View Full Version : January/February 2014 Lite Challenge: Fortress Scoopz

01-30-2014, 03:51 PM
Hello fellow cartographers! I have come to enter the 2014 lite challenge! I present a city map! Not any city though, a fortress city... of massive proportions!

Fortress Scoopz:

So to help you understand the city, it's this: A huge citadel, the triangle, surrounded by a medieval town, surrounded by more recently constructed star fortifications. This is pretty obviously a rough sketch, but I just wanted to get something up to show people!

If you got anything to say about it, say it here!


01-30-2014, 04:25 PM
Oh wow that looks very ... forbidding ! :D

*cue dramatic music*

I can't wait to see it progress! :)

01-31-2014, 12:23 AM
Ambitious! I like it!

01-31-2014, 11:16 PM
Alright, a short update!

I got the basic wall layout done tonight, so you can see it starting to take shape:


Still have to get the outer bulwarks up, but I don't feel like drawing triangles in GIMP right now D:

Other than that the next think on the chopping block are the bastions and the inner citadel details.

02-07-2014, 11:53 AM
Sorry folks, I had a nice update on its way. Unfortunately my GIMP crashed before I could save most of it D:

I'll try and get that out in the next couple of days!

02-07-2014, 12:15 PM
Oh no. :( I hope you can fix it!!

02-07-2014, 01:16 PM

but, here's an in-progress shot of what's being done:


02-07-2014, 01:18 PM
I'm sorry you couldn't restore it, but what you're doing looks great!!

Now save it like.. each step so you don't lose it again! :P

02-07-2014, 01:30 PM
I am, thanks. I'l post the finished update later tonight, so stand by!

02-07-2014, 02:25 PM
The bulk of the update has at last arrived! As you can see this city is starting to take shape!


02-07-2014, 09:23 PM

Multiple drafts in one night, I'm impressed!

Here's the mostly completed map:


Only things left to be done, are fix some annoying line errors, add the map key, and tatter the map further (and maybe add some usage marks!)

02-07-2014, 10:36 PM
Wow, you did a lot :)

Great job! It looks really cool ^.^

02-07-2014, 11:15 PM
... and that's a MAP (pun intended D:)!

Alrighty then, it's done!

... pretty much.

### Latest WIP ###

I didn't know where I was going with this, but it's basically an artillery map of FESTUNG SCOOPZEN!!! Enjoy!

02-09-2014, 01:35 PM
That turned out pretty nicely. Ever think about putting some elevation lines or other terrain features outside the fortress to fill up/balance some of the empty space?

02-09-2014, 05:21 PM
Yea, but then I realized I had flattened all my layers D:

I mean I have earlier drafts, but I do not envy rotating all the bulwarks and making the castle again.

Still, you never know. I'm just tired right now, I might actually get the spirit to go back and put those in.

fabio p
02-10-2014, 05:41 AM
Even if you have flattened the layers, I think you could lighten a bit the image, it feels too dark to me, (but probably a matter of personal taste) and I would add a shield of the city to add more flavour.
Anyway, nice job!

02-10-2014, 08:00 PM
Well, I was going for like a dirty WWI-era artillery map, with a key of the important locations.

I think a shield would add too much fantasy flair. Anyhoo, thanks for the advice/praise fellahs.

EDIT: also, to put things in perspective: This is like, maybe, the third map I've drawn on my tablet, and definitely one of the first i've tried to put a lot of effort in to.

02-10-2014, 09:40 PM
Love the silhouette style of the walls the circular and asymmetric style of the thing is eye catching and the grungy finish is great and not too over done. The font is a bit artistic for the rest of it, I always have a horrible time with fonts too, maybe something without the flourishes on it?

02-14-2014, 02:53 PM
Awesome. Voting time, i'm so excited!

Just for reference, I'd like to state that I consider this a finished piece, and if given more time would most likely not make any 'significant' changes.

Good luck to everyone!