, 02:57 PM
Whereon daredevil charioteers of the Imperial City risk life and limb to win glory before the eyes of 400,000 cheering spectators.

I am using Inkscape to design the isometric structures. Will probably also make use of GIMP for any texturing work. The architecture, layout and terminology are based on historic Romano-Byzantine hippodromes, especially the Circus Maximus.

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arsheesh
07-04-2012, 05:56 PM
This already looks really good. A very nice contribution to this month's light challenge.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ghostman
07-05-2012, 04:04 PM
Now with raised stands and walls.

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Larb
07-05-2012, 06:48 PM
That looks really nice. I'm sure it'll look even better when it has texture and stuff.

So do the citizens riot over their favourite charioteering teams too? =P

Ghostman
07-06-2012, 03:31 AM
So do the citizens riot over their favourite charioteering teams too? =P

They do. There's also a huge gambling business built around betting on the winner, with lots of dirty play aimed to fix the races.

ravells
07-06-2012, 05:46 AM
Sounds like horse-racing in real life then :-)

Chashio
07-06-2012, 11:28 AM
Ooh, I like this. =) Nice choice of font, too.

LindaJeanne
07-07-2012, 06:14 PM
neat idea!

Ghostman
07-08-2012, 08:48 AM
To give credit where it's due, in the making of this map I have enjoyed an invaluable resource in the book The Ancient City - Life in Classical Athens & Rome by Peter Connolly and Hazel Dodge. It's a veritable goldmine of information on classical Greek and Roman architecture and city planning, with absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, detailed illustrations. Without it I wouldn't have much of a clue about what I'm doing with this.

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Chashio
07-08-2012, 01:01 PM
To give credit where it's due, in the making of this map I have enjoyed an invaluable resource in the book The Ancient City - Life in Classical Athens & Rome by Peter Connolly and Hazel Dodge. It's a veritable goldmine of information on classical Greek and Roman architecture and city planning, with absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, detailed illustrations. Without it I wouldn't have much of a clue about what I'm doing with this.

Oh, wow! Treasure! =D
I have The City in History, by Lewis Mumford (very heavy text) but the 'illustrations' are mostly just photos of ruins for that time period.

Ghostman
07-10-2012, 10:25 AM
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Ghostman
07-12-2012, 08:35 AM
Added some texturing.

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Seraphine_Harmonium
07-12-2012, 03:09 PM
This is starting to look really cool, Ghost! Especially now that it's built up, and textured some.

Ghostman
07-14-2012, 03:05 PM
Thanks. I find that the textures fade quite a bit when the picture is placed on a paper background though, as I'm applying various filters to try and make it look like it's actually drawn on the material. Not entirely happy with this, but time's kind of running short now.

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Larb
07-14-2012, 04:36 PM
I think it looks great myself. The cutaway really adds to it too.

Gidde
07-14-2012, 05:29 PM
I like it! You have a small artifact at the top right of the scroll, though.

Ghostman
07-14-2012, 06:15 PM
Removed the artifact and tweaked the layer filters to make the textures show up a little better.

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Ghostman
07-15-2012, 05:40 AM
This should be the final version.

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arsheesh
07-15-2012, 08:31 PM
Wow, this is another really great map! Wonderful job Ghostman.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh