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- Max -
09-16-2013, 08:45 PM
Hi all,

My latest map is a personnal project, the heptarchy of Seferedh. With this one I wanted to combine some old classic map elements in a fantasy setting. I've drawn all elements of the map in photoshop (except floral ornaments which I adapted from some old map), mixing some 19th century style inspired stuff (map border/frame, political borders, some fonts) with some 17th century style inspired elements (mountains, red city icons, some fonts) and with a touch of subtle fancy fantasy (cities fonts, insets).
Original size is 23"x33" (the uploaded version is around 65% size with less quality jpg). The WIP thread is here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/regional-world-mapping/24587-wip-heptarchy-seferedh.html), with a bit of setting and some (little) tips about the way I did the border and the mountains. Thanks to those who supported it!

As usual, comments are welcome, hope you'll like it :)

Feel free to rate, rape or run away!

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TheHoarseWhisperer
09-16-2013, 10:17 PM
Not another great map, Max?

Can I vote to have Max officially banned from making the rest of us look bad?

vorropohaiah
09-17-2013, 06:27 AM
great stuff - the design of the borders and 'transparency' is really good.

where do you get the borders/neatlines from? actuall books or a gallery or somewhere online?

Sapiento
09-17-2013, 06:55 AM
Excellent, as usual!

- Max -
09-17-2013, 08:23 AM
Thanks you gus!
@THW : yea ban me please, I'm a map addict, I need help! :p
@ Vorro : neatlines, what do you mean?

Freodin
09-17-2013, 08:42 AM
What a droolworthy map!

vorropohaiah
09-17-2013, 08:43 AM
the map borders. they look pretty antique

- Max -
09-17-2013, 08:49 AM
Thanks Freodin, glad you like it!
@ Vorro : The borders are hand made, except the floral ornament bar and the flowers ornaments in the corners, that both were taken from an old map frame.

Eilathen
09-17-2013, 10:44 AM
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ah who am i kidding...it's a fantastic piece of work :D You have yet to disappoint, Max! If i can, i'll rep you.
Only nitpick - again, the forests are too sparse for me...it looks weird (you had that on one of your other maps as well...the one with the timeline iirc).

Viking
09-17-2013, 10:46 AM
Exceptional work Max! :) I am a fan of your very subtle colour use, especially with the political borders. Your naming of things is quite evocative too!

vorropohaiah
09-17-2013, 11:26 AM
That alone deserves rep! Great stuff

Schwarzkreuz
09-17-2013, 12:08 PM
I hightly respect your rocketlike devellopements on Mapping since you joined our ranks. I would rep you, if you give me a break.

Chashio
09-17-2013, 12:53 PM
Absolutely fantastic work of mapping! I personally think this would make a fabulous addition to the Cartographers' Choice album... not sure how that's handled... but anyway, it's gone into my favorite maps folder :) high inspiration indeed. I'll rep you if I can. Simply wonderful.

- Max -
09-17-2013, 02:31 PM
Thanks guys, comments appreciated!
@ Chasio, thanks very much for the praise, that's very kind :)



Only nitpick - again, the forests are too sparse for me...it looks weird (you had that on one of your other maps as well...the one with the timeline iirc).

The sparsed forests were intended to match the style ;) At least you do not dislike the mountains :p


... if you give me a break.
No way :D

arsheesh
09-17-2013, 03:12 PM
Another gem Max, and a lovely new map style. Kudos!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

- Max -
09-17-2013, 05:48 PM
Thanks Arsheesh :) Glad you like it!

Ilanthar
09-18-2013, 04:52 AM
I can't rep you right now but got the intent nevertheless!

I agree to say that your borders are just excellent! The kind of map you just want when you're a GM :)

- Max -
09-18-2013, 05:21 AM
The kind of map you just want when you're a GM :)

Thank you Ilanthar! Always appreciated to hear that :) Just out of curiosity, as a GM, what's attracting you the most on this map?

Ilanthar
09-18-2013, 12:44 PM
Well, two things in fact!

The very good labelling first. As a GM, I don't like to have to look for a city or a place coz the labelling is a mess and the map (pretty or not) overloaded with details/names/etc.

In second, the clear political areas and borders. It makes quite easy to spot the size and feats of a country or a region, which is useful for "building" or "completing" the background/setting of the game (in my opinion).

- Max -
09-18-2013, 04:42 PM
ok Ilanthar, that makes sense, thanks again! :)

Aredhel
09-19-2013, 07:13 PM
Another excellent piece Max, I especially like the attention paid to the labels and the overall feel!

Lingon
09-20-2013, 02:58 AM
Can't rep you now, but liked and rated! Very fantastic work (again…) :)

- Max -
09-21-2013, 11:15 AM
Thanks much guys!

aquarits
09-21-2013, 08:08 PM
Not another great map, Max?
Can I vote to have Max officially banned from making the rest of us look bad?
I agree with THW.

Really nice Max, other to my collection (want some history background grrr).

- Max -
09-21-2013, 08:27 PM
Thanks :) As for the background, I wrote a few things I wanted to put on the map as cartographer's notes but that would have overcrowd it so I refrain myself ;)

Soixante
09-22-2013, 12:22 PM
Lovely but, many labels are quite hard to read because of the size. Can we see the full version as well perhaps?

- Max -
09-22-2013, 01:44 PM
Thanks soixante, unfortunately the server doesn't let me upload a bigger size, the map is actually pretty big :(

Lightminder
09-22-2013, 04:37 PM
the muted colours and tentative lines, stylization and sparseness make this look like a map of a well explored land with tonnes of rich stories understated but hinted at. looks hand painted and respectfully aged. Brilliant work!

- Max -
09-24-2013, 07:44 AM
Thanks Lightminder, glad you like it!