View Full Version : September 2013 Entry: The Milipede

09-13-2013, 04:52 PM
This challenge is a tough one. I had various ideas including a literal landship. In the end I have gone for something insectoid and non-fantasy. If I'm going outside my comfort zone then I may as well go all the way.

Anyway I have decided to make a sketch of it before I map it. It doesn't actually have a name it - is just based on the shape of a giant african milipede.

...I have no idea how I'm going to map it though.

09-13-2013, 05:57 PM
Cool Idea, go for it!

09-14-2013, 02:57 AM
Looks super cool, I especially dig the grinning face. Looking forward to following this one.


09-15-2013, 10:37 AM
Great concept. You could almost just detail the sketch, color it, label it, and call it done. It'd be an interesting alternative to all the floor plans we'll probably be seeing in this challenge :)

09-21-2013, 10:21 PM
After a brief break I have started working on it. I am going to do a sideview map. I did toy with a 3d or isometric one but it turned out to be too busy.

I was also discussing what exactly the thing should be with some friends. So the general concept is this landi-pede makes it's way across desert and steppe. It is home to a nomadic tribe/clan of people so it's not some military thing. Occasionally they'll stop and extract minerals or resources, and they will also trade with settlements.

Anyway, so far I have just done the silhouette background for the map to go on top of. I was considering a sort of computery map type thing. Either a blue screen or an amber screen. I am very fond of amber on black. But we'll see. It will show the various sections of the 'pede. I am thinking of doing a submap that expands on one of the family berths (residential stuff is all in the front section mostly).

- Max -
09-21-2013, 10:34 PM
Amber on black would be awesome yes!

09-29-2013, 07:51 PM
The outline has got my anticipation up. Any updates?


09-29-2013, 08:56 PM
I've had pain in my wrist all month but I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow.

10-01-2013, 01:02 AM
I didn't get to do as much as I wanted and I am not very satisfied with it, but I at least wanted something finished in this month's challenge before it closes at any point soon. I'm wondering if I should have gone for a blueish scheme instead.

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Freehand 5.5
10-01-2013, 04:33 AM
Blue is everything. I like your colors.
I would have given the silhouette a better contrast to the background though.

I like the idea of a tribe running that thing.

10-01-2013, 01:34 PM
That's not the first time someone has made that sort of suggestion on some of my artwork as it happens. I seem to have a problem - or rather it's a weird issue where I find it very easy to distinguish dark colours from one another. So to my own eye the silhouette and black background have a high contrast. It's not my screen either (and I've been through a couple). I didn't have time to get proper opinions on it though.

Freehand 5.5
10-01-2013, 05:49 PM
I would say it's surely the screen. Not the type or quality of screen but simply the brightness one chooses.
As a print designer my screen is adjusted at the lower end of brightness because I want to see colors more like on paper, not glowing brightly.
When I put the brightness to medium (or more) the silhouette of your crawler is okay, but the yellow typo is burning out my pupils.

The other question is one of design.
For me the silhouette of your crawler is the visually most striking thing at this map.
So for me it's questionable, why the best thing is hidden in a dark brown to black contrast.
I would follow that if it's something with undead or so, but the topic of your crawler doesn't really dictate a dark coloring at all.
Background could be a light brown desert color as well. Just my two cents.

But aside that little point I like your crawler very much!
The whole idea is nice. What a bummer that you did not have more time to go a bit insane over it.