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thamupp
04-06-2013, 07:51 AM
UPDATE: I've decided to start over completely, go here to see the new project. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/regional-world-mapping/22892-norrmannia-aresia-2.html#post221586)

Hello, since this is my first post perhaps a short introduction is in place. My real name is Martin and I live in Sweden and I've been browsing the site for a few weeks. I found CG after googling for tips on map creation while working on something simple. Anyways, I found this place and all of it's amazing work and tutorials and I've been working on a map on and of ever since.

The map I'm working on is just your average historical fantasy map. The story behind it is that it's created in the region of Aresia to describe the rest of the known world.

Here's the original sketch I made for the map.
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And here is the current map(s) (Most names are randomly generated and might change)
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The map is heavily based on the techniques from Ascension's tutorials.

thamupp
04-06-2013, 12:15 PM
Sorry to double post but I had some free time today and experimented with creating a CoA.

Here's the style I'm going for in the more central kingdoms (more civilized) . Any critique on this or on the map would be much appreciated.

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Both the eagle and the lion are free vectors I found online, so nothing i created my self.

Eilathen
04-06-2013, 12:48 PM
Hi and welcome to the Guild!

Wow, i quite like the left map of your current maps. Very nice! Will you add more information, like forests and mountains?
Oh and tell us about the world itself!

Have some Rep.!

thamupp
04-06-2013, 01:07 PM
Hi and welcome to the Guild!

Wow, i quite like the left map of your current maps. Very nice! Will you add more information, like forests and mountains?
Oh and tell us about the world itself!

Have some Rep.!

Thank you.

The right map is more of a reference thing for my self so that I can tell different regions apart. So that's why those borders are quite sloppy.

Adding more information is definitely something I want to do. I'm actually experimenting with some different ways of drawing mountains but I haven't managed to find a way to make it look good so I left them out for now. If anyone has any good idea's of a style that would fit the style of the map that would be amazing.


The world doesn't have that much story behind it and I'm kind of just making it up as I go along but the main things that I have established are:

Aresia (Smolandia, Elandia, Omlandia, Suderlandia, Visinga) is based on western europe with the most southern parts being mediterranean and northern part german.
Norrmannia (Norrlandia, Lapplandia, Jemtia, Torlandia, Gothia) is a name that Aresians use to describe the men of the north. Culturally Norrmanns are more barbaric, inspired by vikings.

Vestmannia and Sudermannia are not yet completely finished but my thought so far is that Sudermannia doesn't have kingdoms or rulers, instead there are major trade cities by the ocean. In Vestmannia I'm thinking about adding some kingdoms (or similar) but I'm unsure.

As you can see, even I don't know much about the world yet.

arsheesh
04-06-2013, 09:36 PM
Welcome to the Guild thamupp! Very nice for a first pass at mapping! I also like the original sketch as well, something very charming about it.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

doc_cthulhu
04-07-2013, 06:36 AM
I used the same tutorial for my own map and would like to recommend you to add an extra step to "rings" layer.

Once you have expanded the selected area use select>modify>smooth (the amount depends on the size of the ring and the dimension of your map). This makes the rings more round around the corners thus looking more natural than line drawn with hard edges.

Great work altogether anyway!

- Max -
04-07-2013, 07:24 AM
Nice job so far.

thamupp
04-07-2013, 08:27 AM
Thank you all for the nice words.


I used the same tutorial for my own map and would like to recommend you to add an extra step to "rings" layer.

Once you have expanded the selected area use select>modify>smooth (the amount depends on the size of the ring and the dimension of your map). This makes the rings more round around the corners thus looking more natural than line drawn with hard edges.

Great work altogether anyway!

I have actually tested a bit with that and I think I decided that i personally prefers the current look of the rings. But maybe I'll try it again.

Anyways, been playing around a bit with mountains but still haven't found something i love. Current progress:
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Schwarzkreuz
05-12-2013, 09:28 AM
Are you going to finish this?

thamupp
05-12-2013, 09:46 AM
Are you going to finish this?

I think I'll continue working on this once I finish the scandinavian map. I would want to start over when it comes to certain things on this map though. Even though I've only been mapping for 2-3 months I really feel like I've been getting better, and there's certain things on this map I think I could really improve before adding new things to it.

Here's a picture of my first go at mapping about 3 months ago.
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thamupp
07-28-2013, 11:58 AM
Alright, so I've been thinking a lot about this map this weekend and I've finally decided to revisit this. However, I've decided to completely revision the world and this time I've gone for a mediterranean feel in the southern parts of the original map. I've also thought a lot about the story of this world and I figured I'd share with you the basic stuff I've came up with. Note that all of this is early WIP and the map I've just thrown together quickly today as a reference.

Civilizations:

Alerium (Rome, sort of)
Large empire ruled similarly to how the roman empire was ruled. Surrounded by enemies on all sides.

Pylus
Republic consisting of many almost independent city states. The rise of the Alerian Empire caused the Republic to centralize more than before. Relations with the Alerians has reached an all time low at the time of this map because the Alerian conquest of Fretus and the Lower Tribes

Khaljuds
Large Empire, only small parts of the empire is visible on the map. Bad relations with the Alerians.

League of Vorena
The rise of the Alerian Empire and their conquest of 6 middle kingdoms caused many of the remaining kings to meet in Vorena, and for the first time ever unite to stop the Alerian expansion.

Merchant cities
The Merchant cities are mysterius and little is known about them. Almost all traders trying to reach one of the 7 cities are chased away by the Merchant Navies. What is known about the cities is that they from time to time fight between themselves but most importantly that they have a trade route to the far east.

The eastern trade is vital for all civilisations in Aresia during this time. For a long time the Pylussians were the only ones (other than the Ostmans) conducting trade with the Merchant Cities but ever since the Alerians expanded into the lower tribes they now also hold a presence in the region. For a long time all Eastern Trade in Aresia went through Fractum and then from there to Fretus. With the Alerians now controlling both Fretus and trade ports close to the Merchant Cities, the Pylussians have lost much of their influence.

Old and New Kingdoms
Ruled by the Ostmans. The Old Kingdom is thought to be the oldest civilisation know. Why and when the Ostman or New Kingdom was formed is not known. The Ostmans are said to have been trading with the merchant cities ever since they were founded. Relations between the New and Old Kingdoms are said the be tense, at best. Why is not know but it's safe to asume it has to do with something that happend a long time ago.

Frettian Republic and Fretus
Fretus was once an ancient Pylussian colony that later expanded to become it's own republic. For a long time most of the eastern trade in western Aresia went through Fretus (from Pylus) but when the Alerians sized Fretus during the One year War the cities importance has declined. The Frettian Republic is what's left of the once mighty Republic of Fretus.

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Azelor
07-28-2013, 12:30 PM
You made a lot of progress since your first map.
Just be careful the labels don't overlap.

- Max -
07-28-2013, 02:19 PM
Hope to see it finished soon! :D I'm not really convincted by the waterlines though, but well, it's an early stage.

thamupp
07-28-2013, 03:14 PM
Hope to see it finished soon! :D I'm not really convincted by the waterlines though, but well, it's an early stage.

Well, so do I! But I really can guarantee anything. I just don't really have a lot of time to map, and once I do I've got like 3-4 different projects all competing for my attention, most of the the time I just end up working on the one I feel like at the time.

Hehe, well, yeah. The map at the moment is basicly just a less cluttered version of my scribbling :D

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