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Domino44
02-06-2014, 10:29 PM
This is my newest map, it's a bigger project and it is going to have a lot of little details. I hope I can make it the way I see it in my head. :) I have a lot of work to do but here is my progress so far.

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Jalyha
02-06-2014, 10:53 PM
It looks really interesting ^.^

I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Domino44
02-07-2014, 09:48 AM
Thanks Jalyha!

An update with added rivers.

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Domino44
02-07-2014, 11:26 PM
With some more work, I added a little texture into the sea but I'm not done with that yet, worked on my islands, and added a few forest. :)

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Jalyha
02-07-2014, 11:38 PM
Ooooo it's looking so lovely already ^.^

TheHoarseWhisperer
02-07-2014, 11:46 PM
I suspect you might be violating river laws. Rivers typically do not split into multiple channels, as you have depicted on the plateau.

Jalyha
02-07-2014, 11:50 PM
Pretty sure there could be an exception, though, with all those cliffs/falls... Like Goat Island in Niagara (which I should finish mapping >.< )

The river splits in like 10 places cause theres SO much water and so many big drops :)

Dunno if that applies here, but just saaying :)

Azelor
02-08-2014, 12:24 AM
It is entirely possible, it could be a delta. Anyway, I'm not sure if the rivers officers are still around. You know, union breaks...

Maraxus_
02-08-2014, 07:20 AM
It does happen, as I have said on another map. I even checked and wikipedia has found 7 instances where this happens in real life. Worldwide. That said, it's quite rare.

Easy, I would cut the river, that connects the lake in the south with the river system north west of the mountains. From the many river outlets, this looks like the mountains there are quite massive and it would require the water to flow upwards quite a bit to flow over those mountains. Sure, with enough water pressure, the water could break its way through, but this pressure will not happen, since it is connected to the ocean already on both sides.

The Plateau think is different. You looked at a river delta, I guess.
The problems are, that
1. This does not scale up. The Nile delta already is almost impossibly huge. If it was not real, it would not be realistic. Yours is magnitudes bigger.
2. It really just works at the coast or really big lakes (where the sediments have time to set to the ground and are not simply washed down the waterfall. ;) ).

At least remove the first disjunction on the top plateau, maybe a few more. One or two can fall under the "it's unlikely but possible" but when it's too many it looks weired.

Domino44
02-08-2014, 09:34 AM
I suspect you might be violating river laws. Rivers typically do not split into multiple channels, as you have depicted on the plateau.

As others have said it is possible but also rare, but this is a fantasy map rare makes it look cool. :)


It does happen, as I have said on another map. I even checked and wikipedia has found 7 instances where this happens in real life. Worldwide. That said, it's quite rare.

Easy, I would cut the river, that connects the lake in the south with the river system north west of the mountains. From the many river outlets, this looks like the mountains there are quite massive and it would require the water to flow upwards quite a bit to flow over those mountains. Sure, with enough water pressure, the water could break its way through, but this pressure will not happen, since it is connected to the ocean already on both sides.

The Plateau think is different. You looked at a river delta, I guess.
The problems are, that
1. This does not scale up. The Nile delta already is almost impossibly huge. If it was not real, it would not be realistic. Yours is magnitudes bigger.
2. It really just works at the coast or really big lakes (where the sediments have time to set to the ground and are not simply washed down the waterfall. ;) ).

At least remove the first disjunction on the top plateau, maybe a few more. One or two can fall under the "it's unlikely but possible" but when it's too many it looks weired.

thanks I will try and make those changes so my map looks more realistic. :) also just so everyone knows the plateaus are not going to stay that flat. I'm going to make them a bit rockier.

Domino44
02-09-2014, 12:11 PM
Okay so with a little work I think it works a little better.

I have one that has a lake at the base of the water falls and one without that. let me know which one works better…please... :)

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Jalyha
02-09-2014, 01:42 PM
Ummm...

I like the lake, cause it makes sense for water to pool at the base of a fall, but it looks... off, somehow.

Without the lake, it looks a lot plainer than it did before (insane, because your falls are gorgeous!)

I went back to your original picture and I think you could pull off the quad falls if you wanted - the problem was the river splitting, right? So make it a second river?


(Better than mine, of course)

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But, either way, if we go to the lake issue... it looks like the falls are hitting 2 different heights of land.

So when you make that into one big lake, it looks like it should be spilling over the side (or have a mini-falls in the lake) and the river would'nt form there.

Either way, the water isn't going to get narrower so suddenly under the falls... that's a lot of momentum behind the water, so it will move fast/heavy and cover/erode slightly higher ground at first Also, there are some areas (without the lake) that still look like they are on a hill. You might add a tiny amount of spray there? Or maybe it's my horrible water that makes it look that way?

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All that being said... I think all the versions are lovely, and whichever you go with will be fine :)

Domino44
02-12-2014, 10:15 PM
Thanks Jalyha! that was very helpful.

I know it's been a while since my last update and I apologies but I have been so busy with school. :( I did do some work though. :)

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madcowchef
02-13-2014, 11:04 AM
Well despite any problem with the river split the falls themselves are gorgeous, reminds me of something from Africa.

Jalyha
02-13-2014, 12:02 PM
It looks beautiful!! ^.^ I like your waterfall lakes, and the trees help a lot with the perspective issue I was having!!


(And darnit I just got that Africa song out of my head, and now it's back >.< )

- Max -
02-13-2014, 12:11 PM
Two things that bother me a bit : First the map looks dark and dull, then thre's a gap between the sharpness of some elements (rivers, trees and south east island mountains) and the blurryness of others (mountains). Did you scale up some brushes?

Domino44
02-13-2014, 09:35 PM
Thank you Jalyha and madcowchief!


Two things that bother me a bit : First the map looks dark and dull, then thre's a gap between the sharpness of some elements (rivers, trees and south east island mountains) and the blurryness of others (mountains). Did you scale up some brushes?

Yes this is a darker map, the theme behind this map is a little bleak and I wanted the map to have that kind of dull look to it. I did have to scale up some of the brushes, is there any easy fix to make the mountains look sharper?