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darkseed2012
07-01-2013, 10:43 PM
I just got done making a one day project of turning a mall map into a medieval harbor town. I might add more to the map like color in rooftops and make a cartoon map of a fictional medieval harbor town. I decided to keep the name of the mall as the name of the town. The map was from Westfield Galleria in Roseville, CA. I have a couple of other mall map villages I plan to finish since it's too hot here to keep my hands draw to work on my paper projects.

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The shape of the town suggests that the main street runs along a valley, so I think I'm going to work with that idea. I'm using MS Paint for this project wince it's the only image editor I have. I might redraw this on paper once the weather cools here later in the year, but that won't happen until the end of October.

I guess I will make a history for this town. It came out looking so real too. I think mall maps are going to be a good source of layouts for small medieval towns.

darkseed2012
07-02-2013, 07:00 PM
I think the map is coming along nicely. It is looking like a map of a real town. I might make the map look like a tourist map for a medieval town. I might just write up a brief history that will be on the bottom on the map. The buildings are coming along very well and are looking good.

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arsheesh
07-02-2013, 07:10 PM
Looking good so far darkseed, nice job on the lighting (did you use bevel and emboss or did you manually shade the roof tops?). One thing that kind of sticks out however is that some of the lines in this map look fairly pixalated. Not too familiar with MS paint so I don't know what to suggest in order to fix it unfortunately.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Larb
07-02-2013, 07:21 PM
Yes, that update is looking nice. I am guessing the roof colouring was done manually.

The pixellation is obvious, I agree, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. You could try and smooth it out or just leave it for that sort of 8-bit or artificial look. It all depends on the style of image desired.

I looked up Westfield Galleria just to compare it to the mall layout. It's pretty faithful! One of the more unique sources of map inspiration I have seen here!

darkseed2012
07-02-2013, 10:40 PM
Everything is being done manually. MS Paint is only the most basic drawing program and it comes with the PC. Normally I never do maps using a computer, but I thought I would give it a shot. I am limited in software options because of the age of my computer, so I think I will work with the 8-bit look. I'm not sure what to do with it, but I am thinking of drawing it on paper at a later stage, because I like the shape of the town and its proportions, something about it hit that sweet spot.

I think the food court ended up being the town square. I never actually been to this mall, but the layout really worked for a harbor town. I have other mall maps, but I think this one is going to get the most attention.

darkseed2012
07-02-2013, 11:15 PM
I'm going to stop for the night. The more i fill in, the more I like the 8-bit look. It really works for this. It will be cool to have it redrawn with a vectoring software. Wording is going to be the hardest part. I have no idea how I will do that since MS Paint only types right to left. I guess this could be a village anywhere in Europe. I have no facades showing on this map. The bay has a Mediterranean feel to it. Let's say the town is in Italy or France.

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darkseed2012
07-03-2013, 08:07 PM
I'm thinking of adding trees to the map, but at this time, I'm done with it. I like how it came out. I'm not so sure if the bluffs came out right. I'm thinking strongly of doing a paper version when I complete the Zigoto map I was working on. I really like how the town's buildings look.

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If anyone wants to make a better version, feel free to do so. I'm going to make one more update, which will label the important buildings. I still have to decide what my town will do and what industry will be there.

Larb
07-03-2013, 08:50 PM
I like how it's turned out. It might be worth altering some of the "plots" to take into account the ridges though.

darkseed2012
07-08-2013, 07:37 PM
I like how it's turned out. It might be worth altering some of the "plots" to take into account the ridges though.
Thanks for the suggestion Larb. I like the map so I might do a paper version once I learn the dimensions of Medieval structures. Right now I have no clue how to draw one to scale with my other planned communities.
It would be a lot of work to get it right, since the map was made in two layers. MS Paint allows white areas to be transparent, but at this time, I think I'm done with working on it. Right now I'm trying to find a way to label buildings, so it can be remade for a game or something. The editing tools I have available made very crooked looking text.

I tried labeling with AutoRealm since it's the only thing I can get on this computer. Once I figure out the program I'm going to label the map.

Caenwyr
07-10-2013, 03:57 AM
I tried labeling with AutoRealm since it's the only thing I can get on this computer.

Have you tried the portable version of GIMP? You can run it from a usb-stick, with absolutely zero files being installed on the computer. I use it all the time when I'm at work. You can find it here (http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable).

darkseed2012
07-11-2013, 11:58 AM
Have you tried the portable version of GIMP? You can run it from a usb-stick, with absolutely zero files being installed on the computer. I use it all the time when I'm at work. You can find it here (http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable).

Thanks for the link, I'll definentily give it a shot.

darkseed2012
07-14-2013, 01:44 PM
I got gimp to work on my computer. I think this is going to have to be something I do on paper. I can't figure out how to use the program. The current digital map is up for grabs. I'm not able to learn this computer stuff.

If anybody wants the original bmp for this project e-mail me at darkseed2012@yahoo.com

darkseed2012
10-13-2013, 03:06 AM
I decided to redo this map on paper and change the layout of the town a little. I'm adding a wall and making major changes, but it is still Roseville. I might stick with the name or change it to fit with Medieval England, where I am going to place the town as Roselineshire. I am thinking of having a meat and leather industry as the mainstays of the town. What I found out about medieval leather making, this isn't going to be a pleasant place to live. As a port town it is likely to be wealthy in terms of access to trade on the North Sea into the Baltic. I think I will place the town in around the time just before the Black Death swept across Europe about 1345. Basically this is a map of the fictitious town of Roselineshire, England in 1345. I will have a photo of my paper map tomorrow when it is day and the light is better. The map is in my established style on this sight.

darkseed2012
10-13-2013, 02:48 PM
As promised, I have a photo of my paper version of Roselineshire.
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foremost
10-13-2013, 10:23 PM
Oh, I like the paper version :)

As will pretty much always be said, it's best to scan in maps rather than take photos of them, unless you're a professional photographer.
So if you're going to do some detail-work/put some words on, it'd be nice to have scans.

darkseed2012
10-14-2013, 01:34 AM
Oh, I like the paper version :)

As will pretty much always be said, it's best to scan in maps rather than take photos of them, unless you're a professional photographer.
So if you're going to do some detail-work/put some words on, it'd be nice to have scans.
I will upload a scanned image one I complete the map. I don't own a scanner and scanning costs a lot at Kinkos.

darkseed2012
10-13-2014, 07:49 PM
I have worked on my Roselineshire map some. This is my first map without laying out floor plans for the buildings. I like how it is coming out. I think the final product will appear as 19th century Sanburn Fire Insurance maps. When I complete this project I am going to leave it up and make the file available to anyone that wants to make a professional aerial map of the town for their campaigns or world building projects. Just make note of the real artist. All this information will be presented upon completion.

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