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Gamerprinter
11-25-2013, 12:59 AM
Inspired by JackTannery's Gold Mine, I wanted to play around with the Brush Tool in Xara (Xara didn't previously have a brush tool until version 9, which I have now). In the past I've never tried to do railroad tracks as without a custom brush tool to create railroad ties, I'd have to create and place each one at a time (I was never going to do that!) So I thought I'd give a dwarven mine a shot.

I've laid almost all the tracks - I plan to place a little more length in the maze tunnel in the top left corner. The gray areas are intended mining chambers. With the Pit I'm going to attempt a tiered pit with the track ramping downward towards the bottom of the pit. The Old Pit has been exhausted of resources, so it's abandoned, used for general dumping. The main track will be bridged over this pit since it's mostly not used. A small access rail is still available. The Workshop was also mined out in the past, so is now used as an area to create and repair tools, equipment, ore cars, etc. There will be smithies and shop areas throughout the workshop. Lhoram's Cove is a cave alongside the underground river and serves as a lunch room area for miners with a famous tavern and eatery serving lunching and ale for all shifts. The Ore Car Parking area is kind of an assembly area where ore cars are placed at the end of each shift to keep the tracks less busy with unused cars.

This mine is bit more planned in design, which was intentional. I tried a different layout earlier and it was too senseless and chaotic, so this is a better attempt. Doing this is definitely inspired by JackTannery's Gold Mine map. I may even play with some lighting as well.

I'll be doing my standard photo-realistic style with cgtextures for fills using Xara Designer Pro 9, and probably include this as a sample map for my upcoming guide book - 25 Quick & Dirty Map Tutorials Guide.

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Gamerprinter
11-25-2013, 04:48 AM
Moving right along...

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Bogie
11-25-2013, 08:53 AM
Cool, lots of work to lay all that track.

Falconius
11-25-2013, 09:23 AM
Lol it sounds like you're talking about the dwarfs when you say it like that. But yeah the track is pretty cool, very organized layout.

Gamerprinter
11-25-2013, 01:09 PM
Thanks, guys! Next post - all the chambers are complete, next onto map objects: ore cars, rail extensions, railroad bridges, structures, piers, smithies, etc.

I'm supposed to lose internet today and get it back on Wednesday, so this is probably my last post for the next few days...

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Gamerprinter
11-25-2013, 10:32 PM
Part 4 of my Dwarven Mine WIP map, got some major objects created, I'm past the halfway point. I created 3D models and rendered the bridges (and shadows), and the same for giant ruby, emerald, and diamond crystals, and giant gold nuggets. I added a bit more ground detail and rubble. Now for the fiddly details like full and empty ore carts, rail stops, etc.

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Bogie
11-26-2013, 12:28 AM
Wonderful details!

Gamerprinter
11-26-2013, 03:24 AM
Thanks, Bogie - I'm really trying to come up with fiddly details to get in the map. Here's the next update (since I don't know when I'll be online again...)

Added labels with some textual description on what is going on, on what will be. Stole objects from a tavern map and put it into Lhoram's Cove area, added a pier, and decided to add a shrine and infirmary soon. Included disjointed tracks in the Olde Pit and more detritus. Added a gold vein at the bottom of the pit. Darkened the terrain beneath the gemstone crystals to show them off better. Will do the Workshop and ore carts next - but tomorrow...

Exported this at 23" x 35", at 100 ppi JPG to better show the details.

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Jacktannery
11-26-2013, 03:37 AM
Looks great Gameprinter - I'm glad I inspired you to make this.

Gamerprinter
11-26-2013, 04:45 PM
Thanks, Jacktannery. I decided not to do the lighting and shadows as is in JT's maps. The reason being that many will be using my maps in virtual tabletop apps like MapTools or Role20, and individuals will have their own light sources with the program accomodating shadows. If you force shadows and lighting, using a VT app is counter-intuitive for that kind of map.

Dhur Naal Dwarven Mine (final map) - finally finished this map. I got in all the details I intended, plus recommendations by others posting in the WIP threads. Enjoy!

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Bogie
11-27-2013, 11:29 PM
Thanks for sharing, this map will get a lot of use by a lot of gamers!

KenG
11-29-2013, 11:57 AM
This looks great.

rdanhenry
12-02-2013, 12:40 AM
"The Olde Pit" has an "it's" for "its" error.

The look is interesting. To me it has a feel much like looking down at someone's styrofoam model, with individual layers cut and glued, given a three-dimensionality with distinct layers.

Gamerprinter
12-04-2013, 03:28 PM
Thanks KenG and rdanhenry (and thanks for the REP!)

Yeah, I seem to do "it's" a lot in my writing. I am wrapping the last chapters of my first tutorials guide book, and Word is constantly correcting my usage of "it's" to "its" - so you're not the first to notice that discrepancy in my spelling/grammer...

And you're not the first to mention the look of cut 3D foam in my photo-realistic maps - that look is my goal in its presentation (see I got "its" right this time!)

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