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Diamond
12-02-2012, 01:20 AM
I haven't done an alternate history map in a loooooong time, so here's one.

This is Europe from the GURPS/Alternate Earths 2 world of Midgard, where Vikings conquered Constantinople in the 9th century and used all the loot (and Greek Fire) to crush the Christian nations and establish their own empires, much as the Germanic tribes did to the Romans a few centuries earlier.

(GURPS, Alternate Earths 2, and the world of Midgard were created by Kenneth Hite, Craig Neumeier, and Michael Schiffer and are property of Steve Jackson Games. The text in the title box is lifted directly from the intro in the game book.)

Jaxilon
12-02-2012, 01:53 AM
That looks so legit. I dig it.

Sapiento
12-02-2012, 04:05 AM
FANTASTIC! An amazing AH scenario.

Schwarzkreuz
12-04-2012, 10:20 PM
Ah this is stunning once again

Diamond
12-04-2012, 11:53 PM
Thank you guys! :D

Clercon
12-05-2012, 02:45 AM
Great map, but I kind of have to like it, a map where the Vikings have taken over Europe :)

Midgardsormr
12-05-2012, 01:34 PM
What? Oh, you weren't trying to get my attention? Sorry, then.

A very nice and clear rendition of Mercator's style. I like it!

BonSequitur
12-05-2012, 02:08 PM
I like how Trebizond manages to stick around as the last Byzantine rump state even in this timeline.

Ramah
12-05-2012, 02:32 PM
Beautiful map as always, Diamond. :)

indigorising
12-05-2012, 03:42 PM
Gorgeous work, and I love the sense of history that's apparent in looking at the names and borders!

Schwarzkreuz
12-26-2012, 05:45 PM
Are the Borderdecorations selfmade or found material? I realy like them a lot.

Diamond
12-26-2012, 07:50 PM
Are the Borderdecorations selfmade or found material? I realy like them a lot.
Thanks. They're a combination; I started out with a basic design that came in a vector art pack and then traced it and embellished it a bit.

ukie
01-10-2013, 04:07 AM
Wow beautiful map!

GrimFinger
01-10-2013, 01:53 PM
Very crisp and clean map. The pale color scheme, with highlighted borders, is beautiful. Simply beautiful.

And, of course, the text labels adorn this magnificent lady of a map, drowning her in flavor. The lines emanating from the Norse Sea are the crown jewel of this map, a radiant sun of subdued, but ancient, beauty. On this map, beauty runs more than skin deep.

Oh, delightful, delightful! A stroll through cartographic talent is what this map offers the passer-by. How she prostitutes herself with dignity approaching perfection.

Lovely.

Svearika, Sklavorland, and the Bulgar Khanate. Imagine these places. My God, man! is this not what a map should be? May this lady spawn many children, and may her ancient roots be uncovered by those who would exploit her. I, with my friends in the Hanse Federation, demand more - more of the same, yet different.

Go, now, and bear us back more, that we may feast our eyes thereon.

Diamond
01-12-2013, 06:49 PM
Long have your posts amused me, Grimfinger. The puckish jests, the lyric language of your comments tickle me. So it was with joy (and some little trepidation) that I espied your name appended to the comments on this thread. I thank you for your sprightly wit, as does my kinsman, who is even now reading this over my shoulder.

It may be that more alternate history will flow through the muse's probing fingers into my furrowed brow, but I cannot say which road it will follow. Perhaps something... Caribbean. But I thank you for your noble interest, and I implore you to grace us more often with your strange and fickle wit.