View Full Version : JULY 2012 Entry - The Kingdom of Balrathia
07-09-2012, 04:22 AM
Okay, I have an idea and a cloud formation I like. Just so I'm not breaking the rules for this comp, if I were to use the shape of the cloud formation in the below pic would that be accetable or do I have to actually use the clouds in the pic?
07-09-2012, 04:36 AM
In the one I am working on, I use the shape of the cloud formations for my land mass. I believe this is acceptable, since the wording on the challenge goes "Then make a map somehow based upon the picture you choose." (emphasis mine)
07-09-2012, 06:40 PM
I agree using the shape should be fine.
07-09-2012, 09:23 PM
In my humble opinion, you're good. My thinking is, if we look at the map and can see it's based off the pic, it's in. :) Looks like a great pic to start from!
07-12-2012, 09:44 AM
Okay, I've slacked off on this until tonight, damn distracting minecraft. Playing aorund with a lot of stuff and not really getting anything done, well anything good anyway, I've come with this first drafting of the landmasses. I traced the cloud formations, not exactly, and ran the clouds themselves once through Wilbur desaturated it and then put it over the land masses. I'm not getting the kind of mountain effect I'm wanting so this is just going to be a guide for where the mountains will end up being.
On a side note do I have to use the whole cloud pic or could I cut out the edges? I really just want to focus on the central landmass and the one to the north, the Kingdoms of Balrathia and its uneasy neighbour Tolvan respectively.
More to come soon.
07-12-2012, 10:53 AM
Cut it to your heart's content sir :)
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07-13-2012, 04:55 PM
Looking good so far . You need to put the (###Latest WIP###) above or in front of your attachment so it will be picked up by the thumbnail scrubber.
07-14-2012, 12:53 AM
The texture of the landmass is excellent.
07-18-2012, 11:05 AM
Yep, you do not have to use the entire cloud mass your entry just needs to be "based" on the clouds and it would help if when compared we could see that but ultimately it's up to the voters.
07-20-2012, 10:15 AM
Finally got my internet back and have made some progress. Some birthdays coming up and with this flu I'm going to be rushing this out a bit so my posts are mostly going to be short. Ran the landmasses throuhg GeoControl2, added water and some basic colour. Moving on to addng more variation to the land masses and fleshing out the mountains.
At the moment its one of those maps thats looks better zoomed in than zoomed out. More to come soon.
07-25-2012, 11:03 AM
07-25-2012, 12:23 PM
Excellent map! The shades of blue for the ocean is great, very dramatic.
07-27-2012, 10:15 AM
Darn work getting in the way
07-27-2012, 10:54 AM
One problem, your map is not showing up on the Challenge Thumbnail Page. The ###LATEST WIP### thing isn't working. I am not sure, but I think it is because of the way you post your maps. Try posting a map using the third icon from the right. It is square, green and says Insert Image when you mouse over it.
07-27-2012, 11:05 AM
I go through the advanced image uploader, I always have and it hasn't seem to fail me before.
07-28-2012, 04:09 AM
Cropped down the image and added some details (waves, a compass, border), dialled back the farmlands a bit and added some cloud cover around the non-essentiall lands I won't be focusing on. Only need to add some more details and labelling and I can call this done.
07-28-2012, 10:00 AM
Lone D I think the thumb scrubber is case -sensitive (### LATEST WIP ###). I did the same thing and it wouldn't find it . Nice map by the way !!
07-28-2012, 12:08 PM
Unless I can think of something else or I can get some free time in the next few days before the end of the comp I'm calling this done. I shouldn't have left this off for so long, this was a bit rushed.
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07-28-2012, 02:58 PM
Wow. Great job. Just a couple things I notice though: The snow-stone transition of the mountain range on the main peninsula is pretty stark. I'd be inclined to blend the snow a bit. The other is that, for all the detail and crispness of 99% of this map, the coastline is VERY pixelated. Artifacting, I am guessing. I had that trouble when I bump mapped my rivers, and for me, running a slight blur took care of that.
07-28-2012, 05:21 PM
I love that you added actual clouds to your map, and the lettering you used in the water looks "engrained" into the map. I like it. :)
07-28-2012, 07:35 PM
Great Job LoneWandererD.
07-30-2012, 07:49 PM
Not bad at all for a rush-job Lonewanderer. The clouds really add something to the piece too.
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