View Full Version : WIP Oraven - The Red Moors -

- Max -
07-14-2013, 11:01 AM
Hey all,

Time to work on another region of Oraven, the wild and inhospitable Red Moors. Let's start with landshape:


07-14-2013, 12:43 PM
Very cool, looking good! I look forward to the development of this new region.

Have a "like"!

- Max -
07-14-2013, 12:57 PM
Thanks :) Also testing out mountains/mountains colors.


07-14-2013, 01:44 PM
I like those mountains. They lend themselves very good for mountainranges imho.

Miranda Hartrampf
07-14-2013, 03:52 PM
Such beautiful work max! I love the colors and texture! Im not too experienced, but i may say that i think the mountains have to much of a painted look against the nicely outlined land masses.

- Max -
07-14-2013, 04:06 PM
Thanks Eilathen and Miranda :)
@ Miranda : probably because landmass isn't colored yet. Check first map of Oraven (http://http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/23922-oraven-savage-lands-fantasy-map.html#post220026)and my Nehwon (http://www.cartographersguild.com/current-mapping-challenge/23953-july-2013-entry-nehwon-3.html) challenge entry to see how it goes with colors.

Miranda Hartrampf
07-14-2013, 04:33 PM
Ah, okay i see it now! Ill just have to look forward to the progression of the map.

07-14-2013, 10:01 PM
Hey Max,
This is looking promising :) When I first looked at it, granted it's a work in progress of course, I mistook land for water and vice versa which is also a pretty neat looking landmass. Anyways, I'll be watching!

07-15-2013, 02:44 AM
Awesome as usual! :)

07-15-2013, 05:00 PM
Yup, another beautiful map is on the horizon.


- Max -
07-15-2013, 05:46 PM
Thanks Viking, Hobehobbe and Arsheesh!
Finding some old parchments of the chronicles of Oraven, I recently discovered that the Red Moors made its name, not from the color of the moors but from the sea color that surrounding the area. I didn't find the real explanation about this strange color : according to some inhabitants beliefs, the sea is made of some old gods blood after a great ancien war while the priests of Monshra tells that the red is actually due to the reflection of Ehrun, the red moon. Some fools even theorize that the sea would get its strange color from some redish luminescent algae in its depths.
Whatever the reason, I had to fix it :D I also worked on coastlines and added rivers.


07-15-2013, 05:52 PM
Nice back story! And great colors so far.

07-15-2013, 06:42 PM
Look at that, Max full on in worldbuilding mode :D Nice ideas, btw!
Although, to be honest, map wise, i liked the old color better. I'm much more into realistic maps than fantastical ones (as far as geological and geographical features are concerned, that is).

- Max -
07-15-2013, 06:49 PM
Look at that, Max full on in worldbuilding mode :D
:D Yea the red kind of put some heavy fantastic touch on it but well, let's try it and see how it goes ;)

- Max -
07-16-2013, 08:37 PM
After having changed slightlly some colors, progressing on the eastern part of the map.


07-17-2013, 05:21 AM
This comes along very nicely. The new mountains are really good.
The red sea is very distracting, especially in zoomed-in mode.
You have some pretty cool names on this map.

- Max -
07-17-2013, 06:20 AM
Thanks! I still have mixed thoughts about the red color. I will keep it red but I might modify it or tone it down/desaturate it when more of the lands will be done.

07-18-2013, 02:52 AM
I think toning down the red sounds good, I like the idea but it is a bit distracting as it is. Otherwise, just as fantastic as always :D

07-18-2013, 09:53 AM
Amazing map, Max! But then again, so is all your work! Still, I do believe this map looks like it's going to be one of your best. Keep up the good work!

- Max -
07-18-2013, 12:35 PM
Thanks much Caerwyn :) Hopefully I'll be able to update it tonight.

- Max -
07-18-2013, 07:13 PM
Some progress on eastern and northern part of the map. Still trying some changes on the sea color. Comments/thoughts are welcome.


07-18-2013, 08:00 PM
That might be my favorite version yet - I like that mix of red and more brown tones. Compared to this one, the older versions look too uniform.

Also, Moor of the Crawling Horrors = win. :D

- Max -
07-19-2013, 04:46 AM
Thanks Diamond! Yes I think it's more balanced as it is now but thoughts on this are still welcome :)

07-19-2013, 10:28 AM
Wow, yes! And I really like how you handled the forest labels... I've tried something similar for water. This works, too.

- Max -
07-19-2013, 11:10 AM
Yes labels can be tricky on colored maps/contrasted areas (like mountains here) but the 1 font/4 colors (mountains/forests/seas/lands)/work on outer glows works pretty well with consistency imo.

- Max -
07-19-2013, 07:13 PM
The red moors map is now finished and you can find it here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/24049-oraven-red-moors-fantasy-map.html#post221008). Thanks for all the comments, escpecially to Eilathen for his never ending support! :D